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Your Full List of All Upcoming Marvel Movies — With Key Details!

New details emerge from Spider-Man: No Way Home and the new teaser for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, plus a couple of key announcements.

by | May 20, 2022 | Comments

Updated May 2o, 2021

With five feature films and six television series released since 2021, Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is well and truly underway. And though some may question just what the phase is leading toward, it is also a time of introductions to characters like Shang-Chi (Simu Liu), Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Moon Knight (Oscar Isaac), and the Eternals — to name a few.

And the introductions do not stop. In the near future, Phase Four will introduce Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel, Tatiana Maslany as She-Hulk, Mahershala Ali as Blade, and Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqeueror. Also on the horizon is the eventual arrival of Marvel’s first family, the Fantastic Four. 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 2024.

As always, we will continue to update this page frequently as new details emerge. And be careful: There 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 FOUR

These are the projects Marvel announced and dated. They include a number of sequels – but at least one new concept will likely become your latest Marvel obsession.


Ms. Marvel (series)

Premiere Date: June 8, 2022

What We Know: Based on the Kamala Khan character created in 2013 by Sana Amanat, Stephen Wacker, G. Willow Wilson, and Adrian Alphona, the six-episode series will introduce the popular teen hero to the MCU. And as Marvel Studios president Kevin 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 event, 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. 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. Production wrapped in early May of that year. Despite Feige claiming the series would stream in late 2021, scheduling and production realities around the Marvel Multiverse pushed the series to a Summer 2022 release. In November of 2021, a Marvel sizzle reel offered a few more glimpses of Kamala as she fangirls over Captain Marvel and starts to test her own powers. Subsequent previews made it clear they do not come from her comic book counterpart’s Inhuman heritage, but devices bearing an uncanny resemblance to Kree Nega-Bands. To explain the change, Fiege told Empire Magazine in April 2022 that “[Kamala] came about in a very specific time within the comic-book continuity. She is now coming into a very specific time within the MCU continuity. And those two things didn’t match.”

How It Fits in the MCU: While the Nega-Bands seeming replace Kamala’s terrigenesis, it is still possible the series may redefine what it means to be Inhuman. Also, the surpise Black Bolt (Anson Mount) cameo in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness indicates the studio has some interest in keeping the concept alive. Meanwhile, 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 later in the decade. Vellani will appear in The Marvels alongside WandaVision’s Teyonah Parris and Captain Marvel star Brie Larson in 2023.


Thor: Love And Thunder

Release Date: July 8, 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 returns as the wandering Odinson… but not necessarily 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. 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 have been away from Asgard during the events of Ragnarok. In April of 2021, Russell Crowe seemingly confirmed he is playing Olympian god Zeus during a radio call-in show. In June of 2021, Chris Hemsworth took to Instagram to share a photo of himself and Taika Waititi, in costume and on set, to announce that filming had officially wrapped on Love and Thunder. Subsequently, a trailer was released in April offering a few glimpses of Mighty Thor and the Odinson’s surprising ennui after abdicating his throne and joining up with the Guardians.

How It Fits in the MCU: Now that we know where Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is in his own series, it is unknown if he will make even a cameo in the film. Nevertheless, we assume a mid-credit stinger will see the former God of Mischief raining all of his troubles down on his brother, the Might Thor, and Valkyrie.


She-Hulk: Attorney At Law (series)

Premiere Date: August 17, 2022

What We Know: 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.” Though it 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 show 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 joined the cast as Nikki, Jennifer’s best friend. In April, Renée Elise Goldsberry joined the program as a character reportedly called “Amelia” — a subsequent trailer suggested she and Jennifer work at the same firm. In June of that year, Jameela Jamil joined the series as Titania, a super-strong woman who has tussled with Jennifer in the comics from time to time. In November 2021, a Disney+ Day sizzle reel offer a first look at Maslany as Jennifer, a first glimpse at the CGI She-Hulk, and the relationship between the title character and her cousin Bruce. The following May, Disney finally released a full trailer which changed the series title to its current form and suggested Jennifer’s major case will be defending The Abomination even as her cousin shows her the ropes of being a Hulk. Bendict Wong (as the Sorceror Supreme), Josh Segarra and Jon Bassa are also set to appear in the nine-episode series.

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, we’ll be stunned if he doesn’t show up, considering he’s reportedly on his way to a revived Daredevil series.


