Marvel reveals titles, release dates of films up to 2019
LOS ANGELES - “Doctor Strange,” “Black Panther,” “Captain Marvel” and the “Inhumans” are joining the Marvel cinematic universe.
The studio unveiled the titles and release dates of its upcoming superhero films through 2019 during a Tuesday event in Hollywood. The schedule includes a mix of sequels with familiar faces and originals focused on Marvel characters that have yet to be introduced on the big screen.
The slate includes “Captain America: Civil War” and “Doctor Strange” in 2016; “Guardians of the Galaxy 2,” “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Black Panther” in 2017; “The Avengers: Infinity War - Part I,” “Captain Marvel” and “Inhumans” in 2018; and “The Avengers: Infinity War - Part II” in 2019. The movies join next year’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Ant-Man.”
“When we have information we want to reveal, we reveal it,” Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige told fans and members of the media on stage at the El Capitan Theatre. “Sometimes that’s in a press release, sometimes that’s in San Diego Comic-Con - if everything comes together well - and sometimes that’s on a random Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the morning.”
At the end of the event, “Get On Up” star Chadwick Boseman was announced as the actor who will portray Black Panther. He joined “Iron Man” and “Captain America” stars Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans on stage for the reveal.
“I’m blessed to be part of this Marvel universe,” Boseman said. “I look forward to making magic together.”
Feige said the character will make his first appearance in “Civil War,” which will pit Captain America and Iron Man against each other. In the comics, Black Panther is the leader of fictional nation Wakanda who becomes a member of The Avengers.
“He is definitively a big part of ‘Civil War,’” Feige said. “We will see him for the first time in ‘Civil War’ in costume.”
“Black Panther” and “Captain Marvel” will mark the studio’s first films centered on black and female characters from Marvel comics. Feige said the big-screen iteration of the Captain Marvel character will be Carol Danvers, a U.S. Air Force officer whose adventures take her to space in the comics. AP