Every Upcoming Movie and TV Show in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
Movies| | By Jason Owen
After more than 10 years and over 20 movies, the box office juggernaut known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is still going strong. With its continued success, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has revealed that Disney has movie and TV show plans for the better part of 10 years. We’ve already provided a complete list of the order to watch all the current films, but what about the upcoming Marvel movies the studio has planned?
Get the complete list of all the current projects Marvel has in store, details on as-yet-unnamed projects, as well as how Disney’s acquiring Fox’s Marvel properties ties into the larger MCU. Which upcoming Marvel movies are you most excited about?
Spider-Man: Far From Home (July 5, 2019)
In June, Tom Holland revealed the name for the sequel to 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. Holland is set to reprise his role as the famed “wall-crawler” in six Marvel movies, meaning there will be plenty of Spidey in future years for everyone to love. Those movies are likely going to be terrorized by a team of Spider-Man’s most notorious foes in the Sinister Six. Michael Keaton is signed on to return as Vulture, and Jake Gyllenhaal has been cast as Quentin Back, a.k.a. the villain Mysterio. The studio also announced that Numan Acar was cast as the character “Dimitri.” According to the comics, this is likely to be Dimitri Smerdyakov, also known as the villain Chameleon. Along with Holland and Keaton, Marisa Tomei (May Parker), Zendaya (Michelle Jones), and Jacob Batalon (Ned) are set to reprise their roles.
After Far From Home, Marvel has not announced any official release dates for its next slate of films, but several projects are already underway filming or in pre-production stages, as writer and directors have signed on, along with several big name stars.
She’s already appeared in six Marvel movies, but we’ve never been given a proper origin story for Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow character. She first appeared in Iron Man 2, and we were given some dream-like flashbacks in Avengers: Age of Ultron, but now it seems like Marvel is set to give us the full story. In July 2018, Marvel announced Australian director Cate Shortland would direct the project. Early reports indicate the majority of the film will be set before the first Avengers movie. With production started, it seems this will be one of the first movies in the post-Endgame slate for Marvel. David Harbour and Rachel Weisz are just some of the big names who have signed on to join Johansson.
Set to further expand the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Eternals was created by Marvel legend Jack Kirby in 1976. Director Chloé Zhao has signed on to helm the project that is reportedly landing some serious talent. Angelina Jolie is reportedly set to join as lead female Sersi, and Game of Thrones‘ Richard Madden has also reportedly signed on, as well as funnyman Kumail Nanjiani.
Shang-Chi: The Master of Kung-Fu
Judging by the success Marvel sees in Asian markets overseas, it’s a no-brainer for them to fast-track one of their Asian superheroes to the forefront. Shang-Chi first appeared in 1973 and is a master of numerous fighting styles. In a recent Q&A, Feige told fans that Iron Man 3 villain The Mandarin would reappear in the MCU, and since that character is of Chinese origin, most bets are being placed that he’ll play a role in the upcoming Shang-Chi movie. No actors have signed on, but Marvel has hired Destin Daniel Cretton to direct.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
After director James Gunn was fired by Disney when past offensive tweets resurfaced (Gunn had previously apologized for the tweets, but right-wings trolls launched a campaign to get Gunn fired due to his criticism of President Donald Trump), Volume 3 seemed in doubt when some of the main cast said they wouldn’t work for another director on the project. Disney finally came to their senses and reinstated Gunn. With the events of Avengers: Endgame now over, it seems big changes are on the way for the Guardians of the Galaxy. With most of the main stars set to return with Gunn, production on GotG3 won’t start until after his planned Suicide Squad movie for Warner Bros.
Doctor Strange 2
There’s been no official Doctor Strange 2 announcement from Marvel, but screenwriter C. Robert Cargill and director Scott Derrickson revealed that they have the concept and chosen villain — which Time reported would likely be Nightmare, the ruler of the Dream dimension — ready for a sequel. The film would likely hinge on star Benedict Cumberbatch’s shooting schedule.
Black Panther 2
After the record-breaking success of Black Panther, it seemed obvious that Marvel would announce a sequel, and in March 2018 Feige confirmed the sequel was definitely happening. As for the cast, no official announcements have come through, but it’s likely the main cast will return, and Feige has said he definitely wants director Ryan Coogler back for the sequel. Seeing how the first film was released in February and Marvel tends to keep their franchises on the same repeating calendar, it’s probable that Black Panther 2 will fill one of the February release dates.
In 2013, Marvel Comics introduced fans to its first Muslim superhero, a young Pakistani-American teen named Kamala Khan, who is mentored by Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel in the comics to become Ms. Marvel. Defying expectations, the character quickly became one of the most popular in Marvel’s library, and in May 2018, Feige told the BBC that there are plans to introduce the character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Ms. Marvel … is definitely, sort of, in the works. We have plans for that once we introduce Captain Marvel,” Feige said.
Marvel TV Shows
In 2018, Disney announced an impending streaming service and in 2019 more details became clear, including that many current stars of the MCU would be starring in their own limited TV series exclusive to the streaming service, Disney+.
Falcon and Winter Soldier
Stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan (Falcon and Winter Soldier, respectively) will star in their own spin-off series that Feige says will “will intersect with the movies in a very big way.”
Another announced project is a deeper look into the relationship between Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany), that Feige describes as “something unexpected and surprising, as well as something we can only do in a long-form series.”
Loki (Tom Hiddleston) became one of the most intriguing and fun characters in the entire MCU, and fans should be glad to hear that Loki’s time on screen isn’t over yet.
In Marvel Comics, there’s a popular series that imagines what would happen if comics history was altered and say, Captain America’s sidekick Bucky Barnes never died, or Mary Jane Watson was bitten by a radioactive spider instead of Peter Parker. Those ideas are coming to the Disney+ streaming service as the MCU imagines what might happen if Peggy Carter was given the super-soldier serum, or Loki was given the mystical hammer, Mjolnir.
Hulu will be the alternative service for Marvel properties moving forward (sorry Netflix subscribers) and two new shows have been announced so far: Ghost Rider, a spin-off to the Robbie Reyes version that was introduced in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Not much is known yet about this occult-focused Marvel property, but showrunner Paul Zbyszewski has said, “Marvel’s known for all the heart, humor, and action they put into every series, but this time around we’re adding some scares to that mix. I think we’ve found a compelling way to dissect some of our deepest fears through the experiences of our two lead characters.”
20th Century Fox Acquisition
In April 2019, Disney finalized a planned acquisition of much of 20th Century Fox’s properties, which included characters Marvel had sold the movie rights to back during its 90’s bankruptcy. Though no official announcements have been made, the reacquisition gives Disney back the rights to franchises like the X-Men, Deadpool, Fantastic Four, and more. It’s almost a foregone conclusion those characters will join the MCU at some future date, but current projects like X-Men: Dark Phoenix and New Mutants will not officially be part of the MCU.
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