Marvel Confirms Seven New MCU Films, and we Have a Few Guess What They Are
While audiences are still obsessing over the close of Phase Three, Marvel Studios is Busy on Phase Four, and it just announced seven new MCU films for it.
This year marks the tenth anniversary of the introduction of Marvel Studios’ Marvel Cinematic Universe. With 18 films already released and four more scheduled to arrive by May 2019, it is a busy time for the studio and things show no signs of slowing down.
Disney recently staked its claim to several dates for movies from April 2019 through February 2023. It didn’t attach names to those films, but it did break them down by studio… mostly (Lucasfilm is suspiciously absent). But for fans curious about Marvel’s plans for the upcoming Phase Four, it may hint at what is to come.
Without titles, it is pure guesswork as to what films are on the way but there are enough hints to make some educated guess. There are currently seven films slated for release. Phase One and Phase Two both had six films, but Phase Three has ten. The odds are that more will be added.
Marvel and Disney probably already have a good idea about a few others but will want to wait for now – Captain Marvel and Ant-Man and the Wasp will probably be hits based on the MCU track record, but Disney and Marvel will probably want to wait before considering more, and it’s still not clear if Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Hemsworth will return for more Iron Man and Thor films, but they might if the negotiations work out. This list also doesn’t factor in Fox’s Marvel movies (there are six X-Men related films set for release over the next two years). If the Disney deal to buy Fox’ entertainment divisions does go through, this list will probably change and fill up very, very quickly.
With all of that in mind, we have a few guess as to what is coming, if not when.
Spider-Man Homecoming 2
While technically this film is being distributed by Sony and so isn’t on the list of upcoming Marvel/Disney releases, a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming has been confirmed and will release on July 5, 2019. Not much is known about it, but Marvel Studios’ boss Kevin Feige has hinted that it will set the stage for Phase Four and beyond, so it’s worth a mention.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
An official release date hasn’t been confirmed yet, but the third Guardians film is on the way and director James Gunn mentioned 2020 for a release. That may change, but the Marvel film set for July 31, 2020 might be Guardians-shaped.
Black Panther 2
Given that Black Panther is currently dominating both the box office and the cultural zeitgeist, it would be insane for Marvel not to go all-in on a follow-up. There is a spot on the upcoming list for a Marvel movie on February 18, 2022, and while that would mean we have to wait four years for the sequel, Black Panther is the only MCU film so far to feature a February release. Cynics may argue that Marvel was just trying to cash in on Black History month, but the film has gone so far beyond that, that having it own February makes sense on multiple levels.
A New Captain America Movie
This one is tough to gauge for a few reasons. For starters, Chris Evans has suggested (and also walked back) that he will not return after Avengers 4 – assuming he even continues on after Avengers: Infinity War. But Evans’ Steve Rogers is not the only character to carry the Captain America mantle, and if Marvel wants to expand the MCU without resetting it, it will need to find ways to carry on with new actors. Plus, the character of Bucky Barnes (played by Sebastian Stan) is right there ready and waiting. The character took over as Cap in the comics, and the narrative path for Bucky in the movies could easily lead to that. But will audiences accept it? We’ll see. Of course, there is another option if Marvel wants to debut a new Captain Bucky wihout risking a full film, they could always introduce him in…
A Black Widow Movie
There have been rumors of a Black Widow movie for years, and for as diverse as the MCU tries to be it still hasn’t had a female-led film yet (Captain Marvel on March 8, 2019 will be the first). If Marvel wants to keep Scarlett Johansson around, they will probably need to give her a movie of her own – and so they should. There’s also a story ready and waiting. In the comics, Black Widow and Bucky Barnes have a long-standing relationship that bloomed into a romance. There was even a blink and you’ll miss it hint of this in Captain America: Civil War, when the brainwashed Winter Soldier is fighting Black Widow and she says, “You could at least recognize me.” That could be a call out to Winter Soldier, but why waste a great story?
Doctor Strange 2
Although no announcement has been made regarding a follow up to 2016’s Doctor Strange, the film was not only a box office hit, it opened the MCU up to a new realm of magic-based characters. So not only is there every reason to expect a sequel, it may act as a springboard for other characters.
Each of the three previous MCU phases featured an Avengers film, and there’s no reason to think Phase Four will be any different. The roster will change, but the name – and the idea of a film combining several existing characters into a team – will remain.
A New Marvel Space Film
Another guess on our part, but a logical one. The Guardians films proved that audiences have no problem accepting Marvel characters in space, and given that the Marvel comics lineup has several space-based characters ready to go, it would be a waste for the MCU not to expand in that direction – at least a bit. As to what characters this might feature, there’s always the Nova Corps. Plus, depending on which direction Marvel wants to go, another space film could help set up a new multi-year, multi-film arc culminating with a Kree-Skrull war, or an invasion of Earth by the Skrull. Both would be helped with an expanded look at the space characters.
Those are our best guess for what will come based on the current evidence. We have a lot of theories as to what else we may see, but they are more in the realm of speculation. If Marvel follows its previous pattern, we may see a major announcement unveiling all the upcoming films in the near future.
The full Disney schedule is below.
PENGUINS (Disneynature) now dated on 4/19/19
UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION now dated on 10/4/19
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UNTITLED PIXAR ANIMATION previously dated on 3/13/20 moves to 3/6/20
UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION previously dated on 4/3/20 moves to 5/29/20
UNTITLED MARVEL previously dated 8/7/20 moves to 7/31/20
UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION now dated 10/9/20
UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION now dated 12/23/20
UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION now dated 2/12/21
UNTITLED MARVEL now dated on 5/7/21
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UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION now dated on 7/9/21
UNTITLED MARVEL now dated on 7/30/21
UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION now dated 10/8/21
UNTITLED MARVEL now dated on 11/5/21
UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION now dated on 12/22/21
UNTITLED MARVEL now dated on 2/18/22
UNTITLED PIXAR now dated on 3/18/22
UNTITLED MARVEL now dated on 5/6/22
UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION now dated on 5/27/22
UNTITLED PIXAR now dated on 6/17/22
UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION now dated on 7/8/22
UNTITLED MARVEL now dated on 7/29/22
UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION now dated on 10/7/22
UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION now dated on 11/4/22
UNTITLED DISNEY ANIMATION now dated on 11/23/22
UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION now dated on 12/16/22
UNTITLED DISNEY LIVE ACTION now dated on 2/17/23