Marvel Announces First Black Superhero, Black Panther, First Female Superhero, Carol Danvers, 10 New Movie Release Dates

Marvel's The Avengers
Marvel gave a surprise press conference on Tuesday, Oct. 28, announcing 10 new movie release dates and brand new super heroes. Zade Rosenthal/Marvel

In an impromptu press conference held on Tuesday, Oct. 28, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige dropped some major bombs on fans of the beloved comic book and film company. 

In attendance were Avengers director Joss Whedon, Iron Man’s Robert Downey Jr., Captain America’s Chris Evans, and several Marvel execs. Promising the media and fans a big announcement, the crew assembled (pardon the pun) at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. 

After showing off the Avengers: Age of Ultron teaser trailer that leaked last week, Feige then released Marvels’ “Phase 3,” which includes 10 new films (featuring two Avengers sequels entitled Avengers: Infinity Wars Parts 1 and 2) and their release dates. 

The list according to Buzzfeed, reads as follows: 

Ant-Man (July 17, 2015)

Captain America: Civil War (May 6, 2016)

Doctor Strange (Nov. 4, 2016)

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (May 5, 2017)

Thor: Ragnarok (July 28, 2017)

Black Panther (Nov. 3, 2017)

Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 (May 4, 2018)

Captain Marvel (July 6, 2018)

Inhumans (Nov. 2, 2018)

Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 (May 3, 2019)

Chadwick Boseman
Actor Chadwick Boseman has been tapped to play the first black super hero, Black Panther in the upcoming film. Francois G. Durand/WireImage

Perhaps the most interesting part of the new films will be the first female on-screen superhero Carol Danvers (in 2018’s Captain Marvel) and the first black superhero in 2017’s Black Panther. 

Actor Chadwick Boseman, who most recently played James Brown in 2014’s Get on Up and Jackie Robinson in 2013’s 42, has been tapped to play Black Panther. 

Robert Downey Jr., Chadwick Boseman and Chris Evans
Robert Downey Jr, Chadwick Boseman, and Chris Evans onstage during Marvel Studios fan event at The El Capitan Theatre on October 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California Getty Images for Disney

“I’m blessed to be a part of this Marvel universe, and I’m looking forward to making magic together,” Boseman said at the event. The studio made no mention of which actress will be playing Carol Danvers. 

Marvel execs also revealed that the fan-favorite villain Loki (played by Tom Hiddleston) will be returning for 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok

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