After Guardians of the Galaxy proved the studio can sell literally anything, Marvel has completely let themselves go, confirming nine new movies in Phase 3 of their massive cinematic universe.
2016 will see Captain America: Civil War, all but confirming rumors that Marvel would film its contemporary hero registration storyline. It is difficult to see how they will do this, as the main characters introduced so far all have public identities, or no identity in Thor’s case. This year will also see Doctor Strange finally released. Benedict Cumberbatch is rumored to be in late-stage talks for the role.
2017 will see Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Black Panther, as Marvel finally branches out from white males with one of the least likely characters in its publication to go to space and participate in the next Avengers movie.
2018 will see Captain Marvel and The Inhumans. Captain Marvel has been several characters in the comics, but the movie will reportedly feature Carol Danvers, who would be the first woman main character in the MCU. Danvers is a hybrid between human and Kree, the race of the villain Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) in Guardians of the Galaxy. The Inhumans are an isolated race of super-powered humans who also trace their origins back to the Kree.
Captain Marvel and The Inhumans will be sandwiched in between parts one and two of Avengers: Infinity War, which will be released in May 2018 and 2019, respectively. This movie should bring to a climax the Thanos storyline in which the titan collects all six infinity stones in an attempt to get the attention of his longtime crush, Death. That’ll be an interesting casting choice.
Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man, which had already been announced, will come out May 1 and July 17 2015.