It made perfect sense that Marvel's big return following pandemic-induced filming delays and the creation of Disney+'s streaming service would see the explosion of the multiverse—an endless realm of possibilities wherein the most popular experiments would pave the way forward for the MCU's future.
Marvel achieved its first Emmy-nominated series with WandaVision, welcomed its first Muslim superhero with Ms. Marvel, and witnessed the first billion-dollar film of the pandemic with Spider-Man: No Way Home. Films such as Eternals and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness expanded the universe even further and sent fans into theory madness, while Disney+ made space for more unorthodox heroes such as Moon Knight and a new Hawkeye.
Since the burgeoning era of early Marvel television, the studio hasn't seen the same success. Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Secret Invasion were both critical failures, forcing Kevin Feige to rethink Marvel's entire release strategy. So far, everything with a firm release date is safe—though those are subject to change now that the SAG-AFTRA strike is coming to an end. Still, Marvel plans to release at least 20 more projects by the end of 2027, including two more Avengers outings. Many other projects, such as the return of Blade, the vampire hunter, are also in development.
With the strikes pushing back every Phase 5 and 6 project nearly a full year, below is every upcoming project Marvel has announced under its current slate, including what may come of the 20th Century Fox acquisition of X-Men, Deadpool, and the Fantastic Four.
On Disney+: January 10, 2024
Spinning off the Hawkeye miniseries, Maya Lopez, a.k.a. Echo (Alaqua Cox) will star in her own solo series as the deaf assassin who can mimic her target's fighting style.
As the first Native American superhero to lead her own series, Echo's cast will also feature well-known indigenous actors such as Zahn McClarnon (Reservation Dogs) and Graham Greene (Wind River).
Maya Lopez in the comics encounters many of Marvel's street-level heroes such as Daredevil and Moon Knight, as well as the Secret Invasion storyline. It appears that her limited series will be a stand-alone entry in the MCU, however, even with Vincent D'Onofrio returning as the Kingpin.
In theaters: July 26, 2024
You can bet Ryan Reynolds was going to continue his work on Deadpool 3 following the 20th Century Fox acquisition thanks to the combined billion-dollar success of the first two Deadpool films.
The action-comedy star is reportedly overseeing the production of the script, with recent collaborator Shawn Levy (Free Guy, The Adam Project) set to direct.
Deadpool's third entry will likely include just as many jabs, antics, and fourth-wall breaks as earlier entries, especially with Hugh Jackman set to return as Wolverine.
Agatha: Darkhold Diaries
On Disney+: Late 2024
Kathryn Hahn's fan-favorite performance as the WandaVision witch Agatha Harkness helped score her own dark comedy series, Agatha: Darkhold Diaries. The initial pitch for the series has also reportedly gone through many changes during production, going from Agatha: House of Harkness to Coven of Chaos and now Darkhold Diaries.
WandaVision head writer Jac Schaeffer will serve as the show's executive producer, picking up from where we last left Agatha—trapped in her suburban sitcom persona.
Captain America: Brave New World
In theaters: February 14, 2025
Anthony Mackie will star in the sequel film to The Falcon and the Winter Soldier series that finally gave Sam Wilson the title of Captain America.
Falcon and the Winter Soldier left many plot threads still to be unraveled, such as Sharon Carter's role as the criminal Power Broker and Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) rounding up troubled super-power beings such as John Walker (Wyatt Russell).
Samuel Sterns, whose transformation into The Leader back in 2008's The Incredible Hulk was never explored, will also star in Brave New World, as well as Harrison Ford as the president of the United States.
On Disney+: TBA 2025
After her introduction in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, RiRi Williams (Dominique Thorne) will get a solo series that explores her character more fully as well as issues in the new generation of Iron Man technology.
Dubbing herself "Ironheart," RiRi creates a high-powered suit to rival the great Tony Stark's before she's suddenly thrust into a criminal world that will do anything to claim it.
In theaters: May 2, 2025
The Fantastic Four, Marvel's first family, has had a rough ride with critics over the years. Mr. Fantastic, Human Torch, Invisible Woman, and The Thing, have already graced our screens three times now, but all three films have been commercial and critical failures.
Chris Evans (the original Human Torch before the debut of the official MCU) went on to star as another hero entirely, and the 2015 reboot starring Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, and Kate Mara ended up losing 20th Century Fox over $80 million.
Backed by the Fox acquisition and a fan campaign to cast John Krasinski as the new Mr. Fantastic (which came true in a Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness cameo), Marvel will try once again to wow us with this superhero family when the time is right.
In theaters: July 25, 2025
Starring a ragtag group of MCU villains and antiheroes such as the Winter Soldier, Florence Pugh's Black Widow, U.S. Agent, Ghost, Taskmaster, and David Harbour's Red Guardian, Thunderbolts will presumably showcase a Suicide Squad-esque lineup for the MCU--all assembled by Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus).
