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Upcoming Marvel movies: Every new MCU film and TV show in the works

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(Pocket-lint) - When Marvel released Endgame in 2019, it brought an end to some of Earth’s mightiest heroes and served as a finale to the first few phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, aka the Infinity Saga.

But the MCU is continuing.

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As hard as it might be to imagine an MCU without heroes like Iron Man and Captain America that we've come to love over the past decade of 20-plus blockbusters, it's comforting to know the universe isn't done. That leads to the question: What's next? Well, Marvel is still releasing an avalanche of new series and films. The studio has revealed a roadmap for the next two phases of MCU films. It includes five animated Disney+ series, nine Disney+ live-action series, and 11 films that will release over the next few years. For reference, there have been 29 movies since the MCU began in 2008.

Read: What order should you watch every Marvel movie and TV show

Here, then, is everything you need to know about what's next for the MCU. We've split up this guide into live-action movies, live-action shows, animated shows, and specials. If you want the spoiler-free version of this guide, scroll to the bottom, where we've appended at-a-glance list versions that you can skim.

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Below are all the confirmed live-action movies coming to the MCU. Marvel has plans for 11 new movies over three years.

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The highly anticipated sequel to 2018's Black Panther is expected to dive into the wider world of Wakanda, as Marvel announced it won't recast Chadwick Boseman's character following his tragic death.

Without Boseman, the main question for this film and the future of Wakanda in the MCU boils down to who will be the new Black Panther. Many of the cast members from the first film would all make sense, with Letitia Wright's Shuri, Lupita Nyongo's Nakia, and Winston Duke's M'baku as the most obvious choices for the role. 

Regarding the villain for this film, the most recent trailer gave us our first glimpse at Namor, the ruler of Atlantis who Tenoch Huerta will play. Namor's entrance into the MCU has been rumoured for years and it appears he'll make his debut by leading his underwater nation into war with Wakanda. 

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The third Ant-Man and the Wasp film will see the next confirmed sighting of Jonathan Majors' Kang The Conqueror following his appearance in the season finale of Loki.

Kang is a time traveler from far in the future who discovers the multiverse and time travel. The film will return Paul Rudd as Scott Lang and Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, aka Ant-Man and The Wasp. Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfieffer will also return to their previous roles.

Corey Stoll will even be back as the villain from the first Ant-Man film, Darren Cross. Finally, Peyton Reed will return as director after helming the first two Ant-Man films. 

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This third Guardians film was initially slated to hit theaters much earlier, but Marvel delayed it when they announced James Gunn, the writer, and director of the first two films, would be returning for a third installment (he was busy working on Suicide Squad - hence the delay).  We have no exact details about what the plot could be for the new film, but it could see the Guardians looking for Gamora, who was missing at the end of Endgame. We do know the film will reveal the teased-character Adam Warlock, previewed at the end of Guardians 2, with Will Poulter's casting of the character being announced.

Disney also recently revealed that the cast will be filming a Disney+ holiday special for release in 2022. You can also expect the release of a series of shorts on Disney+ about Baby Groot, aptly titled I am Groot.

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We now know the title of Captain Marvel's sequel, The Marvels, which teases a team-up female-centric team-up led by Brie Larson's Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel. The first Captain Marvel film is set in 1995, and we don't know what Brie Larson's character has been up to between then and her appearance in Endgame, but we can safely say from the addition of Iman Vellani's Kamala Khan, who made her debut in the Disney+ TV series Ms Marvel, and Teyonah Parris' Monica Rambeau, who was recently powered up in WandaVision, that the film should be set in what passes as the modern-day for the MCU.

There's also the credits scene from Far From Home. It featured Nick Fury aboard a spaceship with the Skrulls from the first Captain Marvel film. This could be linked to the next Captain Marvel feature.

There's also the credits scene from Far From Home. It featured Nick Fury aboard a spaceship with the Skrulls from the first Captain Marvel film. This could be linked to the next Captain Marvel feature.

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After winning an Oscar for Best Actor, Mahershala Ali set up a meeting with Marvel and let them know he wanted to play the vampire hunter Blade. Marvel Studios announced his casting at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, and he "appeared" in one of the post-credit scenes from The Eternals where we could hear Ali's voice speak to Kit Harrington's Dane Whitman. Bassam Tariq has been tapped to direct.

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Marvel officially unveiled Captain America: New World Order at Comic-Con 2022.

Following the conclusion of the Disney+ TV series The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, it was revealed that Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson will get his own big-screen adventure now that he's the new Captain America. There's no other word on who else could be returning for the film, but here's hoping we get to see Sebastian Stan's Bucky Barnes team up with the new Cap again.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier's showrunner, Malcolm Spellman, is penning the script and Julius Onah will serve as the Director. 

Super-early rumours are pointing to the return of two villains, one of which is Daniel Bruhl's Baron Zemo, who we last saw working with Sam and Bucky. The other is Red Skull, the villain that Chris Evan faced off with during WWII in Captain America: The First Avenger and was last played by Ross Marquand in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Hugo Weaving originally played the role. 

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Thunderbolts was announced at Comic-Con 2022 where it was revealed the film will be the final entry on phase 5 of the MCU. This isn't an Avengers film, but it will likely see a few of the recent anti-heroes Marvel has introduced joining forces. Nobody has been attached yet, but likely choices to see in the film are Florence Pugh's Yelena Belova, Wyatt Russell's John Walker, and Daniel Bruhl's Baron Zemo. 

Of course with it being two years away, there are probably characters in this film who haven't been introduced yet. 

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Release date: 28 November 2024
The Fantastic Four have been some of the premiere comic characters for Marvel since their inception. All that success, however, hasn't translated to the big screen yet, with three films produced since 2005, and none of them being particularly successful. That will likely all change with the next Fantastic Four film, as Marvel reacquired the rights to produce it and add the foursome to the MCU.

We've recently seen John Krasinski portray an alternate universe's version of the group's leader, Reed Richards. However, it doesn't seem like Marvel is set on having Krasinski play the character full-time.

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Jonathan Majors was introduced as Kang in the first season of Loki and it was instantly made clear that he was going to be a major villain in the future of the MCU. 

As Kang explains in the season finale of Loki, he had discovered a way to travel between universes, effectively opening up the multiverse. Now one version of Kang managed to win out and set up the TVA so that no more Kangs would be created to threaten the multiverse. But that version of Kang is dead now which means we will see the much more nefarious versions of him show up throughout phase 5, beginning with Ant-Man: Quantumania, and presumably finishing here with the Avengers teaming up to take him down. 

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A second Avengers film will release just six months after The Kang Dynasty. While we're still very far out from the film being in theatres, the Secret Wars comic run sees heroes and villains of the MCU, including the X-Men, abducted by an entity known as the Beyonder and made to fight on pieced together planet known as Battleworld. 

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While most of the excitement with Disney's purchase of Fox Films centered around potential future films for the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, it was easy to forget that Disney now owns the rated-R superhero Deadpool, and it's hard to imagine we'll have to wait long for him to show up in the MCU, officially. Disney and Ryan Reynolds are reportedly working on the project. Bob's Burgers writers Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Loeglin are penning a script that Ryan Reynolds is overseeing while Shawn Levy, who recently directed Reynolds in the film Free Guy has signed onto direct.

Marvel hasn't announced a release date yet, but you can expect this film to be rated R, too, just like its predecessors. 

Marvel has confirmed plans for nine new live-action shows over three years. 

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We'll forgive you if you think this is just a girl version of the strongest Avenger, but Jennifer Walters is a character all her own in Marvel Comics. Bruce Banner is her cousin, and she gains his powers during a blood transfusion. She's much more comfortable with a big green alter-ego than her cousin, as she becomes the lawyer of choice for any superhero who has to be in court. Of course, Marvel will probably change some of her origin story, but the 9-episode series will still focus on her ability in the courtroom. 

Tatiana Maslany will play Walters, aka She-Hulk, and Mark Ruffalo will also be back as the Hulk/Bruce Banner. We also know that Jameela Jamil will play the villain Titania. In a bit more surprising news, Tim Roth will reprise his role as The Abomination from 2008's The Incredible Hulk (as seen in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.) Check out the trailer for She-Hulk here

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This Disney+ TV series stars Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury, while Ben Mendelsohn will return as Talos. It's a live-action version of one of the most famous comic storylines of all time, which will see shape-shifting Skrulls infiltrate Earth. Kevin Feige indicated the series will be a crossover event, meaning we could be seeing lots of other characters from the MCU. 

