Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, May 5, 2017
James Gunn is one of Marvel's most vocal directors, regularly sharing information about his movies on social media. The trailers for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 suggest a fun follow-up to the 2014 smash-hit, featuring a new soundtrack of vintage pop hits, a genre-savvy cameo role from Firefly's Nathan Fillion, and Kurt Russell appearing as Star-Lord's mysterious alien father.
Spider-Man: Homecoming, July 7, 2017
Although the film rights to Spider-Man still belong to Sony, the studio is partnering with Marvel for the latest reboot. Young actor Tom Holland wowed audiences with his debut appearance as Peter Parker in Captain America: Civil War, and Robert Downey Jr. will return the favor with a supporting role in Homecoming.
Co-starring Zendaya as Mary Jane Watson, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, and The Grand Budapest Hotel's Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson, this movie is intended as a fresh, diverse reboot of a franchise that (dare we say it) has somewhat outstayed its welcome in the public eye.
Thor: Ragnarok, Nov. 3, 2017
The Thor trilogy concludes with the apocalyptically titled Ragnarok, which may be Tom Hiddleston's final Marvel appearance. With Natalie Portman moving on from the franchise, the new female lead is played by Creed's Tessa Thompson, with Cate Blanchett as the antagonist Hela.
The casting for this movie is kind of bonkers, actually. Thor franchise veterans like Idris Elba and Anthony Hopkins are joined by Mark Ruffalo (who described Ragnarok as an "intergalactic buddy road movie" between Thor and the Hulk), Jeff Goldblum as an alien elder named the Grandmaster, and Karl Urban as the muscular supervillain Skurge.
Black Panther, Feb. 16, 2018
Directed by Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station), Black Panther is one of Marvel's most interesting new projects. Starring Chadwick Boseman as King T'Challa of Wakanda, supported by an all-star cast: Michael B. Jordan as the villain Erik Killmonger, Lupita Nyong’o as Black Panther’s bodyguard Nakia, Forest Whitaker as Zuri, one of T’Challa’s advisors, and Angela Bassett as T’Challa’s stepmother Ramonda.
Avengers: Infinity War, Part 1, May 4, 2018
Scheduled to be filmed back-to-back with the third Avengers movie, Infinity War is a gigantic team-up between every major Marvel character we've seen so far.
Infinity War and its untitled sequel are the culmination of the much-foreshadowed Infinity Gauntlet storyline, bringing together six powerful objects known as Infinity Gems. This includes the blue cube Tesseract that powered HYDRA's weapons in Captain America: The First Avenger, the "mind stone" embedded in Vision's forehead, and the "power stone" that drove the plot of Guardians of the Galaxy.
Ant-Man and the Wasp, July 6, 2018
As one of the more lighthearted, less plot-heavy strands of the cinematic universe, Marvel hasn't shared much information about the sequel to 2015's Ant-Man. However, we can easily surmise that it will feature Evangeline Lilly in a more prominent role and may involve the return of Hope Van Dyne's missing mother, the original Wasp.
Captain Marvel, March 8, 2019
Brie Larson stars as Captain Marvel, in the MCU’s first female-led movie since the franchise began in 2008. Marvel Studios is still narrowing down its shortlist of possible directors, but we do know that this film will almost certainly be directed by a woman. Brie Larson will probably be introduced in an earlier movie like Avengers: Infinity War, but that hasn’t been officially confirmed.
Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2, May 3, 2019
Previously titled Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2, this team-up movie is a direct sequel to Avengers: Infinity War.
This marks the end of Marvel's Phase Three, at which point several of the original heroes are likely to retire. With Robert Downey Jr. in his 50s and Chris Evans and Hemsworth reaching the end of their multi-film contracts, Phase Four will emphasize a new generation of superheroes. If Marvel can pony up enough cash during contract negotiations, maybe we'll still see a fourth Iron Man or Captain America movie—but otherwise, we expect Anthony Mackie or Sebastian Stan to pick up Cap's shield, and for Tony Stark to step back into a cameo role.