Untitled Marvel Halloween Special

Premiere Date: October 2022

What We Know: Doctor Strange composer Michael Giacchino turns his hand to directing once again with a Marvel Halloween special due out in October 2022. It will focus on Werewolf by Night and star Gael García Bernal, presumably as the Jake Gomez iteration of the character. The Nevers‘ Laura Donnelly also stars with filming occuring in April. Said to be an hour in length, other details are still as obscure as a moonless night … in fact, we’re not even sure who wrote it!

How It Fits in the MCU: Moon Knight famously debuted in the pages of Werewolf by Night and with Marvel Studios investing in the horror aspects of the Marvel library, we expect Bernal’s Werewolf to join forced with Moon Knight (Oscar Isaac) — now a supernatural character in the MCU — and Blade (Mahershala Ali) at some point in the next decade.


Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Marvel Studios

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Release Date: November 11, 2022

What We Know: Despite the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman on August 28, 2020, plans for the Black Panther sequel pressed on. The sudden and awful loss only delayed production by a couple of months. Filming began in June of 2021 with Shuri (Letitia Wright) taking on a larger role and actor Tenoch Huerta reportedly playing primary antagonist — although his role is still unconfirmed. Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, and Angella Bassett all returned with Michaela Coel taking on an as-yet undisclosed role. 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 likely try to upset the balance of power in Wakanda. Of course, speculation rides high on just who he is playing. 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 2022 slot. The subsequent May, the studio revealed the title as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Later that month, Danai Gurira set her return as Okoye. That July, Winston Duke told Collider he was returning to play M’Baku and in August, Feige revealed to Comicbook.com that Ironheart’s Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne) will debut in the film ahead of her Disney+ series. That same month, Wright injured her back and left the production to recuperate in the UK. In the months since, her COVID-19 vaccination status has become a concern for the production as she will not be able to re-enter the US without taking one of the vaccines. All this time, filming continued without her, but hit a standstill going into the holiday season, according to reports. Shooting resumed in late January and wrapped in March.

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. Also, with Riri making her debut in the film, we have to wonder if she benefited from one of those embassy programs. It would be a nice way to keep T’Challa’s legacy alive in the wider MCU.


The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

Guardians Holiday Special

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Premiere Date: Holiday 2022

What We Know: The special was filmed concurrently with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and is set to stream the holiday season prior to the feature’s release. James Gunn wrote and directed 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. According to Gunn, the special will be set between Thor: Love and Thunder and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. In August of 2021, he also revealed that the special is in-canon and will feature details leading into Vol. 3.

How It Fits in the MCU: Although the special will be canon, we hope it makes some canonically dubious choices like Star Wars’s infamous foray into holiday entertainment. In any event, we expect 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: 2022

What We Know: As Feige announced at the December 2020 Disney Investor Day presentation, this series will be a collection of animated shorts featuring Baby Groot as he attempts to return to Planet X, his homeworld. It is unclear if the other Guardians will appear in some capacity, but “several new and unusual characters” will be introduced. Kirsten Lepore directed scripts written by Ryan Little. Production began in August of 2021 and it is said the animation is photorealisitic.

How It Fits in the MCU: 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 of cosmic significance, like The Living Tribunal or the Beyonder.


Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

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Premiere Date: February 17, 2023

What We Know: 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 Blip. 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. Production began in mid-May. In October, Bill Murray set social media on fire by announcing he has a part in the film. Production ened that November. In April 2022, the film swapped places with The Marvels as it is, apparently, that much closer to completion.

How It Fits in the MCU: Considering the Ant-Man films have always been fun MCU side stories, it’s difficult to forecast how Quantumania 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. Additionally, Loki Season 1 writer Michael Waldron refered to Kang as the next crossover bad guy, meaning the film is far more central to events than previous Ant-Man outings.


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

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Release Date: May 5, 2023

What We Know: Set after Thor: Love and ThunderVol. 3 will presumably see Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) searching 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 Avengers: Infinity War, but fell away as both movies were stuffed to the air ducts with characters. But with Will Poulter cast in the role in October 2021, it is possible Warlock will finally do something in the MCU besides sit in an egg. Also, before Gunn’s temporary departure from the project, 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? At the 2020 Disney Investor Day presentation, Feige confirmed the film will be released in 2023, with the subsequent 2021 Investor Day sizzle reel finally confirming the May 5, 2023 release date. Production began in November of 2021 with Gunn releasing a photo of the cast, which included the surprise reveal of Peacemaker’s Chukwudi Iwuji in an unknown role. Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, and Sylvester Stallone return as their various Guardians characters. In late January 2022, Gunn reaffirmed that the film will be last with this lineup and likely his last Guardians film. Production was completed in May of that year with Bautista noting it was emotional to say goodbye to Drax and the experience.

