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Marvel Movie Lineup: 2016 – 2020

Now that Phase 2 has come to a close Phase 3 of the Marvel Movie Lineup: 2016 – 2020 kicked off on Friday May 6th with Captain America: Civil War as Steve Rogers (Captain America) and Tony Stark (Iron Man) go head to head over dark secrets from the past get revealed.

Flip to see what’s coming next and what to expect…

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If you haven’t seen Captain America: Civil War we recommend you see it, but don’t leave when the credits start because there are to additional scenes that you need to see. One is Spider Man and the other is Black Panther, which set the pace for the solo films.

In October 2014 we previously told you about Black Panther being added to the Marvel Movie Lineup with addition slots added to the schedule.

Here is Phase 3 of the Marvel Movie Lineup: 2016 – 2020 below – But note there have been a few minor changes due to directors  not in place and story being reworked. We previously announced this list for the 2016 Marvel Movie Lineup, but Gambit has been pulled from this year.


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May 6th, 2016: Captain America: Civil War

Robert Downey Jr. joins up with Captain America 3 in order to bring the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the brink of Civil War. Joe and Anthony Russo are back as directors, with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely writing. Nearly everyone who has ever been an Avenger will make an appearance. Spider-Man makes his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut, too.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.

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August 5, 2016 – Suicide Squad (DC Comic)

Director: David Ayer Cast: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Jai Courtney, Joel Kinnaman, Cara Delevingne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jay Hernandez, Adam Beach, Jim Parrack, Scott Eastwood, Ike Barinholtz, Karen Fukuhara, and Viola Davis

What We Know So Far: The DC comic revolves around a group of anti-heroes who take on dangerous missions for the government in exchange for commuted sentences. Smith is Deadshot, Robbie is Harley Quinn, Leto is The Joker, Courtney is Captain Boomerang, Kinnaman is Rick Flagg, Delevingne is Enchantress, and Davis plays Amanda Waller, who is essentially DC’s Nick Fury. This is Warner Bros.’ first non-Superman film in its new DC Movie Universe, and Ayer appears to be striking a much darker, more sinister tone judging by the teaser reel that debuted at Comic-Con.

October 7th – Gambit (Cut From 2016 Marvel Movie Lineup)

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November 4th, 2016, Doctor Strange

Marvel is betting pretty heavily on Doctor Strange, with Benedict Cumberbatch now set to star as Stephen Strange. The movie also stars Tilda Swinton as Strange’s mentor The Ancient One and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Strange’s rival, Baron Mordo. Mads Mikkelsen is the film’s big villain. Scott Derrickson is directing, from a script by Jon Spaihts.

Here’s the official plot synopsis:

In “Doctor Strange,” famous neurosurgeon Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) suffers career-ending injuries in a devastating car crash. Seeking help in the furthest reaches of the world, Strange uncovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions!


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May 5th, 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

James Gunn will be back to direct the sequel to the most unlikely superhero hit of recent years. Recent plot details indicate we’re going to meet some very important new characters in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Yes, that’s the real title.

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July 7th, 2017 – Spider-Man: Homecoming

Spidey entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a seismic event. We’ll first meet Spidey in Captain America: Civil War, but this will be his first solo outing under the Marvel banner. We don’t know much about the story yet, other than that it will focus on a high school aged Spider-Man, feature villains we haven’t seen on-screen before (possibly The Vulture), and have a “John Hughes” vibe.

As long as we don’t have to see him get bit by the spider and go through the learning process of his powers this film has promise. Thankfully Captain America: Civil Wars sums everything up and keeps it moving, so hopefully the solo film picks up from there.

Tom Holland will play Marvel’s new Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Marisa Tomei will play Aunt May. Pop singer Zendaya is part of the cast in a mystery role. Oh yeah, and Robert Downey Jr. will be on board as Tony Stark/Iron Man, too!

Jon Watts (Cop Car) is directing. John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation) will write the script…

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June 23rd 2017 – Wonder Woman (DC Comic):

Wonder Woman movie is set in different time periods when it comes to the first stand alone Wonder Woman movie.

The DC Comic live action movie that stars Gal Gardot is currently scheduled to hit theatres on June 23rd 2017 but little has been known about the story of the film up to this point. However, we may now know WHEN the story will be taking place. All we know so far via a source inside the production of the film who tells us that the movie will take place in 3 different time periods.

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November 3rd, 2017: Thor: Ragnarok

For the record, when folks talk about “Ragnarok” in Norse mythology, it usually isn’t a good thing. This should be, by far, the biggest of the Thor films. Taika Waititi directs from a script by Stephany Folsom, Christopher Yost, and Craig Kyle. Expect the usual core cast to return, but with a few twists. Mark Ruffalo will join the party as the Hulk, and Cate Blanchett is likely playing a villain.

