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With the release of Captain America: Civil War, Marvel Studios crossed a major milestone with $10 billion mark in global box office with 13 movies. 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. Others like Sony have ceded control of its primary Marvel character, Spider-Man, while still legally holding on to the rights. But for all intents and purposes the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming is an MCU film.

With that in mind, we have a closer look at all the films 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: April 23, 2017

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Marvel 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).

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

May 5, 2017
Director: James Gunn

Marvel movies news and rumors

 

Filming for the sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy has completed, which means it is deep into the effects creation stage. And given that the film is set in space and features at least two characters that are completely CGI, there will be a lot of effects.

The primary cast is all returning, along with a few new big names joining them. Glen Close returns as Nova Prime (signifying the return of Nova Corps as well), Pom Klementieff will appear as Mantis (a one-time member of the Avengers and friend/teammate to the Guardians in the comics), Karen Gillan returns as Nebula, and Michael Rooker reprises his role as Yondu.  Kurt Russell also joined the cast as Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) father.

In a major shift away from the comics, Quill’s father will not be the J’Son of Spartax. Instead, his dad is Ego, the Living Planet. In the comics, Ego has been both a force for good and a force for destruction. He is rarely portrayed as being good or evil, but rather super intelligent with a disposition that does not handle disrespect well.

Not much is known about the story so far, but director James Gunn did state that the film would not be focused on the Infinity Stones, it features no Avengers crossovers, and Thanos won’t appear.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 news and rumors

  • Peter Quill will be the only human in the film, which rules out the introduction of Richard Rider/Nova and others.
  • Gunn would like to add more cosmic enemies, but the rights to some – especially Kang the Conqueror and Annihilus – are tied up at Fox.
  • Depending on how the sequel does of course, there is already talk of a third film in Phase Four.
  • John C. Reilly will not appear in the film.
  • Prior to his death, David Bowie had been approached to appear in an unnamed cameo.
  • The alien race the Sneepers, first seen in Marvel in 1964 will appear, but they were almost cut. Marvel lawyer initially balked at the name, which was deemed too close to “snipur,” the Icelandic word for clitoris.
  • Matthew McConaughey was initially approached to be the film’s antagonist, but he declined.
  • Elizabeth Debicki will play Ayesha, a version of the Marvel character Kismet, an artificial life form. In the comics she is a superhero, but has been controlled and forced to be a bad guy.
  • Given the inclusion of Kismet, that could also mean the introduction of Adam Warlock, who may have been briefly seen in his cocoon in the Collector’s museum during the first film. Warlock and Kismet were both created by the group known as the Enclave, so there is a connection.
  • Sylvester Stallone will appear as a member of the Nova Corps.
  • The movie will take place a few months after the first.
  • Nebula’s childhood will be explored.
  • Although the character of the Collector (Benicio del Toro) wasn’t expected to appear, he may show up in a cameo.
  • More of the Marvel “Elders” may appear in this film and in Thor: Ragnarok.
  • If there is a third film, Gunn may not return. If not, it would simply be down to the consuming nature of these films.
  • There is talk of a Groot and Rocket spinoff film.
  • Ayesha will be different from her comic counterpart. She is described as a “golden High Priestess of a genetically-perfect people called the Sovereign.” She has the ability to manipulate, store, and fire off cosmic energy. She can also heal herself.
  • Ayesha will have some connection to the Nova Corps.
  • A third film is int he works and James Gunn confirmed he will return to direct.

Spider-Man: Homecoming

July 7, 2017
Director: Jon Watts

Marvel movies news and rumors

Although technically a Sony film, Marvel will have creative control over the new Spider-Man film, and Marvel Studio’s Kevin Feige will produce. For all intents and purposes, this is a Marvel Studios film, even if Sony distributes it.

If you somehow, almost miraculously missed it, the new take on Spider-Man was introduced in Captain America: Civil War. Tom Holland appeared as Peter Parker alongside the other MCU characters, confirming beyond any doubt that this Spider-Man is in the same universe as Captain America and Iron Man (although not the X-Men). Those connections will continue in his own film, and Spidey will probably appear in multiple MCU films as well.

