ByKatie Granger, writer at Creators.co
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Katie Granger

As the highest grossing film franchise ever, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has an eight-year legacy to live up to and a long road ahead. Captain America: Civil War took us nicely into Phase 3 earlier this year, and in a few months Doctor Strange will play us out of 2016 as it opens up a whole new facet of the MCU to delve into in the coming films.

So what lies ahead for Marvel and Disney's massively successful MCU? Below lies the complete round up for every announced Marvel movie releasing between now and the end of time — including planned and proposed projects that do not yet have a release date set. Clear your schedules and let's dive on in.

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1. 'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2' (2017)

The updated 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' logo [Marvel/Disney]
The updated 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' logo [Marvel/Disney]

Details

  • Release date: May 5, 2017
  • Director: James Gunn
  • Screenwriter: James Gunn
  • Current status: Post-production
  • MCU Number: 15

Cast

  • Chris Pratt: Peter Quill / Star-Lord
  • Zoe Saldana: Gamora
  • Dave Bautista: Drax the Destroyer
  • Vin Diesel: Groot
  • Bradley Cooper: Rocket
  • Kurt Russell: Ego
  • Pom Klementieff: Mantis
  • Michael Rooker: Yondu Udonta
  • Karen Gillan: Nebula
  • Glenn Close: Irani Rael
  • Elizabeth Debicki: Ayesha / Her

Picking up two months after the events of Guardians of the Galaxy, the sequel continues the story of Guardians Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Groot and Rocket as they travel throughout the cosmos. The quest this time around? Discover the true parentage of Peter Quill, as they learned at the conclusion of the first movie that his father is some mysterious and ancient being.

The rag-tag crew are joined this time around by Pom Klementieff as the Guardian Mantis and Kurt Russell as Ego the Living Planet — and Star-Lord's father and surrogate father to Mantis. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is not expected to connect up the rest of the MCU yet, though the Guardians themselves are expected to appear later on in Avengers: Infinity War. Thanos is not expected to appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

2. 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' (2017)

The official 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' logo [Marvel/Disney]
The official 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' logo [Marvel/Disney]

Details

  • Release date: July 7, 2017
  • Director: Jon Watts
  • Screenwriters: Jonathan M. Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Jon Watts, Christopher Ford, Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers
  • Current status: Filming
  • MCU Number: 16

Cast

  • Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man:
  • Michael Keaton: Adrian Toomes / the Vulture
  • Marisa Tomei: May Parker:
  • Zendaya: Michelle
  • Jacob Batalon: Ned Leeds
  • Tony Revolori: Flash Thompson
  • Bokeem Woodbine: Herman Schultz / Shocker
  • Donald Glover: Unknown character
  • Logan Marshall-Green: Unknown villain
  • Robert Downey Jr.: Tony Stark / Iron Man (cameo role)

Spider-Man: Homecoming is set to re-introduce Peter Parker / Spider-Man into the MCU after Captain America: Civil War. But worry not — it's not a prequel, confirmed to be set after the events of Civil War and not messing around with another retelling of Spidey's origins.

Homecoming will be the first live-action Spider-Man movie to properly focus upon Peter's school life — a very important aspect of his comic book counterpart. Right now we know that there's going to be three villains appearing, portrayed by Michael Keaton, Bokeem Woodbine and Logan Marshall-Green. At this year's SDCC Vulture was confirmed to appear, and it looks like he'll be joined by Shocker and Tinkerer too, if the rumors are to be believed.

