The Marvel Cinematic Universe did not end with Avengers: Endgame, but it did take a big break, and its return across 2021 and 2022 was understandably a little shaky.
Phase 4 saw Marvel take its first big steps into the Multiverse with its movies, while it also began experimenting with mixing TV shows into the canon. Series like WandaVision and Loki have already tied directly into some of the MCU’s movies that have been released since, while others like She-Hulk and Moonknight haven’t made the crossover just yet.
At San Diego Comic-Con 2022, Marvel Studios set to put this uncertain era behind it by officially closing the door on Phase 4 and laying out firm plans for Phases 5 and even 6, including setting release dates for many previously announced films and announcing two new Avengers movies.
But, with MCU movies not performing quite as well as Disney might have hoped, plans keep shifting, moving certain movies and shows around on the calendar stretching all the way out to the middle of 2026. Meanwhile, it seems that Disney CEO Bob Iger is planning on fewer Marvel shows in general going forward.
With this new gamut of release dates — and some new titles and first looks — the MCU machine keeps on churning. From the introduction of Blade and the Fantastic Four to the return of Daredevil in his first official MCU TV series, here’s every planned future Marvel Cinematic Universe movie and Disney Plus show.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: May 5
Director James Gunn returns to put a cap on his Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy, which, it’s now confirmed, will be the final outing for the team (in this form, anyway). According to a trailer shown to SDCC 2022 attendees, there’s a focus on Rocket, while the team will face a new threat from the High Evolutionary (Chukwudi Iwuji) and meet the mysterious Adam Warlock (Will Poulter).
Secret Invasion: June 21
This six-episode Disney Plus series, based on Marvel Comics’ Secret Invasion event, stars Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn as the Skrull agent Talos as they deal with a, well, secret Skrull invasion on Earth. Conspiracy, intrigue, and spy-movie goings-on are the order of the day. Also appearing will be Don Cheadle as James Rhodes, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross, and Olivia Colman and Emilia Clarke in undisclosed roles.
Loki season 2: Summer 2023
A second helping of the televisual adventures of Tom Hiddleston’s trickster god was confirmed in the final episode of the first season. Everything Everywhere All At Once star Ke Huy Quan will join the multiverse escapade when it returns in summer 2023.
Ironheart: Fall 2023
After taking her bow in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne) gets her own series. The character is a brilliant young engineer who makes her own power suit, much like Iron Man’s, after reverse-engineering some of Tony Stark’s tech. Facing off against Riri will be the Hood (Anthony Ramos), a more magic-based villain.
Echo: Late 2023
Charlie Cox’s Daredevil is getting around; after appearing in Spider-Man: No Way Home and She-Hulk, he’s going to crop up in this sequel of sorts to the Hawkeye series, before finally getting his own show back in 2024. Vincent D’Onofrio also appears as Kingpin. Echo is a Disney Plus series following Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez, a deaf Native American woman with the power to perfectly copy another person’s movements.
The Marvels: Nov. 10
The sequel to 2019’s Captain Marvel will be called The Marvels, since the Captain Marvel power family continues to grow. With Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), alias Ms. Marvel, and Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) — the superhero known as Photon, who was introduced in WandaVision — joining Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers, it’s shaping up to be an all-female team movie. The director is Nia DaCosta (Candyman), but beyond that, we don’t know much.
Agatha: Coven of Chaos: Winter 2023
The great Kathryn Hahn returns to the role of Agatha Harkness, a powerful witch who served as the eventual antagonist of WandaVision, in this Disney Plus series. Wanda cruelly left her trapped in the role of a suburban normie at the end of the previous show, so she probably won’t be in the best mood at the start of this new adventure.
Daredevil: Born Again: Spring 2024
After warming us up with a string of cameos, Charlie Cox’s Daredevil is the first character from Marvel’s Netflix shows to make the jump to headlining his own, official MCU series on Disney Plus. Vincent D’Onofrio returns as his nemesis Wilson Fisk, alias Kingpin.
Captain America: New World Order: May 3
After assuming the mantle — or rather, shield — left by Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers in the Disney Plus show The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie headlines his own Captain America movie for the first time in 2024. The script is by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier showrunner Malcolm Spellman, and the director is Julius Onah (The Cloverfield Paradox). Tim Blake Nelson will return to the MCU as the Leader, who was last seen in The Incredible Hulk (2008).
Thunderbolts: July 26
Marvel’s morally grey and more unconventionally heroic characters — including Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), and the Red Guardian (David Harbour) — will join forces in the Thunderbolts. In the comics, the team is essentially the Marvel Comics version of DC’s Suicide Squad, a group of villains pressed into working together for someone else’s cause on pain of death. Jake Schreier (Robot & Frank) is set to direct.
Blade: Sept. 6
Originally slated for 2023, the new Blade movie has been pushed a year. Following Wesley Snipes’ incarnation of the vampire hunter will be no mean feat, but Marvel couldn’t have recruited a better actor to do it: the brilliant Mahershala Ali. The great Delroy Lindo will also make an appearance, while Bassam Tariq directs.
Untitled Deadpool Sequel: Nov. 8
Marvel Studios has promised to continue 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool franchise with star Ryan Reynolds in the lead. A new, R-rated Deadpool film is currently in development, with Free Guy’s Shawn Levy set to direct.
Fantastic Four: Feb. 14
Phase 6 begins with the most hotly anticipated MCU debut this side of the X-Men. The fourth time is hopefully the charm for Marvel’s First Family, who have long suffered from lackluster cinematic adaptations. Spider-Man: No Way Home’s Jon Watts was originally set to direct, but after his departure, Wandavision and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia director Matt Shakman stepped into the rule. There is still no casting announcement. The movie has been delayed a couple of months and will now be a Valentine’s Day special.
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty: May 2
In 2025, Marvel Studios will return to its most successful sub-franchise, and also to the strategy that saw it close out Phase 3 with a pair of Avengers movies, Infinity War and Endgame. The first new Avengers film has no director or cast yet, but going by its title, Jonathan Major’s Kang will play an important role.
Avengers: Secret Wars: May 1
Delayed to 2026, Avengers: Secret Wars will close out Phase 6 and end what Marvel is now calling the Multiverse Saga, the way Avengers: Endgame concluded the Infinity Saga. Again, there’s no cast or director attached yet, but the title refers to a cosmic comics crossover event about collapsing multiverses that could even herald a complete reboot of the MCU.
Announced, but no release date
For the darker side of what happens when Iron Man tech falls into the wrong hands, Don Cheadle will return as War Machine in a film based on Marvel Comics’ Armor Wars. With filming set to begin in 2023, there’s no release date for the movie yet — but with a name like Armor Wars it seems like a safe bet that Dominique Thorne’s Ironheart will also be involved.
Untitled Wakanda series featuring Okoye
Danai Gurira has signed on for what is reportedly an origin story series for the leader of the Dora Milaje, Okoye.
A Shang-Chi sequel
A sequel to 2021’s Shang-Chi and the Ten Rings is in development at Marvel Studios, with little known about it so far, other than that Simu Liu will return in the title role.