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Marvel Announces 9 New Films, Casts First Black Lead
From left: Marvel President Kevin Feige, Robert Downey, Jr., Chadwick Boseman, and Chris Evans

Marvel Announces 9 New Films, Casts First Black Lead

The event was shrouded in secrecy, you either got an invite, a ticket , or you were like the rest of the world glued to your computer reading the Marvel live blog from the EL Capitan Theater in Hollywood.

Tuesday, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige took to the stage to announce the full slate for Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring a mix of fan-favorite characters along with a number of heroes set to make their big screen debut in the coming years.

The new Captain America film, “Captain America: Civil War,” will be released May 6, 2016. A “Guardians of the Galaxy” sequel is slated for May 5, 2017, and the next Thor movie will come out in July 2017.

“Black Panther” will follow in November 2017, “Captain Marvel” in July 2018 and “The Inhumans” in November 2018.

Captain Marvel will be a female superhero, the alter ego of Carol Danvers.

In addition, Marvel announced a two-part “Avengers” film, “Avengers: Infinity War,” due in 2018 and 2019. “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the sequel to 2012’s “The Avengers,” comes out in 2015. Its trailer has already lit up the Internet.

Feige said Marvel’s plans — and the opportunity to make a big announcement — have been the works for a while.

“We wanted to do this at Comic-Con this year, and things were not set: ‘Civil War’ wasn’t set; ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ wasn’t out yet.” he said.

It was also a major announcement in terms of diversity. Marvel is giving us its first superhero film to star a black actor, with Chadwick Boseman  portraying Black Panther.

Robert Downey Jr., who plays Iron Man, and Chris Evans, who plays Captain America, were on hand to introduce the man who will be the Black Panther. Boseman is most notable for his role e as Jackie Robinson in the movie “42,”  he spoke briefly at the event:

“I’m blessed to be a part of this Marvel Universe, and to work with you both, and I look forward to making magic together,” he told the two Avengers,” Boseman said.

Concept art for the" Black Panther" Image: Marvel

Concept art for the” Black Panther” Image: Marvel

You can check out all the announced movies with their cover art below in the gallery.





About Mitchell Gaddis

Mitchell Gaddis' dream job would be working for Warner Brothers in a corporate setting producing programing content.

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