Marvel movies news and rumors: From Avengers to X-Men and more
From Marvel Studios to Fox, we have all the Marvel movies news and rumors in one place. We will update this article frequently with new developments.
With the release of Captain America: Civil War, Marvel Studios crossed a major milestone with $10 billion mark in the global box office with 13 movies. With each new release, that number continues to rise exponentially. No other film franchise can come close to claiming that, at least not in that period of time. Of course, there has never really been a franchise like the Marvel Cinematic Universe before. It’s become popular enough – and fans obsess over it enough – to create an entire cottage industry around Marvel movies news and rumors.
The Marvel film empire – while currently thriving in the shared films of the MCU – is not limited to a single studio. Along with Marvel Studios (under the Disney banner), Fox is currently showing no signs of stopping its development of Marvel films either (although there Disney may soon acquire Fox). And then there’s Sony, which ceded partial control of its primary Marvel character, Spider-Man, while still legally holding on to the rights (and their plans for an extended universe of its own).
With that in mind, we have a closer look at all the live-action films (there are plenty of animated movies as well) coming in the next few years with the name “Marvel” somewhere on the poster. We also have a section focusing on Marvel movies that aren’t confirmed, along with a general news section. If you are looking for information on the Marvel properties on TV (along with all other TV shows based on comics), check out our ongoing post here.
Check out our complete list of Marvel movies news and rumors below, and we’ll update this list frequently so check back often.
Originally published: July 26, 2016
Last updated: July 5, 2018
Marvel Studios movies news and rumors
The section below features Marvel movies news and rumors for films that all in development specifically at Marvel Studios, a separate entity from Marvel Entertainment, answering directly to Disney. Its films include all those currently connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as any and all films related to Spider-Man (despite Sony controlling the distribution rights).
Although the character has yet to appear on the big screen, Captain Marvel has been a high priority for Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige for years. The film has already been delayed twice due to Marvel rescheduling several movies, but principal photography is nearly complete. Academy Award winner Brie Larson will star as Captain Marvel, and she will make her MCU debut in her solo film.
The film will be a prequel of sorts. Set during the 90s, Captain Marvel will be an origin story for the character of Carol Danvers, an Air Force pilot who gains incredible powers. In the comics, those powers are the result of an explosion stemming from a Kree device but it’s not clear if the film will keep that precise angle. The prequel nature also means we will see earlier versions of well-known characters, specifically a dual-eye Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and a young Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg).
The setting also raises two big questions: Why hasn’t a super-powered person fighting an alien race been referenced in the MCU, and where has she been this whole time? It also begs the question will Captain Marvel sync up with the rest of the MCU, and if so will she have aged? To that last question, there are several answers available to a character in the MCU – her powers may have stopped her aging, she may have been in a cryogenic sleep, an Infinity Stone may be involved, etc. We will probably have to wait for the film’s release to find out, or maybe even longer.
Captain Marvel News and Rumors
- The comics recently made a few minor tweaks to the character’s origin in the comics, which may be to simplify it for the movie. In the comics, Captain Marvel now discovered an alien artifact, which gave her powers.
- The inclusion of the Skrulls might help to set up future storylines throughout the MCU, including the “Secret Invasion.”
- The Kree/Skrull War will play a part in Captain Marvel.
- Jude Law appears as Dr. Walter Lawson, a name comic fans may recognize as the human alter ego of Mar-Vell, the first Captain Marvel.
- The Skrull will appear and play a major part.
- The introduction of the shape-shifting Skrull will likely have a major impact on the MCU as a whole. The Skrull are frequently seen throughout the Marvel comics universe, so their presence may be a big part of future MCU phases.
- Ben Mendelsohn has been cast as the villain in the film, Talos, the leader of a group of Skrull that arrive on Earth.
- Captain Marvel will play a major role as a leader in the MCU in future films.
- Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and his follower Korath (Djimon Hounosu) will both appear, although they will both be very different than their later appearances.
