"Thor: Ragnarok," Marvel Studios’ best-reviewed film to date, marks a halfway point for Marvel’s third wave of films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Phase 3 began with 2016’s "Captain America: Civil War" and will feature movies like "Black Panther," "Avengers: Infinity War" and "Captain Marvel," Marvel’s first female-led film.
Following "Thor: Ragnarok's" release, here’s every upcoming Marvel movie currently scheduled for release in Phase 3, as well as a small glimpse at the MCU’s future.
Release date: Feb. 16, 2018
Starring: Chadwick Boseman ("42," "Get on Up"), Michael B. Jordan ("Creed," "Fantastic Four") and Lupita Nyong’o ("Star Wars: The Force Awakens," "The Jungle Book")
What it’s about: According to the film’s official synopsis, "Black Panther" follows T’Challa (Boseman), who has returned to the secretive nation of Wakanda after the events of "Captain America: Civil War." Upon arriving home, T’Challa finds his role as king challenged by enemies from within his own country. T’Challa, as the Black Panther, must team up with a CIA agent and Wakanda’s special forces to prevent a world war.
Fun fact: Black Panther, created by comics legends Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, first appeared in 1966 in Fantastic Four No. 52. T’Challa is the first mainstream black superhero and joined the Avengers in 1968.
'Avengers: Infinity War'
Release date: May 4, 2018
Starring: Robert Downey Jr. ("Iron Man"), Josh Brolin ("Guardians of the Galaxy"), Mark Ruffalo ("Thor: Ragnarok"), Tom Hiddleston ("Thor"), Chris Evans ("Captain America: Civil War"), Chris Hemsworth ("Thor"), Jeremy Renner ("Captain America: Civil War"), Chris Pratt ("Guardians of the Galaxy") and Elizabeth Olsen ("Avengers: Age of Ultron")
What it’s about: According to Marvel, "Avengers: Infinity War" will see the Avengers face off against Thanos, an alien warlord attempting to collect the infinity stones, powerful artifacts with the ability to reshape reality.
Fun fact: "Avengers: Infinity War" will feature every Marvel Cinematic Universe hero, including the Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange and Spider-Man.
'Ant-Man & the Wasp'
Release date: July 6, 2018
Starring: Paul Rudd ("Ant-Man," "Anchorman"), Evangeline Lilly ("Lost"), Michael Douglas ("The Game"), Michelle Pfeiffer ("Hairspray") and Walton Goggins ("The Bourne Identity," "The Shield")
What it’s about: The sequel to 2015’s "Ant-Man" follows Scott Lang (Rudd) as he teams up with the Wasp, Hope van Dyne (Lilly), to embark on a new mission.
Fun fact: "Ant-Man and the Wasp" will feature actress Hannah John-Kamen as Ghost and Walton Goggins as Sonny Burch. Both lesser-known characters originated in the comics as minor Iron Man enemies.
Release date: March 8, 2019
Starring: Brie Larson ("Room," "Kong: Skull Island")
What it’s about: According to Nerdist, "Captain Marvel" will reportedly feature Carol Danvers (Larson) teaming up with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to fight against the shape-shifting Skrulls in the ‘90s.
Fun Fact: Carol Danvers first appeared in 1967, can shoot energy blasts and has gone by the names Binary, Warbird and Ms. Marvel, according to Marvel. Recently, Danvers has passed the Ms. Marvel name on to Kamala Khan, a young superhero with the ability to manipulate her body’s shape and size.
'Avengers: Infinity War Part 2' (Working title)
Release date: May 3, 2019
What it’s about: We know very little about the fourth Avengers film beyond the confirmation that Joe and Anthony Russo ("Captain America: Civil War," "Avengers: Infinity War") will return to direct. Additionally, Disney announced the film’s title will be changed, according to Vanity Fair.
'Spider-Man: Homecoming 2'
Release date: July 5, 2019
Starring: Tom Holland ("Spider-Man: Homecoming," "Avengers: Infinity War")2 comments on this story
What it’s about: The next Spider-Man film will kick off the MCU’s Phase 4 and will follow Peter Parker’s further adventures after Thanos’ invasion in "Avengers: Infinity War." According to Collider, Tom Holland is contractually obligated to appear in two more Spider-Man films, and another Marvel character will appear in some capacity, similar to Robert Downey Jr.’s appearance in "Spider-Man: Homecoming." It’s possible more concrete details about the film will be released sometime in 2018.