What Films Are Coming From Marvel Studios in 2014? [Updated]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 3rd, 2012 at 4:07 pm,

marvel movie updates kevin feige What Films Are Coming From Marvel Studios in 2014? [Updated]

Marvel Studios has had a tough time keeping to their plan of two theatrical releases per year. Delays with Thor and The Avengers had Iron Man 2 release by itself in 2010 and next year, The Avengers is without a partner since Runaways was indefinitely postponed. For 2013 and 2014 however, it’s back to two films/year or… more.

Today, the news came from Disney that Marvel would be releasing The Avengers in 3D (post-converted), but that unsurprising news was padded with something far more interesting: Marvel Studios claiming another release date in 2014 to release one of their films earlier.

Up until now, the official slate of upcoming films from Marvel Studios was scheduled as follows:

[Updates: Thor 2 moved again and Guardians of the Galaxy is coming in August 2014]


  • The Avengers (May 4)
  • Runaways (canned)


  • Iron Man 3 (May 3)
  • Thor 2 (July 26 pushed back to November 15 8th)


[Update: Marvel has nothing currently scheduled in their original May 16 and June 27 dates]

As of today, the 2014 schedule changes and the June 27 project will now be releasing on April 4th, nearly three months earlier. No information has been given on the 2014 releases but we do know The Avengers will get a sequel eventually and that there’s talk of a follow-up for Captain America’s solo outing as well. Reports from two months ago also indicated that Marvel Studios would be working on Ant-ManGuardians of the Galaxy and The Inhumans after Iron Man 3 and Thor 2.

So, will these 2014 movies simply be sequels to what we already know? Is Edgar Wright’s latest Ant-Man script finally going to be pushed into production? Is Marvel preparing to finally introduce some other characters in solo films? Or, as reported frequently in recent months, is the studio going to take the risk by bringing fans deeper into the Marvel cosmic universe post-Avengers? Let’s examine what we know.

Two years might be pushing it for The Avengers 2 so it’s more likely that’ll be a 2015 release, depending on the success of its predecessor at the box office next summer. That would open up the 2014 dates to be used for films launching from characters and storylines introduced in The Avengers. Chris Evans went on record stating that the next time we’d see him suit up as the star-spangled Avenger would be in 2014 at the earliest. Ant-Man has been in development for a very long time and writer/director Edgar Wright told us at Comic-Con this summer that his latest script was being submitted days later and that they already have concept art.

Looking at the revised dates, there are two possibilities.

  1. Marvel will add a third release date, either in the summer (maybe making use of that June 27 date) or in the fall, something they’re testing in 2013 with Thor 2. This would allow them to play with interconnected films and/or do more to setup for The Avengers 2 the following year.
  2. Dropping a summer date for a spring date means one of two things. This mystery project is not a big-budget tentpole or it directly ties into whatever the second movie is in May and needs to come before it. The May date is the most important and has to stay there.

The April release is very likely Ant-Man finally getting his post-Avengers introduction in time for The Avengers 2 or it could be Runaways, the lower-budget film Peter Sollett was going to direct off of Drew Pearce’s script, a script that Marvel apparently really likes, and one that Pearce says could still be adapted after The Avengers. As for the May date, that’s going to be a major project. Expect a Captain America sequel.

Guardians of the Galaxy and The Inhumans are actively in development and are possibilities as well, but Marvel will not talk about those until we’ve very close to The Avengers (or afterwards) to avoid fans digging into how those play off and tie-in to what happens in The Avengers. Marvel knows what these films are so there’s very deliberate reasons for not announcing them – it’s because they’re launching off of The Avengers.

Other, not very likely projects, include Black PantherDr. Stange, Heroes for Hire and a S.H.I.E.L.D. movie.

What would you like to see Marvel Studios do in 2014? Ant-Man and Captain America or a few cosmic movies?

The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgard. It is of course written and directed by Joss Whedon, opening in theaters on May 4, 2012.


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  1. ant man sounds ridiculous even photos on google images looks stupid, captain america will no doubt get a sequel that it doesn’t deserve. guardians of the galaxy sounds interesting and looks like it will need a big budget with lots of cgi.

