Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase Three

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you will know by now that the Marvel Cinematic Universe has recently announced their five year plan, and it is AMAZING. I now have finally calmed down sufficiently to write down my reaction to what’s coming. Y’ready…?

*spoilers ahoy*

Captain America: Civil War

May 2016

My feelings on this are two-fold. Firstly, I’m so pleased there is another Captain America film coming! This particular movie franchise feels one of the strongest, and I can’t wait to see what happens next, after the return of Bucky. And secondly, “Civil War” indicates the beginning of one of the most dramatic, and one of my favourites, arcs in the Marvel comics. Although it heralds the deaths of several of our main characters as superhero is pitted against superhero, it is one of the most powerful storylines conjured.

Doctor Strange

November 2016

Doctor Strange has been getting the lion’s share of attention, what with the rumours that Benedict Cumberbatch is taking the lead role (yet to be confirmed). Doctor Strange is one of my least favourite characters – I’m just not that fussed by him – but with the great success of Guardians of the Galaxy, I do wonder what they’re going to do with this and be interested to see how it pans out.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2

May 2017

It’s the news the fans have been waiting for – the next Guardians of the Galaxy. I’ll be honest – I never saw the first film as such a success, and was happily (ecstatically) proved wrong, and the second film can only improve on that!

Thor: Ragnarok

July 2017

As if Captain America: Civil War wasn’t indication enough that something big is coming to the Marvelverse, we have the End of Days for the Gods: Ragnarok. Could this mean the end of Thor? I think there might be riots if there were no more blonde-haired demi-God. Between Captain America and this, I’m starting to wonder if phase three is an exit plan for the End of Days for the Cinematic Marvelverse (perish the thought).

Black Panther

November 2017

Excuse me whilst I hyperventilate again. A Black Panther FILM. Of his own. An entire film. I’m crazy in love with Black Panther and his whole story, and Chadwick Boseman is the perfect guy to play him. Even the concept art is beyond cool. November 2017 can’t come quick enough.

Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Part 2

May 2018 and May 2019

Built to be the concluding dramas of both the Captain America and Thor films, by all accounts, a two-parter can only mean big things. Plus, sitting pretty in 2018 and 2019 respectively, it is likely they are going to be the conclusion to the other standalone superhero films too. The best bet? We have a Thanos/infinity gauntlet storyline going on. But I’m wary of new Avengers films. I adored the first one, and the trailers for the second one have me squeaking with delight, but two part films often end up on shaky ground and after the carnage that is promised from Captain America and Thor, what will be left?

Captain Marvel

July 2018

Get the paper bag again – we have our first female lead in a Marvel superhero film! DC might pip Marvel to the post with Wonder Woman in 2017 (*swoon*), but Captain Marvel is hot on its heels with Carol Danvers and a super-powerful superhero. Black Panther and Captain Marvel herald huge steps forward in superhero diversity, and it can only get better from here. It’s a shame we have to wait over three years to see it, but knowing Marvel they will have plenty of teasers to keep us going.


November 2018

This is more of a surprise… The Inhumans are a bit of an odd set of characters, but if Thanos is going to turn up, they’re going to have to be around. Plus, there may well be an Inhuman already around in the Marvelverse in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D  so it’s likely Marvel are playing the long game on this one, and these guys are the ace up their sleeve. After all, so little is known about them, they can pretty much do what they want!

So, aside from pitching up a permanent spot at the local cinema for the next four years, what are you looking forward to most?