The internet exploded recently when DC announced 9 movies coming from the years 2016 - 2020 and well it seems something similar has happened now with Marvel Studios announcing a 9 movie slate which will debut between 2016-2019. Some of the movies are huge surprises, some of them aren't. Come see which ones have been announced and see what I'm excited and what I'm nervous about for each movie.
1. Captain America: Civil War (May 6, 2016)
This movie was no huge surprise for whoever keeps up with comics and movies and especially comic book movies. Civil War was a hugely popular storyline in the mid-2000s and has been a fan-favorite choice to see adapted on the big screen. There is a lot to be excited for here for a lot of people, here are my reasons of excitement:
- The first Captain America movie was alright, but once the Russo brothers came in and took reigns of the Captain America franchise in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, we've really seen Captain America brought to the spotlight in a very good way; he wasn't even really fleshed out in Avengers too well. But with the Russo brothers on board and seeing how they treated the character, I have full faith in this movie's success and it will be a great movie to go head-to-head with DC's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice that same year.
- The inclusion of Iron Man and the fact that it involves the Civil War storyline is just amazing. Obviously it won't be a panel-for-panel movie of that storyline due to some of the rights of certain key characters in the comics not being owned by Marvel Studios (Spider-Man mostly).
- We might see some follow up on Winter Soldier since we're not sure where he ran off to after the second movie.
- The introduction of Black Panther is also a thing worth being excited for.
- The inclusion of Cross-Bones in the movie will be exciting, I thought that Frank Grillo's character in Winter Soldier definitely had some potential and for that to be fleshed out in the next movie would be perfect.
As awesome as this movie is going to be, I do have some nervousness, but that'll be with any movie really.
- I don't know if I can really count this as one being nervous, but I'm going to anyways. I'm worried that this would have been more fitting for an Avengers movie considering the scale of this story and the effects that it leaves on all superheroes involved.
- I am unsure how we can make Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) come off as the antagonist when he's been the hero with an ever-growing heart for five movies by the time this comes out. We've rooted for Iron Man for so many years, how can we root against him or will this be a choose a side type of film? Either way, there has to be only one outcome and who knows what that could be.
2. Doctor Strange (November 4, 2016)
Doctor Strange has been a rumored movie for a long time and has been in development just as long, but it almost seemed like that movie was never going to happen, but sure enough, we were proven wrong. Here's what I'm excited for:
- This is another big step for Marvel Studios as far as introducing new styles of superheroes to the general audience, which is what is needed to keep the overall genre of of superhero films and comic book films relevant and keep them from getting stagnant and overdone. We've seen the cosmic side of superheroes in Guardians of the Galaxy and we'll get a glimpse (unsure how much of one) of super powered beings in Avengers: Age of Ultron as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are introduced. Now, we're getting into the mystic and magical side (more so than we've seen in any Thor movie probably) and that's exciting enough for me.
- I confess, I don't know much about Dr. Strange, I've never read much of his comics. I've seen him other comics as a guest but I don't understand who the character is completely yet, that'll change before this movie is released as I have to do research. Why am I saying this? Cause I don't care who Dr. Strange is, I'm excited to possibly see Benedict Cumberbatch finally get the chance to play a superhero if those rumors are true and I think that Dr. Strange (even though I don't much about him) is perfect because he is not all about physique and strength but about the mind. The fact that he is getting his own movie adds to the diversity that Marvel Studios is going for beyond just race and gender.
Here's what I'm nervous for regarding a Doctor Strange movie:
- I don't want this movie to be rushed just because Dr, Strange has been requested for a long time. I hope they take their time and avoid the somewhat mediocre tone that many felt with Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger.
- Previously I said that I'd like to see a "family-friendly" Doctor Strange, I misspoke what I meant was I personally don't want this movie to be so dark that it feels disconnected from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, I would like to see it push the limits in a way Marvel hasn't yet done.
3. Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (May 5, 2017)
Guardians of the Galaxy was a huge success this year (2014) and I am so glad that that was the case. We all want to see our galactic heroes take flight once again. Here's what I'm excited for:
- [Guardians of the Galaxy](movie:424073) was a great film that really revitalized, in my opinion, the superhero genre by clarifying that there are infinite sub-genre's underneath the umbrella of superheroes by incorporating the galactic and cosmic side of superheroes (Captain America: The Winter Soldier did the same thing by incorporating espionage). So, to see that that movie was as successful as it was and enough so to see a sequel lined up is worth being excited for.
- Who knows where these rag-tag "heroes" could go in their next adventure? The fact that the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe has been opened up means that there is no limit to where the adventure could take us to next. Some are hoping for an adaptation of the Planet Hulk storyline and that'd be cool, but I don't see where that would fit into the Guardians of the Galaxy. But there's no limit, the dog's been let off the chain so to speak, let's see where it takes us.