3. 'Thor: Ragnarok' (2017)

The official 'Thor: Ragnarok' logo [Marvel/Disney]
The official 'Thor: Ragnarok' logo [Marvel/Disney]

Details

  • Release date: November 3, 2017
  • Director: Taika Waititi
  • Screenwriter: Stephany Folsom
  • Current status: Filming
  • MCU Number: 17

Cast

  • Chris Hemsworth: Thor:
  • Mark Ruffalo: Bruce Banner / Hulk
  • Tom Hiddleston: Loki
  • Cate Blanchett: Hela
  • Anthony Hopkins: Odin
  • Jeff Goldblum: Grandmaster
  • Idris Elba: Heimdall
  • Tessa Thompson: Valkyrie
  • Karl Urban: Skurge
Hemsworth (Thor) and Hiddleston (Loki) in 'Thor' [Marvel/Disney]
Hemsworth (Thor) and Hiddleston (Loki) in 'Thor' [Marvel/Disney]

The third movie in the Thor series, Thor: Ragnarok is set to get extra cosmic again as we return to Asgard for the first time since 2013's Thor: The Dark World. Ragnarok is coming, but who's side is Loki on this time? Bruce Banner / Hulk joins Thor on a cosmic road trip, which will take them to Asgard, Earth, and beyond.

Cate Blanchett joins the cast as the villainess Hela, along with Jeff Goldblum's hedonistic Grandmaster and Karl Urban as Skurge, a henchman of Enchantress. Tessa Thompson also debuts as heroine Valkyrie, and she's expected to appear in more films following Ragnarok.

4. 'Black Panther' (2018)

The official 'Black Panther' logo [Marvel/Disney]
The official 'Black Panther' logo [Marvel/Disney]

Details

  • Release date: February 16, 2018
  • Director: Ryan Coogler
  • Screenwriters: Joe Robert Cole & Ryan Coogler
  • Current status: Pre-production. Filming begins January 2017
  • MCU Number: 18

Cast

  • Chadwick Boseman: T'Challa / Black Panther
  • Michael B. Jordan: Erik Killmonger
  • Lupita Nyong'o: Nakia
  • Danai Gurira: Okoye
  • Andy Serkis: Ulysses Klaue / Klaw (rumored)
Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa / Black Panther [Marvel/Disney]
Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa / Black Panther [Marvel/Disney]

Like Spidey, T'Challa / Black Panther made his debut in Captain America: Civil War ahead of his own solo movie, which arrives early 2018. Black Panther will see T'Challa stepping up as King of Wakanda after the death of T'Chaka in Civil War, struggling to hold together his country whilst grieving his father.

When his leadership is challenged by two enemies (likely Klaw and Erik Killmonger) he has to team up with the C.I.A. and Wakandan special forces the Dora Milaje in order to stop Wakanda from being torn apart. Bucky Barnes / the Winter Soldier may also appear.

5. 'Avengers: Infinity War' (2018)

The official 'Avengers: Infinity War' logo [Marvel/Disney]
The official 'Avengers: Infinity War' logo [Marvel/Disney]

Details

  • Release date: May 4, 2018
  • Directors: Anthony & Joe Russo
  • Screenwriters: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
  • Current status: Pre-production. Filming begins November 2016
  • MCU Number: 19

Cast

  • Sebastian Stan: Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier
  • Chris Pratt: Peter Quill / Star-Lord
  • Benedict Cumberbatch: Stephen Strange / Doctor Strange
  • Zoe Saldana: Gamora
  • Bradley Cooper: Rocket Raccoon
  • Vin Diesel: Groot
  • Samuel L. Jackson: Nick Fury
  • Elizabeth Olsen: Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
  • Josh Brolin: Thanos
  • Dave Bautista: Drax
  • Chris Evans: Steve Rogers / Captain America (rumored)
  • Robert Downey Jr.: Tony Stark / Iron Man (rumored)
  • Scarlett Johansson: Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow (rumored)
  • Chris Hemsworth: Thor (rumored)
  • Tom Holland: Peter Parker / Spider-Man (rumored)
  • Evangeline Lilly: Hope van Dyne / Wasp (rumored)
  • Brie Larson: Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel (rumored)
Thanos appears in 'The Avengers' [Marvel/Disney]
Thanos appears in 'The Avengers' [Marvel/Disney]

This is it — what the MCU has been building to ever since Thanos first reared his ugly purple head back in 2012's The Avengers. Avengers: Infinity War is set to be the culmination of everything that has come before it, and it's going to be the biggest ensemble movie yet, with directors the Russo Brothers teasing up to 66 characters appearing.

