Marvel recently released the long-awaited Avengers: Endgame, and while the film seems to serve as a finale to the first few phases of the Infinity saga, while also closing the chapter on some of Earth’s mightiest heroes, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will continue, Disney has said.

So, as die-hard fans, we can't help but wonder what’s next.

As hard as it might be to imagine an MCU without our beloved superheroes we've come to love over the past decade of 22 blockbusters, it's comforting to know the universe isn't completely done, and that Marvel Studios has already announced several films set to premiere over the next five years. Marvel has done this before; we knew the title and release date for Age of Ultron years ahead of its release.

Marvel is sticking to this strategy, having already announced a handful of films and even new Disney+ shows. So, here's everything you need to know about what's next for the MCU. We've also included details about adjunct films.

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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Unconfirmed: Possible MCU movies and shows in the works Expected: Adjunct MCU movies and shows likely coming

Confirmed: Every new Marvel movie and show definitely coming


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Black Widow

  • Release date: 1 May 2020

We know the character Black Widow sacrifices herself in Avengers: Endgame to obtain the Soul Stone and defeat Thanos, but that hasn’t stopped Marvel from moving forward with her character in the MCU: An untitled Black Widow solo film will explore the character's mysterious past.

This film is set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Infinity War, and it has David Harbour set to co-star alongside Scarlett Johansson as the Soviet Union's answer to Captain America, Red Guardian.

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The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

  • Release date: Autumn 2020 (on Disney+)

The first of the new Marvel shows made exclusively for the new Disney+ streaming platform will see two familiar faces: Anthony Mackie's Falcon and Sebastian Stan's Winter Soldier. However, in a bit of a surprise, the bad guy they'll both be tasked with stopping is Daniel Bruhl's Baron Zemo, who was the villain in Captain America: Civil War.

The title card revealed at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con featured the design of Captain America's shield, which points toward this series picking up at the end of Avengers: Endgame, with The Falcon becoming the new Captain America.

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The Eternals

  • Release date: 6 November 2020

The Eternals are an offshoot of humanity and effectively immortal. They each have different types of powers, but depending upon the comic series you’re reading, the characters can be destroyed to the point that nothing but molecules remain, and yet they can still regenerate. They were Earth’s original protectors and often do battle with the Deviants, who have similar powers to the Eternals.

Confusing, we know.

A November 2020 release date was announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. Actress Angelina Jolie is attached to star in the film as the warrior Thena, with Kumail Nanjiani, Selma Hayek, and Richard Madden co-starring alongside her.

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

  • Release date: 12 February 2021

Shang-Chi is the first Asian superhero for Marvel to be put on the big screen. Simu Liu has been tapped as the master of Kung-Fu, while Shang Chi and Destin Daniel Cretton will serve as the director. This film will reportedly see the Mandarin as the villain. (The Mandarin was kind of in Iron Man 3, with Ben Kingsley playing the role. However, in that film, Mandarin was merely paid by the real villain, Aldrich Killian.) A different actor will play the Mandarin in this film and should be more like the comic book evildoer.

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  • Release date: Spring 2021 (on Disney+)

WandaVision will see Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda Maximoff return for an adventure of her own, exclusively on the new Disney+ streaming service. The show will feature Paul Bettany's Vision, who we last saw getting his head crushed in/exploded by Thanos. We'll also get to see Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau, who was last shown as a child in Captain Marvel.

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  • Release date: Spring 2021 (on Disney+)

Tom Hiddleston's Loki is returning!

This time, he's coming to the Disney+ streaming service. However, we won't see more of the Loki who died trying to save his brother in the Infinity War. Instead, the show will be centered around the Loki who escaped after the battle of New York - during the time travel escapades in Endgame. In other words, a version of Loki that hasn't begun his turn toward the good guys.

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

  • Release date: 7 May 2021

The sequel for Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Stephen Strange was confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, with the surprise that Elisabeth Olsen's Wanda Maximoff will aid Doctor Strange. Rumours are pointing to the villain for the sequel being Nightmare, the ruler of a dream dimension that feeds off of humanity’s dreams to survive. We also wouldn’t rule out Chiwetel Ejiofor's Mordo from having a role in the film.

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What If...

  • Release date: Summer 2021 (on Disney+)

What If... is an animated show Marvel coming to Disney+. It's based on comics of the same name. It will feature Jeffrey Wright as The Watcher, who is a member of a race of beings that watch the events of the MCU. Each episode will focus on a different "What if" style question, such as: What if the Fantastic Four never got their powers, or what if Captain America and Iron Man talked out their differences during Civil War?

