Every Upcoming Superhero Movie for the Foreseeable Future
If you're a comic book fan, you better start saving up those cinema points. Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is starting and Phase 5 is already in development while DC is making moves to change the face of superhero films. So, you shouldn't ever be at a loss when it comes to deciding what to see at the cinema - at least, for the next three years.
Here, you'll find details about every upcoming superhero movie that is coming out in the foreseeable future. We constantly have our ears to the ground, so you'll be able to stay updated with release dates, names attached to each project and whenever a new film is announced.
Are you a little bit behind in your MCU viewing (or have yet to start - shame on you)? Be sure that you watch Phase 1 - 3 films in the following order. If you're pressed for time, scroll all the way down to the bottom of the graphic for an abridged MCU history that will get you caught up on everything that's happened so far - without taking up nearly 40 hours of your time.
- - Release: Oct 4, 2019
- - Director: Todd Phillips
- - Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Zazie Beets, Robert De Niro, Frances Conroy
This is the origin story that we’ve all been waiting for. Even though Todd Phillips’ upcoming Joker isn’t based on the DC canon, it’s a film that Batman fans are thrilled about. Set in the 70s, the movie explores the story of Arthur Fleck and his descent into madness as he becomes the legendary villain, The Joker. Joaquin Phoenix is already generating plenty of buzz for his role as Fleck, and there is talk that it might bring him his fourth Oscar.
The New Mutants
- - April 3, 2020
- - Maisie Williams, Charlie Heaton, Anna Taylor-Joy
The New Mutants is a horror film set in the X-Men Universe. Following the path of five teenagers who live in an institution as they discover their powers, we’ll see characters like Magik, Wolfsbane and Cannonball. Little else is known about the premise of the film, and the trailer doesn’t really give much away – but, it does look pretty terrifying. There is also talk of The New Mutants going straight to stream.
- - Release: May 1, 2020
- - Director: Cate Shortland
- - Cast: Scarlet Johansson, Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh
Scarlet Johansson has appeared in six Marvel movies as Black Widow, but has yet to star in her own film – until now. This film will take place after the events of Captain America: Civil War, and Black Widow will be taking on the villain Taskmaster.
Birds of Prey
- - Release: February 7, 2020
- - Director: Cathy Yan
- - Cast: Margot Robbie, Jurnee Smolette-Bell, Rosie Perez, Ewan McGregor
The full title of this movie is Birds of Prey: And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn. It will feature Harley Quinn teaming up with Black Canary, Batgirl and Huntress as they attempt to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.
Cathy Yan will be the third female director and first Asian American director to work on a DC film. There is plenty of star power attached to Birds of Prey, as well, as Margot Robbie reprises her role as Harley Quinn, while Ewan McGregor will play Black Mask and Rosie Perez will play Detective Renee Montoya.
- - Release: 2020
- - Cast: Ray Fisher
Cyborg has appeared in two DC films so far (Justice League and Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice), and was supposed to star in his own standalone movie. In 2014, it was announced that Cyborg would be released in April 2020, but we haven’t heard much else since. In fact, his origin story was cut from Justice League; so, while we’re hopeful that we’ll see a Cyborg-centric film next year, it looks unlikely.
Wonder Woman 1984
- - Release: June 5, 2020
- - Director: Patty Jenkins
- - Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Robin Wright
In 2017, Wonder Woman took on the Germans in World War One, and Wonder Woman 1984 will be set during the Cold War. Gal Gadot returns in the title role, with Kristen Wiig becoming Cheetah, one of the main villains in the Wonder Woman comics. Chris Pine is also set to return, which is a shock to fans, as his character was killed in the first film.
Green Lantern Corps
- - July 24, 2020
- - Writer: Geoff Johns
Little is known about the upcoming film about the Green Lantern Corps, an intergalactic police force that has been entrusted with protecting the universe. The only details released state that Geoff Johns will write and produce the film, and that it will have a comedic Guardians of the Galaxy tone. There has been some speculation that Christopher Nolan will direct , and that Tom Cruise will play Hal Jordon.
- - Fall 2020
- - Director: Daniel Espinosa
- - Cast: Jared Leto, Jared Harris, Tyrese Gibson, Matt Smith
Jared Leto is going from the DC Universe to the MCU in taking on the role of Morbius, “the living vampire”, a scientist who gains vampiric powers after attempting to cure himself of a rare blood disorder. Director Daniel Espinosa is known for thrillers and horror films, so we’re expecting a darker sort of vibe for Morbius.
