Marvel has the world on a string right now, and the hitmaking studio isn't letting up. At a special event on Tuesday, Marvel revealed the title for Captain America 3, as well as dates for Black Panther, Captain Marvel, two Avengers movies, and oh man... a bit lightheaded now, give us a moment.
Comic nerds and Marvel movie fans alike have been breathlessly awaiting this day, and Marvel didn't disappoint at its special event in Los Angeles. The studio revealed the new title for the third Captain America movie, confirming the rumors that have been circulating for months now. Captain America 3 is now titled Captain America: Civil War, and it's looking like there are going to be a lot more warriors involved in the Marvel Cinematic Universe's schism than fans currently know about.
That's because Marvel also revealed two new movies coming to its lineup in the coming years. The first reveal was a Black Panther film, which will hit theaters on November 3, 2017. That film will see Chadwick Boseman – who has played James Brown and Jackie Robinson in respective biopics – taking on the role of T'Challa, the Black Panther. Boseman joined Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans on stage and seemed to indicate that, while the Avengers may split, the Black Panther will not necessarily be choosing a side.
"Black Panther is his own guy," Boseman said of the coming Marvel Civil War.
Chadwick Boseman will take the lead role as the Black Panther in 2017.
The other big new character announcement was Captain Marvel, whose film will hit theaters in July of 2018. Captain Marvel has apparently not yet been cast, but Marvel's first female-led flick has apparently been in the works for as long as the Doctor Strange picture, which will see release on November 4, 2016.
Captain Marvel will center around the life and adventures of Carol Danvers, and it will reportedly be a mixture of Danvers' Earth origins and her adventures in the cosmos, according to Newsarama.
November of 2018 will see the release of an Inhumans movie, which will look at a secret race of superpowered beings that have been living among humans for millennia. That film will be Marvel's 20th film, and it will come after one of Marvel's biggest movies – Avengers: Infinity War.
It turns out that the rumors about the "third" Avengers movie were right: Marvel will be splitting Avengers: Infinity War into two parts, with the first seeing release on May 4, 2018 and the second hitting theaters on May 3, 2019.
If you'll give us a second, we've just got to hyperventilate and pass out for a bit.
In a special Q&A session after the main event, Marvel head Kevin Feige addressed some of the rumors surrounding Marvel's forthcoming films. Contrary to recent reports, Benedict Cumberbatch is not yet confirmed for the lead role in 2016's Doctor Strange. That flies in the face of multiple outlets that said the Cumberbatch casting was a done deal.
Feige also commented on the possibility of a solo Hulk movie, saying that the Hulk will likely continue to just pop up in other heroes' films for the foreseeable future. Sorry, Hulk fans, a standalone Hulk movie doesn't look likely, given Marvel's full slate going forward.
For those concerned about a glut in superhero movies over the next few years – what with DC-Time Warner announcing 10 films between 2016 and 2020 – Feige tried to allay those fears by giving a glimpse of how Marvel handles things.
"Let's stick to our plan," Feige said, "and to what the audience is telling us we're doing right, and our plan has never altered one way or another based on what anyone else is doing."
Now, if it's alright with you, we're going to go faint somewhere.