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Marvel Blows Phase 3 Plans Out of the Water

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Remember when Kevin Feige got up on stage and laid out the schedule for Marvel Studios’ Phase 3?

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Yeah… that’s gone.

In the aftermath of the news that Marvel Studios will report directly to Disney’s Alan Horn, and not the “Creative Committee” in New York, it appears Feige & Company are doubling down with production.

Announced ahead of New York Comic Con: Ant-Man and the Wasp, a sequel to this year’s Ant-Man, which has earned $178.5M domestically and $231.3M internationally for a global total of $409.8M. In the U.S. it’s the #9 film of the year, and it’s about to open in China (October 16). The release date of the sequel is July 6, 2018. This has the effect of moving two other films: Black Panther to February 16, 2018 and Captain Marvel pushed back to March 8, 2019. This also means that Ant-Man and the Wasp will be the first with a female lead in the title (unless something else changes and they announce Black Widow…).

Not only have these dates shifted, but Marvel has also announced dates for three additional movies in 2020: May 1, July 10, and November 6. No word on titles yet, so your speculation will be just as valid as anyone else’s at this point. But how much do you want to bet one of those Phase 4 films is Black Widow? Maybe a solo Hulk title? Falcon? There is also the possibility that one of these new dates will be for an anticipated sequel to Marvel’s Spider-Man.

Start speculating.

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Jason P. Hunt

Jason P. Hunt (founder/EIC) is the author of the sci-fi novella "The Hero At the End Of His Rope". His short film "Species Felis Dominarus" was a finalist in the Sci Fi Channel's 2007 Exposure competition.

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