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Marvel throws down the (Infinity) gauntlet: Phase 3 announced

Fresh off DC’s announcement a couple of weeks ago that brought the likes of Wonder Woman, Aquaman and two Justice League movies to an already packed schedule of superhero films, Marvel have upped the ante with a whole host of movies designed to take audiences all the way up to 2019 (of a planned 2028 schedule).

As predicted, the first film after Ant Man – is that a Phase 2 film now? – is Captain America: Civil War, which looks set to kick start the epic superhero versus superhero comic saga to the big screen. Iron Man versus Captain America with new cinematic superhero Black Panther rumoured to be thrown into the mix. But before we get to his solo film in 2017, we have three more films joining the slate.

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The long rumoured Doctor Strange will make his debut in late 2016, played by – we assume – Benedict Cumberbatch. Then we’ll get round two of Guardians Of The Galaxy and the third Thor film Thor: Ragnarok, which is apparently rumoured to have the same knock on impact to the Marvel cinematic universe that Captain America: The Winter Soldier had. Black Panther rounds up 2017 before 2018 kicks off the epic two part Avengers storyline The Infinity Gauntlet with Thanos making his arrival. But in between those two movies, we also get the first Marvel female superhero-led film Captain Marvel and the Inhumans. Part two of the Infinity War storyline rounds off 2019 alongside the second part of the Justice League movie over in DC.

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That’s a hell of a lot of superhero movies joining the already crowded schedule. If you love superhero movies then this only adds to the excitement of epic comic story lines and characters being realised on the big screen. If you’re feeling a little bit exhausted by the superhero genre then you might want to look away. Because across Fox, Marvel, DC and Sony, there are a LOT of superhero films on their way. Let’s review that packed schedule shall we?

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2015

Avengers: Age Of Ultron (May)
Ant Man (July)
Fantastic Four (August)

2016

Deadpool (February)
Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice (March)
Captain America: Civil War (May)
X Men: Apocalypse (May)
Suicide Squad (August)
Doctor Strange (November)
The Sinister Six (November)

2017

The Wolverine 3 (March)
Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 (May)
Wonder Woman (June)
The Fantastic Four 2 (July)
Thor: Ragnarok (July)
Black Panther (November)
Justice League Part 1 (November)

2018

The Amazing Spider-Man 3 (Unknown)
The Flash (March)
Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 (May)
Captain Marvel (July)
Untitled Fox Marvel Film (July)
Aquaman (July)
Inhumans (November)

2019

Shazam (April)
Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 (May)
Justice League Part 2 (June)
2020
Cyborg (April)
Green Lantern (June)

And that doesn’t even include the rumoured solo Superman and Batman still to come. Excited? Over-saturated? Please let us know in your comments below.

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