The next few years of Disney’s slate have been revealed, including release dates for the next 8 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! If you thought Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home were the end, we’re happy to report that things are just getting started.
While there hasn’t been a single movie officially announced in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we’re almost 100% positive we have the next eight films with dates on the calendar figured out. So, which MCU movies are we getting in 2020-2022? Let’s find out!
This solo outing for one of the original Avengers has been all but confirmed by Marvel, and is likely one of the two films the studio plans to release in 2020.
Directed by Cate Shortland with a screenplay by Ned Benson and Jac Schaeffer, this film is rumored to dive back into the earlier days of Natasha Romanoff’s life as a Russian assassin trained in the mysterious Red Room.
Another likely candidate for Marvel Studios’ 2020 slate of films, The Eternals is based on a comic book series created by writer and artist Jack Kirby. The film, rumored to star Angelina Jolie and Kumail Nanjiani, will focus on a godlike race of immortal beings who have played a crucial but secret role in human civilization.
The Eternals will be directed by Chloé Zhao with a script from Matthew and Ryan Firpo.
No, not the 2007 travesty featuring a venomous Topher Grace and way too much dancing, 2021 will likely see the release of Tom Holland’s third solo outing as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Plans for the movie have been previously confirmed by the star himself, but no further details have been announced.
Doctor Strange 2
Another sequel that has yet to be officially announced but all but confirmed by various members of the cast and crew. Benedict Wong, who portrays Wong in the film, claims filming will begin by the end of 2019, making a 2021 release likely. Scott Derrickson, the first film’s director, is expected to return for the sequel.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3
Another Marvel Studios sequel that has been openly talked about but still a few years off. Originally set to release in 2020, production was delayed after James Gunn was temporarily fired. With Gunn back on the project and core cast onboard, the next installment of Marvel’s space comedy will begin filming in 2020 with a 2021 release date.
Set to be Marvel Studios’ first film with an Asian lead, Shang-Chi explores the world of the “Master of Kung Fu.” Rumored to release in 2022, Shang-Chi will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton with a screenplay by David Callahan.
Black Panther 2
The original Black Panther was one of Marvel Studio’s most successful solo films from both a critical and commercial standpoint, so a sequel was never a question. Ryan Coogler is expected to return to both write and direct the sequel, with a release date likely set for 2022.
Captain Marvel 2
Out of every movie on this list, a sequel to this year’s Captain Marvel has been the least talked about, but not because it isn’t likely to happen. Carol Danvers’ first outing has already made the studio $1.2 billion, and its theatrical run hasn’t even ended. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has positioned Captain Marvel as the face of the MCU going forward, and there are a number of ideas to explore going forward after the character’s appearance in Avengers: Endgame.
So, that wraps up our list of what we’re almost certain is the next 8 movies set to be released in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sorry X-Men and Fantastic Four fans, but it’s going to be at least until 2023 until you see a proper film starring these characters. Though we can certainly expect some hints of their existence sooner rather than later.
What did we miss? Do you agree or disagree? Come back in a few years and let us know how wrong (or right) we were, and be sure to check out our MCU Phase 4 Guide to learn more about these movies and the upcoming Disney+ miniseries!