  2. We will get Captain America 2. Guardians of the Galaxy over Ant-Man.

  3. Black Panther definitely but also keen for the Inhumans movie.

  4. The Marvel Movie Universe. WOW.
    I wish I could just read comics for a living. Or come up with storylines. Or just something related to these fantastical realms. That would’ve been the life…

  5. NOOOOO!!!why cancelled runaways???it could be an awesome movie

  6. I just hope Joss knocks it out of the park with Avengers.

  7. I want to see the Condensed version of the X-Men Alien Brood thread from the late 80′s, the one in which the X-Men led by Wolverine & Storm go into deep space to find Xavier after he supposedly dies only to find him with majestrix Lilandra and The Shi’ar Imperial Guard battling the Alien Brood! Best X-men post Pheonix thread ever!!

  8. Black Panther already sheeeesh

  9. I’m assuming X-men “second class” will be in there somewhere, right?

    • Wrong studio, that’s FOX not Marvel/Disney.

    • X-Men franchise doesn’t belong to Marvel Studios so it has no impact on their scheduling.

      • Right. I guess I just assumed it was due to the big, red, flashing MARVEL during the opening credits and the fact that it didn’t suck.

  10. A Guardians of the Galaxy film would rock all the way. The chance to see Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Drax, Moondragon, Mantis and all the rest on the bigscreen. Heck seeing Thanos alone would kick so much ass. I mean he is one bad villain, and the times when he gets really nutty in the comics freaks me out, but imagine the right actor doing all that on a movie screen? I’d probably need to leave the theatre I’d get so scared.

  11. Guess I’ll be waiting forever for The She-Hulk to FINALLY make it to the big screen.

  12. Why no Prince Namor?

    • As soon as Marvel regains the rights to the Fantastic Four, I’m sure Namor will make his debut.

      • Was this ever confirmed? Namor was not originally a FF staple. If anything he should be connected to Captain America and there was even ‘rumor’ he was going to be in CA.

        Ive always wanted to know if someone has a master list of properties and who owns/has rights to them…..

        From my research it looks like as of Sep of this year the rights to Namor reverted from Universal to Marvel. I believe the only rights Universal had were distribution rights.

        So who actually owns the movie rights to Namor?

        • I’m pretty sure that either Marvel or Fox owns the rights to Namor…
          But considering the Namor easter-eggs in IM2, I’m fairly positive in saying Marvel Studios owns the rights to Namor.
          There were even rumors that Marvel hired someone to write a Namor script…

        • Yes and if you read that at the very end…..

          “Anyway, this is all speculation of course (and my enormous wishful thinking!).”

          Yet if you look at:

          It states specifically the rights reverted. However I see no (cept Facebook and I cant access that at work) ‘proof’.

          • Namor would be a good tie-in with the Avengers. If Loki and his Army ever try to conquer the sea, who better to defend it than Namor.
            I think Marvel already has the rights to make Namor. Ang Lee’s The Hulk was made with Universal pictures and Namor was sold as part of that Hulk deal. So if Marvel can make their own Hulk movie, why not Namor?

  13. I really did NOT like X men First Class. It had a good origin story, but not enough mutant powers, it became a political drama film. I guess it’ll take 20 years to see an X men Movie with Apocalypse and Powerhouse Magneto. Hope Marvel will have the rights by then.
    I have doubts on how Marvel will do Inhumans since this is an ensemble film like the Avengers, and the Inhumans movie looks like it will rely on heavy special effects. For this to work, this has to be bigger than the Avengers and the Avengers film will introduce them to tie with the continuity.

  14. Well, someone has to say it: Dr Strange could be awesome battling the dread Dormamu with today’s cinema technology, and a good script. The recent animated DVD was OK, but the scope of the Dr Strange multi-dimensional universe deserves the big screen.

  15. Personally i want a real Gambit movie. they butchered him so badly in Wolverine ppl need to be reminded what a deep and serious character he is and can be. Gambit is my favorite marvel character other than the Punisher. and if Punisher can get 3 movies, Gambit should get one. … and War Zone was a nearly perfect Punisher movie imho, only Jigsaw was too cheezy

    • *Sigh*
      Gambit is owned by Fox, therefore, Marvel Studios can’t do a movie about him.

      • Hey avenger i was wondering since i know you’re a die hard avengers fan do you watch the animated series & if so what’s going on they just stopped in the middle of the season,last thing if i recall everybody was ambushed & loki took over asgard bringing thor to his knees but,that was awhile ago haven’t seen any new episodes or the series on t.v. now for quite some time.

