As any big fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) world might know, we have some great movies coming up in the next few years…
- Avengers: Age of Ultron: May 1, 2015
- Ant-Man: July 17, 2015
- Captain America 3: May 6, 2016
- Untitled: July 8, 2016 (Maybe the Dr. Strange movie?)
- Untitled: May 5, 2017
And today (Friday, 7-18-14), Marvel announced new additional movie release dates. Just the dates, no titles attached to the dates. Which buggers some folks, considering that more than likely they know what titles are attached to each date, but hey, it is what it is.
If you’re curious, the new dates announced carry the new release dates right into the summer of 2019.
The new dates are…
- July 28, 2017
- November 3, 2017
- July 6, 2018
- November 2, 2018
- May 3, 2019
This schedule breaks the two-movies-per-year pattern, starting in 2017 and would seem to suggest that new film title franchises will be kicking in to fill the gap that Captain America and Thor movies will be leaving when their stories come to a close.
These dates more than likely could include the third Thor and Cap movies while pulling in their new character films. Could one of these new films be a Black Widow film that Kevin Feige hinted at during a Thor 2 press tour some time back? (Only hinted, didn’t say it is a done deal.)
And while Marvel Studios is cranking out new movies, don’t forget the Netflix productions of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage.
The gig with the Netflix shows is they’re be 13-episode orders over multiple years and will be building up to a production of a team up of these characters in a series titled The Defenders. And these shows will exist within the developed world of the MCU.
Marvel calls these shows “street level” justice. Meaning everything we’ve seen in the theaters are impact the global setting. These series are going to be nitty, gritty stories of characters dealing with the smaller problems of organized crime and the like on the street, so to speak.
In the Daredevil production we know that Vincent D’Onofrio will be playing The Kingpin, Rosario Dawson and Peter Shinkoda are in unspecified roles, Elden Henson will portray Foggy Nelson, True Blood‘s Deborah Ann Woll will be playing Karen Page, and Charlie Cox will be playing Matt Murdock/Daredevil.
And believe it or not, they’ll be filming these Netflix productions in New York City. (See second press release)
Of course I’m sure you’re aware of the ABC TV shows of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD and the upcoming Peggy Carter series.
It’s amazing how far Marvel has come since their first movie venture in 2008, Iron Man. A movie that 30 writers passed up, quoting the obscurity of the character and it being a first production for this brand new (then) production company from Marvel.
That’s a woops. Iron Man nearly hit $100 million in its opening weekend. So much for obscure.
Disney press release regarding the Netflix deal and other details:
BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 7, 2013 – The Walt Disney Co. (Marvel is a known and loved brand that travels,” sNYSE: DIS) and Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) today announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel’s most popular characters exclusively to the world’s leading Internet TV Network beginning in 2015. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to a miniseries programming event.
Led by a series focused on “Daredevil,” followed by “Jessica Jones,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage,” the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell’s Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a culminating Marvel’s “The Defenders” mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.
Produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Television Studios, this groundbreaking deal is Marvel’s most ambitious foray yet into live-action TV storytelling.
“This deal is unparalleled in its scope and size, and reinforces our commitment to deliver Marvel’s brand, content and characters across all platforms of storytelling. Netflix offers an incredible platform for the kind of rich storytelling that is Marvel’s specialty,” said Alan Fine, President of Marvel Entertainment. “This serialized epic expands the narrative possibilities of on-demand television and gives fans the flexibility to immerse themselves how and when they want in what’s sure to be a thrilling and engaging adventure.”
“Marvel’s movies, such as ‘Iron Man’ and Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’, are huge favorites on our service around the world. Like Disney, Marvel is a known and loved brand that travels,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “With ‘House of Cards’ and our other original series, we have pioneered new approaches to storytelling and to global distribution and we’re thrilled to be working with Disney and Marvel to take our brand of television to new levels with a creative project of this magnitude.”
This new original TV deal follows last year’s landmark movie distribution deal through which, beginning with 2016 theatrically released feature films, Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for first-run, live-action and animated movies from the Walt Disney Studios, including titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, Disneynature and Lucasfilm. Netflix members can currently enjoy a wide range of Disney, ABC TV and Disney Channel films and shows across the 41 countries where Netflix operates.
Netflix/New York Press Release:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, The Walt Disney Company, Marvel and Netflix Inc. today announced that Marvel’s landmark live-action television series, which will bring Marvel’s “flawed heroes of Hell’s Kitchen” characters to Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, will principally film in New York State. Produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Television Studios, this groundbreaking series is Marvel’s most ambitious foray yet into live-action television storytelling and represents the largest film or television production project commitment in New York State history.
Filming is set to begin in the Summer 2014 and will create at least three thousand jobs in New York State including up to 400 full time jobs. The project will include nearly 60 one-hour episodes focused on the 4 Defenders characters: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
“New York is where the entertainment industry started, and this unprecedented commitment from Disney and Marvel is further evidence that we’re bringing it back bigger and better than ever before,” said Governor Cuomo. “And when the entertainment industry thrives, it fuels dozens of other industries and businesses. The competition for these projects is fierce and Disney could have chosen to film these shows anywhere, but they knew that shooting in New York means getting to work with the best in world. These shows bring New York’s super heroes home where they belong–along with hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in new business.”
“Since 2008 Disney has directly contributed almost half a billion dollars to New York’s economy through television and film production, along with approximately 9,000 jobs for New Yorkers,” said Robert A. Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company. “The Governor’s policies make this great state a more affordable and attractive location, opening the door for even greater economic investment and job creation for New Yorkers. Our Marvel series for Netflix will inject millions directly into the local economy and create hundreds of new jobs.”
“We thank the Governor and the great state of New York for helping us create the ultimate backdrop to this epic series. Setting our production in New York City truly underscores the authenticity and excitement we plan to bring to The Defenders and their ‘flawed heroes of Hell’s Kitchen’ stories,” said Alan Fine, President, Marvel Entertainment.