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Upcoming Marvel movies and series — what to look forward to in MCU Phase 4 and 5

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The big list list of upcoming Marvel movies and series to look forward to — at least now that Doctor Strange 2 is in theaters and Moon Knight completed — has shortened just a bit.

So, we've compiled the definitive list of what's coming around in Phase 4 and 5, with confirmed release dates for the films that have them and rumored or possible dates for those that don't have official ones yet. Wondering about Avengers 5? Kevin Feige claims we've seen the final Avengers movie (we've got our doubts).

And while the 2022 schedule got rocked by delays, as all the movies with dates (starting with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) moved back one slot. 

Upcoming Marvel movies and shows: Cheat Sheet

Ms. Marvel: 6/8/22
Thor 4: 7/8/22
Black Panther 2: 11/11/22
The Marvels: 2/17/23
She-Hulk: 2022
Guardians of the Galaxy 3: 5/5/23
Ant-Man 3: 7/28/23

Plus, we've updated them per the results of Loki and Black Widow, which — of course — have ramifications upon the MCU. Oh, and we've also added the newest confirmed Marvel series: Loki season 2. So, of course, beware spoilers past this point. 

Those who have watched the Marvel movies in order know that the MCU has a lot of work to do without Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark and Chris Evans as Captain America, as the MCU may need to assemble a new set of Avengers. And many a fresh face will arrive to join those ranks — with one making their acting debut in a Disney Plus series. The best Netflix shows are losing the Marvel Netflix shows, though, which are coming to Disney plus.

And while the X-Men are expected to be in the MCU, watching the X-Men movies in order is always an option, though it isn't factoring in much yet (outside of fake Pietro). Oh, and looking outside the MCU? We've got a guide to all of the upcoming DC movies from Black Adam to The Flash.

And now that Falcon and Winter Soldier is over, we have more thoughts for the below movies and shows about where we may see Sam, Bucky and the rest next. For example, while it's not confirmed yet, we've got reason to believe there will be a Falcon and Winter Solider season 2, just under a different name.

Marvel movies and series programs: MCU Phase 4

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Ms. Marvel
(Disney Plus series — coming June 8, 2022)

Kamala Khan, most recently seen in the Avengers video game, will become one of the youngest members of the MCU in her very own Disney Plus series. Khan, Marvel's first Muslim character with their own comic book, will be portrayed by Iman Vellani (in her first on-screen performance, no less). We just found out the Ms. Marvel release date alongside the first Ms. Marvel trailer!

It's a fitting meta-story, with Ms. Marvel being the new kid on the big block in the Marvel world. Khan is a fan of Captain Marvel, and gains shape-shifting superpowers. Ms. Marvel won't just be a one-shot though: she's already been tapped to appear in Captain Marvel 2, which we'll get to below. And now that Falcon is Captain America, we wouldn't be surprised to see Sam Wilson appear to maybe recruit Ms. Khan to join a new Avengers squad.

At Disney Plus Day, we both got confirmation of the series pushing back to Summer 2022, but a peek of Kamala Khan in her gear. We also saw her "get" her powers and walk on air. No sight of her other powers yet. 

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Thor: Love and Thunder
(Movie — coming July 8, 2022)

The next Thor movie may sound like a What If...? episode at first, as it will see Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) become the new Thor. And while Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson are back as Thor and Valkyrie, they're not the only familiar MCU heroes returning. The Guardians of the Galaxy (including Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista) are also along for the rise. Christian Bale is on board to play villain Gorr the God Butcher, who's angry with the gods for not protecting his family. Expect more of writer/director Taika Waititi's signature goofiness, as all the big Thor: Love and Thunder leaks have pointed to hilarious cameos in the Asgardian theater circuit shows that recaps previous Marvel movies. 

And this just in, the Thor: Love and Thunder teaser trailer is here and it's just teasing us with a lot of things we need. Whether you're excited for Thor's famous workout plan, Tessa Thompson in a suit and tie or Jane Foster as The Mighty Thor? It's got you covered.

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X-Men '97
(Disney Plus series — release date TBA)

The X-Men are getting their first Marvel Studios production, and it's going to be an animated series taking place in the "classic" period of X-Men that you may remember from the 1990's animated series. The story, according to Marvel "will follow "a familiar team with the 'DNA of the original show,' after an impactful event in X-Men ‘97 will launch the reunited X-Men into an all-new chapter that will resonate with fans of the original series."

They're also bringing back plenty of the original cast: Cal Dodd (Wolverine), Lenore Zann (Rogue), George Buza (Beast), Alison Sealy-Smith (Storm), Chris Potter (Gambit), Catherine Disher (Jean Grey), Adrian Hough (Nightcrawler) and Christopher Britton (Mister Sinister). Though not all of those voice actors will reprise their original roles, with some playing "entirely brand-new parts," according to Marvel. 

