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Black Widow pushed to July 9 – and will be available via Disney+ Premier Access – as Shang-Chi moved back. Plus, tons of info on Disney+'s numerous series, and more of the latest details in our exhaustively detailed look at the future of the MCU.

by | March 23, 2021 | Comments

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Updated March 23, 2021, with a new release date for Black Widow and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

2020 was the first time in more than a decade without a single Marvel Studios film in release. Though the year was meant to usher in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the effects of a real worldwide pandemic halted the company’s momentum as release dates had to be postponed to deal with theater closures, safety concerns, and production shutdowns.

But all pandemics end (right?!), and though completely delayed, Phase 4 will still begin in theaters with Black Widow, the film bearing the brunt of the sliding release schedules, set to release in July 2021, after year another delay. And once it finally makes its way to theaters, Marvel’s domination of box office charts will no doubt resume.

In lieu of a feature film, the Disney+ series WandaVision ushered in Phase 4 this past January, with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier following in March and Loki due to hit the service in June.

Beyond that, of course, the horizon includes some exciting additions to Marvel’s universe, like Mahershala Ali as Blade, Tatiana Maslany as She-Hulk, and the eventual arrival of Marvel’s first family, The Fantastic Four. (Finally confirmed by Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige at Disney’s Internet-breaking Investors Day in December 2020.) As we have for the last few years, we’re keeping track of it all in this comprehensive guide of every upcoming Marvel Studios film (and television show) with a handy calendar of Marvel films into 2023.

As always, we will continue to update this page frequently as new details emerge. And be careful, if you haven’t seen Avengers: Endgame or Spider-Man: Far From Homethere are spoilers ahead. (Want to see what the other camp is up to? Check out our full breakdown of upcoming DC movies.)


COMING SOON IN PHASE 4

These are the projects Marvel announced and dated. They represent the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s fourth phase and feature a number of sequels – but at least one new concept will likely become your latest Marvel obsession.


Black Widow

Release Date: July 9, 2021

What We Know: First revealed in January of 2018 with Jac Schaeffer writing the script, the film became Marvel’s fastest-track project ever with Lore’s Cate Shortland signing on to direct in July of 2018. The film features David Harbour as Alexei – a.k.a. The Red Guardian – Florence Pugh as Yelena, O-T Fagbenle as Mason, and Rachel Weisz as Melina. Set after Captain America: Civil War, the plot sees Natasha Romanoff (Johansson) returning to the former Soviet Bloc to deal with some unresolved issues and face her spy “family” – although it is still possible the film may all be a phantasm of sorts as Nat’s soul rests on Vormir. What we do know is that, according to Shortland, the film will serve as a passing of the baton from Natasha to Yelena, and a “last hurrah” for Johansson, who will leave the MCU after the project. “Scarlett is so gracious, like, ‘Oh, I’m handing her the baton,’” Shortland told Empire magazine. “So it’s going to propel another female storyline.” On March 17, Disney announced it was postponing the release of the film due to the coronavirus outbreak and subsequently announced on April 3 a new release date of November 6, 2020. On September 23, Disney again moved the film to May 7, 2021 – a full year from its original release date – before pushing it back again to July 9, 2021. It will be available on Disney+ via Premier Access on the day it is released in theaters.

How It Fits in the MCU: Flashbacks to Nat’s training in Avengers: Age of Ultron tie back to ideas explored in the short-lived Marvel television series Marvel’s Agent Carter – a series we know the films acknowledge thanks to Edwin Jarvis’s (James D’Arcy) cameo in Endgame – in which a Soviet-trained deep cover agent is assigned to eliminate Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). Investigating the operative, Peggy discovers the brutal facility charged with creating these sleeper agents using methods teased in the Ultron flashbacks. Both Nat and Yelena came out of this program, known by their time as the Red Room, and it sounds like Yelena will continue the Black Widow journey once Natasha leaves the MCU.


