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
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 from Firefly‘s Nathan Fillion, and Kurt Russell appearing as Star-Lord’s mysterious alien father. Sylvester Stallone will also appear in a supporting role.
The film’s Super Bowl trailer gives us our first look at new villain Ayesha, played by Elizabeth Debicki.
Spider-Man: Homecoming, July 7, 2017
Although the film rights to Spider-Man still belong to Sony, the studio partnered 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. returns the favor with a supporting role in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Co-starring Zendaya as Peter’s friend Michelle, 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) had previously outstayed its welcome in the public eye.
Thor: Ragnarok, Nov. 3, 2017
The Thor trilogy concludes with the apocalyptically titled Thor: Ragnarok. With Natalie Portman moving on from the franchise, Creed‘s Tessa Thompson plays the new female lead, Valkyrie, with Cate Blanchett as the antagonist Hela.
The casting for this movie is pretty wild, actually. Thor franchise veterans like Tom Hiddleston, 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 Star Trek’s Karl Urban as the muscular supervillain Skurge.
Black Panther, Feb. 16, 2018
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 is 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. Marvel’s greatest heroes will join forces to defeat Thanos (Josh Brolin), who previously appeared in the first Guardians movie.
Ant-Man and the Wasp, July 6, 2018
Following the events of Civil War, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) is now an international fugitive. This sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man will feature Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) in a more prominent role as the Wasp and may involve the return of her missing mother, the original Wasp.
Captain Marvel, March 8, 2019
Brie Larson stars in this hotly anticipated Captain Marvel adaptation, the MCU’s first female-led movie since the franchise began in 2008. The screenplay is being co-written by Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Meg LeFauve (Inside Out). Marvel is likely to hire a woman to direct, another first for the studio.
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.
Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance.
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