Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase 3 Unveiled

Posted by The Daily Zombies Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Brace yourself as Marvel Studios boldly move on to Phase Three of their box office-stomping path of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Black Panther! Captain Marvel! Doctor Strange! Inhumans! Ragnarok! And the two-part Infinity War! 

We all know what we are in for when we signed up for Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2008 when Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury showed up in the post-credit scene of Jon Favreau's Iron Man to explain that Tony Stark is "not the only superhero in the world". And here we are in 2014 near the conclusion of the phenomenal run of Phase Two of Marvel Studio's box office-stomping franchise adapting their popular superheroes to the big screen (most of them since the mutants belonged to Fox while Spider-Man and folks are with Sony. 

With Warner Bros and DC finally taking the fight to Marvel with their stellar announcement of 11 new superhero films set to be released from 2016 to 2020, Marvel Studios more than responded with the announcement of their astounding slate of films in Phase Three. While both Phase One and Two contained six films (many still regarded Age of Ultron as the final chapter of Phase Two. That honor goes to Ant-Man), Phase Three understandably expanded to nine films given the spectacular scope. With no further ado, here are the official details from the press release:

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will be in 3D (previously announced 5/1/15 wide playdate is unchanged)

ANT-MAN will be in 3D (previously announced 7/17/15 wide playdate is unchanged)

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR is final title of previous “Captain America 3” and will be in 3D (previously announced 5/6/16 wide playdate is unchanged)

DOCTOR STRANGE is final title of previous “7/8/16 Marvel Untitled” and moves to 11/4/16 wide in 3D (previously announced “7/8/16 Marvel Untitled” wide playdate is OUT)

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 moves to 5/5/17 wide and will be in 3D (from 7/28/17 wide, replaces previous “5/5/17 Marvel Untitled”)

THOR: RAGNOROK now dated on 7/28/17 wide in 3D (replaces previous GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 on 7/28/17)

BLACK PANTHER now dated on 11/3/17 wide in 3D (previously “11/3/17 Marvel Untitled”)

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART I is final title of previous “5/4/18 Marvel Untitled” and will be in 3D

CAPTAIN MARVEL now dated on 7/6/18 wide in 3D (previously “7/6/18 Marvel Untitled”)

INHUMANS now dated on 11/2/18 wide in 3D (previously “11/2/18 Marvel Untitled”)

AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART II is final title of previous “5/3/19 Marvel Untitled” and will be in 3D

And here are what we have learnt about the Phase Three films thus far from the event in chronological order (of the release date respectively).

Captain America: Civil War - May 6, 2016

Interestingly, Marvel made a humorous hoax with the initial announcement proclaiming that the third installment of Captain America would be entitled "Serpent Society" (see below), debunking the earlier leaked news of the adaptation of Civil War.

Then of course, Marvel Studio President Kevin Feige introduced the one and only Robert Downey Jr. to have a staredown with Chris Evans, all but confirming Civil War.

Then came the surprise announcement of Chadwick Boseman making his big screen debut as Black Panther in the film. So there we have it, a new superhero who will be later be appearing in his own feature film.

A major point of departure from the popular comic book storyline of the same name will be an extremely key component of the original arc: Secret identities. Since Marvel Studios will not get to utilize Spider-Man (despite the rumored Marvel/Sony connection on this one) and given the fact that the heroes thus far from the Marvel Cinematic Universe having no secret identities (yup, an interesting point by the way), the main point of contention for the Superhuman Registration Act is more on the allegiance of the superhuman and the authority/government that they should report to. Here's a video clip with Feige explaining how the events thus far in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe is justifying the needs for regulation in the superhuman community.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - May 5, 2017

GIven its wildly popular status, it is interesting to note that the sequel of James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy was the least-talked about film of the event. Which is understandably so given how everyone is overwhelmed by the massive announcement of the entire slate of films.

Doctor Strange - November 4, 2016

After the unsuccessfully attempt to get Joaquin Phoenix on board to play the eponymous role of Doctor Stephen Strange, rumors of Benedict Cumberbatch is in negotiations for the role have been much speculated prior to the event. As Feige put, if it has been confirmed, they would have announced it. Anyway, Doctor Strange will be opening up the magical part of the Marvel Universe, something Feige has been looking forward to for a long time.

Thor: Ragnarok - July 28, 2017

So the End of Days for the Asgardians is coming up pretty early in the third installment of Thor's film franchise. While there are speculations that by Ragnarok, Marvel is referring to the Thor clone that was created in Civil War (thereby continuing the arc from Captain America 3), we fully believe that this is most likely based on the classic storyline by Walt Simonson back in the 80s. Needless to say, the Loki situation will definitely be addressed and it is likely that as a result of the conclusion of Ragnarok, Thor will not be participating in Avengers 3.5. Okay, more on that later.

