Marvel Studios Adds Third 2018 Release Date

Published 9 months ago by , Updated July 24th, 2014 at 1:36 am,

Marvel Studios Comic Con Marvel Studios Adds Third 2018 Release Date

After a week of marketing a variety of major changes coming to Marvel Comics, from a new Captain America, a new Thor and a new roster of Avengers, Disney and Marvel Entertainment are now focused on the film side. Marvel Studios, having already set dates for a pair of unannounced 2016-17, took us by surprise on Friday by announcing another five just in time for Comic-Con. But wait, there’s more!

With projects now set all the way to May 2019, we had our first clear picture of the schedule of releases for Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, paving the way to The Avengers 3. In our own fun list of five movies we’d love to see Marvel Studios announce at Comic-Con 2014 we threw in a wildcard pick of Spider-Man, based on the idea that Sony had the release dates for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and Sinister Six seemingly in limbo just after TASM 2 under-performed critically and financially.

Just hours later, Sony quickly put that entry on my list to shame by announcing new dates for Sinister Six (November 11, 2016) and The Amazing Spider-Man 3, specifying only that it’s coming in 2018. The easy assumption is that the third Spidey was taking the May 4, 2018 date that The Amazing Spider-Man 4 previously held, but that’s definitely not the case.

Yes, Marvel now has two years with three releases. Is it safe to say that going forward there are going to be (at least) three Marvel Studios live-action, feature-length projects hitting theaters per year? That’s something we speculated on four months ago and now it’s finally happening. Here’s the updated list of confirmed upcoming Marvel Studios release dates:

  • May 1, 2015 – The Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • July 17, 2015 – Ant-Man
  • May 6, 2016 – Captain America 3 (Untitled)
  • July 8, 2016 – Doctor Strange (Unannounced)
  • May 5, 2017 – Unannounced
  • July 28, 2017 - Unannounced
  • November 3, 2017 - Unannounced
  • May 4, 2018 – Unannounced
  • July 6, 2018 - Unannounced
  • November 2, 2018 - Unannounced
  • May 3, 2019 – The Avengers 3 (Unannounced)

Disney and Marvel are putting their feet in the ground before Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment makes official their reported slate of upcoming films. Right now, the only one officially coming up is Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and it was placed on the same date as Captain America 3 which raises an interesting question of if there’s going to be more upcoming battles over release date weekends. For fans though, we’re getting a lot more projects and a lot of new ones which is the most exciting thing.

Any predictions?

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More: Marvel’s Planned All The Way to 2028


Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014The Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Captain America 3 on May 6 2016, and unannounced films for July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

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  1. Wasn’t the rumor that Marvel would be working with Sony on the next Spider-Man film? Since Sony JUST rearranged their schedule, seems like that spot could still belong to Spidey. Marvel and Sony are at least on good terms. I doubt Marvel would blatantly steal their release date. That would just be kicking Spidey while he’s down, and he’s still a valuable Marvel property .

  2. May 4th 2018 will be Iron Man 4, remember Iron Man 3 made almost 2x as much as TASM3.

    • There isn’t going to be an Iron Man 4, sorry to tell you.

      • You’re not a fan of Marvel films are you? There is going to be an Iron Man 4 and Iron Man 5 and so on and so forth, Kevin Feige even said it himself 1 year ago.

  3. So… which one of these is Half-Life 3?

    • But I haven’t seen the first and the second one yet.

  4. Also my predictions:

    May 5, 2017 – New IP (Black Panther is involved, will be team up movie though)
    July 28, 2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy 2
    November 3, 2017 – Thor 3
    May 4, 2018 – Iron Man 4
    July 6, 2018 – Ant-Man 2? Doctor Strange? Spider-Man?
    November 2, 2018 – The Inhumans
    May 3, 2019 – The Avengers 3 (Unannounced)

    May 5, 2017: Iron Man 4
    July 28, 2017: Guardians of the Galaxy 2
    November 3, 2017: New IP (Black Panther teamed up with someone, my bets on Hawkeye and Widow)
    July 6, 2018: The Inhumans
    November 2, 2018: Thor 3

    • Forgot to mention, the bottom ones are mine from the other day, the top ones are my new revised ones.

