Random Tuesday: Marvel Announces Things & I'm Excited!

If you’ve been living under a rock for the last few hours (or actually diligently working all afternoon), you may have missed the news out of Marvel Entertainment’s big conference thing that happened earlier today. You missed out. There was news. News that made me so excited, I ate my lunch way too fast and felt sick the rest of the afternoon. But it was so worth it.

If you’d like to watch the press conference-thingy yourself, here’s some bootleg footage minus the actual clip from Age of Ultron and a little more of the hoopla thanks to a fan.

If you don’t want to watch it, here’s the short version.

Marvel is releasing a lot of movies. Like A LOT a lot over the next five years, including films for a few new characters.

Including CAPTAIN MARVEL with Carol Danvers. Prior to about a month ago, I didn’t understand why everyone wanted a Captain Marvel movie except for the fact that a lady superhero needs to be on the big screen yesterday. Then I read volume 1 of the latest Captain Marvel series and now I understand.

Captain Marvel is AWESOME. For the lack of a better term, she’s a plucky heroine – a former air force pilot who found herself wrapped up in a battle between two space guys. She obtained the super powers of Mar-Vell and became Ms. Marvel. Some stuff happens and she takes on the mantel of Captain Marvel. She’s been part of the Justice League, and in this first volume of her newest comic book, she takes a time travel jaunt back to World War II and various decades after that as she tries to figure out how to get back to her time and what sort of alien artifact might be causing her time jumps.

She’s fun, a bit snarky and can kick a ton of ass when she needs. The book was incredibly fun and filled with many female characters being awesome. I cannot wait to see what spacefaring adventures she gets to on the big screen.

Black Panther concept art for the upcoming filmOther news that came out included a release date for movies for Black Panther, Doctor Strange and the Inhumans, subtitles for the next Captain America and Thor films, and the title of the two part Avengers movie that will be coming out in 2018 and 2019. It was a smorgasbord of geek excitement, even if Peter Feige didn’t confirm or deny the growing intense rumors that one Mr. Cumberbatch would be Doctor Strange. It does give weight to the rumors that the release date has been pushed back to November 2016, allowing for the shooting schedule to fit within all the Sherlock and stage commitments he has going on next year.

And I’m a little sad that I even have an idea what his schedule is supposed to be like with enough detail to know those things.

Anyway, here’s a summary of the release dates for all Marvel movies coming out in the next few years.

    May 6, 2016: Captain America: Civil War

    November 4, 2016: Doctor Strange

    May 5, 2017: Guardians of the Galaxy 2

    July 28, 2017: Thor: Ragnarok

    November 3, 2017: Black Panther

    May 4, 2018: Avengers: Infinity War – Part I

    July 6, 2018: Captain Marvel

    November 2, 2018: Inhumans

    May 3, 2019: Avengers: Infinity War – Part II

Which are you most excited to see? Any fan casting you have in mind? How awesome is Captain Marvel?