With the release of The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, and Captain America 3 in the upcoming years, Marvel Studios will close out Phase Two and start Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The billion-dollar movie franchise is at full steam without showing any signs of slowing down.
Marvel recently announced a handful of new movie release dates for “Untitled Marvel Movies” with only dates and no titles. Of course, Marvel is famous for announcing release dates without actual movies attached, only as a way to confirm the dates, rather than announce actual movies. They are “placeholder” release dates and only prove that Marvel knows exactly what they’re doing in building a cinematic universe.
While there are no official titles announced, it’s interesting to predict what Marvel Studios will eventually release in the upcoming years. These dates are ambitious and go all the way until summer 2019, which is less than five years away. Let’s play!
May 1, 2015 – The Avengers: Age of Ultron (official)
Phase Two Ends and Phase Three Begins...
July 17, 2015 – Ant-Man (official)
- May 6, 2016 - Captain America 3 (official)
July 8, 2016 – Doctor Strange (unofficial)
Marvel has yet to officially announce Doctor Strange’s release date and this is the last “untitled Marvel project” release date to be claimed from a couple of years ago, so it stands to reason that we’ll see a Doctor Strange movie in 2016. After all, Marvel announced a director attached to the project with Scott Derrickson.
Newly Announced Release Dates
May 5, 2017 - Thor 3 (unofficial)
Iron Man and Captain America got three stand-alone films, so it’s likely that Thor will get a third film in 2017. I’m guessing that Thor 3 would be released during the summer rather than the fall because it’s more established than what I think Marvel will release in the fall. It would also be three years since the last Thor movie (The Dark World), which was released in November 2013.
July 28, 2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (unofficial)
Although Guardians of the Galaxy doesn’t come out for a few more weeks, it’s likely that it will be a smash hit film. There are rumors that Guardians of the Galaxy will team up with The Avengers, so it’s a safe bet that its sequel will come before The Avengers 3.
November 3, 2017 – Black Panther (unofficial)
It’s clear that Marvel is expanding their universe with movies like Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange, so it’s a safe bet that Phase Three will also expand with Black Panther. Fans have been waiting for a movie based on the Wakandan king and it might come in 2017.
July 6, 2018 - Ant-Man 2 (unofficial)
Marvel didn’t introduce a character like Ant-Man if they didn’t want him to add to the universe. A 2018 release date for Ant-Man 2 will come three years after the first film.
November 2, 2018 – The Inhumans (unofficial)
It seems that Marvel would want to open up the universe even more with a new superhero team. Why not the Inhumans? Keep in mind, Marvel introduced Guardians of the Galaxy before an Avengers movie.
May 3, 2019 – The Avengers 3 (unofficial)
This is the only release date that points to a third Avengers movie. The first two films were released at the beginning of the summer movie-going season, so it stands to reason that the third will do the same. This would also mean that eight movies stand between The Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Avengers 3. That’s plenty of time to build a new storyline that would be bigger than the first two movies.
My only reservation with The Avengers 3 2019 release date is that it would be four years between movies. That’s a lot of time for a sequel to show up in theaters, but Marvel Studios is pretty good reminding audiences of the end goal with each phase and that’s watching the Avengers assemble.
Phase Three Ends...