This last summer’s Ant-Man may not have been the blockbuster hit that some of the previous Marvel Cinematic Universe films have been, but it was still a pretty good (and profitable) film. Frankly, having a lighter, more comedic film sandwiched between the darker Avengers: Age of Ultron and the upcoming Captain America: Civil War was a brilliant move. Although Ant-Man had probably the most complicated journey to the screen (as it predated the shared universe in its development), it paid off.
Marvel’s roadmap has been pretty set over the next several years though, so fans wanting a sequel didn’t have much to hope for. Well, that is until Marvel made an announcement earlier today.
A sequel titled Ant-Man and the Wasp is now on the way, with a release date of July 6, 2018. It’ll be Marvel’s first film with a woman superhero in the title, even if she’s getting second billing.
Of course, this means there will be some scheduling changes to Phase 3. Black Panther is moving up to February 16, 2018, with Captain Marvel (which previously was going to be the first woman headlining film) pushed back to March 8, 2019. It’s a little disappointing that Carol Danvers’s big screen debut will be pushed back, but at least it’ll be because another woman character is getting the spotlight.
We don’t know who’s returning for the film, but it’s assumed Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly will reprise their roles.
Last night we got the amazing news that Spider-man is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony will still be producing any stand-alone films, as they haven’t given up the rights on the character, but will coordinate with Marvel for crossovers like the Avengers films.
But we didn’t know a lot about how this would affect Sony’s previously announced plans for the franchise. Now, in the light of day, a lot more details are coming out.
First off, as most of us suspected, Andrew Garfield is out. While he was an excellent Peter Parker, Marvel wants a new actor in the role. Secondly, Sinister Six film is on hold at best and cancelled at worst. Thirdly, we also know that Marvel wants the character to be Peter Parker (sorry Miles Morales fans).
A new stand-alone Spider-man film is still expected, just in July of 2017.
Because of that 2017 film, some of the Marvel Phase 3 films are getting shuffled a bit. This is what Phase 3 Looks like now:
May 6, 2016 – Captain America: Civil War
November 4, 2016 – Doctor Strange
May 5, 2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy 2
July 27, 2017 – Spider-Man
November 3, 2017 – Thor: Ragnarok
May 4, 2018 – The Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1
July 6, 2018 – Black Panther
November 2, 2018 – Captain Marvel
May 3, 2019 – The Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2
July 12, 2019 – Inhumans
All in all, it’s an exciting shift to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I will admit, I am a bit disappointed that we likely won’t see a Black Cat movie now.
Kevin Feige took to the stage today and announced the entire slate of Marvel Phase 3 films. You can head over to Marvel.com for the full details, but importantly the highlights include:
Seriously folks, head on over to the Marvel master post about this, because it’s a lot…
…and it’s awesome.