Marvel unveils 9 new superhero films that will make the fans go crazy!

2014-10-29 12:36

Los Angeles - Marvel unveiled plans Tuesday for a slate of new superhero films, expanding its already wildly successful comic book universe and breaking ground with its first solo black and female hero movies.

In a surprise announcement, the studio revealed there will be a new two-part Avengers sequel in 2018-2019 on top of one already scheduled for next year to follow the record-breaking 2012 original.

And it confirmed a release date for the sequel to the quirky summer smash Guardians of the Galaxy, which is so far the top-grossing film of 2014.

The studio named its first African American solo lead actor Chadwick Boseman, who will play the title role in Black Panther, due out in 2017.

"I'm blessed to be part of this Marvel Universe and I look forward to making magic together," Boseman told the crowd at an event at Hollywood's famed El Capitan Theatre, according to industry press.

The 37-year-old Boseman is best known for playing groundbreaking baseball star Jackie Robinson in 42 and soul singer James Brown in this year's biopic Get On Up.

The character will be introduced in Captain America: Civil War in 2016 before a solo outing the following year, Marvel said.

Casting was not revealed for Captain Marvel, the studio's first solo female superhero movie.

The studio also did not name the actor tapped to play Doctor Strange. British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has been widely rumored to be tipped for the role.

Here is a list of the nine Marvel movies announced on Tuesday, in chronological order based on release date:

Captain America: Civil War - May 6, 2016

Doctor Strange - Nov 4, 2016

#Marvel Movie Announcement: Marvel's "Doctor Strange", out November 4, 2016.

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - May 5, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok - July 28, 2017

#Marvel Movie Announcement: Marvel's "#Thor: Ragnarok" on July 28, 2017

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Black Panther - Nov 3, 2017

Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1 - May 4, 2018

Captain Marvel - July 6, 2018

#Marvel Movie Announcement: Hold onto your hats, #CarolCorps: Marvel's "#CaptainMarvel" is coming July 6, 2018.

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Inhumans - Nov 2, 2018

#Marvel Movie Announcement: Marvel's "#Inhumans" coming November 2, 2018.

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Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2 - May 3, 2019

#Marvel Movie Announcement: Marvel's "#Avengers: Infinity War" Part 1 & 2 on May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019.

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So-called "tent pole" films big money-making movies that are often sequels to tried-and-tested blockbuster franchises are increasingly important to studios as the movie-watching experience fragments with online viewing.

"With superhero flicks being the biggest money-makers for cinemas right now, Marvel is doing exactly what's expected of them: delivering content," said Jeff Bock, analyst at box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

The first Avengers movie and last year's Iron Man 3 are among the top five grossing films ever, together earning more than $2.7bn worldwide to date, according to Marvel.

The Avengers in which a band of superheroes helps save Earth from mythical prankster Loki and an alien army opened in North America in May 2012 with a staggering $207.4m in ticket sales the biggest US debut of all time.

Avatar remains the biggest grossing film of all time worldwide, with some $2.8bn in takings, followed by Titanic on $2.2bn and The Avengers"on $1.5bn, according to Box Office Mojo.

It remains to be seen if any of Marvel's new offerings could top James Cameron's 2009 spectacular.

"Could Avatar be dethroned by one of these titles? Doubtful," said Bock. "But cracking the billion dollar mark is nearly guaranteed for half of these films.

"And that's no chump change," he added.

Check out the extended trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron:

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