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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
Avengers: Endgame, April 26, 2019
Previously titled Avengers: Infinity War, Part 2, this is a direct sequel to Avengers: Infinity War. The title was first revealed in December 2018 with the release of the film’s first trailer.
In October 2017, Kevin Feige confirmed this would be the end of an era for the MCU. There will be a major transition between Phase 3 (the current period of the franchise) and Phase 4, which will introduce fresh characters and stories. He described the first three phases as “an unprecedented, 22-movie, continuous shared fictional narrative,” with Avengers: Endgame as the finale.
With Robert Downey Jr. in his 50s and several Avengers reaching the end of their multi-film contracts, some central characters are likely to step down after Avengers: Endgame. Anthony Mackie or Sebastian Stan may pick up Cap’s shield, with Captain Marvel, Spider-Man and Black Panther in the mix as Marvel’s new headline characters.
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Marvel Studios is keeping a lid on the plot of the film for now with the two trailers released so far largely focusing on the characters and their legacy. We have learned a few things so far, such as Hawkeye donning the Ronin costume, a time jump, and Tony Stark and Nebula returning to Earth.
Spider-Man: Far From Home, July 5, 2019
Although we saw Tom Holland’s Spider-Man turn to dust in Avengers: Infinity War, he is likely to have a role in Avengers: Endgame. The sequel to Spider-Man Homecoming will be the first movie in Phase 4, taking place during European summer vacation taken by him and his classmates.
Director Jon Watts is expected to return, with Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers (two of Homecoming‘s many, many writers) as frontrunners to write the screenplay. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), and Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) are among the characters entering Peter Parker’s world for the first time.
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.
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 appears to finally be 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 unclear if the project will be an origin story or a continuation of the Black Widow story 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.
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 also blocked out the following dates for Marvel releases.
- May 1, 2020
- July 21, 2020
- Nov. 6, 2020
- May 7, 2021
- Feb. 12, 2021
- Nov. 5, 2021
- Feb. 18, 2022
- May 6, 2022
- July 29, 2022
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was believed to have held a 2020 release date, but the film was put on hold after Disney fired Gunn in July 2018. After Disney removed a Marvel film premiering on July 31, 2020, from its calendar to accommodate Jungle Cruise, some have speculated that that particular date had belonged to the third Guardians movie. With Gunn now back to work on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, it’s unknown when that film will be in theaters.
Marvel may have a reason it’s withholding info on some of the rest. Marvel chief Kevin Feige told the Toronto Star in late 2016 that divulging the focus of those movies could be a spoiler for the upcoming Avengers movie. That being said, we’re getting a Black Panther sequel and The Eternals while sequels for Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel are certainly possible. And that Black Widow movie? After all this time, it’s finally happening.
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.