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Upcoming Marvel Projects That Will Get You Pumped

If it seems like there's a new Marvel film or television project coming at you roughly every couple of hours or so, it's only because the House of Ideas has become an absolutely dominant force in pop culture. Thanks largely to the Marvel Cinematic Universe — the highest-grossing franchise in film history by about six miles — characters who were once relegated to the C-list in the pages of Marvel Comics have become household names, once-obscure properties are launching multi-billion dollar franchises, and movie and television executives who had never heard the term "shared universe" a decade ago are scrambling to copy Mighty Marvel's business model.

Even though the film and TV assets of Fox — a studio which, up until very recently, was playing keepaway with the rights to more than a few of Marvel's characters — were recently absorbed by Marvel Studios parent company Disney, the wealth of Marvel properties being thrust into the spotlight across a ton of different platforms can still get a little confusing. Fortunately, we're here to sort it all out for you with this handy guide to every Marvel movie and TV show on the horizon for the foreseeable future. As a great man once said: hold on to your hats, true believers!

M.O.D.O.K. — May 21, 2021

Marvel Television, which produced such gems as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Agent Carter, and all of the Marvel Netflix series, is on its way out; this is not in dispute. Marvel Studios, the film branch, has taken over production of nearly every Marvel TV project moving forward, including all of those eagerly-anticipated Disney+ series — but before it fades away completely, the television arm of Mighty Marvel has one last trick up its sleeve.

Originally announced as part of a four-series package for Hulu that included Howard the Duck and The Tigra and Dazzler ShowMarvel's M.O.D.O.K. — the only of the four series not to be axed before production even began — will be an animated sitcom starring the villainous, huge-headed, tiny-bodied, would-be conqueror of worlds. Producer Patton Oswalt will voice the title role; the rest of the cast includes Aimee Garcia (Lucifer) as his wife Jodie, Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) as his daughter Melissa, Ben Schwartz (Sonic the Hedgehog) as his young son Lou, Wendi McClendon-Covey (The Goldbergs) and Beck Bennett (Bill & Ted Face the Music) as a pair of workplace antagonists, and Jon Daly (Big Mouth) as the scheming android Super Adaptoid. 

In addition to the regular cast, the guest stars of M.O.D.O.K. will include Jon Hamm as Iron Man, Nathan Fillion as Wonder Man, Whoopi Goldberg as Poundcakes, and Bill Hader as both Angar the Screamer and the Leader. Granted, the series' survival is a touch bittersweet — we were looking forward to Kevin Smith's Howard the Duck — but we have a feeling M.O.D.O.K. will be a hilarious final hurrah for Marvel TV. Keep an eye out for the series hitting Hulu on May 21, 2021.

Loki — June 11, 2021

When it was first announced in late 2018 that Marvel Studios would be developing multiple limited series for the Disney+ streaming service, it didn't take long to get confirmation on the first of these: a show about Loki, which will see Tom Hiddleston returning to portray the beloved trickster god once more. While the character met a grim end at the hands of Thanos in the brutal opening sequence of Avengers: Infinity War, the series will follow the 2012 version of Loki who disappeared with the Tesseract during the bungled time heist in Avengers: Endgame.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series will follow Loki as he "pops up throughout human history as an unlikely influencer on historical events." The official trailer gave some context for this synopsis, showing that Loki has been recruited by the Time Variance Authority (TVA) to help correct the fractured timeline he created when he absconded from Avengers: Endgame with the Tesseract. The project has scored a showrunner who should know his way around this kind of material: Michael Waldron, who has worked as a writer on Adult Swim's Rick and Morty and will be credited as creator and executive producer, in addition to writing the pilot. 

Joining Hiddleston will be fellow cast members Owen Wilson as Mobius M. Mobius, an agent for the TVA, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Judge Renslayer. This may be a new alias for Ravona Renslayer, a time-traveling character from the comics whose story closely intertwined with Kang the Conquerer's in complex ways. Kang is set to show up as the villain of Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, possibly indicating that Loki may feed into that film's storyline somehow. Also part of the cast for Loki are Wunmi Mosaku as Hunter B-15 and Sophia Di Martino and Richard E. Grant in yet-undisclosed roles, although rumors point to both potentially playing alternate versions of Loki himself.

Black Widow — July 9, 2021

We've been promised it would happen for years, and soon, it finally will. Yeah, we're getting Black Widow, in which Scarlett Johansson will reprise the role of superspy Natasha Romanoff for what will likely be the last time. The prequel is set in the period between Civil War and Infinity War, but it will also flash back to Romanoff's childhood, before she entered the Red Room training program and was later recruited by S.H.I.E.L.D.

According to director Cate Shortland, the flick will find Romanoff in a dark place, following her as she "[puts] the pieces of herself together and [comes] out a whole person." Much of the action will take place overseas, and yes, we may finally get to find out just what went down in Budapest. Starring alongside Johansson will be Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, a fellow Red Room graduate who was raised as a sister to Natasha and will potentially be taking over the Black Widow mantle. Black Widow will also star Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff, another Red Room operative who appears to have helped recruit the young Natasha.

Also starring is David Harbour (Stranger Things), who will portray Alexei Shostakov, aka the Red Guardian, Russia's answer to Captain America. Rounding out the cast will be O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid's Tale) as Marcus, an underworld "fixer," and Ray Winstone (Sexy Beast), who we see in one of the trailers as a seemingly villainous character giving orders to the mysterious Taskmaster. It's not yet known who will be playing Taskmaster, whose photographic reflexes allow him to perfectly mimic the fighting style of anyone he faces. However, we do know that the film is coming to both theaters and Disney+ Premier Access on July 9, meaning Disney+ subscribers can watch the film at home for an additional $30.

