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


  • Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (May 5, 2017)


  • Dir. James Gunn (Slither, Super, Guardians of the Galaxy)
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, David Bautista, Karen Gillan, Michael Rooker, Pom Klementieff, Glenn Close, Kurt Russell, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Tommy Flanagan, Sean Gunn, Sylvester Stallone, voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper

Marvel jumps from two films a year to three starting in 2017 and it starts with their newest prized possession: the Guardians of the Galaxy. Expectations for the sequel are huge after the enormous, surprise success of the original. James Gunn, as open a filmmaker on social media as you’ll find, has been candid about how happy he is with this sequel, how personal it is and how much freedom he’s had. He’s adamantly said it stands alone as a continuation of the first Guardians and may even jettison the Thanos stuff that stuck out like a sore thumb.

All we know about the currently-filming movie so far is it concerns the mystery of Peter Quill aka Star-Lord’s father, whose identity has been the source of much speculation, from this site as well as others. Matthew McConaughey passed on the role to shoot The Dark Tower but they picked up Kurt Russell, in a career renaissance thanks to his 2015 triple-punch of Furious 7, Bone Tomahawk and The Hateful Eight. My best guess for his character? Starfox, based on two things – his name starts with Star (I can already see Pratt riffing on this) and I want to see Russell play a horndog. The Guardians pick up some new teammates this time around too. Nebula, Yondu and Mantis are rumored to join, with the Ravagers getting a more prominent role (plus Sylvester Stallone!).

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (July 7, 2017)


  • Dir. Jon Watts (Cop Car)
  • Cast: Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei, Robert Downey, Jr. Zendaya, Tony Revolori, Laura Harrier

Gotta say, I wasn’t a fan of the title when I first heard it but it has grown on me. Beyond it’s meta-hand tip to Spidey’s unexpected return to Marvel proper, I like that it also seems to set the stakes: Peter Parker finding a date for his high school homecoming. It’s a welcome relief from the wearying repetition of world-threatening events. There may be multiple villains as Michael Keaton was in talks to play a secondary one (rumored to be the Vulture) before the two sides fell apart. I have a sneaking suspicion Kraven the Hunter may appear as well. Filming will begin sometime in June/July.

Feige, Watts and the writers have said what makes Spider-Man special is his youth relative to the other Marvel superheroes. While he takes down villains, he’s also trying to do his homework. This is the crux of the MCU approach to Spider-Man and given the ecstatic response to his introduction in Civil War, it (and Tom Holland’s casting) is by far the right one. I also love how Brat Pack member Downey, Jr. is joining the festivities, connecting it directly to the John Hughes films cited as the filmmakers’ inspiration.

  • Thor: Ragnarok (November 3, 2017)


  • Dir. Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople)
  • Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Tessa Thompson, Anthony Hopkins, Jaimie Alexander, Zachary Levi, Ray Stevenson, Tadanobu Asano, Cate Blanchett

Described as The Winter Soldier of Phase 3 with similar seismic consequences for the MCU, the third Thor proves that Feige has mastered the art of eventizing these solo feature. That means it’s up to Ragnarok to do the heavy-lifting to set up Thanos and the upcoming Infinity War. It also means adding Mark Ruffalo’s beloved take on the Hulk (presumably adapting portions of the Planet Hulk arc). While many are excited for the return of everyone’s favorite Marvel villain Loki after a four year absence, new director Taika Waititi said his goal is to make Thor the most interesting character in the film. The god of thunder is my least favorite Avenger and Waititi seems to agree there’s work to be done on the character to make him more compelling.

Filming is set to begin in July in Australia. The villain in this case is Cate Blanchett, rumored to be Hela, goddess of the dead. Tessa Thompson also joins as Thor’s new love interest Valkyrie since Natalie Portman’s uninteresting physicist Jane Foster is absent from this more cosmic entry in the Thor trilogy. There’s also a rumor of another female role, one I pray is the Enchantress so she can act as Loki’s love interest. I love the idea of Loki getting a Lady Macbeth-esque ally.

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Sam Flynn

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  • 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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