- Gemma Chan plays Minn-Erva, a role based on the Kree geneticist and Captain Marvel villain Dr. Minerva.
- The soundtrack will feature music from the 90s.
- Captain Marvel will also act as a bridge between the MCU’s Earth characters and the galactic ones.
- She will appear in Avengers 4.
- The first trailer has been released:
May 3, 2019
Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
Of all the Marvel released over the last 10+ years, the fourth Avengers film is arguably the most anticipated – especially following the events of Avengers: Infinity War. There are so many theories and ideas surrounding it, that we created a separate post to discuss it. You can find it here, and we will update it several times.
Although this film will be the end of Phase Three and the culmination of the Infinity Stones story (at least in theory), it will lead into Marvel’s Phase Four and beyond.
Avengers 4 Project News and Rumors
- Most, if not all of the major actors in the MCU signed contracts that included films up to both parts of Infinity War. After that there will need to be several major renegotiations, recasting, and new characters taking over the mantle of others.
- The fourth Avengers film will change the MCU, and possibly change how Marvel releases movies. There may not be a “Phase Four,” instead Marvel may approach the next wave of movies in a different way.
- For more info, see the separate Avengers 4 post.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Even before the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Marvel confirmed the release of its sequel and – after a bit of thought – James Gunn also confirmed that he will return to write and direct. But then it all went sideways.
The plan was for the third Guardians film to be released as part of Phase Four, and it would have potentially seen the end of this particular iteration of the Guardians team. Gunn intended the third film to act as the conclusion in what would have been a loose trilogy. The franchise would probably have then continued with a new lineup mixing current team members and new characters. According to Feige, it would also have helped to set up the “next ten years of the MCU.”
But then Gunn’s world exploded. Decade-old tweets from the director were brought to light, and Disney decided that they didn’t fit the image they wanted to project. Gunn was then fired, a decision that was backed up by at the highest levels of Disney. It’s not clear if Marvel will still try to use Gunn’s script, but it looks like the studio may want to start fresh.
The actors and many of the crew all signed a letter of support for Gunn, and many have openly discussed quitting if Disney and Marvel don’t at least use Gunn’s script. The studio has put the film on hold, and now everything is up in the air – even whether or not they will make a third Guardians film – although they probably will.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 News and Rumors
- The character Adam Warlock was originally going to be in Vol 2, but Gunn decided to hold him back for the third film. That might change.
- The original Guardians teased in Vol. 2 (led by Sylvester Stallone’s Stakar Ogord), was originally meant to play a part in later films.
- Sovereign High Priestess Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) was expected to return and play a significant role.
- The film will take place after the events of Avengers 4, so any consequences from that movie will carry on.
- Several directors have been mentioned as possible replacements, but so far all have been nothing more than rumors.
Marvel Studios: Unconfirmed and Rumored Films
- There have been discussions in one form or another for a solo Black Widow film since 2010’s Iron Man 2. Marvel again reaffirmed its intentions to take her solo in 2014, and now again in 2016.
- No official confirmation has been made for a solo film starring the Black Widow, but Feige has stated there is interest and Marvel Studios is “creatively and emotionally” committed to a solo Black Widow film.
- If/when it happens, it will be Phase Four, which would put it in late 2019 or later.
- Scarlett Johansson has expressed interest in appearing in a solo film.
Doctor Strange 2
- Although there is no release window, Kevin Feige stated that a sequel was definitely in the works – although it’s not clear when it might happen.
- A sequel would take place several years after the original.
- The events of the Avengers films will influence the sequel.
Iron Man 4
- This film is currently little more than a rumor. Robert Downey Jr. seems to be enjoying his role appearing in ensemble films, and his asking price is reaching astronomical levels.
- After initially claiming he didn’t think another solo film would happen, Downey changed his mind and said: “I feel like I could do one more.”
- This is all assuming Tony Stark survives Avengers 4. There is always the chance that there may be another Iron Man film starring someone other than Downey Jr.