  5. Fans love these movies but the jokes will eventually get dry & general audience will get tired of them. 3 movies a year sounds good in theory but no regular Joe wants to spend that much money on a single franchise, including myself. Trust me, after a while it’ll start to feel repetitive.
    I also believe that the Avengers blew up too soon. It’s way too young of a franchise to be making billions.

    • So ppl shouldnt have gone to see the movie since it was too early in this specific franchise’s career? That makes no sense. Ppl went to see it because it was great and everyone kept telling ppl to go see it to the point that it was Re watched by many in theaters. If ppl don’t mind paying money for something then I’d say more power to them lol

      • Did I say people shouldn’t have gone to see it? I wonder where you got that from? All I’m saying is it was a bit too soon. Do you really believe Marvel can consistently produce movies that can consistently make billions until their franchise is done?

        • I don’t really think they believe they’ll hit a billion dollars each time…except for avengers movies or whenever they do iron man 4 lol

        • Who says it will be “done”? The comics universe has managed to exist by reinventing itself or introducing new changes to the characters. TV shows have done this, too, with soap operas or shows like Doctor Who that change and adapt over time, rather than just telling a closed off story. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is set to do the same things with films. Why keep rebooting a character every five to ten years and telling the same story (a la Spider-Man), when you can create a world, make characters that inhabit them, and adapt, add, or reinvent them over time? From both a marketing and a storytelling aspect it’s brilliant.

          We may think it would be cheesy or unacceptable or weird to think that five or ten years from now there will be a new Iron Man with a different personality or actor. But that’s never stopped any other property. Look at James Bond. We keep reinventing that story. Why could that not happen with the MCU? Maybe Tony’s successor takes up the Iron Man mantle (remember Batman Beyond? That concept works too).

          Do I think Marvel can consistently make billions with the MCU franchise? Yeah, you bet. As long as they’ve got interesting stories to tell, I think they can totally do that. And they’ve got several decades worth of time-tested comic book stories to choose from or get inspired by. And, if the recent run of comics has been any indication, they’re aware that today’s comics are next year’s blockbuster movies too. It’s a self-perpetuation storytelling machine. We’ve done this exact same thing in shittier versions for decades. I don’t think Marvel will have any problem with this.

          • This ^ +100! …& then some.

    • I tend to disagree. At least with the repetitive part. As long as Marvel keeps reign of its Universe the possibilities are limitless.

      There are so many great stories out there to tell that run the gamut from hysterically funny to down right sad and depressing. Throw in the ability to pull from a astronomic amount of characters and all you need are decent writers and actors.

      I do concur they may need to slow down with the BANG POW! aspect of the movies. They have characters (Netflix) that they are introducing at a more ground level which I think (and hope) will open up the abiltiy to push others of their ilk to the big screen.

      However is the public ready for a James Bond type movie using characters like Batman, Widow etc? While I enjoy them beating the spit out of aliens and super powered baddies I would love to see a more down to earth use for them especially those that have lesser or no real special enhanced abilities.

  6. 2015- Ant-Man
    2015- Avengers 2
    2016- Captain America 3 (Cap, Falcon, and Hawkeye chasing down Bucky; leads to Wakanda; Black Panther introduced; Cap assassinated by Crossbones)
    2016- Dr. Strange
    2017- Thor 3
    2017- Black Panther
    2017- Iron Man 4 (introduce Ms. Marvel and have Black Widow involved)
    2018- Guardians of the Galaxy /Hulk movie (introduce Inhumans)
    2018- Avengers 3 (part 1) Cap is resurrected in button scene by Dr. Strange and Scarelt Witch
    2018- Avengers 3 (part 2) Gaurdians and Hulk show up for final showdown with Thanos

  7. 2015
    Avengers: Age of Ultron

    Captain America: Fallen Son
    Dr. Strange

    The Mighty Thor: Ragnarok

    Avengers: Secret Wars ( Ms Marvel, Ant-Man, The Vision, Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, Falcon, Black Widow.)

    Planet Hulk/Guardians 2 (Guardians help Iron Man track down Hulk)

    “New” Avengers: Siege (Black Panther, Dr Strange, Ms Marvel, Ant-Man, Bucky Cap, Daredevil, Luke Cage, etc save Wakanda from The Sentry)

    Inhumans (Nova, Quasar, Adam Warlock)

    The Avengers: Infinity pt1

    The Avengers: Infinity pt2

  8. In your list you have May 4, 2019 instead of 2018

  9. That slot gotta be for Spiderman. Sony and Marvel are co-producing.

    Otherwise, why Marvel would announce an incomplete list, only to wait for Sony to make an announcement and then immediately after add one more? They surely knew about that slot before they made the first announcement. They waited for Sony.