How It Fits in the MCU: With Gunn confirming the film will take place after Love and Thunder, the story options are limitless. That said, the Guardians may stumble onto the reason Fury is building a space fleet without understanding what they’ve discovered.


Secret Invasion (series)

Secret Invasion

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Premiere Date: Spring 2023 (Our Guess)

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 of 2020 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 serve as the program’s executive producer. In April of 2021, news broke indicating both The Crown’s Olivia Colman and Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke would be joining the cast. As both played royalty in other prestige series, speculation on their parts immediately centered on Skrull Empress Veranke, the main antagonist of the Secret Invasion comic book storyline. Nevertheless, it is unclear who they will play. In May of 2021, Thomas Bezucha and Ali Selim signed on to direct the series. Later in the month, Christopher McDonald joined the series in a role said to be original for the program, but with the potential to cross over into other aspects of the MCU. Production began in November 2021 with the subsequent Disney+ Day video revealing a brief glimpse of a grizzled and visibly older Fury alongside a decidedly more Skrull-like title card. The six-episode series wrapped produciton in April 2022.

Although fliming concluded before Echo began production, we suspect it will stream in close proximity to The Marvels.

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 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. Also, we suspect at least one character we’ve seen in a Disney+ series has been replaced with a Skrull; a concern that will only grow with each subsequent series (and film) until Secret Invasion streams.


The Marvels

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

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Release Date: July 28, 2023

What We Know: In January 2020, Marvel reportedly hired WandaVision staff writer Megan McDonnell to begin drafting a sequel to Captain Marvel. Brie Larson set her return as Carol with Samuel L. Jackson also returning as Fury. 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 the grown-up Monica Rambeau) were joining the cast, confirming the film will take place in the modern-day MCU. Also, with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’s move to July 8, 2022, the film moved out of its long-held release window of July in that year, moving to November 11, 2022. In a subsequent Phase 4 sizzle reel, it was revealed the film will now be called The Marvels. In June of 2021, Park Seo Joon reportedly joined the production. Larson also announced her YouTube show will be on hiatus while she goes back to her “day job.” Production began that August with Kamala’s family from Ms. Marvel joining the cast. Zawe Ashton also joined up as an unknown villain. In October, the film was delayed to February 2023 in light of various scheduling changes and production delays around the whole Marvel operation. In April of 2022, it was once again delayed to July 2023, swapping spots with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Filming finally wrapped in May.

How It Fits in the MCU: Considering the continued cosmic emphasis post-Endgame, it is entirely possible The Marvels 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. But where is Talos (Ben Mendelsohn)?


Echo (series)

Premiere Date: Late 2023 (Our Guess)

What We Know: In March of 2021, word broke indicating Echo, who debuted in Disney+’s Hawkeye would get her own show. Etan Cohen and Emily Cohen serve as writers and executive producers of the series with Alaqua Cox reprising her role as the deaf assassin with a knack for picking up her opponents’ fighting styles. The story sees her leaving New York to reconnect with the Indigenous parts of her family. Of course, a new crisis intrreupts that reunion. Marvel confirmed the series’ existence during the November 2021 Disney+ Day announcements and production began in May of 2022. The cast also includes Chaske Spencer, Tantoo Cardinal, Devery Jacobs, Cody Lightning, Graham Greene and Zahn McClarnon. Sydney Freeland and Catriona McKenzie are directing.

How It Fits in the MCU: Echo’s story continues on from the events of Hawkeye and, perhaps, straight into the designs of the Contessa (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). Echo’s mimicry sure seems like an asset she would want for her team. Also, considering the way she parted ways with her uncle, Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio), it is possible he may reappear in her life and the MCU. In the comics, the character has appeared alongside Moon Knight and Daredevil, so her crossover potential is also pretty endless.


Loki Season 2 (series)

Premiere Date: Late 2023 (Our Guess)

What We Know: During the Disney Upfront presentation in May of 2022, Fiege revealed the cast of Loki would soon reassemble to shoot the program’s second season. Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, and Wunmi Mosaku are all back as Loki faces whatever became of the Time Variance Authority after Sylvie (Di Martino) killed He Who Remains (Johnathan Majors). For the moment, we’re going to assume Majors will appear as a variant other than Kang. Immortus perhaps? Eric Martin takes over as head writer from Michael Waldron while directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (of Moon Knight‘s middle episodes) take the reigns from Kate Herron.