What If? — Summer 2021

Here's a project that will ring all kinds of nostalgia bells for longtime Marvel Comics readers. What If? is an alternate universe anthology series which has run in various formats since 1977, exploring how events may have unfolded if crucial moments in the mainstream Marvel timeline had played out differently. It allowed readers to consider scenarios both intriguing (What if Spider-Man had joined the Fantastic Four? What if Gwen Stacy had lived?) and unthinkable (What if Wolverine killed the Hulk? What if Doctor Strange were a disciple of Dormammu?), and what it did for the comics, the Disney+ animated series What If? intends to do for the MCU.

Like its comics counterpart, What If? will have an anthology format, with each episode tackling one specific moment in the MCU timeline. Disney's "Expanding the Universe" featurette on Disney+, which featured footage from Marvel's 2019 Comic-Con panel, confirmed the premise of several of the series' episodes, including "What if Peggy Carter had taken the super soldier serum?", "What if T'Challa was Star Lord?", and "What if Captain America was a zombie?"

The Marvel Studios Comic-Con panel revealed an impressive line-up of MCU talent set to lend their voices, with many of the films' biggest stars set to reprise their roles. They will be joined by Jeffrey Wright in the central role of Uatu the Watcher, whose job is to watch over the multiverse, and who will act as a sort of host, tying the episodes together. Teasing the practically limitless possibilities of the series during the featurette, Wright said, "We'll see where we take it. We could take it anywhere."

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — September 3, 2021

The starring vehicle for the MCU's first Asian hero Shang-Chi, Master of Kung Fu, was teased in late 2018, but until the title was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con in July 2019, its iconic villain had only been rumored. It turned out that the rumors were true: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will see the supremely skilled fighter facing off against the Mandarin, the classic Iron Man villain who had been cruelly teased with Ben Kingsley's impostor Trevor Slattery in Iron Man 3. Of course, the Marvel One-Shot "All Hail the King" revealed that the real deal was still out there somewhere, and now, he'll finally make his presence known.

It seems that the Ten Rings, the terrorist organization who kidnapped Tony Stark in Iron Man and was mentioned by Darren Cross as a potential buyer for the Yellowjacket technology in Ant-Man, will figure prominently into the screen origin of Shang-Chi, who in the comics is perhaps the finest unarmed combatant in existence. Destin Daniel Cretton (The Glass Castle) has been tapped to direct, with Chinese Canadian actor Simu Liu (Bad Blood) holding down the title role. 

Also confirmed to be starring are Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) as Shang-Chi's friend, Katy, and legendary Chinese actor Tony Leung (Infernal Affairs) as Wenwu, although he was previously announced as The Mandarin, suggesting Wenwu may be just an alias. Starring alongside Liu, Awkwafina, and Leung in Shang-Chi will be Meng'er Zhang as Xialing, Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan, Ronny Chieng as Jon Jon, Fala Chen as Jiang Li, and Florian Munteanu as Razor Fist.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage — September 24, 2021

Given the fact that it kicked off a universe of Spider-Man characters which will not — so far as we now know — actually feature Spider-Man, the success of Sony's Venom was a bit of a shock. Anchored by Tom Hardy's completely bonkers performance, the film cleaned up at the worldwide box office of the tune of $855 million dollars, making a sequel obligatory. Of course, having learned a few tricks from Marvel Studios, Sony made sure to go ahead and set one up in advance with a post-credits scene featuring Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady, the psychopathic serial killer who will go on to bond with Carnage, the Venom symbiote's offspring.

One stumbling block faced by the sequel was the departure of Venom director Ruben Fleischer, who had his hands full with the long-awaited follow-up to his 2009 classic Zombieland. Now, Andy Serkis has stepped up to the helm, with original scribe Kelly Marcel drafting the screenplay. Hardy is set to return as Eddie Brock, along with co-stars Michelle Williams, who plays Eddie's ex-fiancee, Anne, and Reid Scott as Anne's boyfriend, Dan. Joining the cast for the sequel will be Naomie Harris as Kasady's love interest, Shriek, along with Stephen Graham and heavyweight boxer turned actor Larry Olubamiwo, both in undisclosed roles. Plot details are sketchy, but one thing is certain: just as Kasady promised in that stinger, there's gonna be Carnage. Variety confirmed in January 2019 that Harrelson's murderous symbiote will be Venom 2's main villain. The movie, now titled Venom: Let There Be Carnage, is set for release on September 24, 2021.

Hawkeye — Fall 2021

Rounding out the first batch of Disney+ limited series will be Hawkeye, which will see Jeremy Renner reprise his role as the Avenging archer. The series' logo — which is heavily inspired by that used on the character's well-received recent comics run from Matt Fraction and David Aja — was dropped on the San Diego Comic-Con crowd. Along with the reveal came the confirmation of a long-standing rumor: that the series will see the debut of Kate Bishop, a young protégé who eventually takes up the mantle of Hawkeye in the comics.

