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You have years of Marvel movie magic ahead of you. Here’s the lineup.
Marvel Studios has spent the better part of a decade building up its cinematic universe, to the point where it can now support two or three interconnected sequels and spinoff movies each year. With the first generation of heroes gradually making way for new characters like Black Panther and Doctor Strange, we’ve put together a timeline of everything we know about Marvel’s upcoming movies.
Marvel movie release dates
Originally slated for a 2020 release, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was put on the backburner after old tweets from director James Gunn resurfaced by the alt-right led to Disney firing him. Eight months later, Disney reversed course and rehired Gunn. It’s unclear what the film’s new release date will be now that Gunn is also slated to direct Suicide Squad 2, which will be in theaters Aug. 6, 2021.
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Untitled Doctor Strange sequel, TBD
Kevin Feige has confirmed that we’re getting a Doctor Strange sequel after all, although he didn’t say when. During the Ant-Man and the Wasp press tour, he mentioned that the next Doctor Strange, “whenever we do another Strange one, which we will do,” will be several years after the original. Which makes sense, given Strange’s role in Infinity War.
Untitled Black Panther sequel, TBD
Ryan Coogler has signed on to write and direct a follow-up to the worldwide phenomenon Black Panther. Marvel has yet to officially confirm a Black Panther sequel (in part because T’Challa is among the superheroes who were turned to dust by Thanos), but Feige has publicly supported making a sequel to the film.
A Black Widow movie, TBD
After years of clamoring from fans, Marvel is finally giving them what they want: a film centering around Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) herself. Cate Shortland will direct while Jac Schaeffer is writing the script. It’s thought to be a prequel or origin story, rather than taking place after Endgame.
An Eternals movie, TBD
Marvel is planning a film around the Eternals, a group of celestial beings whose adventures in the comics span tens of thousands of years. Chloé Zhao will direct while Matthew and Ryan Firpo will write the script.
Eternals boasts an impressive cast, with Angelina Jolie playing Sersi, Kumail Nanjiani in an as-yet-unnamed role, and Game of Thrones‘ Richard Madden in talks to star as the co-lead, Ikaris. This film is also rumored to feature Marvel’s first queer lead character, with Disney thought to be seeking out an openly queer actor for the role.
A Shang-Chi movie, TBD
A Shang-Chi film will be Marvel’s first starring an Asian superhero and will reportedly have a largely Asian and Asian-American cast. Destin Daniel Cretton will direct a script from David Callaham.
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Marvel movie lineup: The rest of the MCU schedule
Disney has blocked out the following dates for Marvel releases, which will include the titles mentioned above, along with a sequel to Captain Marvel.
- May 1, 2020
- Nov. 6, 2020
- Feb. 12, 2021
- May 7, 2021
- Nov. 5, 2021
- Feb. 18, 2022
- May 6, 2022
- July 29, 2022
Marvel may have a reason it’s withholding info on the specific release schedule: The overall arc of Phase 4 is still under wraps, with Spider-Man: Far From Home providing a kind of epilogue to Avengers: Endgame.
Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance.
Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor