Last Thursday Marvel announced some updates for its Phase 3 line-up. We are getting an Ant-Man sequel, but at the cost of having to move Black Panther and Captain Marvel around. Meanwhile, Marvel also announced that they are doing three untitled films in 2020. What might they be, and how should we feel about the Ant-Man sequel?
We should feel really really good. Ant-Man definitely deserves a sequel, and its Box Office numbers definitely warrant one. What’s really interesting about the news is the sequel title. Not Ant-Man 2 or Vol. 2. Not Ant-Man: The Search For Van Dyne or something like that. No, the sequel to Ant-Man will be titled Ant-Man and the Wasp!
It is scheduled for a wide release on the 6th of July 2018, thus becoming the first Marvel Studios movie named after a heroine. This is all really cool, as the first movie teased the Wasp (as well as the original Wasp) quite a lot. I am really excited for the sequel, and I love the title.
Now, initially people were quite upset. Not because it got a sequel, but because it meant that Captain Marvel would be pushed from November 2018 to March 2019 (Yes, originally Captain Marvel was scheduled for July 2018, but that changed back when Marvel got the Spider-Man lease). But it is only four months, and it might have been moved for Marvel to cast the appropriate director or leading actress. We simply don’t know, so don’t overreact. The Ant-Man sequel also pushed Black Panther up to February 2018, which is really great news – as they already have the leading actor and just need the director.
As for the 2020 films? Well, there are a few ways they could go. Now, while there definitely is a chance that one of the three film dates is reserved for a Spider-Man sequel – I do wonder if there is a reason why they wrote that: “three untitled Marvel Studios films will premiere on May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020, and November 6, 2020.” Spider-Man is still owned by Sony, and is only co-produced with Feige and the Marvel team. Therefore, while it may be a possibility, I won’t make that guess.
When Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 releases, it will be almost three years since the original film. And I’m pretty sure Marvel will want to have a full Guardians-trilogy. I do think it’s a pretty safe bet that we’ll get a third film, and, hopefully, Gunn will still be the director on said third film. So, yeah, that’s my first guess for the 2020 films.
My second guess would be another Captain America-film, which could feature either Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes, or Sam Wilson. It goes without saying that Captain America: Civil War will be a Box Office success, and I think Captain America will remain the heart of the Marvel Cinematic Universe for quite a while.
Finally, while I do think we’ll see a sequel to either Black Panther, Doctor Strange or Captain Marvel in Phase 4 – I think it would be really cool to have a new Thor film in 2020. Hear me out. We’ve seen Odinson for quite a while, and I think Ragnarok should be his final solo film, as I really want the female Thor to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. To have Odinson and the female Thor, perhaps also with Loki in the film, could be a nice way of keeping Asgard fresh.
What movies do you think Marvel has planned for 2020? Sound off in the comments.
I’m Jeffrey Rex.