- - Release: Oct 20, 2020
- - Cast: Tom Hardy, Woody Harrelson
We don’t know much about Venom 2, but we do know that Tom Hardy will be back to play Eddie Brock. Woody Harrelson will also return as Cletus Kasady who, as comic fans will know, bond with another symbiote and become the supervillain Carnage.
- - November 6, 2020
- - Director: Chloe Zhao
- - Cast: Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, Bryan Tyree Henry
Thanos is the first of The Eternals that we’ve seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but they have been around for over 40 years in comic book. They will make their film debut in 2020, with a star-studded cast that includes Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek and Richard Madden.
Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
- - Release: Feb 12, 2021
- - Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
- - Cast: Awkwafina, Simu Liu, Tony Leung
Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will feature Marvel’s first Asian superhero in a starring role. Simu Liu will be taking on the title role, as he faces off against Mandarin, played by Tony Leung. After the incredible response to Black Panther last year, it will be interesting to see if this movie will have has big as a cultural impact for introducing more diversity into the MCU.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
- - Release: May 7, 2021
- - Director: Scott Derrickson
- - Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen
Benedict Cumberbatch will be returning as Doctor Strange, with Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The title of this upcoming film has raised plenty of eyebrows and questions, as fans wonder if this will be the first of many films in which Marvel explores parallel universes.
- - Release: June 25, 2021
- - Director: Matt Reeves
- - Cast: Robert Pattinson, David Tennant
The casting of any new batman is always controversial. While Ben Affleck’s take on the role pleasantly surprised filmgoers, Batman fans are once again dubious about the decision to cast Twilight’s Robert Pattinson as the caped crusader. However, Pattinson is a very multi-faceted actor who has taken on a wide range of roles, so many critics are sure that he’ll more than exceed expectations - and Christian Bale has even endorsed the choice.
Fans are expecting The Batman to follow the story of The Long Halloween comic series. Due to talk of there being multiple villains and a noir-inspired tone, it doesn’t seem like much of a stretch to think so.
The Suicide Squad
- - Release: August 6, 2021
- - Writer: James Gunn
If you wanted to forget that the 2017 Suicide Squad film ever existed, now you can. Since it’s called The Suicide Squad rather than Suicide Squad 2, it’s more of a relaunch than a sequel. It will feature a new cast and characters, as writer James Gunn wants to take the franchise in a new director. Will Smith and Jai Courtney are rumoured to return, but there is no talk of any other actors reprising their roles.
Thor: Love and Thunder
- - November 5, 2021
- - Director: Taika Waititi
- - Cast: Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth
Thor: Ragnarok writer Taika Waititi has already finished the script for the fourth Thor film, titled Thor: Love and Thunder. Natalie Portman, who played Jane Foster in Thor and Thor: The Dark World, will become the first female Thor in the MCU.
Her introduction in the comics is a harrowing one. Foster becomes Thor while undergoing treatment for breast cancer and, whenever she transforms into Thor, her chemotherapy reverts. It would certainly be an interesting origin story for the film, but we’ll have to wait and see exactly how the female Thor makes her movie debut.
- - Release: 2021
- - Cast: Ezra Miller
The Flash has had his own successful television series for over five years, and he’s slated to make his silver screen debut in 2021. Ezra Miller’s involvement with the film was announced in 2014, but things have, ironically, moved very slowly since then. The script has been attempted a number of times – even by Miller himself, but it seems that none of the iterations were good enough to move ahead with. So, while it is predicted that the film will be released in 2021, it could be much further away.
- - Release: 2021
- - Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
- - Cast: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Before Shazam was released, DC had plans to make a film about the hero’s greatest foe, Black Adam. Now, after the huge successful of the movie, Black Adam has been given the go-ahead. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has been attached to the project ever since 2014, and it is expected that the movie will star filming at the beginning of 2020 which could make for a 2021 release.
- - Summer 2022
With Far from Home becoming the third highest-grossing Spiderman film, Tom Holland’s take on the hero has been hugely successful. Marvel has plans to release a third film in the series by 2022, and the studio’s president Kevin Feige has stated that viewers are in for something completely different. As if that has piqued our interest enough, there is also talk of Kraven the Hunter being the villain.
- - Release: December 22, 2022
- - Producer: James Wan
- - Cast: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard
Jason Momoa and Amber Heard will be back to star in the sequel of the surprise smash hit Aquaman. There isn’t much to go on yet, but Jason Momoa has confirmed that the story is all done so we’re excited to begin hearing about script details in the coming months.