  16. id like a hulk sequel,first class sequel x-men 4, inhumans,and a namor film. these are the more interesting characters but i will stillm watch what marvel puts on the big screen as long as it has strong story.

    • What’s with everybody today!
      ALL the X-men movies are produced by Fox (not Marvel).

      I do agree on one thing though: TIH sequel hasn’t been discussed at all, and ~could~ be a possibility for 2014…

      • Maybe some people are just movie fans and really have no idea what goes on behind the scenes.

        You tell them Spiderman and they think Marvel, you say Superman and they think DC.

        They are not aware of the back door deals and such that have gone on.

        Yey another reason SCREEN RANT should do a break down article on who owns what properties using verified information from the studios.

        • Good call.

        • People who aren’t die-hard fans probably don’t know about the whole movie rights thing. The fact that all of the movies have that Marvel splash graphic in front of them probably doesn’t help any.

  17. The obvious choice for 2014 will be Cap 2 (I think we can all agree that’s pretty much a sealed deal).
    The other choices: I’m still hoping for Black Panther (featuring Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne as scientists), then of course, we still have Dr. Strange (could be cool), SHIELD (hard to sell to the general audience), Inhumans (meh), GotG (boo!!!) and the Runaways (big boo!!!).

    But after Thor2′s director quit/was fired, I’ve been getting the feeling that they might postpone Thor2′s release date even more (maybe 2014) – but with about 2 years left until the movie is set to release, I’m sure that won’t happen though. (just some food for thought).

  18. It should be Antman and Plack Panther to set up their inclusion in Avengers 2 the following year.

    It will probably Cap 2 and Runaways. Here’s what I would do
    2012 avengers
    (antman should’ve been a winter 2012 release)
    2013 Iron man 3
    Thor 2
    2014 Cap 2
    Black Panther
    2015 Avengers 2

    I don’t think inhumans and guardians, after another team movie – avengers, will work. I think it may be a marvel mistake. Perhaps Marvel could make some of the cosmic films under the umbrella of another disney-affiliated studio.

    • Personally, I’d have done it like this:
      2012: Avengers
      2013: Iron Man 3, Thor 2
      2014: Black Panther (with Hank Janet as scientists), Captain America 2 and (if there’s an extra slot) Dr. Strange
      2015: Avengers 2, Thor 3, Fantastic Four (reboot by Marvel Studios – if Marvel doesn’t have the rights to FF yet, then I’d love to see TIH2).

      I wouldn’t go watch a Runaways movie (the comics are ~good~, but an adaption is unnecessary IMO), GotG is also completely “bonkers” considering that Marvel already has so many other great projects that they should be focusing on, and the Inhumans are basically cosmic X-Men (again, the comics are good, but do we REALLY need a movie about them?)

      • I question your logic….

        Why is an adaptation of Runaways not necessary yet Black Panther and Thor 2 or even CA2 are?

        The Runaways (as even stated by you) are good some thing better then good esp based on the nominations and won awards.

        Not to mention GotG is no where NEAR a cosmic Xmen unless of course they changed the Guardians when I wasn’t looking.

        Not that I disagree with you for a BP movie (or DS for that matter) I just question why not Runaways, especially if it is done true it could grab a lot more viewership into the Marvel universe.

        • He said the Inhumans were cosmic x-men not GOTG.

          • THANKS! And I can see the similarities to the Inhumans and Xmen. I stand corrected. :D

            • Lol picture rocket raccoon as an X-men. That’d be funny.

          • I hope Marvel will make Inhumans a REAL SUPERHERO movie, not another drama like X men. Inhumans has a great array of characters and knowing Marvel they focus more on Comic Continuity than a theme, as shown in their previous flicks. Fox tries to do the “Chris Nolan” on X men with their “dark and gritty” approach which is boring and uninspiring to use on X men. My only problem with this is the use of special effects and the budget will be a HUGE RISK as the Inhumans are not as mainstream as THE AVENGERS OR X MEN, This may end up like Watchmen, good film but suffered financially due to obscurity.

          • I wish Marvel would swap either of those properties for X-Men back…

        • Well, the Runaways aren’t nearly as well recognized as Cap, BP, Dr. Strange, etc.
          Secondly, from what I’ve told my non-nerdy friends, family and acquaintances about Runaways, they didn’t seem to be interested (when I started talking about Iron Man, most of em’ started paying attention ;))
          Thirdly, personally, I can’t picture a Runaways movie idea… (and I can picture awesome movie ideas for other characters). The books are good, but an adaption just wouldn’t work that well IMO.

