Mark your calendars, boys and girls: the summer of 2016 just got a little more marvelous.
Marvel Studios already announced release dates for two upcoming untitled projects in the summers of 2016 and 2017. Now, the house that brought you “The Avengers,” “Iron Man 3″ and more is adding a second release date to 2016: July 8.
As of now, that gives us four concrete release dates for movies after “The Avengers 2″ lands in May 2015. Director Edgar Wright’s “Ant-Man” will finally shrink down to the big-screen on November 6, 2015. The first untitled Marvel movie hits on May 6, 2016, with the just-announced project arriving on July 8. The fourth Phase Three film is scheduled for May 5, 2017.
While it’s exciting to have four Marvel movies to look forward to after Joss Whedon’s “Avengers” sequel finishes rocking our collective face, we’re still holding out hope for the studio to begin rolling out three movies in a single year. With so many characters deserving of a big-screen breakout, the studio’s current model of two releases per year just doesn’t feel like enough. At Comic-Con last year, Marvel co-president Louis D’Esposito even admitted that three is a very real possibility.
“The temptation is to try a third, and maybe we will,” he said. “But we’re a small group. It’s very, very difficult. We’re unique as a studio. We’re not just the studio, we produce the films ourselves. It requires a lot of hands on time and effort. You can only stretch it so much before it breaks. So we’re very mindful of that. We have to check our enthusiasm. We can’t be overly aggressive. We still want to make quality films, and that’s the most important thing for us.”
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