Now that Avengers: Endgame is days away from becoming the highest grossing movie of all-time, it got us thinking about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With heroes like Captain America and Iron Man sadly out of the picture, what will the new Avengers look like? Are we going to get a Doctor Strange sequel? How about Black Panther 2? At the end of the day, Disney has done a wonderful job thus far and with the Mouse House now in control of properties like Fantastic Four and the X-Men, the future of the MCU has never looked brighter.
Here is every confirmed and rumored Marvel movie coming our way in Phase 4:
Spider-Man: Far From Home – Confirmed
Release: July 5, 2019
In less than a month, Spider-Man: Far From Home swings into theatres, marking the last film in Marvel Studio’s “Phase 3” plan and first since the release of Avengers: Endgame. Directed by Jon Watts, the sequel features the return of Tom Holland as the web-slinger, alongside Samuel L. Jackson as Fury, Zendaya as MJ, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Marisa Tomei as May Parker, and Jake Gyllenhaal as Quentin Beck/Mysterio, a master of special effects and illusions and one of Spider-Man’s greatest adversaries.
Based on what we could gather from the trailers, it would appear Spider-Man and Mysterio are teammates, but if you’re a fan of the comics or cartoons you’ll know Beck is not to be trusted.
The New Mutants – Confirmed
Release: April 3, 2020
Initially, The New Mutants was scheduled to be released in April 2018, but the project was put on hold for two years to allow for reshoots. The story follows a group of young mutants trapped in a secret government facility and their desperate fight to escape. Directed by Josh Boone, the film stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Henry Zaga, Blu Hunt, and Alice Braga.
Interestingly enough, New Mutants was one of the films Disney acquired from 20th Century Fox during the merger, making it one of the few films in history to be produced by Fox and distributed the Mouse House.
Black Widow – Confirmed
Release: May 1, 2020
Ever since Black Widow sacrificed herself for the Soul Stone in Avengers: Endgame, fans have been trying to figure out how Marvel was planning to reintroduce Natasha in the upcoming Black Widow movie already in development. The film hasn’t been given a release date yet, but we do know Black Widow will premiere on the upcoming Disney+ streaming service.
Few details have been shared about the plot, but we can confirm that Florence Pugh (Fighting with My Family) and David Harbour (Hellboy) have signed on and that Scarlett Johansson will reprise her role as Natasha Romanoff. There also has been some talk of Emma Watson and Andre Holland joining the cast as well, but nothing has been set in stone.
The Eternals – Confirmed
Release: July 31, 2020
Marvel’s The Eternals has been rumored for some time now, but it wasn’t recently that Marvel hired Chinese director Chloé Zhao, best known for The Rider, to helm the upcoming Marvel movie, with Matthew and Ryan Firpo inked to write the screenplay. As of right now, Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, and Richard Madden are the only actors confirmed, but we recently learned the amazing Keanu Reeves is also in talks to join the project. The Eternals is said to be heavily focused on superheroine Sersi, who will be played by Jolie and Ikaris, played by Madden.
No release date has been confirmed as of yet, but we do know production is scheduled to begin in September 2019 and finish in January 2020, which means if everything goes according to plan, Marvel’s The Eternals will likely hit theatres on November 6, 2020, a date Disney announced during their 2019-2017 film release schedule.
Morbius, the Living Vampire – Confirmed
Release: July 31, 2020
Following the financial and critical success of 2018’s Venom starring Tom Hardy, the second film in Sony’s Marvel Universe (Sony’s MU) is Morbius, the Living Vampire, a story of a villain turned anti-hero who in an attempt to cure himself of a rare blood disorder, accidentally transforms himself in vampire, forced to drink the blood to survive.
Directed by Daniel Espinosa, Morbius, the Living Vampire stars Jared Leto as the titular character alongside Adria Arjona, Matt Smith, Jared Harris, and Tyrese Gibson.
Venom 2 – Confirmed
Release: October 2, 2020
Despite the all the negative reviews, mainly from critics, it was presumed that Venom would be a massive flop, but fans loved the film and it became one of the highest grossing films of 2018, pulling in an impressive $855 million.
Screenwriter Kelly Marcel will return to pen the sequel, and Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams will reprise their roles. Venom 2 is expected to be released in October 2020. Woody Harrelson is said is be reprising his role as Cletus Kasady as well, which means we might actually get to see Venom and Carnage square off in the sequel, a sight comic book fans have been waiting for.
Black Panther 2 – Rumored
Considering Black Panther was nominated for an Oscar and grossed an impressive $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office, the likelihood of a sequel being made was a matter of when, not if. T’Challa turning to dust in Infinity War was shocking, but much like Doctor Strange and Spider-Man, who also have sequels on the way, we all knew Marvel Studios had more in store for the King of Wakanda. A release date has yet to be confirmed, but we do know Ryan Coogler will return to write and direct the Black Panther sequel.
Rumor is Queen Divine Justice and/or Namor the Submariner will be introduced in the sequel, as well as Killmonger, who is said to be returning in a “spiritual plane” type of way.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – Rumored
At one point, it almost felt like we’d never get a third Guardians of the Galaxy movie, but with James Gunn rehired and the cast on board, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is on schedule to start production in 2021, which means it will likely hit theatres in late 2022 or early 2023. Unfortunately, after Disney fired Gunn, Warner Bros. quickly hired him to helm the Suicide Squad sequel, delaying the start of Guardians.
