When Will Marvel Announce Their Phase 3 Film Slate?

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Earlier this year Marvel Studios revealed the date for Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man as July 31, 2015 but their plans beyond Ant-Man are somewhat vague. Besides the obvious sequels in the Captain America and Thor solo franchises there are still no definitive plans for a Black Widow solo film or a continuation for Mark Ruffalo’s Hulk, a real shame as I think they’re both some of the most interesting characters on the Avengers roster by far. There is however plans to get characters such as Doctor Strange and Black Panther off the ground and introduce them into the greater Marvel cinematic universe. Although no dates have yet to be set in stone it is a matter of when and not if.

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At a recent press junket for the upcoming Thor: The Dark World, Marvel Studios President and comic book movie messiah Kevin Feige spoke to Movies.com about the future of the Marvel cinematic universe and when announcements about Phase 3 might be made. When asked about getting a Doctor Strange film to the big screen, which Feige has repeatedly promised for Phase 3, he responded:

“Doc Strange, as I’ve been saying for years, is a movie I believe we should make – we’re just figuring out how to make it a great movie. It is in active development right now.  Whether that’s one of the movies we announce for 2016/2017, we have to see. I think it’ll be the middle of next year before we announce officially what the post Ant-Man films will be.”

That sounds like basic confirmation to me, and most people are speculating it’ll be announced at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con as Marvel has traditionally used the event in recent years for such big announcements as the highly anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron and Guardians of the Galaxy. Furthermore, Feige was also asked about when, if ever, we’d get to see one of Marvel’s female heroes land their own solo film. He cited the strong female characters already established in the Marvel cinematic universe and that one or more characters may snatch up a spot in the studios film slate for 2016.

“I know we have numerous exciting female heroes, whether none of them are currently slated, some of them are in development – frankly, you can look at what Jane Foster does in Thor: The Dark World, look at Pepper Potts literally saving the day and defeating the bad guy in Iron Man 3, and I’d say we already have great female heroes that are showcased and play major roles in our universe now. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as you will see, features Black Widow in her biggest role yet in any of our films. In terms of a solo standalone female hero, I’m not sure when that will be. We make two movies a year, we’ve planned through 2015 and we have some big ideas of what we’re doing in 2016 and 2017, so we’ll see what happens.”

While not exactly a confidence inspiring statement, chatter abounds from very reliable sources that talks are in fact taking place within the studio that at least one female character is being very seriously looked at to join the wider Marvel cinematic universe both in her own film and others. And just who is she? Well if there is any truth to the talk, it seems that Captain Marvel (and yes, it’s CAPTAIN Marvel rather than Ms Marvel now) could be landing her own film.

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