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- Marvel Studios has eight release dates set for untitled Marvel Cinematic Universe movies after 2019.
- Not much is known about the MCU’s future after “Avengers: Endgame,” but there are at least six movies in the works.
Warning: This post contains spoilers for “Avengers: Endgame.”
The Marvel Cinematic Universe will enter bold new territory after this year.
“Avengers: Endgame” is currently breaking records at the box office and “Spider-Man: Far From Home” comes to theaters in July. Beyond that, details about the MCU’s future are scarce, but Marvel Studios will make official announcements later this year.
But we do know that Marvel Studios has eight release dates for yet-to-be-titled movies from 2020 to 2022, and we know what some of those movies could be.
The release dates are May 1 and November 6, 2020; February 12, May 7, and November 5, 2021; and February 18, May 6, and July 29, 2022. (A July 2020 release date was cut from the schedule last year.)
Disney, which owns Marvel, closed its merger with Fox last month, and now owns the film rights to Fox’s Marvel characters, including the X-Men, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four. It’s unclear how Marvel Studios would use these characters – Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, was not approved to develop projects for them until after the merger – but Marvel still has other movies in the works that could fill those release dates.
In a stunning move, Disney last month rehired James Gunn to direct “Guardians of the Galaxy 3” after firing him last year when offensive tweets resurfaced. And Marvel Studios hired the “Short Term 12” director, Destin Daniel Cretton, to direct “Shang-Chi,” starring Marvel’s first Asian superhero to lead a solo movie.
Here are six Marvel Cinematic Universe movies in the works:
“Black Panther” sequel
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“Black Panther” was the highest-grossing movie at the domestic box office last year, with over $700 million, and it made over $1 billion worldwide – a sequel was inevitable. Ryan Coogler has signed on to return to write and direct it.
Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow has been an Avenger since the beginning. She debuted in 2010 in “Iron Man 2” and has since starred in every “Avengers” movie, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and “Captain America: Civil War.”
But right when she’s getting her own movie, she gets killed off in “Avengers: Endgame.” Black Widow sacrifices herself on Vormir to retrieve the Soul Stone, so it’s likely that her solo movie will explore her backstory as a Russian assassin-turned-agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland will direct the movie.
“Doctor Strange” sequel
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Doctor Strange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, has been positioned as one of the anchors of the franchise in a post-“Endgame” MCU.
The director Scott Derrickson is returning for the sequel to 2016’s hit first movie, which grossed $678 million worldwide.
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Chloé Zhao, who directed “The Rider,” is directing “The Eternals,” based on the legendary creator Jack Kirby’s comic about godlike beings.
The movie is likely to push the MCU’s cosmic stories into new territory, beyond just “Guardians of the Galaxy” or, more recently, “Captain Marvel.”
“Guardians of the Galaxy 3”
In a surprising reversal, Disney last month reinstated James Gunn to direct the third “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie after firing him in July when years-old offensive tweets resurfaced.
Warner Bros. has also hired Gunn to write and direct a new “Suicide Squad” movie, which he’ll complete before Marvel Studios starts production of “Guardians of the Galaxy 3.” So it’s likely we won’t see “Guardians 3” until at least 2022.
“Endgame” sets up an interesting premise for the movie, in that Gamora (who died in “Infinity War”) is brought back to the present from the past. At the end of the movie, the Guardians, now with Thor in their ranks, are searching for Gamora.
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Destin Daniel Cretton, who directed “Short Term 12,” will direct “Shang-Chi,” Marvel Studios’ first movie starring an Asian superhero. In the comics, he’s known as the “Master of Kung-Fu.”
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