Marvel Studios has moved far past its early days, with Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk being just the beginning of the studio’s cross-platform franchise. The success of Phase 1, which culminated in the massive team-up movie The Avengers, has allowed Marvel to set its sight even farther, with thirteen movies set for release between now and 2019.
Next year, Marvel is planning to release two very different but equally as important movies. The first of which is Captain America: Civil War, set for release in May, which will build upon the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron and introduce several key new superheroes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (like Black Panther and Spider-Man). Following that will be Doctor Strange, which will act as an introduction to the mystical realm of the MCU, while also debuting Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal as (Dr.) Stephen Strange.
Marvel is far from stopping there, however. With three movies set for release the following year, in 2017, the production schedule is only going to get busier for the studio, as its head Kevin Feige revealed to Collider. While discussing Ant-Man (the final installment in Phase II of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe), Feige gave an update on where several Marvel movies are currently at in terms of development, and when filming should begin for them:
We literally just crossed the halfway mark of [Captain America:] Civil War last week, it’s day 42 or 43 of 80. We start filming Doctor Strange in London in November. We start shooting Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 in February-March . We start filming Thor: Ragnarok and Spider-Man around the same time, around June of next year.
It seems that in Summer 2016, three Marvel movies will be in production simultaneously. Of course, with Spider-Man being produced with the help of Sony, Marvel won’t be on its own, but that’s still a whole lot to handle for one single studio (even one that’s as much as well-oiled machine by now as Marvel Studios is).
Feige did not comment on where Spider-Man or Thor: Ragnarok will be shooting, but most Marvel films of late have filmed in Pinewood Studios in Atlanta (including Ant-Man). While this seems like the location for Spider-Man to shoot, Thor: Ragnarok is more likely to head to England for filming, seeing as that’s where the last installment, Thor: The Dark World, did its production (as will Doctor Strange, starting in Fall 2015).
Phase III films like Captain Marvel, Black Panther, and Inhumans will come after the aforementioned projects, but with the release dates for those being a few years away still, it’s unlikely that any of them will begin production any sooner than 2017 (especially with everything else on Marvel’s plate). Feige also held off on mention the project start date for Marvel’s biggest project yet, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 & 2, though he previously said it will be a massive shoot – with the two-parter filming over nine months in total. By that point, though, Marvel will be all the more used to handling big undertakings like that.
Ant-Man opens in theaters July 17, 2015; Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man reboot – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019.