Marvel is well into its third phase as it caps off 2015 with “Ant-Man” and preps for a new slew of superheroes to take over come 2016. These are a few of our most anticipated Marvel movies that’ll have a huge impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and how we perceive the action genre.
Captain America: Civil War – 5/6/16
Big stuff will go down with this one, which is set to introduce scores of new characters to the MCU and have serious ramifications on all the other films coming down the pipe. It’s been reported that Black Panther and the nation of Wakanda will make their Marvel debut in this feature along with others. “Civil War” follows closely along the comic book storyline of the same name in which the well-meaning efforts of select superheroes result in catastrophic collateral damage. This then provokes the United States government into drafting the “Superhero Registration Act” by which all heroes and people with powers who have secret identities must register their real names and powers with the US government. The superhero community is split by this decision leading to internal fighting that rips apart the Marvel universe at the seams.
It’s pretty wild when you think about it, because Captain America hasn’t been this popular since the 1980s. He’s gone from something of a joke back to an American icon that now graces movies, TV, lunchboxes, and even the games found here. Really, it’s nice to see Steve Rogers getting more credit than being the Avengers’ resident stick-in-the-mud.
Black Panther – 7/6/18
It’s. About. Time. “Black Panther” is hitting the big screen and will be the first Marvel film featuring a person of color in the lead role since Wesley Snipes’ run as “Blade.” For those that need a primer, Black Panther was the one of the first black superheroes and was introduced in 1966, years before anyone else got into the game. The Panther is King T’Challa, ruler of the African nation of Wakanda, which is also one of the most technologically advanced societies in the Marvel universe. He is also married to Storm of the X-Men for a comic-book power couple that rivals that of (non-superhero couple) Jay-Z and Beyonce.
It’ll never happen, but we’d still vote for Queen Bey to take on the role of Ororo Munroe. Black Panther will be played by Chadwick Boseman, who recently did great turns as Jackie Robinson in “42” and as James “Godfather of Soul” Brown in “Get On Up.” And who knows, maybe this will result in Black Panther getting a game of his own after appearing in this one.
Doctor Strange – 11/4/16
Benedict Cumberbatch will take on the role of everyone’s favorite mustachioed magician in this upcoming film that will explore the outlandish occult side of the Marvel universe. Like “Ant-Man,” this movie will introduce audiences to more than the usual popcorn-and-explosions action fare that has become the norm for big-budget superhero films. Early reports suggest that the good doctor will go toe-to-toe with the fiery lord of limbo, Dormammu, and evil master of the arcane, Dr. Mordo. However, no casting has been announced as of yet. According to Screencrush, filming will begin in November 2015, so we’ll be curious to see how all this develops.
Captain Marvel – 11/8/18
Chances are we’re going to see Captain Marvel introduced in one of the upcoming “Avengers: Infinity War” films, so it won’t be long before we finally get to see Carol Danvers on the big screen. The heroine is a former US Air Force pilot who was previously known as Ms. Marvel. She took on the full Captain moniker in 2012 starting with a new series penned by Kelly Sue DeConnick. The comic book was well received and it is high time Carol Danvers got the recognition that one of Marvel’s coolest women deserves. Marvel is apparently seeking to snag some top-notch feminine writing talent with Nicole Perlman (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) and Meg LeFauve (Pixar’s “Inside Out”) set to pen the script. Angelina Jolie is rumored to sit in the director’s chair but no confirmation has come down on this front. “Captain Marvel” will be the first female-fronted film in the MCU.
Dealing with serious social issues, black magic on the big screen, and major roles for minorities and women, Marvel is making all the right moves when it comes to winning over modern America. It’s also properly expanding the scope of what people think of as not just superheroes but what they’ve come to expect from their action blockbusters. It all proves that you can kick butt and also have a brain.
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Rachel Hodges is a young writer with a love of all things cinema and technology related. If she can find any story combining the two subjects, you’ll be sure to find her writing about it.