Shut. The Front. Door.

Marvel just announced a whole heap of magnificent superhero movies, all the way up to 2019.

If that sentence doesn’t fill you with glee, keep on walking and find a blog about trainspotting or something.

I caught the end of the liveblog, but in just a few minutes, they announced the following:

  • Captain America: Civil War, May 2016
  • Doctor Strange, November 2016
  • Thor: Ragnarok, July 2017
  • Black Panther, November 2017
  • Captain Marvel, July 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War Part 1, May 2018
  • Inhumans, November 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War Part 2, May 2019

That list of titles just literally gave me goosebumps.

I’m thrilled there’s talk of Benedict Cumberbatch playing Doctor Strange, who is a character with mountains of potential. An arrogant surgeon who is forced to change his ways, picking up knowledge and expertise in the mystical arts as he goes along. Eventually, he becomes ‘Sorcerer Supreme’ and battles demons. A lot. I hope it’s suitably dark and that Cumberbatch gets to be acidic and droll.

News of a Black Panther film is also fantastic. The king of a technologically advanced African nation (Wakanda), T’Challa is the Black Panther, who has frequently been a member of the Avengers and generally kicked ass across multiple comic titles since he was created in the 1960s.

If played as his most recent incarnation, he would be an excellent intelligent and capable foil to Tony Stark’s arrogance and Nick Fury’s cynicism.

Yes, I’m still hoping Nick Fury will return in a big way.

If I’m honest though, I’m most excited at the news there’s going to be a Captain Marvel film out of all of this.

Combining Avengers mythos with adventures in outer space, the most recent incarnation of the character (Carol Danvers) is fantastically popular. Seriously – just search Twitter for #CarolCorps.

(There have been several characters with that name, so I wonder if they’ll attempt to explain any of that up front or just cut straight to the chase.)

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Carol Danvers is another capable female hero (seriously, filmmakers – we need MORE of these), whom I hope ends up on the Avengers roster just like in the comics. She has a pretty convoluted history, even for a superhero, so Marvel are probably going to have to strip a lot of that out to keep it all accessible. Just like in Guardians of the Galaxy.

And if they can repeat the mix of adventure and humour that made Guardians such a success, it will introduce Carol to a whole new generation of fans who don’t read the comics. And even if you don’t, I can serious – seriously – recommend the present run by Kelly-Sue DeConnick. Totes amazeballs.

So many (potentially) good films, so long to wait….

My only (very slight) disappointment is the lack of a Black Widow film announcement. Another fantastic female hero who could more than carry a solo film. She was great in Avengers and Captain America: Winter Soldier.

Still. Marvel are bringing my childhood comics life to the big screen and if it’s all as good as Winter Soldier and Guardians, I’ll be queuing up with every other geek in town.

And now to start the casting rumours.

(Katie Sackhoff for Captain Marvel!!)

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