Thursday, October 08, 2015

Marvel Studios Phase 3 Updates Announced, along with confirmation for an Ant-Man Sequel

Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has officially reached its conclusion with the release of Marvel’s “Ant-Man” this past Summer, so now seems like the perfect time to announce Phase 3! This phase includes a sequel to said film, with Paul Rudd returning as Scott Lang alongside Hope Van Dyne on July 6, 2018 with Marvel’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp” (this will mark the first Marvel Studios film that is named after a heroine.)  Marvel’s “Black Panther” starring Chadwick Boseman is moving up to a February 16, 2018 release and Marvel’s “Captain Marvel” will land on March 8, 2019.  Additionally there will be three untitled Marvel Studios films coming out on May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020, and November 6, 2020.

Phase 3 looks pretty eventful as things seem to be moving along smoothly; rumors are that Black Panther may have found a writer with Marvel In-house writer Joe Robert Cole.  Cole is also attached to pen Marvel’s “Inhumans” which will likely be one of the untitled films announced for Phase 3.  No one has been cast for the role of Captain Marvel as of yet, but the rumors are that the short list includes Emily Blunt (Looper, Edge of Tomorrow) Charlize Theron (too many awesome movies to name) and Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation.) MMA fighter Ronda Rousey has also been campaigning for the role, with Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige proclaiming that he “loves” the fact that she is campaigning for it (which is a rather ambiguous statement.)  Others have also campaigned for Vikings star Katheryn Winnick, an idea we thoroughly endorse!

Ant-Man has earned $178.5M domestically and $231.3M internationally for a global total of $409.8M. It's the #9 film of the year domestically.  It will open in its final international market, China, on October 16. The movie followed one of this year’s biggest blockbusters, “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which has earned $458.9M domestically and $946M internationally for a global total of $1,404.9M, making it the #2 film of the year domestically and the #6 film of all time globally.

Stay tuned for more news to come. ~GodzIL

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