The Marvel Cinematic Universe has become the largest superhero movie franchise ever and continues to dominate the international box office with every new release, but the MCU does not account for all of the Marvel movies releasing from 2021 to 2023. The rights to some Marvel properties still sit with 20th Century Fox Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment, and while there are many hints that some of Sony's films will be entering the MCU, that is as yet unconfirmed. Marvel and the MCU saw several delays with their movies throughout 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but 2021 has seen them return in full force. Even with Marvel announcing delays for the release dates on five of their upcoming movies in October 2021, there are still a lot of films to look forward to from late 2021 through to 2023, with 2022 already scheduled to be particularly heavy with Marvel releases. Beyond the scheduled movies, there are even more spinoffs, reboots, and many more sequels planned for the not-too-distant future.
For several years, critics have voiced fears that the MCU's success and the stream of Marvel and DC superhero movies might simply be a passing fad. However, Marvel's releases show no signs of slowing down, and DC is stepping up their productions with new angles showcased for DCEU and beyond in the 2021 DC FanDome in a move that shows they know how to play to their strengths. It has now been years since the big-screen debut of Avengers: Endgame; however, producers, executives, and investors are unlikely to quickly forget the true power of these superhero movies after that films' record-breaking $1.2 billion opening weekend. In the post-pandemic future, Disney can be trusted to continue heightened development of their Marvel IPs alongside the other studios who have managed to hold on to the rights to some Marvel properties and look set to work closely with Marvel in the future.
The global success of the extended franchises like The Avengers in The Infinity Saga is starting to show its real strength as the latest movies release. As the concept of a superhero movie is no longer seen as such an inherent risk in itself, studios have been willing to take more of (what they perceive as) bigger risks. While this includes adapting more obscure comic properties for TV and film, it, more importantly, means that the studios have been willing to front their casts with characters who are not white cisgender straight men. This is particularly showcased in both Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings and Eternals, the latter of which might finally challenge Disney's longstanding LGBTQ+ problem. The studios behind the Marvel properties are also now working with directors who have distinctive tones and styles and allowing them more creative control that leads to a wider range of atmospheres for Marvel movies. The cinematic superhero genre is proving itself to be constantly evolving, and Marvel movies are leading the charge. Here's every Marvel movie releasing from 2021 to 2023.
Spider-Man: No Way Home - December 17, 2021
The follow-up to Spider-Man: Far From Home, Spider-Man: No Way Home, will release in December 2021. Tom Holland reprises his title role with director Jon Watts and writing duo Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers are returning on the creative end. Dealing with the fallout of Spider-Man: Far From Home's post-credit scene in which J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons) reveals Spider-Man's secret identity, Peter Parker seeks out the help of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) to help him make the world forget who he is.
After the events of Loki branched the sacred timeline, Strange's spell has the unintended effect of causing the multiverse to collapse in on itself, initiating crazy hijinks for the movie and setting up Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. Through the multiverse magic, Alfred Molina's portrayal of Doc Ock (Otto Octavius) is confirmed to return alongside Jamie Foxx's iteration of Electro and Willem Dafoe's Green Goblin (Norman Osborne) as the actors reprise their previously non-MCU Spider-Man roles, with a November 2021 poster teasing a fight between Spider-Man, Doc Ock, and Green Goblin. It is also heavily rumored that both Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire's Spider-Men, and several other characters will make appearances.
The King's Man - December 22, 2021
Another property most casual viewers may not have realized belonged to Marvel Comics is the Kingsman franchise. Originally created by Mark Millar, it was released as part of the Icon Comics imprint. The King's Man is a period prequel set within that same world and once again directed by Matthew Vaughn. Ralph Fiennes stars as the Duke of Oxford, while Harris Dickinson plays his protégé, Conrad. Their early version of The Secret Service must stop Rasputin and his evil alliance from causing a war that kills millions. The King's Man was originally scheduled to be released in 2019 but was later delayed to February 2020 and then September 2020, before settling on December 2021.
Morbius - January 28, 2022
After reprising his role as The Joker in Zack Snyder's Justice League, Jared Leto is returning to the world of comic books in a role that should offer him a bit more screen time. Sony's Morbius movie has finished filming and, after several delays, will drop at the start of the new year. Leto plays Michael Morbius, a doctor who tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease but in the process imbues himself with vampire-like traits, including a lust for human blood. Morbius is directed by Daniel Espinosa and will also star Doctor Who alum Matt Smith as the villainous Loxias Crown. The rest of the cast is rounded out by Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Tyrese Gibson, and Michael Keaton, seemingly reprising Adrian Toomes (a.k.a. Vulture). Keaton's presence in the film suggests that Morbius, like Venom: Let There Be Carnage, is actually part of the MCU through a collaboration between Marvel Studios and Sony.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness - May 6, 2022
Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of Doctor Strange in Avengers: Infinity War earned him widespread acclaim, which is partly why Marvel Studios finally moved forward with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. With Sam Raimi signed on to direct from a script by Jade Bartlett and Loki's Michael Waldron, Doctor Strange's second solo adventure won't see him entirely alone. Wanda Maximoff, a.k.a. Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) will play a large role in the story, paying off some of the setups from WandaVision, however, the bulk of the narrative is still being kept under wraps. While Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was originally planned to be a horror movie, it seems unlikely that this is the case as Scott Derickson left the production when it became clear that he couldn't make it the horror that he wanted, and What If...? explored a horror take on Doctor Strange already in one of their episodes.
Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Rachel McAdams will return, like Wong, Baron Mordo, and Christine Palmer, respectively. They'll be joined by MCU newcomer Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez. The story will presumably be heavily influenced by the events of WandaVision, Loki, and Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Thor: Love and Thunder - July 8, 2022
With Thor: Love and Thunder, the Asgardian warrior becomes the first MCU hero to get a fourth solo movie. Thor: Ragnarok's Taika Waititi returns to write (alongside Jennifer Kaytin Robinson) and direct the proceedings. Love and Thunder will mark the return of Natalie Portman's Jane Foster to the MCU. Jane will become a female version of Thor, while new Asgardian king Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) will be on the hunt for her queen. With several other familiar faces set to flit in and out of the story, Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale) will serve as the central source of conflict.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever - November 11, 2022
Ryan Coogler's Black Panther quickly became one of the biggest movies of all time, and while its international gross wasn't on the same level as Avengers: Infinity War (which no one expected it would be), there's no denying that it was an astounding success - critically and commercially - for Marvel Studios. So, it's no wonder that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is set to happen, with Coogler back in the director's chair. After Chadwick Boseman's tragic passing, there are no plans to recast the role, and the production team has confirmed that they will not be using CGI to add Boseman's likeness to the movie. Instead, the sequel is set to focus on other aspects of Wakanda, its people, and its culture. As usual, story details are scarce this far out from its summer 2022 release. However, Namor the Sub-Mariner will reportedly join the MCU in the Black Panther sequel.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 - October 7, 2022
In addition to developing the story, it took several years to create the animation style that's seen in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which released in December 2018 and quickly became one of the most beloved superhero movies ever released. Shortly before Into the Spider-Verse hit theaters, Sony Pictures confirmed plans to produce a sequel. While story details are scarce, Into the Spider-Verse set up two sequels that allow for Miles Morales' story to branch off in multiple directions. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 has officially webbed up a 2022 release date and will include the addition of Japanese Spider-Man.
The Marvels - February 17, 2023
While not a hit quite as big as the likes of Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel's first adventure was still a massive success. As such, it's no surprise that Brie Larson's Carol Danvers is set to return for a sequel towards the end of 2022. As usual for Marvel, almost nothing is known about Captain Marvel 2's plot this far out from release. It will, however, take place in the modern-day. Equally, now officially retitled as The Marvels, the sequel will see Carol join forces with a now grown-up Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) and Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani). The latter will make her debut in the Ms. Marvel Disney+ series, and together they will square off with Zawe Ashton's mystery villain. Nia DaCosta has signed on to direct, with WandaVision's Megan McDonnell officially penning the script.
Kraven The Hunter - January 13, 2023
Following in the footsteps of Venom and Morbius, the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters will continue with Kraven the Hunter. The idea for the solo movie was first broached in 2018. By 2020, it had a script written by Richard Wenk and then re-written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Soon after, J.C. Chandor entered talks to direct the film - however, it's worth noting that little was heard about potential developments in the months that followed. Production took a huge leap forward in May 2021, however, when Aaron Taylor-Johnson landed Kraven's titular role. Set for an early 2023 release, the move sparked endless questions about the film's potential place in MCU's multiverse, given his previous turn as Pietro Maximoff (a.k.a. Quicksilver).
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 - May 5, 2023
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has already had a rocky road to production, with director James Gunn being fired by Disney after offensive jokes he made on Twitter years earlier resurfaced. After both fans and colleagues came out fiercely in support of Gunn, the decision was ultimately made to rehire him - though not before he'd already been snapped up by Warner Bros. to direct The Suicide Squad. Gunn moved swiftly from that to a Peacemaker TV spinoff centered on John Cena's Peacemaker. As a result, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 reportedly won't start filming until 2021's final months, at the earliest. Therefore, it'll be a while before we see the team back in action and any story details are revealed. However, the full cast is confirmed to be returning, following on from cameo appearances in Thor: Love and Thunder.
Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania - July 28, 2023
Following on from Ant-Man and The Wasp, Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) was confirmed for a third outing. The duo will once again be joined by Michael Douglas' Hank Pym and Michelle Pfeiffer's Janet van Dyne. Despite being played by Emma Fuhrmann in Avengers: Endgame, the character of Cassie Lang will be assumed by Kathryn Newton. With an early 2023 release date confirmed, filming has already begun in England. Peyton Reed once again took on directorial duties, working from a script penned by Rick and Morty's Jeff Loveness. The shrinking superheroes will face their biggest challenge yet, with the iconic Marvel villain Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors) making his MCU debut.
2023 Unassigned MCU Release Date
Marvel has one unassigned MCU release date left in 2023 after their October 2021 schedule reshuffle. That date is November 3, 2023. There are several options for movies that might fill this slot when announced. The less likely options are Captain America 4, Deadpool 3, or even the planned mutant film. However, the two most likely candidates are Blade and the MCU's reboot of Fantastic Four.
Blade has a script written by Stacy Osei-Kuffour, and the Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali is attached to play the vampiric-vampire-slaying titular hero. The MCU is dropping a lot of hints that Blade is not too far off after Easter eggs hinted at his existence in Loki, and he was then Mahershala Ali's Blade was confirmed to be the voice speaking to Kit Harrington's Dane Whitman/Black Knight in Eternals.
The upcoming Fantastic Four reboot follows on from two poorly received iterations of the franchise in recent history, one with Fantastic Four and then Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer in 2005 and 2007, respectively, and then a reboot in 2015. But Kevin Feige announced in 2019 that the group would be entering the MCU. There's hope that this iteration might break the curse as it is being led by Jon Watts, the director who has run the Tom Holland Spider-Man movies, another franchise that was adapted in the early 2000s and then had a critically-panned reboot in the 2010s.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse Spinoff - Release Date TBD
Another Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse follow-up movie is going to be an all-female Spider-Man film, which will see Gwen Stacy's Spider-Gwen return at the forefront. Furthermore, the spinoff movie will introduce audiences to Silk and Spider-Woman. While the Into the Spider-Verse spinoff is in development, it's unclear when it will release or if it will even be put into production before the Into the Spider-Verse sequel releases in theaters.
Kingsman: The Blue Blood - Release Date TBD
Alongside the aforementioned prequel, Kingsman: The Secret Service will also get a direct sequel. Once again set to write (alongside Jane Goldman) and direct, Vaughn has some ideas as to how the trilogy will end (assuming it does end). He previously stated that he had been unofficially prepping Kingsman 3 while working on the first sequel: Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The potentially concluding chapter was originally planned to arrive before The King's Man but's currently without a solid release date. It was revealed, however, that it'll be subtitled "The Blue Blood." Colin Firth and Taron Egerton are expected to reprise their roles. Vaughn also previously revealed that his first choice to play the villain would be Dwayne Johnson — though it'll obviously remain to be seen whether such ideas ever come to fruition.
Madame Web - Release Date TBD
A part of Sony Pictures' Universe of Marvel Characters, Madame Web has been in development since 2019. Cassandra Webb, a mutant and an ally of Spider-Man, is a clairvoyant who is blind and paralyzed and relies on a web-shaped life support system to survive. Sony rehired the writers from Morbius, Matt Sazama, and Burk Sharpless, putting a lot of pressure on the Leto-fronted project to succeed. S.J. Clarkson, who worked on Jessica Jones and The Defenders, is attached to direct, but further progress is halted until they find the right actress for the role. Madame Web will be Sony Pictures' first Marvel property adaptation with a female lead.
Jackpot - Release Date TBD
First announced to be under consideration by Sony in 2018, Jackpot was revealed in 2020 to have been fully under development since that time. Marc Guggenheim, who worked on the original comic books as well as TV shows like Supergirl and Arrow and movies like Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and Green Lantern, is working on the screenplay. Jackpot is a moniker used by two people in the Marvel comics universe. First to use the title was Sara Ehret, who is given superpowers when exposed to a gene therapy experiment from an Oscorp subsidiary. Later, Alana Jobson buys the title from Ehret and uses enhancement drugs to mimic her powers before becoming an ally of Spider-Man.
While its development has had a question mark over it for some time, Sony still seems to be also planning on making a Sinister Six movie in the future, with many of their currently planned films building towards that. There are likely more Marvel movies in development that will be released at a later date, but, for now, fans have a lot to look forward to.
- The King's Man (2021)Release date: Dec 22, 2021
- Morbius (2022)Release date: Jan 21, 2022
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release date: May 06, 2022
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release date: Jul 08, 2022
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever/Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 (2022)Release date: Oct 07, 2022
- The Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2023)Release date: Feb 17, 2023
- Kraven the Hunter (2023)Release date: Jan 13, 2023
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
- Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2021)Release date: Oct 01, 2021
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: Jul 28, 2023