This new Spider-Man is slightly different from his on-screen predecessors, as evidenced by Civil War. He is younger than previously depicted, both in age and maturity. He’s also funnier, a staple of the comics that was sadly missing from the Tobey Maguire series, and muted in Andrew Garfield’s films. He also lives with his Aunt May (Marissa Tomei) in a rundown sky rise apartment in Queens. His sense of responsibility remains a constant though.

The film will continue the character’s trajectory seen in Civil War. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) will appear in the film, although it’s not clear if it will be a major role or a cameo. After initially backing out, Michael Keaton is back in final talks to appear as the as-yet-unnamed antagonist of the film. Singer-turned-actress Zendaya will appear as the character “Michelle.” Her role in this film is said to be minimum, but she will have a bigger part in future installments.

Spider-Man: Homecoming news and rumors

  • The main villain of the film – or one of them – will be the Vulture.
  • There is also an unnamed animated film coming in 2018, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. It will star Miles Morales as Spider-Man.
  • Characters introduced in the new Spider-Man film will be able to jump into other MCU films.
  • Downey posted an image on social media with a comic book version of Aunt May in bed with someone that had Downey’s face photoshopped onto it. The Caption read “Aunt May I?” That’s probably just a joke, but it does build on Downey and Marisa Tomei’s interaction – he hit on her – in Civil War
  • Logan Marshall-Green is playing a bad guy named Jackson “Montana” Brice, a villain that once was once the Shocker, meaning there may be two Shockers in the film, or the character may be used in another way.
  • In a slight departure from the comics, Peter Parker will attend “Midtown Science and Technology School,” rather than “Midtown High School.”
  • Michael Barbieri has been cast as a character based on Ganke Lee, the best friend of Miles Morales.
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming is described as a Johns Hughes-like film.
  • Bokeem Woodbine has been cast as one of the film’s villains, the Shocker.
  • Michael Chernus will appear as Phineas Mason, aka the Tinkerer. Mason will be portrayed as a former Stark Industries employee personally fired by Tony Stark. Mason then goes on to create gadgets for supervillains, which will create the Vulture and bring Stark into the fold.
  • Zendaya will appear as a character named Michelle, not Mary Jane as was initially reported.
  • The character of Liz Allen may be Peter Parker’s love interest.
  • Michael Keaton has nothing but praise for the Marvel Studios and how they operate.
  • Despite rumors to the contrary, the character of Spider-Man and the movies released by Sony will remain connected to the MCU. The spinoff films like Venom, however, may not be.

Thor: Ragnarok

November 3, 2017
Director: Taika Waititi

Marvel movies news and rumors

The third of three MCU films scheduled for 2017, Thor: Ragnarok is being described as a cosmic buddy road trip film, focusing on Thor and Hulk. It will adapt parts of the Planet Hulk storyline, which saw the Hulk as a gladiator.

Joining Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Anthony Hopkins is set to return as Odin, Jaimie Alexander will appear as Sif, Idris Elba will reprise his role as Heimdall, and Tom Hiddleston will once again play Loki. Joining them will be Cate Blanchett as Hela, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Karl Urban as Skurge.

The film started out in a somewhat weird place, with Thor: The Dark World director Alan Taylor either turning down the chance to return, or not being asked. He later went on and said he had a terrible experience filming the second Thor film. He claimed that while the studio let him film without restriction, he was then shut him out of most of the editing process.

