Marvel’s phase three started with the third Captain America movie, Captain America: Civil War, and will end with an untitled fourth Avengers movie. When phase three is complete a total of 10 movies will be added to the Marvel Cinematic Universe over a span of three years. Here is the list of movies in order with their theatrical release dates:
Captain America: Civil War – Already Released
This was by far the best Captain America movie and rivals as one of the best movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe if you ask me. It was essentially another Avengers movie while also introducing Black Panther and Spider-Man to the crew. It was sort of a guilty pleasure seeing your favorite superheroes fight each other concluding with an amazing fight scene between Iron Man, Captain America, and Winter Soldier.
Doctor Strange – Already Released
The special effects were absolutely amazing. I own all the Marvel movies in 3D but this is probably the one that must be watched in 3D. I know 3D has become a failed in home technology, but it is still a really cool experience with some movies. Doctor Strange isn’t like the other Marvel movies as it touches on the paranormal side of things. It was very risky to bring Doctor Strange’s character and story line to the Universe because in the comics things can get very weird with certain characters. But as of right now I feel like they did it right.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017
The first Guardians was fun. It wasn’t the best Marvel movie by far but Chris Pratt and Bradley Cooper really helped make the movie much more enjoyable. The storyline was a little confusing at times as to what they were actually trying to accomplish. The second installment looks much better as the characters are now developed and we get a couple characters added to the Guardians crew in Mantis, Yondu and Nebula. Of course Baby Groot is easily going to be the favorite character of the movie and maybe the new favorite character in all of the Universe.
Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017
Marvel fans have been waiting for this movie for forever. The Toby McGuire trilogy was good, but too childish, and the two Andrew Garfield films were not good at all in my opinion. Tom Holland was great in playing the role of Spider-Man in Civil War and I hope the comic innocence translates to his solo movie. With Iron Man in the movie and guiding Spider-Man into becoming a superhero, and Michael Keaton playing Vulture as the main antagonist, I have very high hopes for the movie. And of course there is Marisa Tomei to look at.
Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017
The first trailer for the third Thor film just came out and it looks like the best Thor movie yet. It appears Thor gets captured by The Grandmaster and has to compete in the gladiator arena. We then see Thor in the gladiator arena waiting on his opponent, who is none other than Hulk! Hulk is seen wearing some gladiator gear and we see Thor and Hulk run towards one another as the trailer ends. We know that Hulk is technically owned by Universal but that doesn’t necessarily prevent Marvel from making another Hulk movie like Fox did with Spider-Man for so long. It just means Universal has the right of first refusal. Meaning they can decline distributing the movie, which doesn’t make sense why that would stop them, but rumors have always said there will not be another Hulk movie. Therefore, this Thor movie is going to have a lot of Hulk in it to help kind of give him his own movie, by standing in Thor’s spotlight.
Black Panther – February 16, 2018
We finally get to go to Wakanda and see where the Vibranium that has been mentioned so many times in previous movies comes from. This movie has so much hype due to it’s star studded cast. Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Angela Bassett, Forest Whittaker, and Andy Serkis just to name a few. The movie takes place after Civil War when T’Chilla returns to Wakanda as now the king and protector and is challenged by Erik Kiillmonger who is played by Jordan. Jordan has won me over with his performances in Fruitvale Station and Creed and is now one of my favorite actors. I am excited he is now in the Universe but very upset that he is the antagonist and probably won’t make it to another movie in the Universe.
Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018
We have been teased with Thanos too many times, finally this is for real. We have seen him in both Avengers movies during mid-credit scenes and he was actually in Guardians for some minutes and mentioned numerous times. Thanos is trying to get all the infinity stones that will give him control over time, space and reality. This is the movie I am predicting that we witness our first casualty to the Avengers. Vision is an obvious choice as he has an infinity stone in his forehead but I am referring to a main character, like Captain America.
Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018
The first Ant-Man was a real Cinderella in the Universe. I had such low expectations for the movie. One of the only reasons I watched it was because I am a huge Paul Rudd fan, but the movie was actually really good. It had a good storyline, was entertaining, and of course Rudd provided plenty of laughs. In the sequel, as we were teased in the mid-credits scene, we see Hope van Dyne become the Wasp. Hoping the sequel is just as good as the first.
Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019
This is the first Marvel movie to be headlined by a female character, and they have caught much criticism for it. Especially since DC had a female protagonist in their third film that was released. It was rumored that Ronda Rousey might get the role of Captain Marvel and as much as I love Rousey I am glad she did not land the role. The role instead went to Brie Larson. I think we will first see her in Infinity War before we see her in her first movie. But either way this is a long over due movie for Marvel. Still don’t understand why we didn’t get a Black Widow movie.
Untitled Avengers Movie – May 3, 2019
This movie was originally titled Infinity War Part 2 but they have said they went away from that title and will now be it’s own separate title. Which is probably a good idea because the whole breaking a film into two parts didn’t work out great for Happy Potter or Hunger Games. Both movies received a lot of criticism about the choice. Even without the “Part 2” in its title I am assuming that it will still continue from the events of Infinity War but that could very well have changed too.