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  • Release date: Autumn 2021 (on Disney+)

The last Disney+ show announced from Disney at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 will see Jeremy Renner return as Clint Barton (aka Hawkeye). The series will reportedly dive deep into the vigilante run Hawkeye went through after Thanos snapped his family away, while also showing the sharpshooter training a new female Hawkeye named Kate Bishop.

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Thor: Love and Thunder

  • Release date: 5 November 2021

Chris Hemsworth is slated to return as the God of Thunder for the fourth Thor film, but he's no longer the star. Instead, he'll be handing Mjolnir off to his former love interest, Jane Foster, who is again played by Natalie Portman. Tessa Thompson is also returning as Valkyrie, who is on the look out for a queen to help her rule New Asgard.

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Black Panther 2

  • Release date: Unannounced

The original Black Panther is the highest-grossing solo film in the MCU, with only the Avengers films topping it. Chadwick Boseman is slated to return, and Ryan Coogler is also returning to direct and write the sequel. There have even been reports about Michael B Jordan returning. While there’s not much else info, it wouldn’t shock us to see Marvel adapt the Black Panther comics written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, A Nation Under Our Feet.

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Guardians (Asgardians?) of the Galaxy Vol. 3

  • Release date: Unannounced

This third Guardians film was initially slated to hit theaters much earlier, but it was delayed when James Gunn was brought back aboard to write and direct it. We have no exact details about what the plot could be of the new film, but it could see the Guardians looking for Gamora, who was missing at the end of Endgame, or it could reveal the teased-character Adam Warlock, who was previewed at the end of Guardians 2.

Either way, Thor jumped aboard the Guardians ship in Endgame to find his true self in space, so we’ll happily take two more hours of him. So, perhaps, we'll see more of him as a space centered character, while the Jane Foster version of Thor remains on Earth.

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Captain Marvel 2

  • Release date: Unannounced

The film will probably occur sometime between the first film, set in 1995, and Endgame, but it’s hard to say when exactly and what would be the conflict that drives the film. The first one ends with Captain Marvel helping the Skrull refugees find a new home. She also promises to return to the Kree homeworld and end the Supreme Intelligence.

On top of all that, Ronan the Accuser makes an ominous promise to return for Captain Marvel. Could a sequel tie up all of these loose ends, or will we see an entirely new story centered around what Captain Marvel is doing during all the events of Endgame?

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Fantastic Four

  • Release date: Unannounced

Completely forget tall he previous films when it comes to this Fantastic Four.

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.

It's unknown when we can expect the film, but Kevin Feige announced it was in development at San Diego Comic-Con 2019.

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  • Release date: Unannounced

The first move Mahershala Ali made after winning the Best Actor Oscar was to set up a meeting with Marvel and let them know he wanted to play the vampire hunter Blade. Marvel Studio President Kevin Feige announced his casting at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, but little else is known about the film. We hope it will be set in the MCU just for the potential of other Avengers teaming up with Blade to fight vampires.

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Deadpool 3

  • Release date: Unannounced

A teaser was released for Deadpool 3 at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, but it left us with just as many questions as answers. We figured Disney couldn't turn down the profits from another Ryan Reynolds-led Deadpool film, but there was some question about the adult R-rated superhero fitting in with the Disney-owned MCU. The teaser doesn't answer these questions, however.

We see the X-Men, who were present in previous films, which might mean Deadpool stays out of the MCU, but anything is possible with this character. All he has to do is look at the camera and announce he's part of the MCU now.

Unconfirmed: Movies and shows possibly coming to the MCU

These are films Disney hasn't confirmed, but because it owns the rights to these franchises, the following films are expected:

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Avengers 5

  • Release date: Unknown

A fifth Avenger film is going to happen, but "phase four" (aka the next stage) of the MCU was announced without the big team-up that closed out the first three phases. So, we're at least four years away from the next Avengers film.

Also, remember, since the first Captain America introduced the first Infinity Stone, the MCU had been building toward a confrontation with Thanos. That’s done now, and the Avengers are currently scattered across the universe. So, what’s the next big bad that could reunite them all and how does Marvel plan to tease it out? Who knows.

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  • Release date: Unknown

Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox means Marvel owns the rights to a whole host of new characters, including the X-Men. We already know Marvel's working on a Fantastic Four film, and Kevin Feige left people drooling at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 when he said he'd run out of time to talk about mutants. However, there's a problem with adding the X-Men to the MCU, and it can't be solved with an origin story.

