Hold on to your respective hats, Marvel faithful. With Captain America: Civil War now exactly one month away from release, Disney is kicking the film’s marketing machine into high gear, right on cue. The month leading up to the release of every major Disney film thus far has seen a market saturation of material aimed to event-ize said film, and Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated sequel Civil War is no different—with bonus goodies for Doctor Strange and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to boot.
Starting April 11th, Jimmy Kimmel Live! will play host to a week of Marvel-themed shows on the Disney-owned ABC, beginning with “Team Cap” on Monday’s show with Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, and Paul Rudd poised to appear, followed by “Team Iron Man” on Wednesday with Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle, Emily VanCamp, Chadwick Boseman, and Paul Bettany.
But it’s what’s coming in between these two shows that may of most interest, as the first Doctor Strange trailer is set to debut on Tuesday, April 12th, with Benedict Cumberbatch acting as that show’s special guest. Strange is, of course, the second Marvel film slated for release this November, with Scott Derrickson (Sinister) directing the tale of a neurosurgeon who, following an accident, comes face to face with some very real mysticism. Derrickson assembled quite possibly Marvel’s most impressive ensemble yet, with Cumberbatch being joined by Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, and the coup-de-gras, Tilda Swinton. I am mighty curious to see what the footage from this film looks like, and ahead of a near-guaranteed tease during the credits for Civil War, it appears we’ll be getting the first trailer in a matter of days.
The rest of Jimmy Kimmel Live!’s Marvel week includes Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Clark Gregg on Tuesday’s show after Cumberbatch, with Chris Hemsworth acting as the guest on Thursday where he’ll no doubt also be promoting The Huntsman: Winter’s War in addition to a possible tease for Thor: Ragnarok, which begins shooting this summer.
So while Batman v Superman may have left some fans dissatisfied, Marvel Studios is swooping in to take back the spotlight with its own brand of superhero. For a refresher, check out Marvel Studios’ slate thus far below, and click here for every superhero movie release date between now and 2020.
- Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016
- Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016
- Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017
- Untitled Spider-Man Reboot – July 7, 2017
- Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017
- Black Panther – February 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 – May 4, 2018
- Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018
- Captain Marvel – March 6, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 – May 3, 2019
- Inhumans – July 12, 2019