With most theater chains closed at the moment, studios are moving around their release dates on a daily basis. Disney is taking no chances and is putting the Marvel movies on dates where they’ll be able to be seen by the largest audiences when things return to some kind of normalcy. We’re keeping track of all the changes with the list below.
Although they carry the Marvel Studios logo, films such as the upcoming Morbius (March 19, 2021), Venom: Let There Be Carnage (June 25, 2021), and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 (October 7, 2022) are produced by Sony Pictures and are not official Marvel movies.
Also on the way are Disney+ series produced by Marvel Studios, which we’re not including below but they will tie in to the Marvel movies in various ways. They include The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (2020), WandaVision (2020), Loki (2021), What If…? (2021), and Hawkeye (2021). You can stay up to date about those shows by clicking their titles.
We’ll be updating this list often as changes are made and new additions are announced, so stay tuned.
PHASE FOUR MARVEL MOVIES
Black Widow (November 6, 2020)
Previously scheduled for a May 1, 2020 release, the first film of Marvel Studios’ Phase Four will now open in theaters on November. It marks the 24th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Directed by Cate Shortland (Lore), Black Widow features the return of Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff. She is joined by Florence Pugh as Yelena, David Harbour as Alexei (aka The Red Guardian), and Rachel Weisz as Melina.
In the movie, Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.
Before theaters closed, Marvel Studios released the following “final trailer,” though we’ll probably get another trailer before November.
The Eternals (February 12, 2021)
The Eternals was going to hit theaters on Black Widow‘s new date of November 6, 2020, but the anticipated film will now kick off Marvel Studios’ 2021 slate on February 12. The Eternals centers on ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, The Deviants.
Directed by Chloé Zhao (The Rider), the movie features Angelina Jolie as Thena, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Gemma Chan as Sersi, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Barry Keoghan as Druig, and Kit Harington as Dane Whitman.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (May 7, 2021)
Featuring Marvel Studios’ first Asian lead, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Rings is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, who previously helmed Short Term 12, The Glass Castle, and Just Mercy.
The movie will star Simu Liu in the title role of Shang-Chi. He’ll be joined by Awkwafina and Tony Leung, who is playing the real Mandarin.
Spider-Man: Far From Home Sequel (November 5, 2021)
Tom Holland will return in the third Spider-Man movie co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, and distributed by Sony Pictures. Again directed by Jon Watts, the sequel is said to take place during Peter Parker’s senior year of high school.
The first film, Spider-Man: Far From Home, was released in 2017 and grossed $880.2 million worldwide. That was followed in 2019 by Spider-Man: Homecoming, which earned an impressive $1.131 billion worldwide. It is Sony Pictures’ highest-grossing film ever.
Thor: Love and Thunder (February 11, 2022)
Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Thor: Love and Thunder is now scheduled to hit theaters on February 11, 2022. With the return of writer and director Taika Waititi, the fourth installment will star Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman (as the Mighty Thor, the goddess of Thunder), Waititi as Korg, and Christian Bale as the villain.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (March 25, 2022)
Sam Raimi (Sony’s original Spider-Man trilogy) is taking over the director’s chair from Scott Derrickson for this highly-anticipated sequel featuring Benedict Cumberbatch returning as Dr. Stephen Strange. He’ll be joined by Benedict Wong and Chiwetel Ejiofor, and it was previously announced that Elizabeth Olsen will appear as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlett Witch.
The first movie opened in theaters in November of 2016 and went on to earn $677.7 million worldwide.
PHASE FIVE AND BEYOND
Black Panther 2 (May 6, 2022)
Wakanda Forever! The Black Panther sequel kicks off Marvel Studios’ Phase Five in May of 2022. The first movie impressed with a worldwide take of $1.347 billion and rave reviews.
Ryan Coogler is returning to write and direct the sequel, which will again feature Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther. He’ll likely be joined by returning favorites Lupita Nyong’o’s Nakia, Danai Gurira’s Okoye, and Winston Duke’s M’Baku.
Captain Marvel 2 (July 8, 2022)
Fans will be happy to hear that Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers will return to the big screen in July of 2022 (if not sooner in one of the earlier Marvel movies). Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck directed the first film, which grossed $1.128 billion in 2019, but they are not returning for the sequel. Marvel Studios is reportedly looking for a female director to replace them.
While there are not a lot of details, the Captain Marvel sequel is expected to move the setting of the 1990s from the first film to the present day.
Ant-Man 3 (TBA)
Paul Rudd will return as Scott Lang / Ant-Man and will likely be joined again by Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne / The Wasp, Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym, and Michael Peña as Luis.
At the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige surprised the Hall H crowd by announcing that a new Blade movie is in development. And who is playing Blade? None other than two-time Academy Award winner and Golden Globe winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Green Book, True Detective).
The Fantastic Four (TBA)
During the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con presentation, Feige also confirmed that a new Fantastic Four movie is in the works, but there’s not been more information about the project since.
Guardians of the Galaxy 3 (TBA)
After being let go from the project for eight months, Marvel Studios wisely brought back James Gunn to write and direct the third installment of the popular Marvel movies. He’ll be able to start working on the movie once he completes DC Comics film The Suicide Squad.
The last time we saw the Guardians of the Galaxy, they helped take down Thanos and were then joined by Thor on a quest to look for Gamora. Released in 2014, the first Guardians of the Galaxy grossed $772.8 million and the sequel brought in $863.8 million in 2017.
Not to be confused with 20th Century Studios’ The New Mutants, Marvel Studios is working on bringing the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe at some point down the road now that Disney owns the rights. We may have to wait a while to see how this will be done, but we can’t wait!