Marvel Confirms THOR: THE DARK WORLD and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Panels for Comic-Con; Teases “Ever-Expanding Marvel Universe”

     July 3, 2013

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The official panel lineups for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con are due to start being announced imminently, but Marvel has gone ahead and revealed which films will be highlighted during the studio’s Hall H panel this year, taking place on Saturday, July 20th.  Officially, Marvel will be presenting Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier at this year’s Comic-Con, but the press release notes that the panel will also include “an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel cinematic universe.”

The studio has been announcing release dates for “untitled” films over the past few weeks, with three secretive films now set to hit theaters over the course of 2016 and 2017.  Given this fact plus the aforementioned tease about the expanding universe, I’d be surprised if the studio wasn’t planning on announcing its full Phase Three lineup at Comic-Con.  Hit the jump for more.

captain-america-2-winter-soldier-chris-evansWhile panelists beyond Marvel Studios President and Producer Kevin Feige have yet to be announced, we can reasonably expect to see a few castmembers from both Thor 2 and Captain America 2 pop up in Hall H.  Edgar Wright will be taking part in his own Hall H panel for The World’s End, but this really feels like the perfect opportunity for Feige to introduce the full Marvel Phase Three lineup and bring Wright onstage to tease Ant-Man once again (Wright premiered test footage for his superhero pic at last year’s Marvel panel).

So what will those Phase Three films be?  Well, here is the full list of Marvel release dates post-The Avengers 2 that we know of so far:

  • Ant-Man – November 6, 2015
  • Untitled Marvel Film – July 8, 2016
  • Untitled Marvel Film – May 5, 2017

ant-man-test-footageThere no doubt more release dates to be announced, but Ant-Man will be kicking off Phase Three in late 2015.  Feige revealed recently that Doctor Strange would be “next up” for Marvel after Wright’s film, so we can reasonably expect that Strange will be one of the other Phase Three films; but as for the rest, we’re not so sure.  Sequels to Captain America and Thor are possibilities, and The Avengers 3 will almost definitely act as the capper to Phase Three altogether, but there are other unannounced projects that could debut as well.

Could Black Panther finally be making it to the big screen?  Will Phase Three be completely void of a new Iron Man film?  We should have a much clearer idea of what to expect following Marvel’s panel, and we here at Collider will be at Comic-Con in full force to bring you a full recap of the panel’s events as quickly as possible.  Be sure to check the site very frequently during Comic-Con’s entire run, which takes place July 28th – 21st.

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