(Pocket-lint) – When Marvel released Endgame in 2019, it brought an end to some of Earth’s mightiest heroes and served as a finale to the first few phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, aka the Infinity Saga.

But the MCU is continuing.

As hard as it might be to imagine an MCU without the superheroes we’ve come to love over the past decade of 20-plus blockbusters, it’s comforting to know the universe isn’t done. That leads to the question: What’s next? Well, Marvel is releasing an avalanche of new series and films. The studio has revealed a roadmap of 23 series or films it’s planning to release over the next few years.  For reference, there have been 23 movies since the MCU began in 2008.

Read: What order should you watch every Marvel movie and TV show

Here, then, is everything you need to know about what’s next for the MCU. We’ve also included details about adjunct films, such as the upcoming Morbius film that’s part of Sony’s Spider-Man Universe.

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Confirmed: Every new Marvel movie and show definitely coming

If you want the spoiler-free version of this guide, scroll to the bottom, where we’ve appended at-a-glance list versions that you can skim.

NOTE: THERE ARE SPOILERS BELOW.

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Hawkeye (TV series)

  • Release date: 24 November 2021 (on Disney+)

The last Disney+ show announced from Disney at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 will see Jeremy Renner return as Clint Barton (aka Hawkeye).

The series will feature the sharpshooter training a new female Hawkeye named Kate Bishop, played by Hailee Steinfeld. Expect it to dive into Clint unexpectedly getting his family back after spending the five post-snap years as a murderous vigilante. Disney has also recently released the first trailer for the series as well as its official release date. The biggest takeaway from the trailer is that the show will be taking place during the Christmas season in the MCU. 

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Eternals (movie)

  • Release date: 5 November 2021

The Eternals are an offshoot of humanity and effectively immortal, and they each have different types of powers.

Depending upon the comic series you’re reading, the characters can be destroyed to the point that nothing but molecules remain, and yet, they can still regenerate. They were Earth’s original protectors and often do battle with the Deviants, who have similar powers to the Eternals.

Marvel recently revealed the first trailer for Eternals. Actress Angelina Jolie is attached to star as the warrior Thena, with Kumail Nanjiani, Selma Hayek, and Richard Madden co-starring alongside her. And Kit Harrington is set to star as the sword-wielding Black Knight. The film is also directed by Chloe Zhao, who is fresh off of winning four Oscars for her previous film, Nomadland, including Best Picture and Best Director. 

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Spider-Man: No Way Home (film)

  • Release date: 17 December 2021

The third Tom Holland Spider-Man film is shaping up to be a doozy.

Dr. Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, is back, as is perhaps more exciting the news that Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield may reprise their own versions of Peter Parker, setting up a potential live-action version of the hit animated film Into The Spiderverse. We also know from the trailer that villains from previous Spiderman films will appear, The trailer has given us Alfred Molina’s Otto Octavius, hinted at Willem Dafoe’s Green Goblin, while rumours suggest we’ll get to see Jamie Foxx’s Electro too.

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Ms Marvel (TV series)

  • Release Date: 2022 (on Disney+)

Disney announced Ms Marvel will be made into a live-action show for Disney+. The character will be portrayed by Iman Vellani.

Ms Marvel’s real name is Kamala Khan, and the character debuted in 2013 as a Muslim Pakistani-American from New Jersey. She first appeared in the comics and has become one of the largest successes for Marvel Comics in the short time since her inception. Kevin Feige announced the series will debut in 2022.

Even better news, though, is that Marvel has already announced that Vellani’s Kamala Khan will appear in the upcoming Captain Marvel sequel, The Marvels. 

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Thor: Love and Thunder (film)

Chris Hemsworth is slated to return as the God of Thunder for the fourth Thor film, but this time he won’t be the only Thor. He’ll be sharing Mjolnir with his former love interest, Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman.

After the success of Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi will return to direct, and Tessa Thompson is also returning as Valkyrie, the Queen of Asgard. Russell Crowe will also make his debut as the MCU’s version of Zeus. Christian Bale is set to star as the villian, Gorr the God Butcher, an alien man who lost his family and finds a terrible weapon that he uses to take vengeance out on all the Gods in the universe.

There’s also new rumours that Henry Cavill may make his MCU debut in this film after starring as Superman in the DCEU films.

