Marvel Cinematic Universe: 2015-2019

So Marvel Studios just released their own slate of movie release dates just like DC announced a few weeks ago. The full release is as follows:

Avengers: Age of Ultron, May 1, 2015
Ant-Man, July 17, 2015
Captain America: Civil War, May 6, 2016
Doctor Strange, Nov. 4, 2016
Guardians of the Galaxy 2, May 5, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok, July 28, 2017
Black Panther, Nov. 3, 2017
Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1, May 4, 2018
Captain Marvel, July 6, 2018
Inhumans, Nov. 2, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2, May 3, 2019

A couple of things to note from the titles. Avengers 3 won’t be a continuation of the Civil War storyline. That’s a little disappointing, given how much there is to cover in that arc. But a condensed version might not be entirely bad either; I have utmost faith in Marvel to deliver big budget superhero blockbusters. Black Panther and Captain Marvel are going to feature the first black and first female superheroes too, which is great news. I’m not sure why they didn’t want to do a standalone Black Widow film instead of a Carol Denvers-Captain Marvel flick, but hey, it’s still a female protagonist driven movie.

One great part about Marvel’s plans is how tightly-knitted the stories are. Speculation states that Andy Serkis is probably playing Ulysses Kraw in Civil War, which will also feature a lot of Black Panther before he gets his standalone film. Kraw is a big villain of Black Panther, and is also a vibranium miner IIRC. That will tie in Ultron being made of vibranium, and segue perfectly into Black Panther; T’Challa’s home country of Wakanda is where Earth’s supply of vibranium comes from, after all.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is probably going to help integrate the Guardians with the Avengers in the Infinity War arc, which will probably star Thanos properly. Ant-Man will help establish Hank Pym, who should be integral to the Civil War story, as well as the creation of the clone Thor, also known as Ragnarok. Does that mean that’ll tie in Thor: Ragnarok? I sure hope so.

I don’t know enough about Carol Denvers, even in her previous guise as Ms. Marvel (rather than Captain Marvel). But I recall her being a part of the Avengers, so I can see her appearing in both Avengers: Infinity War flicks. The Inhumans and Doctor Strange are less known to me as well, but the Inhumans are linked to Captain Marvel as part of the Kree-Skrull War, which I’m guessing means those two films are setups for a possible Avengers 4 discussing just that.

Doctor Strange…well, he was name-dropped in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and was involved in the Civil War I think. I do wonder what his greater role in the MCU will be, but it’ll be interesting, that’s for sure.

It’s amazing to see a possible plan unfold based on Marvel’s upcoming movie titles, showing their amazing commitment towards bringing their stories and characters to life in an integrated film universe. There’s less of this with DC, although of course, they are only just starting out with their own cinematic universe. I really, really can’t wait to see what Marvel will do with those films. Superhero movie saturation? What saturation? The best has yet to come.

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