Marvel & Spider-Man

The Announcement of Spider-Man Joining the MCU Has Shifted a Ton of Release Dates for Marvel's Phase 3

There’s no doubt that the Spider-Man deal between Marvel and Sony is some of the biggest movie news, probably since the announcement of Batman V Superman. It’s something that’s been wanted for a very, very long time and now it’s finally happening. But now that it has happened, Marvel will for sure being focusing on getting Spidey into the MCU as soon as possible. The only thing is that with that happening, it changes a bunch of release dates for Marvel’s Phase Three slate.

It’s still unclear whether or not Ant-Man is the end of Phase Two, or the beginning of Phase Three. But since Phase One ended with The Avengers, let’s just say Avengers: Age of Ultron is the end of Phase Two and Ant-Man will kick off Phase Three. So with that, this is what Phase Three looked liked before Spider-Man was announced to join the MCU:

  • Ant-Man – July 17th, 2015.
  • Captain America: Civil War – May 6th, 2016.
  • Doctor Strange – November 4th, 2016.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5th, 2017.
  • Thor: Ragnorak – July 28th, 2017.
  • Black Panther – November 3rd, 2o17.
  • Avengers: Infinity War – Part I – May 4th, 2018.
  • Captain Marvel – July 6th, 2018.
  • Inhumans – November 2nd, 2018.
  • Avengers: Infinity War – Part II – May 3rd, 2019.

'Captain America: Civil War' Logo 'Doctor Strange' Logo'Guardians of the Galaxy 2' Logo 'Thor: Ragnorak' Logo

But now that Marvel and Sony have officially made a deal where the two studios can share the character so he can join his fellow characters in the MCU, it has shifted almost all of the Phase Three release dates. The new data are a little bummy because some projects I was really looking forward to will take a little longer, but it makes total sense to weave in Spidey as soon as possible. He’s such a big character that it makes complete sense to change some things around so he can be brought in right away, especially when Civil War is next year and Spidey is a central part of that story in the comics.

Take a look at the new release dates for Marvel’s Phase Three:

  • Ant-Man – July 17th, 2015.
  • Captain America: Civil War – May 6th, 2016.
  • Doctor Strange – November 4th, 2016.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5th, 2017.
  • Thor: Ragnorak – November 3rd, 2017.
  • Avengers: Infinity War – Part I – May 4th, 2018.
  • Black Panther – July 6th, 2018.
  • Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018.
  • Avengers: Infinity War – Part II – May 3rd, 2019.
  • Inhumans – July 12, 2019.

'Black Panther' Logo 'Captain Marvel' Logo 'Avengers: Infinity War' Logo 'Inhumans' Logo

As you can see, Thor: Ragnorak, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Inhumans were all shifted backwards. Like I said, it’s a bit bummy because now we have to wait months longer than before to see characters like T’Challa, Carol Danvers, and the Inhumans on screen for the first time. But luckily, those two little (really BIG) movies Avengers: Infinity War – Part I and Part II are keeping their release dates.

You may be wondering, why change all the release dates when Spider-Man is expected to be in Civil War? Well that’s because now that Marvel and Sony are collaborating together, Marvel is shifting release dates to make way for a new Spider-Man trilogy, where the first movie in that franchise will be released on July 28th, 2017Thor: Ragnorak‘s old spot.

The release date changes aren’t THAT big of a deal, because we still get to see them. But now the question becomes how much of the story Kevin Feige and team had planned when they announced these movies will be changed with the addition of Spidey. Will the web-slinger become a huge part right away, or will the plan stay its course through the Infinity War movies?

I would personally love to see the original plan become reality, just with the addition of Spider-Man. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about it at all, but I have a feeling Marvel is looking to make the teenage wall-crawler a central part right away.

What are your thoughts on the shifting of release dates? Are you looking forward to Spider-Man joining the MCU? Which movie are you looking forward to the most?

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