The X-Men aren't normal people who fell into radioactive waste and got superpowers. They're an entire offshoot of humanity itself. So, it's a bit more complicated getting these guys onto the screen in the context of the MCU, but considering all Marvel has accomplished already, it won't be long until Wolverine is seen joining up with Spiderman, Captain Marvel, and all the rest of the gang.

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Namor the Sub-Mariner

  • Release date: Unknown

There’s a moment in Endgame you might’ve missed that might be a preview of another Marvel comic character making his big-screen debut. As Black Widow is having her hologram conference with a few of the remaining Avengers, Danai Gurira’s Okoye mentions earthquakes in the ocean off the coast of Africa. While this could be just a throwaway line, it could also hint at the debut of the Sub-Mariner, Marvel’s answer to Aquaman.

The director of Doctor Strange and its upcoming sequel posted a since-deleted social media post showing a comic book cover of Strange and Namor, which people took as Namor making his debut in the Doctor Strange sequel. There's also rumours “The Rock” will play The Atlantean.

Expected: Adjunct movies and shows coming to the MCU

Here are more expected films, all part of Marvel and Sony's extended Spider-Man Universe deal:

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  • Release date: 31 July 2020

Morbius is the next film from Sony’s extended Spider-Man Universe. It tells the story of Dr Michael Morbius, who, through trying to cure himself of a rare blood disease, effectively turns himself into a vampire. While the character is one of Spider-Man’s Antagonists, he’s also seen time as an antihero. The film is slated to be released on 31 July 2020 and has actor Jared Leto attached to play Morbius.

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Venom 2

  • Release date: 2 October 2020

Venom was a surprise success that proved Sony’s extended Spider-Man Universe wasn’t as dumb of an idea as we all initially thought. The sequel will feature Tom Hardy returning as the black Symbiote and figures to see him take on Woody Harrelson’s serial killer Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage. The film is currently scheduled to be released on 2 October 2020.

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Kraven the Hunter

  • Release date: Unknown

Another film reportedly being worked on is centered around the Marvel character Kraven, a Russian immigrant who wants to be known as the greatest hunter alive. The screenwriter attached to the project, Richard Wenk, said in an interview that Spider-Man would make an appearance, too.

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Black Cat and Silver Sable

  • Release date: Unknown

Initial rumours pointed to these two characters sharing the screen in a feature film, but the latest reports indicate that each character will receive their own films. Still, little is known about these films, and there’s not even been casting for the two characters yet.

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Spider-Man 3

  • Release date: Unknown

There are only so many movies Sony can make about the bad guys from Spider-Man before the web-slinger gets involved, right? Eventually, Spider-Man is going to have to take on some of these characters once they lose control (we’re looking at you, Venom). We don’t have anything confirmed about when or what that movie may look like, but, hopefully, it won’t stop Peter Parker from showing up in the next Avengers film.

Marvel movies and shows at a glance

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

Note: We've excluded the final Fox-produced X-Men movies, Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants, as Marvel Studios was not involved with them.

Confirmed: Every new Marvel movie and show definitely coming

Disney has confirmed dates for eight new movies over five years - and recent leaks suggest the following will be those films:

  • Black Widow (1 May 2020)
  • The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (Fall 2020)
  • The Eternals (6 November 2020)
  • Shang Chi (12 February 2021)
  • WandaVision (Spring 2021)
  • Loki (Spring 2021)
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (7 May 2021)
  • What If... (Summer 2021)
  • Hawkeye (Fall 2021)
  • Thor: Love and Thunder (5 November 2021)
  • Black Panther 2 (Unannounced)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (Unannounced)
  • Captain Marvel 2 (Unannounced)
  • Fantastic Four (Unannounced)
  • Blade (Unannounced)
  • Deadpool 3 (Unannounced)

Unconfirmed: Movies and shows possibly coming to the MCU

These are films Disney hasn't confirmed, but because it owns the rights to these franchises, the following films are expected:

  • Avengers 5 (unknown)
  • X-Men (unknown)
  • Namor the Sub-Mariner (unknown)

Expected: Adjunct movies and shows coming to the MCU

Here are more expected films, all part of Marvel and Sony's extended Spider-Man Universe deal:

  • Morbius (2020)
  • Venom 2 (2020)
  • Kraven the Hunter (unknown)
  • Black Cat and Silver Sable (unknown)
  • Spiderman 3 (unknown)

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