Portraying Bishop in Hawkeye will be Hailee Steinfeld, who is no stranger to Marvel movies, after previously voicing Gwen Stacy in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. The series is confirmed to take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame, so it'll likely see Clint Barton adjusting to a world in which his beloved family has returned from being dusted, and his trusted ally Natasha Romanoff is no more, having sacrificed herself to further the Avengers' mission. Also appearing in Hawkeye will be Vera Farmiga as Kate's mother Eleanor Bishop, Tony Dalton as Jack Duquesne, Fra Fee as Kazi, Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez (also known as the superhero Echo), Zahn McClarnon as William Lopez (most likely Maya's father), and Florence Pugh, reprising her Black Widow role of Yelena Belova, who is considered a likely candidate to take up Natasha Romanoff's mantle. The series is set to shoot onto Disney+ in the fall of 2021.

Eternals — November 5, 2021

Marvel Studios opened their Comic-Con panel with Eternals, an interesting if lesser-known property which should help anchor the Cosmic side of the MCU moving forward. The titular race of superpowered beings were created eons ago by the Celestials in order to defend the Earth from their polar opposites the Deviants. They're the brainchild of the great Jack Kirby, who created the comic in the mid-'70s after his run on New Gods at DC. Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige has teased that The Eternals's story may span "tens of thousands of years," telling an epic story of the type we haven't yet seen in the MCU. The movie, which will be directed by The Rider helmer Chloe Zhao, has assembled a suitably epic cast.

The Eternals will star Richard Madden (Rocketman) as Ikaris, a first-generation Eternal and leader of the flick's team of heroes. Alongside him will be Angelina Jolie (Maleficent) as Thena, Gemma Chan as Sersi (and not her Captain Marvel role of Minn-Erva), and Barry Keoghan as Druig. Kumail Nanjiani appears as Kingo, who settled in Japan thousands of years ago and learned the ways of the Samurai. Rounding out the cast are Lauren Ridloff (The Walking Dead) as a gender-swapped version of Makkari, an expert engineer and speedster; Brian Tyree Henry (Child's Play) as Phastos, a master weapons maker who nevertheless prefers not to fight; Salma Hayek (The Hitman's Bodyguard) as a gender-swapped Ajak, who hails from the icy tundra of Siberia; and Lia McHugh (The Lodge) as the trickster Sprite. 

Spider-Man: No Way Home — December 17, 2021

Ever since negotiations between Sony and Marvel temporarily broke down in 2019, it's been speculated that Marvel's third Spider-Man movie will essentially be used to write the wall-crawler out of the MCU in preparation for a move to Sony's own Spider-Verse. However, the more we've learned about the upcoming Far From Home sequel, the more evident it's become that the reality could be a lot more complex... and a lot weirder.

When J.K. Simmons reprised his role as J. Jonah Jameson from Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy during the end credits of Spider-Man: Far From Home, we probably should have suspected that something strange was afoot in the MCU. Now, things are set to get even odder. Spider-Man 3 revealed in October 2020 its intention to pull in a character from yet another previously unrelated Spider-film, with the announcement that Jamie Foxx would be returning as Electro, his character from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Then, a few weeks later, Marvel dropped the bombshell that the movie would feature an appearance by Alfred Molina as Doc Ock from Raimi's Spider-Man 2. Speculation quickly ran wild that Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield could reprise their roles as alternate-universe Peter Parkers, with Kirsten Dunst's Mary Jane Watson and Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy in tow. There are even credible rumors that Charlie Cox will be making an appearance as Matt Murdock/Daredevil from his Netflix series.

While Far From Home teased a multiverse that ultimately turned out to be a ruse perpetuated by Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), the inclusion of such an impressive roster of characters from various Marvel-but-not-MCU franchises seems to nod to the real thing. Also joining the cast is Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange, who may be the key to understanding how all of these surprising casting announcements fit together. Cumberbatch's involvement suggests that this third MCU Spider-Man will directly tie into the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which is expected to deal with alternate realities. We'll learn exactly how all of the various Spider-Verses (potentially) fit together when Spider-Man: No Way Home hits theaters December 17, 2021.

Morbius — January 22, 2022

The SUMC (or Sony Universe of Marvel Characters, if you're not into the whole brevity thing) was born of Sony Pictures' deal with Marvel Studios, which allowed Marvel to integrate Spider-Man (for which Sony held the film rights) into the MCU. In exchange, Sony continues to produce ol' Webhead's MCU-set solo outings, and also has free rein to develop its own universe based on ancillary Spider-Man characters. This universe's inaugural effort, 2018's Venom, completely cleaned up at the box office while satisfying fans of the character left cold by Topher Grace's unfortunate portrayal in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3. After that somewhat unexpected success, Sony was quick to fast-track another Spidey-related property that had been gestating since 2017.

This would be Morbius, based on the "living vampire" and frequent Spider-Man nemesis who first appeared in the pages of Marvel comics in 1971. The flick will star Jared Leto as Dr. Michael Morbius, a brilliant biochemist whose attempts to cure his own potentially fatal blood disease with an experimental treatment — involving the blood of vampire bats — go predictably awry, transforming him into a superpowered ghoul who must consume human blood to survive. Daniel Espinosa (Life) directs from a script by Lost in Space co-creators Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — March 25, 2022

The sequel to 2016's Doctor Strange has been in development since before that flick even hit theaters, and in 2019 we learned that the film would be titled Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The sequel will co-star Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff, and will be directly influenced by the weird, probably reality-warping events of WandaVision. Joining the cast of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is Baby-Sitters Club star Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez, also known in the comics as Miss America. 

