Disney Sets 2016-2017 Dates For Two Unannounced Marvel Studios Movies

Published 1 year ago by , Updated August 7th, 2013 at 12:34 pm,

marvel movies ant man black panther dr strange Disney Sets 2016 2017 Dates For Two Unannounced Marvel Studios Movies

[Update: Marvel Studios plans out to 2021]

Iron Man 3 currently sits as the fifth highest grossing film of all-time, proving to moviegoers that Marvel Studios doesn’t need to rely on The Avengers team-up to hit record-breaking numbers. With their last two films both sitting in top five list for worldwide theatrical earnings, sequels to Captain America and Thor both on the way, and Guardians of the Galaxy beginning to shoot this month, there’s no stopping the Disney-owned production house.

Joss Whedon’s first script draft for The Avengers 2 has already been submitted and Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man finally has a firm release date. With Marvel Studios President of Production unofficially confirming that Doctor Strange is also coming up in Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was only a matter of time before Disney marked their territory for what comes next.

The announcements may be a result of contract negotiations with franchise star Robert Downey Jr., who reportedly was in talks to return for The Avengers 2 & 3, with Iron Man 4 being a question mark. Regardless, Disney has officially nabbed the most coveted release dates for 2016 and 2017, that being the very first weekend of May for each year. Here’s Marvel Studios’ official slate from 2013-2017 as it currently stands:

  • May 3 2013 – Iron Man 3
  • Nov 8 2013 – Thor: The Dark World
  • Apr 4 2014 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • Aug 1 2014 – Guardians of the Galaxy
  • May 1 2015 – The Untitled Avengers Sequel
  • Nov 6 2015 – Ant-Man
  • May 6 2016 – Unannounced Marvel Film
  • May 5 2017 - Unannounced Marvel Film

Disney’s official press release directly references the success of their summer opening films (their most profitable ones) and their tradition of being the studio to open the summer blockbuster season. The timing of the dates could be simply to lock key summer dates before competitor Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment do since Man of Steel opens this weekend and does not mean that there will only be one film in each of those years. With Marvel’s upcoming test of spring, fall and late-summer release dates over the next year and a half, the success of Thor: The Dark World could dictate where Disney positions its other Phase Three films, since there will most likely be a minimum of two films per year going forward.

The many characters of the Marvel universe Disney Sets 2016 2017 Dates For Two Unannounced Marvel Studios Movies

That makes speculating on what these two films that much more difficult since positioning unknown, riskier projects like Doctor StrangeBlack Panther, The Inhumans and another Hulk movie might be less likely candidates for early May release dates over additional installments to the Iron Man, Captain America and Thor series, or even a sequel or spinoff of Guardians. We wouldn’t be surprised to see Doctor Strange in 2016, we’re just not sure if it’ll be in May.

Another possibility is that The Avengers 3 could be coming just two years after The Avengers 2, but with the amount of character films and other properties Marvel aims to launch between the “main events” we’re not counting that, nor are we going to consider the re-aquired Daredevil, Punisher or Blade properties as realistic possibilities either, not for these release dates anyway.

With Marvel Studios expected to have an exciting presentations at Comic-Con and D23 this summer, centered around the Thor sequel, the mysterious titles may be announced at either

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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 and May 5 2017.

Let me know on Twitter @rob_keyes what movies should take these release dates!

Source: Disney

TAGS: black panther, captain america 3, doctor strange, inhumans, the avengers, the avengers 2, thor 3

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  1. Really wish it’d be Punisher, Blade or Daredevil but I’m not really expecting that. I’m betting it’ll be Doctor Strange and Black Panther.

  2. Inhumans, Marvel is releasing all the comics in TPB starting in September.

  3. I can’t believe we live in a world where we are getting a Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant Man movies before Wonder Woman and Flash. WB will be crapping themselves in the next few years especially if Marvel can pull this off.

    • +1

      Didn’t even know Guardians of Galaxy before they announced it, and just heard of Ant Man too. Looks like all these movies are going to change that.