Loki (series)

Premiere Date: June 11, 2021

What We Know: Tom Hiddleston will return as the God of Mischief in the Disney+ limited series Loki. The story will follow the version of the character who escaped from custody in Endgame with a divergent copy of the Space Stone. It seems he will also get access to time travel, as early photos see Loki in a 1970s New York. Divergent timelines are a hell of thing, and this will presumably be the series to examine what it means for the MCU going forward, although Disney+’s Super Bowl ad seemed to suggest Loki will once again find himself in a prison cell. Owen Wilson, Sophia Di Martino, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw  join Hiddleston in whatever hijinks his well-known alter ego gets into. As with the other Marvel Disney+ productions, filming was interrupted but there appears to be no great delay in release. In December of 2020, Feige referred to it as a “murder mystery” arriving in May 2021 – although the nature of the mystery will be confusing to the title character at first. A subsequent teaser, dropped at the Investors Day, only offered more mysteries as Loki finds himself a guest of the Time Variance Authority, questioned by Owen Wilson’s character, and discovering he is the real D.B. Cooper.

How It Fits in the MCU: In the summer of 2019, Feige mentioned the series will create repercussions that will be felt in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which may be the keystone film with both it and WandaVision feeding into it.


Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings

Shang Chi

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Release Date: September 3, 2021

What We Know: In March of 2019, Short Term 12’s Destin Daniel Cretton emerged as the director of a film based on Marvel’s 1970s comic book The Hands of Shang-Chi: Master of Kung-Fu. In the comics, Shang-Chi was the son of legendary literary villain Fu Manchu. Learning the truth about his dad’s business, he used his martial arts prowess against his father and any other Marvel baddie ready to battle with his mighty hands. But considering Fu Manchu is one of the few IPs not owned by the Walt Disney Company, fans online are already speculating Shang-Chi’s father – whom Marvel later turned into a different immortal villain in the comics – may turn out to be the “real” Mandarin teased in the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray short film “All Hail the King.” At Comic-Con 2019, Marvel announced the full title and the cast, which includes Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, Awkwafina, and HardBoiled‘s Tony Leung as the real Mandarin. As Disney began to consider shutting down active productions, Cretton took a Coronavirus test and self-isolated himself on March 12 of 2020 while second-unit shooting continued. His test results came back negative, but production completely shut down the next day. In early April, the film’s release was pushed back to May 2021 to accommodate the halted production and the other changes to the release schedule. In September, the film shifted again from the May 7, 2021 release date to July 9, 2021; then, when Black Widow took that release date, Shang-Chi was pushed again to September 3, 2021.

How It Fits in the MCU: Seeded in Iron Man, but never carried out to fruition as the Infinity Saga took shape, the Ten Rings is a crime league embedded across the world, but owing allegiance to no country. The group gives Shang-Chi a nice international opponent with an established MCU footprint. Also, the 10 rings the Mandarin wears have cosmic origins which may play into the larger Phase 4 story. And, we’ll be honest, we hope he uses them to conjure up legendary Marvel Comics creature Fin Fang Foom.


Eternals

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Release Date: November 5, 2021

What We Know: In April of 2018, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed a film based on the Eternals comic book and concept was in development. Soon after, The Rider’s Chloe Zhao became its director. Based on characters and situations imagined by Jack Kirby, the Eternals are a race of fantastically powerful proto-humans engineered by the Celestials (more on them in a moment) to harness vast amounts of “cosmic energy.” Generations of infighting and wars against another Celestial experiment, the Deviants, followed. The film will center on an Eternal named Sersi (Gemma Chan) with the powers of flight, strength, immortality, and molecular manipulation. Confirmed cast members include Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Angelina Jolie as Thena, and Kit Harington as Dane Whitman – a.k.a. the Black Knight. The film will also feature Marvel’s first real attempt at including gay characters, as Henry’s Phastos will reportedly be married to a man and raising a child alongside him. After initially losing its November 2020 slot to Black Widow, Disney moved the film to November 5, 2021 during a restructuring of its release calendar in September of 2020.

How It Fits in the MCU: Because the Eternals and the Celestials are old and powerful — the Celestials are some of the oldest creatures in the universe — they run into just about everyone. When the Kree happened to learn about the Eternals, they tried duplicating the Celestial experiment and created Inhumans on Earth. In Marvel’s 616 universe, Thanos is himself related to the Eternals thanks to their colonization of Titan in the distant past. Meanwhile, the Celestials have already appeared in passing during both Guardians films. In the first film, one appears in a hologram during The Collector’s (Benicio Del Toro) explanation of the Power Stone. And in the second film, Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) father Ego (Kurt Russell) self-identified as a Celestial. Whether or not this means Ziran the Tester will feature in Eternals or any other MCU film remains to be seen.


