Coming off one of its biggest hits yet in Guardians of the Galaxy, the studio held an event Tuesday morning at which it announced a whopping seven new titles. Adding in four existing releases, that makes a total of 11 movies scheduled between 2015 and 2019.
Marvel Studios—2015 to 2019
Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1, 2015
Ant-Man - July 17, 2015
Captain America: Civil War - May 6, 2016
Doctor Strange - November 4, 2016
Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - May 5, 2017
Thor: Ragnarok - July 28, 2017
Black Panther - November 3, 2017 (starring Chadwick Boseman)
Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 - May 4, 2018
Captain Marvel - July 6, 2018
Inhumans - November 2, 2018
Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 - May 3, 2019
That's five original titles, three sequels, and three Avengers movies. Based on Marvel's existing track record, these 11 titles are going to earn a ton of money.
The three sequels—Captain America: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Thor: Ragnorok—are follow-ups to movies that earned a combined $2.1 billion worldwide. It's safe to assume that Captain America and Guardians will add to their predecessors totals: Captain America is adding Robert Downey Jr. to the mix, while the first Guardians is one of the most well-liked comic book movies in many years.
Based on this information, it's reasonable to expect that these three sequels earn at least $2.5 billion worldwide.
If the three Avengers movies match the first one, they'll earn a combined $4.5 billion worldwide ($1.5 billion each). While it's too early to guarantee that, it does seem like a safe bet that these three movies will earn at least $4 billion.
The five original movies are harder to predict. It's unreasonable to expect them to match Guardians of the Galaxy's $760-million-plus—though that's not impossible, either. Based on the general track record of comic book movies, it seems safe to assume that the five movies can average $500 million each, which would total $2.5 billion.
Adding these up, it's fair to assume that these 11 Marvel Cinematic Universe titles will gross at least $9 billion worldwide through 2019.
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• Franchises: Marvel Cinematic Universe
• Genres: Comic Book Adaptations