- This one is currently an extreme longshot, but it does seem like Marvel may be building up to it. In the comics, the Thunderbolts are a team of villains working under government oversight. They are led by Baron Zemo, and General Ross is frequently involved with them.
Sony’s Marvel Films
The films below feature Marvel movies news and rumors for characters created by Marvel but are currently controlled by Sony. The two studios do have a deal in place, but the exact nature is a little complicated. Sony currently controls the rights to the character of Spider-Man and all associated Spidey characters. Marvel does have the right to feature the character of Spider-Man in MCU films, but it’s unclear what the status of the other characters are – including Venom, Silver Sable, and the Black Cat.
October 5, 2018
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Back when Sony was working on its Amazing Spider-Man films with Andrew Garfield, the studio decided to create its own shared universe featuring several characters – both heroes and villains – taken from the Spider-Man universe. The initial plan was for both a Venom movie and a film based on the Sinister Six. Both films would have featured characters that were either first introduced in a Spider-Man film, or they would have featured Andrew Garfield in the corresponding movies. Then Sony decided to reboot the franchise.
In something of a bizarre move, Sony has announced a Venom movie that will be based on the Spider-Man character, but it will not be part of the MCU. That could always change, but at the moment it is planned as a standalone film. It will, however, connect to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man.
Venom will be Sony’s first R-rated Marvel movie. It will also be part of a new cinematic universe under Sony’s control. The film stars Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, a dogged reporter who gets on the wrong side of the Life Foundation following the crash landing of an alien vessel on Earth.
Venom News and Rumors
- Although he may not have any creative control, Tom Holland has stated that he’d like to see Spidey take on Venom in one of the possible Spider-Man movie sequels.
- Venom is being described as a superhero horror movie.
- It’s still not completely clear how Venom will fit into the MCU, but Kevin Feige seemed to suggest that Marvel will decide if it will incorporate the film based on how it is shaping up.
- After a confusing back and forth, Sony’s Amy Pascal and Marvel’s Kevin Feige seem to be on the same page – Venom will not feature non-Sony Marvel characters, but it will exist in the same world. That seems to suggest that Venom could appear in other MCU films, but it would likely require a new deal between the two studios.
- Despite connections and hints at a bigger, shared universe, Venom will be a standalone film.
- Venom is currently being seen as the first film in its own franchise, and many of the actors have signed contracts for multiple films.
- The character of Venom and Spider-Man may meet up in a future film.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
July 24, 2019
Director: Jon Watts
As part of the deal between Marvel and Sony, Marvel Studios will be deeply involved in creating the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. Star Tom Holland is currently signed to a six-picture deal, which includes Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, the fourth Avengers film, and potentially three solo Spider-Man films.
According to Kevin Feige, Sony and Marvel Studios had a three-picture arc in mind when they agreed to the current depiction of the character, with each film covering another year of Peter Parker’s school year, similar in that regard to the Harry Potter films. The first film saw him as a sophomore, the sequel will see him as a junior, while the third will depict his senior year. It’s unclear how this will fit into the ongoing MCU timeline.
It’s not clear if he will be the only villain, but the character of Mysterio will appear and will be played by Jake Gyllenhaal.
This is the first film of the MCU Phase Four with a confirmed release date.
Spider-Man: Far From Home News and Rumors
- The sequel will heavily feature another established MCU character, but it won’t be Iron Man.
- The Spider-Man sequel will introduce new storylines that will continue through all of the MCU, similar to the Infinity Stones carrying through several MCU Phase One, Two, and Three movies.
- Zendaya and Jacob Batalon are expected to return, as is Marissa Tomei.
- Watts mentioned that he’d like to see the Black Widow team up with Spider-Man.
- The film will pick up immediately after the fourth Avengers film, possibly even minutes after.
- The film will take place in locations other than New York, including London.
- Michael Keaton will reprise his role as the Vulture.
- The focus of the film will be Peter Parker and his friends heading to Europe for a summer vacation.
