Remember before Civil War came out and everyone was certain that we'd see either a hint or a mention of Bucky taking over as Captain America? Well, that's because a) it occurs in the comics and b) Sebastian Stan is signed up for . That doesn't happen because your mom bakes Kevin Feige dynamic cookies - it means your character is going places. So far, Stan's knocked out two of his contracted films (Captain America: The First Avenger was prior to signing, and the Ant–Man post-credits scene doesn't count) which leaves seven flicks. Infinity War is a definite, Avengers 4 highly probable, which leaves five more to go - and he's not on the official Black Panther cast list, either.
The new Spider-Man swooped into view for an extended role in Civil War, and everyone fell in love with Holland's "aw shucks" wide-eyed approach to Peter Parker. He's one of the few actors to be completely open about his Marvel contract, too. "They give you options and those could be exercised whenever. Like a cameo in Avengers. I’m unclear as to which movies though. I do know I have three Spider-Man [appearances in other] movies and three solo movies contracted," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "But if you have another movie, Marvel is so good at working around it. They’re very respectful of your life, really. They understand that you have to work on other movies, and they try and fix it up so you can work around each other."
Boseman made a lasting impression in Civil War as Wakandan prince-turned-king T'Challa. You might know him as the ass-kicking Black Panther. With one performance under his belt that leaves Boseman with only four movies remaining on his . The standalone Black Panther movie, due in 2018, is one; and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has stated that T'Challa's solo flick leads into Infinity War and Avengers 4, so you can consider those definites too. That leaves one film, with a provisional Black Panther sequel the most likely bet.
With four Marvel movies to his name - and even following the events of Civil War - you'd hope to see even more of James "War Machine" Rhodes in the future. Yet filming for Infinity War is underway in Scotland, as there's been nary a whisper of Cheadle having even a small role, likely because of those horrendous injuries Rhodes suffered in Civil War. Perhaps it's why, when he was asked about the film last year, Cheadle's answer was "I can't talk about it." With Iron Man 4 likely moving the series in a new direction, maybe - sadly - we've seen the last of Rhodes.
In Mackie's words he's signed up for "like 50" movies in the MCU. Let's assume that he was joshing about and exaggerated the number a smidgen. "I signed up for as many movies as I could," he told Vulture. "I was willing to go as far as they would let me, in whatever capacity they wanted to retain me." At the moment, there's nothing Marvel-related on Mackie's ledger. (But keep your eyes peeled for an official Ant-Man and the Wasp cast list.)
Rudd signed up for . Following his headlining role in Ant-Man last year, he stole most of his scenes during an amusing supporting role in Civil War. Right, that's three remaining. He's playing Scott Lang again in Ant-Man and the Wasp, and it's safe to assume those last two slots are earmarked for Infinity War and Avengers 4. Let's not forget though: if he continues to grow (no pun intended) in popularity with cinemagoers, we might be looking at a third Ant-Man movie - and an extended contract for Rudd.
Out of the picture since that cliffhanger at the end of Thor: The Dark World - but soon to return in Thor: Ragnarok - Hiddleston started out with a So far he's cropped up in Thor, The Avengers, and the Thor sequel, with Ragnarok on the horizon, but he's not included on that Infinity War casting call mentioned earlier – meaning those two remaining films *aren't* the upcoming Avengers biggies. Quite the surprise, that.
"I'm tied to doing three more, or five more, Guardians of the Galaxy or whatever it is, you know, two more Guardians plus another couple..." Pratt told , which the magazine took to mean: two Guardians sequels and two more Marvel movies. As Peter Quill/Star-Lord his next adventure, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, will be hitting theaters in May. That leaves the rumored Guardians 3 and an additional pair of non-Guardians flicks. Infinity War is definitely one; Avengers 4 surely the other. Wow, that one was actually easy.
Another actor whose deal has been kept out of interviews. Saldana first appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy as a member of the intergalactic do-gooders, and – like Pratt – has a significant role in the sequel, out this May. She's also confirmed for Infinity War, which would make her contract at least a three-film deal. But hopefully more...
Bearing in mind that Drax is super pissed about Thanos, it makes sense that he's in Infinity War, right? Thankfully, that much is confirmed in the casting call. While Bautista's original contract was solely tied to the Guardians movies, Marvel was so impressed with Bautista's first appearance that to include the upcoming pair of Avengers flicks. So, that's a total of four more movies, including Guardians 2, for the former WWE champ.