Marvel Cinematic Universe: Your Guide to All the Upcoming Movies
Marvel kicked off Phase 3 of its cinematic universe with Captain America: Civil War in 2016, but that was just the beginning. Over the next few years, the company will release highly anticipated sequels to Thor and Avengers, as well as standalone movies for several new heroes, including Black Panther and Captain Marvel. Having trouble keeping track of so many films? Here’s your official guide to all of Marvel’s upcoming movies.
1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, May 5, 2017
The whole Guardians gang reunites in this superhero sequel, including Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Dave Bautista as Drax, Vin Diesel as Groot, and Bradley Cooper as Rocket. This time around, the eccentric team will continue their adventures while also working to unravel the mystery of Quill’s father’s identity.
Aside from plenty more hilarious banter between the heroes, viewers are in for more great music from Awesome Mixtape #2 (of course), as well as a slew of new characters, played by Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Tommy Flanagan, Nathan Fillion, and Kurt Russell (who is set to play Quill’s enigmatic father himself). James Gunn returns as writer and director.
2. Spider-Man: Homecoming, July 7, 2017
Tom Holland’s debut as the newest Peter Parker/Spider-Man was a highlight of Captain America: Civil War, but now it’s time for him to go solo. After earning a largely positive response from critics and audiences alike for his portrayal of the iconic character, Holland will return to the role in his own adventure. As we know now, Spider-Man: Homecoming won’t be an origin story and will instead focus on a younger version of Peter Parker as he struggles to fit in in high school and in his own superhero identity. The movie, which is directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car), will take inspiration from John Hughes, who helmed classic ’80s movies like The Breakfast Club.
With that in mind, Homecoming will boast a largely younger cast. In addition to starring Holland, the film will also feature Marisa Tomei as Aunt May and Zendaya as a character named Michelle.
3. Thor: Ragnarok, November 3, 2017
Chris Hemsworth is back as Marvel’s god of thunder in the third installment of the Norse myth-inspired franchise. Though details of the plot are still being kept under tight wraps, it’s speculated that the film will follow Thor as he embarks on a quest to obtain an ultimate weapon that will stop the universe-ending event known as Raganrok. Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner (aka The Hulk) will also figure heavily into the upcoming threequel, with the two Avengers somehow crossing paths and setting off on a “cosmic road trip.”
Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Idris Elba’s Heimdall will also return to the franchise. Meanwhile, Tessa Thompson, Cate Blanchett, and Jeff Goldblum will also co-star as the classic hero Valkyrie, the villainous Hela, and the eccentric Grandmaster, respectively.
4. Black Panther, February 16, 2018
Similarly to Holland’s Spider-Man, Chad Boseman made a well-received debut as T’Challa aka the Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War. Audiences will get to learn a whole lot more about him in his upcoming solo film, which will likely take place in Wakanda, the African nation that Black Panther calls home. The movie, set to be directed by Creed‘s Ryan Coogler, will feature a star-studded cast, including Michael B. Jordan as the mysterious Erik Killmonger and Lupita Nyongo as Nakia.
5. Avengers: Infinity War, May 4, 2018
After finishing their directing duties on Captain America: Civil War, the Russo brothers got right back to work on the upcoming Infinity War. Though initially announced as a two-part movie, Marvel has since changed tactics, confirming that it will actually be a single film. The movie — which will reportedly feature an estimated whopping total of 67 characters — will follow all of Earth’s heroes as they band together to fight one common enemy: Josh Brolin’s Thanos, who is on a mission to gather all six of the Infinity Stones that will grant him ultimate power over the universe.
6. Ant-Man and The Wasp, July 6, 2018
Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly will return as Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne in this upcoming flick, this time as a real team. Though very little has been revealed about the movie, returning director Peyton Reed has made it clear that the two heroes will take equal billing in the sequel.
“Part of thing [sic] that we’re going to explore, as shown in the comics, is how [they] are such a great duo and partnership,” Reed told GamesRadar of the movie. “Part of that, in any partnership, is how they relate to each other as people. Where will their personal relationship be at that point, and what will be their fighting style together?”
Michael Douglas is also expected to return as original Ant-Man Hank Pym.
7. Untitled Avengers, May 3, 2019
This movie was initially thought to be the second part of Infinity War, originally operating under the title of Avengers: Infinity War – Part II. That has since changed, with Marvel confirming that Infinity War will actually only be one film. The title change reinforces what the Russo brothers had previously suggested: that the third and fourth Avengers installments are “very different” entities.
8. Captain Marvel, March 8, 2019
As Marvel recently confirmed, Brie Larson will play Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel in the upcoming solo movie. As comic fans know, Danvers is a test pilot who gains superpowers after an encounter with aliens. Few details are currently known about the film adaptation, although the project will likely pick up speed now that Larson is secured in the titular role. As for when we’ll get to meet Larson’s Danvers for the first time, speculation is that she’ll make her debut in Avengers: Infinity War, although that has yet to be confirmed.
Finally, Marvel also three untitled movies set for the following dates: May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020, and November 6, 2020. Details on these films have not yet been released.
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