- There is already talk of a sequel to this film that would take place during Peter Parker’s senior year of high school.
- The character of Scorpion/Mac Gargun – who had a cameo as a prisoner in Homecoming – may appear.
- Chameleon, Hydro Man, and Molten Man have all been rumored to appear.
Director: Daniel Espinosa
In an effort to further flesh out the extended universe surrounding Spider-Man, Sony is currently developing a film based on the vampire antihero, Morbius. There is no release date, but with a director on board and Jared Leto confirmed to star, things should begin to move quickly.
In the comics, Morbius is a biochemist who tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease. Through his experiments, turning him into a form of vampire. He eventually goes on to hunt others of his kind. Sony may decide to go another route though.
Morbius News and Rumors
- Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless will write the script.
- The film may be titled Morbius: The Living Vampire, but that’s unconfirmed.
Sony Pictures: Unconfirmed and Rumored Films
Silver & Black
- A proposed film starring the mercenary Silver Sable and the thief Black Cat has been in the works for years now.
- The spinoff would not feature Spider-Man, but it would be set in the same universe. Venom probably would not appear either.
- Although originally scheduled for February 2019, Sony has since removed this film from its schedule, leaving it in doubt.
- Sony has hired Thor: Ragnarok writer Chris Yost to write a draft. It is still in the very early stages.
- The film will be adult-oriented, which might mean it is going for an R-rating.
- The film was described as an “anti-hero buddy” story.
- Initially, there were going to be five villains, all taken from Spider-Man comics. This would help set the stage for a Sinister Six film.
- Gina Pryce-Bythewood was initially hired to direct.
- Aa film based on the Sinister Six before Sony rebooted the character. That, in turn killed this potential spinoff – at least for now.
- Sony was hot on the idea of creating multiple films based in the Spider-Man universe. Now that the character is part of the MCU it might be tougher to get that going, but it would benefit Sony to have a new film, and it would help Marvel by introducing new enemies.
Fox’s Marvel films
The films below feature Marvel movies news and rumors for characters created by Marvel, but are all being developed by 20th Century Fox. The studio currently controls the rights to the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and all characters associated with those brands.
After several competitors and legal hurdles, Disney is in the process of purchasing Fox. Disney’s bid has been accepted and the US government has decided not to interfere, clearing the way. There are a few more legal issues to overcome, but it seems like it’s just a matter of time before the Marvel characters under Fox’s control return to Marvel Studios and can freely become part of the MCU.
Assuming this all happens, that could mean the current X-characters will simply be integrated into the MCU, or Marvel might decide to start from scratch. The studio will have time to decide though, as the process of purchasing Fox may take a few years.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Release: February 14, 2019
Director: Simon Kinberg
Although the film has a confirmed release date, X-Men: Dark Phoenix has a lot of unanswered questions.
According to producer Simon Kinberg, the film will be set in 1992. That would fit the current X-Men film habit of jumping from decade to decade (Apocalypse was set in the 80s, Days of Future Past in the 70s, and First Class in the 60s). That would also mean the characters introduced in Apocalypse – notably Cyclops and Jean Grey – will be established and veteran superheroes when the film starts. The movie will start with the X-Men as national heroes.
The characters of Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler) will all appear, along with Evan Peters’ Quicksilver.
James McAvoy (Professor X), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), and Michael Fassbender (Magneto) have also agreed to return. Jessica Chastain has also been cast as an undisclosed character who will manipulate Phoenix.
X-Men: Dark Phoenix News and Rumors
- The Essex Corporation may factor in.
- Olivia Munn’s Psylocke will return.
- The film will focus on the Dark Phoenix entity and feature the Shi’ar Empire as an antagonist.
- Magneto’s acolytes may appear.
- The fictional country of Genosha, which enforced mutant apartheid, is rumored to appear. That could also mean Magneto’s storyline where he takes over the country and sets it up as a mutant homeland may play into the story.
- Dazzler will appear, but it’s not clear how big her role will be or who will play her.