    As Max Landis said, its gonna be bonkers!!!

  10. I stick to my preference/prediction:

    Avengers: Age Of Ultron: May 1, 2015
    Ant-Man: July 17, 2015

    Captain America: No More: May 6, 2016
    Doctor Strange: July 8, 2016

    Thor: Ragnarok: May 5, 2017
    Black Panther: July 28, 2017
    Guardians of the Galaxy: Planet Hulk: November 3, 2017

    Amazing Spiderman 3: May 4, 2018 (reintegrated in the MCU with no reboot)
    Ms. Marvel: July 6, 2018
    The Inhumans: November 2, 2018

    Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet: May 3, 2019

  11. khmm….

    Big typo on 4th of May 2018…

  12. It’s either IM4, Howard the Duck or a Loki adventure. Hela isn’t his daughter but Marvel still needs to introduce her, along with Enchantress, Executioner, Surtur, Valkyrie and I’d even say Thor’s other brother, what’s his name…

  13. I really am loving this, and hating it too. I like more DC’s characters than Marvel’s and some like Thanos, Ultron who are similar to Darkseid, Brainiac are getting live-action treatment first, and it makes me angry at DC for being so lazy and afraid, and Marvel for being so smart and bold. I would love to see many comic book movies regardless of brand, but DC needs to make some good ones quick and introduce some characters that are similar at Marvel first.

    • Just-a-Fan
      I applaud you for your honesty. I feel the same way you do. Marvel has my favorite character yet DC holds sway with more likable characters. DC needs to get their Robert Downey Jr. Until then they are fishing for the scraps of Marvel. The stronger both these franchises are, the better the fan experience. Love them all.

  14. NINE Phase 3 films before the 3rd Avengers. Holy heck. Marvel’s universe is exploding.

  15. July 17 2015: Ant-Man
    May 6 2016: Captain America 3
    July 8 2016: Doctor Strange
    May 5 2017: Guardians of the Galaxy 2
    July 28 2017: Black Panther
    November 3 2017: Thor 3
    May 4 2018: Amazing Spider-Man 3 OR Inhumans
    July 6 2018: Hulk 2
    November 2 2018: Black Widow OR Miss Marvel
    May 3 2019: Avengers 3

    This is what I think will realistically be the phase 3 lineup.

  16. *sigh* when the hell is dawn of desperation to catch up with marvel going to move marvel has said numerous times that their not moving and they had the date first so they shouldn’t be the ones to move anyway and if they actually allow them both to be released on the same day both studios are morons

  17. May 3, 2019 might not necessarily be the end of Phase 3, i think it’s gonna go like this….

    Phase 3:
    – Ant-Man (July 17, 2015)
    – Captain America 3 (May 6, 2016)
    – Doctor Strange (July 8, 2016)
    – Thor 3 (May 5, 2017)
    – Black Panther/Ms. Marvel (July 28, 2017)
    – Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (November 3, 2017)
    – The Avengers 3 (May 4, 2018)

    Phase 4:
    – Ms. Marvel/Black Panther (July 6, 2018)
    – Ant-Man 2 (November 2, 2018)
    – Doctor Strange 2 (May 3, 2019)

    • I’d say Bruce wayne is the closest to actual. Although GotG2 and Black panther will likely switch. Marvel will want GotG2 out exactly 3 years to the 1st. There wont be an Iron man 4 anytime soon

  18. I wonder when they will start killing big characters off? lol.

  19. I’m more inclined to go with:

    May 6, 2016 – Captain America 3
    July 8, 2016 – Doctor Strange
    May 5, 2017 – Iron Man 4
    July 28, 2017 – Black Panther
    Nov 3, 2017 – Thor 3
    May 4, 2018 – Inhumans
    July 6, 2018 – Guardians of the Galaxy 2 w/Hulk
    Nov 2, 2018 – AntMan 2
    May 9, 2019 – Avengers 3

  20. As i said before all of these titles are lame and goofy
    Like dawn of justice. Only the infinity guatlet is a great