Back in 2014, Disney announced the Phase 3 lineup for its Marvel Cinematic Universe stretching all the way to 2019. Two years on and we're less than a month from its kick off with Captain America: Civil War. Yet since that announcement, release dates have been pushed back to make room for even more movies that have been added to the roster. Apart from Spider-Man's inauguration into the MCU arriving in 2017, there's been the addition of Ant-Man & The Wasp slated for 2018 - following the success of the shrinking superhero's first solo outing in last year's Ant-Man. This then pushed back the already slated Captain Marvel and Inhumans to 2019.
Following this, a rumor surrounding the cancellation of Inhumans movie surfaced - seeing as the plot was already being explored in the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show. This was soon shown to be false when Marvel confirmed that the movie was still on track, but were flexible about when the movie would come out - possibly even being saved for Phase 4. The specifics of the movie's plot, which surrounds the lives of a group of superhumans, are still unknown. Vin Diesel, who already plays the loveable Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy, has already had talks about playing the lead character Black Bolt - ruler of the Inhumans, whose earth-shattering voice renders him voluntarily mute. Diesel has said, however, that he'd only do the film if it has a great director and 'dope' script.
Whilst things surrounding Inhumans have been unclear of late, Collider took a moment during an interview for Captain America: Civil War to ask the MCU's President of Production Kevin Feige for some clarity on where Marvel Studios are at with the picture. This is what he had to say:
Since we made our initial phase three announcement, we added Spider-Man, which was a big joyous coup for us. We added Ant-Man and the Wasp, which was a big fun continuation of that story for us. Walt Disney Company has announced an Indiana Jones film for right around that same time. So I think it will shuffle off the current date that it’s on right now. How far down it shuffles, I’m not sure yet... No ['Inhumans' is not canceled]. it’s a question of when.
It is clear, then, that Inhumans is still very much on the cards. However, what Feige isn't prepared to be concrete on at the moment is when the movie will come out. Inhumans is currently slated for a July 2019 release, following after Captain Marvel and Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2 that year. Already, Disney has a big line-up for that year, what with Indiana Jones 5 now announced for July 2019 too. It should come as no surprise, then, that Feige says the release will likely 'shuffle off the current date' to make room for Harrison Ford's fifth, and possibly final, take on the swashbuckling archaeologist.
The uncertainty surrounding how far down the line that is exactly, is understandable for Disney. What with the two previously mentioned MCU movies and Indy 5 - not to mention Star Wars: Episode IX will also be released in 2019 - it would make more sense for Inhumans to be saved for later; perhaps as a Phase 4 opener. Also, it seems wise not to commit at this stage, as no one knows what the public's taste for superhero movies will be by the end of this decade, and whether Inhumans is the best movie to follow on from the climatix extravaganza that Avengers: Infinity War - Part 2 is sure to be.
Having said that, it's good that Feige and co haven't cancelled Inhumans and still plan to go ahead with it at some point down the line (be it 2019 or beyond). Diesel may yet get his hands on the silent Black Bolt role - not to mention, his wish of a decent script and director. And who knows, maybe it'll complement what the studios have planned for the two as-yet untitled Marvel movies arriving in 2020. Let's just hope that external pressures and circumstances don't change Disney and Marvel's commitment to the project over the next three years or so.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019 (for now); and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.