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Marvel Announces BLACK PANTHER, CAPTAIN MARVEL & More ‘Phase 3’ Films

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WHOA WHOA WHOA!!

Hot on the heels of yesterday’s Doctor Strange casing news, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced today the full line-up for the company’s ‘Phase 3’ series of films, including solo films for characters like Black Panther, Captain Marvel (the Carol Danvers version to boot!), and the Inhumans, as well as sequels for established properties Captain America, Thor, and the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Here’s the complete list, stretching all the way into 2019:

  • Captain America: Civil War will hit theaters on May 6, 2016.
  • Doctor Strange will arrive on November 4, 2016.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is due on May 5, 2017.
  • Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on July 28, 2017.
  • Black Panther arrives on November 3, 2017 starring Chadwick Boseman.
  • Captain Marvel will be released on July 6, 2018.
  • Inhumans is coming on November 2, 2018.
  • Avengers: Infinity War – Part I arrives on May 4, 2018 followed by Part II on May 3, 2019.

First up, Captain America: Civil War will once again be directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, and will be an adaptation of… well, the hero-vs-hero “Civil War” storyline from the comics. Doctor Strange doesn’t have much new news, beyond it being touted that it will “open up a whole new world for the cinematic universe.” Guardians 2 will be more space awesomeness, followed by Thor: Ragnarok, which could either be reference to the end days in Norse mythology OR the name of the Thor clone created by Tony Stark from the Civil War story arc.

The big news is that not only will the next film be Black Panther, but the lead has already been cast, as Chadwick Boseman (Get On Up, 42) will be stepping into the role of T’Challa, king of the Arfican nation of Wakanda. Captain Marvel is up next, and has been confirmed to be based on Air Force pilot Carol Danvers (and we have heard a rumor on who will be filling the role).

Inhumams fills out the single character films, and is suspected to be Marvel Studio’s replacement for the X-Men franchise, which is currently held by Fox Studios. Finally, we’re getting a two-part Avengers extravaganza, subtitled the Infinity War, which will absolutely feature Thanos and the epic of the Infinity Gems.

I don’t know what to say… these are all great titles. I’m especially excited for the Black Panther and Captain Marvel films, as superhero films with female and minority leads have been lacking from both Marvel and DC/Warner.

All I know for sure is that Warner is going to have some stiff competition for the next few years.

What do you think of all this news? Let us know in the comments below!

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