          I just think Marvel has to expand on the (Avengers-centered) universe they created, and not take a huge leap away from that by doing Runaways, Inhumans and GotG (which in all probability, might bomb)


      • In the comics Hulk left soon after joining, so I don’t mind if Hulk is only in Avengers 1. (though, his return for annual 17 the evolutionary war as gray hulk was awesome)

        I would LOVE to see Incredible Hulk 2, preferably in 2015.

        - hulk turns gray, becomes meaner and smarter.
        - the leader/tim blake nelson returns.
        - if ruffalo works, keep him as banner
        - in the end, intro the U-foes for HULK 3 and the possibility of a turn to a red hulk.

  19. Hulk smash box office in 2014.

  20. Sony and Fox are too to give back the rights to Marvel, and if they do, they would sell them for an outrageous price.

    For people who say X men 1st class is a good X-MEN film, don’t be naive. It was just a political drama movie that included stupid powers, Magneto was the only interesting character for me in that flick. I expect another fantastic 4 reboot in the near future, for them to continue owning the rights.
    Marvel has the means to make movies out of these superheroes and to not have Spiderman and the rest at Marvel would seem ridiculous. We would miss out on great stories like Avengers vs DOOM, MAGNETO OR BLACKHEART. Or having Spiderman and Fantastic 4 working together.

  21. Outside of the sequels…. I think Dr. Strange has the most to gain from a movie, I think out of the rumored characters, he has the most potential for an Ironman type boom after his movie. The character, his powers, some of the settings and his villains would be a nice addition in a different direction for Marvel/Disney. And while I haven’t read a ton of Dr. strange from what I know a lot of his stories run parallel to the rest of the heros, I’m sure someone will correct me if I’m wrong, so he could have a solid standalone film without constant tie-ins.

    Release it in the fall, Thanksgiving…and I’m sure it’ll pay off. I think Dr. strange has a broader appeal because he’s not a traditional superhero, and will get people who don’t go to movies like Captain America. I’m not guaranteeing a huge box office, but I think it’s worth much more of a look over the other options.

    • Well stated, Ace, I agree. At 14 years old, spending summers with my dad in the high desert of California, 1962, Marvel comics were my primary entertainment. Yes, I had other Marvel favorites, but Dr Strange was always tops. The stories and art work were great, and couldn’t wait for the next issue. All I ask is, if someone does the movie, spend some money and do it right from the git go. Choose good actors for the rolls, imagine who you might pick to play Dr Strange, the Ancient One, Mordo, Dormamu, others… and, don’t skimp on the magical mysticism that sets Dr Strange apart from other Marvel characters. The original comics will supply a good story that can be well adapted to the screen. In 3D? If it’s done right, and not a post production afterthought. Thor gave an indication of how vast other worlds can be on the big screen. Dr Strange could easily set a new standard.

  22. I agree with the earlier post about Gambit. That could be an EPIC movie if they could get the rights back from FOX. people shouldnt forget of how powerful of a character he is and could be on film. Christ he was awesome on the animated series on fox.

    And who owns Carnage? Id give my left arm to see a movie following his
    Story… Hes the “joker” of the spiderman universe

    • I think it’s obvious who owns the rights to carnage. I really hope that Amazing Spiderman will FLOP. Why? So Marvel can buy back the rights. If people want Marvel to have those rights again, people need to stop watching Marvel Heroes not owned by Marvel studios.

      • Sad thing it wont.

        What I wouldnt mind to see is a happy medium found between the studios. I mean if Marvel and DC can work together to have shared ‘books’ why cant the studios.

        I mean would anyone care if Spider-man showed up in the Avengers for 15 mins? Give Sony ‘x’ amount of dollars and pay whomever as the actor.

        I mean if Ironman flew into a SM movie pay Marvel for the use of IM and RDJ for his voice work. Doesnt even have to show his face.

        Just make sure if it does happen Spiderman doesnt kill Tony Stark/Ironman or something that would effect IM/Avengers in the Marvel movies.

        Its not Rocket Science. Its just MONEY.

        • If they can’t make it work in film, maybe in TV they can, Marvel owns TV rights. It would be great to see Spidey in the Avengers season 2.

          • I’d like to see Spiderman on EMH aswell. That’d be sweet.

          • Yup.

