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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.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe will enter bold new territory after this year.
“Avengers: Endgame” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home” are set to come to theaters in April and July; beyond that, details about the MCU’s future are scarce. 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, is expected to close its merger with Fox on Wednesday, at which point Disney will own 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, has not been approved to develop projects for them – but Marvel still has other movies in the works that could fill those release dates.
In a stunning move, Disney last week rehired James Gunn to direct “Guardians of the Galaxy 3” after firing him last year when offensive tweets resurfaced. And Marvel Studios has 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.”
So it’s about time she got her own movie.
The Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland will direct the solo movie, expected to be a prequel following the character’s past as a Russian spy.
“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 Celestials.
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 week 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.”
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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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