In addition to being a member of the Young Avengers (and from another dimension, an interesting origin story that could factor into the Strange sequel's multi-universal plot), Chavez is notable for being Marvel's first Latin-American LGBTQ character. Rounding out the cast will be returning Doctor Strange actors Rachel McAdams as Dr. Christine Palmer, Benedict Wong as the sorcerer Wong, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mordo, who served as Strange's friend and ally before taking a dark turn at the end of the first film, suggesting he may serve as an outright villain in the second.

The creative team for the second Strange film is changing in two big ways, with Spider-Man trilogy director Sam Raimi stepping in for original director Scott Derrickson and reuniting with composer Danny Elfman, who's taking over scoring duties from Doctor Strange composer Michael Giacchino. Although Raimi already seemed like a perfect fit for the MCU thanks to his previous Marvel experience, the director appears to be an even more ideal choice now that we know that Raimi-verse veterans Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, and Alfred Molina are all set to appear in the MCU's reality-bending Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel, which will also bring in Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange.

Thor: Love and Thunder — May 6, 2022

Given his fantastic character arc over his last several appearances, it came as little surprise that Thor will be the first Avenger to receive a fourth solo film. Thor: Ragnarok's Taika Waititi will be returning to direct (as well as to voice the loveable rock alien, Korg), but at 2019's San Diego Comic-Con, further details were announced that shocked those in attendance.

Specifically, the Ragnarok sequel — now officially titled Thor: Love and Thunder — will see the return of Natalie Portman's Jane Foster, who will follow in her character's recent comic book footsteps by picking up Mjolnir to become Thor herself. Tessa Thompson will also return as Valkyrie, and Kevin Feige has confirmed that this time around, it will be made explicit that the character is bisexual, a first for a major character in an MCU film. 

Additionally, Guardians of the Galaxy's Chris Pratt will also be joining the cast as Star Lord, which makes sense, considering Thor was last seen joining the Guardians — whom he cheekily renamed the Asgardians of the Galaxy — at the end of Avengers: Endgame. Other Guardians reporting to the Australian set of Thor: Love and Thunder include Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, and Pom Klementieff (Drax, Nebula, and Mantis, respectively). Sean Gunn, who provides the motion-capture performance for Rocket Raccoon, was noticed posting to social media from Australia during filming. And considering Vin Diesel was the first one to spill the beans about any Guardians showing up in the next Thor film, an appearance from Groot seems like a pretty safe bet.

Serving as the antagonist for Love and Thunder will be Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher, a character who, in the comics, was obsessed with killing gods and absorbing their power. Other actors confirmed for Love and Thunder include — spoiler alert for what are likely to be hilarious cameosMatt Damon, Sam Neill, and Luke Hemsworth, who appeared as an Asgardian theatrical troupe in Ragnarok. And they'll be joined by Melissa McCarthy and Russell Crowe, likely as more Asgardian actors tasked with recreating iconic MCU scenes. How it will all come together — and whether the title points to a complicated love triangle, or something else — will all be revealed when Thor: Love and Thunder hits theaters on May 6, 2022.

Black Panther 2 — July 8, 2022

After the tremendous success of 2018's Black Panther — the first MCU film to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Picture, and the first MCU film to win an Oscar (actually, it won three, for Best Original Score, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design) — a sequel seemed like a foregone conclusion. Sure enough, in the fall of 2018, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Black Panther 2 was officially happening, with original writer-director Ryan Coogler returning to write and direct the sequel, and celebrated star Chadwick Boseman expected to reprise his role as T'Challa, the king of the fictional country of Wakanda.

Tragically, in August of 2020, Boseman passed away following a four-year struggle with cancer. The news came as a shock to Boseman's fans and colleagues alike, as the actor had kept his condition and treatment quiet, even as he continued to work. While Marvel declined to comment on the future of Black Panther immediately following Boseman's death, allowing his castmates and fans time to grieve, now, Black Panther 2 appears to be quietly moving forward, with production expected to begin in July of 2021.

Executive producer Victoria Alonso has confirmed that Black Panther 2 will not be using a digital double to stand in for Boseman, leading many to speculate that his on-screen sister, Shuri (Letitia Wright), may take up the Black Panther mantle as she does in the comics. Also expected to return for Black Panther 2 are original film stars Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, and Martin Freeman. They'll be joined by Marvel newcomer Tenoch Huerta, who will be playing one of the film's antagonists. Although details for Black Panther 2 are still scarce, one thing we can be sure of is that whenever Black Panther 2 does make its way to the screen, the story and the characters will find some way to honor their king.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 — October 7, 2022

It's a little tough to believe that at this point, Spider-Man has a rich cinematic history spanning almost 20 years and nearly a dozen feature films, yet here we are. For all the box office bucks raked in by Sam Raimi's trilogy, the Amazing Spider-Man reboot series, and the MCU iteration ably portrayed by Tom Holland, however, none of those films were able to do what Sony Pictures Animation's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse did: score an Academy Award. 2018's Best Animated Feature winner is considered by some to be among the best — if not the best — superhero films ever made, with its supremely innovative animation style and focus on its eclectic cast of alternate-universe Spider-People (and, um, one pig). It's so singular a cinematic achievement that it seems like its success would be impossible to duplicate — but darned if Sony isn't going to try.

The Spider-Verse sequel will center on the burgeoning romantic relationship between Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) and Gwen Stacy, a.k.a. Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld), and — according to co-director Rodney Rothman — will take place two years after the events of the first film. Additional plot details are still a mystery, but a teaser shared by the official Spider-Verse Twitter account flickers through 17 different spider logos, which seems to indicate that once again, we'll be meeting a variety of different Spider-People from across the multiverse. This would be in keeping with what Sony Pictures' Amy Pascal said when she mentioned that unlike the first Spider-Verse, the sequel will feature more new female versions of Spidey. Savvy Spider-fans can try to sleuth out which characters may factor into the Spider-Verse sequel based on the different logo designs, and can find out whether they're right when Into the Spider-Verse 2 hits theaters on October 7, 2022.

