With Ant-Man and the Wasp out in theatres (in the US at least, the UK has to wait a little longer), it's time to look forward to the new Marvel movies we'll be getting in 2019 and beyond. In case you've been living under a rock, the line-up for next year looks a little like this: Captain Marvel, Avengers 4, and Spider-Man: Far From Home. The Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel marks the beginning of Phase 4, so what else can we expect from this new era in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has hinted at some big changes to come, but there's been no word on what they might be and probably won't be until after the no doubt world-changing events of Avengers 4. For now, all we have are a few dates and some mega good guesses from yours truly about what new Marvel movies might fill those release date slots. Read on and find out about every new Marvel movie we know about, plus some we don't...
Want the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far? Here's the best Marvel movies ranked from Iron Man to Avengers: Infinity War.
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Release date: Out now (US)/August 3, 2018 (UK)
Ant-Man was a huge gamble for Marvel Studios, but it paid off and we'll soon have a sequel, which will explain what the miniature superhero was up to while the rest of the Avengers were fighting Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. And, in case you hadn't noticed, this will be the first new Marvel movie to feature 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 return 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, Michelle Pfeiffer plays Hope's mother and the original Wasp, Janet Van Dyne. The first reactions and reviews are in and they're all pretty positive with our own review saying: "Ant-Man and the Wasp is the kind of slick entertainment you’ve come to expect from the MCU, with Rudd and Lilly’s winning double act at the centre." But if you're based in the UK, you'll have a while to wait before you can find out for yourself because oddly Ant-Man and the Wasp is being released a month later in the UK than the US. Watch out for those spoilers!
Read more: What does the Ant-Man and the Wasp ending mean? And 7 other questions we have
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, but after the events of that Avengers: Infinity War post-credits scene, it's shaping up to be one of the most exciting films on Marvel Studios' upcoming slate. Not much is known about the Captain Marvel plot yet, but we do know that Oscar winner Brie Larson will play the heroine (she was welcomed to the MCU at SDCC 2016) and dream team Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden are directing the solo flick. SDCC 2017 also revealed that Captain Marvel will be set in the '90s, star a two-eyed Nick Fury, and feature classic comic book villains the Skrulls. Since then we've also had sneak peek at the Captain Marvel costume via some set photos - boy, does it look different! - and Guardians of the Galaxy villain Ronan has been revealed to have a role, hinting that it will involve the Skrull-Kree war.
Avengers 4 (2019)
Release date: 3 May 2019 (US)/26 April 2019 (UK)
This is the final new Marvel movie of Phase 3 and according to Feige it will be "a finale" like we've never seen before in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Are you scared? Because I am... Up until the release of Infinity War, we didn't know anything about Avengers 4 other than the fact it will act as a sequel to the big superhero smackdown and it's also directed by the Russo brothers. Now that Infinity War is out, Marvel still hasn't told us anything, but we can at least make some educated guesses as to what it will be about. It's obviously going to deal with the remaining Avengers trying to reverse Thanos' actions in Infinity War and the only other thing we can say with confidence is that writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely told me that the characters who didn't get much screen time in Infinity War (mainly Cap and Black Widow) will take centre stage in Avengers 4. As for the rumours? A supposed leak reports that the long-awaited title will be Avengers: End Game. *Shudders*
Read more: What does the Avengers: Infinity War ending mean? And 8 other questions we have
Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019)
Release date: July 5, 2019
After the "finale" to end all finales, which will close out Marvel's Phase 3 with Avengers 4, Kevin Feige promises Phase 4 will kick off a new era - and it's starting with a sequel to one of the best movies of 2017, Spider-Man: Homecoming. Up until recently, we didn't know much about Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 other than the fact it was happening and a placeholder release date, which was confirmed as soon as everyone realised what a hit the first film would be. But with Infinity War out of the way and Phase 4 in sight, details have stated to trickle through, starting with the official title. Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 will actually be called Spider-Man: Far From Home. While some fans have suggested that the name means Spidey might not make it back from space after Avengers 4, I personally think that's unlikely and the 'far from home' aspect of the title will be more metaphorical than literal. After all, he's currently dead post-Infinity War so A LOT is going to have to happen to everyone's favourite web-slinger before we even get to his sequel! Again starring the superb, but spoiler-prone Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Far From Home is set to start filming later this month in the UK with returning director Jon Watts. Oh, and if Holland and his big mouth is to be believed, this will be the middle movie of a planned Spider-Man trilogy. Exciting!
Read more: Spider-Man: Homecoming ending - 6 questions we need answered
Three untitled movies (2020)
Release dates: May 1, 2020, July 31, 2020, and November 6, 2020
Marvel Studios has plans for three, currently-unannounced movies in 2020, but it hasn't revealed what they'll be yet. Having said that, we know Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is on its way, with director James Gunn recently teasing the finished script on his Instagram, and while it's yet to get a confirmed release date, it's likely that it'll be one of these 2020 slots. As for the rest? There's also a chance that the previously scheduled, but technically now scrapped, Inhumans movie could be another (although it's looking unlikely), and the final date could see an entirely new property make its MCU debut. Marvel isn't just concerned with sequels and crossover movies after all and the start of Phase 4 has promised "new beginnings," according to Feige. For now, we just don't know what these new Marvel movies will be, but stay tuned because as soon as we do, we'll tell you.
Read more: How long do all the Marvel actors have left on their contracts?
Three untitled movies (2021)
Release date: May 7, 2021, July 30, 2021, and November 5, 2021
As well as the 2020 movies, Marvel Studios has also earmarked six other dates across 2021 and 2022 for new Marvel 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, which Feige recently confirmed "we will do," but "it will be a number of years from the first Strange". A 2021 release would fit this statement by putting the Strange sequel five years after the first film's release, but other than that, there's always the chance that the long-promised Black Widow movie - which now has a director according to THR - could nab a spot.
Read more: Black Panther ending - 6 questions we need answered
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 new Marvel movies that 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 Avengers 4. Also, if Spider-Man: Far From Home is the start of a trilogy, the third and final Spidey movie could be scheduled for 2022 and leave 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.