Spider-Man: No Way Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home

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Release Date: December 17, 2021

What We Know: After a tense 2019 summer in which, it seemed, Spider-Man would blip out of the MCU again to face off against Venom (Tom Hardy), Sony Pictures and the Walt Disney Studios agreed to produce a third film with Tom Holland as Spider-Man. While the fine details of the studios’ new agreement are not known — beyond Disney reportedly increasing its share of the profits to 25% — we do know Spidey will appear in one additional MCU outside of his third solo film. But in another twist of fate, Spidey’s current troubles will be acknowledged in Sony’s upcoming Morbius, a film set in its Spider-Verse and completely separate from the MCU. (Or is it?) Initially slated for a July 2021 release, the third Marvel Spider-Man film played release calendar roulette until finally landing on a December release (for now). In October 2020, Benedict Cumberbatch joined the cast as Doctor Strange. Though Strange is said to fill the mentor role, his presence has fueled speculation the film may see the other Spider-Men from the previous film series. Also fueling that speculation: the addition of Jamie Foxx, who once again plays Electro – although it remains to be seen if this will be the villain from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 or an MCU equivalent. And while rumors surfaced in December 2020 indicating Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire are in talks to appear, Alfred Molina was spotted on set reprising his role as Doctor Octopus from Spider-Man 2. In February of 2021, Marvel and Sony made a big to-do of the title reveal with Holland, and Zendaya, and Jacob Batalon, posting fake titles before he added the real one to his Instagram: Spider-Man: No Way Home. Although we’re thrilled to have a title, it only further clouds the mystery of casting villains and actors from Spider-Man movie history. As do Holland’s recent comments about Peter making his way back to high school.

How It Fits in the MCU: Nick Fury has big plans for Peter, but will he be able to set everything in motion before Sony calls him back to their Spider-Verse? Considering the film will slot into Phase 4, one imagines it will push forward the overall storyline even as Peter clears his name. It almost has to considering how precarious his existence in the MCU continues to be. But with one additional appearance guaranteed after the third film, maybe the first Phase 5 film will revolve around his multiversal instability.


What If…? (series)

Premiere Date: 2021

What We Know: Based on the classic Marvel Comics title What If …?, Marvel Studios’ first foray into animation will see each episode addressing  a different outcome to key MCU events – probably through the lens of those pesky divergent timelines. As an example, the first episode will ask “What if Peggy Carter took the super solider serum instead of Steve Rogers?” The answer will feature the voice of Hayley Atwell as a super-strong Agent Carter and, presumably, the voice of Evans as a 98-lb Steve who becomes the first Iron Man thanks to Howard Stark. A subsequent episode will feature the voice of the late Chadwick Boseman in an ep asking “What if T’Challa Became Star-Lord?”. Tying the series together will be Jeffrey Wright as Uatu the Watcher, the host of the What If …? comic book and the viewer’s guide into the strangest of the Marvel series for the streaming service. As this is an animated series which experienced few, if any, delays because of COVID-19, it is still on track for its 2021 release.

How It Fits in the MCU: Presumably, Uatu will introduce each episode from the standpoint of established MCU history. It suggests he will consider the events of the films and live-action television series as the “proper” flow of time. And considering his importance to Fantastic Four history, we’d be astonished if the Watcher fails to make a cameo when that title becomes Marvel film fodder.


Hawkeye (series)

Hawkeye

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Premiere Date: 2021

What We Know: As one of the television series confirmed at the 2019 D23 Expo, Hawkeye will see Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) help to train new Hawkeye Kate Bishop – a fan favorite from comics like Young Avengers and Hawkeye. Mad Men’s Jonathan Igla was announced as the series showrunner, and early concept sketches revealed alongside the launch of Disney+ suggested the series may take its cues from the celebrated Hawkeye run by writer Matt Fraction and artists David Aja and Annie Wu.

And after nearly a year of uncertainty, the program moved into production in late November 2020 with the directing team of Amber Finlayson and Katie Ellwood (who go by the directing name Bert and Bertie) and Comrade Detective’s Rhys Thomas, set to helm several episodes. Hailee Steinfeld – long rumored for the part of Kate Bishop – soon appeared in photos and videos from the set. Vera Farmiga was also reportedly joining the show as Kate’s mother Eleanor while Alaqua Cox will play deaf assassin Echo. Other actors appearing in the series include Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, and Zahn McClarnon. Additionally, Florence Pugh is said to be reprising her Black Widow role as Yelena Belova. Also, Renner’s early December Instagram post of Clint, Kate, and Lucky the Pizza Dog more or less confirms the series is inspired by the Fraction-written comic book series. Feige finally confirmed Steinfeld’s part at the subsequent Investor Day presentation that same month. He also confirmed Farmiga, Fee, and Cox as members of the cast. Curiously, though, he made no mention of Dalton or the possible Pugh appearance.