Captain Marvel 2 — November 11, 2022

While Marvel is keeping quiet so far about what Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) will be up to in her second solo outing, we do know that Captain Marvel 2 will be bringing on a whole new creative team. The first Captain Marvel was co-written by directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, along with Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Nicole Perlman, and Meg LeFauve, but solo scripting duties for the sequel have been handed to Megan McDonnell, a staff writer on WandaVision. Boden and Fleck will also not be returning to direct, although Marvel is reportedly considering them for other projects. Instead, Captain Marvel 2 will be helmed by Candyman director Nia DaCosta.

Alongside star Brie Larson, Candyman star Teyonah Parris, who was introduced in WandaVision as a grown-up version of Monica Rambeau, will also be reprising her role in Captain Marvel 2. Monica was first introduced in Captain Marvel's 1990s timeline as a young girl played by Akira Akbar. In WandaVision, the adult Monica plays a key role as a S.W.O.R.D. agent determined to get to the bottom of Wanda's mysterious Hex, who winds up gaining superpowers in the process. Also joining the Captain Marvel 2 cast is Iman Vellani, who will be appearing in her own Disney+ series as Carol Danvers' #1 fangirl, Kamala Khan a.k.a. Ms. Marvel. Zawe Ashton co-stars as the film's as-yet unnamed villain.

The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special — Christmas 2022

While most of the other MCU titles for Disney+ seem intended to further the overarching, interconnected plot for Phase Four and beyond, Marvel announced one title during Disney's 2020 Investor Day event that doesn't seem interested in epic battles or sprawling narratives, and is much more concerned with being jolly and bright. That's right: The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is coming to Disney+ in 2022.

What can we expect from a holiday-themed MCU space special? One may need to look no further than the much-maligned Star Wars Holiday Special, which Guardians writer and director James Gunn says he "unironically loved" as a kid. Gunn, who has written and directed every Guardians of the Galaxy film, including the upcoming Vol. 3, says he's had the idea for a Guardians Holiday Special for years, and that it's "one of [his] favorite stories ever." 

While he hasn't given us any clues about what this story actually looks like (beyond the potentially worrisome link to Star Wars, which saw the main cast of Star Wars brought together as Chewbacca tries to return to the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk to celebrate the holiday Life Day), Gunn assured fans that The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special will be "as crazy & fun as can be," as well as clarifying that it will be live-action and set within the continuity of the greater MCU. What does that all mean? We have no idea, but we'll find out in late 2022.

Ryan Coogler's Wakanda series — TBA

After the tragic and shocking death of Chadwick Boseman in 2020, the future of Black Panther and his beloved kingdom of Wakanda in the MCU was left up in the air. While Marvel made it clear that the characters and storylines introduced in 2018's Black Panther would indeed continue, with the film's planned sequel still moving forward, the studio remained mostly mum on how it intended to reimagine the franchise without its leading man, other than to clarify that there was no plan to recast Boseman as King T'Challa.

In February of 2021, we got a glimpse of what lies in store for Wakanda with the announcement that Black Panther director Ryan Coogler had inked a five-year overall television deal with the Walt Disney Company, including a dramatic series for Disney+ set in the Kingdom of Wakanda. There are no details yet regarding a release date or which — if any — of Black Panther's high-caliber cast of characters will appear in the series, or if it will instead follow a brand new ensemble. We also don't know when Coogler's Wakanda series will be set. One interesting possibility could be setting it during the five years of the "Blip," when King T'Challa and his younger sister, Shuri, had both vanished from the kingdom. That would be a simple way to work around the loss of Boseman, while still allowing for Black Panther 2 to provide a more permanent explanation for his absence.

Deadpool 3 — TBA

In a piece of surprising yet welcome news, it looks like Disney is going ahead with Deadpool 3 following the studio's acquisition of Fox, which produced the first two wildly successful Deadpool films. The threequel will bring back Ryan Reynolds as the foul-mouthed, irreverent superhero, whose mutant healing ability allows him to bounce back from even the grisliest of injuries. Deadpool 3 is the first confirmed vehicle to bring mutants into the MCU, an event Marvel fans have been anxiously anticipating ever since Disney acquired Fox, which previously held the rights to Marvel's popular X-Men characters, including even the mention of the word "mutants."

Deadpool and his hard-R-rated antics will be an interesting addition to the family-friendly MCU, and will possibly open the door to more adult-oriented adventures set within Marvel's cinematic multiverse in the future. Although Reynolds is the only actor from Fox's X-verse to seem primed to make the crossover to the MCU, his jump from one franchise to another could potentially open the door for others to follow in his footsteps. On the other hand, Phase 4's strong hints that a multiverse will soon be unspooling within the MCU also lays the groundwork for Marvel to recast some of its most popular mutant characters.

Deadpool 3 will be written by Bob's Burgers scribes Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Loeglin, who serve as writers and executive producers on the Emmy-winning animated sitcom. David Leitch, who directed the first two Deadpool films, is not expected to return for the threequel, although no names have yet been floated to take over for him. While no production start date has been announced for Deadpool 3, we anticipate an in-character Reynolds to make the most of his time as he awaits his grand introduction into the MCU.

