DOCTOR STRANGE 2 - May 1, 2020
One of the fan-favorite characters from Avengers: Infinity War was Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange, whose story and characterization had really been elevated since his MCU debut in Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange movie in 2016. At this time, if there's any character that is close to being overdue for a sequel (aside from Hulk), it's Doctor Strange. The character is integral to the future of the MCU, and that was clearly evident in Avengers 3.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige recently revealed that they will make Doctor Strange 2 at some point, but he wouldn't say when. Considering the story that will presumably unfold in Avengers 4, and the fact that there's an entire universe out there that Marvel would like to explore, using Doctor Strange 2 as a jumping off point to bridge the old and new MCU movies together (in a similar fashion to Guardians 3) would be ideal. Releasing in 2020 would put the sequel four years (in real-time) after the last movie, much like how Thor: Ragnarok released in 2017 - four years after Thor: The Dark World.
The first movie's writer already has ideas of where to take Doctor Strange 2, and since the sequel is reportedly slated to start filming in the spring, it's possible that it may replace Guardians 3 as the first 2020 movie in May. Plus, Derrickson has been posting and discussing the character on social media more nowadays than he was before, so that type of behavior can always be indicative of an impending announcement; the calm before the storm.
THE ETERNALS - August 7, 2020
Spider-Man: Far From Home and Doctor Strange 2 are obviously sequels that would make it easy for Marvel Studios to, once again, bridge the first and second sagas of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the first movie on the docket that can truly kick off this new phase of the franchise while also building off (and diving into) Thanos' mysterious background is The Eternals. What started out as merely a possibility turned into a rumor, and then eventually into a reality with the studio hiring Chloé Zhao as director. She is the third female director to be hired for a Marvel movie (and second as a solo director).
It's been reported that a mystery MCU Phase 4 movie was eyeing a production start in June 2019. Considering that multiple writers have been working on The Eternals script for quite some time and that the project now has a director attached, the film could very well move into production by summer 2019 in order to make an August 2020 release. It's the most likely option given the fact that there aren't many other Marvel movies with writers and directors attached just yet. What's more, this is arguably the best non-Guardians film to launch the future of the cosmic MCU.
BLACK WIDOW - November 6, 2020
A standalone Black Widow movie has been talked about off and on since Scarlett Johansson made her debut as the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent in Jon Favreau's Iron Man 2 in 2010. However, she's been relegated to starring in team-up movies as well as other characters' solo movies over the years. And now that all her friends are preparing to exit the shared universe, the actress is gearing up to finally star in her own film. Given that there has been a huge push for female-led superhero movies on the studio side recently, namely due to the overwhelming success of DC Films' Wonder Woman, it makes sense to follow-up Captain Marvel with a Black Widow movie.
Since Cate Shortland is already attached to direct the movie, and that Marvel has been adamant about moving this project forward, it seems likely that it will become one of the Marvel movies that will release in 2020. And releasing Black Widow in the November slot also opens up the possibility for non-comic book (and movie) fans to check out the film based on the fact that it will focus more on spies and less on gods. That time of year produces fewer tentpole films and more drama-heavy productions, anyway, which is a genre that a Black Widow movie can easily tap into.
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019