This is a film that could conceivably take Thor off the playground for a bit, but it could, as a long shot, also set up the female Thor currently running in Marvel Comics. There’s also an excellent Thor: Ragnarok comic you should probably seek out.


2018 proves to be a promising year since we finally get to see the Black Panther movie since he was first introduced in Captain America: Civil War. We also get the long awaited sequel to Ant Man, but no worries the Ant will be in the Avengers as well as Captain America, so you get to see his heroic comedy play out in group form.

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February 16th, 2018: Black Panther

Finally! T’Challa is coming to the big screen, and he’ll be played by Chadwick Boseman. If you saw Captain America: Civil War, then you saw Black Panther’s impressive introduction and set up. Not only is he a superhero, Black Panther is also a king of his country after his father is killed.

Creed and Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler will direct. Kevin Feige recently described the vision for the film as…

“It’s a big geo-political action adventure that focuses on the family and royal struggle of T’Challa in Wakanda, and what is means to be a king. T’Challa’s story is very important to us as it links to the next Avengers films, which is why we brought it forward.”

The Black Panther is a fascinating character, whose exploits can be as high-tech as Iron Man’s or as high-adventure as Indiana Jones. Like we said earlier, the set up for the Black Panther solo film is after the credits of Captain America: Civil War.

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May 4th, 2018, Avengers: Infinity War Part 1

Well, we always had a feeling that Thanos couldn’t be contained by one movie…now we know the truth. Avengers 3 and Avengers 4, here we come! The Russo Bros. will move directly from their directing duties on Captain America: Civil War into this one, which begins shooting in 2016. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are writing.

We get the feeling, though, that Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 is going to have to do some heavy lifting in terms of introducing characters and concepts from Captain Marvel and The Inhumans films, before these things carry over into Avengers: Infinity War Part 2.  There are three movie slots open for the end of phase 3 and the possible set up for phase 4 of the Marvel movie lineup.

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July 6th, 2018 – Ant-Man and The Wasp

The follow-up to the widely successful Ant Man movie continues on as Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne will return, marking the first female superhero to have her name in the title of a Marvel movie. Peyton Reed will return to direct. We’ll get you more details as we hear them.

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December 21st, 2018 – Animated Spider-Man Movie

While this one isn’t technically part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we’re including it here for the completists among you. This one comes from the minds behind The LEGO Movie, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who are writing and executive producing. No other details are available, but don’t expect this to be in continuity with the live action Spidey movies on the schedule. And you never know, that might change, too!


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May 3rd, 2019, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2

The story that’s too big to be contained in one movie. We figure the team will get their asses handed to them in Part 1, but by the time the Inhumans and Captain Marvel join the fight for part two, things will be a little different.

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March 8th, 2019, Captain Marvel

It seems likely that Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 is going to introduce Carol Danvers (assuming we don’t see her sooner), a character who will become the cosmical powered Captain Marvel. Her origin story would make a fine superhero film, and Captain Marvel has the kinds of power levels necessary to take on a threat like Thanos. If you’re going to make the leap with a female-fronted superhero film, a character with a power set more impressive than Wonder Woman is just be the one to do it with.

Nicole Perlman, who famously helped develop Guardians of the Galaxy for the screen, is pairing with Meg LeFauve (The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, Inside Out) to write the Captain Marvel movie.

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Inhumans (Pushed Back to unconfirmed date)

Marvel just bumped this from its July of 2019 release date. Perhaps it will take over one of the slots below.

Inhumans characters and concepts are already being introduced on Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD TV series. For one thing, though, the Inhumans may help take the place of mutants in the X-less Marvel Cinematic Universe, and we’d be surprised if Thanos’ arrival isn’t also met by the Inhumans in some form, before we meet them for real in their own movie. There’s also the tantalizing possibility that Peter Quill’s father is one of their ranks…

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Deadpool 2 and Gambit still waiting on release dates:

NOTE: It was rumored that Fox was looking to swap out Fantastic Four 2 with Deadpool 2, which they’re hoping to fast-track. If the studio moves ahead with this, that means the Merc with a Mouth’s sequel will hit on June 9th, 2017, which is when the Fantastic Four follow-up was originally scheduled. It also means that the sequel would be releasing only 16 months after the first film, which may mean we get a final product that’s rushed and sloppily put together. There has been no confirmation on this happen so Deadpool will probably take one take one dates below. We also are guessing that Gambit may have been pushed back to one of the dates below.

May 1st, 2020 – Untitled Marvel Movie

July 10th, 2020 – Untitled Marvel Movie 2

November 6th 2020 – Untitled Marvel Movie 3

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