By now, fans are used to two Marvel movies per year, a trend which continues with next month's Captain America: The Winter Soldier and August's Guardians of the Galaxy. While doing press for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, producer/Marvel executive Kevin Feige revealed that it's possible the studio could release up to four movies per year sometime in the near future.
Badass Digest revealed that this potential plan has been in place since 2009, when Kevin Feige mentioned on the set of Iron Man 2 that Marvel's goal was to create such a distinct line-up of movies that it wouldn't feel like overkill to release four per year. When asked about those comments from five years ago, Kevin Feige had this to say.
"I think television is filling some of that now, in terms of bringing out more product. That's certainly the idea with the Netflix shows. But I don't know that we will necessarily say 'Okay, we're now moving strategically to three a year, now we're moving to four a year.' What I think is more likely - if [knocks on wood-like table] the next group of movies work and people want to see additional stories - we'll have too many franchises and you can't do one of each franchise every two or three years. We'd have to move to three a year, but that would have to be a natural move if it were to occur. We'd have a [script] draft, we'd have a filmmaker, we'd have a character the audience wants to see - let's slot in a place for a third one. Or a fourth one. But it's hard enough to deliver two quality, hopefully bar-raising movies a year."
There is still much we don't know about Marvel's Phase Three, except that Ant-Man will kick things off on July 15, 2015, with Captain America 3 following on May 6, 2016, Second Untitled Marvel Project 2016 on July 8, 2016 and Untitled Marvel Project 2017 on May 5, 2017. As for the untitled movies, it's possible that Doctor Strange and Thor 3 could fill those slots, but nothing has been confirmed by Marvel. The site also speculates that Phase Three could also include a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy, the long-rumored Planet Hulk and Ms. Marvel, before The Avengers 3 debuts in either 2018 or 2019.