Marvel’s Film Schedule Extends Through 2021
Way back before Iron Man was released in theaters, many fans wouldn’t believe the success that was in Marvel’s future. The studio took a major chance on creating a shared film universe and boy, has it ever paid off. Since then, we’ve seen two more films based on Iron Man, a Hulk film, Thor and Captain America films, with a sequel for each on the way, and of course, one of the most successful films in film history: The Avengers. Earlier this year, the third Iron Man film kicked off Marvel’s Phase 2, which will also include Thor: The Dark World (which has an incredible new trailer), Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the real gamble for Marvel, James Gunn’s space adventure Guardians of the Galaxy, both of which release next year. There is, of course, The Avengers: Age of Ultron and the highly anticipated and long gestating Ant-Man film that have set release dates as well. Marvel has a few films that will release in 2016 and 2017, but they won’t tell us which films those are until some time next year. Needless to say, Marvel has there plate full for several more years, but that schedule may go out further than you think.
Mr. Marvel himself, Kevin Feige, recently sat down with Wired to discuss the studio’s future plans and it seems they have more up their sleeve than we’d previously thought. As is his M.O., Feige doesn’t go into much detail but he does say that they have films planned all the way into 2021. Of course, things can always change, but if things keep going in their favor, I see no reason why that film slate won’t come to fruition…and then some. Of course, they are also looking to expand beyond the core five characters we’ve met so far.
“I could arguably say what we’re planning for the year 2021. Will that happen? I don’t know. But what we planned for 2015 in 2006 is happening. Five years ago, looking at our plan, we knew that if Avengers was going to work, the movies had to stand alone. Now we have to prove to the studio that we’re more than just these five characters, these five franchises.”
So, which films and characters can we expect to see? Feige has confirmed that a Doctor Strange film is in the works, and as previously mentioned, we have both Ant-Man and the Guardians crew coming in the next two years. We’ve heard rumors of a Black Panther and Luke Cage film for years, but no confirmation on either of them. There have also been some minor rumblings of a Namor film. We can expect to see one more sequel in both the Captain America and Thor franchises, as well as a third Avengers film. Should Guardians and Ant-Man perform will, which they should, don’t be surprised to see follow-ups there as well. I’d like to see Marvel attack some new, more obscure characters as well. As with everything, we’ll just have to play the waiting game to see what Marvel has planned.