Marvel Cinematic Universe Growing Pains

Last year, Marvel held a surprise press conference to unveil their entire Phase 3 line up of movies.

This is what it looked like:


Then, Marvel and Sony announced that they will be working together with Spider-Man. Sony will still make the movies with help from Marvel and Spider-Man gets to be in the MCU.

That was great news, except that it pushed some of the Phase 3 movies back so there was room for a new Spider-Man solo movie. Basically, every movie after Spider-Man except the Infinity War movies (so, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Inhumans) got pushed back roughly six months.

Today, Disney announced that Ant-Man will be getting a sequel titled Ant-Man and the Wasp. It is scheduled for July 6, 2018 which was Black Panther’s release date. Instead Black Panther will now be moving up to February 16, 2018 and Captain Marvel has been pushed back to March 8, 2019.

But wait, there’s more…

Marvel also announced three untitled movies that will premiere on May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020 and November 6, 2020.

Here’s the new breakdown (until it changes again):

May 6 – Captain America: Civil War
November 4 – Doctor Strange

May 5 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
July 28 – New Spider-Man movie
November 3 – Thor: Ragnarok

February 16 – Black Panther
May 8 – Avengers: Infinity War Part 1
July 6 – Ant-Man and the Wasp

March 8 – Captain Marvel
May 3 – Avengers: Infinity War Part 2
July 12 – Inhumans

May 1 – untitled Marvel Movie
July 10 – untitled Marvel Movie
November 6 – untitled Marvel Movie

That is a lot of movies. Are you looking forward to them or do you think Marvel is beginning to overwhelm the box office?

5 thoughts on “Marvel Cinematic Universe Growing Pains”

  1. I’m exhausted by all of this and it’s my life. Seriously my life revolves around Marvel but I can’t concentrate on stuff that’s happening years out. So basically it all sounds great and we will see how it plays out. Sound fair?


  2. That is way too many movies for Phase 3. 14 movies. Not sure where to split them. Antman was the end of Phase 2 so maybe Antman and The Wasp could be the end of Phase 3. That would give a big Avengers movie in every Phase. So 8 movies in Phase 3 and 6 movies in Phase 4.

    1. It is a lot of movies, and while I am excited for them, I do hope that they learn from this not to over crowd their line up to give more room for things like sequels. Or if Fox releases its death grip on the Fantastic Four.

      That said, I’m under the impression that Phase 3 will end with Inhumans so the 2020 movies are all Phase 4. Phase 3 will have 11 movies, not 14, but it’s still a lot of movies. Phase 3 will be almost as big as Phase 1 and 2 together.

  3. 3 movies a year is fine. What is that? 7-8 hours? Not even close to what I commit to Game Of Thrones or Daredevil for example. It’s the general public that might suffer the burnout.

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