At this moment, superhero movies are everywhere, and Marvel is by far the most well-known. Marvel Studios and its now-president Kevin Feige began experimenting with the idea of telling one big, interconnected story spanning numerous movies with different lead characters, crossing over from time to time, just like in the comics, starting with 2008’s “Iron Man.” With 2012’s “The Avengers,” the experiment paid off, and it’s been a runaway success ever since.
Even after the conclusion of 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame,” the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand, making it difficult to keep track of what’s coming next. We’ve put together a list of every confirmed MCU film currently in development and everything we know so far about each movie. It’s going to be a crazy time in Marvel Universe.
This list only includes Marvel Cinematic Universe films, so don’t expect to see Sony’s “Morbius” or the upcoming “Venom 3” on it.
Thor: Love and Thunder
Writer/director Taika Waititi returns for this star-studded sequel after rejuvenating the “Thor” franchise with “Thor: Ragnarok.” “Thor: Love and Thunder” sees Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster reprise her role as Thor, following Chris Hemsworth’s character’s death. The Guardians of the Galaxy also make an appearance, taking up where “Avengers: Endgame” left off, with Christian Bale portraying Gorr the God Butcher, the villain.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
In the sequel to “Doctor Strange,” famed filmmaker Sam Raimi takes over as director for a story that rips the multiverse apart. After realizing her full power potential at the end of the Marvel Disney+ series “WandaVision,” Elizabeth Olsen reprises her role as Wanda Maximoff, aka the Scarlet Witch. She now meets Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, who is attempting to maintain some kind of order in the face of the multiverse’s chaos.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Director Ryan Coogler originally intended for “Black Panther 2” to see Chadwick Boseman return in the lead role, but after the actor’s unexpected death in the summer of 2020, Coogler rewrote the screenplay. In the sequel, Boseman will not be replaced, and storyline specifics are being kept under wraps. However, in the aptly titled “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” the entire core ensemble from Coogler’s revolutionary 2018 picture will return, while Dominique Thorne will make her MCU debut as Riri Williams aka Ironheart, an inventor who designs a suit of armor to rival Tony Stark’s Iron Man. Following “Black Panther 2,” Thorne will star in a Disney+ “Ironheart” TV series.
The MCU’s “Blade” revival does not yet have a release date, but it does have a star and a director. The day-walking vampire will be played by Oscar winner Mahershala Ali, and the film will be directed by Bassam Tariq from a script by Stacy Osei-Kuffour.
Nia DaCosta directs the “Captain Marvel” sequel “The Marvels” from a screenplay by Meghan McDonnell, who has a new perspective on “Candyman.” As the title suggests, the film puts Brie Larson‘s superhero together with other MCU characters, including Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) from “WandaVision” and Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani) from the upcoming Disney+ series “Ms. Marvel.”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
“Guardians of the Galaxy 3,” which was set to begin production in 2019, met a roadblock when writer/director James Gunn was momentarily ousted from the project. “The Suicide Squad” was Gunn’s first picture, but he’ll be back in the director’s chair for “Vol. 3” in November 2021. The film has been regarded by the director as a “last chapter” for this iteration of the Guardians, particularly in terms of their plot arc. In the film, Will Poulter will play Adam Warlock, a fan favorite Marvel character. In November of 2021, production began.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
The third “Ant-Man” film is still in the works, but Peyton Reed, who directed the first two films, is returning to the director’s chair. While narrative details are being kept under wraps, the title suggests that the film would go deeper into the quantum universe introduced in “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” in which Pfeiffer’s character Janet van Dyne was trapped for 30 years. Furthermore, Jonathan Majors reprises his role as Marvel villain Kang the Conqueror, after fans saw an alternate version of his character in the Disney+ series “Loki” conclusion. Bill Murray also appears in the movie.
“Fantastic Four” is a superhero team created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby When Disney acquired 20th Century Fox, which had previously licensed the characters for use in two previous franchise attempts, Marvel Studios seized possession of the characters for the first time. Jon Watts, who directed all three MCU “Spider-Man” films, is attached to direct, but the project is still in the works.