How It Fits in the MCU: Clint is, of course, is the Avengers’ master archer and the only one among them with a stable family life. Well, at least until the Snap. Presumably, the show will illustrate what five years without his wife and kids did to him while also setting up Kate as the future of archery in the MCU. Who knows? Maybe some of her Young Avengers pals will get their debuts on the series. And, of course, Yelena’s first appearance after Black Widow will say a lot about her future, even if she’s just showing up to make fun of Clint.


Ms. Marvel (series)

Premiere Date: Late 2021

What We Know: Based on the Kamala Khan character created in 2013 by Sana Amanat, Stephen Wacker, G. Willow Wilson, and Adrian Alphona, the series will introduce the popular teen Inhuman to the MCU. And as Feige put it at the 2019 D23 Expo, “You will meet her in her Disney+ series and see her in our films,” a commitment to what Ms. Marvel fans have wanted for ages. At the same time Bisha K. Ali was revealed as the series showrunner. In September of 2020, Bad Boys for Life filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, documentary short Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, and Meera Menon emerged as the list of directors for the program. Shortly there after, Iman Vellani won the starring role of Kamala Khan. Production is already underway with Feige recently revealing the program is on track for a late 2021 premiere. In February of 2021, Laurel Marsden reportedly joined the cast, which includes Vellani, Rish Shah, Mohan Kapur, Zenobia Shroff, Yasmeen Fletcher, Saagar Shaikh, and Matt Lintz.

How It Fits in the MCU: The series will reportedly feature some Inhumans besides Kamala, suggesting Marvel Studios will attempt to revive the concept after Marvel Television’s Inhumans seemingly poisoned the well. Also, Feige’s promise that Kamala will appear in films following her debut leaves us wondering if there will be some sort of Young Avengers type film by 2025. In the meantime, Vellani will appear in the Captain Marvel sequel alongside WandaVision’s Teyonah Parris.


Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness

Doctor Strange

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Release Date: March 25, 2022

What We Know: Director Scott Derrickson finally signed on to return in December of 2018, but his involvement with the film ended in early January of 2019 when he departed the production, citing “creative differences.” His replacement is Spider-Man and The Evil Dead’s Sam Raimi, making a return of sorts to the Marvel universe. Benedict Cumberbatch returns as the Sorcerer Supreme with Elizabeth Olsen joining him as the Scarlet Witch in what Derrickson originally called “the first scary MCU movie” — though some believe Marvel’s unease with that mission statement led to his departure. Raimi’s bonafides as a horror director suggest the film may still have some scares, but the script is being reworked by Loki head writer Michael Waldron and may yet conform to the Marvel house style. As teased at the end of the first film, Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) will return, as will Rachel McAdams and Benedict Wong. The film, which is still a ways from beginning production, is now set for release in March 2022 following multiple changes to Marvel Studios’ schedule. At the December 2020 Disney Investor Day presentation, Feige confirmed Xochitl Gomez will play Young Avengers favorite America Chavez.

How It Fits in the MCU: The film will directly follow-up on ideas from WandaVision, Loki, and the third Spider-Man film. It may even reveal the real threat hiding in the multiverse. The addition of America Chavez all but confirms reality-hopping will matter greatly in the coming years – that ability is a key part of her skillset.


Thor: Love And Thunder

Thor: Love and Thunder

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Release Date: May 6, 2022

What We Know: Shortly before Comic-Con 2019, Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi signed on to return for a fourth installment in the God of Thunder franchise. Chris Hemsworth will return as the wandering Odinson, but not as Thor. In a surprise move, Marvel revealed Natalie Portman is returning to the series as the new Mighty Thor, a twist pulled from an excellent Thor comic book series by Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and others. Meanwhile, Tessa Thompson will return as Valkyrie, the king of New Asgard who must find a Queen, and we assume Loki (Tom Hiddleston) – in either of his manifestations – will return to mercilessly tease his now nameless brother. As 2020 began, Christian Bale emerged as a potential new member of the cast – Marvel subsequently confirmed he will play the main antagonist, Gorr the God Butcher. In February that year, Someone Great filmmaker Jennifer Kaytin Robinson reportedly joined Waititi as a co-writer. That March, Vin Diesel revealed the Guardians of the Galaxy will make some sort of appearance – which we’ve always assumed would be the case – but the addition of Chris Pratt to the cast, announced in November of 2020, confirmed the Guardians will be along for the ride. Production began in early 2021 with all manner of Guardians characters reportedly spotted on set and Jaimie Alexander said to be returning as Lady Sif, who must’ve been away from Asgard during the events of Ragnarok.

