While the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to dominate the worldwide box office, there are plenty of other Marvel movies on the horizon - from Sony Pictures and 20th Century Fox (at least until the Disney-Fox deal closes) - that have release dates set in between future MCU films. In 2018 alone, audiences saw six Marvel movies released, while 2019, 2020, and 2021 are delivering their fair share of spinoffs, reboots, and even more sequels.
On one hand, the superhero genre has never been stronger in Hollywood, equating to positive critical reception, as well as massive box office returns (just look at Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War). That being said though, anyone suffering from superhero fatigue should seriously consider bracing themselves.
Studios have become substantially more confident in the genre following the massive success of franchises like The Avengers and X-Men, so we're now in the midst of seeing studios take bigger (and necessary) risks. They're adapting standalone properties, offering lead roles to women and people of color, and having the confidence to choose directors with distinct trademark styles, while also offering them more creative control (see: Thor: Ragnarok). The cinematic superhero genre is evolving, and this upcoming slate is just a taste of things to come.
Last updated: January 2, 2019
Captain Marvel - March 8, 2019
Ushering in a new era of the MCU, Captain Marvel introduces Brie Larson as United States Air Force pilot-turned-superhero Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel. Backpedaling into a 1995 setting, Captain Marvel will feature the MCU's first female superhero in a standalone film. She'll be partnering up with Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury, the Kree-Skrull War will serve as the film's central backdrop, and indie darling duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck will direct. Furthermore, Captain Marvel will see several other MCU characters return to the big screen, including Clark Gregg's Phil Coulson.
Avengers: Endgame - April 26, 2019
Avengers: Endgame marks the end of an era, but the beginning of something new within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Directed by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo (this will be their fourth Marvel movie, following Captain America: Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, and Avengers: Infinity War), Avengers: Endgame culminates Phase 3 of the MCU, likely serving as a swan song for major players that have led the team for the past 10 years. However, that doesn't mean the MCU itself will be coming to an end, as there are plenty of other superhero movies in the works at Marvel Studios.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix - June 7, 2019
Following the critical dud X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016, X-Men: Dark Phoenix continues the mutant franchise with its younger batch of characters, taking the franchise's recent trend of jumping from one decade to the next level (this one takes place in the 1990s). Long-time producer Simon Kinberg is taking over the directing reins, and the plot will specifically center around Sophie Turner's Jean Grey, whose mind is being hunted by a "malevolent, power-hungry force." Unfortunately, Dark Phoenix was delayed multiple times due to the production undergoing extensive reshoots and partly due to conflicts with Turner's schedule.
Page 2 of 3: Every Other Confirmed Marvel Movie Through 2020
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2019) release date: Jun 07, 2019
- Gambit (2020) release date: Mar 13, 2020
- Men in Black International (2019) release date: Jun 14, 2019
- New Mutants (2019) release date: Aug 02, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019