Black Panther - November 3, 2017

With Black Panther introduced in Civil War, it is interesting to note how confident Marvel Studios is in Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa (Black Panther) that they are giving him his own feature film when established fan-favorites the likes of Mark Ruffalo's Hulk, Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, and Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye are sitting out on their opportunities. Also noteworthy is the fact that this is the first black superhero film from Marvel and it is unfortunate that DC stole the thunder for this particular honor when they announced Cyborg last week.

Anyway, Marvel has released a concept art of Black Panther, giving us a glimpse at how the live-action adaptation version of the character will be like.

Avengers: Infinity War Part I - May 4, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War Part II- May 3, 2019

For the suicidal, here's one good reason why you should hang on to life and at the very least, live on to 2019: Thanos is finally coming and he have all six Infinity Gems on his gauntlet. Here's the details from the official press release from Marvel:

The Avengers have already triumphed over Loki, and next summer they’ll face Ultron…but nothing could prepare them for the menace of Thanos.

How big of a threat does Thanos pose, you ask? Big enough to span two epic films, beginning with Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War Part 1” on May 4, 2018, and concluding in Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War Part 2” on May 3, 2019 for one massive cinematic event.

“We’ve always had a plan since Nick Fury broke into Tony Stark’s house and told him he’s part of a bigger universe,” recalled Feige. “‘Avengers: Infinity War Part 1′ is the beginning of the culmination of everything that has come before.”

Hold onto your hats, True Believers, because Phase 3 of the Cinematic Universe is going to be one wild ride! Stay tuned to for the latest on the Avengers and the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as it develops!

We have seen Josh Brolin sporting the Infinity Gauntlet back in San Diego Comic-Con.

And now for the first time ever, we get to witnessed the Mad Titan wielding all six Infinity Gem in his Gauntlet, the Infinity Gauntlet! And here's the unofficial recording of the teaser trailer announcing the film that was screened during the Marvel Event. Spoiler: There is a killer ending for all self-respecting Marvel Zombies.

And here's an image captured of the moment that has been etching on everyone's mind.

While it has been much-rumored that the two-part epic will be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the brothers duo who directed The Winter Soldier and will be directing Civil War, Feige has not confirmed this yet. Either way, we can assured tell you that superhero films will be reaching one hell of a climax, if not over-saturation, by 2018.

Captain Marvel - July 6, 2018

Finally, the first film focusing on a female superhero by Marvel. Yes, Feige has confirmed that the Captain Marvel in question will not be the classic Mar-Vell, but the more popular Carol Danvers. Nevertheless, DC once again stole the thunder for the first female superhero film with their announcement of Wonder Woman though it should be noted that technically, the first female superhero film is 1984's Supergirl and we just don't give a damn to 2004's Catwoman and 2005's Elektra.

In a discussion on the film Feige explains the following:

“This Captain Marvel’s name is Carol Danvers.  This film has been in the works almost as long as Doctor Strange or Guardians of the Galaxy before it came out, and one of the key things was figuring out what we wanted to do with it.  Her adventures are very earthbound, but her powers are based in the cosmic realm.”

We are just wondering how fortunate it is that DC is renaming their big ol' Captain Marvel as Shazam and that the film featuring The Rock as Black Adam is not entitled Captain Marvel. Else we will not only have to contend with two Quicksilvers but two superhero films called Captain Marvel.

Inhumans - November 2, 2018

With the rights of Fantastic Four with Fox, this iteration of Inhumans will definitely be uncovered by some other superheroes. Feige has indicated that Easter Eggs for Inhumans may be available "sooner than you might expect".

Chronologically, Phase Three will then be closed by Avengers: Infinity War Part II, a film rumored to be an ensemble of every superheroes featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe from Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange, to Inhumans. Now that is one hell of a Marvelous sight for any comic book readers.

For more on these films, check out this telling interview with Feige, courtesy of Slash Film.

As a final note, we observed some peculiar similarities of Marvel's announcement to DC and Warner Bros. 's announcement last week.

First black superhero feature film? Check.
First female superhero feature film? Check.
The final big blow-out conclusion stretched over two chapters? Check, with 2017's Justice League: Part One, and 2019's Justice League: Part Two, as opposed to Marvel's two-part Avengers: Infinity War.

Nevertheless, it is going to be an interesting time in cinema for the longtime superhero comic readers. And we are not even taking consideration that Fox still have their Fantastic Four and the disaster-level X-Men: Apocalypse while Sony is still deliberating on their next move for the Spider-Man film franchise. 

In closing, here are some other images from the Marvel event.


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