- Several other well-known mutants may be introduced, including Rogue.
- The Hellfire Club is expected to appear (although probably without Emma Frosst).
- The X-Men may visit the Savage Land.
- Following allegations of sexual assault, Bryan Singer was removed as a producer.
- Dark Phoenix was initially hoped to be the first of a trilogy of films starring the new X-Men team, but the Disney acquisition of Fox may end that.
- The film will be officially known as Dark Phoenix, although the “X-Men” name will be hard to shake.
X-Men: The New Mutants
Release: August 2, 2019
Director: Josh Boone
Not much has been revealed about the plot of The New Mutants, other than it will essentially be a horror movie featuring characters that have superpowers. It’s not yet clear where or how this film factor into the existing X-Men timeline, or how the characters will be connected to Professor Xavier and his school.
One thing we do know, however, are the characters. The New Mutants will feature Illyana Rasputin/ Magik (she is also Colossus’s sister), Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane, Danielle “Dani” Moonstar/Mirage, Sam Guthrie/Cannonball, Roberto de Costa/Sunspot, and Warlock.
Professor Xavier – in one form or another – is also expected to play a part. Others from the previous X-Men films may also appear, but it will depend on the time setting. The film was initially pitched as part of a trilogy, but the purchase of Fox by Disney may change that.
X-Men: The New Mutants News and Rumors
- Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber wrote the screenplay. The duo previously worked with Boone on The Fault in Our Stars.
- Anya-Taylor Joy will play one of the film’s leads, Illyana Rasputin/Magik.
- James McAvoy will appear as Professor X. That seems to put the film in the 80s or 90s, and open up the current X-Men cast from X-Men: Apocalypse and/or Dark Phoenix to appear.
- Maise Williams has been cast as Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane.
- The classic New Mutants enemy Demon Bear may appear.
- Alexandra Ship may reprise her role as Storm.
- The film has changed names. The New Mutants will now be known as X-Men: The New Mutants.
- Charlie Heaton will play the role of Cannonball.
- The tone of the film has been described as “Stephen King meets John Hughes.”
- Boone has planned out a trilogy of films, but the first will be standalone.
- Alice Braga has replaced Rosario Dawson as Dr. Cecilia Reyes, a mentor for the young mutants.
- There won’t be any traditional supervillains in the film, and you probably won’t see any costumes.
- The characters of Karma and Warlock were expected to appear in the sequel,, although that may not be possible now.
Release: June 7, 2019
Much like Deadpool, this film only exists due to the passion of a very small group of people – or in this case, person. Channing Tatum is said to have actively pitched the movie to X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner with himself as the star. She liked the pitch, and the film moved into development, at least in early development.
The first draft of the script was written by longtime X-Men comics writer, Chris Claremont. It then began the first of several rewrites. Gambit has already seen multiple delays. Given the success of Deadpool though, another quirky X-related character, Fox is probably keen to get this movie into production. the Fox acquisition by disney may change things though.
Gambit News and Rumors
- The Essex Corporation will play a part.
- Producer Simon Kinberg stated that part of the reason for the delays in getting Gambit going is that they “We just didn’t get the script to the place that we all felt like that movie deserved.”
- Despite rumors that Channing Tatum was considering leaving Gambit in favor of a role in a DC movie, the actor is not leaving the property. This rumor started simply because the new director of DC/WB’s upcoming The Flash followed Tatum and a few actors in DC films on Twitter. That’s it.
- After spending nearly a year attached to Gambit, director Doug Liman left the project. An exact reason wasn’t given, but it was described as a “mutual decision.” Soon after the announcement of his departure, it was confirmed that Limon will now helm the WB/DC film, Justice League Dark.
- In February 2017, producer Simon Kinberg confirmed that the film is still happening and Tatum is still involved. According to Kinberg, the studio wants it to win over audiences and critics in the same way Deadpool and Logan did, so they are taking their time. Shooting is now expected to begin in 2018.