How It Fits in the MCU: Since Loki will be the star of his own Disney+ limited series before the film’s release, events in that series will probably determine the character’s more villainous tendencies should he appear in Love and Thunder. Also, as the film will predate Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, you can expect Rocket (Bradley Cooper) to offer a tearful goodbye as Odinson leaves the group to deal with his loss of name and status.


PHASE 5 AND BEYOND

Feige made a few strategic teases about Phase 5 during the 2019 Comic-Con presentation, which will begin after the release of Love and Thunder. The D23 Expo that same year offered a release date for Black Panther II and a slew of Disney+ series likely to be part of Phase 5. In November of that year, Marvel added a fourth release date to its 2022 schedule and four new release dates for 2023. In December 2020, Marvel announced an additional three Disney+ series, a handful of specials, and one new feature as part of the phase’s offerings. Not everything is officially on the release schedule yet, but we have our guesses as to when some of the features will be released – check them out below.


She-Hulk (series)

She Hulk

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Premiere Date: 2022

What We Think Might Happen: According to Feige, “Bruce Banner is no longer the only Hulk in the MCU.” Based on fan favorite She-Hulk, the Disney+ series will focus on Bruce’s cousin Jennifer Walters. As the Marvel chief put it, “She’s a Hulk and she’s a lawyer.” Fans of a 2014 run by Charles Soule and Javier Pulido hope some of its irreverent tone and legal action will filter its way into the series. Though She-Hulk was the last series announced at the 2019 D23 Expo, it also became one of the quickest to come together with head writer Jessica Gao – a Rick & Morty veteran whose appointment suggests the series will be more comedic – director Cat Coiro, and star Tatiana Maslany, who joined the series in September of 2020, signing on. At the December 2020 Disney Investor Day Presentation, Feige confirmed Maslany as the star, and announced Mark Ruffalo and Tim Roth will appear as The Hulk and The Abomination, respectively. Also, when referencing Jen’s day job, Feige said, “you never know what Marvel characters are going to up” in the courtroom, leaving many to speculate what it means for Marvel’s other well-known superhero lawyer. A.P. Bio veteran Anu Valia will also direct episodes. In January of 2021, Ginger Gonzaga reportedly joined the cast as Jennifer’s unnamed best friend. Considering that role is typically filled by Marvel Comics character Patsy Walker – a.k.a. Hellcat – it is possible She-Hulk will offer the first concrete change from the old Marvel Television programs. On Jessica Jones, Patsy was better known as Trish and played by Rachael Taylor. Either way, production begins soon.

How It Fits in the MCU: Besides Jennifer’s familial relationship to Bruce, she’s been known to take on well-known Marvel characters as clients and even tussle with Daredevil in court. In fact, depending on the timing of the She-Hulk TV series, Matt Murdoch could make his return to the MCU within the series.


Black Panther II

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Release Date: July 8, 2022

What We Think Might Happen: Despite the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman on August 28, 2020, plans for Black Panther II press on. It seems the sudden and awful casting change only delayed production by a couple of months. Filming is reportedly set to begin in July of 2021 with Shuri (Letitia Wright) taking on a larger role and actor Tenoch Huerta in talks to play the primary antagonist. Presumably, the film will detail the succession of Shuri to the throne and her attempts to become the next Black Panther. M’Baku (Winston Duke) may challenge her claim and Huerta’s character will no doubt try to upset the balance of power in Wakanda. Of course, speculation rides high on just who he will play. Rumors stretching back years indicate Namor the Submariner will make his MCU debut as the film’s antagonist. The character, long in the control of Universal, is reportedly back in Marvel’s hands and could prove a worthy adversary to Shuri. In December of 2020, Marvel changed the release date to the July 2020 slot and Feige re-affirmed the studio will not recast T’Challa in honor of Boseman.

