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Marvel Announces Its Phase III Slate And I Need A Drink And A Cigarette

By TK Burton | Industry | October 28, 2014 |

By TK Burton | Industry | October 28, 2014 |

Fuck yeah, Marvel.

Marvel Entertainment, who have been catching a bit of flak recently after DC began hurling out a flurry of new, diverse properties, have stepped up their game. On the heels of the news that Bendydick Crimplyback is almost sealed as Doctor Strange, Marvel’s Kevin Feige announced at todays event that they’ve got the schedule for their next phase of films. And that group is pretty goddamn terrific.

Captain America: Civil War - May 6, 2016.
Doctor Strange - November 4, 2016
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - May 5, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok - July 28, 2017
Black Panther - November 3, 2017
Captain Marvel - July 6, 2018
Inhumans - November 2, 2018

(That first one is a bit of a surprise — I don’t know that fans were clamoring to see Bushmaster, Anaconda, Sidewinder and company come to the big screen. But it’s a solid run of comics and it’s being directed by the Russo brothers, who absolutely nailed The Winter Soldier, so I’m good.) I got suckered on that one, so yes, Civil War. Which is not my favorite storyline, but in Russos we trust.

Doctor Strange should be a very interesting one, given that outside of Thor, there hasn’t been much magical goings on in the Marvel universe. This will change that.

Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 is going to be amazing, because the first one is possibly the best of the Marvel films to-date (or tied with Avengers and The Winter Solider) and it’s essentially the same players returning.

Thor: Ragnarok. Get ready for some biceps.

Black Panther: FINALLY. FUCKING FINALLY. I have to wait three more years, but who cares. IT IS FINALLY HAPPENING. T’Challa is coming, y’all, in the form of Chadwick Boseman. HUZZAH.

Last, but most certainly not goddamned least, is Captain Marvel. This one is as important as Black Panther, because it’s been confirmed that this will be Carol Danvers. Basically, Marvel is finally getting off their collective asses and giving what fans have really wanted for quite some time — some diversity in their leads (leads, not just supporting characters), and some of the cooler, less well-known characters to get their chance. Carol Danvers is a fantastic character with a great backstory (aside from the horrific rape storyline from 1980 which, I mean, Jesus fucking Christ Marvel and thank you, Chris Claremont for trying to undo it, however clumsily), and should make for a great film.

UPDATE: Hitfix confirmed that the two-part Avengers event following Age Of Ultron will be Infinity War, which will come out in May of 2018 and 2019, which absolutely makes sense given the Guardians/Asgard/Avengers stuff going on.

UPDATE II: Inhumans will be released in November of 2018, which, you know, that’s cool. I’ve never been a huge fan to be honest.

So there you have it. I’m thrilled.


(via The Mary Sue)

TK Burton is an Editorial Consultant. You may email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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