The Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 3 is over, and now all eyes have turned to Phase 4 and even the MCU's Phase 5. Avengers: Endgame will perhaps forever stand as the most monumental installment in the franchise, but Spider-Man: Far From Home actually closed out Phase 3.
Disney updated their movie release date calendar following the 20th Century Fox acquisition. Most of the in-depth release dates are currently planned through 2022, with certain titles even set through 2027. However, Marvel Studios has been only willing to share details on movies up until the end of 2021, seeing as the MCU's Phase 4 lasts just two years. Any Marvel movie releasing in 2022 or beyond won't be discussed for quite some time.
Given that 20th Century Fox is now part of Disney, the studio technically has other Marvel-based projects in production or post-production that will ultimately release down the line - such as New Mutants - but those movies won't be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With that in mind, here are all the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movies hitting theaters soon.
Last updated: July 22, 2019
Black Widow - May 1, 2020
Black Widow is an upcoming prequel movie set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, and it'll dive into the history of Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff. Cate Shortland is directing from a script written by Jac Schaeffer and Ned Benson. Black Widow's cast includes Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, O. T. Fagbenle as Rick Mason, Rachel Weisz as Melina, and David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian. Ray Winstone has also been cast in an undisclosed role, with the Taskmaster as the villain. Black Widow is confirmed to take place at least partially in Budapest, which means it may finally reveal Black Widow and Hawkeye's Budapest mission. Filming began in late May 2019, and the film is slated to hit theaters in May 2020, thus acting as the first installment in Phase 4.
The Eternals - November 6, 2020
The Eternals is the second and final upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movie to release in 2020. Directed by Chloé Zhao from a script by Matthew K. Firpo & Ryan Firpo, The Eternals follows an immortal race of aliens who were created by the Celestials - the oldest living beings in the Marvel Universe - and are "sent to Earth to protect humanity from their evil counterparts, the Deviants." Featuring one of the most impressive lineups in the MCU so far, The Eternals cast includes Angelina Jolie as Thena, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, and Don Lee as Gilgamesh. Filming reportedly began on The Eternals in July 2019, with the movie scheduled to release in theaters on November 6, 2020.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - February 12, 2021
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is the first Marvel movie to feature an Asian-lead as well as an Asian superhero, and it's currently scheduled to kick off the MCU's 2021 slate by releasing on February 12, 2021. After meeting with several actors, Marvel Studios hired Simu Liu to play Shang-Chi in the MCU, with Tony Leung joining the film as the villain. Leung is playing the real Mandarin in the new movie, an Iron Man villain that was previously believed to have been Guy Pearce's Aldrich Killian. Awkwafina also stars in Shang-Chi, with Destin Daniel Cretton directing based on a script from David Callaham. Story details aren't readily available, but Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will undoubtedly continue and potentially conclude the story of the Ten Rings that began with the very first Iron Man movie.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness - May 7, 2021
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is an upcoming sequel to 2016's Doctor Strange movie, and it's expected to dive deep into the MCU's Multiverse, which was first teased in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Scott Derrickson is returning to direct Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Benedict Wong set to reprise their roles as Doctor Strange and Wong, respectively. Furthermore, Elizabeth Olsen will appear as Scarlet Witch, and the movie will tie directly into her upcoming Disney+ series WandaVision, which should conclude its season right before Doctor Strange 2 hits theaters. Derrickson, who previously directed Sinister, will be harnessing his horror roots since Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is supposed to be the MCU's first scary movie.
Thor: Love and Thunder - November 5, 2021
Thor: Love and Thunder marks the first time that a solo film series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has received a fourth installment. In this case, Thor. After the uber-successful Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi is returning to write and direct Thor: Love and Thunder, which not only brings back Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie (who is also know the MCU's first LGBTQ superhero), but also Natalie Portman as Jane Foster. Portman is playing the Mighty Thor in the new sequel, which is confirmed to take place before the events of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Given that the movie doesn't come out until November 5, 2021, it may not enter production until early to mid-2020.
