Surprise! On the first day of NYCC, Marvel Studios has announced a few changes related to their Phase 3 slate of films.

First things first, the biggest news: there’s an Ant-Man sequel coming. Set for July 6, 2018, Ant-Man and The Wasp will feature the adventures of Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne (Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly respectively). Making just a little north of Captain America: The First Avenger at 409.8 million, a sequel announcement for the Peyton Reed-helmed film isn’t wholly surprising, but it wasn’t necessarily a guarantee either. So, Ant-Man fans, rejoice!

With this addition to the line-up, we now have to see a little bit of scheduling musical chairs as well. Black Panther will be moved up to February 16, 2018, which is usually a dead-zone of quality for action based films, but since there’s no script yet, that indicator is pretty meaningless.

Captain Marvel is being moved back as well to March 8, 2019.

Marvel has also announced there will be three new films from the studio, still to be announced, that will open on May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020, and November 6, 2020. Start your guesses now!


  1. If Marvel is going to continue with the strategy of putting out as many movies as the market will bear, they’re going to have to release them at times of the year that are traditionally “dead”, and count on audiences to show up anyway.

  2. Yeah, at this point, I’m thinking the old early part of the year vs the summer paradigm is probably out the window. Deadpool might be the start of that.

  3. Kyle, it’s already been happening. The start was probably back in 2007 with 300 opening in March making over $200 million. However, then in 2012 The Hunger Games blew away all records making over $400 million while opening up in March. So yeah, it’s now a thing to open up in the spring knowing there will be less competition.

    I guess Ant Man & Wasp have actors & directors all set up, just looking for a script but it still sucks that Captain Marvel was delayed a second time!

  4. January and February are dead, as everyone is PRing Oscar nominees.
    Blockbuster season ends the first week of August. The rest of that month are small movies which will be successful with smaller box office receipts.
    October starts the Oscar rat race, which runs through Christmas Day.

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