Black Panther 2, Blade, Guardians of the Galaxy 3… Everything Marvel plans for the future of the MCU

Disney and Marvel are far from done with the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). In 2022, 2023 and 2024 (and 2025?), many films and series are planned. Here is the complete program.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has entered a new era since the broadcast of the series via Disney+ and the closing of the Thanos arc (with Avengers: Endgame). They allow to extend a little more the immense empire of entertainment built by Marvel and Disney, in addition to the films which continue to flood the big screen.

The MCU’s latest productions have introduced the concept of the multiverse, in the wake of Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

What movies are planned for the sequel? What series will be broadcast soon Disney +? What arcs can come out of the writers’ imagination? We take stock knowing that the two multinationals had initially formalized their plans for Phase 4 at San Diego Comic Con 2019. During the 2022 edition, the two companies discussed Phase 5 and… Phase 6.

Note that the few release dates mentioned are likely to change depending on the strategy desired by Marvel and Disney.

Warning, this article contains some spoilers.


Black Panther: Wakanda Forever—November 9, 2022

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Black Panther logo: Wakanda Forever // Source: Marvel

The sequel to the only MCU production nominated for the Best Picture Oscar will be without Chadwick Boseman, who died tragically after a long battle with illness. Disney and Marvel have already announced that there will be no replacement for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. The sequel, still directed by Ryan Coogler, will pay homage to the actor and focus on the other characters. It will close Phase IV of the MCU.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania—February 15, 2023

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Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania // Source: Marvel

There will therefore be a third film dedicated to Ant-Man, the superhero capable of becoming tiny. Director Peyton Reed, along with the cast of Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer, will return. They’ll be joined by Jonathan Majors, who will play Kang the Conqueror — one of Marvel’s greatest villains. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will mark the start of Phase V.

Guardians of the Galaxy 3 — May 3, 2023

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 // Source: Disney

A time ejected due to old tweets with dubious humor, James Gunn will finally have the opportunity to conclude his trilogy Guardians of the Galaxy (after taking care of the Suicide Squad reboot). The Volume 3 storyline should incorporate Thor, who leaves to travel with Star-Lord and the others at the end of Avengers: Endgame. The comic evolution of the character, initiated in Thor: Ragnarokwants that.

The Marvels—July 26, 2023

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Captain Marvel // Source: Marvel Studios

First MCU movie starring a superhero Captain Marvel introduced a powerful character into the universe. She was expected to have a bigger role in Avengers: Endgame, where she ultimately only appears surreptitiously. We will therefore have to wait The Marvels to continue discovering the character embodied by Brie Larsson. The blockbuster will be directed by Nia DaCosta and is expected to be the reunion with Monica Rambeau (seen in Wanda Vision) and Kamala Khan.

Blade — November 2023

Blade // Source: Disney

Blade, the half-man, half-vampire superhero, will make his big return to the big screen. Marvel and Disney have formalized a new film of which we only know one thing: Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali who will take over from Wesley Snipes. This is already excellent news.

Captain America: New World Order — May 2024

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Captain America: New World Order // Source: Marvel

Series Falcon and the Winter Soldier, broadcast on Disney +, paved the way for a fourth feature film centered on Captain America. Except that, this time, it is no longer Chris Evans who will take on the costume, but Anthony Mackie.

Thunderbolts — July 2024

Thunderbolts // Source: Marvel

The MCU is going to have its own Suicide Squad with Thunderbolts, an adaptation that will bring together several villains who must carry out perilous missions. We could come across characters like Ghost, Yelena Belova, the Winter Soldier, US Agent, Taskmaster, Baron Zemo and the Abomination.

Fantastic Four — November 2024

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The Fantastic 4 // Source: Marvel

man behind Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far From Home and Spider-Man: No Way HomeJon Watts was to have the heavy task of relaunching The Fantastic 4 in the cinema. He eventually withdrew from the project. The reboot will mark the start of Phase VI.

Avengers: The Kang Dynasty—May 2025

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Avengers: The Kang Dynasty // Source: Marvel

The Kang Dynasty is the first installment of the upcoming Avengers movie.

Avengers: Secret Wars—November 2025

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Avengers: Secret Wars // Source: Marvel

Secret Wars is the 2nd part of the future Avengers movie (and conclusion of Phase VI).

Deadpool 3 — NC

Soon Deadpool 3? // Source: Marvel

Disney didn’t buy Fox to let Deadpool down. A third film, still worn by Ryan Reynolds in the role of the irreverent superhero, was mentioned by Kevin Feige. If we will have to wait a little longer before the release, we can’t wait to see how Deadpool will be integrated into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (knowing that he does not appear in the sequel to Doctor Strange, despite the very advanced concept of the multiverse). We already know the director: Shawn Levy.

