And if the Phase 4 Comic-Con announcements weren’t enough for you, then you’re in luck. Disney recently announced five new Marvel movies for 2022 and 2023, although what movies they might be was kept under wraps for now.
That doesn’t mean we can’t have an educated guess though.
Let’s start with what we know so far. At Comic-Con, Marvel boss Kevin Feige announced the first five movies for Phase 4, which were:
- Black Widow – May 1, 2020
- The Eternals – November 6, 2020
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – February 12, 2021
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – May 7, 2021
- Thor: Love and Thunder – November 5, 2021
Once Disney and Sony had sorted out their differences, these movies were also joined by Spider-Man 3 on July 16, 2021.
And at the D23 Expo, it was confirmed that the highly-anticipated Black Panther 2 will be released on May 6, 2022, although it’s unclear at the moment if that makes it part of Phase 4 or Phase 5.
There were already two unconfirmed Marvel movies set for 2022 on February 18 and July 29, before this new announcement added a fourth MCU movie for that year on October 7, as well as four movies for 2023 on February 17, May 5, July 28, and November 3.
That could well mean that Phase 4 will feature 14 movies, alongside those five shows so far confirmed for Disney+. Even by Marvel’s standards, that’s a pretty packed slate, although it’s worth noting that Phase 3 had 11 movies, and it was only the first two Phases that were shorter.
Whatever Phase they’re in though, here’s our best guesses for those planned release dates. (Note: even these dates aren’t set in stone or the movies that Marvel are planning, just remember Inhumans…)
February 18, 2022 – Captain Marvel 2
This is one of our bolder calls, especially since no one seems to know what’s happening with it, but we know that a sequel to Captain Marvel is on the way.
The early March release worked well for the first movie and a three-year gap between movies wouldn’t be too unusual by MCU standards. Plus, a grown-up Monica Rambeau will feature in 2021’s WandaVision and that could well set up this sequel.
July 29, 2022 – Ant-Man 3
When it was officially confirmed that it was happening, Ant-Man 3 was said to have a “a likely release in 2022”, with filming taking place in early 2021.
There’s a chance it could take the February or October release slots for that year, but the late-summer window worked well for both previous movies, so we have a feeling it’ll continue with the third one.
October 7, 2022 – Blade
The biggest surprise during this year’s Comic-Con panel was the announcement that Marvel would be rebooting Blade with Mahershala Ali.
No other information has been released about the new solo movie, but perhaps Marvel would have seen how well Joker did in the early October slot and opt for that if they choose to keep Blade R-rated.
February 17, 2023 – Deadpool 3
While it hasn’t been officially confirmed that Deadpool will make an appearance in the MCU, we’d be very surprised if Disney chose not to do a third Deadpool movie given the success of the other two.
Those movies were released in February 2016 and May 2018, respectively, so either window in 2023 could work for the third movie (as could the February 2022 slot). For now, given how little we know, it feels like we’ve got a long wait in store for it though.
May 5, 2023 – Guardians of the Galaxy 3
Yes, we know this feels like a long wait for Guardians of the Galaxy 3, but blame all the behind-the-scenes shenanigans with James Gunn’s firing and re-hiring.
Gunn has stated that he’ll finish work on The Suicide Squad before starting on the Marvel movie, although it’s not clear if he means after the DC movie’s August 2021 release. Either way, it’s hard to see him starting on Guardians 3 until 2021, meaning we’re probably looking at this early summer slot, which worked well for the sequel.
July 28, 2023 / November 3, 2023 – X-Men/Fantastic Four
We could pretend that we knew exactly when either of these movies would be out, but there’s been no information since Feige said they were working on a Fantastic Four movie and something about “mutants”.
So for now, we’ll say they’ll be out in the remaining two dates that we know of, although equally one of these release dates could belong to a new Avengers movie.
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