Are you ready for some speculaaaaaaation? If not, turn away now. But if so, let’s get into what might be the Marvel movies timeline for the next few years. Because Post-Avengers: Infinity War, we know a few films on the schedule; but given the secrecy surrounding what happens at the end of Avengers 4, there are a lot of questions.
For example: are we done with the original Avengers? Is that it for Iron Man and Captain America? How about Thor? With everyone’s contracts wrapping up, will those franchises be done for good? And how many of the new franchises — Ant-Man and Doctor Strange in particular — can hold their own?
That said, there are a few things we know for sure, including the rough dates for Marvel movies stretching out through 2022. What we don’t know is exactly what will be on those dates (other than a few exceptions). So let’s speculate! Below, a breakdown of the dates, and what we think might end up there.
Also note, the Disney/Fox merger, if it goes through, will be finalized in Summer of 2019. That means characters including Deadpool, the X-Men, and the Fantastic Four would be available for use in the MCU. They could get slotted in later, a la Spider-Man: Homecoming. Or, they could shift everything.
We’ll ignore that possibility for a moment, though. On with the Marvel movies timeline!
[NOTE: This has been updated a/o July 10, 2018, as Marvel moved their July 30, 2021 movie to February 12, 2021.]
July 6: Ant-Man and the Wasp
This is out in theaters! It takes place before, and during Avengers: Infinity War.
All of these are scheduled, as well! We don’t know the title for the Infinity War sequel, though we do know the name of the Spider-Man sequel, as well as who will be playing the villain. We also know that the Spidey movie will be the first with the MCU’s new status quo (whatever that is). Beyond this point, other than dates we’re in educated guess territory.
May 1: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
July 31: Doctor Strange 2
November 6: Black Widow
We know for sure that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is coming out in 2020, though not which of the three dates. Last one had a May slot, so why not throw it there?
We also know that a solo Black Widow movie is finally, actually in development. And though Doctor Strange 2 hasn’t been confirmed, that seems a safe bet post-Infinity War. It also feels like one that (relatively speaking) could be turned around quickly, despite the demands of magical effects.
By the way, I put Black Widow in November because it’s probably a little darker; while Doctor Strange is a known quantity, and can fill a late July movie slot.
Feb 12: Captain Marvel 2
May 7: Spider-Man: Homecoming 3
November 5: Black Panther 2
Two years might be a LITTLE quick for a Captain Marvel sequel, but if the movie is good, they’ll want to greenlight another one, and jumpstart a new franchise as soon as possible — particularly post her appearance in Avengers 4.
I put another Spider-Man movie here because every two years seems to be the cadence for Spider-Man movies. Plus, chances are both Sony and Disney will want to jam these out before Tom Holland starts to suffer from the same Normal Human Aging Disease that afflicted Tobey Maguire.
And there’s a Black Panther sequel coming from writer/director Ryan Coogler. November, frankly, might be a little late in the year after the hugeness of the first one; but at this point Marvel can really do no wrong, any time of the year. Granted, 2021 feels later than Disney would want to wait for the sequel, but it is a healthy three years between entries, and would give Coogler plenty of time to work on the script.
February 18: Captain America 4
May 6: New Avengers
July 29: Nova
This is the worst kind of speculation possible, but there’s reasoning to it. With all these new, uncertain franchises — other than Black Panther, which seems like an extremely safe bet right now — they’ll want a familiar name. So let’s bring back Captain America, with a fan-favorite storyline finding either Bucky (Sebastian Stan) or Falcon (Anthony Mackie) replacing him! That way, they get to have their cake and eat it, too.
The next one I’m much more sure about: Avengers movies have come out every three years, and will for the rest of our lifetimes. I put the name New Avengers, because it’ll probably be a new team to kick off a new trilogy, so… Sure, why not.
And I had honestly no idea what to put in that last slot. One thing missing from this slate is new ideas, and I’m not totally confident Marvel will force through an Ant-Man 3 just because. It’s also light on cosmic, so why not get a young Nova, left after the destruction of the Nova Corps, going to space and saving the universe? That sounds fun.
Whatever happens, we’ll know… At some point in the future.
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