Marvel shocked the world (again) this week with the announcement that Ant-Man was getting a sequel, and that the studio had added three more films to its release schedule. We knew our original story back in April couldn't hold, but that's our dumb luck assuming we know the inner mind of the Marvel machine. The The Kree Supreme Intelligence has got nothing on Marvel Studios!
Anyways, we've had some time to digest everything and thought it was time to re-re-re-update the master list of DC/Marvel films through 2020. The changes ain't pretty, and there's some interesting suggestions embedded within. Read our thoughts after checking out the list:
February 12: Deadpool (Fox)
March 25: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
May 6: Captain America: Civil War
May 27: X-Men: Apocalypse (Fox)
August 5: Suicide Squad
October 7: Gambit (Fox)
November 4: Doctor Strange
March 3: Untitled Wolverine sequel (Fox)
May 5: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
June 2: Fantastic Four 2 (Fox)
June 23: Wonder Woman
July 28: Marvel Studios co-produced Spider-Man film (Sony)
November 3: Thor: Ragnarok
November 17: Justice League, Part 1
February 16: Black Panther (new date)
March 23: The Flash
May 4: Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1
July 6: Ant-Man and the Wasp (new addition)
July 13: Untitled Fox Mystery Marvel film
July 20: Spider-Man Animated Feature (Sony)
July 27: Aquaman
March 8: Captain Marvel (new date)
April 5: Shazam
May 3: Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2
June 14: Justice League, Part 2
July 12: Inhumans
April 3: Cyborg
May 1: Untitled Marvel Studios film (new addition)
June 19: Green Lantern Corps
July 10: Untitled Marvel Studios film (new addition)
November 6: Untitled Marvel Studios film (new addition)
What We've Learned
Both next year and 2017 haven't changed...yet...but that could change if Fox re-tools or outright abandons The Fantastic Four sequel. MEMO to Fox: time to let it go, guys.
Along with the three Marvel additions, the big changes here are both Black Panther and Captain Marvel. In the case of the latter, we'll have to wait five more months than we planned. Some have complained (and rightfully so) that Carol Danvers and women in general deserve their own standalones sooner rather than later. We have to agree, more because we want to actually see who they've chosen finally assume that role. At the same time, if we've waited this long, we can wait five more months. If it gets delayed again, then we'll really start to worry.
Weaving itself into that news, Ant-Man getting a sequel had become a no-brainer, as it's now outgunned the original Captain America and Thor films. I hate saying that, because they're both so good and Ant-Man was...well...Ant-Man. But, it getting a sequel makes sense, considering all the talent has already been assembled for one film, Director Peyton Reed will most likely return, and the fact of the matter is that CM and BP are still (officially) looking for directors and a cast.
Getting back to BP, notice that Marvel did something they hardly ever do: abandon a date. I wondered why that happened, until I began to think of Ben Affleck. It's entirely possible that Batman will see a release on July 6th, returning The Dark Knight to the summer movie schedule. But then you look at 2020, and you see a lot of changes. Three Marvel films and a change for Green Lantern to GL Corps. Perhaps WB still doesn't have confidence in the property, as adding the entire Lantern Corps seems like someone thinking they need more rather than less. Then there's the Marvel films: what will those be? More Inhumans is unlikely, unless they start shooting back-to-back. Perhaps that's a chance to add Cosmic into the mix (Nova or perhaps Galactus if Fox gives back FF).
Either way, the plate has been updated with tasty new dishes, with some items appearing later in our meal and others perhaps primed to leave all together. What's your take on the changes we've reported here?
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