- We will more than likely see even more crazy and odd characters come to life in some very cool ways.
Of course, there'll always be some nervousness when talking about a sequel film:
- I hope they don't go overboard with jokes. The first movie was a good healthy blend of action, drama, and comedy. They all shown through greatly, but sequels seem to go too far on one aspect of something and doesn't even feel like the same kind of movie as the one before it (i.e. Iron Man 3).
4. Thor: Ragnarok (July 28, 2017)
No one's surprised to see that Thor is getting a third installment in his franchise, especially considering the ending to [Thor: The Dark World](movie:206462) and the cliff-hanger that it left us with. I like Thor's franchise but I view it as the weakest of the Marvel Studios franchises, but I am still excited to see this movie.
- Thor is a cool character and I feel like he has had some very cool storylines, especially when the Marvel NOW comics started, the stories were compelling. I only hope that they finally go deep into what Thor's mythos and stories are all about. I felt like they tried to a little more in Thor: The Dark World, but I don't know, I just want to see Chris Hemsworth get the movie he and his character deserve. With a story like Ragnarok (which is a Norse mythological story about the end of everything), we could be seeing some very dark days for the God of Thunder.
- We'll finally get to see what's going on with Loki. We were all left a little confused by the ending which showed the God of Mischief sitting on the Throne of Asgard impersonating Odin. So that only left the question: What happened to Odin? Apparently he was killed from what sources (Anthony Hopkins) are saying, but how much can we trust these sources?
- I hope, with a storyline like Ragnarok, we get to see a lot more different worlds, a lot more different races. I really want the fantasy side of the Marvel Universe to shown its brightest here.
Now, here is my nervousness regarding the film:
- I don't want to see the abundant, ridiculous humor we've seen previously in the other two movies. Thor needs to have a presence, he's the God of Thunder, and he needs to have a powerful, almost kingly presence. I don't want to see him become the butt of any jokes, I want him to feel powerful (not just physically).
- I don't want them to focus too much on Earth or Midgard as they call it. I want to see them fully embrace the fantasy that is supposed to be saturating Thor's stories.
- I am nervous for every scene Dr. Erik Selvig will be involved (if he is).
- I am nervous for every scene Darcy Lewis will be involved.
- I am nervous for every scene Jane Foster will be involved.
- All of the human characters in this franchise make me cringe when they come on screen. I hope they fix that, no more scenes of Erik Selvig without his pants please.
- The Thor franchise is the weakest (in my opinion) of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this movie needs to step up like Captain America: The Winter Soldier did and establish itself as a movie that is truly worth seeing.
5. [Black Panther](movie:9047) (November 3, 2017)
Just like Doctor Strange, Black Panther is another one of those movies that have been rumored for a very long time. I'm glad to see that all the fans that have been crying out for a Black Panther movie are finally getting their wish. I've never read Black Panther, I don't know the character too well beyond what I've seen in cartoons or read of him as a guest character in other books. But I am still excited to see this movie:
- I'm excited to see how Chadwick Boseman (especially after his appearance in Captain America: Civil War) does in his own title. Now, I'm sure I might catch a lot of flack for this, but I have never, ever watched anything he's been in; it's not been on purpose, I just have never had any interest in any of the movies/shows that he just so happens to have been in. But many people talk up the man's acting abilities, he isn't a bad looking guy, and so I'm sure he'll fit right into the superhero genre and make a great Black Panther. I will say this about him, he's gone on record stating how much he loves character acting and I think that's evident from previous movies he's been in that he actually starred in.
- This is not only our first black superhero to actually take the lead role in a film and it's cool that it is even going so far as to stray outside of the US. This is showing how truly global the Avengers really are. A team of international superheroes from many different kinds of backgrounds.
- The suit looks pretty awesome as well. It is very faithful to the comics and yet somehow remains very realistic. Can't wait to see it in action.
As with any new franchise, I have certain anxieties:
- I'm nervous that this movie could be political, seems like everybody gets all sensitive when it comes to Africa. But really, I'm not too worried about it.
- Honestly can say that there isn't too much that I'm worried about. Don't know enough about the character to feel too strongly about it just yet...that'll change as the movie draws closer.
6. Avengers: Infinity War part 1 & 2 (May 4, 2018 & May 3, 2019)
No one was shocked to found out that there was going to be a third Avengers movie, I mean, we all knew it would have to involve the Mad Titan himself (Thanos) since he's been teased in Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. A lot to be excited for here:
- This is the movie(s) that are finally delivering to the fans what every other movie has (sort of) been building up to. And when I say every other movie I mean "EVERY OTHER MOVIE". If I'm not mistaken, I believe that we will be seeing just about every superhero from Marvel's Cinematic Universe in this movie.
