When 2021 hits, the following movies will already have come out in cinemas: Black Widow, Morbius the Living Vampire, The Eternals, and Thor: Love and Thunder. And maybe The New Mutants (if it isn’t pushed back again). That’s the immediate future.
So what do we have to look forward to in the coming years?
2021: Phase 4, continued
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – February 12, 2021
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Starring: Simu Liu, Awkwafina and Tony Leung.
Like The Eternals, little is known about Shang-Chi, but the Ten Rings organisation is steeped deep in Marvel lore, so it’s likely to have huge ramifications in the MCU Phase 4.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – May 7, 2021
Director: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen
Though only two cast members have been confirmed, we’ll likely see Benedict Wong and Chiwetel Ejiofor returning, too.
Spider-Man 3 – July 16, 2021
Director: Jon Watts
Starring: Tom Holland, Zendaya
Rest easy, Sony and Marvel have come to an agreement and Peter Parker remains part of the MCU, meaning expect plenty of cameos and nods to the wider MCU in the third Spider-Man movie.
Thor: Love and Thunder – November 5, 2021
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman
The fourth Thor movie will feature the MCU’s first openly LGBTQ+ superhero in Valkyrie, whom Thompson has already confirmed she played as bisexual. Yay, representation!
2022: Phase 5
Black Panther 2 – May 6, 2022
Director: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Winston Duke, Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Daniel Kaluuya, Angela Bassett, and Martin Freeman are all likely to return.
In addition to May 6, Marvel has also blocked out February 18 and July 29 in 2022 for releases, though which films will fall into those spots remains to be seen.
Director: James Gunn
Starring: TBC (but probably the core Guardians cast)
This was all set for 2020 until James Gunn was fired by Disney and the threequel was left without a director, but now Gunn is surprisingly back as director. We’ll have to wait a while for the movie though as he’s working on The Suicide Squad first.
Director: Andy Serkis
Starring: Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Williams
A Venom sequel is happening whether you want it or not after the first movie was one of the biggest box-office hits of 2018. Serkis has said it will be an “extraordinary piece of cinema” and he has “very clear ideas about what I want to see visually, and how we can take the characters to another dimension”.
Starring: Brie Larson
Starring: Mahershala Ali
Feige confirmed at a Comic-Con panel that Marvel Studios plans to reboot the Fantastic Four franchise, though they have not yet set a date for the film.
Marvel Studios did not have the rights to the Fantastic Four (or the X-Men) for many years. 20th Century Fox made three different movies about the superhero team, but they all underwhelmed critics and audiences. Now that the Disney-Fox merger is complete, Marvel Studios (which is a subsidiary of Disney) will get a crack at the Fantastic Four.
Untitled mutant-centred film
San Diego Comic-Con also saw Feige announce Marvel was working on a film about mutants. He clarified that the terms ‘X-Men’ and ‘mutants’ were interchangeable. What the movie will be remains to be seen, but it’s unlikely to be an X-Force film. Sorry.
Director: Noah Hawley
Hawley has revealed in August that he’s waiting on the go-ahead from Marvel, saying: “Whether or not they already have a plan in place for what to do with those characters or whether they’re open to my kind of vision for what to do with those characters. But it’s sort of on me right now to go push them, which I will do as soon as I come up for air.”
Sony’s latest announced addition to their Spider-Verse is the much beloved Madame Web. The screenplay will come from Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, but no other details are known as of yet.
Unconfirmed but still likely
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With the Disney-Fox merger well in the past, rumours abound that the following movies have been canned:
Doctor Doom isn’t alone in getting a spin-off. Fantastic Four antagonist/ally the Silver Surfer was also getting the treatment from Saga and Runaways creator Brian K Vaughan.
Starring: James Franco, James Franco, James Franco
Spider-Man actor James Franco was tapped for Fox’s X-Men spin-off about the mutant Jamie Madrox, whose powers allow him to creates doubles (or ‘dupes’) of himself.
Director: Tim Miller
The Deadpool director was teaming up with big-name Marvel Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis for the film about the (formerly) youngest X-Man.
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