Marvel’s Phase 3 Announced

Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther at Marvel’s live event today PHOTO CREDIT: Tom McLean

About a week or so ago invitations went out to the large news outlets from Marvel Entertainment to a “special event” very reminiscent of the lead up to Apple Keynote addresses.

Well today is the day and the Internet has been a buzz ever since the first of the first moments of live blogging. The event opened to the President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige thanking Hydra for forcing them to release the Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser trailer earlier than expected, but that didn’t stop them from playing the trailer anyway.

King of the Nerds himself Joss Whedon made an appearance in time for the Phase 3 announcements to being and they were as follows:

  • Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016.
  • Doctor Strange (Directed by Scott Derrickson) – November 4, 2016
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017
  • Thor: Ragnarok – July 28, 2017
  • Black Panther (Starring Chadwick Boesman)– November 3, 2017
  • Captain Marvel (Starring a yet to be cast Carol Danvers)– July 6, 2018
  • Inhumans – November 2, 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019

Many things happen after the Phase 3 movies are introduced including a sneak peek at a clip from Age of Ultron and an appearance from Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans. Most importantly to me is the Q&A session that Feige has with the press that helped to clarify some important bits of information.

Feige mentions that he wanted to make the announcement during this year’s San Diego Comic Con but that they did not have all of the pieces in place in time to do so. This addresses some of the concerns that people had about the company’s presence at this year’s show. He also directly addressed the recent rumors that Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing Doctor Strange saying, “If it was confirmed, we would have announced it today.” This does not completely rule out that Cumbertach will play the character in the MCU but shows that all of the Internet’s excitement about the casting was a bit premature.

In regards to Black Panther,Feige confirmed that he will be seen in costume in Civil War. This leaves open the possibility of seeing Boseman‘s T’challa out of costume in a movie being released prior to Civil War.

Obviously no announcement of solo Black Widow or Hulk movies was made but it was confirmed that the characters will be seen in the movie’s of others. Whether that will be in his Bruce Banner form or his larger green one was not specified.  There was also no mention of an Iron Man 4, but Feige said that nothing was off the table.  There were more questions to which you can find the answers here.

Many of the things announced today have been speculated for years and it great to finally have solid confirmation on them.


Marvel Phase 3 - Avengers 3
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Marvel Phase 3 - Captain Marvel
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Marvel Phase 3 - Inhumans
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Marvel Phase 3 - Captain America 3
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Marvel Phase 3 - Doctor Strange
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Marvel Phase 3 - Guardians of the Galaxy
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Marvel Phase 3 - Thor 3
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Marvel Phase 3 - Black Panther
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Which movie are you most excited about?  Who is your pick to play Captain Marvel?  Who would you cast in Inhumans?  We want to know what you think…leave your comments below, let’s talk about this.


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Janel McClain

New York City native that enjoys so many geeky things and tries to make a costume to reflect them all. She enjoys discovering new comics and sic-fi franchises and endeavors to enjoy them all.

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