How It Fits in the MCU: The change in Wakandan leadership could have far-reaching effects, particularly as the embassies T’Challa envisioned were presumably built in his absence after Infinity War. Additionally, if Namor is the antagonist, his retroactive status as Marvel’s first mutant may open the path to the X-Men’s MCU introduction.


Deadpool 3

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Release Date (Our Guess): October 7, 2022 (our guess)

What We Think Might Happen: With the news that former Bob’s Burgers writers Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin and Wendy Molyneux are scripting the third film in the funny X-related franchise, any number of things could happen. But we think the film will serve as the introduction of the X-Men in a roundabout way. Consider Deadpool’s (Ryan Reynolds) fourth-wall–breaking abilities and how they could be used to make him the only person cognizant that a fundamental change occurred to the universe. His quest to understand what happened and why his life is different could form an interesting story – particularly if it is built around finding the formerly dead Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) or discovering she never existed in his new reality. Although concrete plot details are unknown, Feige admitted in February of 2021 that the project is the only R-rated film the studio is developing.

How It Fits in the MCU: As it will be the first R-rated MCU film, it sort of doesn’t. At the same time, the character is the perfect way to irreverently introduce mutants into the MCU… provided Black Panther 2 doesn’t get there first.


Captain Marvel 2

Brie Larson as Captain Marvel (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Marvel)

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Release Date: November 11, 2022

What We Think Might Happen: In January 2020, Marvel reportedly hired WandaVision staff writer Megan McDonnell to begin drafting a sequel to Captain Marvel. Brie Larson will return as Carol, and considering how vital they were to the first film, you can probably expect Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn to return as Fury and Talos. In August of 2020, Candyman director Nia Costa took the director’s chair from the first film’s Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who were not expected to return. At the 2020 Disney Investor Day presentation, Feige revealed Ms. Marvel star Iman Vellani and WandaVision’s Teyonah Parris (as a grown-up Monica Rambeau) were joining the cast, confirming the film will take place in the modern-day MCU. Also, with Black Panther II’s move to July 8, 2022, the film has moved out of its long-held release window of July in that year. It is now slated for release on November 11, 2022.

How It Fits in the MCU: Considering the continued cosmic emphasis post-Endgame, it is entirely possible Captain Marvel 2 will follow-up on ideas from Guardians of the Galaxy and Eternals. With Ms. Marvel and Parris’s grown-up Monica Rambeau joining Carol on this adventure, we know the film will feature Earth in some capacity. Also, we expect Fury’s armada will be of great interest to Carol.


Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

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Premiere Date: February 17, 2023 (our guess)

What We Think Might Happen: Picking up sometime after Endgame, Scott still needs to put his life back together – granted, he does that constantly. This time, though, he is an acknowledged hero, which should help some. Although, one imagines his relationship with Cassie (Kathryn Newton, taking over from Emma Fuhrmann) will be fairly different. Also Hope (Evangeline Lilly), Hank (Michael Douglas), and Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) will need to adjust to life after returning from the Snap. But their attempt at finding a new normal will be upset by the arrival of Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors), a time traveler with a fantastic connection to the Marvel universe. In April of 2019, Rick and Morty scribe Jeff Loveness emerged as the film’s writer with director Peyton Reed set to return for his third heist with Scott and the gang. In December of 2020, Marvel revealed the title – Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania – and confirmed Newton and Majors’s roles in the film.

How It Fits in the MCU: Considering the film will be part of the MCU’s Phase 5, it is difficult to forecast how it will fit into the the larger scope. But with Majors joining the production as Kang in September of 2020, it’s clear the film will introduce some aspects of Fantastic Four lore into the MCU. At the same time, the Ant-Man movies have always been plucky outliers when it comes to the grand tapestries Marvel likes to create.


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

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Release Date (Our Guess): May 4, 2023 (our guess)

What We Think Might Happen: Now that the saga of James Gunn’s expulsion from the film has ended with him back in the director’s chair and Endgame has revealed the Guardians’ fates through Phase Three, we can speculate wildly about Vol.3. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) will presumably search for Gamora (Zoe Saldana) while Rocket continues to get over the absent Odinson. There is also the often-delayed debut of Adam Warlock to consider. The character very nearly appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Infinity War, but fell away as both movies were stuffed to the air ducts with characters. It is possible he will finally do something in the MCU besides sit in an egg. Also, before Gunn’s temporary departure, he referred to the film as a conclusion to the story he began telling in the first installment, so it is possible the film will have an Endgame-like resolution. Is Star-Lord long for this universe? With the changes to the schedule, we expect the film will take the May 5, 2023 release date Disney is holding for an as-yet unannounced Marvel film. Then again, with Gunn committing to HBO Max’s The Suicide Squad spin-off series Peacemaker, it is possible Vol. 3 will slide even closer to the end of Phase 5. At the 2020 Disney Investor Day presentation, Feige confirmed the film will be released in 2023. For the moment, we’re leaving it as the May release.