Thor: Ragnarok news and rumors

  • Natalie Portman will not return. Marvel is saying that it doesn’t make sense in this film to feature an Earth woman (the film may not have any scenes on Earth), but Portman may also have had her fill with franchises.
  • The Hulk’s off world Gladiator-like games may be run by the Grandmaster.
  • Thor and Hulk will both get new outfits and looks for the film.
  • There will be a direct tie-in to Avengers: Infinity War.
  • Stellan Skarsgard will not appear, but he may return in Avengers: Infinity War.
  • Costume designs have revealed that the Hulk will wear some of the gladiator gear seen in Planet Hulk.
  • One of the members of the Guardians of the Galaxy may appear.
  • Mark Ruffalo’s time on set was fairly limited, just a few weeks. That may signify he has a minor role, or the film will feature Hulk far more than Banner.
  • Doctor Strange will be in the film, although it’s not known how big his role will be.
  • Anthony Hopkins will appear, although his role isn’t entirely clear. Leaked photos show him in costume as what appears to be a homeless man.
  • Thor and Hulk will fight each other in a gladiator arena.
  • Korg, the giant rock monster seen at the beginning of Thor: The Dark World may appear.
  • A new rumor suggests that “Ragnarok” may not refer to the apocalyptic event from Norse mythology, but rather the name of a planet where Thor and Hulk are forced to be gladiators under the control of the Gamesmaster.
  • More of the characters known in the Marvel comics as the “Elders” may appear in this film and Guardians the Galaxy Vol 2.
  • The character Valkyrie will appear as a love interest for Thor.
  • Waititi apparently wanted John C. Reily to reprise his role as the Nova Corps. member Rhomann Dey, but it didn’t happen.
  • Thor may meet the Cotati, the telepathic race that helped Mantis (to be seen in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2) gain her telepathic powers.
  • Thor will lose Mjolnir for much of the movie.

Black Panther

February 16, 2018
Director: Ryan Coogler

Marvel movies news and rumors

The character of the Black Panther went from a mid-range superhero to star of one of the most anticipated MCU films on the docket courtesy of his impressive introduction in Civil War. Thankfully, that introduction also means that Black Panther’s solo film will not need to be an origin story.

The plot of Black Panther hasn’t been revealed, but the casting is ongoing so at least the outline of the film is set. Chadwick Boseman will reprise his role as T’Challa/Black Panther, and Andy Serkis will reprise his role as Ulysses Klaue/Klaw (who was introduced in Avengers: Age of Ultron).

According to Feige, in general terms the film will be a “geo-political action adventure” focusing on Wakanda and T’Challa’s role as a king. There will also be a link to the Avengers movies, but that may be more incidental. Given Klaue’s involvement, there will probably also be a focus on Wakanda’s most important export: vibranium.

Michael B. Jordan has also joined the cast. This will be the third pairing between director Ryan Coogler and Jordan. He will join a cast that Marvel claims is 90-percent African or African-American. It will also be one of the most award-winning casts yet in a Marvel film.

Black Panther news and rumors

  • When Marvel first decided to bring the Black Panther to the screen, Boseman was the only person they considered. They immediately reached out to the actor, and he quickly accepted.
  • The Soul Stone may appear in Wakanda.
  • Bucky/The Winter Soldier may make a cameo.
  • Lupita Nyong’o will appear in an undisclosed role.
  • Black Panther was always envisioned as a link between Avengers films, leading up to Avengers: Infinity War.
  • Jordan will play the villain, Erik Killmonger. In the comics, Killmonger is T’Challa’s physical and mental equal. He works toward destabilizing Wakanda to avenge his father.
  • Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead’s Michonne) will appear as Dora Milaje, the leader of a Wakandan honor guard.
  • There may be a flashback scene set in the 90s with T’Challa as a high school student in the Bay Area.
  • Emmy winner Sterling K. Brown has joined the cast as N’Jobu, a figure from T’Challa’s past.

Avengers: Infinity War

May 4, 2018
Director: Anthony and Joe Russo

Marvel movies news and rumors

Marvel has been building toward this film(s) for years now. Infinity War will unite all of the disparate areas of the Marvel universe, including the Earth-based characters and those based in space. That means fans will get the chance to see the Guardians of the Galaxy interact with the Avengers, and Thanos will play a major role. It will also fulfill the promise of uniting the Infinity Stones, something that has been hinted at in several of the MCU movies so far.

The film will be ambitious and sprawling. The name of one or both films will change to signify that they are each their own movie, but they will be filmed back-to-back. In total, there are rumored to be 67 established characters from the MCU in the film(s), although that includes several smaller background characters as well as the headliners.