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (film)

  • Release date: 25 March 2022

The sequel for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Stephen Strange was confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, with the surprise that Elisabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff will aid Doctor Strange. The plot for the upcoming film is rumoured to center around something happening in the Marvel Universe, perhaps started by Loki in his new series, which will lead to alternate universes merging in destructive ways, and Doctor Strange will presumably have to fix the situation.

Interestingly, Marvel sneakily changed the WandaVision postcredits scene recently.

The change adds a translucent figure that appears to be floating down towards the cabin where Wanda is practicing magic. The inclusion of Doctor Strange’s theme is a good sign it is in fact the sorcerer supreme heading down to talk to the Scarlet Witch. Interestingly, this change was made around the same time that an episode of Loki premiered showing the timeline being bombed by a Loki Variant. Could that be the event that leads to the Multiverse of Madness? Curious, right?

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (film)

  • Release date: 8 July 2022

The original Black Panther is the highest-grossing solo film in the MCU, with only the Avengers films topping it. The highly anticipated sequel is expected to dive into the wider world of Wakanda, as Marvel announced it won’t recast Chadwick Boseman’s character following his tragic death.

The new title, Wakanda Forever, points toward there being a wider focus on the country, as well. There’s also been speculation as to who could be the new leader of Wakanda, with actors from the previous film like Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia, Letitia Wright’s Shuri, and Wintson Duke’s M’baku all floated for the role. 

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The Marvels (film)

  • Release date: 11 November 2022

We now know the title of Captain Marvel’s sequel, The Marvels, which teases a team-up female-centric team up led by Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel. The first Captain Marvel film is set in 1995, and we don’t know what Brie Larson’s character has been up to between then and her appearance in Endgame, but we can safely say from the addition of Iman Vellani’s Kamala Khan, who’ll make her debut in the Disney+ series Ms Marvel, and Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambea, who was recently powered up in WandaVision, that the film should be set in what passes as the modern-day for the MCU.

There’s also the credits scene from Far From Home. It featured Nick Fury aboard a spaceship with the Skrulls from the first Captain Marvel film. This could be linked to the next Captain Marvel feature.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (film)

This third Guardians film was initially slated to hit theaters much earlier, but Marvel delayed it when they announced James Gunn, the writer and director of the first two films, would be returning for a third installment (he was busy working on Suicide Squad – hence the delay). But it’s since been delayed again.

We have no exact details about what the plot could be for the new film, but it could see the Guardians looking for Gamora, who was missing at the end of Endgame, or it could reveal the teased-character Adam Warlock, previewed at the end of Guardians 2. Disney also recently revealed that the cast will be filming a Disney+ holiday special for release in 2022. You can also expect the release of a series of shorts on Disney+ about Baby Groot, aptly titled I am Groot.

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Fantastic Four (film)

  • Release date: Unannounced

Completely forget all the previous films when it comes to this Fantastic Four.

The Fantastic Four have been some of the premiere comic characters for Marvel since their inception. All that success, however, hasn’t translated to the big screen yet, with three films produced since 2005, and none of them being particularly successful. That will likely all change with the next Fantastic Four film, as Marvel reacquired the rights to produce it and add the foursome to the MCU.

It’s unknown when we can expect the film, but Marvel President Kevin Feige recently announced that a Fantastic Four film was in the beginning stage of production, with the director of the MCU’s two Spider-Man films, Jon Watts, slated to direct as well. 

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Captain America 4 (film)

  • Release Date: Unannounced

Following the conclusion of the Disney+ series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, it was revealed that Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson will get his own big-screen adventure now that he’s the new Captain America. We expect to see Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes return for the feature film, perhaps along with a few other characters from the recent series.

The film’s currently in the earliest stages of development with The Falcon and The Winter Soldier’s showrunner, Malcolm Spellman, penning the script.

Super-early rumours are pointing to the return of two villains, one of which is Daniel Bruhl’s Baron Zemo, who we last saw working with Sam and Bucky. The other is Red Skull, the villain that Chris Evan’s faced off with during WWII in Captain America: The First Avenger and was last played by Ross Marquand in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Hugo Weaving originally played the role. 

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Blade (film)

  • Release date: Unannounced

After winning an Oscar for Best Actor, Mahershala Ali set up a meeting with Marvel and let them know he wanted to play the vampire hunter Blade.

