Marvel Unleashes Its Phase 3 Feature Film Plans

By Wes Smith

Disney announced the third phase of its plans for Marvel’s feature film slate today at an event in Hollywood, California.

The nine-film presentation, which took place at Disney’s iconic El Capitan Theater on the Walk of Fame, gave official release dates and logos to already-rumored films while also unveiling a few new titles.

The nine presented films were 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), Avengers: Infinity War Part I (May 4, 2018), Captain Marvel (July 6, 2018), The Inhumans (November 2, 2018), and Avengers: Infinity War Part II (May 3, 2019).

The presentation featured several key cast members, including Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans. Also present was the addition of Chadwick Boseman, who has been cast as Black Panther. Boseman has been gaining recognition in Hollywood as a bright young talent after roles portraying Jackie Robinson and James Brown.

Deadline also reported yesterday that Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast as Doctor Strange. The casting was confirmed today.

Disney’s slate comes right on the heels of a whirlwind of superhero announcements by rival DC Comics. Some critics noted that DC’s slate included Wonder Woman, leaving Marvel without a female-fronted solo film. Black Widow had been rumored as part of the Marvel solo film slate after success in The Avengers franchise, but Marvel has instead opted to go with a Carol Danvers version of Captain Marvel instead.

The presentation also arrives just in time for Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo in Los Angeles this upcoming weekend. There is no word yet on whether the newly announced films will have a presence at the convention.

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