Not much is known about the plot yet, but we know it's finally going to bring the ground level Avengers team (or teams) together with the more cosmic side of the Guardians. We may also finally see Gamora taking revenge upon her "father" Thanos, something which has been teased since Guardians of the Galaxy.

6. 'Ant-Man And The Wasp' (2018)

A fan-made, unofficial 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' logo [Marvel/Disney]
A fan-made, unofficial 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' logo [Marvel/Disney]

Details

  • Release date: July 6, 2018
  • Director: Peyton Reed
  • Screenwriters: Andrew Barrer, Gabriel Ferrari & Paul Rudd
  • Current status: In development
  • MCU Number: 20

Cast

  • Evangeline Lilly: Hope van Dyne / Wasp
  • Paul Rudd: Scott Lang / Ant-Man
  • Michael Douglas: Hank Pym
  • Michael Peña: Luis
Evangeline Lilly will become Wasp [Marvel/Disney]
Evangeline Lilly will become Wasp [Marvel/Disney]

Finally, the Wasp arrives. After appearing as Hope van Dyne in 2015's Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly makes her MCU debut as one of founding members of the comic book Avengers — Wasp — in Ant-Man and the Wasp.

We don't know very much about Ant-Man and the Wasp right now, other than the fact that Wasp didn't appear in Civil War because it was decided that her debut should be saved for her own movie in order to have a greater impact. Wasp is the first female superhero to share the titular billing in a Marvel movie, followed up by the next entry on the list...

7. 'Captain Marvel' (2019)

The official 'Captain Marvel 'logo [Marvel/Disney]
The official 'Captain Marvel 'logo [Marvel/Disney]

Details

  • Release date: March 8, 2019
  • Director: TBA
  • Screenwriters: Nicole Perlman & Meg LeFauve
  • Current status: In development
  • MCU Number: 21

Cast

  • Brie Larson: Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel
Brie Larson as Captain Marvel fanart — created by BossLogic
Brie Larson as Captain Marvel fanart — created by BossLogic

Captain Marvel will introduce Carol Danvers — arguably one of the most important characters in Marvel Comics right now, and the first solo female superhero MCU outing. (Only took them 11 years and 21 movies to get that ball rolling...).

There's not much information available about Captain Marvel right now, but screenwriter Nicole Perlman has revealed that Carol Danvers's origin story will be undergoing some tweaking due to the similarity it has to that of DC's Green Lantern.

8. 'Untitled Avengers Sequel' (2019)

The original, and now redundant, logo for the 'Untitled Avengers Sequel' [Marvel/Disney]
The original, and now redundant, logo for the 'Untitled Avengers Sequel' [Marvel/Disney]

Details

  • Release date: May 3, 2019
  • Directors: Anthony & Joe Russo
  • Screenwriters: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
  • Current status: Pre-production. Filming begins November 2016
  • MCU Number: 22

Cast

  • Currently unknown
Look Thor, we don't know very much about it right now okay? [Marvel/Disney]
Look Thor, we don't know very much about it right now okay? [Marvel/Disney]

Originally known as Avengers: Infinity War Part II, this project is now referred to merely as Untitled Avengers Sequel. It is reportedly being filmed back-to-back with Infinity War Part 1, beginning this November and will likely feature the same or a similar cast.

We don't really know much about the plot right now, but it will still function as a follow-up to Infinity War despite the name change.

And Beyond...

Four of the Infinity Stones [Marvel/Disney]
Four of the Infinity Stones [Marvel/Disney]

After the Untitled Avengers Sequel there are three more currently untitled films on the go to round out Phase 3 of the MCU. These are all set for release in 2020, arriving May 1, July 10, and November 6 respectively.

Despite the fact that none of the following movies are officially confirmed yet, they are all ideas which have been in the mix over at the Marvel/Disney ranch for a while now. Any of the following could slide into one of these spaces or appear sometime after 2020. Keep your eyes peeled!

