Okay, we are a few hours away from the Marvel Studios Panel at San Diego Comic-Con...in which there will undoubtedly be some announcements that will confirm both the present and future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Yes, we will without question receive confirmation instead of speculation on which films - and the actors to be cast in them - will finally become a reality, to be argued about both now and decades from now.
Of course, Marvel has been so coy with revealing future film titles, some have been all but confirmed, like "Doctor Strange". So while it's unlikely Marvel will announce all seven of their "Untitled" films that have been scheduled through 2019 - eight if you count "Doctor Strange" - chances are good they will have at least one "Guardians of the Galaxy" surprise up their sleeves.
Do without further adieu, here is the film slate Marvel is likely to announce today, along with my lilelihood level and reasons why.
1.) July 17, 2015 "ANT-MAN" and May 5th 2016 "CAPTAIN AMERICA 3" have already been confirmed. However, I feel it is EXTREMELY important for there to be some positive, buzz-worthy "Ant-Man" news to start getting fans excited about a film that is a gamble to begin with, has received loads of negative press lately and is less than a year away! They need a Tony Stark at the beginning of Iron Man moment. With fans going nuts over the footage of Superman meeting Batman onscreen for the first time earlier in te day, look for Marvel to counter with some announcements for "Captain America 3", including a reveal of it's official title.
2.) July 8, 2016 - THOR 3. Yes, DOCTOR STRANGE has been rumored for this spot, but to me this makes more sense for the next installment of Chris Hemsworth's adventures as the Thunder God. Why? For one thing, it would be a slight surprise, with so many assuming the Sorcerer Supreme's first film adventure will go here. Second, it allows him to build off the synergy of his fellow original Avenger two months earlier. Third, Marvel's Kevin Feige has talked about Doctor Strange being a cornerstone character of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, like Tony Stark/Iron Man. You don't release a film with that much riding on it in July. You wait for the much-desired first weekend in May the following year. If true, we should get a title for the new Thor film this year as well.
May 5, 2017 - DOCTOR STRANGE - The good doctor will likely be given the much sought after first weekend of May to maximize his potential, if he's as important to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as everyone suggests he is. A confirmation of the actor playing the Sorcerer Supreme is also a good bet for this year.
July 27th, 2017 - CAPTAIN MARVEL - One of the reasons Marvel is upping it's output to at least three films a year beginning in 2017 is to showcase characters with pent-up demand that will expand and diversify their universe. Having Carol Danvers hit the screen will counter DC's "Wonder Woman" solo film and also give it a kick-butt female lead, which should resonate with audiences. She gets the nod over "Black Widow" because she 's more powerful and seems fresher at this point. Feige himself said haveing the "Black Widow" film be the first MCU fil with a female lead, given all her exposure in the MCU thus far, would be "cheating" in a way.
November 3rd, 2017 - GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 - With "Guardians of the Galaxy" looking like a big hit, it would make sense for Marvel to wait not much more than three years for another installement, so they don't lose momentum or actors. This likely will not be announced this year, though, to save an announcement or two for next year.
May 4th, 2018 - IRON MAN 4 - This is an announcement that would make Hall H explode. Many thought Robert Downey, Jr. was done with solo films when he signed his last contract for two "Avengers" sequels only. However, with Marvel expanding it's output, it's more important to keep their brand as big as ever. Who better to do this than the actor/character that has been part of TWO films that have grossed over $1 billion worldwide and is inarguably Marvel's top movie character? Plus, there's the little matter of the REAL Mandarin to take care of.
July 6th, 2018 - BLACK PANTHER - T'Challa would fit in right after and "Iron Man" movie. I can even see him and vibranium teased in the en credits scene. This character has been due a film for quite a while. Part Batman, part Iron Man, part Captain America. There is a good chance Marvel will announce this this year and/or the actor. This way,, the Panther can have a film all to himself before joining everyone in what seems to be a battle against Thanos in "Avengers 3".
November 12th, 2018 - SHE-HULK. This one is a little out there, I understand. But to me, it makes loads of sense. While a HULK 2 might seem a safer bet, the character HAS struggled a bit to connect in solo films. You can't just have him smashing by himself for 90 minutes. Buuut...If one of his rampages accidentally wounds his cousin Jennifer Walters and she needs a blood transfusion...WHAM! You have a solo film featuring one of the more popular characters in the Marvel Universe, Marvel add another franchise with a strong female character to it's stable and has another strong character for "Avengers 3".
May 3rd, 2019 - AVENGERS 3 - Unless it takes the earlier May 4, 2018 slot, that this film will take this prime slot is a foregone conclusion. Unless someone dies, right now it would feature Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Hulk, Quicksilver, Vision, Scarlet Witch and possibly Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, She-Hulk and Guardians of the Galaxy. And it will probably gross more than the GDP of many countries.
What do you all think of my predictions? Any thoughts