Marvel Studios Schedules Second Unannounced Film For 2016

Published 2 years ago by , Updated June 24th, 2013 at 6:27 pm,

Marvel Studios Doctor Strange Movie Logo Fan Made Marvel Studios Schedules Second Unannounced Film For 2016

Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios made sure to mark their long-term territory just a day before before rival Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment released Man of Steel to great box office success, ensuring that their own upcoming slate of films maintain their key summer dates, before WB potentially announced their own upcoming slate of DC Universe movies. After the sequels to Thor, Captain America and The Avengers release, and after introducing new characters in Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man, Marvel already had another two projects greenlit behind-the-scenes for the beginnings of summer 2016 and summer 2017.

The timing also coincides with the studio’s upcoming presence at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 where it’s a safe bet Marvel Studios’ unreleased films coming this year and next will be presented to fans along with more hints and reveals towards the franchise’s future. We knew these two mysterious dates were just a part of the puzzle since Marvel Studios is aiming for at least two features per year, and today, Disney selected a second date for July 8, 2016 for another unannounced Marvel movie.

Of the solo character films released so far by Marvel Studios, Thor made the most money outside of Iron Man, so it’s likely that with Iron Man 4 not currently in the cards the studio may position the third Chris Hemsworth vehicle and followup to Thor: The Dark World for one of the two key May summer dates. Knowing The Avengers 3 is unofficially official – and that Robert Downey Jr. is signed for it – we expect Thor 3 to debut after Ant-Man as the second chapter in Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That would mean Thor 3 releases May 6, 2016 with the July 8, 2016 slot likely going to a new property.

Marvel Studios Black Panther Movie Logo Fan Made Marvel Studios Schedules Second Unannounced Film For 2016

Marvel Studios will not use the most important and profitable weekend (first weekend of May) of the summer to launch an unknown such as The Inhumans, Black Panther or Doctor Strange, so they’ll use the May summer slots (previously held by the Iron Man films, Thor 1 and The Avengers) for a sure-fire success such as Thor or Captain America. These are the flagship titles in between each Avengers team-up now that Iron Man is out of the way. And just like the first sequels to Thor and Captain America are separated by a year, with Thor again coming first, we expect a similar structure in Phase Three.

Don’t be surprised to see Marvel Studios, during their Thor: The Dark World panel at Comic-Con in a few weeks, to announce Thor 3 and Doctor Strange for 2016. The big question is whether or not The Avengers 3 will see a three-year gap or if it’s the film to release May 2017. We don’t think so, with more and more rumors and discussion adding credence to the idea of a Hulk sequel, a Black Panther film and The Inhumans. And if Guardians of the Galaxy is as big as Marvel is hoping it can be, it needs a Phase Three sequel as well.


Iron Man 3 is currently in theaters, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015, Ant-Man on November 6, 2015, and unannounced films for May 6 2016, July 8 2016 and May 5 2017.

Let me know on Twitter @rob_keyes what Marvel movies should come in 2016!

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  1. Rob Keyes, Y saying that y have some inside source of really having a BP movie finally?

    • that is the most insanely perfect actor for doctor strange.

    • ^+1

      • I definitely think he’s got down that surreallness about him to perfection. Just Slap a goatee on Khan and OMG……Wowwwww


      THAT would be AWESOME!!! O_O

      Like ‘patrick’ said, Benedict as Dr. Strange would be INSANELY PERFECT! 😀

      I really hope the makers of the movie (if it’s ever made) see this.

  2. I saw the Doctor Strange picture and got confused cuz I thought it had been confirmed and I had somehow missed it. Anyhow, I think James Wan would be a great choice to direct considering the supernatural elements involved. If Dominic Cooper hadn’t already been involved in a Marvel film I could definitely see him as Doctor Strange, but I definitely believe Benedict Cumberbatch could pull it off.

  3. El Mayimbe is an egotesticle for posting the lame video on the subject of Doctor Strange that he did. Latino Review is deleting mine and others comments that suggest so. Again, lame.

  4. Hmmm, I don’t believe Disney have heard of the word saturated. Perhaps we will be bored with Comic Book movies by 2016, I’m going that way already to be honest. It’ll only be comic book guys that see these movies and that wont be enough to satisfy the ‘suits’ who want to see a decent return on their investment. And anyway, Disney will have ruined the Star Wars franchise by then so all faith will have been lost :)

    • This is a ignorant comment. Are people tired of horror films? action films? adult comedies? romantic comedies? NO! so why would comic book films? Their are a lot of marvel and dc characters that people want to see on the big screen. Also star wars already has been ruined by the horrible pre-trioligy.

  5. I think Thor 3 is a safe bet for the 2016 May slot, it did make the most money after the Iron Man movies, because it was really popular on the worldwide market. Now that The Avengers sold Thor to the US audiences (and the world) some more I think ‘The Dark World’ will be a huge success. So yeah, it sounds pretty damn logical for them to give Thor 3 it the big summer opening date.

