Heroic Hollywood’s Guide To The Future Of The MCU: 2016-2020

MCU Future 2

Civil War is finally upon us, with the third Captain America film kicking off the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s aka MCU’s Phase 3 on Friday (on its way to a $180+ million opening weekend). Even behind the scenes at Heroic Hollywood, turmoil rages, dividing us writers into Team Cap and Team Iron Man (seriously, check out the links for some great content).

But that’s not why we’re here today! We’re here today to look ahead at Marvel’s slate from the end of this year all the way to 2020 and beyond, previewing the rest of Phase 3. We’ll even get into the current rumors/speculation about the mythical “Phase 4.”

Wondering about Guardians of the Galaxy 3? When Sony wants a Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel? If Inhumans is going to be made? This is the article for you. First up, Marvel’s second film of 2016 Doctor Strange, a passion project of Marvel Studios’ head honcho Kevin Feige and the introduction of magic into the MCU.

  • Doctor Strange (November 4, 2016)


  • Dir. Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Sinister)
  • Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benedict Wong, Amy Landecker, Scott Adkins

Marvel is smart and they like to pair their huge Avengers-style events with a different solo story, like Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man. Both proved that the Marvel brand is elastic and gave them the leeway to make this trippy film with a director known for his sci-fi and horror films. Combine that background with a trailer full of Inception and The Matrix nods and you have a movie I’m honestly more excited for than I was for Civil War.

The cast is excellent across the board, even if Swinton’s casting caused some consternation. I like how they set up Ejiofor’s Baron Mordo for the sequel (more on that ahead) and I thank the stars Mikkelsen passed on the lame villain role in Thor: The Dark World to become the antagonist here (a rogue sorcerer who gets possessed by Dorammu? Just spitballing). McAdams – whose character remains under wraps – is heavily rumored for an iteration of Night Nurse, perhaps Linda Carter given that Daredevil had to rewrite Rosario Dawson’s Night Nurse-lite character because the showrunner said “the feature side had plans for her down the road.”

Of course, also like those different solo stories, it will be umbrella-ed into the Infinity War build-up, so we can probably expect an Infinity Stone (most likely the Time Stone aka the Eye of Agamotto) to be involved.

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Sam Flynn

Sam Flynn

Sam is a writer and journalist whose passion for pop culture burns with the fire of a thousand suns and at least three LED lamps.

  • The HSX Dude

    “The big question is who do they cast as Janet? It’s the rare superhero role for an older actress.”
    Sharon Stone has been hinting that she has a “wee” (small – lol) part in an upcoming Marvel film.

    • Samuel Patrick Flynn

      That came out while I was writing it haha. It’s a little early and I think they’ll try for a bigger star. If I had to guess though, she’s in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

    • Cheng “hemahemahema07” He

      Please let it be Catherine Zeta-Jones

  • Carl

    Inhumans is still happening you moron. Feige said it’s a matter of when not if.

    • Joseph

      Looks like you need to catch up on some reading. You’re quoting an article from months ago. Things have changed since then. The film was OFFICIALLY REMOVED FROM DISNEY/MARVEL schedule. Do you know what “officially removed” means? It means there are no current plans WHATSOEVER to make an Inhumans movie. Can that change in the future? SURE it can. Anything is possible. Just like it’s possible we’ll see a DC/Marvel crossover movie one day. Just like it’s possible that YOU might actually hook up with a female one day. Doesn’t mean it’s going to happen any time soon. So this article is correct when it says, AS OF NOW, the movie is DEAD. That statement is backed up with facts. You’re statement however, that they are still making the movie one day, cannot be backed up with ANY evidence whatsoever. It’s just a little boy’s pipedream wish. You have no proof that this movie will one day get made. So I suggest you apologize for calling someone a MORON without understanding the complete facts at hand.

      • Carl

        Ha ha ha, dude, I’m engaged and have had several women before meeting the love of my life.

        What you fail to realize is that nothing has changed since Feige’s comment where he also said the movie would be delayed. Being removed from the schedule means nothing more than that. It doesn’t have a release date but neither does any title in the MCU beyond The Inhumans old date.

        I call this writer a moron because he has no new information yet acts as though he knows the future. He then proceeds to sound like a jerk when he says the movie is D-E-A-D, then says it again later with a flippant, see above. Every Inhumans article after its date was removed was pure click bait with no new info.

      • Carl
        • Joseph

          HAHA ok you win. What perfect timing for you. Too bad this news didn’t come out before my long rant. Enjoy your crappy Inhumans movie.

          • Carl

            Oh come on don’t be like that. Marvel knows how to handle their characters, I expect The Inhumans to be good. It’s also a really good chance for them to do a team with a darker tone.

            I can’t wait to see how they do the visuals for Medusa’s hair.

  • G-Man

    I really hope Inhumans happens though.

    • Samuel Patrick Flynn

      Me too! Sadly, right now it looks like a victim of politics. Hopefully down the road.

    • phnxgrl

      Not possible it going to Netflix / ABC Studio side

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