Marvel Counters DC with Phase 3 Slate

A week after DC announced its ambitious slate  of 10 movies (not counting the Batman standalone), Marvel countered with even more ambitious plans for Phase 3 on Tuesday at the El Capitan, including Doctor Strange, Black Panther, and a female Captain Marvel.

There will be eight films through 2019 (including the initial four in Phase 3′s nine-film arc), which will introduce Doctor Strange (Nov. 4, 2016), which is rumored to star Benedict Cumberbatch; Marvel’s first leading African-American superhero, Black Panther (played by Get On Up’s Chadwick Boseman, which arrives Nov. 3, 2017); and Marvel’s first leading female superhero, Captain Marvel, aka Major Carol Danvers (coming July 6, 2018).

Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Boseman took the stage and fooled around, with Downey trying to woo the latest superhero over to his side. But Boseman would have none of that: He refused to pick a leader and said he’s his own man. The point of which underscores the thrust of Captain America 3: Civil War (May 6, 2016), which will introduce Black Panther and has Tony Stark and Steve Rogers setting aside their differences to help save the Marvel universe.

But the key is being fresh and relevant and taking risks. For example, “Doctor Strange” introduces supernatural for the first time to the Marvel universe with quantum mechanics, string theory, and a parallel dimension.  And “Inhumans” (Nov. 2, 2018) offers a new hybrid of Earth-bound superheroes and aliens (they secretly live among us but are genetic anomalies), which opens up another aspect of the Marvel universe.

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