Earlier this week Marvel Studios unveiled its complete phase 3 roster at a special event in Los Angeles and managed to blow everyone away. Once again the company’s bold decision making and willingness to put blockbuster budgets behind potentially risky franchises continues to pay off.
The complete lineup includes:
5/1/15 – AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
7/17/15 – ANT-MAN
5/6/16 – CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR
11/4/16 – DOCTOR STRANGE
5/5/17 – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 (previously dated 7/28/17)
7/28/17 – THOR: RAGNAROK
11/3/17 – BLACK PANTHER
5/4/18 – AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART I
7/6/18 – CAPTAIN MARVEL
11/2/18 – INHUMANS
5/3/19 – AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PART II
In a single stroke Marvel has completely shaken the comic book movie status quo. By including solo films for both Black Panther (the first African superhero) and Captain Marvel (one of the most successful female superheroes of all-time) the company has taken huge strides toward creating a more diverse landscape within the genre.
More than that, it shows that the company trusts its fans and is willing to really open up their universe to some of its more obscure characters. Of course the immense success of this summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy is to blame for that, and rightly so. A few years ago no one would have believed that a movie starring a talking tree and a gun-toting raccoon would have ruled the box office but Guardians has gone on to become one of the summer’s biggest winners.
Last month it might have been said that DC was slacking in its roster but after its announcement last week of numerous Justice League films and solo movies for both Aquaman and Shazam the two companies have proved that there is nothing to worry about in the big leagues.
If anything both companies decision to announce their respective release dates so far down the line served as a sort of warning to studios like Sony and 20th Century Fox which currently handle their individual properties . While there remains talk of Sony possibly sharing Spider-Man with Marvel the character’s fate is probably relatively secure.
Not so with The Fantastic Four who have had an intense lack of promotion. Marvel and DC have both released artwork for films that don’t come out for years while the Fantastic Four camp hasn’t debuted so much as a poster or a teaser trailer and their film comes out in less than a year. That studio should be very worried and make attempts to right that situation fast.
Marvel has always been a leader and with each new announcement continues to prove why they have earned that title. It is going to be an exciting five years watching the movie unfold.