Daredevil: Born Again
On Disney+: TBA 2025
Following his cameos in Spider-Man: No Way Home and She-Hulk, Matt Murdock, a.k.a. Daredevil (Charlie Cox), will reportedly see a 12-episode limited series on Disney+ thanks to fan demand. Production delays and staffing shakeups have pushed the series into 2025, but Born Again remains in Marvel's release plans.
The blind, crime-fighting lawyer's first three seasons premiered on Netflix back when heroes such as Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and The Punisher, lived on the streaming competitor. Daredevil's main foe, Kingpin (Vincent D’Onofrio), also made an appearance in the Hawkeye miniseries.
In theaters: November 7, 2025
Hype is huge for the return of Blade, the vampire hunter, who will be played by Mahershala Ali. Made famous in a trilogy of movies featuring Wesley Snipes pre-MCU, the half-vampire, full-time killer helped pave the way for the superhero film resurgence in the late 2000s.
Blade already made an audio-only cameo in the end credits scene of Eternals when he spoke to Dane Whitman (Kit Harington), who will become the Black Knight, but it's unknown just how either character will fit into the next phase of the MCU. Currently, production on the film has been delayed while they search for a new director last minute.
What If...?: Season 2
On Disney+: TBA
With the evil Doctor Strange and Captain Carter both making their way into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the MCU's What If...? animated series may be more influential to the overarching live-action story than the series' sandbox-like reimagining may suggest.
One potential storyline was teased by head writer A.C. Bradley last season that includes Gamora in Thanos armor and Iron Man in a cosmic suit fighting side-by-side.
In theaters: TBA
If Armor Wars follows its storyline from the comics, James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) will have to step in for the late Tony Stark to deal with Iron Man technology falling into the wrong hands.
The limited series is being re-written into a movie by Yassir Lester (Black Monday) and will also feature black-market dealer Sonny Burch (Walter Goggins), who made his debut in Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Avengers: The Kang Dynasyy
In theaters: May 1, 2026
Kang (Jonathan Majors) is shaping up to be the Avengers' next big bad following Thanos and his quest for the infinity stones. Kang's appearances in Loki and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will further establish his threat to the state of the MCUbefore he appears here in Kang Dynasty for the official showdown, some two years later.
Avengers: Secret Wars
In theaters: May 7, 2027
Information about this next Avengers flick has been pretty secret—hence the title—but Secret Wars has been set for a release date one year after Kang. If the plot follows the comics in any way, the Avengers should be putting the multiverse drama to rest when the cataclysmic Secret Wars hits theaters in the Summer of 2027.
Untitled Wakanda Series
On Disney+: TBA
Black Panther director Ryan Coogler revealed back in May 2021 that he was working on a drama series set in the Kingdom of Wakanda with Okoye (Danai Gurira) set to have a starring role.
Not much else is known about the project, or if the story will expand on events in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Spider-Man: Freshman Year
On Disney+: TBA
Marvel's next animated Spider-Man cartoon will premiere on Disney+ helmed by Jeff Trammel (Cartoon Network’s Craig of the Creek). The series may fill in the gaps between Peter Parker's origins after getting bitten by a radioactive spider and his live-action appearance in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
On Disney+: TBA
While Marvel chief creative officer Kevin Feige figures out how to best incorporate the X-Men into the MCU, Disney's first plan is to re-vamp the Saturday morning X-Men cartoon that ran for five seasons from 1992 to 1997.
Beau DeMayo (The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf) will serve as head writer, but no voice cast has been announced yet.
On Disney+: TBA
Featured in an episode of What If...?, the MCU reimagined as a world full of zombies will reportedly get its own miniseries based on the comic by everyone's favorite zombie aficionado, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman.
Zeb Wells (Robot Chicken) will also serve as head writer and executive producer.
On Disney+ TBA
At the end of WandaVision, a resurrected, weird, and white Vision reentered the MCU. Where is he now? What does he want? Well, that will all be explored in the future Vision Quest series. WandaVision's Jac Schaeffer will return as head writer, with Paul Bettany also set to reprise his role as Vision.
On Disney+: TBA
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will star as the titular Wonder Man for a future Disney+ series, helmed by Shang-Chi's Destin Daniel Cretton and Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Andrew Guest. The series will also star Ben Kingsley as the former Mandarin, Demetrius Grosse as the Grim Reaper, and Ed Harris as Wonder Man's agent.
It remains unknown what version of Wonder Man we'll see, as the character has a long and complicated past that is wrapped up in Vision's already-retconned origins.
Way back in Infinity War, Thanos decimated the home of the Nova Corps in search of the infinity stones, presumably killing everyone on the planet last seen in Guardians of the Galaxy.
Nova, the aptly titled intergalactic hero and last survivor of his home planet, is reportedly getting a script penned by Moon Knight writer Sabir Pirzada, but it remains unknown if they will appear in a Disney+ series or a theatrical release.
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