Black Panther 2
Black Panther 2 is confirmed to be in development, but it's not releasing in the MCU's Phase 4. Black Panther broke a number of box office records when it released, and the fact that it was the first superhero movie to be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars made a sequel inevitable. Ryan Coogler is coming back to write and direct Black Panther 2, though it's unclear at the moment what the story will be about or when it will take place in relation to the rest of the MCU. However, some details can be presumed; Endgame suggested that Namor could be a central point of Black Panther 2.
Captain Marvel 2
Captain Marvel 2 is officially in the works, as Marvel Studios announced in July 2019. No details have been revealed thus far, but Brie Larson is expected to reprise her role as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel. Previously, Marvel's Kevin Feige suggested a Captain Marvel sequel could explore the time gap between Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame, with Larson herself hoping that Kamala Khan potentially being a character in Captain Marvel 2.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is still happening, though it'll release much later than originally expected. Shortly after submitting his script draft to Marvel Studios, James Gunn was reportedly scheduled to begin production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in either late 2018 or early 2019, so that the movie could make a mid to late-2020 release date. But due to Disney originally firing Gunn and then rehiring him, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3's development got pushed. Gunn is now scheduled to make The Suicide Squad for DC Films first before moving onto Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which may now release in 2022 or later. Aside from that, all the original cast members - Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, and Pom Klementieff - are expected to return.
Blade is one of the more surprising additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe slate. Previously played by Wesley Snipes, the Blade movies are decidedly different than what audiences are used to in the MCU, thanks to the inclusion of vampires. But Snipes is returning to play Blade. Instead, two-time Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali is playing Blade in the MCU. Even though Ali is attached to the project, Blade is a Phase 5 movie, which means it won't release until 2022 at the earliest. It doesn't have a writer or director yet.
A Fantastic Four movie is coming to the MCU, but it's only in the early stages of development. Considering that the Disney-Fox deal completed in March 2019, Marvel Studios must've only begun thinking about the Fantastic Four's inclusion shortly before the studio's panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019.
An X-Men movie is also coming to the MCU, similar to Fantastic Four. However, it seems the X-Men movie is going to be second-in-line, behind Marvel's First Family. Marvel Studios' tease of X-Men was by referring to them as "mutants". Details on the X-Men and mutants in the MCU may not be revealed for quite some time.
Confirmed Marvel TV Shows On Disney+
Along with five movies coming in the MCU's Phase 4, Marvel Studios has five TV shows releasing on Disney+ in 2020 and 2021, which will make up the rest of the new Phase. First up on the list is The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier. It releases in fall 2020 and sees the duo take on Daniel Bruhl's Zemo, who last appeared in Captain America: Civil War. Then, WandaVision airs in spring 2021, with Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprising their MCU roles as Scarlet Witch and Vision, respectively, with Teyonah Parris appearing as an adult Monica Rambeau from Captain Marvel. In addition to bringing back Vision, who was killed in Avengers: Infinity War, WandaVision will tie directly into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Also airing in spring 2021 is Loki. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Loki follows the 2012 version of the character who escaped with the Tesseract in Avengers: Endgame. Though unconfirmed, Loki is also expected to take place in the past - further in the past than just 2012 - and will be much more mischievous than what fans are used to. Releasing in summer 2021 is Marvel's What If...? animated series. By examining what certain MCU stories would've been like with certain things changed, What If...? will capitalize on altering the MCU by bringing back 25 Marvel actors, in addition to introducing Jeffrey Wright as the Watcher. At the moment, the last Disney+ Marvel TV show is Hawkeye, which will officially introduce Kate Bishop into the MCU. Jeremy Renner is also reprising his role as Clint Barton/Hawkeye in Hawkeye. It'll release in fall 2021, thus marking the end of the Phase 4 TV shows.
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019