As part of its massive announcement of its updated release schedule, Disney announced when to expect the next Marvel Cinematic Universe films for the next three years. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige previously stated that the studio had a five-year plan in place, but that everything was being kept under wraps (as all things Marvel tend to be) at least until after the release of ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ in July.
It has become the norm to release three Marvel movies a year, including the ‘Spider-Man’ flicks, which are co-produced with Sony. (That does not include Sony-only projects like ‘Venom’, and the upcoming ‘Morbius’ scheduled for July 20202.) But there are only two pictures slated for 2020, with three each arriving in 2021 and 2022.
Here are the new dates:
- May 1, 2020
- November 6, 2020
- February 12, 2021
- May 7, 2021
- November 5, 2021
- February 18, 2022
- May 6, 2022
- July 29, 2022
‘Black Widow’ is expected to begin filming in June, so the earliest spot, May 1, 2020, will most likely go to that. (Although, after ‘Endgame’, some may wonder what the point is in even making this picture.)
‘The Eternals’ is rumored to begin production in August, as casting is actively underway. If so, presumably that will take the Nov. 6, 2020 date, however, there has been buzz that ‘Doctor Strange 2’ will take its place, and push ‘Eternals’ back, perhaps to the Feb. 2021 slot. Either way, it would be pretty safe to assume that these two titles will divvy up those two dates.
Although neither Disney nor Marvel has officially confirmed the rest of its slate, we know that ‘Shang-Chi’, ‘Black Panther 2’, and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3’ are in some form of development, with ‘Captain Marvel 2’ also sort of a given, along with a third ‘Ant-Man’ and ‘Spider-Man’, and possibly even a fourth ‘Thor’, although his story may continue in the ‘Guardians’ pictures instead of another solo outing.
Of these, ‘Guardians 3’ looks like the one that will go into production next, after James Gunn finishes up with ‘The Suicide Squad’.
Plus, it would also be safe to assume that Marvel has even more projects in the pipeline that we have heard nothing about yet.
Following the bombast of ‘Endgame’, it looks like Marvel is going low-key for the next few years. What do you think? How does this Marvel lineup look?