Expect superheroes, villains and more superheroes to dominate the world as Marvel Studio plans to roll out new films through the summer of 2019.
At Disney’s El Capitan Theatre, the comic book company’s production president Kevin Feige told a horde of superhero lovers that following the Phase Two-ending “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Ant-Man” next year, Phase Three titles would include:
“Captain America: Civil War,” with Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. joining red, white and blue hero Chris Evans, on May 6, 2016;
“Doctor Strange,” with no confirmation of the Benedict Cumberbatch casting that recently unhinged the fanboy universe, on Nov. 4, 2016;
“Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” the sequel to Marvel’s monster summer hit, on May 5, 2017;
“Thor: Ragnarok” which is Norse legend for Armageddon, on July 28, 2017;
“Black Panther,” the African hero who will be played by Chadwick Boseman and introduced in “Civil Wars,” on Nov. 3, 2017;
“Avengers: Infinity War Part I,” on May 4, 2018;
“Captain Marvel,” who will be a woman, July 6, 2018;
“Inhumans,” the secret race of superpeople introduced in a classic Fantastic Four run in the 1960s, but who will apparently join the Marvel Cinematic Universe (minus the Fantastic Four, which another studio has movie rights to) on Nov. 2. 2018;
and “Avengers: Infinity War Part II,” on May 5, 2019.
Toward the end of Feige’s main presentation, Downey and Evans sauntered on stage, posed fight stances (indicating Iron Man and Cap take different sides in “Civil War”) and then introduced Boseman (“42,” “Get On Up”), all to predictably Pavlovian effect.
“We really do want the fans to be on the front lines of as much of the information we have from us as possible,” Feige said.
Asked if Tuesday’s event was a turf-staking response to rival DC Comics-owning Warner Bros.’ midmonth announcement of its superhero film slate through the decade’s end, the Disney subsidiary’s boss explained the original plan was to make the announcement at Comic-Con International in San Diego, but “things were not set.”
“Things for ‘Civil War’ were not set yet, ‘Guardians’ hadn’t come out yet,” Feige continued. “So the plan has been to do something that either we haven’t done in a long time or have never done, which is a singular event just to announce what we have, when it’s ready.”
During the main presentation, Feige also pointed out “Ultron” director Joss Whedon, “Captain America” helmers Anthony and Joe Russo and the still star-less “Doctor Strange” director Scott Derrickson in the audience, all to duly suitable pandemonium. “Guardians” honcho James Gunn greeted fans via video from the theater’s big screen.
Feige also indicated that the “Civil Wars” film, though based on key comic book series, would differ substantially from the printed version, mainly due to the fact that Spider-Man, Fantastic Four and X-Men characters are still controlled by other studios. He declined to clarify rumors that Disney/Marvel was negotiating with Sony to get Spider-Man back.