How It Fits in the MCU: Presuming Immortus is the variant seen on the TVA statues in the Season 1 finale, it is possible he could appear as a more benevolent being than even He Who Remains. Sure, it’s a long shot, but it is possible. What this would mean for Kang is anyone’s guess. Meanwhile, we expect Loki will discover the problem lurking between all possible realities and recruit his brother for aid.


PHASE FIVE AND BEYOND

During the 2019 Comic-Con presentation, Feige made a few strategic teases about Phase 5, which was originally set to begin after the release of Love and Thunder. MCU Phases are not set in stone, though – and can even be changed after the fact – so a 2021 teaser of upcoming Marvel Studios films appeared to move the change of phase to 2023. For the moment, we’re going to keep the following projects as Phase 5 until Feige appears on stage with an updated calendar at Comic-Con or the D23 Expo. Also, not everything is officially on the release schedule, but we have our guesses as to when some of the features will be released – check them out below.


Deadpool 3

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool

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Release Date: July 28, 2023 (our guess)

What We Know: 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 around him. 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 early 2021 that the film was in development and will be R-rated, but production would not begin until 2022. In September of that year, Disney announced a number of release slots held in reserve for Marvel films throughout 2024 and in March 2022, Free Guy and The Adam Project director Shawn Levy agreed to direct the picture. Deadpool and Deadpool 2 writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick also returned at that time to furthered develop the script. But with those peices in place, we expect it will take the July 2023 release date Disney is currently holding for an untitled Marvel production.

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: Wakanda Forever doesn’t get there first.


Blade

Blade

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Release Date: November 10, 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. Although so much about the eventual film is still fluid, some things are starting to come into shape with Stacy Osei-Kuffour signing up to write the project and Feige admitted it will be a PG-13 affair. As the film’s title card was not featured in the May 2021 Phase Four sizzle reel, we’re going to assume the project is now slated for one of the later 2023 release slots. In July of 2021, word broke indicating Bassam Tariq will direct the picture. In November of 2021, Delroy Lindo emerged as the second person cast for the film. Although it is unclear who he will play, the internet quickly seized on the possibility of Jamal Afari, Blade’s mentor in the comics who was revamped into Whistler for the first Blade trilogy. The following February, Aaron Pierre joined the cast in an unknown role. Production is expected to begin in August and it may turn out to beat Deadpool 3 to theaters. But, for the moment, we’re leaving it in the November 2023 date until filming actually starts.

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. In terms of a more concrete connection to the MCU, the character made a disembodied appearance in Eternals, stopping Dane Whitman (Kit Harrington) from embracing his destiny and, seemingly, adding the character to Blade’s corner of the Marvel Universe.


Captain America 4

Poster for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

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Release Date: February 16, 2024 (our guess)

What We Think Might Happen: Immediately following the final episode of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, news broke of series writers Malcom Spellman and Dalan Musson beginning work on a script for the fourth Captain America film. It will continue with Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie, who closed his deal to star in August of 2021) as Cap and how he fulfills the role in a world still recovering from the Blip. Perhaps it will also address his connection to the Avengers (or what’s left of them). But with no director yet attached, it is unclear just how many years will pass between the film and Sam’s Disney+ appearance.

How It Fits in the MCU: With Sam firmly established as the new Captain America and the announced changes in GRC policy going forward, shows like Armor Wars (see below) will presumably pick up the geopolitical threads and establish at least part of the crisis Sam will need to resolve in his first feature film as Cap. Also, is it possible for Armor Wars and Secret Invasion to occur without Sam making an appearance?


Fantastic Four

Fantastic 4

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Release Date: May 3, 2024 (our guess)

What We Know: At the 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 Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). In December of 2020, Marvel announced Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts would helm the project but the studio announced his departure in April 2022, just a week or so shy of John Kransinski making a cameo as Reed Richards in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Some expect he will direct the movie, but as it is still unclear if he wil even star in the film, this is just conjecture.

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 and the Wasp: Quantumania 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.