How It Fits in the MCU: With Gunn confirming the film will take place after Endgame, the story options are limitless. But with the film moving from an anchor spot in Phase 4 to somewhere in Phase 5, we imagine Thor’s role in it has been drastically reduced. That said, the Guardians may stumble onto the reason Fury is building a space fleet without understanding what they’ve discovered.


Blade

Blade

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Release Date: July 28, 2023 (our guess)

What We Know: Feige stunned the 2019 Comic-Con crowd by announcing Mahershala Ali will be the MCU’s version of Blade. The daywalker will appear in his own film sometime during Phase 5, but specific details about the project will likely come to light soon. Considering all the changes to Marvel’s release schedule, we expect the film will shift in our unofficial calendar a couple of more times, but July of 2023 feels like a safe bet at the moment. Although so much about Blade is still fluid, some things are starting to come into shape with Stacy Osei-Kuffour signing up to write the project and Feige admitted the film will be a PG-13 affair.

How It Fits in the MCU: While the MCU is a realm of science, mysticism, cosmic entities, and traditional crime, it lacks for genuine monsters. Emerging from Marvel Comics’ The Tomb of Dracula, Blade will no doubt be our guide into a darker corner of the MCU where one find things that go bump in the night. Luckily, he’s pretty good with a sword and can vanquish them with relative ease. Of course, the literal demons of the Marvel Universe may present more of a challenge.


Fantastic Four

Fantastic 4

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Release Date: November 3, 2023 (our guess)

What We Think Might Happen: At 2019 Comic-Con, Feige merely mentioned he “ran out of time” to discuss the Fantastic Four or mutants. While both concepts will eventually make their way into the MCU, we expected that integrating Marvel’s first family will be the priority and maybe even the whole point of Phase 5. Like many on the internet have suggested, placing them in the 1960s during their first film – but making the world forget about them for decades – is an elegant way to introduce them and acknowledge their absence all this time. In that context, they also serve as a great replacement for the similarly time-lost Captain America. In December of 2020, Marvel announced Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts will helm the project, but as it is still a nebulously teased concept, we’re placing its release as November 3, 2023, the furthest-out date Disney is currently holding for a Marvel project.

How It Fits in the MCU: The Fantastic Four bring with them a surprisingly robust rouges gallery. To be honest, we’re a little more excited to see Doctor Doom, Annihilus, and Galactus make their MCU introductions than the Richards clan – although, Kang’s involvement in Ant-Man 3 means the family will be important in the MCU by 2024. At the same time, it would also be a thrill to see the Baxter Building join the New York skyline.


Moon Knight (series)

Moon Knight

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Premiere Date: TBA

What We Know: The subject of many rumors during Marvel’s alliance with Netflix, Disney+ will serve as home to a Moon Knight series. As Feige explained at D23 in 2019, it is an “action adventure series” featuring the Marvel character Mark Specter. “He was left for dead and he may or may not be infused with powers from the moon god,” he explained. “Or he might be crazy.” In November of 2019, Umbrella Academy’s Jeremy Slater signed on as an executive producer and showrunner, with Beau DeMayo joining the writing staff in January of 2020. In October of that year, Oscar Isaac emerged as the man to play Mark Spencer. Although Feige declined to confirm Isaac’s involvement in the project during the 2020 Disney Investor’s Day presentation, he did reveal Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Diab will direct the series. In January of 2021, Ethan Hawke reportedly joined the cast as the lead villain. Production is slated to begin soon.

How It Fits in the MCU: Considering Moon Knight’s potentially mystical origins and associations with characters like Werewolf by Night, it is possible his series may have some implications for Blade – provided they are produced around the same time.


Secret Invasion (series)

Secret Invasion

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Premiere Date: TBA

What We Know: Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) will deal with a sect of ill-intentioned Skrulls hiding on Earth and infiltrating “every level of life on Earth.” Word of the series first broke in September as an unspecified Nick Fury project, but calling it Secret Invasion leads to something very pointed as Feige referred to the original Secret Invasion comic book event series as “the biggest” since Civil War. Kyle Bradstreet will reportedly serve as the program’s executive producer.