Beyond the anecdotal evidence (the name, the stones, Thanos, etc.), there isn’t a lot of information yet on the movie(s). It will likely focus on Thanos coming to possess all of the Infinity Stones and assembling the Infinity Gauntlet – or at least trying to, but how that plays is unknown. It’s also going to be interesting to see how Infinity War ends in a way that allows two more films – Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel – to debut in the year between this movie and the next Avengers.

Given the MCU’s adherence to a realistic timeline, there will probably be a year gap in the story between films. Anthony and Joe Russo will direct both movies. Filming of both is scheduled to take nine months at least, not counting reshoots and/or potential delays.

Avengers: Infinity War news and rumors

  • Five of the six Infinity Stones have already been introduced, including: the Space Stone/Tesseract in Captain America: The First Avenger (and Avengers), the Mind Stone/Loki’s Scepter in multiple films, the Reality Stone/Aether in Thor: The Dark World, and the Power Stone/Orb in Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Time Stone/Eye of Agamotto in Doctor Strange.
  • The Soul Stone may appear in Black Panther.
  • Tom Hiddleston will appear as Loki in both Infinity War films.
  • Captain Marvel may first appear in Part 1 before starring in her own film.
  • Jon Favreau has joined the production as an executive producer.
  • Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role as Nick Fury.
  • Don’t expect to see any of the Marvel TV characters in the film.
  • Benicio del Toro will appear as the Collector.
  • Marvel is considering several smaller pieces of content for various platforms to coincide with the movie. One idea mentioned was short stories on YouTube.
  • Marvel has officially dropped the name “Infinity War Part 2” from the second movie and instead titled it “Untitled Avengers Project.” Despite that, the two films will likely be deeply connected.
  • Although Chris Evans will appear in the film as Steve Rogers, he won’t technically be “Captain America” – he relinquished that title at the end of Civil War. 
  • In order to accommodate Benedict Cumberbatch’s schedule, several scenes will be shot with his body double, Aaron Lazar. Cumberbatch will then reshoot closeups and dialogue when he is available.
  • Peter Dinklage is in talks to join Infinity War. No word on who he will play, but there are rumors he will appear as MODOK. Another rumor has him eyed for the role of Eitri, the creator of the Infinity Gauntlet.
  • The next two Avengers films will have a combined budget of $500 million.
  • Liv Tyler may reprise her role as Betty Ross from The Incredible Hulk (which starred Ed Norton as Bruce Banner).
  • Some of the major Marvel characters may die in Infinity War. Of course, given that the Infinity Gauntlet can bring people back to life (at least in the comics), that isn’t necessarily a permanent thing.
  • Marvel is looking for extras to play members of an unnamed alien race that fights against the Avengers.
  • There are a handful of Thanos followers that will appear.

Ant-Man and the Wasp

July 6, 2018
Director: Peyton Reed

Marvel movies news and rumors

A sequel to 2015’s Ant-Man was a late addition to the Phase Three schedule. That’s a victory for Marvel Studios, especially given the tumultuous lead up to Ant-Man that saw writer, director, and driving force Edgar Wright depart the project after years developing it. Director Peyton Reed took over, an almost impossible task given the disappointment from fans, and yet the film still went on to make over half a billion dollars and receive generally favorable reviews.

So far, Reed, Paul Rudd, and Evangeline Lilly are all confirmed for the sequel. Michael Douglas hasn’t officially signed on yet, although he has expressed interest. He has also lobbied for his real-life wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones, to appear as his in-film wife, Janet van Dyne. Even if that casting doesn’t happen, it seems to hint at where at least some of the plot will go, with Douglas’ Hank Pym searching for his wife.

The events of Civil War will have a huge impact on Ant-Man and the Wasp, especially given Scott Lang’s (Rudd) current situation in the MCU. That may change in future MCU films leading up tot he film, but it will have an impact. Filming will begin in late 2017.