- During Comic-Con 2017, Tatum confirmed that he is still involved with the film. The team involved saw what Logan and Deadpool did, and so they wanted to try to do something original and previously unseen like those films did so they went back to the script.
- Director Gore Verbinski was hired in October 2017, but then left the film a few months later.
- Lizzy Caplan is rumored to appear in an unknown role.
Director: Noah Hawley
While Fox may have driven the Fantastic Four into the ground, it still controls the rights to it and all associated characters. That includes the FF’s greatest foe, Doctor Doom.
During Comic-Con 2017, Fox stunned the assembled audience by announcing that it was moving ahead with a brand new film based on the character of Doom, and that it will be written and directed by Fargo and Legion showrunner, Noah Hawley. This would be Hawley’s feature film directorial debut, but he has directed multiple episodes of the shows he oversees.
Almost no other information was given, but this would likely be a reboot of the Fantastic Four franchise – assuming they are even in it. That means the previous film versions will probably be ignored in favor of an all-new origin.
Doctor Doom News and Rumors
- This film is very, very early in development.
- The main role will be recast.
- Fox may use this film to introduce other characters from the Fantastic Four universe.
- The pending Disney acquisition of Fox may put this film in jeopardy.
Director: Joe Carnahan
X-Force has been listed as “in development” since 2013. That makes it seem unlikely at best, but the success of Deadpool might have changed that. In fact, there is a good chance that X-Force will replace Deadpool 3, as Ryan Reynolds has suggested that a third film is a longshot. Given that Cannonball and Feral are featured in The New Mutants, the lineup will likely start with Cable, Domino, and Deadpool, then go from there. There are plenty of characters that could make up the rest of the team.
One of the incarnations saw X-Force as a wetworks team, designed to take on missions that the X-Men couldn’t be seen as being involved with. Producer Simon Kinberg stated that the film may receive an R-rating, meaning the team would have that level of violence, at least. Throw in Deadpool and you can be sure of it.
To be clear, this would be a new team and offer a new tone. It will not directly be related to the X-Force seen in Deadpool 2.
X-Force News and Rumors
- Deadpool 2 will lead into X-Force.
- Jeff Wadlow is no longer attached to direct, possibly as a result of the success of Deadpool, which showed that the spinoff X-Men films could be hugely profitable.
- Director Joe Carnahan has been hired to direct.
- Carnahan will co-write with Ryan Reynolds.
- X-Force will be rated R.
- Cable and Deadpool will be the stars.
- Colossus, Negasonic Teenage Warhead, and Yukio may all jump from Deadpool 2 into X-Force.
- The character of Peter from Deadpool 2 may return.
Fox’s Marvel Films: Unconfirmed and Rumored
Fantastic Four 2
- Following the disastrous release of the 2015 Fantastic Four, it appeared as if Fox would either let the franchise rest for a bit, let the rights revert back to Marvel, or work out a deal similar to the one Sony has with Marvel Studios over Spider-Man. Instead, it appears that Fox may actually make a sequel to the poorly received film.
- There was a widespread rumor that Marvel traded the Fantastic Four rights back to Marvel for the rights to X-Men characters on TV. Fox has since categorically denied that and confirmed the rights remain at Fox.
- If they do make a sequel, it will pick up where Josh Tranks’ film left off, but also change the tone completely.
- A possible sequel would be more optimistic in tone than its predecessor.
- Seth Grahame-Green is reportedly looking to relaunch the Fantastic Four brand in a film starring Reed and Sue Richards’s son, Franklin.
General Marvel Movies News and Rumors
- Despite all the rights belonging to Disney, the chances of the Marvel TV characters appearing on film are low. The film and movie departments are separate, and they are reportedly at odds with each other.
- The chances of a solo Hulk film are slim for now. Universal still owns the distribution rights to solo Hulk films.
- Feige is now claiming that Marvel has regained the rights to Namor: The Submariner, although that may be slightly premature. The rights have been in a legal quagmire for years.
- Phase Four will see the introduction of several new characters.
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