    • Flash (Barry Allen) & Green Lantern (Ryan Reynolds/Barry Allen) vs. Sinestro & Reverse Flash (Professor Zoom)! ASAP!

  4. Kill pepper in Avengers 2….have tony leave earth and stick with the GotG for their sequel…..

    Thinking of Tony Stark/RDJ sharing scenes with Rocket Raccoon, Groot, and co is just too great. Plus RDJ doesn’t need to carry a movie and can even come in half way if he doesn’t have time…..which is the problem with Ironman 4

    • Oh, “Ace”, you’re such a “card”! More like a Joker, I’m afraid. Gotta disagree with everything you said there. Sorry.

  5. I’ve thought a fair bit about this recently, and I reckon that RDJ will return for A2 and A3 and IM4. He will get the contract he wants due to the profit he generates. Look at it from Disneys point of view, yeah he may end up taking 80mil in wages from all 3 films but on A2 and A3 they will still probably make over a billion profit, after wages/production costs etc are taken into account. If IM4 is launched May 2016 that will probably be another billion too. Add to this all the merchandising you can use him for. My guess is that Disney/Marvel will try and lock him down for the Avengers trilogy and then after that recast or maybe use Kang and have old Tony die right at the start of A4 (as in in the first 15 mins) using RDJ (as this would not be much to film) and introduce a young Tony and take it from there.

    • Or pay him a small amount compared to the previous few Marvel movies he’s been in plus a bigger percentage of all merchandising profits, similar to Sir Alec Guinness when he signed onto the first Star Wars movie I believe (probably wrong but hey).

      • Either way he is going to get a boat load of cash! Disney have shown they will pay for a big star before and RDJ is very important to the MCU. He is great at the role of Tony Stark and I hope to have an IM4 with him in, that could rival IM’s quality. As well as the Stark role I want to see him do Sherlock Holmes 3, and possibly 4 as I’m sure I saw somewhere that he and Jude Law said they wanted to do a film with a Part I that leads into a Part II. It would also be great to see him do a very serious Oscar season film as I believe he is a good enough actor.

        • I dont think the problem is his payment. Last I heard, he gave them an ultimatum: pay him an extreme amount or pay the other Avengers more.

          • Well lets just hope that it can be sorted out soon!

    • One of the best theories I’ve herd in a long time regarding the recasting of Tony Stark literally commented the same thing just a few mins ago, you can’t replace him midway through the sequence of the marvel cinematic universe just wouldn’t be ideal

  6. Chronological list of previous Marvel May releases back to Iron Man 1?

    • Iron Man
      No MCU film
      Iron Man 2
      Thor
      Avengers
      Iron Man 3
      sony stole it
      Avengers 2
      Doctor Strange?
      Avengers 3?

      • Thanks! Somehow I thought Thor was a November release, but I must be thinking of Cap. At any rate, looks like they’ve not branched out too far on a solo hero besides Iron Man. (Excepting Thor, once.)

        If I were with Marvel and Disney I’d probably be looking at character/actor combinations. Not just, “Who should we do: Dr. Strange, Black Panter or Ant Man?” Instead, “Who can own these characters in the same way RDJ owns Iron Man?” After all, whoever they choose is going to shoulder that May burden on those years GoG or Avengers is still in production. RDJ is on the other side of the hill with his Iron Man shelf life and he was such a hit that Marvel would be taking a risk to recast, a risk that there’s no reason to take. They’ve got plenty of other characters to serve up. They just need the right actor for those characters. In time, they can return to Iron Man with a new actor, but doing that immediately risks offending fans sensibilities if they’re wrong, and there’s just no reason to do that. (In my opinion.)

  7. i want doctor strange and black panther before the avengers 3

  8. Doctor Strange or Inhumans and Black Panther.

    Or they could go Doctor Strange and Inhumans, which would be my preferred choice.