Ant-Man and the Wasp news and rumors

  • Douglas is in talks to appear in the sequel.
  • Michael Peña is expected to return.
  • As the name of the film suggests, the characters will be full partners.
  • There will likely be more flashback scenes starring Douglas as a CGI-rejuvenated Pym.
  • Filming is expected to begin soon after Infinity War wraps. The current timetable claims Ant-Man and the Wasp will shoot in June, which seems to suggest that the script is complete and the studio is happy with it (minus smaller changes).

Venom

October 5, 2018
Director: TBA

Marvel movies news and rumors

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 have 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 may still feature a connection to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, but that is unclear.

Venom will be Sony’s first R-rated Marvel movie. It will also be part of a new cinematic universe under Sony’s control, but it’s not clear how that will work. The film is still ramping up, but screenwriters Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinker have been hired to pen the first draft. A director hasn’t been announced.

Venom news and rumors

  • Zac Effron tweeted that he has been cast as Venom, but his tweet has since been deleted, leaving many to think that it may have been an April Fool’s joke that didn’t catch on.
  • 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.

Captain Marvel

March 8, 2019
Director: Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck

Marvel movies news and rumors

Although the character has yet to appear on the big screen, Captain Marvel is said to be a high priority for Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. The film has already been delayed twice due to Marvel rescheduling several movies, but the script is underway and things are moving forward. Academy Award winner Brie Larson has officially been confirmed as Captain Marvel, and she will make her debut in The Avengers: Infinity War. She will then appear in her solo film.

It’s also not clear exactly how the film will explain Captain Marvel. There have been several iterations of the character over the years, but the current (and incredibly popular) version is Carol Danvers, a Major in the U.S. Air Force with a touch of Kree in her (due to an explosion that merged human and Kree DNA). The Kree have been introduced via Guardians of the Galaxy (and Agents of SHIELD) so it is possible the alien/hybrid angle will be highlighted.

Captain Marvel could potentially create a bridge between the Earth-based superheroes and the cosmic characters. Unlike the Guardians of the Galaxy (of which Captain Marvel was briefly a member of in the comics) who are entirely space-based, Captain Marvel operates both on Earth and in space. That makes her unique among the current batch of MCU characters, and a bridge between them.

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 directing team of Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck have been hired to direct.
  • Filming will begin in February 2018.

Untitled Avengers Project

May 3, 2019
Director: Anthony and Joe Russo

Marvel movies news and rumors

While the two-part Avengers film will be filmed back-to-back, Marvel has made it abundantly clear that the films – while connected – will be their own movies. There will be direct ties between the two, of course, but it won’t be a “to be continued” cliffhanger connecting the two.

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.

Untitled Avengers 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.
  • There may be one or more major character deaths in Part 1 and/or Part 2.
  • Marvel has officially changed the working title of the film from Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 to “Untilted Avengers.” That doesn’t really change anything though, and there is still a good chance the two films will both feature the Infinity Stones.
  • 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.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

TBD

Director: James Gunn

Marvel movies news and rumors

Even before the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Marvel has confirmed the release of its sequel and James Gunn also confirmed that he will return to write and direct.

The third Guardians film will be released after Phase Three is complete, and according to Gunn it may be the last iteration of this version of the Guardians team. The franchise will almost certainly continue and many of the cast may remain, but the story will likely move in a new direction and feature some new faces. Gunn sees the three films as a loosely connected trilogy.

The third Guardians film will be key for the future of the MCU, and will set up the “next ten years of the MCU,” according to Kevin Feige. A release date hasn’t been mentioned yet, but it will be after the fourth Avengers film, putting it in theaters in late 2019 at the earliest.

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.

Unconfirmed and rumored Marvel Studios films

Marvel movies news and rumors

Black Widow

  • 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.

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. Marvel may also want to save the money on his salary and use him in films like Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is more value for the pricey actor.
  • After initially claiming he didn’t think another solo film would happen, Downey changed his mind and recently said “I feel like I could do one more.”

