Marvel fans are buzzing with excitement about the upcoming batch of superhero blockbusters slated to hit theaters in the next few years. With so much anticipation and speculation surrounding these films, it can be hard to keep track of all the details. In this article, we’ll be going over everything we know so far about Marvel’s upcoming movies, including release dates and confirmed cast members.
Black Widow (July 9th, 2021)
After being delayed multiple times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fans can finally look forward to the release of Black Widow this summer. The film is a prequel that takes place after the events of Captain America: Civil War and follows Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) as she confronts her past and takes on a dangerous conspiracy.
In addition to Johansson, the cast includes Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov (aka Red Guardian), and Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff. Directed by Cate Shortland (Lore), Black Widow looks to be a thrilling, action-packed addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (September 3rd, 2021)
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is Marvel’s first Asian-led blockbuster and boasts an impressive cast. Simu Liu stars as the titular hero, a skilled martial artist who is forced to confront his past when his father, Wenwu (Tony Leung), the leader of the Ten Rings organization, comes back into his life.
The film also features Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy, Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan, and Ronny Chieng as Jon Jon. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (Just Mercy), Shang-Chi has the potential to be a groundbreaking addition to the Marvel franchise.
Eternals (November 5th, 2021)
Eternals follows a group of immortal beings created by the Celestials to defend humanity from the Deviants. The ensemble cast includes Angelina Jolie as Thena, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Gemma Chan as Sersi, and Kit Harington as Dane Whitman.
Directed by Chloé Zhao (Nomadland), Eternals is sure to be one of Marvel’s most visually stunning films yet.
Spider-Man: No Way Home (December 17th, 2021)
While not officially confirmed by Marvel, rumors have been circulating about the return of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield as their respective Spider-Mans in No Way Home. Tom Holland returns as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and the film is said to deal with the multiverse, with Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) playing a significant role.
The cast also includes Zendaya as MJ, Jacob Batalon as Ned, and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May. Directed by Jon Watts, Spider-Man: No Way Home is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated Marvel films in recent memory.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (March 25th, 2022)
Following his appearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home, Benedict Cumberbatch returns as Doctor Strange in his second solo film. The movie is said to be Marvel’s first horror-themed project and will explore the multiverse, likely tying into the events of WandaVision and Loki.
Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch will appear in the film, and Xochitl Gomez will play the role of America Chavez. Directed by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man trilogy), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness promises to be a thrilling ride.
Thor: Love and Thunder (May 6th, 2022)
Chris Hemsworth returns as everyone’s favorite Asgardian in Thor: Love and Thunder. The film sees Natalie Portman taking on the mantle of Thor, and Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie searching for her queen.
The cast also includes Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher, and Taika Waititi as fan-favorite Korg. Directed by Waititi, Thor: Love and Thunder looks to be a hilarious, action-packed addition to the Marvel universe.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (July 8th, 2022)
Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will undoubtedly be an emotional and meaningful film for Marvel fans. The movie is said to explore the world of Wakanda without recasting the role of T’Challa.
Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, and Winston Duke are all set to return, and it’s been confirmed that Tenoch Huerta will play one of the antagonists. Directed by Ryan Coogler (Black Panther), Wakanda Forever is sure to be a touching tribute to Boseman’s legacy.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is growing more massive by the year, and these upcoming movies promise to be some of the most exciting and significant yet. From familiar faces to fresh new heroes, Marvel’s future looks bright.