UPDATE: Okay, we reported this earlier, but just in case you missed it the first time, because Comic Con…
Marvel, sneaky buggers, posted the following PR on October 8th:
Now that Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has officially reached its conclusion with the release of Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” we have new details on what to expect in Phase 3!
Following our hero’s debut adventure in this summer’s “Ant-Man,” Scott Lang will return alongside Hope Van Dyne on July 6, 2018 with Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” The sequel will mark the first Marvel Studios film named after its heroine.
Additionally, Ant-Man’s second adventure will lead to a couple of other films shifting their dates, with Marvel’s “Black Panther” moving up to February 16, 2018 and Marvel’s “Captain Marvel” landing on March 8, 2019.
Finally, three untitled Marvel Studios films will premiere on May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020, and November 6, 2020.
The announcement of “Ant-Man and the Wasp” follows the success of “Ant-Man,” which has earned $178.5M domestically and $231.5M internationally for a global total of $410M. It’s the #9 film of the year domestically, and opens in its final international market, China, on October 16.
“Ant-Man” followed one of this year’s biggest blockbusters, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which has earned $458.9M domestically and $946M internationally for a global total of $1,404.9M, making it the #2 film of the year domestically and the #6 film of all time globally.
Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more exciting announcements on Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the future.
So, the talking points:
- Ant-Man has made $410 Million worldwide, and the huge China market has yet to open.
- AMatW gets Black Panther’s date. And the Wasp headlines a movie before Captain Marvel. Wonder Woman might screen in 2017, but the clock’s ticking, so Marvel might grab the “Strong Female Protagonist” crown with this flick.
- Black Panther gets moved up earlier to February 16, a week after an untitled WB animation feature, three weeks before a Disney animated feature, and more than a month before a DC superhero feature. Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1 opens May 4, 2018.
- Captain Marvel, originally scheduled for November 2, 2018,
is now scheduled for March 8, 2019, which is one week after Avengers, Infinity War, Part 2!Inhumans is scheduled for July, and there are two DC superhero movies planned as well, for April and June. Will Captain Marvel be featured in Infinity War before she appears in her solo film? Might it continue a storyline from Infinity War?
- And there are three untitled Marvel films grabbing dates in 2020. Two, each a month after DC’s superhero movies, and one two weeks before a WB event film. Expect a Disney animated feature the week after that, on Thanksgiving 2020.
Well, I was half right with my prediction that Marvel would announce something in October. They just didn’t do a big media event…
As part of that announcement, Disney has released dates for 19 movies! (Toldja there would be a feature on Thanksgiving!) I’ll update the calendar in a few days, once I finish up NYCC reportage.
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