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    July 27, 2014

    SDCC 2014: INTO THE MARVEL'S THIRD PHASE

    Two years ago during the much coveted San Diego Comic Con, Marvel Studios announced the second phase of their Marvel Cinematic Universe with line-ups include Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. You can read the whole line-up all over again and see how our prediction and expectation back then ended up to what it is today. For this year’s Comic Con event, Marvel Studios once again used the event to reveal their future plans revolving the third phase of the MCU.


    AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (1 May 2015)

    Starting off with the eight concept art posters (that eventually becomes one giant poster) of next summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. The giant poster reveals and teases the villain-robot Ultron and The Vision (voiced by Paul Bettany (Jarvis)), as well as giving fans more glimpse on the newest members of the Avengers – Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver (played by Elizabeth Olsen and Aaron Taylor-Johnson, coincidently co-star in this summer’s Godzilla). Check out the giant poster below.


    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW?
    1. The storyline of how Ultron is created in Age of Ultron will be different than in comic. Since Hank Pym (Ant-Man) will not appear on the MCU at least until the beginning of the third phase, the movie has took the liberty of establishing a story for which Tony Stark will be the one who is responsible of the creation of Ultron in the movie timeline, and subsequently The Vision.

    ANT-MAN (17 July 2015)

    As strange as how the studio is positioning Ant-Man to be, the best thing to describe the movie version for one of the founding members of the Avengers in the comic arc, is the fact that it will feels like Guardians of the Galaxy.

    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW?
    1. It has been reported that Michael Douglas and Paul Ruud will play two different versions of Ant-Man. Douglas plays Hank Pym the original Ant-Man while Ruud will play Scott Lang, whom is portrayed as a reformed thief (similar to the comic arc).

    2. Recent revelation from Comic Con suggested that the studio is scrapping the domestic abuse issue that dogged the character. In the comic arc, Pym is very abusive to his wife, Janet aka Wasp. However, to give the film a boost for the family audience, producer Kevin Feige insisted that this dark story about the character will not be featured in MCU. According to Screen Rant, Feige went to the record to say:
    “No, but look. I mean it’s…Hank Pym did a lot of things in the comics and he’s a super cool character. And the spin we have on him played by Michael Douglas is even more unique and more different, and I would say that some of the spirit of that plays into his temperament in the film, plays into his gruffness in the film. It certainly does not, in this movie, go to spousal abuse. (laughs)”
    Source: ScreenRant

    3. The casting for the movie expands with the announcement of Evangeline Lilly (The Hobbit trilogy) as Red Queen aka Hope Van Dyne (Hank Pym’s daughter) and Corey Stoll as villain Darren Cross/ Yellowjacket.
    Source: Marvel

    4. The Comic Con poster below is no surprise as Ruud’s Scott Lang’s version of Ant-Man takes the centre stage.


    CAPTAIN AMERICA 3 (6 May 2016)

    If you have been following our post-review on Captain America: The Winter Soldier at this link, chances are there are some talks about the future fate of Chris Evan's Captain America. Besides that gigantic clash with DC's Batman vs Superman movie, the focus of this threequel is also to play around with its expanding casts with Emily VanKamp's Sharon Carter, Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson/Falcon, Sebastian Stan's Bucky Barnes and Frank Grillo's Brock Rumlow.

    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW?
    No news from Comic Con.

    DOCTOR STRANGE?? (8 July 2016 ??)

    Stephen Strange, whose name was mentioned by Agent Jesper in Captain America 2 is now likely to fill in this slot. Doctor Strange already have director Scott Derrickson attached to this project with writers Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer already began developing the script since 2010, with a possible rewrite by Jon Spaihts. It is safe to assume that with everything in place, the production can move forward to look for the lead to play Dr Strange.


    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW?
    1. The casting for the lead titular character seems to be the biggest news this week. Benedict Cumberbatch was previously rumoured to take on the lead, but only to see him playing it down. Now, another A-list actor is also rumoured, and in fact is in talks to take on the role. He is Joaquin Phoenix.

    GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 (27 July 2017)


    Guardians of the Galaxy is due next week, but.....

    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW?
    1. The biggest news from the Comic Con is that the sequel is already put in place. James Gunn will return to direct and to write. Release date is confirmed at 27 July 2017.

    Source: Variety

    OTHER VACANT RELEASE DATES

    Just recently, Marvel Studios announced a comprehensive list of release dates to build up for its Phase three and even possibly into Phase four. With the additions, the release dates of Marvel Cinematic Universe project are:
    1 May 2015 - Avengers: Age of Ultron
    17 July 2015 - Ant-Man
    6 May 2016 - Captain America 3
    8 July 2016 -
    5 May 2017 -
    28 July 2017 - Guardians of the Galaxy 2
    3 November 2017 -
    4 May 2018 -
    6 July 2018 -
    2 November 2018 -
    3 May 2019 -

    MCU projects rumour include: Doctor Strange (possibly 8 July 2016), Black Panther, Inhuman, Avengers 3 (possibly 4 May 2018), Thor 3 (possibly 3 November 2017), The Runaways, and Ms. Marvel.
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