Here Is Every Superhero Movie Coming Out For the Foreseeable Future
This year (like every other year for the past decade) was brimming with superhero movies. Brie Larson stepped into the shoes of Captain Marvel for the first time. Shazam got the reboot treatment. Hell, Avengers: Endgame became one of the highest grossing movies of all time. But this is America, and if there's still money to be made, massive entertainment corporations will try to squeeze every penny out of a franchise until all of the potential audience members are beyond superhero exhaustion.
There is already a full list of action-packed hero stories in the lineup through 2022, but this time around, there are new faces and some refreshing diversity among the casts. If anything, this list should convince you that the franchises you thought had ended for good will, in fact, never end. Spider-Man is back. Batman is back. Black Panther is back.
At the top of the new titles list is a whole slew of standalone movies featuring your favorite characters. What's exciting is going forward, the big comic giants are making a better effort at representation in superhero stories. This means that within the next few years, Harley Quinn and Black Widow will have their own features to match with the fact that Wonder Woman is back and Thor is getting played by Natalie Portman. The future of the MCU will also feature its first Asian-American superhero lead with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The future looks bright for Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC movie world going forward. Here's what's coming up soon.
Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of Harley Quinn)
Release: February 7, 2020
Thanks to actress/producer Margot Robbie, this film and the DC universe will be jam-packed with female superhero power. Directed by Cathy Yan, this movie will be an adaptation of the Birds of Prey comics. Joining Robbie’s Harley Quinn is Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya, and Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary.
The New Mutants
Release: April 3, 2020
Now that Maisie Williams has moved on from the Game of Thrones world, she’s free to explore others. In The New Mutants, Williams joins the Josh Boone-directed cast as a teen mutant who is locked in a facility trying to come to terms with who she is and what she can do with her powers.
Release: May 1, 2020
Scarlett Johansson is starring in a standalone Black Widow movie, to the delight of many fans who wanted more of the character’s story after death in Avengers: Endgame. Johansson told fans that she hopes the film gives audiences “closure.”
Wonder Woman 1984
Release: June 5, 2020
Wonder Woman is back. Director Patty Jenkins returns to the helm of another project starring Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, also known as Diana, Princess of the Amazons. This one is set in 1984, during the Cold War. Be on the lookout for the new trailer in December.
Release: July 31, 2020
After his disastrous run as Joker, Jared Leto will return as yet another comic book villain, in the upcoming Morbius movie. Michael Morbius is a biologist who accidentally transforms himself into a vampire, starting out in the Spider-Man universe as a villain before becoming something of an anti-hero.
Release: Oct. 2, 2020
Sony's weird take on the Spider-Man anti-hero/villain, Venom, brings back Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock and his friendly alien symbiote. Michelle Williams is set to return as Anne Weying and Woody Harrelson will star as the villain Cletus Kasady, known as Carnage.
Release: November 6, 2020
The Eternals is one of Marvel's most exciting additions coming up. Featuring its most diverse (and potentially largest) cast, save Avengers: Endgame, the 2020 release about the strongest superheroes in the universe will star Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, Barry Keoghan, Gemma Chan, and Kit Harington. Take our money.
Shang-Chi And the Legend of the Ten Rings
Release: Feb. 12, 2021
Marvel's first Asian-American led superhero film stars Simu Liu in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The film will feature Tony Leung as the villain Mandarin, written by Dave Callaham and directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Release: May 7, 2021
This one is on pretty tight lockdown, other than the fact that it will be released in 2021 and that Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen are signed on. Actress and screenwriter Jade Bartlett is writing, with Scott Derrickson coming back to direct. According to Collider, this is going to be the first “scary” Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.
Release: June 25, 2021
Ben Affleck has made it clear that we will never again see him jump into the Batmobile, but there’s another Batman on the rise now. Robert Pattinson will star as a younger Bruce Wayne, which gives the film more room to dig into plot points the comics covered that haven’t been seen on screen before. Pattinson told The New York Times that he could never play “a real hero,” and according to Pattinson, Batman isn’t a hero. There’s a take to look forward to.
Untitled Spider-Man Sequel
Release: July 16, 2021
After much drama with the ownership between Sony and Disney over the Spider-Man title, the Tom Holland-led MCU staple will return for a third film. No title has been announced—and details are slim—but Zendaya and Jacob Batalon will return alongside director Jon Watts.
Suicide Squad Sequel
Release date: August 8, 2021
Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Idris Elba, Nathan Fillion, and Taika Waititi are all back in the sequel to the 2016 movie. But director David Ayer has been replaced with Guardian of the Galaxy’s James Gunn.
Thor: Love and Thunder
Release: November 5, 2021
Natalie Portman is already gearing up to take hold of the hammer as Thor in the newest phase of the MCU. At San Diego Comic Con this year, Portman revealed that she would be reprising her role as Jane Foster, but she’ll also be taking on the role of female Thor—talk about range. Taika Waititi will be directing.
Black Panther 2
Release: May 6, 2022
Black Panther is getting a sequel, yes, but it’s going to come with a bit of a wait. Chadwick Boseman is back, but for now, most details about this one are going to remain in the Marvel vault.
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