Summer is time for relaxing, napping a lot and doing very little. But not if you’re Marvel Studios. For the people who brought you The Avengers, Iron Man and the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy, Summer is just as busy as any other season – even busier.
Comic Con is less than a week away but Marvel is looking far, far ahead of that. In fact, Marvel is looking five years into the future. You and I might not have plans beyond next weekend but these guys are already planting their flags in several high profile weekends. Get out your calendar and take a look at what Marvel has planned in through 2019.
Scooping up as much prime release date real estate as possible, Marvel has claimed these juicy dates:
July 28, 2017
November 3, 2017
July 6, 2018
November 2, 2018
May 3, 2019
As you can see, those are a lot of dates but no movie titles. Marvel isn’t going to give you everything just yet. While you have the days, you won’t know which movies are debuting for quite some time. Don’t worry though, they have lots and lots of time to figure out what goes where.
Currently, the studio has The Avengers: Age of Ultron set for May 1, 2015. That’s followed by the troubled Ant-Man on July 17, 2015. Captain America 3 drops on May 6, 2016 (going head-to-head with Batman V Superman) and then Marvel has two un-named films penciled in for July 8, 2016 and May 5, 2017. Now you can add these five additional dates to that list. Yes, that means there might be three Marvel films in 2017. That’s an awful lot, even for a studio that has yet to encounter a serious misstep.
So what movies should we be expecting for these new dates? Guardians of the Galaxy 2? A stand-alone Hulk film? Doctor Strange is going in somewhere, probably in 2016, but that still leaves a lot of space to fill. But Marvel isn’t just throwing out dates with no rhyme or reason, they have this all set inside their secret bunker. The only question is when will we get to know what’s coming out?
When does Marvel Phase Two become Marvel Phase Three? When does the third Avengers hit? Will Marvel really jam three movies into one year? And how long will Marvel stay on top? Some are predicting a box office bomb sooner rather than later, something that will shake the studio up and make them reassess things. As Guardians gets closer and buzz only grows (even with non-movie geeks), I’m starting to think Marvel might keep knocking them out of the park for the foreseeable future.
What do you think will be coming out in these newly-announced dates? Lesser-known characters getting their chance at the spotlight? More sequels? For God’s sake, are we ever getting a Black Widow movie?