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Marvel Prepping Film Announcements At Comic-Con

‘Doctor Strange,’ ‘Black Panther’ likely candidates


Marvel Studios have announced that they will release two films in 2016 and another in 2017, but what they are is anyone’s guess.

The wait, however, may not be long; Marvel could be preparing to make an announcement as early as San Diego Comic-Con next month. Given their trend of releasing two movies a year, it’s likely that Marvel will also have a second release in 2017, but there has been no confirmation of this.

The films will be a part of Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which begins with Edgar Wright’s “Ant-Man” on Nov. 6, 2015, according to IGN. It could be joined by film adaptations of “Doctor Strange” and “Black Panther,” yet no one is ruling out an “Inhumans” movie or even a Mark Ruffalo-starring “Hulk” flick.

Other rumoured projects in active development at Marvel include “Iron Fist,” “Runaways” and “Ms. Marvel.” However, they might be a little further off than Phase Three. Iron Fist is a superhero who practices martial arts and is closely associated with the mystical city of K’un-L’un; Ms. Marvel is a half human, half alien superheroine; and “Runaways” follows a group of teenagers who discover that their parents are super villains.

A “Runaways” television series was previously under development, and “The Avengers” director Joss Whedon even wrote a story arc for the comic book, which was created by “Saga” writer Brian K. Vaughan.

Marvel will want to balance out the new characters with established ones, meaning “Thor 3” and “Captain America 3” will probably happen at some point. However, “Iron Man 4” will almost certainly not be a part of Phase Three, as Robert Downey Jr.’s extended contract only includes “The Avengers 2” and “The Avengers 3” at this point.

Whether a sequel to “Guardians of the Galaxy” is on the horizon depends on how successful the first film turns out to be.

A realistic guess for the Phase Three lineup would be “Ant-Man,” “Doctor Strange,” “Black Panther,” “Thor 3,” “Captain America 3” and “The Avengers 3.”

As for Phase Two — which began with “Iron Man 3” — “Thor: The Dark World” comes out on Nov. 8 while “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is set for an April 4, 2014 release. “Guardians of the Galaxy” will follow on Aug. 1 with “The Avengers 2” expected to hit theaters on May 1, 2015.

“Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD,” a television show set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will premiere on ABC this fall. The series was created by Whedon, Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon, who previously worked together on “Dollhouse” and “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.” ABC has yet to set a premiere date.

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