Will Marvel Ever Release a Movie That Breaks ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Box Office Records?

Now that Avengers: Endgame has obliterated almost every box-office record there is to break, we naturally wonder: Could Marvel top itself?

Amazingly enough, the answer is, maybe not. And that’s not a knock on Disney/Marvel, which has enjoyed remarkable success with 22 movies over 11 years. Not all Marvel movies are created equal, but many would agree the MCU has been very consistent, with only a handful of clunkers.

The only thing that’s preventing Marvel from topping itself is uncertainty. With a few exceptions, we don’t know exactly what Marvel is doing next. Their shroud of secrecy is so dense, no two lists of upcoming Marvel movies is exactly the same. Now that Endgame has closed out a major chapter, in many ways they’re starting from scratch.

Which Marvel movies could overtake ‘Avengers: Endgame’?

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Spider-Man: Far From Home: This is the one and only MCU movie that is definitely on the schedule, with a release date of July 2. Spidey always does well at the box-office. The previous movie has made $334 million domestically, but only the most optimistic souls have it coming anywhere near Endgame numbers.

Black Widow: With Captain Marvel raking in more than $1 billion worldwide, Marvel naturally wants to give its other major female hero her own movie. The release date is not yet set, but with Scarlett Johansson and Stranger ThingsDavid Harbour on board, all signs point to a release sometime next year, or maybe in 2021.

Captain Marvel 2 is a given, with the first being an even bigger hit than expected. And that being the case, Marvel may want to fast-track its release and strike while her iron is still hot.

Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is another certainty, with writer-director James Gunn back on board, with a slim chance release next year. Both prior Guardians movies have topped $300 million, so a new one is not likely to go higher than $400 million.

Black Panther 2, on the other hand, has the best chance of all at topping $400 million. With the original being Marvel’s current top grosser domestically to date at $700 million, the sequel should at least come close to that number.

What other Marvel movies could be successful?

Marvel also has some untested heroes with movies coming up. Right now, no one expects jaw-dropping numbers from these, but then again, nobody expected Black Panther to make $700 million either.

The Eternals are a race of powerful proto-humans who harness “cosmic energy.” It sounds rather like a cross between Captain Marvel and X-Men. More on the latter below.

Ms. Marvel: Brie Larson has already expressed strong interest in having Captain Marvel team up with another powerful female hero. Kamala Khan is a Pakistani teenager transformed when a Terrigen bomb activates her Inhuman cells, turning her into a shape-shifter with increased strength and other powers.

Shang Chi: Ms. Larson wields considerable influence with Marvel. This martial arts movie is to be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, who made Short Term 12 and The Glass Castle with the actress.

Marvel’s Non-MCU movies could also overtake ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Dark Phoenix: The next X-Men movie is the next movie on the schedule – it comes out June 7. X-Men movies usually do very well at the box office, but rumors say the production is troubled, and with Disney having bought Fox, speculation is rampant that Marvel Studios wants to fold the mutants into the MCU.

The New Mutants was supposed to be the new generation of X-Men with Maisie Williams, but this movie has been bounced all around the schedule like a racquetball. It may or may not come out next year

Venom 2: With Tom Hardy’s mischievous parasite having surprised by being a big hit despite critical scorn, a sequel is a definite with a date of October 2020.  

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel: Here’s another definite hit, with Spider-Verse winning over the box office and Oscar voters, with a win for Best Animated Feature earlier this year. Both a direct sequel and an all-female version are said to be in the offing.