Marvel just released a list of release dates for their future films…without any actual film names. I guess it just proves they are so planning stuff. Here’s the announced line-up and the five mystery slots:
Guardians of the Galaxy — Aug. 1, 2014
Avengers: Age of Ultron — May 1, 2015
Ant-Man –July 17, 2015
Captian America 3 — May 6, 2016.
And the new dates:
July 8, 2016 — Mostly likely the Doctor Strange film
May 5, 2017
July 28, 2017
November 3, 2017
July 6, 2018
November 2, 2018
May 3, 2019
What else do we know? Avengers 3 and Thor 3 are planned, so two of those are spoken for—I’d guess May 5, 2017 for the next Avengers movie. Thor movies open in the fall, so November 3, 2017 would be possible for that. But four years between Thor films? I’m just spitballin’ folks.
That leave new movies for Moondragon, the Black Panther and Woodgod, right? More will be announced at San Diego, I’d expect, Hall H Saturday afternoon — be there, should be no trouble to get in.
Of course, speculation has run rampant. Could one of these films be Submariner, an oft rumored but never nailed down character? While you would think the film would be delayed by the difficulty finding an actor who doesn’t mind running around in a teeny green speedo for a full length film, it’s actually a rights issue. Namor is part of the much hated Fox Marvel FF film family, right? Not exactly, says Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige
Asked by IGN.com whether Universal and Legendary could produce a Sub-Mariner movie, Feige answered unequivocally “No.” When given the follow-up whether or not Marvel Studios could make the movie instead, he replied “Yes, but it’s slightly more complicated than that. Let’s put it this way – there are entanglements that make it less easy.”
He continued, “There are older contracts that still involve other parties that mean we need to work things out before we move forward on it. As opposed to an Iron Man or any of the Avengers or any of the other Marvel characters where we could just put them in.”
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.