This year’s San Diego Comic Con will soon be upon us, but Disney has jumped the gun a little bit and released some news about some upcoming features from Marvel Studios. This news was thrown into a press release announcing the dates of some upcoming projects like ‘Tomorrowland’, ‘Into The Woods’, and the upcoming Muppets sequel that was recently renamed ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ and it revealed a small portion of what is coming in the Marvel Cinematic Universe after ‘The Avengers 2’.
According to /Film, the news broke that Disney has locked down two dates in 2016 and 2017 for two unannounced Marvel films to be released. And to continue their trend of kicking off the summer movie season, both dates are for early May. Here’s what the press release had to say:
We’ve also announced dates for two UNTITLED MARVEL films (5/6/16 and 5/5/17), in line with Marvel’s successful tradition of opening films in early May, including the billion-dollar hits MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS and Marvel’s IRON MAN 3. We look forward to announcing more details about these films as well as the sequel to THE AVENGERS (opening 5/1/15) at a later date.
Now that Phase Two’s production is nearly entering it’s second half, it’s not surprising that Phase Three is starting to enter it’s developmental stages. In fact, we already know that Edgar Wright’s ‘Ant-Man’ is in the works and is set for a November 2015 release date, so now the question remains is what could be taking these newly announced dates.
One obvious guess is Doctor Strange, which has been confirmed by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige to be a part of Phase Three. The Sorcerer Supreme has been rumored to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe for years now, so it would be logical for one of those dates to be his.
Another candidate could be Black Panther. Stan Lee has stated repeatedly that a film starring the Wakandan warrior is on the books in some fashion, so he might be a good guess as well, especially after it’s already been established that his kingdom exists in the film universe because his country can be spotted on one of Tony Stark’s maps if you look closely.
Finally, another pick of Lee’s is the Inhumans. With ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ kicking off the exploration of Marvel’s cosmic side, it’s possible that they could continue spotlighting that aspect of their stable of characters by introducing Black Bolt, Medusa, and the rest of the children of the Terrigen Mist.
Chances are that we’ll find out more info on these untitled Marvel projects when SDCC rolls around. But until we know for sure, what films do you think will fill these recently revealed openings in Disney’s release schedule? Do you think that they’ll be sequels to existing franchises or will Marvel start some new ones? Let us know what you think in the comments below.