- Finally going to stop teasing Thanos and just deliver the character as a fully fleshed villain to take on the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- We'll finally get an understanding of what the Infinity Gauntlet can do (hopefully) after we've been shown all these other substances that make up the gauntlet like the Tesseract, the Ether, etc.
- The fact that it's split into two movies says they have a plan to make this movie(s) feel very big and very epic.
Most trilogies can struggle to wrap things up the right way, and therefore I have some trepidation regarding the third installment to Avengers. (Can it really be called a trilogy if it's four movies but the last two are the same connected story?)
- I'm nervous that the payoff of who Thanos is won't be great enough only because he's been teased twice now and I'm kind of over the tease and to be frank, Ultron seems like a scarier villain than Thanos (maybe it's his purple skin).
- I know it's split into two movies (and I love that don't get me wrong) but I hope that if they're going to be mixing all these characters together, that it works in a way that doesn't feel off. I mean if we are going to be seeing Rocket Raccoon standing next to Iron Man, standing next to Doctor Strange, standing next to [Captain Marvel](movie:949779), etc. I hope they blend it well and it doesn't have an oil-on-water effect where everything feels out of place.
7. Captain Marvel (July 6, 2018)
WB/DC rolled out the big guns by giving Wonder Woman her own movie with a female director and really giving women a very prominent role not only in comics and movies but in comic book movies. Well, it looks like Marvel has the same idea for the most part. I am super excited to see this movie even though I know nothing about her character hardly.
- There are lots of rumors for the casting of Captain Marvel from Katee Sackhoff, Yvonne Strahovski, Emily Blunt, and more. Personally, I think their choices are good if those are the true candidates for the role. I know a lot of fans have been wanting Emily Blunt but I personally would like to see Strahovski get the role. But great line-up. I know they'll cast well as always.
- This is essentially being set up as Marvel's version of Wonder Woman, whom I am a fan of.
- Will be cool to see someone on this sort of power-level playing with the big boys in the Avengers: Infinity Wars movies (my assumption that she'll be included).
- It's another new character that gets to be introduced to the general audience who would have remained otherwise unknown or obscure.
- Will provide, (hopefully) a good hero for my daughter to look up to since my son will have countless other male heroes to idolize and dress up as for Halloween each year.
Here's what's got me nervous:
- I'm excited that Marvel is putting out a Captain Marvel movie, I am. I'm really excited that they are finally making a female-led movie, I just don't want it to be shoved in my face that this character is some sort of feminist icon (by feminist I mean the women who hate men).
- I am nervous that they are going to try and avoid casting a good director just to try and make sure that it's a woman. Not saying women directors are bad, I'm just saying the good ones may be hard to get when you narrow it down like that. I guess a better way is saying it is that I hope they don't pass up a good male director in favor of a bad female director just because of sex. But they have some good prospects for female directors so there's always hope.
8. Inhumans (November 2, 2018)
Last up is a big surprise (kind of), [The Inhumans](movie:910490). Apparently, these super-powered beings may end up taking the place of the X-Men in the Marvel Studios Cinematic Universe. The fact that they seem so strange and so dark has got my interest piqued and this is what's exciting for me:
- This is another one of those movies with obscure and strange characters sort of like Guardians of the Galaxy. From what I know, they're a bit darker and more mystic. I am excited to see this for the simple fact that this is going to be a super-power focused group.
- Sort of going hand-in-hand with the point above, but this is a movie to be excited about because it's basically Marvel Studios' answer to not having the rights to X-Men.
- Diverse group of characters in the roster, if they go with the main ones being Black Bolt, Medusa, Karnak, Gorgon, Crystal, Lockjaw, and Maximus the Mad. They are all a Royal family but with some very dramatic storylines between them all. It feels almost like when you read ancient Greek mythology and you have these families but who are almost disconnected emotionally from each other. I haven't read Inhumans, but that's what it feels like from what I've seen them in before.
I do have my reservations though:
- Such a large cast of very diverse characters is hard to pull off in movie form and very few directors and writers know how to pull that off. I only hope that they put their time and thought into getting someone perfect to bring this new flavor of superhero to the big screen.
A lot to be excited for here. I know a lot of people are bashing DC's lineup of movies and whatnot, but can we just be excited about everything. I don't care if Marvel Studios put a party on for their releases as opposed to DC's investor's meeting. Who cares!? I didn't get to attend either of them so it really doesn't matter to me. I'm excited about both.
But, me being a DC only guy, I'll admit that I'm less nervous about Marvel's lineup then I am only because a lot of the characters we are getting have been introduced on film already whereas DC's still playing the role of late bloomer and figuring out where they belong (I'm sure they'll find their way and I'll be excited when they do).
But, enough of about DC. What do you guys think of the Marvel movie slate for Phase 3? Vote in the polls and comment in the section below.