    I do hope Doctor Strange will be the 2016 July slot and I still want Black Panther and Captain Marvel. Guardians of the Galaxy could introduce the Kree and that could lead up very nicely to Mar-vell then to Carol Danvers.

    So yeah, Phase 3 let’s see:
    2015: Ant-Man,
    2016: Thor 3, Doctor Strange,
    2017: GotG 2 or Hulk movie, Cap 3 or something new,
    and 2018: Avengers 3

    There are some big question marks here, but hopefully SDCC will give us some answers :)

  6. Black Panther would require very little CG, it’s more grounded in reality like batman or capt America. So the studios investment in production would not be as pricey as say… GofG or Thor: TDW, both requiring expensive post-production. Lots of good fighting choreography and real world stunts, oh yeah.

    I think BP would be huge. It has all the elements needed for a contemporary cbm political action thriller. It would be like Sin City meets Blood Diamond meets Day of the Jackal meets The Raid.

    And Black Panther is somewhat immortal, as least the image taken by each king of Wakanda is the same over the years, giving the impression of an eternal king, like the “dread Pirate Roberts”. The film could easily have a flashback to WWII and Captain America, these two met before… well at least T’Chaka.

  7. 1) May 6, 2016: Thor 3
    2) July 8, 2016: Captain America 3 (It makes sense to release the movie domestically around Independence Day).
    3) May 5, 2017 (Avengers 3)
    4) 2017: Doctor Strange
    5) 2018: Black Panther
    6) 2018: Ant Man 2
    7) 2019: GotG 2
    8) 2019: Inhumans
    9) 2020: DS 2
    10) 2020: BP 2

    • Cap 3 would make more sense the weekend before the 4th.

      • That would make more sense. July 4 is on a Monday in 2016. It would have made more sense to release it on July 1, 2016.

  8. Sam Raimi for Dr. Strange.

  9. Johnny Depp would be the perfect Doctor Strange!!!!!

    • Go home, you’re drunk.

    • Maybe, but when you think about Johnny Depp and the word “strange” together, you’re probably thinking of his roles in movies like TPOTC, Alice in Wonderland, The Lone Ranger, and similar movies. That kind of “strange” wouldn’t mesh well in a Dr. Strange movie. Johnny’s a funny kind of strange, while we need a more serious kind of strange here.

  10. No love for The Defenders? I think Marvel can introduce a Dr. Strange movie then develop a Defenders movie. For cripes sake, everybody knows that the Hulk wasn’t really an Avenger (4ish comics). He was a Defender in my book. Let’s DO this, Marvel!

    • We can have that famous Defenders vs Avengers crossover in where they teamed up & fought Dormammu.

    • I think Phase 3 should be The Defenders phase, not The Avengers 3 phase, let that be phase 4. They could do a Namor movie and Thor 3, introducing Valkyrie, and maybe Incredible Hulk 2. That way you have the 3 founders and for a team up movie, Im sure theyll require more than 3 heroes and Silver Surfer is owned by Fox, so you could use Valkyrie. You could even use the Ant-Man version of Hank Pym since he was an associate member as Yellowjacket. You could even through in Hawkeye.

      • The mutant twins are also owned by Fox but yet Marvel is still using them in Avengers 2. It shouldn’t be a problem to use Silver Surfer in “The Defenders” if that’s the case.

  11. I for one would love to see Inhumans,Gaurdians,Black Panther, and Namor.I would not really want to see Dorkter Stranger just really never liked the character at all or how he has broken hands to have to make the illuminati symbol like spiderman was changed to do the symbol in later years.

  12. 2015: Ant-Man
    2016: Thor 3
    2016: Doctor Strange
    2017: Captain America 3
    2017: Black Panther
    2018: Inhumans(Lead into Avengers 3, maybe featuring Guardians and/or some Avengers)
    2018: Avengers 3(featuring everyone including Inhumans, Guardians, Avengers, Nova… all out world war with Thanos and army)

    This is wishfull thinking kinda. I could imagine just Guardians 2 after BP then Avengers 3. Or I could imagine instead of BP theres Guardians 2 then Avengers. I think its gonna go one of those 3 ways for sure.

  13. I think debuting Ms. Marvel, BP, & Doc Strange will be enough of the unknown to dish out to the general public. They are strong character and will quickly become household name. Stuff like the Inhumans could probably be better told as add-ons to another movie. Like, say, debut Black Bolt in the GotG & then keep spoon-feeding the public some pieces. Eventually, they will be familiar character also.

    God, I really can’t imagine how ecstatic I would have been 10, or even 20 years ago about this Marvel Universe. We really don’t realize how good we have it. Complaining that a movie like IM3 was just okay seems petty when taking in all they have really done.

  14. I know this is late but this would be pretty cool:

    2015: Secret Avengers aka Avengers 2
    2015: Ant-Man
    2016: Doctor Strange
    2016: Black Panther
    2017: Nova
    2017: Inhumans
    2018: The Defenders
    2018: Avengers Assemble! aka Avengers 3

  15. black panther be in theaters on friday july 17 2015

  16. Telling you. Either Benedict or Johnny Depp for Dr. Strange.