Avengers: Endgame may be the culmination of the MCU so far, but that doesn’t mean there’s not a lot of upcoming Marvel movies on the way. Marvel Studios is currently keeping their long-term plans under wraps, with Marvel visionary Kevin Feige confirming no Phase 4 announcements would be made until after Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Avengers: Endgame is the swan song for the OG Avengers, but the future is bright for the MCU, with a range of new and diverse heroes – including Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel – ready to take center-stage. What’s more, now the Disney/Fox acquisition is complete, it’s only a matter of time before the Fantastic Four and the X-Men join the shared cinematic universe.
All that said, we still know a fair bit about the future MCU slate. Avengers: Endgame is the second of three Marvel blockbusters to drop in 2019, and a number of other projects are in development, expected to release between now and 2021. Sequels to the likes of Captain Marvel, as well as another outing for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, are certainly expected, but these are the ones that are confirmed.
Spider-Man: Far From Home – July 2, 2019
Spider-Man: Far From Home is the last film in Phase 3 and first after Avengers: Endgame, and will serve as an extended epilogue to Avengers: Endgame. “So much happens in [Avengers: Endgame], as you can imagine,” Kevin Feige explained, “and so much is affected by it that we felt what better person to hold your hand and lead you into the next incarnation of the MCU, in a grounded, realistic manner, than Peter Parker?” The plot will see Spider-Man head to Europe on a summer vacation with some of his classmates, and he’ll team up with Nick Fury in order to take on the threat of Mysterio and the monstrous Elementals who are tearing through the continent.
Black Widow – Likely May 2020
There’s been clamor for a Black Widow movie since Scarlett Johansson was introduced playing the character in 2010’s Iron Man 2. The film is finally becoming a reality after Avengers: Endgame in Phase 4, however, with filming due to start in June. Johansson is rumored to be netting a $15 million paycheck for the movie, with Florence Pugh, David Harbour and O-T Fagbenle recently joining the cast.
The Eternals – Likely 2020
Marvel has always liked to toss in a curveball now and then, and The Eternals is definitely one of their most unexpected projects after Avengers: Endgame. Created by the legendary Jack Kirby, in the comics the Eternals are an evolutionary offshoot of the human race created by ancient, powerful aliens known as the Celestials. Angelina Jolie and Kumail Nanjiani are reportedly in talks to star, and there are rumors the film will introduce the MCU’s version of Hercules.
Black Panther 2 – Likely 2021
Black Panther 2 is a natural priority for Marvel Studios after Avengers: Endgame, given the first film was the highest grossing domestic film of 2018 and earned them an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. Ryan Coogler is set to return as both writer and director, but so far he hasn’t dropped any hints about the plot.
Doctor Strange 2 – Likely 2021
Doctor Strange played a major role in Avengers: Infinity War, and seems to have been set up as a major player in the future of the MCU after Avengers: Endgame. After years of rumors, at last Marvel is pressing ahead with Doctor Strange 2. C. Robert Cargill will reportedly return as writer, while Scott Derickson is on board as director. Benedict Wong has suggested filming could begin later this year, essentially confirming this for a 2021 release.
Shang-Chi – Unknown
Another unexpected priority for Marvel after Avengers: Endgame, Shang-Chi will be a martial arts movie directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. No details have yet emerged about this project, but there are rumors it could be heading to Sydney’s Fox Studios to shoot in Australia.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – Likely 2023
One of Marvel’s most troubled productions, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 looked like it may never happen after writer-director James Gunn was fired over social media messages he posted back before he worked for Disney. Convinced he was truly repentant, Disney rehired Gunn, but the result is a significant delay; Gunn has committed to shooting Warner’s The Suicide Squad before returning to Marvel. Production of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is expected to begin in 2021, which essentially confirms this for a 2023 release.
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