  9. Plot Twist: It’s Iron Man 4 and Thor 3.

  10. Hopefully, Avengers 2 will set up Black Panther in his own movie just one year later…keeping my fingers crossed.

  11. I want Moon Knight so very very bad. Thats definitely out of the picture though. I hope they step up the lady count a bit. Throw in the new Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers. Or that Smasher girl of the Shi’ar Imperial Guard. I had no idea of her until I read Avengers Marvel Now. She’s cosmic and would fit in well with Marvel movies.

    • I don’t know about the others you mentioned, but Moon Knight might be kind of interesting. Besides, he really looks cool in the comics!

    • Shi’ar might not be avail as they tend to be associated with xmen.. And you know who own their rights sadly..

  12. What if Black Panther appears in a post credits scene in Cap 2? Mind blooooooooooown

  13. Hoping for Dr. Strange, BP, Ms Marvel, Heros for Hire, and Daredevil (they have the rights back I think).

    Would love to see something different, not just Thor 3, or Iron Man 4 or any sequels. Lets see something fresh. :)

  14. Most likely to least likely:
    Doctor Strange
    Inhumans
    Nova
    Thor 3
    Captain America 3
    Guardian of the Galaxy 2
    Black Panther
    Hulk
    Shield

    • I would put Black Panther higher, Heroes for Hire, and S.H.I.E.L.D. is sooo unlikely that it shouldnt even be on the list

      • U are getting shield.. Its a tv show coming in the fall. Heroes for hire might pop up there as well.

  15. Well I think Doctor Strange is a good bet, but I wouldn’t count on Black Panther.

    • If no BP on his own or in Avengers, I could see him as a sidekick or guest-star in Captain America #3.

      • It’s hard to guess when he’ll pop up because why would anyone need to be in Africa at this point? Cap can be on a mission in Africa,and they cross paths or something?

        • Cap’s shield breaks in Avengers 2 and he goes to Wakanda to get it fixed? hijinx ensue

  16. Doc Strange and Black Panther would be awesome… especially if they will lead to a complete team in Avengers 3 (along with Ant-Man, Wasp), but a HULK movie will totally get my overhyped

  17. I would guess it is Black Panther, Dr. Strange, Inhumans, or possibly Iron Man 4. Of course, probably alot of people are guessing those, so I am probably not the greatest crystal-ball-gazing Nostradamus you’ve ever seen.
    (Daredevil might be nice as well???).

    • Uh, or Heroes For Hire would not be rejected by me at all, either!

  18. Im really really hoping for a Black Panther movie but its probably going to be Inhumans and Doctor Strange

  19. hi….black panther has been in talk since the 90′s ….its 2013 almost 2014…..that is all

  20. Phase 3

    2015: Ant-Man
    2016: Thor 3 First then Doctor Strange
    2017: Captain America 3 First then Black Panther(maybe featuring Captain America extending a hand for SHIELD toward BP and shows there friendship grow and BP saves Cap somehow)
    2018: Hulk 2 First(Leader and Abomination, Leader takes out other heroes possibly kills one so he can have Hulk to himself)
    Then Ms.Marvel(featuring other heroes like Guardians and Iron Man, Widow, Hawkeye)
    2019: Avengers 3(Thanos full earth invasion with huge army, Guardians and Avengers make their stand possibly aided by Nova as well).

    • Leader has a gamma powered army that keeps the rest of the Avengers busy (only mentioned) while Abomination and Leader has Hulk all to themselves.

      • I’m cool with it, i think they should show a quick scene though of rest of the team fighting the army, Hulk comes in later saves the team proving how valuable he is, maybe Thor is off world while this is happening to.

        I really wish they would just follow th list I just made, I think it’s pretty much perfect.

    • where did you get this information

  21. Let us not forget that Disney/Marvel has some other hot properties coming on line over the next couple of years, namely Star Wars and their “Spin Off Films” It would make economic sense that they would not want one property in direct head to head comptetion. Spacing these movies out, along with their PIXAR and stand alone Disney fair (20,000 Leagues, Tomorrowland, Capt’n Jack will be back & Back, maybe the lone Ranger? other non-pixar animation) means that Disney could have a mega hit a month…. Power, clout that they can then use to position other fair with smaller, less known titles, greater risk ??? Disney is in a very very good position….