Ms. Marvel — TBA

Marvel's first Muslim superhero will be getting a spotlight on Disney+, as it was revealed at D23 that Kamala Khan, a.k.a. Ms. Marvel, will be the star of her own limited series. The announcement delighted fans who have enjoyed the character's dry wit and unique power set since her introduction in the pages of Marvel comics in 2013.

Khan is part-Inhuman, and is able to alter her form in virtually any way she chooses. She also has the interesting ability to share her mass with different versions of herself throughout time. Portraying the teen superhero will be newcomer Iman Vellani, who was making steps toward diversifying the film industry even before being cast in the Marvel series with her work as part of the Next Wave Committee at the 2019 Toronto Film Festival.

Commenting on the series' announcement, the character's creator G. Willow Wilson told Polygon, "She's got very comic booky powers. God bless them trying to bring that to live action; I don't know how that's going to work out in a way that doesn't look really creepy." Directing episodes of the series will be Bad Boys for Life directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, Oscar-winning documentary short director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, and Meera Menon, who has directed episodes of The Walking Dead and The Punisher. 

Joining Vellani in Ms. Marvel will be The Walking Dead's Matt Lintz as Kamala's best friend Bruno Carrelli, and relative Hollywood newcomer Laurel Marsden as Kamala's best frenemy Zoe Zimmer. Also joining the cast are Aramis Knight, Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Yasmeen Fletcher, Laith Naki, Azher Usman, Travina Springer, and Nimra Bucha. Marvel has yet to confirm which characters anyone in this rapidly expanding ensemble will be playing. Ms. Marvel is set to premiere on Disney+ sometime in late 2021.

Ironheart — TBA

Alongside revealing exciting new details for a number of highly anticipated Marvel shows and movies during Disney's Investor Day event in December 2020, the studio also announced several new projects within the MCU, providing an unexpected treat for Marvel fans. One of the most thrilling surprises of the event was the announcement of a live-action Ironheart series on Disney+, starring Dominique Thorne as teenage inventor Riri Williams.

Thorne made her film debut in 2018's If Beale Street Could Talk, which also costarred Teyonah Parris, who will be playing Monica Rambeau in WandaVision and Captain Marvel 2. Her next big project will be Judas and the Black Messiah, alongside Black Panther's Daniel Kaluuya. In the comics, Thorne's character, Riri Williams, is a teenage genius who builds her own Iron Man suit and eventually takes over for Tony Stark. That could easily be the path the Ironheart series takes, considering the series takes place in the wake of the death of Iron Man at the end of Avengers: Endgame.

Moon Knight — TBA

Marvel fans have been waiting for years, and it's finally happening: the cloaked vigilante Moon Knight is getting his own Disney+ limited series. Helmed by Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed DiabMoon Knight will follow Marc Spector, a former Marine and mercenary who, while on a covert mission in Egypt, is nearly killed. He is spared by the Egyptian god Khonshu, in exchange for Spector becoming his earthly avatar of justice. Considered by some to be Marvel's answer to Batman, there's one distinct facet of the character that sets him apart from DC's Dark Knight: his struggle with (and reliance on) Dissociative Identity Disorder. Moon Knight employs a number of his multiple personalities to assist him in his crime-fighting activities, and recent comic runs have even suggested that his powers don't derive from any ancient Egyptian deity at all — that they are, in effect, all in his head.

Reportedly stepping into the role of Marc Spector will be Disney veteran Oscar Isaac, fresh off of his three-film stint as Poe Dameron in the recently concluded Star Wars trilogy. Prior to Isaac's casting, the names of two very different actors were also floated as potential contenders for the role of Spector: comedian Nick Kroll, and Hamilton scene-stealer Daveed Diggs. One outside-the-box possibility could be that Disney may be considering casting different actors to play Spector's disparate personalities, including cabbie Jake Lockley and millionaire Steven Grant. We'll find out whenever Moon Knight hits Disney+, which will likely not be any earlier than 2022.

She-Hulk — TBA

The third Disney+ limited series announcement fans were treated to at D23 may turn out to be the streamer's craziest Marvel offering: She-Hulk, based upon the character first introduced in the comics in 1980. When promising young attorney Jennifer Walters was shot and grievously injured by a vengeful mobster, she received a blood transfusion from the only match available: her cousin, Bruce Banner. His gamma-irradiated blood had a predictable effect, but as She-Hulk, Walters — unlike most depictions of Banner — retains her personality and lawyerly intellect.

The series pilot will be directed by Kat Coiro, who will also direct several other episodes and serve as executive producer. Coiro's past projects include episodes of Netflix's Dead To Me, Showtime's Shameless, and FX's It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, along with several other acclaimed comedies. Jessica Gao, best known for her work on Rick and Morty, will be heading up the writers room. 

