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.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) July 23, 2014
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.
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Guardians of the Galaxy opens August 1, 2014, The 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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