Phase III Picks Up Speed
Things are getting busy as Marvel Studios moves into Phase III of its Cinematic Universe, according to Kevin Feige, president of the company. He spoke while promoting Ant-Man, the final installment of Phase II.
Nineteen different films are set to be released between next year and 2019. This will include the end of several existing franchises, such as the Thor films, the continuation of those like Guardians of the Galaxy and the beginning of new series, such as Black Panther and the tentatively titled Spectacular Spider-Man.
According to Brian Torchin in this article, phase III will begin with Captain America: Civil War, which will notably add these and possibly more important characters to the Marvel Cinematic Universe ahead of them getting their own films later.
“We literally just crossed the halfway mark of [Captain America:] Civil War last week, it’s day 42 or 43 of 80,” Feige said. “We start filming Doctor Strange in London in November. We start shooting Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2in February-March . We start filming Thor: Ragnarok and Spider-Man around the same time, around June of next year.” Certainly sounds like a busy summer, doesn’t it?
Phase III will also include the first half of Avengers: Infinity War, a crossover so large that it will be split into two movies.