Joining the cast are Jennifer Hale, Anniwaa Buachie, Ray Chase, Matthew Waterson, JP Karliak, Holly Chou, Jeff Bennett and AJ LoCascio.

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Marvel Zombies
(Disney Plus series — release date TBA)

This animated series looks to be a bit like What If...?'s reimagining of the Marvel universe that pits the heroes against zombies. It is most likely non-canonical.

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What If ...? season 2
(Disney Plus series — release date TBA)

This continuation of Marvel's Disney Plus animated series will introduce The Watcher to new heroes and sections of the multiverse. 

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(Disney Plus series — release date TBA)

This is interesting. When you watch Hawkeye, keep an eye out for Maya Lopez / Echo (played by Alaqua Cox). This deaf character is a butt-kicking martial artist who can identically mimic others' moves (as the name Echo suggests).

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Spider-Man: Freshman Year
(Disney Plus series — release date TBA)

This animated series gives us the one thing (arguably) missing from the MCU Spider-Man movies: another re-telling of Peter Parker's origin story. That said, Marvel promises "a journey unlike we've ever seen and a style that celebrates the character’s early comic book roots."

Upcoming Marvel movies and shows — Phase 5

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
(Movie — coming  November 11, 2022)

Will there be a new Black Panther? Another fight for the throne of Wakanda? These are the unanswered questions at hand when we think about Black Panther 2: Wakanda Forever, which will not recast the role of T'Challa after Chadwick Boseman passed away. Rumors have suggested that Shuri (Letitia Wright) will be one of the front-runners to take over as the new Black Panther. We would not be shocked to see M'Baku (Winston Duke) also make a claim for that title. As for the film's villain, the original, years-old rumors suggest that Namor the Submariner will be the villain for the film. That said, how will Wakanda's work to build embassies go without T'Challa there to oversee them? The film may also feature Daniel Brühl, now that Baron Helmut Zero is in Wakandan custody.

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Secret Invasion
(Disney Plus series — release date TBA, possibly fall 2022)

What do we know about Marvel's Secret Invasion show? Fortunately a fair bit, as the series isn't as secretive as its title suggests. It will focus on a pack of shape-shifting Skrulls that have secretly taken positions of power on Earth. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and his Skrull friend Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) will reunite to fight them off. Emilia Clarke, Olivia Colman and Kingsley Ben-Adir (likely the villain) will also be in the series.

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The Marvels
(Movie — coming February 17, 2023)

The Marvels will tell the next adventure of Carol Danvers (Brie Larson), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Talos (Ben Mendelsohn). And they won't be alone either; the WandaVision finale tipped us off to the fact that Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) will be going up to space to see her mother's friend again. Also, Ms. Marvel will be appearing in Captain Marvel 2, to meet her hero.

As for the story? We don't know who our heroes will be fighting, but we would not be shocked to learn that this movie factors into the Disney Plus series Secret Invasion — which will focus on a bad batch of Skrulls, who Fury and Talos fight to stop. 

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Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania
(Movie — coming July 28, 2023) 

Marvel confirmed the Ant-Man 3 release date in its sizzle reel promoting all things Phase 4. And as for what will be in this film? What we know is that Scott and Hope will continue to not catch a break, as the time-travelling Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors) shows up. This is most important because Kang is Nathaniel Richards, the father of the Fantastic Four patriarch Reed Richards. So, this gives us one way that Marvel may begin to introduce the space-travelling Richards/Storm family. 

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(Disney Plus series — coming in 2022)

In the Marvel comics, there isn't just one Hulk. There's also a She-Hulk, and she's a lawyer, too. And in the Disney Plus series that bears her name, She-Hulk (aka Jennifer Walters) will be portrayed by Tatiana Maslany — who was a true chameleon on Orphan Black. We don't have many details about this series, but the current buzz about the Disney Plus show is that it would be Law & Order: MCU. Could this be a way to bring back the law council of Nelson, Murdock and Page, last seen on Netflix? Odds are slim, but we're not ruling anything out. 

We saw a bit of She-Hulk at Disney Plus Day, in a featurette you can only watch on Disney Plus. Walters delivers the signature "you wouldn't like me when I'm angry" in a particularly campy moment.

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The Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special
(Disney Plus special — coming holiday season 2022)

How many holiday lights can you hang on Groot before you get a grumpy teenager? We may get that answered in this first for the MCU. Written and directed by James Gunn, the The Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special is conveniently placed between Thor: Love and Thunder and Guardians Vol. 3. Will it explain what happens to the characters between those adventures, or just be a chance for Drax to misunderstand holiday sayings? We only expect that Star-Lord will be a bit moody, as it seems Gamora has separated from the pack, giving Quill nobody to kiss under the mistletoe. 