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Alaqua Cox will star as Maya Lopez, aka Echo, in a new Disney+ TV series after the character debuted in the Hawkeye series. In the comics, Maya or Echo is a gifted athlete and can copy any movements she sees. Charlie Cox is expected to appear as Daredevil and Vincent D'Onofrio will return as Wilson Fisk, aka Kingpin, for this series. 

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It's been confirmed Loki will return for a second season (thanks to the credits of the season finale for the first season). Expect it to pick up where the events of the first season left off -- with Loki and Sylvie split up and the timeline destroyed. In addition to Tom Hiddleston and Sophia Di Martino returning as Loki and Sylvie, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Wunmi Mosaku are also expected to reprise their roles.

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Dominique Thorne will make her debut as Riri Williams in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever before she takes over the reins of her own Disney+ TV series. In the comics, Williams is a genius who created her own version of the Iron Man armour at the age of 16 while attending MIT. Judging from her inclusion in  Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Marvel may be changing that backstory a little bit.

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Kathryn Hahn will reprise her role as Agatha Harkness in her own series after she debuted as the villain in WandaVision. The series will hopefully shed more light on some of the dark magic she used in WandaVision as well as the history of witches in the MCU. 

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Charlie Cox will reprise his role as Matt Murdock/Daredevil after playing the role on Netflix. This will be Cox's fourth appearance in the MCU after popping up in Spider-Man: No Way Home, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, and Echo. It's still unclear whether this series will be a continuation of the Netflix series. As only Vincent D'Onofrio is slated to return for the new series reprising his role as Kingpin.

Of course, the series is still two years from its current premiere date, so there's plenty of time to get Elden Hanson on board to return as Foggy.

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This series will star Don Cheadle as his MCU character, James Rhodes, aka War Machine, who deals with the fallout of his old friend's technology falling into the wrong hands. The series will be based on a popular run of the Iron Man comics, albeit with major differences, as Tony Stark is dead.

Armor Wars was conspicuously left out of a huge set of reveals Marvel made at Comic-Con 2022, but Yassir Lester, who's writing the series, assured fans it would still be coming out. 

Marvel has five confirmed animated shows in the works for Disney+.

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This collection of shorts will see baby Groot working on growing up. There will be five episodes and Bradley Cooper will voice Rocket Raccoon in the series.

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A second season of What If... is already in the works and Marvel has also already committed to the third season of the animated series. Jeffrey Wright will return to voice The Watcher and we'd expect other voices from the MCU to appear as well. It's been confirmed that Hayley Atwell's Captain Carter will again be featured this season, as well as episodes featuring Hela, Gamora, and Tony Stark.

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Beau Demayo will serve as executive producer and head writer for this new animated series that will pay homage to the famous 90's series X-Men: The Animated Series. The series will be Marvel's first adaptation of the X-Men since reacquiring the rights. It was announced at Comic-Con that the series has already been renewed for a second season. 

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What if MCU, but Walking Dead. This animated series will see Earth's mightiest heroes confronted with a zombie apocalypse. Marvel revealed that the series will release in 2024, and most importantly be rated TV-MA. Brian Andrews will serve as executive producer.

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This animated series will see a young Peter Parker on his way to becoming Spider-Man. Jeff Trammel will serve as executive producer and head writer. Marvel revealed that Charlie Cox will voice his character Daredevil in the series at Comic-Con 2022. In addition, they revealed that the series has already been renewed for a second season.

Marvel has two confirmed specials for Disney+ coming out this holiday season.

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Marvel is producing a Halloween special that is said to be based on the comic book character Werewolf by Night.

Gael Garcia Bernal will play Jack Russell, a man whose family has been cursed for generations to turn into werewolves. In the comics, Russell’s brand of lycanthropy is little different than the classic versions of werewolves. He can transform at will, by thinking of a full moon, and he also is still totally in control of himself. He also is regularly involved with Moon Knight, Blade, and (gulp) Morbius, in his different comic runs. 

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The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special was announced back at Disney's Investor Day in 2020.

James Gunn will direct the Disney+ Special that will see the main cast of both Guardian's films return, including Chris Pratt as Peter Quill and Dave Bautista as Drax. Gunn, who wrote and directed all of the Guardians of the Galaxy films, has said he was inspired the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special. 


Here's everything we described above, broken down into three at-a-glance lists that are spoiler-free.

Then maybe you'll like our movie order viewing guides:

We also have this rumour round-up on upcoming Star Wars movies:

Writing by Maggie Tillman.