Marvel Cinematic Universe Release Calendar

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Marvel can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead. 

Excelsior! 

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Doctor Strange

November 4, 2016
Director: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benedict Wong, Tilda Swinton 

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Iron Man and Captain America have squared off in a battle for Bucky's heart. The Avengers are in shambles. Spider-Man is in the MCU. Between all of that and all of the competition shooting itself in the foot, Marvel has had a pretty fantastic 2016. So let's go out with a bang - Benedict Cumberbatch talking about chakras in a gruff American accent. 

Stephen Strange is an amazing surgeon who permanently damages his hands in a gruesome car wreck. 
He searches the world for a cure, leading him to be trained in magic by Tilda Swinton. I don't know anything about the lore of Doctor Strange so I'm just going to go into the movie assuming he's a live action version of Dr. Orpheus from The Venture Bros. and that he's going to travel through dimensions and cast spells on Mads Mikkelsen.  


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
May 5, 2017
Director: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Glenn Close, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Kurt Russell

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The gang is back. Far away from rampant AI, United Nations treaties, and Elizabeth Olsen's accent, Peter Quill and gang are on a mission to discover the truth about his dad. Or something. I don't know, they're still being vague but Kurt Russell is most likely going to be his pop pop so I really don't care what the plot is. The entire movie could be him and Michael Rooker berating Chris Pratt for 2 hours and I'll see it 12 times.

Spider-Man: Homecoming
July 7, 2017
Director: Jon Watts
Starring: Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Tony Revolori, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton.

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Oh my sweet Jesus Christ Spider-Man is in the MCU. After stealing the show in Civil War, Tom Holland will star in Sony's newest attempt to not fuck this franchise up. Thankfully it's not an origin story: no radioactive spider, no Uncle Ben, unfortunately no Bonesaw. It's Peter Parker - with suit and powers - balancing high school, being a hero, and a billionaire with metal suits trying to bang his aunt. No plot details yet, but Michael Keaton potentially being Vulture is the first step towards getting the Kraven movie I so desperately want. 

Thor: Ragnarok
November 3, 2017
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban

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I thought after being burned twice by Thor solo films that there was nothing Marvel could do to get me excited for another one, yet here we are. Let's see, we've got the director of What We Do In The Shadows, a possible Planet Hulk subplot, and Jeff Goldblum as an Elder of the Universe. Chris Hemsworth you big beautiful bounty of biceps, I'll follow you to the ends of Asgard. 

In a cruel twist of irony, the one movie in the trilogy that teases murdering absolutely everyone is the one that Natatlie Portman's garbage character isn't in. 

Black Panther
February 16, 2018
Director: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, probably Andy Serkis

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I am absurdly excited for a movie that is nowhere near ready to begin filming. Chadwick Boseman was amazing in Civil War and Creed was absolutely fantastic. I mean, not fantastic enough for anyone a shade darker than Sly Stallone to get recognized for it, but still pretty good. Creed writer/director Ryan Coogler brings titular star Michael B. Jordan along with him, freeing him from the dumpster prison that is Fantastic Four. 

I don't know a single thing about the plot, but there's a pretty good chance it's going to involve Andy Serkis getting his ass beat something fierce. With this director and this cast it will be hard to mess it up and I have full faith i-guys I don't want to point out the elephant in the room but seriously, do you think that giant panther statue will come to life? 

Avengers: Infinity War
May 4, 2018
Directors: Anthony and Joe Russo
Starring: Literally everyone

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The closer we get to this, the more nervous I get. A decade of movies culminating in all of your favorite heroes and also Hawkeye fighting purple Josh Brolin and his magic glove? This could either be the most impressive undertaking in cinematic history or a wet hot shower fart filmed entirely with IMAX cameras. 

If anyone can do justice with the burden that's been put on the director's shoulders, it's the Russo brothers. I will follow them (and Bucky) to the far reaches of the cosmos. 