Marvel Studios announced his casting at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. Bassam Tariq has been tapped to direct the film, which was scheduled to begin filming in 2021. The most recent news to come out about the film appears to have been released mistakenly. Disney India posted a since-deleted tweet that showed Marvel’s upcoming slate as well as Blade with a 7 October 2022 release date. That would be a great spooky time for Marvel’s first vampires to show up. 

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Deadpool 3 (film)

  • Release date: Unannounced

While most of the excitement with Disney’s purchase of Fox Films centered around potential future films for the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, it was easy to forget that Disney now owns the rated-R superhero Deadpool, and it’s hard to imagine we’ll have to wait long for him to show up in the MCU, officially.

Disney and Ryan Reynolds are reportedly working on the project. Bob’s Burgers writers Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Loeglin are penning a script that Ryan Reynolds is overseeing. Rumours suggest a November 2023 release date. You can expect this film to be rated R, too, just like its predecessors. 

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Moon Knight (TV series)

  • Release date: Unannounced (on Disney+)

Moon Knight is closer to the Deadpool end of the spectrum when it comes to Marvel heroes.

Originally a hired gun named Marc Spector, he’s saved by Egyptian Gods when left for dead in the desert and dons the mantle of Moon Knight. He has multiple personalities and is generally a little crazy. We know Oscar Isaac is slated to star in the series, as well that they recently wrapped shooting for it as well.

There’s no release date information as of yet, but the fact that it’s finished shooting already points to it being the next MCU series on Disney+ after Ms Marvel.

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She-Hulk (TV series)

  • Release date: Unannounced (on Disney+)

We’ll forgive you if you think this is just a girl version of the strongest Avenger, but Jennifer Walters is a character all her own in Marvel Comics.

Bruce Banner is her cousin, and she gains his powers during a blood transfusion. She’s much more comfortable with a big green alter-ego than her cousin, as she becomes the lawyer of choice for any superhero who has to be in court. Of course, Marvel will probably change some of her origin story, but expect the lawyer bit to stay, according to Kevin Feige.

Tatiana Maslany will play Walters, aka She-Hulk, and Mark Ruffalo will appear as the Hulk. We also now know that Jameela Jamil will play the villain Titania. In a bit more surprising news, Tim Roth will reprise his role as The Abomination from 2008’s The Incredible Hulk (as seen in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.) There’s no word on a release date yet.

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Iron Heart (TV series)

  • Release date: Unannounced (on Disney+)

Dominique Thorne will star as Riri Williams, a young savant who created her own version of the Iron Man armour at the age of 16. She could serve as the replacement for Iron Man with no Tony Stark in the picture. No word yet on a release date for Iron Heart.

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Armor Wars (TV series)

  • Release date: Unannounced (on Disney+)

This series will star Don Cheadle as his MCU character, James Rhodes, aka War Machine, who deals with the fallout of his old friend’s technology falling into the wrong hands. The series will be based on a popular run of the Iron Man comics, albeit with major differences, as Tony Stark is dead. 

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Secret Invasion (TV series)

  • Release date: Unannounced (on Disney+)

This Disney+ series stars Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury, while Ben Mendelsohn will return as Talos. It’s a live-action version of one of the most famous comic storylines of all time, which will see shape-shifting Skrulls infiltrate Earth. Kevin Feige indicated the series will be a crossover event, meaning we could be seeing lots of other characters from the MCU. Because of that, we’d expect this to be one of the last of the announced Disney+ series to premiere.

Unconfirmed: Movies and shows possibly coming to the MCU

These are films Disney hasn’t confirmed, but because it owns the rights to these franchises, the following films are expected:

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Avengers 5 (film)

A fifth Avenger film most certainly will happen, but Phase Four (aka the next stage) of the MCU was announced without the big team-up that closed out the first three phases. So, we’re at least four years away from the next Avengers film. Also, remember, since the first Captain America introduced the first Infinity Stone, the MCU had been building toward a confrontation with Thanos. That’s done now, and the Avengers are currently scattered across the universe.

So far, it seems like the next Avengers installment will see smaller teams of heroes come together, such as the Young Avengers led by Tom Holland’s Spider-Man or the all-female A-Force led by Captain Marvel. As far as what could force the whole gang to get back together again, there’s been some news about Marvel beginning the casting process for the voice of Galactus, a celestial being known for devouring worlds.