- - Release: 2022
- - Director: Ava Duvernay
When They See Us director Ava Duvernay has signed on to direct the upcoming New Gods movie. The film is expected to be released sometime in 2022, and Duvernay has confirmed that it will feature Darkseid and the Female Furies.
- - Release: 2022
- - Cast: Mahershala Ali
The internet went crazy when it was announced that Mahershala Ali signed on to play Blade in the upcoming film. The Academy Award-winning actor is already familiar with the Marvel Universe, after playing Cottonmouth in Luke Cage, and he’s certainly going to do an amazing job playing the vampire slayer. Even Wesley Snipes has approved of the casting, and the fandom hopes that he’ll make some kind of appearance in the reboot.
Captain Marvel 2
- - Release: 2022
- - Cast: Brie Larson
Brie Larson is back for Captain Marvel 2, and there are some pretty interesting rumours about who she will be facing off against in the sequel. It has been speculated that Michael Korvac, who is half-human and half-supercomputer, will be heading to Earth to make the planet into his version of a utopia, which will make for an exciting and epic battle.
- - Release 2022
There is talk of a Fantastic Four reboot in the works. The 2015 Film was universally panned, but Marvel is making another go of it. 2022 is already going to be a busy year, but a new Fantastic Four film is rumoured to be coming out then. Few other details are known, except that Ant-Man director Peyton Reed could be attached to the project.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3
- - Release: 2022
- - Writer/Director: James Gunn
After being let go by Disney in 2018, James Gunn is back on board to direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. It is expected that will be released in 2022, and the exact date could either be February 18, May 6 or July 29. Gunn has stated that it will be “epic conclusion” to the trilogy, and will likely revolve around the search for Gamora.
Black Panther 2
- - Writer/Director: Ryan Coogler
- - Cast: Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira
Black Panther 2 is another Marvel film that is slated for release in 2022. Most of the original cast will be returning, including Danai Gurira and Chadwick Boseman, but Killmonger will not. A new villain will be threaten Wakanda, and we’re excited to see which one of Black Panther’s foes will be making an appearance.
- - Director: David F. Sandberg
- - Cast: Zachary Levi
The post-credits scene in Shazam sets things up perfectly for a sequel, as Sivana meets Mister Mind – a worm-like creature who possesses super-human intelligence. In the next film, we’re likely going to see the pair attempt to take over the Seven Realms. So, we’re sure that Zachary Levi and Mark Strong will return – with David F. Sandberg directing again.
Into the Spiderverse 2
- - Cast: Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld
Knowing that Miles Morales’ spider-pals can communicate between dimensions sets us up for an interesting plot in Into the Spiderverse 2. Producer Amy Pascal has confirmed that the film will delve into the romance between Miles and Gwen Stacey, and we’ll be seeing more Spider-People as well. Little else is known about the film but at the very least Shameik Moore and Hailee Steinfeld will be reprising their roles.
Spider Women Spin-Off
- - Writer: Bek Smith
Another animated Marvel film will be coming out in the near future, with Spider-Gwen teaming up with Spider-Woman and Silk. Bek Smith, who worked on rewrites of the screenplay for Captain Marvel, will be penning the script for this spin-off.
- - Cast: Ryan Reynolds
Deadpool 3 isn’t likely to be included in Marvel’s Phase 4, but could be part of Phase 5. This means that it is still a long way away, and we probably won’t see it until at least 2022. There is also talk of the next Deadpool movie having a lower age rating than the first two. Fans are dubious that this will take away from the character, but Deadpool 2 director David Leitch has stated that future movies in the series don’t necessarily need an R rating .
Wonder Woman 3
- - Director: Patty Jenkins
- - Cast: Gal Gadot
We’ve still got a while to go before Wonder Woman 1984 hits cinemas, but director Patty Jenkins is already thinking about the third film in the series. It’s not even confirmed that there will be a third, as it will depend on the success of the second. However, Patty Jenkins does know that if it does get the green light, it won’t be another period piece as she would like to set the movie in the present day.
- - Director: Steven Spielberg
- - Writer: David Koepp
Currently, the screenplay for Blackhawk is being written by David Koepp, and it will be directed by Steven Spielberg. The pair also worked together on Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, so fans have very high expectations for this upcoming DC movie. There is no word yet on when filming will begin.