Ant-Man and the Wasp
July 6, 2018
Director: Peyton Reed
Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Michael Douglas

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Everyone’s coming back. Also the Wasp is there too. That’s it, see you in 2 years.

Marvel had such a...storied production history with the first Ant-Man and by the grace of God they managed to pull a good movie out of the ashes. What do they do with the sequel? Oh just put it right after the first Infinity War movie. Let's go ahead and spit right in the face of God. 

I'm Peyton Fucking Reed. I didn't just direct Bring It On - I live it. Every single day. Strike me down, I dare you. 


Captain Marvel
March 8, 2019
Director: TBA

Starring: Brie Larson

Brie Larson Rafi The League


Sure seems kind of late in the game to introduce the most powerful character Marvel Studios owns the rights to, but what do I know. I'm not the one making billions of dollars. I'm not as excited for the movie as much as the idea of Brie Larson essentially being the Superman of this universe. Moreso, the crushing realization for sweaty dudes worldwide that a tiny blonde girl could murder their favorite heroes with her bare hands. There could be a bit of backlash at first, but as long as she doesn't fight any ghosts it should be alright. 

Untitled Avengers 4
May 3, 2019
Directors: Anthony and Joe Russo
Starring: Everyone who didn’t die in Part 1

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I don’t even know what I’ll do with myself when it’s all over. Where do I go from here? What’s the point of even living anymore? How can you call this living? I guess I'll just walk back into the sea an-wait what's that? There's already 3 movies slated for 2020. 

The first 3 phases of the MCU will come to a close as the camera slowly zooms out from the carnage, pulling far back into the sky, into space, into the vast cosmos, into nothingness. It's revealed that all of it took place in Stan Lee's snowglobe, a snowglobe he promptly breaks over Jack Kirby's head when he asks to read over the fine print of the contract he just signed. 


Untitled Spider-Man sequel 
July 5, 2019
Director: TBA
Starring: TBA




The only things we know are that it takes place in Peter Parker’s junior year of high school and that Sony will probably get ahead of themselves and fuck everything up. Again. 

Guardians of the Galaxy 3
No release date has been announced, but considering they've probably made a billion dollars just off Baby Groot merchandise I'm sure this can't be far off


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The Inhumans movie will never happen. The second Marvel reaches a deal with FOX to use the X-Men they will pretend none of this ever happened. This will be easy because nobody watches Agents of Shield.

The Animated Spider-Man Movie isn't part of the MCU. This means Sony is free to do whatever it wants, like putting Paul Giamatti in a Rhino suit or having Peter Parker's dad hide files in a secret subway station. 


9 comments:

  1. Guardians 3 is also greenlit & expected sometime shortly after the untitled 4th Avengers.

    On the TV side...
    ABC: "Damage Control" is still allegedly going to happen; they have a "put pilot", which means ABC has to pay Marvel a penalty fee if they don't air it, but we know literally nothing else. "Agents of SHIELD" just started its 4th season, & they have Ghost Rider now, & LMDs, & the Patriot, & Quake, & Inhumans, & sly jabs at the network cancelling "Agent Carter", & it's all wonderful. "Most Wanted" is dead; the pilot was not picked up.
    Netflix: "Luke Cage" premiered yesterday (I don't know when this list was written). Both "Iron Fist" & "The Defenders" are due out in 2017. "The Punisher", season 2 of "Jessica Jones", & season 3 of "Daredevil" are all officially greenlit, but won't begin filming until "The Defenders" is done.
    Other: "Cloak & Dagger" is greenlit to air on Freeform, supposedly in 2017. There are also rumors of a "Runaways" series on Hulu (but considering Disney's contract with Netflix, I doubt it) & a "New Warriors" series that may involve Squirrel Girl.

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    1. Not gonna lie, I was just gonna ignore the Netflix/TV stuff but you have shown me up and made me look like a fool. I'll include them in the next big update I do.

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    2. Yikes! I didn't mean to show you up; I'm sorry!

