If you thought that the Marvel Cinematic Universe was ending with Avengers: Endgame, you were wrong. (Like really wrong. Honestly, what?) What may not be obvious is just how far into the future Marvel’s grand plans extend. While some release dates are locked, loaded, and ready to go, others are but whispers in the wind. Notably, this phase of the MCU will be the first to integrate its television properties fully into greater scheme of things — or rather, crossover into Disney Plus’ exclusive shows.
From a long, long, long awaited Black Widow solo film to Kamala Khan’s first MCU appearance on Disney Plus, here’s every planned future Marvel Cinematic Universe movie and Disney Plus show.
Natasha Romanoff returns one more time with a standalone film. Black Widow takes place between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, and finds Natasha tying up loose ends in Budapest. There, she encounters Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), another recruit from the Black Widow program and a sister-figure, and Red Guardian (David Harbour), basically the Russian equivalent of Captain America. Rachel Weisz co-stars as Melina, another spy in the Black Widow program.
A Disney Plus original focusing on Bucky Barnes and Sam Wilson. As with most of the Disney Plus Marvel titles. Disney’s been pretty mute about this one beyond the base concept of the Falcon and the Winter Soldier. One a key question: since Steve Rogers left his shield and title to Sam, does Sam still go by Falcon? Will the series address a transition?
On top of Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, Captain America: The Winter Soldier actress Emily VanCamp returns for Falcon and the Winter Soldier as SHIELD Agent Sharon Carter, while Wyatt Russell makes his MCU debut as John Walker, known to comics fans as U.S. Agent. The villain will be Civil War foe Zemo (Daniel Bruhl). The first of the Disney Plus MCU tie-ins — which unlike the Hulu and Netflix shows will directly affect the movies — hits next fall.
Angelina Jolie leads the star-studded cast of The Eternals as Thena, a warrior recruited by Eternal Ikaris (Richard Madden). The cosmic adventure also stars Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, the leader of the Eternals, Lia McHugh as Flanx Bright, Gemma Chan as Sersi, and Don Lee as Gilgamesh. Kit Harington joins as human character Dane Whitman. Every mystical bunch of god-like aliens needs a human pal.
Marvel’s first Asian-American lead will be played by Simu Liu, who had basically tweeted this role into existence. And they say Twitter is bad! Opposite Shang-Chi will be the Mandarin (like, the actual Marvel Mandarin and not the Iron Man 3 fake out) played by legendary Chinese actor Tony Leung. The film will be written by Chinese-American screenwriter Dave Callaham (The Expendables), and directed by Asian-American filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton (The Glass Castle).
A mix of 1950s sitcom and epic MCU adventure reunites Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) — oh, and also Darcy (Kat Dennings), Jimmy Woo (Randall Park), grown up Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), and Kathryn Hahn as a nosy neighbor. Likely drawing from comic limited series House of M and Vision, it seems like WandaVision might feature some sort of reality warping, which leads us right into the next title…
Earlier this year at San Diego Comic-Con, Kevin Feige announced that the events of WandaVision would directly tie into Doctor Strange follow up, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. Details on this movie are scant, though Feige did mention that “Just because Quentin Beck makes up lies about the multiverse, doesn’t mean it isn’t real.” Director Scott Derrickson returns and says that the movie will be more “gothic” in tone and be “first scary MCU film.” Elizabeth Olsen will join Benedict Cumberbatch.
Loki (Spring 2021)
Everyone’s favorite MCU bad boy is back in a Disney Plus original. But it won’t be the reformed Loki who tragically perished in the first moments of Avengers: Infinity War. Instead, it’s the version of Loki from the alternate 2012, who escaped with the tesseract. Tom Hiddleston returns to the role.
Now that nice boy Tom Holland saved Spider-Man’s status in the MCU, a third Spider-Man movie is on its way. There is no title, but we can probably guess that it will be some play on the word “home.” Spider-Man: Homeland? Spider-Man: Home is Where the Heart is? The film is likely to deal with the repercussions of J. Jonah Jameson revealing Peter’s identity to the world. Tom Holland, of course, is set to reprise his role. Zendaya will also return. Director Jon Watts has previously expressed interest in using Kraven the Hunter as a villain.
Even though we’re all confused about what’s going on with Jeremy Renner right now, the series where Clint Barton trains his successor Kate Bishop is still happening! Hailee Steinfeld (Bumblebee) will reportedly play Kate.
Taika Waititi returns to direct Thor 4. This time, Jane Foster takes up the mantle of the God of Thunder with Natalie Portman returning to the MCU for the first time since Thor: Dark World. Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie is also set to play a big role. Chris Hemsworth — the superior Marvel Chris — will return as Thor.
Director Ryan Coogler announced the date of the Black Panther follow up at this year’s D23. Chadwick Boseman will return as T’Challa, along with Letitia Wright and Danai Gurira, Shuri and Okoye respectively. Oh, and Martin Freeman, who was also in Black Panther.
Announced, but date unknown
James Gunn will return to write and direct a third Guardians movie — but only after he’s done with DC’s The Suicide Squad, which arrives to theaters in 2021. Expect a 2022 release at the earliest for Guardians (possibly July 29, 2022, the remaining date Disney has set aside for Marvel). The end of Endgame saw Thor shack up with the Guardians, who were in pursuit of alternate timeline Gamora. Will Vol. 3 continue that? Or will the events of Thor: Love and Thunder rewrite Thor’s role?
At the very end of Marvel’s SDCC presentation. Feige revelead that Mahershala Ali would take on the role of Blade. This movie will be a reboot of the past Blade films and also come way after Phase 4.
Kamala Khan will eventually get her own Disney Plus show, which will eventually, down the line, maybe tie into the movies, Feige hinted at D23. We know nothing else beyond that.
Moon Knight is also getting a Disney Plus show! Eventually!
Bruce Banner’s cousin Jennifer Walters is set to get her own Disney Plus series. Will it be a procedural law show? A sci-fi romp? Both? Let the fan casting begin.