MCU Phase Three

Marvel Phase Three clears a path for Spidey to swing in.

By Sarah Jayne Alexander.

Marvel Phase Three logo

As we announced yesterday, Marvel confirmed on Monday evening that they have officially signed a deal with fellow studio giants Sony which allows co-production of the Spider-Man franchise from 2015 onwards, much to the joy of Spidey fans across the world. The webbed one will now join his fellow Avenger characters starting with a reported cameo in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, which will see Chris Evans reprising his role as the first avenger for the last time and also Robert Downey Jr who last year agreed to do one more stint as playboy philanthropist Tony Stark AKA Iron Man. Spider-Man – although we are still unclear on who exactly will be cast going forward – will also be getting a full reboot and the first stand-alone film in the franchise has caused a bit of an upheaval in the phase 3 camp. Following the new addition to the MCU, it seems Marvel have had to rethink the original timeline which was released last year during their exclusive event in LA, in order to squeeze another release in to their already bulging schedule.

Phase 3 movies are not the only ones who will suffer a set-back due to this new monumental deal, Sony had also previously announced plans for a Sinister Six feature film which was set for release in 2016 – as a rival to Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War along with potential spinoff franchises and of course the Amazing Spider-Man 3, but those ideas have apparently now been put on the back burner.

Refresher: The Original phase three timeline and loose ends of Phase 2 announced by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige in October 2014 looked like this until yesterday’s Spider-Man announcement:

Phase 3 schedule for Marvel

Following the reshuffle we know four out of the nine films have shifted back to accommodate the change with the exception of Avengers: Infinity War pt. 1 and pt. 2 which will hold their scheduled release dates in 2018-19. This is the newly revised schedule which includes changes and a date for Spider-Man:


Phase 2

2015

  • May 1, 2015 – The Avengers: Age of Ultron (No Change)

  • July 17, 2015 – Ant-Man (No Change)

Phase 3

2016

  • May 6, 2016 – Captain America: Civil War (No Change)

  • November 4, 2016 – Doctor Strange (No Change)

2017

  • May 5, 2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy 2 ( No change)

  • July 27, 2017 – Spider-Man ( Replaces Thor: Ragnarok Release)

  • November 3, 2017 – Thor: Ragnarok (NEW DATE – Moved from original date of July 27, 2017)

2018

  • May 4, 2018 – The Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 (No Change)

  • July 6, 2018 – Black Panther (NEW DATE – Moved from original date November 3, 2017)

  • November 2, 2018 – Captain Marvel (NEW DATE – Moved from original date of July 6, 2018)

2019

  • May 3, 2019 – The Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 (No Change)

  • July 12, 2019 – Inhumans ( NEW DATE – Moved from original date of November 2, 2018)

Judging by the shift, there is a lot of work to be getting on with sooner rather than later, and with an added feature thrown into the mix, it will be interesting to see what direction the new franchises Captain Marvel, Black Panther, The Inhumans, Dr Strange and now Spider-Man will take and what crossovers will flourish from the reams of comic book adventures in Marvel’s back catalogue.

What do you think to the shift in dates? Should Thor have been left as a July release? Are you concerned about the proposed four year gap between the current reveal in Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D and the release of The Inhumans feature film? Let us know in your comments and tweets!

More on all of these developments as and when information becomes available.

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