During a recent interview with Deadline, Gunn discussed the high-profile firing and eventual rehiring by Disney, the Suicide Squad sequel, and why he feels so connected to fan favorite, Rocket Raccoon.
“I relate to Rocket and I feel compassion for Rocket, but I also feel like his story has not been completed. He has an arc that started in the first movie, continued into the second and goes through Infinity War and Endgame, and then I was set to really finish that arc in Guardians 3. That was a big loss to me—not being able to finish that story—though I was comforted by the fact that they were still planning to use my script.”
Doctor Strange 2 – Rumored
Prior to the release of Endgame, it was announced that Scott Derrickson would return to direct the Doctor Strange sequel, which will also feature the return of Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange. The upcoming sequel is scheduled to begin shooting in early 2020 and release in summer of 2021.
Back in June 2018, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed that Doctor Strange sequel was on the way and that it would be set “a number of years on” from the first film, which now makes a lot of sense having watched Endgame.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 – Rumored
Prior to the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse‘s release, the film received a tremendous amount of buzz, which led to Sony announcing that both a sequel and spin-off movie were in development. The sequel will be written and directed by David Callaham and Joaquim Dos Santos, best known for Avatar: The Last Airbender. We’ll discuss the spin-off in more detail below.
The Into the Spider-Verse 2 will continue Miles Morales’ story while also furthering to explore the newly introduced Spider-Verse in greater detail. Based on the post-credit scene, which featured Miguel O’Hara/Spider-Man 2099, there’s a strong chance the evil organization known as Alchemax, the ones responsible for giving Miles his powers, play a large role in the sequel.
Spider-Women – Rumored
As mentioned above, Sony is making an animated Spider-Verse spin-off film called Spider-Women and although no release date has been confirmed, we do know the story will follow three generations of female Spider-related characters. The screenplay for the female-centric superhero movie will be written by Bek Smith, directed by Lauren Montgomery, and produced by Amy Pascal.
We already know that Spider-Gwen, voiced by Hailee Steinfeld, will return for the spin-off, but we’re hearing there’s a strong chance Jessica Drew/Spider-Women and Cindy Moon/Silk will also be introduced.
Shang-Chi – Rumored
In December 2018, Marvel Studios announced plans to create a Shang Chi movie, hiring Dave Callahan to write the screenplay and Destin Daniel Cretton to direct. The film will star Shang Chi, a martial arts master, eventual Avenger, and main character of Master of Kung Fu, a comic published by Marvel Comics from 1974 to 1983.
Even though everything from the cast to the release date is still unknown, based on what we’re hearing, there is a strong chance Shang-Chi will be one of the three “Untitled” Marvel coming movies coming in 2021, which Disney announced in their film release schedule.
Gambit – Cancelled
Back in 2014, Channing Tatum signed on to play Remy LeBeau in the Gambit spinoff movie but after years of delays and cycling through several directors, Disney has removed Gambit from their film release schedule, as well as three other Fox/Marvel projects.
Silver and Black – Rumored
Initially, Sony’s Silver & Black, featuring the team up of Black Cat and Silver Sable, was intended to be released on February 8, 2019, but after years of delays and uncertainty surrounding the script, Sony canceled the project in August 2018 and replaced it with two solo films.
Originally hired to direct the team-up movie, Gina Prince-Bythewood will remain involved as a producer on both films, but Sony has decided to hire two new female directors to helm each film. Rumor is Black Cat will be the first to be released, but so far that’s all we know.
Ms. Marvel – Rumored
Considering the financial success of Captain Marvel and the need for more diversity in the MCU, the thought of Ms. Marvel making her way into the MCU isn’t all that far fetched, but despite the rumors, if Kamala Khan was introduced, it would likely be in a Captain Marvel sequel, which will go into more detail below.
While doing press for Captain Marvel back in March, Brie Larson revealed that she’d love to see Ms. Marvel in the sequel, saying “My dream would be that Ms. Marvel gets to come into play.”
Captain Marvel 2 – Rumored
Despite all the ridiculousness surrounding the film’s release, Captain Marvel still managed to gross over $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Personally, we thought Brie Larson did a wonderful job as Carol Danvers and can’t wait to see her suit up again.
Nothing has been confirmed or even discussed as of yet, but Marvel Studios’ president Kevin Feige has stated on several occasions, prior to the release of Captain Marvel, how important Danvers is to the future of the MCU. With Tony Stark, Black Widow, and Captain America no gone, the powerful and experienced Captain Marvel will likely take over leadership of the “new” Avengers when that time comes.
Ant-Man and the Wasp 2 – Rumored
Earlier this year, Michael Douglas revealed despite there being a few discussions about the possibility of a third Ant-Man film, nothing concrete has been set in stone as of yet.
There’s been talk [about another Ant-Man]… [but] there’s been nothing formal right now that I know of. They always kind of spring it on me. The first time you hear about it, it’s already in its third rewrite.
Given the success of both Peyton Reed’s films and fans love of trilogies, it wouldn’t surprise us if Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly suit up once again.
Nova – Rumored
Although nothing has been confirmed as of yet, during an interview with Comicbook.com, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige discussed the potential of Nova joining the MCU following the events of Endgame, saying “Nova is… if we have a big board with a bunch of characters that have more immediate potential, Nova is on that board,”
Feige went on to explain that Nova’s connection to the Guardians and their shared universe makes him an ideal candidate moving forward, “Because of the connection to the Guardians universe, because there are more than one examples to pull from in the comics that are interesting. And you’re absolutely right, he was in the earliest drafts of the [Guardians of the Galaxy].”