Starring as Jennifer Walters will be Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany, whose casting was confirmed (after some initial uncertainty) during Disney's 2020 Investor Day event. Joining Maslany in She-Hulk will be original Avenger Mark Ruffalo, reprising his role as Bruce Banner, along with Tim Roth, who played Emil Blonsky (who transforms into the Hulk-like antagonist Abomination) in 2008's The Incredible Hulk. That film starred Edward Norton as Bruce before he was recast with Ruffalo in 2012's The Avengers, making She-Hulk the first time Ruffalo's Banner will meet Roth's Abomination on screen. On top of all that, Ginger Gonzaga will be playing She-Hulk's best friend, and Renee Elise Goldsberry of Hamilton fame will be playing a character named Amelia.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 — TBA

Call it the great Gunn-troversy of 2018. In July of that year, the news broke that James Gunn, writer and director of the beloved Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, had been let go from the third installment over a series of very old (and admittedly highly inappropriate) tweets that had been dug up by conservative pundits. Guardians fans (not to mention the entire cast, who all signed off on an open letter supporting the director) were up in arms — but a silver lining came in August, when it was announced that Gunn's completed script would at least be used. The search was on for a new director — a search that continued right up until March of 2019, when Disney put an and to the whole kerfuffle by seemingly saying "the hell with it" and re-hiring Gunn.

The nearly year-long impasse will have the effect of delaying Vol. 3 for a bit, as it didn't take Gunn long after his canning to find another gig — at rival Warner Bros., writing and directing a "total reboot" of Suicide Squad (currently titled, simply, The Suicide Squad) for DC. Marvel Studios has agreed to wait patiently until Gunn's work on that film — which is slotted for release in the summer of 2021 — is done before putting Vol. 3 into production, meaning that we're not likely to see it hit the big screen until at least 2022. But given the choice between a slight delay and a Gunn-less Guardians, we're pretty sure Marvel fans will take the delay.

Blade — TBA

While nearly all of the upcoming projects presented at SDCC had either long been rumored or actually confirmed, there was a single outlier that came as a complete shock to the crowd. To conclude the panel, Feige presented two-time Academy Award winning actor Mahershala Ali, whose scintillating performance as the villain Cottonmouth was the best part of the Marvel Netflix series Luke Cage. Feige then announced that Ali would star in the title role in an MCU incarnation of Blade — and jaws throughout Hall H could be heard hitting the floor as far away as L.A.

The first movie adaptation of Blade, released in 1998 and starring Wesley Snipes as the half human-half vampire hero, is sometimes considered to be the first modern superhero film (although it was rated R for bloody violence, and was decidedly not part of any cinematic universe). The flick spawned two sequels, and for virtually the entire existence of the MCU, fans have been wondering if the "daywalker" would ever get his time to shine in the MCU.

Feige put that speculation to rest in dramatic fashion, and the involvement of the immensely talented Ali (who recently crushed the lead role in season 3 of True Detective) is nothing short of a coup. No further casting or plot details were announced, but there is one bit of bad news: Feige confirmed that Blade will not hit screens until the commencement of the MCU's Phase 5.

Fantastic Four — TBA

After years of anticipation, Marvel announced during Disney's 2020 Investor Day event that the first family of Marvel comics is finally coming to the MCU in a Fantastic Four film. Until 2019, the rights to the Fantastic Four were held by 20th Century Fox, the studio that produced three Fantastic Four films, with Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (both starring the MCU's Chris Evans as Johnny Storm) released in 2005 and 2007, respectively, and then the rebooted Fantastic Four (with Black Panther's Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm) arriving in 2015. None of the existing Fantastic Four films were met with much regard from critics or fans, but Marvel is hoping to finally do the iconic family of superheroes justice by folding them into the MCU.

Directing Fantastic Four will be Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts, who will also be helming the third Spider-Man MCU film. While no casting has yet been announced for Fantastic Four, expect whoever gets cast as Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic, Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, Johnny Storm/Human Torch, and Ben Grimm/The Thing to immediately get crowned as MCU royalty. In the comics, Reed is the leader of the group, a scientific genius who can stretch his body into any number of bizarre permutations. He's romantically involved with Sue Storm, who can turn herself and others invisible. Sue's brother is Johnny, who can control fire (and often coats his whole body in flames) and also fly. And Ben is Reed's best friend, who transforms into a giant humanoid rock and possesses superhuman strength.

Armor Wars — TBA

One of two Disney+ series to explicitly address the legacy and absence of Tony Stark, Armor Wars will follow Tony's best friend and frequent partner in heroism, James Rhodes/War Machine as he ventures out as a solo superhero for the first time following Tony's death in Avengers: Endgame. Armor Wars was announced as part of Disney's 2020 Investor Day event, including confirmation that Don Cheadle will be reprising his role as Rhodey from the MCU.

Although Terrence Howard starred alongside Robert Downey Jr. as James Rhodes in 2008's Iron Man, he was replaced by Cheadle in Iron Man 2, who has been playing the character ever since. Cheadle's Rhodey has been a mainstay of the MCU since Phase One, playing significant supporting roles in Iron Man 2 and 3Captain America: Civil War, and three Avengers movies. However, Armor Wars will mark the first time Rhodes will take the spotlight, as the series addresses what would happen if Tony Stark's tech falls into the wrong hands.

Rhodey will be one of very few disabled superheroes to headline a title in the MCU, having lost the use of his legs due to an injury in Captain America: Civil War. Stark then crafted leg braces to enable Rhodey to walk again. Other disabled MCU heroes include Bucky Barnes, Stephen Strange, and Thor, although it's worth noting that Rhodey is the only one whose disability hasn't led directly to some sort of superpowered enhancement.

I Am Groot — TBA

After stealing the show in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Baby Groot is finally taking center stage in his own Disney+ series, I Am Groot. Revealed by Kevin Feige during Disney's 2020 Investor Day, I Am Groot will consist of a series of shorts all featuring the MCU's spunkiest little superhero, along with "several new and unusual characters."

