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

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With Loki done, the list of upcoming Marvel movies and series programs is all the more interesting. 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. 

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

Upcoming Marvel movies and shows: Cheat Sheet

The Eternals: 11/5/21
Spider-Man 3: 12/17/21
Hawkeye: 11/24/21
Ms. Marvel: 2021?
Doctor Strange 2: 5/6/22
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. 

And while the X-Men are expected to be in the MCU, watching the X-Men movies in order may not help you prepare. It's unclear if those movies will factor in.

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

The cast of the Eternals, one of the upcoming marvel movies

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The Eternals
(November 5, 2021)

The Eternals seems curtained off in its own section of the MCU, giving many reason to wonder what's up with the Chloe Zhao (Nomadland)-directed film.  But we don't bet against Marvel introducing a new pack of super-powered beings directed by a big name (James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy obliterated its low expectations). This time, we're focusing on a pack of proto-humans who have super-powers and harvest cosmic energy. They're the Eternals, and included in their ranks are Sersi (Gemma Chan), Ikaris (Richard Madden), Kingo (Kumail Nanjiani), Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry), Ajak (Salma Hayek) and Thena (Angelina Jolie). The Eternals fight in generations-long wars against The Deviants, another group created by the Celestials. And, therein lies the tie-in to the MCU: You may remember that Ego (Kurt Russel), father of Peter Quill self-identified as a Celestial. That's the kind of power we're dealing with.

How it ties in: Well, a group of beings this powerful will definitely care about the multiversal war that He Who Remains teased at the end of Loki.

Hailee Steinfeld and Jeremy Renner will star in the Hawkeye Disney Plus show , one of the upcoming marvel shows

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(Disney Plus show — Nov. 24, 2021)

Jeremy Renner appears to be suiting up one last time, and it's all to train his replacement. As announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, the Hawkeye show will see Clint Barton (Renner) train Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) to be the new Hawkeye. The series, which will trace the lines first written and drawn by Matt Fraction and David Aja in the character-defining comic book run, will see the two fight with the mafia group known as Tracksuit Draculas (we're not making that name up). Barton's taken some of their territory, and they're not happy. Oh, and expect the adorable Lucky The Pizza Dog to appear. And we just learned that Barton's arriving the day before Thanksgiving. The first Hawkeye trailer just hit, and shows us that the series has a Christmastime vibe.

How it ties in: Yelena (Florence Pugh) was sent to kill Clint Barton by Val (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) at the end-credits scene of the Black Widow movie. She's under the impression that Barton killed Natasha, and unaware that her sister sacrificed herself for Barton to live.

Tom Holland, Zendaya and Jacob Batalon in Spider-Man No Way Home, one of the upcoming marvel movies

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Spider-Man: No Way Home
(December 17, 2021)

Story-wise, the background for this one is simple: Spider-Man was framed for the murder of Quentin Beck, and needs to clear his name. And that's not the thing anyone's talking about for this movie. The big word about the third Tom Holland-led Spider-Man movie is that there will in fact be three Spider-Men in it. In news that feels fitting since Quentin Beck said the word "multiverse" in Spider-Man: Far From Home, rumors have postulated that Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire will be reprising their roles as Peter Parker in Spider-Man: No Way Home. And they won't be the only familiar faces: expect Jamie Foxx as Electro, Alfred Molina as Doc. Ock and even Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn/The Green Goblin. Kirsten Dunst and Emma Stone? Also rumored to be back. Oh, and maybe a second J. Jonah Jameson, so we get both the newspaper magnate and the online media scoundrel. Osborn himself is rumored to be the villain at the moment, so keep your eyes on what happens next — we could be talking Sinister Six at this rate.

How it ties in: Even before Sylvie shatter the sacred timeline, we knew the variants and timeline chaos that the Loki series teased would play in. And now we have a new reason for why older Spider-Man actors will be back.

Ms. Marvel
(Disney Plus show — ?2021?)

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). 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.

The show's release date has not been announced, leaving many to think it's going to be in 2022.

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
(May 6, 2022, just pushed back from March 25, 2022)

As this film's title shouts, Dr. Stephen Strange is going on an even wilder ride. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will tie into both WandaVision and Spider-Man: No Way Home. How? Well, press photos of Spider-Man 3 suggest that Peter, MJ and Ned have found their way into the Sanctum Sanctorum, while the end of WandaVision showed Wanda all up in the kinds of magic that Strange is well-versed in. This fill will be directed by Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, Spider-Man), and one of his most famous starring leads (Bruce Campbell) has been hinting that he'll be in the film, but possibly just for a gag about the same big creepy book that Ms. Maximoff was last seen reading. This is the kind of movie that may send you looking for how to set up Disney Plus parental controls

How it ties in: That multiversal war that He Who Remains (likely a Kang the Conqueror variant) threatened at the end of Loki? Sounds like we'll see more of it here.

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Thor: Love and Thunder
(July 8, 2022, pushed back from May 6, 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. 

Upcoming Marvel movies and shows — Phase 5

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
(November 11, 2022, pushed back from July 8, 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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The Marvels
(February 17, 2023, pushed back from November 11, 2022)

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
(July 28, 2023, pushed back from February 17, 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 — 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. 

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The Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special
(Disney Plus special — 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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Deadpool 3

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. 

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Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3
(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.

Kevin Feige and Mahershala Ali, the director and star of Blade, one of the upcoming marvel movies

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(TBA — possibly Oct. 6, 2023)

The reveal of Mahershala Ali as Blade 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. 

The announcement of Loki Season 2, one of the upcoming marvel movies

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Loki season 2
(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
(TBA — possibly Nov. 3, 2023)

Blade wasn't the only big ace in the hole for Marvel at Comic-Con. That same convention saw Kevin Feige reveal that Marvel's Fantastic Four movie is going to happen. So far, the only big news about the film has been the rumors of who will play the main characters — with early (now debunked) rumors pointing to Jennifer Lawrence as Sue Richards (née Storm), The Invisible Woman. With that out of the way, fans went back to voicing support for IRL super-couple Emily Blunt and John Krasinski.

How it ties in: The emergence of Kang the Conqueror (as He Who Remains) is huge, because his real name in the comics is Nathaniel Richards, and he worked with Doctor Doom. Tons of potential here.

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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. 

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Moon Knight
(Disney Plus series — release date TBA)

Oscar Isaac has been tapped to play Moon Knight, a lesser-known Marvel character who believes he was granted powers from an Egyptian god. Whether or not that's true is unknown, but the former CIA agent does have multiple personalities, which should give this Disney Plus show some depth. Isaac's signing was confirmed when series cinematographer Gregory Middleton posted about it on Instagram, and Ethan Hawke is also rumored to be in the cast, playing an as-yet-unnamed villain. Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead have been reported as series directors, and Mohamed Diab is set to direct.

The logo for Secret Invasion, one of the upcoming marvel shows

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Secret Invasion
(Disney Plus series — release date TBA)

The shape-shifting Skrulls many met in Captain Marvel (and saw in Spider-Man: Far From Home) have infiltrated the world at the highest seats of power. And only Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) will be able to stop them, in Marvel's Secret Invasion. This Disney Plus series should provide a fair amount of laughter and adventure.

A view of Wakanda, which will be the focus of a Disney Plus series, one of the upcoming marvel shows

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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 T. Casey

Henry is a senior editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past six-plus 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.