Superhuman foresight on display
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Marvel Studios announced their full schedule for all of the films to be released through 2019 during a special event at El Capitan Theatre last week. New solo titles were revealed, alongside several sequels to existing favorites.
“Avengers: Infinity War” Parts 1 and 2 will follow the heroes of the universe fighting against Thanos, “The Mad Titan.”’ This has been hinted at through the “end-credit” scenes following most Marvel movies. The third Avengers movie will be split into two parts with a year between them.
“The Black Panther” will introduce mainstream American comics’ first black superhero lead to the big screen. Chadwick Boseman will take on the titular lead role of T’Challa, royal of the isolationist African country of Wakanda.
ComicBookMovie reported that the Black Panther will have an appearance in the upcoming Captain America film.
In another first for the studio, “Captain Marvel” will be the first female-led Marvel film. No actress has been cast for the title role, which is still a few years off. It will be released a year after DC Comic’s “Wonder Woman” film, starring Gal Gadot.
Deadline reported that Benedict Cumberbatch is in talks with Marvel to play Doctor Steven Strange, a powerful super-hero sorcerer mentioned briefly in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Marvel Studios has yet to confirm or deny the rumor.
Outside of the silver screen, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” television program will be joined by Hayley Atwell, reprising her role as Peggy Carter. According to Marvel.com, “Marvel’s Agent Carter” will premiere in January of next year, following Carter’s adventures after the events of “Captain America: The First Avenger” for eight episodes.
Last year, Disney and Netflix announced that they have teamed up to produce a set of Netflix Original Series focusing around Marvel’s characters and based in Hell’s Kitchen, New York. It is set to include Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones.
The success of other series such as “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black” have showcased the effectiveness of storytelling for the binge-watching audience, and Marvel seems poised to branch out into that territory.