Spider-Man 4

Tom Holland in Spider-Man: No Way Home

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Release Date: July 26, 2024 (our guess)

What We Know: Mere hours into Spider-Man: No Way Home’s theatrical run, Feige confirmed Marvel Studios and Sony are already developing a fourth MCU Spider-Man film. Indeed, No Way Home producer Amy Pascal indicated in early December that a second trilogy was in the works, but Sony Pictures CEO Tom Rothman walked that back at the film’s Los Angeles premiere. And yet, the conclusion of No Way Home makes it clear Peter Parker (Tom Holland) has a part to play in the next phase. In the meantime, of course, he still needs to clear Spider-Man’s name and get some vestiges of his life back. Also, there is that piece of Venom left behind in Mexico …

Meanwhile, we’re slotting the project into the July 2024 opening in honor of the first two MCU Spider-Man films. But considering No Way Home’s Christmastime success and the fact Sony has its own release calendar, it is always possible Spider-Man will stick to a holiday release and the slot will go to something else.

How It Fits in the MCU: Bear with us as we speculate wildly. The Venom symbiote may be a long-game thing, waiting in the wings until a possible Avengers: Secret Wars film – in honor of the comic book event title of the same name in which Peter first received the black spider-suit – so Spider-Man 4 could concern itself with a hero trying to re-establish his cred in a New York filled with Hawkeyes, Daredevils, and the Fantastic Four. In fact, a cinematic re-creation of The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (in which Peter tries to join the FF) would be an amazing starting point. Also, it is always possible he’ll find organized crime kingpin Wilson Fisk as his new opponent.


Shang-Chi 2

Shang-Chi

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Release Date: November 8, 2024 (our guess)

What We Know: Early in December of 2021, word broke indicating director Destin Daniel Cretton will return to helm a Shang-Chi sequel and develop other projects for Disney and Marvel. Presumably, Simu Liu and Awkwafina will return as Shang-Chi and Katy with Meng’er Zhang continuing to rebuild the Ten Rings as Xialing. We also imagine Wong will appear in some capacity, as the signal Shang-Chi’s Ten Rings are sending into space will lead something to Earth. Of course, readers of the current Gene Luen Yang-written Shang-Chi comic book may wonder if, perhaps, the Five Weapons Society will be introduced.

How It Fits in the MCU: The signal broadcasting into space is the big one here. Will it attract a dragon-like alien race to the epicenter of the Blip? Is it the thing Nick Fury has been preparing for? Or is it a huge diversion while the Ten Rings organization returns to prominence in the criminal underworld? And speaking of Xialing’s future as a crime boss, she will no doubt face opponents like Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) and Kingpin in her quest to be more successful than her late father.


Ironheart (series)

Ironheart

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Premiere Date: TBA

What We Know: Based on the character 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. In April of 2021, word broke indicating poet and Snowpiercer veteran Chinaka Hodge will serve as the program’s showrunner and executive producer. The following February, Anthony Ramos joined the cast in a role that is both secret and compared to Jonathan Major’s debut in Loki while Lyric Ross also joined as Riri’s best friend. That April, Ryan Coogler’s Proximity signed on to produce while Blindspotting‘s Angela Barnes and Dear White People‘s Sam Bailey climbed aboard to direct.

How It Fits in the MCU: Riri will also debut in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. And considering she 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. In August of 2021, Black Monday’s Yassir Lester emerged as the series’ head writer. Production is expected to start in late 2022.

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 Blip. So he’s well-placed to defend Tony’s technology. Also, we can’t help but think Ironheart will show up to offer him some aid.


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.


Untitled Okoye Series

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Premiere Date: TBA

What We Know: In late May of 2021, word broke indicating Danai Gurira will lead a Disney+ spinoff detailing Okoye’s rise through the Dora Milaje ranks. This project appears to be an additional Wakanda concept beyond the project Coogler is developing.

How It Fits in the MCU: A focus on Okoye – and the other Dora Milaje for that matter – offers untold possibilities for story and further exploration of Wakanda. It could also strengthen her ties to characters beyond its borders.


Agatha: House of Darkness (series)

Premiere Date: TBA

What We Know: The series will see Kathryn Hahn return as lovable witch Agatha Harkness. Presumably, she will have to find her way out of being nosy neighbor Agnes and then restore her powers for another fight with Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) — despite what happened to the Scarlet Witch in Multiverse of Madness. Or, maybe, this will finally be the show to introduce Mephisto. WandaVision’s Jac Schaeffer will once again serve as head writer, so maybe the series will also lean on single-character spinoff shows like Rhoda and Frasier for inspiration.

How It Fits in the MCU: With Blade, Wanda’s experiences in MoM, and the Halloween Special, the increasing horror elements making their way into the MCU may be best explored by someone cloaked in traditional witchy trappings. Agatha just happens to fit that description perfectly.