  23. They should make a Planet hulk movie after avengers 2 and have the 3rd avengers movie about world war hulk.

    I think that would be cool.

    Or just a world war hulk and planet hulk movie would be cool.

  24. um…..where the hell is my “Venom” movie ive heard so much about but have waited 6-7 years to see done the right way? hell Venom was an avenger too, so was spiderman and honestly the only way avengers could be decent is for spider-man to be there. sorry but i dont wanna see the lamest of heroes(captain america) just run in all patriotic and crap, bad enough as it is. all he does is hit people…….wow, so super.

    • I giggle. Using your logic we should also see……

      Two Gun Kid
      Jack of Hearts

      Venom (imo) will be showing up in the end of the current SM movie and will be center stage for the second one.

    • Venom movie had script in the works but Sony cancelling Spider-Man 4 and rebooting put that on hold, though it can still happen, especially if Venom is the villain of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

      • Actually i thought it would be kraven but know that you mention it venom would be the idea choice,especially since fans were disappointed with his lack of presence in spider-man 3.

      • I vote for Whizzer. Awesome name.

  25. Can’t they add new members to the rolster in Avengers sequels? Like Vision,Ant-Man & Wasp, Ms. Marvel, etc?

    @ b3n

    I hope Amazing Spider-Man flops aswell so Marvel can get the rights & make better Spidey films than Sony. Id also hope Marvel can get the rights to F4, Daredevil. Only Marvel franchise not belonged to Marvel Studios yet, is the X-Men franchise which i enjoyed still but when that franchise runs it course at Fox, i hope Marvel aquires the rights instead of Fox rebooting it.

  26. i just hope Topher Grace could squeeze it in his schedule…. GOD WHY?!?!?! Lol im with you on the Venom idea, that should have been fast tracked after the initial success of SM, it would be a no brainer. Epic dialog/ epic character conflict/ epic fight scenes = epic movie. Period

  27. So isn’t Ghost Rider from Marvel Studios to be released in 2012 along with Avengers later on.

    • the problem is that Columbia Pictures is the distributor, the same distributor of Spiderman, meaning it holds the rights to ghostrider as well.

    • Nope.
      Marvel Studios has nothing to do with Ghost Rider 2 (thank goodness ;))

  28. BLADE!!!!!!!!!!!! REBOOT BLADE!!!!!!!!!

    • the problem is that Columbia Pictures is the distributor, the same distributor of Spiderman, meaning it holds the rights to ghostrider as well.

        The first Blade would be hard to top in terms of story and gore, Marvel aims to please as much general public as they can, since they’re owned by Disney. In Captain America, you barely see VERY FEW Gun wounds in a WAR film. The first Blade had a lot of violence you won’t see in a Disney produced movie.

      • blade was not own by Columbia Pictures actually newline cinema/wb. plus blade has return back tomarvel studio

    • Blade was a third tier character in the comics (at best), and the reality is that the movie version actually defined the character more then anything else. At this point to keep with the clean, franchised look of the rest of the movies a new Blade would look like a mix of Blade:Trinity and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

      • At least we’ll always have wesley snipes(:

        • Once Snipes is able to get back to work, I hope he’s in shape, so Marvel can have Blade cameo in a movie such as Dr. Strange.

          I’m thinking Blade may have one solo film left, but could do well as part of ensemble Marvel movies… especially the movie that will conclude Marvel’s Phase II.

  29. @TheAvenger I think a SHEILD movie would be an easy sell to the public. Humans oing against super powered villains. Works for me. Just look at how mission impossible:ghost protocol is doing. I mean isnt that the exact template a sheild movie would take? Just replace the threat with some known super villains or group and u have a major block buster. Seems pretty straight forward to me. The general public would eat it up.

    • But a SHIELD movie should tell us more about the whole back story of SHIELD.
      Come on, any Marvel fan (or fan of the movies) would want to know how/why/when Tony Stark’s dad helped to create SHIELD and how he and Fury worked together.
      They would want to know more about the mysterious Fury and the agents of SHIELD.
      And to do all those things for the fans, would mean making a movie that no normal movie-goer would be able to understand.

      So yes, they could do a movie like MI4, but the thing is, the fans would then be disappointed. It’s a lose-lose scenario (EXCEPT if they get an AMAZING writer to pen the script and think out an awesome plot)

      • Sorry, meant to say: “It’s a WIN-lose scenario”

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