by Nur Hussein, staff writer

We at KryptonRadio are still trying to process the incredible bombshells that Marvel just dropped on the unsuspecting crowd at today’s special event at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood California. At the event were the press, and some lucky fans who managed to get first-hand news on the exciting new developments from Marvel Studios.

The big news is that Marvel has confirmed eight new movies. It is producing movies with Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Captain Marvel (the Carol Danvers version), and the Inhumans. We are also getting an Infinity Gauntlet two-part movie with the Avengers, as well as sequels to Captain America and Thor which will tackle the Civil War and Ragnarok story lines, respectively. Plus, the Black Panther movie has already cast its titular hero and it is Chadwick Boseman. Boseman was present during the announcement, as well as director Joss Whedon, Robert Downey Jr., and Chris Evans.

These movies already have a release schedule (clear your calendars, folks):

  • Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016
  • Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017
  • Thor: Ragnarok – July 28. 2017
  • Black Panther – November 3, 2017
  • Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 2018
  • Captain Marvel – July 6, 2018
  • Inhumans – November 2, 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 2019

What was not confirmed was the casting for Doctor Strange; we still don’t know who will play the Marvel sorcerer yet (despite the Benedict Cumberbatch rumors circulating around the internet yesterday). During the Q&A session that followed, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said if they could confirm it, they would have announced it today. Feige also hinted that we will see some information about The Inhumans very soon now, which further fuels suspicions that perhaps we’ll get an introduction to them on the Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television show, based on the current season’s storyline.

As for the Civil War storyline, it will be more about governments regulating superhero activity, rather than about secret identities (as in the comics), because up to now, no Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero has bothered with a secret identity. When the Captain America: Civil War movie was announced, Evans said it was “heartbreaking” for him, possibly hinting that his character might die at the end of it as in the comics (well, sort of). Feige also said the Ragnarok storyline is to be about “the end of all things,” as the Norse myth goes. It will probably be some kind of shake-up at Asgard, based on the events of the previous Thor movie where Loki has secretly taken over.

As for Captain Marvel and Black Panther, the announcements drew massive cheers from the crowd. While the character of Black Panther has been cast, there has not yet been any casting news for Captain Marvel. When asked how long Marvel has been planning this, Feige replied that he wanted to announce it at this year’s SDCC, but things didn’t “come together” until now.

Finally, the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe seems to be heading towards a spectacular finish with the Infinity Gauntlet storyline for the next Avengers team-up (two-part) film.

It is a fantastic time to be a Marvel nerd right now. We can’t wait!

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