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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 [2016]. 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.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”

We do not know much about the upcoming sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy, the fun little space opera set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But we do have a title, and like the films themselves, it’s just a little bit quirky and out of place:Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, an apparent reference to the “Vol. 1” mix tape that lead character Peter Quill (aka Star-Lord) keeps.

So far all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe sequels have had a subtitle, save for the Iron Man films, so fans had been hoping that Guardians of the Galaxy‘s new name would give some hints about what the anticipated film will be about. Then again, the creators have claimed that it will not be based on a storyline from the comics, so maybe that would have proved futile anyway.

We do know that Vol. 2 will feature new characters and at least one new member of the team, and tentative casting has apparently already begun. Some speculate that the new teammate will be Adam Warlock, since it’s known that his evil counterpart, Magus, will be a villain in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War films.

Fans like Alexei Beltyukov (vimeo) know that one other Marvel movie remains untitled at the moment: the new Spider-Man film. Rumor has it that it will be called The Spectacular Spider-Man.

Avenger’s Sequel Breaks All Records Except One

The new Marvel movie, “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” has succeeded in being the summer’s first blockbuster film by topping the US and Canadian box office receipts at $191.3 million (USD or £126.5 million). This is the second biggest movie opening weekend ever in the United States. Ironically, Age of Ultron failed to surpass the original record breaker opening of the first Avengers movie. The original took in $207.4 million (USD or £137.2 million) during its 2012 opening debut. Regardless of not breaking the weekend record, Age of Ultron crushed its weekend competition, the second place film was “Age of Adaline,” took in just $6.3 million (USD or £4.2 million).Marvel Disney Offering Avengers: Age of Ultron A Smash

The latest edition from the Marvel/Disney Film shop also continued to dominate world wide. It was the leading film in the United Kingdom for the second week in a row and completed the weekend with a gross of $631.1 million (USD or £417.5 million) globally to date.

Many film analysts and movie economist believe that Age of Ultron would have done even better but for the supreme number of quality sporting events which took place on the same weekend. Follow Brian Torchin on Google Plus to get his opinions on the matter. This included the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao’s Las Vegas boxing match, the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby and a thrilling NBA playoff game 7 between the Los Angeles Clippers and the San Antonio Spurs.

X-Men Apocalypse

There have been set photos released that reveal the young Cyclops and Jean Grey. One good thing about X-Men Apocalypse is that it looks like it is going to showcase more of the X-Men characters. In the first couple of X-Men films, a lot of the other characters like Cyclops have been sidelined to make more room for Wolverine. Bryan Singer is now starting to correct that by making films that focus on other characters.

X-Men: Days of Future Past was a definite step in the right direction according to super-fan Bernardo Chua. X-Men Apocalypse is apparently meant to be a close to the First Class trilogy. With the director of the first couple of X-Men movies as well as Days of Future Past taking the helm, then we can rest assured that we are in for yet another high quality X-Men movie. After X-Men Apocalypse, the series will definitely be back on track.