Marvel Zombies (series)

Premiere Date: TBA

What We Know: Announced during the November 2021 Disney+ Day, Marvel Studio’s second animated series will presumably take place in the What If…? reality where a zombie outbreak changed much of the world and left Wakanda as the only nation spared the ravages of the undead. Such a scenario would seemingly place Peter Parker, T’Challa, and the disembodied head of Scott Lang as the stars.

How It Fits in the MCU: Although animated and in a separate reality, a series about zombies speaks to the growing horror elements within the MCU proper.


Spider-Man: Freshman Year (series)

Premiere Date: TBA

What We Know: Freshman Year will be an animated series taking Peter back to his first year in high school. It will also cover some of the origin story Spidey’s introduction to the MCU skipped over. Craig of the Creek’s Jeff Trammell serves as executive producer.

How It Fits in the MCU: Considering it will be the missing origin story, we expect it well finally give a face and voice to Uncle Ben while, perhaps, tipping its hat to other MCU events.


Untitled Scarlett Johansson Production

Release Date: TBA

What We Know: During a November 2021 American Cinematheque award ceremony in Scarlett Johansson’s honor, Feige let slip that the Black Widow star will be producing a project for Marvel Studios. Characterizing it as “top secret,” the studio chief also said the production will have nothing to do with Black Widow.

Johansson’s involvement with Marvel is somewhat surprising, as she sued Disney over the Disney+ premiere of Black Widow earlier in 2021. Although such suits are not uncommon, there seemed to be an unusual level of animosity between Disney and Johansson’s team – in the press, at least. But with the matter resolved, it seems Johansson will still take part in Marvel’s future endeavors.

How It Fits in the MCU: Since this is a “top secret” project, anything is on the table – including a film version of A-Force, the all-female Avengers team. Also, although we’re listing this as a movie project, it is also possible this will be a Disney+ series.


Untitled Destin Daniel Cretton TV Comedy (series)

Premiere Date: TBA

What We Know: Beyond Cretton’s involvement as part of his overall Disney deal, little else is known. As seen in the first Shang-Chi, he has a great sense of humor. Subject matter could range from something like a Wong-fronted series (please!) to something focusing on Damage Control (also, please).

How It Fits in the MCU: As the Disney+ series have proven so far, the project could illuminate an established supporting character or shine a spotlight on an entirely new one.


Daredevil (series)

Premiere Date: TBA

What We Know: Although Charlie Cox teased knowing “some things” Marvel had in store for his character during interviews following his Spider-Man: No Way Home cameo, it was unclear if this meant further guest appearances or a return to fulltime duty as the Daredevil of Hell’s Kitchen. It seems it will be the latter with word finally breaking in mid-May that Marvel Studios is indeeed developing a Daredevil series for Disney+. The Enemy Within‘s Matt Corman and Chris Ord will reportedly serve as executives producers on the program, which is described as both a new iteration of Daredevil and continuing from stories told in the Netflix version of the series. Presumably, Cox will return as Matt Murdoch, but that is unconfirmed at this point. Additionally, it is unclear if Elden Henson, Deborah Ann Woll, Vincent D’Onofrio, or Wilson Bethel will return as their respective characters. One thing we’re pretty sure of, though, D’Onofrio’s Kingpin was Bliped and between the Echo series and Daredevil, he may have ample time to re-establish his empire and his beef with Matt.

How It Fits in the MCU: Unlike the other Marvel Studios television projects, Daredevil is unique as it will cannonize stories that, while meant to be part of the MCU, always felt a universe or two away. Will it bring the other Defenders back as well?


FULL LIST OF UPCOMING MARVEL MOVIES

July 8, 2022 – Thor: Love and Thunder

November 11, 2022 – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

February 17, 2023 – Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

May 5, 2023 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

July 28, 2023 – The Marvels

October 6, 2023 – Untitled Marvel Movie 1 (Our Guess: Deadpool 3)

November 10, 2023 – Untitled Marvel Movie 2 (Our Guess: Blade)

February 16, 2024 – Untitled Marvel Movie 3 (Our Guess: Captain America 4)

May 3, 2024 – Untitled Marvel Movie 4 (Our Guess: Fantastic Four)

July 26, 2024 – Untitled Marvel Movie 5 (Our Guess: Spider-Man 4)

November 8, 2024 – Untitled Marvel Movie 6 (Our Guess: Shang-Chi 2)



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