Marvel has released a whole slew of announcements at a recent event for the new additions to Phase 3 of their cinematic universe with the announcement of Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Black Panther and Inhumans.
As we mentioned earlier with Deadline confirming Benedict Cumberbatch playing Doctor Strange, Marvel have officially announced a release date of November 4, 2016, but have not confirmed Cumberbatch’s casting as they may be co-ordinating the production schedule to work with the star.
Doctor Strange is a former neurosurgeon who goes on to become the “Sorceror Supreme”, a mystical guardian protecting the Earth from otherworldly threats.
The Black Panther movie has been made official after much speculation with a release date of November 3, 2017 and Chadwick Boseman cast as T’Challa, the titular character. Boseman recently played James Brown in the biopic Get On Up and also played legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson in biographical sports drama 42.
Black Panther is most known for being the first black superhero ever to appear in a mainstream comic book franchise. His abilities include top-tier speed and agility and heightened senses, as well as a genius-level intellect. In the comics, he is also the leader of the fictional African nation of Wakanda, which happens to be one of the very few places where it’s possible to find Vibranium, the rare metal that makes up Captain America’s shield.
Marvel has also released images of the Black Panther costume which looks awesome! (click on the image to see it in its full glory)
Captain Marvel has been set for a July 6, 2018 release date and will showcase the first female-led superhero film to their universe.
This is likely to get a positive response from the core fans, as the growing number of female characters seemed to be resigned to supporting roles. As Guardians Of The Galaxy opened up the cosmic side of the universe, Captain Marvel will follow suit as it tells us the story of our heroine who gains her powers through genetics/technology from the race known as the Kree as introduced in the Guardians flick.
No casting announcements have been made as of yet but news of a female-led Marvel movie brings it into contention with DC’s standalone Wonder Woman film albeit being released a year later.
The next announcement was the introduction of Inhumans which has been swirling in the rumour mill for some time, with Vin Diesel teasing a potential (on-screen) role and Marvel producer Kevin Feige expressing his interest in bringing the superhuman team to their movie universe, very early and often.
Marvel has been facing problems around the exclusive rights to ‘mutants’ held by competitor Fox and their X-Men, and a film like Inhumans helps them around that obstacle. When both Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver – originally mutants from the X-Men storylines in the comic books – were confirmed to be joining The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the need to link them to a race of superhumans (that weren’t the X-Men) for the sake of origin stories became more pressing. But with the announcement of the Inhumans franchise, there is a chance that they will be connected to the existing characters.