Black Panther, female Captain Marvel are new superheroes Marvel wants you to meet

AP | By, Los Angeles
Oct 29, 2014 02:46 PM IST

Marvel reveals its Phase III: Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and the Inhumans will be introduced while fans will get to watch sequels of Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy and two-part Avengers 3.

Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and the Inhumans are joining the

cinematic universe.

The studio unveiled the titles and release dates of its upcoming superhero films through 2019 during a Tuesday event in Hollywood. The schedule includes a mix of sequels featuring familiar faces and originals focused on Marvel characters that have yet to be introduced on the big screen.

The slate includes Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange in 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2, 'Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther in 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War-Part I, Captain Marvel and Inhumans in 2018; and The Avengers: Infinity War-Part II in 2019.

The movies join next year's The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man.

"When we have information we want to reveal, we reveal it," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige told fans and members of the media on stage at the El Capitan Theatre. "Sometimes that's in a press release, sometimes that's in San Diego Comic-Con — if everything comes together well — and sometimes that's on a random Tuesday at 11 am in the morning."

At the end of the event, Get On Up star Chadwick Boseman was announced as the actor who will portray Black Panther. He joined Iron Man and Captain America stars Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans on stage for the reveal.

"I'm blessed to be part of this Marvel universe," Boseman said. "I look forward to making magic together."

Feige said the character will make his first appearance in Civil War, which will pit Captain America and Iron Man against each other. In the comics, Black Panther is the leader of the fictional African nation of Wakanda who becomes a member of The Avengers.

"He is definitively a big part of Civil War," Feige said. "We will see him for the first time in Civil War in costume."

Black Panther and Captain Marvel will mark the studio's first films centered on black and female characters from Marvel comics. Feige said the big-screen iteration of the Captain Marvel character will be Carol Danvers, a US Air Force officer whose adventures take her to space in the comics.

No casting announcements were made for Captain Marvel, the sorcery-centric Doctor Strange or Inhumans, which is about a race of superbeings.

The Marvel films represent an important chunk of the Walt Disney Co.'s portfolio. Feige said the first 10 Marvel films, which kicked off in 2008 with Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk, have made over $7 billion.

During a question-and-answer session with the media following the event, Feige defended the studio's decision not to focus films specifically on the characters of Black Widow and Hulk, who are portrayed by Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo in The Avengers.

"It's about bringing new characters to the screen," Feige said. "Black Widow couldn't be more important than as an Avenger herself, and like Hulk, The Avengers films will be the films where they play a primary role."

Tuesday's unveiling of the so-called "phase three" of Marvel's film schedule comes two weeks after Warner Bros. announced a slate of 10 films based on DC Comics characters, including The Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg, Wonder Woman and Shazam.

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