      ...I actually got some new info, too:
      "Cloak & Dagger" is officially set for a winter 2018 debut.
      "The Inhumans" is officially greenlit *as a TV series* to debut on ABC next season, though the first 2 episodes will be shown in IMAX theaters as well.

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    3. More TV updates...

      Freeform: "New Warriors" has been picked up as a comedy starring Squirrel Girl.
      Cloak & Dagger is filming.

      ABC: "Inhumans" is filming.
      "Damage Control" has been reclassified on IMDb as a TV-movie instead of a series, so they're probably just gonna air the pilot as a one-time special (a la "Mockingbird Lane"). There are rumors that it may be integrated into 'Spider-Man: Homecoming', though.
      "Agents" has just started its last arc of the season; no word yet about renewal.

      Netflix: "The Defenders" is coming out August 8th, & "The Punisher" might be out around Christmas.
      Season 2 of "Jessica Jones" & season 3 of "Daredevil" are filming; they will be out in 2018.
      "Luke Cage" has been confirmed for a 2nd season, but the underwhelming "Iron Fist" has not (at least, not yet).

      Hulu: "Runaways" is filming.

      As for Spider-Man: I'm pretty sure Feige still has the reins on Homecoming 2. What I'm more concerned about is the Venom movie that Sony is talking up lately.

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    4. Further updates.....

      Movies:
      --"Ant-Man & the Wasp" will feature Laurence Fishburne as Bill Foster & Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet van Dyne.
      --"Captain Marvel" will be set in the 1990s, feature Nick Fury pre-eyepatch, & pit Carol against the Skrulls.
      --"Doctor Strange 2" is greenlit, with pre-production waiting until Derrickson finishes another project.

      ABC:
      --The first 2 episodes of "Inhumans" will screen in IMAX theaters on September 1st. Longer cuts of those episodes will then air on TV on September 29th, with the remaining 6 episodes in the following weeks. It took 3 trailers, but Medusa's hair finally doesn't look crappy.
      --"Agents of SHIELD" is renewed for a 5th season, which will begin in January. They'll have a full episode count with no midseason hiatuses at all, but they're also moving to Fridays (in the same timeslot that "Inhumans" will have vacated).

      Netflix:
      --"Defenders" is out August 18th, not the 8th; I goofed up before.
      --"Iron Fist" somehow got renewed for a 2nd season; fortunately, that can't possibly be out until 2019, after all 3 of its predecessors get new seasons.
      --"Punisher" is rumored to be out this November, which will make that a VERY busy month for Marvel, not only because of "Ragnarok"....

      Hulu:
      --...but also because "Runaways" is set for a November 21st release date.

      Freeform:
      "New Warriors" announced its cast; the standout is comedian Milana Vayntrub as Squirrel Girl.

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    5. More TV updates, because the movies are just treading water right now until 'Ragnarok' comes out:

      ABC:
      --"Inhumans" is mediocre-at-best, Scott Buck should never run a show again, and thank goodness we only have 5 episodes left of this thing.
      --Season 5 of "Agents of SHIELD" has been bumped up to a December 1st premiere (probably to wash the taste of "Inhumans" out of our mouths faster), so there will probably be a Christmas hiatus now.
      --There are still rumors of John Ridley making a Marvel show for ABC, and of the network ordering something "similar to Jessica Jones", but no other info on that front for a very long time.

      Netflix:
      --"The Punisher" has likely been delayed in the interest of good taste after the Las Vegas shooting; although no release date was ever confirmed, the show's NYCC panel this weekend was cancelled, & a rumored release date of 10/13 could've been postponed as well.
      --An early teaser is out for season 3 of "Daredevil", but it doesn't tell us anything new.

      Hulu:
      --"Runaways" showed its first episode at NYCC; reactions have been very positive. The trailer has finally been officially released, too.

      Freeform:
      --"Cloak & Dagger" was supposedly previewed at NYCC too, but there's nothing to show for it so far.

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  3. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 is not good.
    The story is different (a lot) in the comics.
    Watch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 online

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