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Well, Comic Con 2014 is over and there were a few (albeit not nearly as many as hoped for) announcements and presentations from the various film studios. We got a brief glimpse at some footage from Warner Bros. Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice as well as the first official look at Wonder Woman’s costume from the film. Trailers for Mad Max: Fury Road and The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? premiered before subsequently getting their web debut. However, there was less than expected from the Marvel Studios camp. They gave their obligatory Avengers: Age of Ultron panel and showed a teaser from Ant-Man (if for no other reason than to try and reassure people that it’s still coming along). We also got confirmation that one of the recently announced pending release dates was going to be filled with Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

But what else? People were hoping for an announcement as to who was going to be playing Dr. Strange or more announcements as to what was lined up for the other upcoming release dates. But mums is still the word on all of that. So what is to come in the future of the Marvel cinematic universe? With Guardians of the Galaxy kicking off this weekend I’ve decided to lend my educated guess as to what that forthcoming landscape is going to look like. Some minor spoilers to a few Phase 2 films to follow, so you’ve been warned.

AUGUST 1, 2014 – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

MAY 1, 2015 – AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

JULY 17, 2016 – ANT-MAN

MAY 6, 2016 – CAPTAIN AMERICA 3

JULY 8, 2016 – DR. STRANGE (not officially announced for this date, I don’t think, but so much seems to be announced for it already that it’s incredibly likely)

Everything from this point on is purely speculative (except for Guardians of the Galaxy 2).

MAY 5, 2017 – THOR 3
This one is already on Marvel’s radar and fits in nicely for the period of time, both between films and in terms of following the next Avengers film. People are waiting to see what happens with the next step of Loki’s dubious plan to take over Asgaard.

JULY 28, 2017 – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 (announced, as noted above)

NOVEMBER 3, 2017 – PLANET HULK
Following the popularity both The Hulk and new Bruce Banner, Mark Ruffalo, received from The Avengers, it’s been speculated that a new solo Hulk film would inevitably be attempted. And if the rumors – to be taken with a huge grain of salt – about Avengers: Age of Ultron ending with Hulk being shot into space are true then that means Planet Hulk is inevitable. Following Guardians 2 would be an easy set-up and transition for this film as well.

MAY 4, 2018 – AVENGERS: THE INFINITY WAR
Early May on a three year cycle seems to be the consistent plan for Avengers films. So expect the final showdown with Thanos to happen this particular weekend.

JULY 6, 2018 – CAPTAIN AMERICA 4
Chris Evans’ contract, like many other of the core cast, expires after Avengers 3. However, I’m sure he can be lured back long enough to make a cameo at the start of this film, which would see him aged and pass down the mantle of Cap to Sam Wilson (mimicking the story currently taking place in the comics.)

NOVEMBER 2, 2018 – BLACK PANTHER
People have been waiting for this film for years. Wesley Snipes (already known to Marvel fans as Blade) was desperately trying to get this one off the ground. Marvel Studios recently announced the plan to have each phase consist of at least one origin movie to support its sequels. Black Panther has been on deck long enough. It’s time for Marvel to pull Will Smith out of his box office rut with a new, profitable franchise…or perhaps recently Oscar nominated – and Joss Whedon alumn – Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, Serenity).

MAY 3, 2019 – IRON MAN 4
Robert Downey, Jr. recently stated that he’d be interested in another Iron Man movie if the negotiations go well because “why the hell not?” So with a statement like that you know the Marvel machine is hard at work to make it happen. Iron Man is still their most profitable franchise to date. Plus, they need to fix the issue that “Not Mandarin” caused in Iron Man 3.

So there we have it. I would have loved to have added a Daredevil/Black Widow movie to the mix but the Netflix stuff (Daredevil specifically) will likely still be building towards The Defenders around this time.

So what do you think? Am I on to something? Sound off below.

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