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Get ready: Marvel’s new slate of movies means a lot of comic entertainment in coming years

March 8th, 2018 by Ciaran McElherron Comments

Disney are kind of like a strange reverse bully: they buy all the stuff you like but instead of keeping it for themselves they share it with you.

The House of Mouse have recently released a whole raft of movie release dates but by not telling us what we are going to see, they are teasing us worse than our high school girlfriend.

We can guess from his twitter and the rumours floating around the Interwebs that one of the movies will be Guardians of the Galaxy 3, the constant calls for a Black Widow movie means this could happen soon too, Doctor Strange was surprisingly well received and Black Panther is smashing box office records so we can speculate as to all these sequel being released.

At the moment what we do is that we will see the following movie on these dates:

Avengers: Infinity War – April 27th, 2018

Ant-Man and The Wasp – July 6th, 2018

Captain Marvel – March 8th, 2019

Avengers 4 – May 3rd, 2019

Spider-Man 2 – July 5th, 2019

The dates for the untitled movies Disney have announced are:

Untitled – May 1st, 2020 – Guardians 3 – hopefully

Untitled – July 31st, 2020 – Black Widow – this better happen

Untitled – November 1st, 2020 – Doctor Strange 2 – Meh

 Untitled – May 7th, 2021 

Untitled – July 30th, 2021 

Untitled – November 5th, 2021

 Untitled – February 18th, 2022 (Black Panther 2?)

Untitled – May 6th, 2022 

Untitled – July 29th, 2022

Three marvel movies a year for the next four years?! Woah!

With the Fox deal not gone though yet, at the moment we can’t assume any of these dates are marked for X-Men or Fantastic Four movies, although we can hope that they will become these. Perspnally I’d love a Man-Thing movie, stick on a R-Rated Howard the Duck Reboot and maybe even touch on Marvel Zombies as a ‘What If’ movie once all the rights are back home.

‘What If’ is a whole can of worms that Marvel have yet to touch but they would be fools not to go down this path: you can mess around with different characters in different situations and have it not effect the main MCU… just imagine the possibilities!

It’s certainly plausible.

Remember, in the midst of Avengers: Infinity War and its back-to-back production with Avengers 4, Kevin Feige hinted that the next 20 Marvel movies will be vastly different to their predecessors, and the fact that the studio is in possession of more than 7,000 characters – a figure that will only continue to grow if the Disney-Fox merger closes – ensures that Feige and his team have plenty of material to work from.

And then there’s this: Feige’s comment from 2014, when Marvel’s über-producer hinted at the possibility of upping the studio’s output to four projects per annum:

I think television is filling some of that now, in terms of bringing out more product. That’s certainly the idea with the Netflix shows. But I don’t know that we will necessarily say “Okay, we’re now moving strategically to three a year, now we’re moving to four a year.”

What I think is more likely – if [knocks on wood-like table] the next group of movies work and people want to see additional stories – we’ll have too many franchises and you can’t do one of each franchise every two or three years. We’d have to move to three a year, but that would have to be a natural move if it were to occur. We’d have a [script] draft, we’d have a filmmaker, we’d have a character the audience wants to see – let’s slot in a place for a third one. Or a fourth one.

Sources: WGTC and OmegaUnderground

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Ciarán McElherron is 37 years old and living in Belfast with his wife Clare and an assortment of cats and a dog. He caught the nerd bug the first time he saw a lightsaber ignite and Luke Skywalker has been his hero ever since. He watches too much TV, reads too many Marvel comic books and plays way too much Football Manager. Sylvester McCoy was his Doctor and when he grows up he would like to be He-Man