Fanboys and fangirls around the world today will need to look for four-year planners to save some important dates, because according to Hit Fix, Marvel has just announced they will be releasing new superhero films on May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017. Hurray!
Just one problem: Nobody has any idea what the movies are actually going to be.
Does it even matter?
Of course, the first weekend in May has been a box office gold mine for Marvel since "Iron Man" first blew minds (and wallets) back on May 2, 2008. Since then, they've also scored mega-hits with "Iron Man 2" (May 7, 2010), "Thor" (May 6, 2011), "The Avengers" (May 4, 2012) and "Iron Man 3" (May 3, 2013). Plus, they have already slated "Avengers 2" for May 1, 2015. So it's kind of a thing.
Just what kind of a thing, though, is the question. 2016 and 2017 would seem to fall into Marvel's Phase 3, which is set to kick off with "Ant-Man" at the end of 2015 and presumably run through "Avengers 3" in 2018. So far, Marvel has only announced one other project in development for Phase 3, namely a solo film for the master of the mystic arts, "Doctor Strange."
Assuming Doc is one of the two dates, that leaves a few possibilities for the other. Mark Ruffalo has been in talks to headline a solo "Hulk" film, so that is a distinct possibility. "Iron Man 4," "Thor 3" or "Captain America 3" would also be logical possibilities, as would "Guardians of the Galaxy 2," assuming the first turns out to be a hit next year.
Most likely of all, though, Marvel doesn't even have a specific movie in mind, they just wanted to claim those dates to make sure no other studio scheduled a tentpole for the same weekend. Sure, that's not as exciting as speculating about the possibility of "Irving Forbush: Man of Action," but that's fine.
After all, we have a feeling Marvel is going to give us plenty more to talk about over the next four years anyway.