The rest ?

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Screenshot from Avengers Endgame // Source: YouTube

Time travel without the notion of causality introduced into Avengers: Endgame opens a lot of doors for the sequel to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Nothing would prevent the scriptwriters from going back in time to take other branches within the currently known chronology. We can even speak of a very opportunistic pirouette to do what has already been done… but otherwise. Finally, the concept of the multiverse is now a powerful narrative base for screenwriters. Thanks to him, they can imagine everything.

It also remains to be defined how the Fox-owned licenses will be integrated into the MCU now that Disney has recovered everything. In the future, there will be even more comics to pick from.

Last confirmation on the films: Spider-Man will not leave the MCU, after a financial agreement reached with Sony Pictures, which owns the rights.

The series

I am Groot — August 10, 2022

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Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 // Source: Disney

A series of short films centered around young Groot, a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy who can only say one sentence.

She-Hulk: Lawyer — August 18, 2022

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Tatiana Maslany in She-Hulk // Source: Disney+

As her nickname suggests, She-Hulk is the female version of the green superhero — she got Hulk’s altered genes after a blood transfusion. In real life, her name is Jennifer Walters and she is the cousin of Bruce Banner. Tatiana Maslany will be in the cast, as will Tim Roth (Abomination) and Mark Ruffalo (Hulk).

What if…?, season 2 — Early 2023

Doctor Strange version “evil” in What If. // Source: Marvel

What If…?, as its title suggests, features alternate realities tied to changes in events that have been seen in classic productions. The actors will lend their voice to the character they have previously embodied in flesh and blood. Note that it has been formalized that each episode presented will be “canon” in the MCU, that is to say considered to be an integral part of the Marvel universe brought to the screen.

Secret Invasion — Spring 2023

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Secret Invasion Logo // Source: Disney/Marvel

Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) will be entitled to his series. He will be accompanied by the skrull Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) in Secret Invasion. The duo will discover that many people, including friends or even enemies, have been quietly replaced by Skrulls, a shapeshifting species.

Series on Echo — Summer 2023

Echo in episode 3 of Hawkeye. // Source: Marvel

Series Hawkeye introduces Echo, adopted daughter of Wilson Fisk (aka Kingpin, the villain of Daredevil). His particuliarity ? She can recreate any human movement she sees, a gift that compensates for her deafness.

Loki, season 2 — Summer 2023

Loki “president” in episode 5. // Source: Disney Plus

Tom Hiddleston will play Loki again in future episodes.

Ironheart — Fall 2023

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Ironheart // Source: Marvel

A series centered on a superheroine played by Dominique Thorne. Ironheart will be about a brilliant young engineer who will build, like Tony Stark once did, her own armor.

X-Men ’97 — Fall 2023

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X-Men ’97 // Source: Marvel

The X-Men will first enter the MCU with an animated series dubbed X-Men ’97. Several mutants will be there, like Cyclops, Storm, Rogue, Jean Gray or even Wolverine – knowing that they will be led by Magneto.

Agatha: Coven of Chaos — Winter 2023

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It’s been Agatha all along! // Source: Marvel Studios

Agatha: House of Harkness is a spin-off of the series Wanda Vision, dedicated to the character of the witch Agatha Harkness. Always on the border of Good and Evil, the witch has made a huge impression.

Daredevil: Born Again — Spring 2024

Charlie Cox in Daredevil // Source: Marvel

After three seasons on Netflix, Daredevil will return in the form of a new series broadcast on Disney+ (with eighteen episodes on the program!). Charlie Cox will return the costume in Daredevil Born Againjust like Vincent d’Onofrio – who lends his features to the villainous Wilson Fisk.

Spider-Man: Freshman Year—2024

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A design reminiscent of course sheets… // Source: Marvel Studios

While Spider-Man already has several films under his belt, he will be returning in an animated series that will follow Peter Parker in his first year of college.

Armor Wars — NC

Logo of Armor Wars, future Marvel series. // Source: Marvel

Armor Wars is an adaptation of the eponymous comics. The series will center on War Machine, and will tackle Tony Stark’s worst fear: his technology falling into too many hands.

Wakanda Series—NC

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Danai Gurira in Black Panther // Source: Marvel Studios

In addition to the two Black Panther films, we will return to Wakanda for a spin-off series. It will be worn by the character Okoye.

Marvel Zombies—NC

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Ah, zombies. // Source: Marvel Studios

A re-reading of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but with zombies.

The rest ?

Given the pool of characters it has, Marvel can chain the series to feed Disney +. Programs on the Wasp, Wang or even Shuri, the little sister of Black Panter, would be adapted to the platform and would allow the MCU to expand even more. Not without quenching the thirst of fans who are only asking for that.

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