James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2 was previously slated for July 28, 2016, but has now been moved up to May. As Feige teased the idea of three Marvel films per year, GOTG2 is just the beginning. Starlord (Chris Pratt), Drax (Dave Bautista), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Groot (Vin Diesel), and Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) are all expected to return for the next installment of this galactic space opera. Since Guardians, thus far, has been the highest grossing movie of the year, there’s no surprise that they wanted to kick-off 2017 with a bang.
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 is set for cinemas on May 5, 2017.
As I mentioned earlier, Thor: Ragnarok plays as a huge factor in the Civil War comic series, but he may not be included since the film comes out a year later. What or who is Ragnarok you ask? In the comics, after Thor goes missing, presumably dead, Tony Stark creates a cyborg clone of Thor with the aid of Reed Richards from the Fantastic Four and Hank Pym aka Ant-Man. Unfortunately their experiment goes awry as Ragnarok kills Goliath during a clash between vigilante heroes and the pro-registration heroes.
Since Richards is not a part of the MCU and this film comes after Civil War, it will be interesting to see how they develop this story arc. Kevin Feige believes this will be an integral part of Phase 3:
“This is a very important movie for us in Phase 3. We plan on taking Thor to another level. It picks up where we leave Thor in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ and impacts everything that comes after.”
Tom Hiddleston has been confirmed to return as the mischievous Loki. And when we last saw the demigod, he was sitting high and mighty in Asgard. Also according to Feige, Ragnarok refers to the “end of all things.” What will end? Who will end it?
Thor: Ragnarok makes its way to theaters on July 28, 2017
Ever since a map in the background of Iron Man 2 teased the location of Wakanda, T’Challa’s technologically advanced fictional country, fans have been chomping at the bit for the character to appear in the MCU. Feige says:
“Black Panther and all of Wakanda is one of the most interesting characters in Marvel history. Something I already showed you today contains an Easter egg that leads directly into ‘Black Panther.’ He’s a bit of a prince, he may even become a bit of a king, but it’s all about how this isolationist country meets the world. Maybe it goes well, maybe it doesn’t.”
As previously mentioned, we’ll see Chadwick Boseman don the Black Panther suit sooner than later in Captain America 3. I am curious how they’ll introduce the character in Civil War before his own stand alone film. I did not see Get On Up, the James Brown biopic starring Boseman, but I had heard he did a great job. He did a standout job in 42 as Jackie Robinson. The actor may not look like he’s 37 now, but he’ll have to pack on some muscles very quickly. Boseman is over the moon to be a part of this series:
“I’m blessed to be a part of this Marvel Universe, and to work with you both, and I look forward to making magic together.”
Here is the concept art for Black Panther suit (click on the image to enlarge):
Black Panther will arrive in theaters on November 3, 2017.