If The Avengers 3 is in 2019, this is how Phase 3 is now shaping up:
- 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
- July 6, 2018 - Unannounced
- November 2, 2018 - Unannounced
- May 3, 2019 - The Avengers 3 (Unannounced)
Marvel has a working relationship with Sony and the Spider-Man franchise so they're willing to take turns taking the opening weekend in May when necessary. So, expect The Amazing Spider-Man 3 in May 2018, explaining why Marvel didn't put a date there.
We should also note that Marvel isn't afraid of changing up the formula and order of releases in Phase 3. Cap 3 for instance comes before Thor 3, when their predecessors had Thor always coming first. That means instead of Thor 3 being the easy guess for May 2017, that could instead be for Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - keeping the surefire box office hit Thor 3 to be used in November where The Dark World performed well last year, or used in 2018 to help launch a riskier bet - a new property like The Inhumans.
The most exciting fact is that there are even more dates for new characters, leaving the door open for the long-awaited introductions of other more diverse characters like Black Panther and Ms. Marvel. We'll be find out in just over a week when Marvel Studios takes to the stage next Saturday in Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center.
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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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