1. 'Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3' (TBC)

The Guardians will get another outing in the MCU [Marvel/Disney]
The Guardians will get another outing in the MCU [Marvel/Disney]

Though there's been no official word yet on a follow up to the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, it is worth noting that the sequel to the first Guardians was green-lit at Marvel before the movie had even released in theatres. So it's not a huge surprise to learn that another instalment in the Guardians of the Galaxy series is already in the works then, as Kevin Feige told io9 earlier this year:

"We’re only working on what’s been announced through the end of 2019. And it is still a big chess board for 2020 and beyond, but certainly I would say 'Guardians 3' is [one film that’s] up there. I don’t know what exactly the order will be."

So, this means we can probably look forward to seeing the Guardians go for a third outing after Infinity War, which is exciting when you consider how many potential characters from the comics could be brought in there. Phyla-Vell, Adam Warlock, Moondragon and even Flash Thompson — a.k.a. Agent Venom — have all been active members of the Guardians at one stage or another.

2. Black Widow Solo Movie (TBC)

Scarlett Johansson is the MCU Black Widow [Marvel/Disney]
Scarlett Johansson is the MCU Black Widow [Marvel/Disney]

Fans have been screaming for a Black Widow solo feature ever since she was first introduced way back in Iron Man 2, and though Scarlett Johansson A-List status means Marvel would have to fork out a lot of cash to get her for a solo outing, it is something which they are still interested in doing.

Following Captain America: Civil War Feige told Deadline that Marvel are still committed to producing that fabled solo Widow feature:

"Of the characters that you’ve just mentioned I would say certainly the one creatively and emotionally that we are most committing to doing is Black Widow. We think she’s an amazing character. We think Scarlett Johansson’s portrayal of her is amazing. She’s a lead Avenger and has amazing stories in her own right to tell that we think would be fun to turn into a stand-alone franchise."

Captain Marvel and Guardians of the Galaxy scribe Nicole Perlman has reportedly written a treatment for a potential Black Widow movies, of which she told Cineplex:

"The Black Widow project didn’t get to the script phase, it was just a treatment but it was pretty in depth, and hopefully one day we’ll see it. Fingers crossed!"

Yeah, we want it, but we'll believe it when we see it.

3. Nick Fury Solo Movie (TBC)

Samuel L. Jackson is Nick Fury [Marvel/Disney]
Samuel L. Jackson is Nick Fury [Marvel/Disney]

We haven't heard much about this proposed project for a long time. But way back in 2006 — before the MCU even launched — Variety reported that Hollow Man and Castle writer Andrew W. Marlowe was hired by Marvel to write a script for a potential Nick Fury solo movie.

It might never happen, but then you never know. Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury has been underground for a long time now and there's plenty of potential for storytelling there.

4. 'Blade' (TBC)

Wesley Snipes may reprise his role as Blade [Marvel/New Line Cinema]
Wesley Snipes may reprise his role as Blade [Marvel/New Line Cinema]

Before Fox-Marvel's X-Men, the MCU and the DCEU, perhaps the most successful comic book franchise was that of the Blade series, and it looks like vampire-hunter Blade could join the MCU at some point too.

Back in 2013 The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Marvel Studios had a working script in place for a Blade movie. Not much more was heard of this potential project until 2015, when Blade trilogy star Wesley Snipes told Deadline that he had entered discussions with Marvel to reprise his role of the titular vamp-slayer.

"The [Blade] project is controlled by Marvel and we did have a really productive and a wonderful meeting and we discussed a number of things. I don’t know where it’s on their schedule at this point, that hasn’t been decided. I guess it’s still up in the air."

Watch this space — the MCU might introduce vampires at some point and damn if we aren't excited to see how well they manage to pull that off.

Which upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movie are you most excited to see? Do any of the proposed future movies take your fancy? Tell us in the comments below!

(Sources: io9; Collider; ComingSoon; SlashFilm; Deadline; Cineplex; Variety; The Hollywood Reporter; Deadline)