Marvel took to the internet today to officially announce that after the rampant, nearly 100-million-dollar box office opening for [Captain America: The Winter Soldier](movie:254973) that Captain America 3 will be hitting theaters on May 6th, 2016!
This is the closest date out of the three mystery movie dates, bringing the total down to two. This also confirms rumored reports that the film would be released on the same day.
Recently, Warner Brothers decided to move their [Batman vs. Superman](movie:711870) release date on top of this very same date, fully knowing it was a Marvel Studios movie date. After the box office success of Winter Soldier, it's clear Warner Brothers will be shaking in their seats with the news.
This means Captain America will be the last solo Avengers film before [The Avengers: Age Of Ultron](movie:293035), as well the first Avenger to return to a movie after the events of the Avengers sequel, with the only movie in between being the [Ant-Man](movie:9048), which presumedly will introduce the size-shifting superhero to the team.
Marvel President Kevin Feige has already confirmed highly-praised Russo brothers, Joe and Anthony, who directed The Winter Soldier, will be returning to direct the third installment in the franchise.
With Steve Rogers having died in the comics during the Winter Soldier series and Sebastian Stan having a contract for seven more films, it's highly speculated that Winter Soldier Bucky Barnes will follow in the comic book footsteps of his character and take on the role of Captain America.
Could we see this happening in [The Avengers 3](movie:738027) or [Captain America 3](movie:994409)? From interviews today, it seems quite possible: Here's what the Russo Brothers had to say on the film this morning with EmpireMagazine:
The most that we can say about it at this point, is that Bucky's story is not finished. It's an introduction to Bucky's story. So if you want to guess at what that movie wil be about..you can assume this will be a continuation of that story.
Will they stick to the comics and kill off Steve, or would he simply retire after the expiration of Chris Evans' contract? Will Black Widow be in the next film, or will she be taking things on solo in her own Black Widow movie? Sometimes, with big news comes more questions than we had before. Let us know what you think below!