As Avengers: Infinity War and the end of Marvel Studios' Phase Three plans draw ever nearer, it's time to look ahead towards the other upcoming Marvel movies we know about. With Black Panther in cinemas and Infinity War out in a few short months, the final MCU movie of the year will be Ant-Man and the Wasp. After that we have... well, a lot of superhero movies basically. Below you'll find a breakdown of every upcoming Marvel movie we know about, from the end of Phase Three (Avengers 4), to the start of Phase Four (Spider-Man: Homecoming 2), and beyond (Marvel Studios has just announced nine currently unknown movie release dates for 2020-2022).
While a lot of the upcoming Marvel movies are still unknown, we can make some educated guesses about what they might be (Guardians of the Galaxy 3, anyone?) and there's still plenty to get hyped about along the way (like Captain Marvel's debut). If nothing else, this list confirms what we've long known, that Marvel Studios has plans to release three superb superheroes films a year until the end of time. Or at the very least, until the end of 2022... Here's your guide to every upcoming Marvel movie.
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Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Release date: April 26, 2018 (UK)/April 27, 2018 (US)
This is what most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building to: the war for the Infinity Stones. They're basically the Dragonballs of the Marvel universe, granting near-limitless power to whoever possesses them. They were first introduced in Captain America: The First Avenger, with the glove designed to contain them showing up in Thor (although that's has since been retconned as a fake), and then before we knew it various stones starting appearing in numerous MCU movies. Many MCU superheroes will converge in the Russo brothers' Infinity War - including the Guardians of the Galaxy who have so far remained separate from the rest of the mostly-Earth bound superheroes - and the trailer teases some epic battles!
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Release date: July 6, 2018 (US)/August 3, 2018 (UK)
Ant-Man was a huge gamble for Marvel Studios, but it seems to have paid off well enough for the studio to greenlight and fast-track a sequel to squeeze into the end of Phase Three. And, in case you hadn't noticed, this will be the first MCU movie which features a female lead in the title. Yes, Ant-Man 2 is actually Ant-Man and the Wasp, and returning director Peyton Reed promises there's a good reason for this. Unsurprisingly, Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly will be returning as Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne respectively (with Michael Douglas as Hank Pym), and as if that wasn't enough star power for one movie, Marvel Studios also announced Michelle Pfeiffer will play Janet Van Dyne at SDCC 2017. Since then, we've had a teaser trailer, which not only emphasises the sequel's links it to the rest of the MCU, but plays with the shrinking and expanding action of its heroes. Oh, and if the gap between the US and UK release dates seems a bit unusual... yeah, we're expecting that to change at some point soon.
Captain Marvel (2019)
Release date: March 8, 2019
To the shock (and horror) of fans, the first female-led MCU movie won't be a Black Widow movie, but a solo movie for Captain Marvel. As this is one of Marvel's final films of Phase Three, not much is known about the movie yet, but we do know who'll be playing the heroine (Oscar winner Brie Larson was welcomed to the MCU at SDCC 2016) and who'll be directing - dream team Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, who directed Mississippi Grind together, will be responsible for the superhero's solo movie. SDCC 2017 also revealed that it will be set in the '90s and feature classic comic book villains The Skrulls, and since then we've also had sneak peek at Captain Marvel costume via some set photos and boy, does it look different!
Avengers 4 (2019)
Release date: 3 May 2019 (US)/26 April 2019 (UK)
This is the final MCU movie of Phase Three and according to head honcho Kevin Feige it will be "a finale" like we've never seen before in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Are you scared? Because I am... Marvel Studios originally announced that we were getting Avengers: Infinity War - Part 1 in 2018 with Part 2 following the year after, but it's since been confirmed that the Infinity War sequel is currently untitled. Does this mean the two movies are no longer part of the same story? Apparently not, but it does throw into question everything we thought we knew about this second movie. So, what do we know? Err... basically, we know nothing other than the fact that the Russo brothers are directing and we're not likely to find out anything else until Infinity War is released.
Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 (2019)
Release date: July 5, 2019
The first film of Marvel Studios' Phase Four will be a currently untitled Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel. After the success of the first movie, it's unsurprising that Marvel wasted no time in confirming a sequel but, unfortunately, we know very little (see: nothing) about it. I assume it's the same deal as with the first movie - so a Sony-Marvel Studios team-up rather than a straight MCU movie - but other than that, and the fact that it will almost certainly star Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, we're in the dark. However, if Holland and his big mouth is to be believed, this will be the middle movie of a planned Spider-Man trilogy. Exciting!
Three untitled movies (2020)
Release dates: May 1, 2020, July 31, 2020, and November 6, 2020
We already knew that Marvel Studios had plans for three, currently-unannounced movies in 2020 (and only one of those dates has shifted slightly following the recent announcement), but we don't know what they are yet. Having said that, Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is pretty much confirmed as one of these, and there's also a chance that the previously scheduled, but technically now scrapped, Inhumans movie could be another (although it's looking unlikely). As for the other date, there's a good chance it'll be for an entirely new property. Marvel isn't just concerned with sequels and crossover movies after all and the start of Phase Four has promised "new beginnings," according to Feige. For now, we just don't know, but stay tuned because as soon as Marvel tell us, we'll tell you.
Three untitled movies (2021)
Release date: May 7, 2021, July 30, 2021, and November 5, 2021
As well as shifting one of its 2020 release dates slightly, the recent announcement also earmarked six other dates across 2021 and 2022 for MCU movies. What are they? We've no idea... but we can make a few good guesses based on past releases. May 7, 2021 might be a good time for Black Panther 2 - especially considering how popular and successful the first movie has been - and July 30, 2021 could see another Thor movie hit cinemas (although that's been thrown into doubt since Chris Hemsworth revealed he's not contracted for anymore MCU appearances past Avengers 4). As for November 5, 2021, we could be looking at Doctor Strange 2 (it will have been a while since the first movie), or maybe the long-promised, but sadly still not confirmed Black Widow movie will nab this spot.
Three untitled movies (2022)
Release dates: February 18, 2022, May 6, 2022, and July 29, 2022
Now onto the 2022 dates! Honestly, this is so far away and so dependent on the films which come before it that I'm basically just guessing, BUT Avengers 5 might be a good shout if, you know... they don't all die in Infinity War. Also, if Spider-Man: Homecoming is the start of a trilogy, the third and final Spidey movie could be scheduled for 2022 and have a nice gap between his last outing. As for the last movie? Well, now would be a good time to introduce some characters from the Fox superhero universe if the Disney-Fox merger goes ahead. Deadpool 3, maybe? Or an MCU Fantastic Four reboot? All things are possible.