Two weeks since Warner Bros. unveiled its DC Movie lineup, Marvel have unsurprisingly bit back by revealing what their next eight films after the next Avengers epic will be, some of which we knew of but some which we didn’t, will be, plus release dates. We have:
Captain America: Civil War, due for release in cinemas May 6, 2016.
Doctor Strange, November 4, 2016.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2, May 5, 2017.
Thor: Ragnarok, July 28, 2017.
Black Panther, November 3, 2017
Captain Marvel, July 6, 2018.
Inhumans, November 2, 2018.
Avengers: Infinity War – Part I, May 4, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2, May 3, 2019.
As you can see it’s a mix of popular favourites and more obscure characters, though I wish Howard the Duck, who of course appeared at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy, was in there. It’s been confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch is Doctor Strange, Carol Sanders is Captain Marvel, and Chadwick Boseman will be Black Panther.
The real big news for fans though is that the third Avengers film will be split into two, and be based on an existing comic storyline. The Infinity War storyline, which brings back Thanos and ties a lot of stuff together, involves a glove called the Infinity Gauntlet. Thanos has been hunting these things called Infinity Stones for a while, and the ones that we know of are the Tesseract from The Avengers, the Aether from Thor: The Dark World, and the Orb from Guardians of the Galaxy. There are six in all, and once Thanos collects them and applies them to his glove – the Infinity Gauntlet – he becomes an unstoppable force who, in the comics at least, kills a lot of the Marvel superheroes.