Last year, Marvel laid claim to a number of future release dates for films that they declined to reveal. There are currently two “Marvel Untitled” films set for release in 2016 and one for May 2017. The mystery grew deeper when Warner Bros. threw the their gauntlet down and shifted the release of its own highly anticipated superhero team-up Batman vs. Superman to May 6, 2016, the same date as Marvel’s first untitled 2016 release. There’s no way two major superhero tentpoles will be opening on the same weekend, so the question then became which film would blink first. Just yesterday, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said Marvel has no plans to budge, and now we have a clearer picture of the Marvel vs. DC battle as the nature of the untitled May 2016 picture has been revealed: Captain America 3.
THR broke the news that Marvel’s film slated for release on May 6, 2016 is a third Captain America film. This isn’t altogether surprising, since the sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier is currently enjoying immensely positive buzz and The Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo have already been enlisted to return and helm the follow-up. In fact, the brothers recently told us that they’re currently working the story for Captain America 3 with The Winter Soldier screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, but will be looking to see how audiences respond to The Winter Soldier to see if any tweaks to their take will be needed.
Director Zack Snyder is gearing up to begin production on the Man of Steel follow-up in the next couple of months, which gives Batman vs. Superman a jump on Captain America 3, which wouldn’t begin production until very late this year or early next year at the earliest. I know Feige said Marvel wouldn’t be budging from that May release date—a date that has historically been held by Marvel films for a very, very long time—but I wouldn’t be shocked to see Cap 3 pushed to June or July and the other untitled Marvel film pushed to November.
If you need a refresher, take a look at Marvel’s current, official slate of films listed below. Phase Three will kick off with Ant-Man, and it now appears that the second Phase Three film will be Captain America 3.
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier – April 4th, 2014
- Guardians of the Galaxy – August 1, 2014
- Avengers: Age of Ultron – May 1, 2015
- Ant-Man – July 17, 2015
- Captain America 3 – May 6, 2016
- Marvel Untitled – July 8, 2016
- Marvel Untitled – May 5, 2017