BySophie Atkinson, writer at
Sophie Atkinson

Was it only last month that Disney announced three mystery Phase Three movies? There's been so much buzz and speculation about who these movies will focus on it's felt like far longer.

Now Stan Lee might have let the cat out of the bag while speaking at the Wizard World Con in New York. Both Doctor Strange and Black Panther have been rumored to be next on the list for a very long time – but there's never been any word from the studios to back this up. But while Lee answered a question about the recent Planet Hulk/Civil War rumors, he namechecked both of the characters while revealing which movies are being worked on at Marvel HQ.

"I'm not involved in those decisions anymore, but the people at Marvel are spending hours trying to think 'what will we do next?' and there's a damn good chance that they will think of just what you mentioned, 'cos it would be a great idea and little by little everything you want to see will come along, because [Marvel] are just like you, they're fans of the stories and they're trying to think 'what would the fans like to see next? What would we like to see next?' So they're working on Ant-Man, they're working on Doctor Strange, they're working on Guardians of the Galaxy, they're working on god knows what. And did I say Black Panther also. Those are the ones I know about and there are others that I don't even know about, and shame on them for not telling me."

While Lee has mentioned Dr. Strange and Black Panther numerous times before as projects the studio was interested in, here he actually seems to imply they're already in development, which feels like big news to me! Comicbookmovie has speculated that maybe Lee's just making assumptions about what the studio's got lined up next - but I dunno, I think the above sounds pretty concrete!

To recap for those who aren't up to date with the unknown Phase Three movies, the first mystery Marvel entry will debut on May 6, 2016 with the second project following two months later on July 8, 2016. A third and final unknown Marvel project has May 5, 2017 as its current target date.

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