  22. Just wondering : are you simply over enthusiastic fanboy? Or are you on marvel payroll ? Im3 success mostly proves that the Im franchise is strong enough to not yet suffer from audience fatigue. Now the first real test is coming with Thor : the first grossed above 400 millions which was very encouraging but not quite on spiderman, superman, batman level. The real challenge for marvel is not to have a success with a single character. That’s what dc does and that’s why they’re in so much trouble now . It’s to have another sleeper hit like ironman and grow it too into a A- list movie character franchise so that when they retire ironman for a few years their whole universe doesn’t collapse. Captain america is supposed to be the leader of the avengers and right now it certainly doesn’t feel that way it was a rdj show all the way and considering that avengers original cut was supposed to be cap centric I think whedon knew it wouldn’t work with the audience at this point. They need a bat/spider/supes/iron man level character. If they can do that with Thor (because I m pretty sure they won’t with cap) or strange or black panther then they’re out of the wood.

  23. Just wondering : are you simply over enthusiastic fanboy? Or are you on marvel payroll ? Im3 success mostly proves that the Im franchise is strong enough to not yet suffer from audience fatigue. Now the first real test is coming with Thor : the first grossed above 400 millions which was very encouraging but not quite on spiderman, superman, batman level. The real challenge for marvel is not to have a success with a single character. That’s what dc does and that’s why they’re in so much trouble now . It’s to have another sleeper hit like ironman and grow it too into a A- list movie character franchise so that when they retire ironman for a few years their whole universe doesn’t collapse. Captain america is supposed to be the leader of the avengers and right now it certainly doesn’t feel that way it was a rdj show all the way and considering that avengers original cut was supposed to be cap centric I think whedon knew it wouldn’t work with the audience at this point. They need a bat/spider/supes/iron man level character. If they can do that with Thor because I m pretty sure they won’t with cap or strange or black panther then they’re out of the wood.

  24. This movie line up is a sausage fest. How about a film centered on a female Marvel character? Black Widow would be fine; Captain Marvel (I’m partial to Valkyrie), redo Elektra, whatever. It’s getting monotonous.

    • Yes.

  25. Moon Knight!!!!!! I think this would be a great character to introduce to the masses. he would be an awesome stand alone as well as a team member with some graininess. He could be in Spiderman, Hulk, or Avengers to introduce his character. He had appearances in all of those comics it would be a good way to slide Spidey into the Avengers.

  26. I am a HUGE Marvel Fan andwhatever movies take up these spots will be great ..

    But I NEED to say this now I just got home from my areas FIRST showing of Man of Steel 3D
    Marvel you better step up your game because this movie is many times better than Iron Man 3 and probably has as much or MORE ACTION than the Avengers, and this was NOT even a team up movie!!!!!

    EPIC, EPIC, EPIC…. Maybe now us CBM fans will get a team up from DC as well…. because their ONLY problem now is HOW COULD IT BE ANY MORE EPIC THAN MAN OF STEEL

    MOVIE OF THE SUMMER BY LIGHT YEARS

  27. Please be a NAMOR movie and a Inhumans trilogy.

  28. Dr Strange, it must be one :)

    RDJ will be Avengers 2, i really hope so. After that, mostly making cameos or working as consultant in Avengers 3. But i think he wont return IF Avengers 2 etc. dont offer good story also for Tony Stark. Because they wanted Iron man 3 be more like closer also. Good storys allways makes RDJ more intrested, big action wont be enough for him in Avengers 2

  29. 2015: Avengers and Ant Man
    2016: Thor 3 and Doctor Strange
    2017: Captain America 2 and Black Panther
    2018: Avengers 2 and Inhumans.
    At least that’s what i’m hoping for. Thor 3 and Doctor Strange could explore the magic and cosmic part of the Marvel Universe referencing the Infinity Gauntlet and Thanos while Captain america 2 and Black Panther could be the more grounded movies. Maybe Wakanda is in possession of an Infinity gem and that’s the whole reason Thanos is still gunning for earth.

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