Final marvel release lineup #MarvelEvent pic.twitter.com/ddI2Igonhy
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) October 28, 2014
Film While I was eating hoops on toast and watching North West Tonight, entirely unaware that MARVEL was having press conference, MARVEL had a press conference in which they announced what was going to be released at the cinema in the years leading up to my mid-forties. The line-up pretty much speaks for itself and confirms what I thought back when Guardians was a hit. That we're now in a place where MARVEL's three releases for 2017 are a Guardian's sequel, Black Panther and a Thor film and they're entirely confident that all three.
When DC published their list, which must surely have been one of the things which prompted MARVEL to make their plans clearer, the reaction at least from what I saw was fairly muted to vaguely bored. To an extent they're taking the greater risk, Man of Steel made a shed load, but it isn't universally liked (I hated it and I love Superman) and assuming people will turn out for a raft of films set in that version of the DCU seemed a tad arrogant. It all depends how well the first JLA film in 2016 does. Yes, in 2016. MARVEL has two whole films out before then.
What people did seem interested in was how MARVEL would react. Now we know and it's very, very exciting even if I'm going to be forty-five by the time the second half of the third Avengers film is released. The order is interesting though. Considering it's supposed to be their screen substitute for not having the X-Men, Inhumans seems late in 2018. Unless it's a placeholder in case something happens with the mutant rights. There's also the question of what happens at Sony with Spiderman or indeed FOX with the Fantastic Four. They seem to think they'll have two films at least out for them. Bless.
The lack of Black Widow is disappointing, but it's also worth noting the lack of Hulk or Hawkeye. There has to be some narrative reason for this. Hopefully, she's not going to be Jossed in Avengers 2, she'll survive and thread through the other films on the slate. It'd be fitting if she turns up in Thor for example, having turned up in the other two Avengers related trilogies, but there's nothing to say she won't cameo in the Netflix series, especially Daredevil or on SHIELD (which probably needs the lift). All depends on Scarlett Johansson's availability and fees.
The placement of the Captain Marvel film is evocative. If the third Avengers film, with that title, ends on a cliffhanger, how will Captain Marvel fit into the scheme of it? Speaking of which who'll play her? Established actress or newcomer? Not having read anything Carol Danvers since her echo was inside Rogue's head, I haven't the first clue who would fit. A quick search on the Twitters suggests Yvonne Strahovski or Alice Eve or Gwendoline Christie. Margot Robbie? Rosamund Pike? Pity Romola Garai's going to be busy with Doctor Who.
Phase Four? What'll I be watching into my fifties? Guardians 3 presumably. A sequel to at least one of these films. After Infinity Wars, Avengers could be retired in favour of something else. I'd assumed a Civil War trilogy, but that's not happening now. Secret Wars trilogy. First film scoops everyone up and plonks them on Beyonder's world. Second film has Beyonder come to Earth. Good god, I'm going to be in my mid-fifties by then. Crumbs. This is like watching the Pertwee era and knowing there'll be another three or four Doctors coming soon.