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X-Men (film)

Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox means Marvel owns the rights to a whole host of new characters, including the X-Men. We already know Marvel’s working on a Fantastic Four film, and Kevin Feige left people drooling at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 when he said he’d run out of time to talk about mutants. However, there’s a problem with adding the X-Men to the MCU, and it can’t be solved with an origin story.

The X-Men aren’t normal people who fell into radioactive waste and got superpowers. They’re an entire offshoot of humanity itself.

So, it’s a bit more complicated getting these guys onto the screen in the context of the MCU, but considering all Marvel has accomplished already, it won’t be long until Wolverine is seen joining up with Spiderman, Captain Marvel, and all the rest of the gang. We expect Marvel to begin laying the groundwork for the addition of the mutant race in the upcoming films before we actually get an X-Men film.

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Namor the Sub-Mariner (film)

There’s a moment in Endgame you might’ve missed that seems to preview another Marvel comic character making his big-screen debut: As Black Widow is having her hologram conference with a few of the remaining Avengers, Danai Gurira’s Okoye mentions earthquakes in the ocean off the coast of Africa. While this could be just a throwaway line, it could also hint at the debut of the Sub-Mariner, Marvel’s answer to Aquaman.

There’s been a ton of rumours about Marvel making a Namor film since the release of Endgame, with even the Rock being linked to playing the Atlantean. If so, you can expect this character to potentially make his debut in the Falcon and the Winter Soldiers series or as the villain in the upcoming Black Panther sequel.

Confirmed: Adjunct movies coming to the MCU

This is an adjunct film coming to the MCU. It’s from Sony’s expanded Spider-verse. And it’s confirmed.

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Morbius (film)

  • Release date:  28 January 2022

Morbius is the next film from Sony’s extended Spider-Man Universe.

It tells the story of Dr Michael Morbius (Jared Leto), who, through trying to cure himself of a rare blood disease, effectively turns himself into a vampire. While the character is one of Spider-Man’s antagonists, he’s also seen time as an antihero. The recent trailer connects the Sony universe of Spider-Man villains to the MCU by showing a poster of Spider-Man with the words “murderer” spray-painted on it, a reference to the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Morbius is also expected to feature Michael Keaton’s Vulture, the antagonist of the first Spider-Man film, Spider-Man: Homecoming.


Spoiler-free: Marvel movies and shows at a glance

Here’s everything we described above, broken down into three at-a-glance lists that are spoiler-free.

Note: We’ve excluded the final Fox-produced X-Men movie, The New Mutants, as Marvel Studios was not involved with them.

Confirmed: Every new Marvel movie and show definitely coming

Disney has confirmed dates for eight new movies over five years – and recent leaks suggest the following will be those films:

  • Hawkeye: 24 November 2021 (TV series, on Disney+)
  • The Eternals: 5 November 2021 (film)
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home: 17 December 2021 (film)
  • Ms Marvel: 2022 (TV series, on Disney+)
  • Thor: Love and Thunder: 11 February 2022 (film)
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: 25 March 2022 (film)
  • Black Panther 2: 8 July 2022 (film)
  • The Marvels: 11 November 2022 (film)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: 2023 (film)
  • Fantastic Four: Unannounced (film)
  • Blade: Unannounced (film)
  • Deadpool 3: Unannounced (film)
  • Captain America 4: Unannounced (film)
  • Moon Knight: Unannounced (TV series, on Disney+)
  • She-Hulk: Unannounced (TV series, on Disney+)
  • Iron Heart: Unannounced (TV series, on Disney+)
  • Armor Wars: Unannounced (TV series, on Disney+)
  • Secret Invasion: Unannounced (TV series, on Disney+)

Unconfirmed: Movies and shows possibly coming to the MCU

These are films Disney hasn’t confirmed, but because it owns the rights to these franchises or just because of common sense, the following films are expected:

  • Avengers 5: Unknown (film)
  • X-Men: Unknown (film)
  • Namor the Sub-Mariner: Unknown (film)

Expected: Adjunct movies and shows coming to the MCU

Here are more expected (and confirmed) adjunct films. These are part of Marvel and Sony’s extended Spider-Man Universe deal:

  • Morbius 19: 19 March 2021 (film)

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Writing by Maggie Tillman. Originally published on .





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