Marvel flexed its marketing muscles on Tuesday at a fan event where the studio announced it will split the “Avengers” finale into two parts, with “Marvel’s The Avengers: Infinity Wars – Part I” to hit theaters in May 2018, with “Part II” coming in May 2019.
Marvel also officially announced “Black Panther,” “Captain Marvel” and “Inhumans” movies.
“Black Panther” will hit theaters on Nov. 3, 2017m while a “Captain Marvel” movie featuring character Carol Danvers will arrive on July 6, 2018. On Nov. 2, 2018, Marvel’s 20th film will be “Inhumans.”
Elsewhere, “Doctor Strange” will cast a spell on theaters on Nov. 4, 2016 — though still no official word on whether Benedict Cumberbatch will play the Sorcerer Supreme. The film had been rumored for July 2016 but the extended casting search that is likely to end with Marvel accommodating Cumberbatch’s busy schedule probably played a part in the delay.
Marvel’s Kevin Feige said The Ancient One will play a part in the “Doctor Strange” movie.
There were many more announcements, with “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” moving from July 2017 to May 5, 2017.
Marvel also announced that the third Captain America film will be called “Captain America: Civil War.” It will hit theaters on May 6, 2016.
Marvel’s decision to split up the “Avengers” finale should prove a smart decision, as it follows in the footsteps of Lionsgate/Summit, which did the same thing for the “Twilight” and “Hunger Games” finales. Feige confirmed that Mark Ruffalo‘s Hulk will appear in the finale.
Feige also addressed “The Runaways,” which had been in development with director Peter Sollett. “‘The Runaways’ is still an awesome script that exists in our script vault. We’d love to do something with it some day. Whenever we have conversations about television and film, we talk about it,” said Feige, who left open the possibility of an adaptation one day.
“The studio is firing on all cylinders right now. We have the absolute best team in front of the camera and behind the camera,” boasted Feige, who judging by the crowd’s response, had every reason to be confident on Tuesday.