Disney and Marvel studios recently announced that they will be releasing three more films based on their properties in 2020, because, you know, 11 films in four years wasn’t enough to get excited about. What they haven’t announced, however, is which properties these films will be based on. Not content with just release dates, we’ve decided to try to guess which films we might be seeing on these dates. Some of these feel like dead certs, whereas others might be a little far-fetched. So, using some intelligent guesses, and maybe some speculation, here are the films we think could be released on Marvel’s three new dates.
Doctor Strange 2 – The only way this one won’t happen is if Doctor Strange is a critical and commercial failure, which seems pretty unlikely. With the sorcerer supreme almost certainly being a part of the Avengers line-up in Infinity War, he will be one of the characters to have gone the longest without a solo outing. This seems like an obvious choice.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – Much like Doctor Strange, it would take a huge failure for Guardians to not get a third outing. Either that or they all get killed off in Infinity War, a film they’re supposedly not turning up in… All I know is that we’ll be seeing them again, and the sooner the better.
Spider-man 2 – Spider-Man is a huge money-maker, and I don’t see Marvel, Disney or Sony wanting to go too long without another stand alone film. Much like the two above suggestions, we will see this film at some point, and waiting any longer than 2020 seems unnecessary, and a wasted opportunity.
Don’t count them out
Black Panther 2 – The only reason this sequel isn’t in the above category is that the first Black Panther will have come out only two years previous, and there are a lot of characters we won’t have seen for a much longer time. I would have placed Captain Marvel 2 and Inhumans 2 in this category, but they will both have seen a film in 2019, and two films in two years doesn’t seem very likely.
Ant Man (and The Wasp?) 3 – Along with the three new dates, Marvel announced a bit of a reshuffle, and a sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man, titled Ant-Man and The Wasp. This means that a third film centred around Ant-Man could once again heavily feature The Wasp, or if that doesn’t work so well they could return to a solo outing.
Captain America 4 – Other than Iron Man, Captain America is probably Marvel’s most bankable star, and if all parties are willing, a fourth instalment in the Captain America franchise seems pretty likely. It would also be a good way to keep some of the characters that can’t carry their own film another shot at some screen time. Of all of the stars that have been in the MCU since phase 1, I feel like Captain America is the most likely to see a fourth instalment.
In with a chance
Iron Man 4 – At one point it seemed like we would never see an Iron Man 4. Robert Downey Jr. was going to be in Infinity War and then wave goodbye to Marvel from his yacht made of gold. That was until The Judge came out, and he realised he needed Marvel as much as they needed him. This could be a real moneymaker, if they can get all the pieces into place.
Thor 4 – Much like Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth at times seems like he would be quite happy if his time as a superhero were to come to an end. That being said, there are plenty of other routes they could take. A female Thor, for example, or a film with a reduced role for the God of thunder. Whether or not this film happens really depends on Thor’s popularity post Ragnarok, and whether or not Marvel will want to sacrifice developing a newer character.
New Avengers – At the end of Age of Ultron (spoilers I suppose?) there’s a new Avengers line-up, and we can expect to see something similar at the end of Infinity War. With characters like Scarlet Witch, Vision, Hawkeye, Black Widow, Falcon, War Machine, Winter Solider and a bunch of other characters we’re no doubt yet to see, Marvel might want a place to keep us all interested in them. Yes, it’ll only be one year after the last Avengers film, but undeniable results that the A word brings to the box office could encourage this idea.
It’s a long shot
The Incredible Hulk 2 – People love The Hulk, but people hate the two Hulk solo films. I’m not the only person to say this, but The Hulk doesn’t really work as a protagonist. He’s a character that can barely talk, and can’t really die so… There’s also the issue with the rights to the character, so I don’t think we’ll be seeing this film any time soon.
Daredevil / The Defenders – Yes, the Netflix shows are set in the same universe as the films, but I just don’t see them crossing over, especially in a film of their own. The only thing that slightly sways my mind is the popularity of Daredevil. If the other upcoming shows are just as popular, this just might happen.
Which films do you think we’ll see on Marvel’s three new reserved dates? Do you think any of our choices are right? Share any thoughts in the comments.
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