Marvel Studios is already dominating the box office with huge hits like The Avengers, and the Iron Man films having made over 7 billion dollars. Though, after Warner Bros. decided to announce their film schedule through to 2020 involving their DC Comics heroes, Marvel Studios was sure to make a response. And boy, was it a big one. Marvel invited many fans and reporters to witness Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, and actors Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., and Chadwick Boseman confirm movies that have been heavily rumored with set release dates. What movies were announced?
Marvel Studios put the rumors to rest, officially announcing the third Captain America film, Captain America: Civil War, which will loosely be based on the comic book crossover of the same name, and that Robert Downey, Jr. will return as his iconic Iron Man/Tony Stark role. Also, the third Avengers film, Avengers: Infinity War, will be so huge that the story will be split into two movies that will be released a year apart from each other.More films were announced and confirmed, but what should you know before heading to the theaters? We're taking a look at some of the announced storylines and characters. Which are you most excited to hear about? Make sure to vote up all the movies you'll definitely be waiting in line to see.
Avengers: Infinity War
The third Avengers film is something they've been building up to for awhile now and will be so huge that it will be split up into two parts. Part one will debut on May 4, 2018, and almost a year later, part two will hit theaters on May 3, 2019. Though a director is still up in the air, it's heavily rumored that the Avengers line-up we all know and love will not show up in part one, and a new Avengers team, which will appear at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, will be taking its place.
In the comics, Adam Warlock, who was created by scientists as the perfect human, separates his bad side from himself called Magus, who assembles the Infinity Gauntlet and creates doppelgangers of Earth's heroes as part of his plan to recreate a universe of evil.
It's hard to tell how deep Marvel plans on going with the story, but they have two parts to do it in. And fans will finally see the Avengers up against the likes of Thanos, something we've been craving ever since we witnessed the post credit scene in The Avengers.UPDATE: According to Latino Review, Marvel Studios has acquired Spider-Man to be an addition to the superhero cast.
Captain America: Civil War
On May 6, 2016, we will see not only Captain America return to the big screen, but Iron Man as well. It's now confirmed the movie will be called Captain America: Civil War. The film will be loosely based on the popular comic crossover event that pits the heroes against each other.
In the comic story arc, the U.S. Government passed the Superhero Registration Act, which requires any person with superhuman abilities to register with the federal government and reveal their true identities to receive proper training. This split the Marvel Universe into two groups: one rallying behind Iron Man, supporting the registration as a responsible obligation, and the other following Captain America, who opposed the law, saying it violates civil liberties and the protection of their secret identities. The storyline ended with Captain America's arrest and assassination by his foe, Crossbones. Will the movie take it that far?
Also, Spider-Man famously revealed his identity to the world at a press conference advocating the Registration Act. Thanks to the Sony leaks, it was revealed (confirming all the rumors) Sony and Marvel Studios have been in talks to work out some kind of deal with the Spider-Man film rights, but so far nothing has been decided. Marvel, though, wants Spider-Man badly to appear in this film.Lastly, Black Panther, who takes the side of Captain America in the comics, will be making his big screen debut, as announced by Kevin Feige, and will be played by actor Chadwick Boseman.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Guardians of the Galaxy took the world by surprise. Not only did the film unexpectedly perform well at the box office, but now characters like Groot and Star-Lord are household names. Just a few years ago, even some of the biggest comic book fans could hardly tell you a thing about the Guardians. That being said, it was no surprise that Marvel Studios is planning a sequel that is now set to premiere on May 5, 2017, with James Gunn returning as director.The first Guardians team premiered in the comics way back in 1969, but you wouldn't recognize that team, as popular characters like Rocket Raccoon and Groot didn't join the team until much later. There's no telling where they'll take the Guardians in the sequel, but it's assumed the film will build more plot for the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War, and of course, it'll have another amazing soundtrack.
As Black Panther/T'Challa will be making his debut in Captain America: Civil War, he will also be getting the spotlight in his own solo film on November 13, 2017. Actor Chadwick Boseman is set to portray the King of Wakanda. This marks the first African superhero to get their own film since Blade's trilogy, which concluded over a decade ago.
Black Panther has been subtly hinted at before in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Iron Man 2, when Tony is speaking with Nick Fury as a digital map with Wakanda prominently highlighted. Kevin Feige said the film will be about the "isolationist nation" of Wakanda meeting the rest of the world, which may go well and may not.
The Black Panther is the ceremonial title given to the chief of the advanced African nation of Wakanda. T'Challa was next in line after his father died to become Black Panther and king of Wakanda, but since he was just a young boy, he wasn't ready to take to the throne. It wasn't until he was older that he defeated various champions of the Wakandan tribes to prove his worthiness.
As king, T'Challa has access to a vast collection of magical artifacts, advanced technology, and leads what is described as one of the most powerful militaries on Earth. So, he's probably the one person you don't want to cross paths with.