At CinemaCon last April, Walt Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn announced the company’s expectation of two tent pole films per year from Marvel Studios. Per Collider, Marvel plans to make good on that with release dates for untitled projects confirmed for 2016 and 2017. The studio is set to release films on May 6 and July 8 of 2016 with another film set for May 5, 2017.
Titles for these films could be announced at Comic Con next month, but it’s never too early to speculate. Obvious candidates include third films for “Thor” and “Captain America” or a sequel to “Guardians of the Galaxy.” It is also very possible one of these films could be “Doctor Strange,” which is a property Marvel has been developing for a long time, but gained more traction in conversations about Phase Three. A film based on “The Inhumans” is a less obvious, but exciting option.
Credit Marvel for its continued confidence and agression in moving its superhero films forward. In the wake of June box office records for “Man of Steel,” Warner Bros. has yet to announce anything regarding its superhero slate. Meanwhile, Marvel is stealing headlines and widening its lead in the genre.
Below is a recap of Marvel’s films for the next few years.
“Thor: The Dark World” – November 8, 2013
“Captain America: The Winter Solider” – April 4, 2014
“Guardians of the Galaxy” – August 1, 2014
“Marvel’s The Avengers 2” – May 1, 2015
“Ant-Man” – November 6, 2015
Untitled Marvel film – May 6, 2016
Untitled Marvel film – July 8, 2016
Untitled Marvel film – May 5, 2017