How It Fits in the MCU: Picking up from Talos’s appearances in Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Far From Home, the series will dramatize one of the possible Phase 4 or 5 stories we’ve been talking about since the conclusion of Endgame. That said, we still have to wonder if this is the threat Fury has been building a space armada to defeat or if the Skrull invasion is its own thing.


Ironheart (series)

Ironheart

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Premiere Date: TBA

What We Know: Based on the character recently introduced into Marvel comics by Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mike Deodato (with a subsequent redesign by Eve Ewing and Kevin Libranda), Riri Williams (Dominque Thorne) is a robotics genius who builds a suit of armor more advanced than anything Tony Stark devised in his lifetime. She’ll probably need it as Tony left behind plenty of enemies who want control of his style of tech. Both Ironheart and Secret Invasion will tie back into an upcoming MCU feature film.

How It Fits in the MCU: Considering Riri is one of the younger Marvel characters, we imagine she will cross paths with Kamala and Kate before too long. Also, with her connection to Stark, we imagine she will be part of the upcoming Armor Wars series in some fashion.


Armor Wars (series)

Armor Wars

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Premiere Date: TBA

What We Know: According to Feige, this series will be Tony Stark’s “worst fears come to life” as bad actors get ahold of some Iron Man tech. Only Colonel James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) – a.k.a. War Machine – will be in a position to stop them.

How It Fits in the MCU: Cheadle, of course, has played Rhodey since Iron Man 2 and survived terrible color schemes for his armor, the crushing of his legs, and the Snap. So he’s well-placed to defend Tony’s technology. Also, as we mentioned earlier, we can’t help but think Ironheart will show up to offer him some aid.


The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

Guardians Holiday Special

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Premiere Date: Holiday 2022

What We Know: A first for Marvel Studios, the special will be filmed concurrently with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and stream the holiday season prior to the feature’s release. James Gunn will write and direct the special, which we imagine will nod as much to The Star Wars Holiday Special as it will the Guardians’ own situation. We hope this means someone will do a big song-and-dance.

How It Fits in the MCU: Since Feige takes the notion that “its all connected” to heart, we imagine the special will fit in somehow, but it could also be as canonically dubious as Star Wars’s infamous foray into holiday entertainment. But it will be worth it to see Groot dressed with Christmas lights and Nebula enacting her own weird version of The Gift of the Magi.


I Am Groot (series)

I Am Groot

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Premiere Date: TBA

What We Know: As Feige announced at the December 2020 Investor Day presentation, this series will be a collection of animated shorts featuring Baby Groot. It is unclear if the other Guardians will appear in some capacity, but “several new and unusual characters” will be introduced.

How It Fits in the MCU: Like the Guardians Holiday Special and What If …?, it is unclear how these animated shorts will continue to overarching Marvel story. If they can’t forward big plot developments, maybe they can deepen the characters or sneak in something important, like Adam Warlock or the Beyonder.


Ryan Coogler’s Wakanda-Set Television Series (series)

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Premiere Date: TBA

What We Know: As part of an overall deal with Disney, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler will develop and produce a series set in Wakanda. It is unclear if it will tell more tales of the country’s past or expand on ideas and characters seen in the film and its sequel. Beyond its setting, nothing else is known.

How It Fits in the MCU: As we still don’t know if T’Challa’s attempt to join the world stage worked out for Wakanda, this could be the place examine that initiative. Or, at least, the effect the policy had on the people who live there.


FULL LIST OF UPCOMING MARVEL MOVIES

July 9, 2021 – Black Widow

September 3, 2021 – Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings

November 5, 2021 – Eternals

December 21, 2021 – Spider-Man: No Way Home

March 25, 2022 – Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness

May 6, 2022 – Thor: Love and Thunder

July 8, 2022 – Black Panther II

October 7, 2022 – Untitled Marvel Movie 1 (Our Guess: Deadpool 3)

November 11, 2022 – Captain Marvel 2

February 17, 2023 – Untitled Marvel Movie 2 (Our Guess: Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania)

May 5, 2023 – Untitled Marvel Movie 3 (Our Guess: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3)

July 28, 2023 – Untitled Marvel Movie 4 (Our Guess: Blade)

November 3, 2023 – Untitled Marvel Movie 5 (Our Guess: Fantastic Four)



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