Since it looks like superhero movies won’t be out of the headlines anytime soon, I’ve been given the green light to just report on the big events so they don’t overtake other movie news with the Weekly Roundups. Believe it or not, there are other cool pieces of movie news beyond the superhero bits. On to the main event…
In light of the early trailer leak, Marvel’s press event went for broke. Kevin Feige, head honcho of Marvel Studios, took the stage to recap and pump people up for Avengers: Age of Ultron by showing the trailer again (like we all haven’t seen it 50 million times). But Feige didn’t make this press event happen to tell us anything we already knew. Nay, the real announcement was for their Phase 3 slate.
The title for Captain America 3 was announced to be Captain America: Serpent Society with a May 6, 2016 release date. Safe to say that announcement threw everyone for a loop. Thankfully this was all misdirection as the title changed to Captain America: Civil War near the end of the press conference. Robert Downey Jr and Chris Evans took the stage for a little interplay, teasing the battle to come. Showmanship is everything. The interplay between actors and characters are why we flock to these movies in droves.
The most interesting part of the Cap 3 reveal wasn’t just the title, it was the talent on stage as RDJ welcomed Chadwick Boseman to the stage as Black Panther! The prince from Wakanda has a big part to play in Civil War, where we will also see him in full costume, with some people assuming Black Panther will take the role Spider-Man has in the comics. This may or may not be the case but the idea of superhero identities isn’t a problem in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So instead of asking “Who is behind the mask?” people will be asking “Who is responsible for these people?” Age of Ultron scale destruction will be so devastating that it will have effects for the next phase of Marvel movies. That’s a hefty promise but we’ll see how it goes in the coming summers.
Up next is the often rumored Doctor Strange (with director Scott Derrickson even getting a comfy seat in the audience) as the film is officially slated for November 4, 2017. There still isn’t much to know about the project but since Feige has been talking about the character since the MCU got started, I’d say he’s a fan. The big rumor is that Benedict Cumberbatch is likely going to end up as the Sorcerer Supreme but if it is happening, negotiations have just started. Give it time.
In things that will make everyone who enjoys life and laughter happy, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 moved up from its initial July 2017 release date to kick off summer 2017 on May 5. It’s safe to say that Guardians is now a viable brand name in itself after it raked in bundles of cash this summer in domestic and foreign markets.
So whatever happened to all that Asgardian drama that led to a pretty rad cliffhanger in Thor: The Dark World? We’ll find out July 28, 2017 when Thor returns home in Thor: Ragnarok. Ragnarok itself means “End of all things” in terms of Norse mythology. Feige says that this will shakeup Phase 3 the same way Captain America: The Winter Soldier shook up Phase 2 of the MCU. But it also looks like we’re back to out of order timelines like Phase 1 because Ragnarok will take place immediately after Age of Ultron ends. Four films (We haven’t forgotten about you, Ant-Man) are in between Thor’s third (possibly final?) adventure. All that’s known is that Hemsworth and Hiddleston will return to their respective roles. I wouldn’t expect to see Jane Foster again. Word on the street is that she and Thor are on the outs (Not kidding).
And if you thought that was exciting, the MCU brings outthe first POC superhero to get his own solo film, Black Panther. I’m all for diversifying the MCU. We’ve got Iron Patriot and James Rhodes but they’re secondary characters. Great supporting players, no doubt about that. But they made a very happy fan with this announcement. The film will be all about the isolated country of Wakanda opening itself up to a world trying to recuperate from the Age of Ultron. I’m a big fan of the character but admittedly don’t own any material or popular stories of T’Challa. So you can imagine my disappointment when everyone who went got Black Panther character sheets with the concept art on it. Will I ever get over this? No. But life goes on.
On the other side of diversifying things, Carol Danvers Captain Marvel will also join the ranks of the Avengers! It’s been long rumored that she has a cameo in Age of Ultron. Carol Danvers has a great origin story and is on par with Superman in terms of strength (She flies around and shoots lasers. I’m honestly surprised we haven’t seen more superheroes with these powers). Since she’s involved with the Air Force, I’m going to guess we’ll see people like Iron Patriot in her movie as well.
And then there’s Inhumans, something Marvel has been planting for a long while. The Inhumans are basically X-Men but aren’t born with powers. They need to have them unlocked by something called Terrigen Mists. Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are probably related to these guys somehow but their powers are tapped into by… other means. This all leads back to the biggest announcement.
Ten years in the making, Marvel will release Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 in May 2018. This is supposed to be more secondary characters, involving the newly assembled Avengers at the end of Age of Ultron before the original heavy hitters come in for Part 2 in May 2019 for some good old two-parter goodness. The last great two-parter was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Marvel knows they can’t just crank out tradition sequels for Avengers films. It’s not a traditional movie. They need to make these feel like events. The first Avengers was them coming together. Age of Ultron is the team being tested (and probably failing). Avengers: Infinity Wars is the giant event tying together everything in the MCU thanks to the Infinity Stones, The Infinity Gauntlet, and Thanos. Where this leaves the Netflix series and Agents of SHIELD (Which is actually pretty good now) is unknown. For now, we’ve had about 5 years of movie news dropped onto us in less than 24 hours. I’ll leave you all with this Age of Ultron trailer that has a little bonus footage of the Avengers kicking back and having some beers.
All images courtesy of Marvel Studios.