With Guardians of the Galaxy blasting into theaters at the end of next week, Marvel Studios faces their first real challenge since the first Thor film was released: will audiences come to see a movie about relatively unknown characters, and one that’s set in outer space? But the studio doesn’t seem daunted by the challenge, because they’ve officially announced the release dates for their slate of movies going all the way through 2019. Here’s what we know so far:
Guardians of the Galaxy, August 1st, 2014
Avengers: Age of Ultron, May 1st, 2015
Ant-Man, July 17th, 2015
Captain America 3, May 6th, 2016
Untitled, July 8th, 2016
Untitled, May 5th, 2017
Untitled, July 28, 2017
Untitled, November 3, 2017
Untitled, July 6, 2018
Untitled, November 2, 2018
Untitled, May 3, 2019
The untitled project on July 8th is likely Doctor Strange, one of Kevin Feige’s passion projects that he’s been talking about doing for years. That one has a writer and director attached, so it seems like a safe bet that it’s coming next down the pike.
Since May seems to be carved out as Avengers month, it looks like we may have to wait until 2019 to see the third Avengers sequel. That could also give the studio the time they need to convince Joss Whedon to sign on for the job – or perhaps those negotiations have already happened, and the decision to push the movie back one year longer than the three year gap between the first and second movie was Whedon’s idea, giving him more time to perfect the story and write the script. Sounds plausible to me.
So what’s happening in between? Well, a third Thor movie seems all but guaranteed based on the track record of these Marvel franchises, and a second Guardians movie should be hitting theaters before Avengers 3. Seems like they’re just waiting to see how Guardians does before officially announcing the sequel, but I’m guessing that one will be one of the three 2017 releases. And here’s an interesting thought: what if Iron Man 4 does end up happening, despite Gwyneth Paltrow saying there won’t be one? That could hit in May of 2017, a little less than three years from now, and it would give audiences a chance to see Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark more than one more time between now and 2019. Just a thought.
What do you think the untitled Marvel films will be? Sound off below!
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