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Agatha: House of Harkness
(Disney Plus series — release date TBA)

Agatha: House of Harkness was fully confirmed at Disney Plus Day, and while we don't know when it's coming, we do know we're more than excited. After all, once we learned it was Agatha all along in WandaVision, we knew we needed more of the newest witch on the block. Kathryn Hahn stars.

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Deadpool 3
(Movie — release date TBA)

Yes, Deadpool 3 is a Marvel movie, and it's going to have an R rating. Yes, that same foul-mouthed Deadpool that Ryan Reynolds brought to the screen will exist in the same MCU that gave us plucky lil Steve Rodgers. The only catch? Deadpoool 3 is probably going to take a while. MCU head honcho Kevin Feige has said the movie isn't starting production until 2022, which puts it as a possible 2023 release. That said, it's already got scribes attached: Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin and Wendy Molyneux, both Bob's Burgers writers. As for what the heck Deadpool will do in the MCU? Probably continue the work that Fake Pietro started in WandaVision, and continue breaking the wall down between Marvel's X-Men properties and the MCU. 

The logo for Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3, one of the upcoming marvel movies

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3
(Movie — coming May 5, 2023)

Kevin Feige has said the third volume of the Guardians mixtape-fueled adventures is due in 2023. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will serve as James Gunn's return to the director's chair in a Marvel feature film, after his temporary ousting. As mentioned above, Gamora's presence is likely all that Peter Quill cares about, but there's one Guardian we still haven't seen join the crew: Adam Warlock. That being said, is this the final run of the Guardians? Gunn has said it's likely his last with the series (will he be making The Suicide Squad 2 a thing?), and that it could very well be the end of a trilogy. 

Someone else could take the reins, though, for spin-off films about the next travels of the Guardians.

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(Movie — release date TBA, possibly Oct. 6, 2023)

The reveal of Mahershala Ali as the start of the Blade MCU movie rocked Comic-Con 2019. Yes, the daywalker made famous by Wesley Snipes is coming to the MCU. Unlike Deadpool 3, this will be a PG-13 (and not rated R) affair. Little else is known, other than Stacy Osei-Kuffour (HBO's Watchmen) being signed on to write the movie. Since it doesn't have a real release date, or a production date, this is very much wishful thinking about how soon we will see Blade hack and slash his way through the MCU. 

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Loki season 2
(Disney Plus series — release date TBA, possibly summer 2023)

We got confirmation of Loki season 2 at the end of the Loki finale. Loki has a lot of work to do, including figuring out why Mobius and Hunter B-15 don't recognize him. We're also likely to get more of Sylvie, who's just unleashed chaos upon all the timelines.

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Fantastic Four
(Movie — release date TBA)

A whole lot of fan demand was stirred up with the rumored casting notes for Marvel's Fantastic Four. Nothing's confirmed, but with their comic book connection to He Who Remains, we expect the Richards family will have their work cut out for them.

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Armor Wars
(Disney Plus series — release date TBA)

Don Cheadle's already been on one Disney Plus show, and he's going to get his own down the line. Armor Wars adapts the comic series of the same name, and gives James Rhodes a new mission: to stop Tony Stark's armor from being misused. It's been theorized that Iron Man 2 baddie Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell) could be the one using Stark's armor for bad deeds, selling them on the black market.

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I Am Groot
(Disney Plus series — release date TBA)

A short-form animated series, which makes us think about the bite-sized Forky Asks A Question, will bring Groot into a series of situations. Yes, that's the most we can say — little is known about the show other than that the character will be on-screen alongside "several new and unusual characters."

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(Disney Plus series — release date TBA)

Riri Williams, a recent addition to the Marvel comics world, is a genius inventor who is making armor that would impress Tony Stark (whether he would admit it or not). And she's going to get a Disney Plus show, starring Dominique Thorne (Judas and the Black Messiah, If Beale Street Could Talk) in the lead role. Williams built her suit in her MIT dormitory room, so this could be the MCU property that finally takes Marvel to the one place it's yet to go: college. Will she become the new Iron Man, as she did in the comics? Only time will tell. Disney Plus Day gave us a new logo and nothing else.

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Wakanda-set series from Ryan Coogler
(Disney Plus series — release date TBA)

We're going back to Wakanda, one way or another. A TV series that takes place in the technological wonderland of Wakanda will be one of the five projects coming from the partnership between Disney and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler's Proximity Media. No word on cast or crew.

Henry is a senior editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.