Marvel Announces MCU Wave 3

Marvel Announces MCU Wave 3

 

Today Marvel announced 9 new movies for the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the next 5 years.

 

B1De3VBCEAA5H4xCaptain America: Civil War finally lets us know why they’ve been advertising this crossover again. May 6, 2016.

 

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No word on whether Tom Selleck (or Benedict Cumberbatch) will be playing Doctor Strange. November 7, 2016.

 

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is hardly a surprise. May 5, 2017

 

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Thor: Ragnarok has a suitably epic title. If it matches the last two in the character’s franchise, I’m all for it.

 

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I can think of only three feature films that starred a person of color in the lead role. Ever. 1993’s Meteor Man, which was stupid.¬†1994’s Blankman which was supposed to be stupid and still wasn’t worth it. And 1997’s Steel. Which wasn’t necessarily supposed to be stupid but was because pretty much the only reason it was made was to take advantage of Shaquille O’Neil’s popularity. Here’s hoping that along with DC’s announced Cyborg and Aquaman movies, Black Panther does a better job. It should. I’ve not yet got a reason to doubt Marvel Studios.¬†Chadwick Boseman takes the lead role on November 3, 2017.

It’s worth noting that when they announced these movies, Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr, and Boseman were all on stage and had an argument over which side Black Panther should take in the “Civil War.” For those who don’t know, Civil War is a story line that pits pretty much all the superheroes in the Marvel universe against each other, often violently, over whether secret identity registration should be enforced legally. Iron Man and Captain America were on different sides. This might hint that not only will Downey be in Captain America: Civil War (which he pretty much has to be) but Black Panther will, too.

 

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I don’t know enough curses to express how excited I am that Carol Danvers (the secret identity of Captain Marvel) gets on screen. Fans have pulled for this for years. Non comic-nerds have wanted Black Widow more, and I can understand why. But Captain Marvel is an even better choice… holy ####in #### mother of #### yes! Captain Marvel comes on July 6, 2018. Between this and the announced Wonder Woman movies, maybe some women can get on the super stage instead of just slabs of testosterone.

 

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Inhumans represents another “lesser” (certainly lesser-known, though of continuity-wide importance in the comic universe) set of characters that Marvel wants to make the public aware of. The Inhumans are a cool team with some great inter-character dynamics. It’s a really good choice for the screen.

 

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With all the rumors flying around about next years Avengers: Age of Ultron (I have some if you want me to share!) it was obvious they’d announce more sequels for this team. Well, also obvious because while they hadn’t named it, Marvel Studios already said there would be Avengers movies. They just hadn’t given us a title for comic nerds to chew on.

Avengers: Infinity War will be a two parter, showing up in May 2018 and May 2019. There are people who will be frustrated at the year long cliffhanger, but we lived with it with Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit (though many more people knew how that was going to go already) and we also lived with it when Back to the Future II and III were a year apart. We’ll live. And we obviously have a truck load of movies from Marvel to tide us over.

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