Silver Sable & Black Cat

  • Sony has hired Thor: Ragnarok writer Chris Yost to write a draft for a proposed film starring the Spider-Man characters of Silver Sable and Black Cat. It is still in the very early stages of development with no one attached.
  • Assuming the film does go ahead, it will be part of Sony’s new shared universe along with Venom, but it won’t be part of the MCU.
  • The film will be adult oriented, which might mean it is going for an R-rating.
  • Spider-Man will not appear in the movie.

Sinister Six

  • 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.

Thunderbolts

  • 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.

Venom

  • Like Sony’s proposed Sinister Six spinoff, a standalone Venom film was also killed when Spider-Man was reboot. But like the Sinister Six, Sony may still try to get the character his own film. Given how prevalent the new heroic Venom is (with host Flash Thompson) in the Marvel comics, Venom will likely be introduced sooner or later.

20th Century Fox Marvel films

Marvel movies news and rumors

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.

X-Men: The New Mutants

Release: April 13, 2018
Director: Josh Boone

Marvel movies news and rumors

Assuming the film follows its comic roots, the team known as the New Mutants will consist of students at Xavier’s Academy. That would give fans a glimpse into the new, modern day timeline created in recent X-Men films, or it might signify that the film is set in the past along with the other, recent X-Men films.

The script is still being finalized, with filming expected to begin in early 2017. The characters the film intends to feature, however, have been released. X-Men: 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 has changed names. The New Mutants will now be known as X-Men: The New Mutants.

X-Men: The New Mutants news and rumors

  • Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber have been hired to write the screenplay. The duo previously worked with Boone on The Fault in Our Stars.
  • The team’s lineup has been confirmed.
  • Boone sees the film as the first in a trilogy.
  • Anya-Taylor Joy is rumored to be attached as one of the film’s leads, possibly as Illyana Rasputin/Magik.
  • James McAvoy may appear as Professor X. If so, that would put the film in the 80s or 90s, and open up the current X-Men cast from X-Men: Apocalypse to appear.
  • Maise Williams is said to be in contention for the role of Rahne Sinclair/Wolfsbane.
  • The classic New Mutants enemy Demon Bear may appear.
  • Alexandra Ship may reprise her role as Storm, which would further seem to confirm that the film is set in the past.
  • The film is officially in pre-production.
  • Nat Wolff is rumored to be the top contender for the role of Cannonball.
  • The tone of the film has been described as “Stephen King meets John Hughes.”
  • There is a possibility that the film will be released in Spring 2018, but that may instead go to Deadpool 2.
  • Boone has planned out a trilogy of films, but the first will be standalone.

Deadpool 2

Release: June 1, 2018
Director: David Leitch

Marvel movies news and rumors

After years of trying to get made, in 2016 Deadpool surprised critics and fans alike on its way to being one of the most profitable X-related films yet. Because Fox saw the original as something of an experiment, it was able to operate on the fringes of the established X-Men continuity, but that is likely going to change.

With the current X-Men films still working their way forward, decade by decade, the character of Deadpool and Wolverine are the only two established X-Men film characters left. Because of that, Fox seems to be using them as anchors to create even more spinoff films. The result is that you can expect to see more well-known characters introduced in films like Deadpool 2, beginning with Cable.

The idea to introduce Cable in the Deadpool sequel was decided long before Deadpool even hit theaters. The proof of that is in the post-credit scene, where Deadpool pretty much confirms it. Domino will also appear, and Morena Baccarin will reprise her role, which will likely lead her closer toward becoming the character Copycat.

Beyond that, there isn’t really much information about the sequel. Ryan Reynolds will return with and writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. Tim Miller was initially set to return but later backed out. There were several stories as to why, starting with disagreements over who should play Cable. He later commented that he wanted the sequel to be the same type of movie, while the studio wanted to go much bigger.

