Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Marvel Studios Makes Major Announcements

So today, October 28, 2014, Marvel Studios (Disney) held an event, with announcements being promised.




This was a major deal, because Marvel's last release of the upcoming dates for their films had a bunch of dates with no titles associated, and fans were only able to speculate as to what they could be seeing.

One of the first major announcements at the event, being teased for Avengers: Age of Ultron:


The Vision





When it was announced that Joss Whedon and Kevin Feige were at the event, it became all too clear that Doctor Strange, Civil War, and The Vision weren't going to be the only announcements.

It was reported that Marvel started by showing the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron before going to a look at the first two phases (still incomplete) of Marvel, and looking at Ant Man, which will follow AoU.

Then Marvel displayed this graphic on screen, and the hype got real.

Phase 3





The first big official announcement was a film we were all already sure about, Doctor Strange.


Captain America 3


Then Marvel showed that Captain America 3 would be called Captain America: Serpent Society.




If you are unaware of the comic books, The Serpent who is also known as Cul Borson is the self-proclaimed, real All-Father of Asgard. The brother to Thor's father, Odin. In the comics, The Serpent is the character who breaks Captain America's shield in an epic battle, which forces The Avengers to head to Wakanda and seek the assistance of T'Challa (a.k.a. Black Panther) in obtaining some of their Uranium stash to re-forge the shield.

Thor 3


Following that announcement, we were provided with an announcement for the third Thor film. We will have Thor: Ragnarok.







Ragnarok is an epic story. In the actual Norse mythology, Ragnarok or Ragnarök was "a series of future events, including a great battle foretold to ultimately result in the death of a number of major figures (including the gods Odin, Thor, Týr, Freyr, Heimdallr, and Loki)." In the comics, however, the twist is that Ragnarok is a cyborg clone of Thor. Now, in the films, we will probably not see a cyborg clone, but rather, something that was hinted in Thor: The Dark World.


So after we got the announcement for Thor: Ragnarok, Marvel hit us with an expected call after the crazy success of this summer's Guardians of the Galaxy.

Guardians of the Galaxy


We will now be getting Guardians of the Galaxy 2.



Black Panther


Then we got one of the biggest announcements of the entire day. Fans have wanted this character in this Marvel Universe for as long as this Marvel Universe has existed. We are finally getting Black Panther! And Black Panther will be a standalone film!







Captain Marvel


Following that major announcement comes the announcement of another fan-favorite, Captain Marvel, who will get a self-titled film Captain Marvel.







Inhumans


After that announcement, comes the announcement of Inhumans.





While Inhumans will likely hold true to their comic book entity, Marvel could always surprise fans by also adapting the team to exist with the "miracles" that fit under the shared group that are not owned exclusively by Marvel Studios or Fox's X-Men. This could be a major deal, because many of the Dark Avengers fall in that category as being both, but I should not be getting mine or your hopes up for anything that drastic. The actual Inhumans are far more than enough to excite and keep fans entertained and happy.

Avengers 3


Then we got the major announcement for Phase 3. Avengers: Infinity War gets announced!



Infinity Gauntlet


As if it is not already clear, and it was already all-but-confirmed, Infinity will refer to the Infinity Gauntlet/Infinity Stones which means Thanos will be the major villain in those films. Our tested team of Avengers will finally meet The Mad Titan in battle, and chances are they will not make it through this battle in one piece, or easily. In fact, that was confirmed quickly, because Avengers: Infinity War will not be in one piece.









A two-part movie all but ensures Thanos' wrath will not be swift. It will not be light. We will see The Avengers tested and destroyed worse than they can do to each other. Thanos' Chitauri in Avengers will be nothing compared to what he has in store for "Earth's mightiest heroes" in Infinity War.

Here is the entirety of Phase 3:



Civil War


And then out of nowhere, Robert Downey, Jr. (Tony Stark) and Chris Evans (Captain America, Steve Rogers) hit the stage, and reveal that Captain America 3 will in fact not be called Captain America: Serpent Society, it will be titled Captain America: Civil War!





This is major, because we had the confirmation that the Civil War would in fact take place in Captain America 3. Downey, Jr. himself said as much in recent weeks, and the trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron seemed to hint at the looming possibility even greater. Marvel even showed a scene from Age of Ultron which hinted even further at the tension between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark. The fact that Marvel unveiled this for sure and did it to "replace" Serpent Society says an awful lot about their plans. Will Serpent Society be a "secondary" story? Will it be postponed for the future? Or will it be an underlying series of events taking place in both Civil War and Ragnarok?

Chadwick Boseman is Black Panther


We were not yet done, though! Marvel has officially announced Chadwick Boseman (who starred as Jackie Robinson in 42, James Brown in Get on Up, and countless roles in television dramas) will be playing Black Panther.





But again, going one step further, Marvel revealed that T'Challa will be featured in Captain America: Civil War.





And then taking it another step forward entirely:





We go even further with a teaser of Thanos with the Infinity Gauntlet in Avengers: Infinity War:



Marvel Studios Upcoming Movie Dates


If you've been unable, as almost the entire world has, to keep track of all of this, here is the updated Marvel Studios movie release list in order from today through the second part of Infinity War.

Avengers: Age of Ultron will release on May 1, 2015
Ant-Man will release on July 17, 2015.

That will close out Phase 2.

Phase 3 will kick off with:

Captain America: Civil War on May 6, 2016.
Doctor Strange will release on November 4, 2016.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will release on May 5, 2017.
Thor: Ragnarok will release on July 28, 2017.
Black Panther will release on November 3, 2017.
Avengers: Infinity War Pt. 1 will release on May 4, 2018.
Captain Marvel will release on July 6, 2018.
Inhumans will release on November 2, 2018.
Avengers: Infinity War Pt. 2 will release on May 3, 2019.

These dates do not appear to be subject to change, but considering that the tight-lipped Marvel Studios unveiled so much today, it is safe to assume we will have many surprises along the way. But I can not begin to get ahead of myself or undermine or underplay how important and amazing these announcement today are. There is a bright (or dark) future ahead for Marvel Studios, and they are answering fans' requests and then some.

Huge thanks due to @SuperheroReport for their part in sharing all of this breaking news and all of the awesome pictures.

Leave a comment, let us know what you are most looking forward to, and what surprises you think Marvel has in store for us for the duration of Phase 2 and all of Phase 3!

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