Marvel Studios has announced five new release dates for films yet to be named through 2019 and they are as follows:
- July 28, 2017
- November 3, 2017
- July 6, 2018
- November 2, 2018
- May 3, 2019
These new entries into the Marvel Cinematic Universe add on to this list of previously announced release dates:
- May 1, 2015 – AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
- July 17, 2015 – ANT-MAN
- May 6, 2016 – CAPTAIN AMERICA 3
- July 8, 2016 – (Untitled)
- May 5, 2017 – (Untitled)
For those keeping score, and I am, that makes three Marvel Studios films in 2017 as opposed to the company’s usual two-per-year strategy. It’s a testament to Marvel’s success that the studio can no longer fit all of its cinematic content into just two films every year and will now occasionally have to add an extra release.
In case you’re wondering why Marvel does not have a movie dated for the first weekend in May 2018, Sony Pictures still has THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 4 on that date. Rumors of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3 not making its 2016 release would also push back the fourth film. If that happens, Marvel could move up that July 6, 2018 film, but they may not if Disney has appropriately circled May 4, 2018 for a STAR WARS film.
All told, there are seven untitled films on the way from Marvel Studios, but we can solve a few mysteries with some educated guesses. DOCTOR STRANGE is the favorite for that July 2016 date while there are sure to be third films for THOR and THE AVENGERS in the new dates listed. At least one sequel to GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY should also be factored into the list, leaving us with four titles unsolved.
A sequel to ANT-MAN could be pencilled in as a potential option, but with so many more films on the way, we are probably going to see at least one, but probably more brand new franchises from Marvel. Captain Marvel and Black Panther are two fantastic, long-rumored options. The impending success of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY will open to door for more cosmic franchises as well, like Nova and The Inhumans.
Expect Marvel to fill in at least some these blanks during their Hall H panel one week from today at San Diego Comic Con.