Deadpool 2 news and rumors

  • Producer Simon Kinberg stated that they wrote the first film thinking it was the first part of many.
  • Reynolds refused to consider returning without Miller, Reese, and Wernick. That seemed to change once Miller left.
  • Kinberg and Miller stated they would love an appearance from Spider-Man, although now that Spidey is in the MCU the chances are almost zero. Plus, with Miller gone it seems less likely.
  • Along with Cable, look for other well known and previously unused X-Men to appear.
  • John Wick’s David Leitch has been hired to direct.
  • The film will truncate and ignore most of Cable’s incredibly convoluted backstory.
  • Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead will return.
  • Reynolds desperately wants Hugh Jackman to appear in a cameo as Wolverine, at the very least. Reynolds would like a separate Deadpool and Wolverine movie, but that doesn’t seem likely with Jackman vowing to retire from the role.
  • Drew Goddard and Ryan Reynolds are working on the script with Reese and Wernick
  • Atlanta actress Zazie Beetz has been cast as Domino.
  • Brad Pitt was interested in the role of Cable, but the timing didn’t work out.
  • The working title of the film is “Love Machine,” a reference to Cable.
  • Josh Brolin has been cast as Cable. This will be his second role as a Marvel character (the other being Thanos), but the two universes don’t intersect.
  • Deadpool 2 will set up the X-Force movie.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Release: November 2, 2018
Director: TBA

Marvel movies news and rumors

Although the film has a confirmed release date, X-Men: Dark Phoenix does not yet have a director or a script. Bryan Singer may return to direct but that isn’t confirmed.

According to producer Simon Kinberg, the film will be set in the 90s. 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 mean the characters introduced in Apocalypse – notably Cyclops and Jean Grey – will be established and veteran superheroes when the film starts.

Beyond that, it is all guesswork. The recently introduced characters of Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), and Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler) will probably all appear. Evan Peters’ Quicksilver would make sense as well.

James McAvoy (Professor X), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), and Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) may all appear, but along with Michael Fassbender (Magneto), their contracts ended with Apocalypse. Lawrence recently said that they may all come back, or none of them will. If they do though, according to Lawrence “Fox should be terrified” of their new contracts.

Untitled X-Men movie news and rumors

  • The Essex Corporation will factor in.
  • Olivia Munn’s Psylocke may return.
  • Even if Fox is willing to meet the quartet’s demands, Lawrence may decide not to return.
  • Filming is expected to begin in summer or early fall 2017.

Gambit

Release: TBA
Director: TBA 

Marvel movies news and rumors

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.

Gambit has already seen multiple delays, and there doesn’t seem to be a firm date for principal photography to start. Given the success of Deadpool though, another quirky X-related character, Fox is probably keener to get this movie in production than before.

The first draft of the script was written by longtime X-Men comics writer, Chris Claremont. It then began the first of several rewrites. Filming is expected to begin at some point later this year or early 2017 with Tatum starring.

Gambit news and rumors

  • Depending on what film set in the modern time comes first, Gambit will likely first appear in another film, or he will feature a cameo from a character like Deadpool.
  • 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 has 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.
  • Shooting was expected to begin in January 2017, but that didn’t happen.
  • 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.

X-Force

Release: TBA
Director: Joe Carnahan

Marvel movies news and rumors

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. The original plan was to feature Cable, Domino, Warpath, Cannonball, and Feral as the team’s lineup. That could change, but Cable and Deadpool will both be available following the Deadpool sequel, and Cannonball is set to appear in The New Mutants. The lineup could change though.

There are, of course, other characters that could make up the team, as the film has undergone several changes over the years. One of the incarnation 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.

Although there is movement on the X-Force film and the movement seems to be to building the shared X-universe using lesser known characters, this film has been in development for so long that until there is solid news, it’s hard to trust anything about it. When that changes though, we’ll let you know.

X-Force news and rumors

  • Brian Singer claimed that he would like to see X-23 in X-Force. That may not be possible given the time setting of Logan, but anything is possible.
  • 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.

Unconfirmed and rumored 20th Century Fox Marvel films

Marvel movies news and rumors

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.

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 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.
  • In wilder Marvel movies news, the internet lit itself on fire with a rumor that Marvel and Fox were discussing a way to bring the two Marvel film universes together. There are two problems with that rumor though: First, it comes from a producer on Kevin Smith’s podcast, who heard it from an unconfirmed source. Second, even if it is true, they were described as they “kind of talked, but not really.”

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