It's worth noting that the Groot seen in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame (voiced, as always, by Vin Diesel) had graduated from babyhood, and was more fittingly described in both appearance and mood as Teen Groot. However, the I Am Groot announcement specifically said that the series would star Baby Groot, who was first glimpsed at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy (after the first Groot nobly sacrificed himself to save his friends), and then played a significant role in Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2. Does this mean that I Am Groot will take place sometime between Vol 2. and Infinity War, or that it will be set either outside the MCU or in an alternate reality? We don't know yet, but we'll find out when I Am Groot hits Disney+.

Untitled All-Female Spider-Verse Spin-Off — TBA

Spider-Woman (also known to comic fans as Spider-Gwen or Ghost Spider) was a revelation in Into the Spider-Verse, bolstered by strong writing and a fantastic voice performance from Hailee Steinfeld. While it's no surprise that the character will essentially share top billing in Spider-Verse 2, credit Sony for knowing an icon in the making when they see one. After the sequel, Gwen is set to headline her own, as-yet-untitled animated feature which will potentially open up a whole new universe of kick-ass Spider-Women.

Speaking with Vanity Fair in late 2018, Pascal confirmed that Aussie scribe Bek Smith (who worked on the CBS drama series Zoo) has been tapped to pen the script for the spin-off, and we already know at least two of the additional characters it will involve: Jessica Drew (the classic Spider-Woman who debuted in the pages of Marvel comics in 1977) and Cindy Moon (a.k.a. Silk, a Korean Spidey who debuted in 2014 and was created by venerated Marvel writer Dan Slott). Said Pascal of the project, "I think it's great that we're going to be able to [make] movies about female superheroes in this realm... because I believe that there are going to be characters that really resonate for people. They're funny and quirky and different, and heroic in all kinds of different ways that only animation allows you to do."

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania — TBA

After playing a key role in saving the entire universe during the events of Avengers: Endgame, Ant-Man will return for a third headlining feature, following 2015's Ant-Man and 2018's Ant-Man and the Wasp. Returning to the director's chair is Peyton Reed, making one of only two MCU directors to helm an entire solo trilogy (the other being James Gunn, who will complete his trilogy with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3). Of the threequel, Reed promised, "The third Ant-Man movie is going to be a much bigger, more sprawling movie than the first two. It's going to have a very different visual template."

Returning for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania are franchise stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang and Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, along with Hope's father and Scott's mentor Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and the long-lost wife he recently rescued from the Quantum Realm, Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer). Joining the cast will be Kathryn Newton as the teenage version of Scott's daughter, Cassie, who was briefly played by Emma Fuhrmann in Avengers: Endgame. In the comics, Cassie becomes the superhero Stature, one of the early members of the Young Avengers.

Joining the cast will be Lovecraft Country star Jonathan Majors, who will be playing iconic Marvel baddie Kang the Conqueror. This could potentially kick off the start of a longer arc in the MCU for Majors, since Kang is one of Marvel's most notorious and powerful villains. No date has yet been set for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, but the cast recently confirmed that filming is set to start in summer 2021. While that could indicate a 2022 release, given Marvel's packed schedule, we're still placing our bets on 2023.

Secret Invasion — TBA

Just when we thought that the MCU's upcoming slate of Disney+ series couldn't get any more exciting, Variety reported that the MCU's main mastermind will also be getting his own series. No, we don't mean Kevin Feige, but rather Nick Fury, who made his first iconic appearance (played by the equally iconic Samuel L. Jackson) all the way back in 2008's Iron Man when he showed up in a post-credits scene to invite Tony Stark to join something called the "Avengers Initiative." Since then, Nick Fury has been a constant thread tying the many separate MCU storylines together, playing major roles in a number of films from Captain America: The Winter Soldier to Spider-Man: Far From Home to Captain Marvel.

In December of 2020, Disney announced at their Investor Day event that the Nick Fury series will actually be an adaptation of the popular Secret Invasion storyline from the comics. Secret Invasion is set to be a crossover event, bringing together characters from across numerous MCU properties. The storyline in the comics centers around the Kree-Skrull war, which in the MCU has already been given a surprising twist when the canonically villainous Skrulls turned out in Captain Marvel to be the victims, and the Kree the oppressors.

In the comics, the shape-shifting Skrulls have secretly invaded Earth, taking the place of some of Marvel's heroes, which was nodded to at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home when it was revealed that the "Nick Fury" on Earth is actually the Skrull, Talos, and the actual Nick Fury is on a Skrull ship somewhere in outer space. Jackson is set to reprise his role as Fury in Secret Invasion, along with Ben Mendelsohn returning as Talos, his character from Captain Marvel. Joining the cast as the show's unidentified lead villain will be One Night in Miami star Kingsley Ben-Adir. Serving as writer and executive producer for Secret Invasion is Kyle Bradstreet, best known for his work on the Emmy-winning series Mr. Robot.

Nova — TBA

Of all the Phase 4 projects referred to in "Wardell's" leak, this one has us the most excited. 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy introduced the Nova Corps, defenders of the planet Xandar, who are powered by the cosmic "Nova Force." In the pages of Marvel comics, when that planet was destroyed, a lone survivor — Rhomann Dey, portrayed in Guardians by John C. Reilly — selected a random earthling, Richard Rider, to be the vessel for this force. Imbued with the collective power and knowledge of the entirety of the Xandarian race, Rider became the man called Nova — an intergalactic hero whose power level is simply off the charts.

Kevin Feige has teased that the cosmic and earthbound sides of the MCU are going to have a sharper divide in Phase 4, and Nova will fit in very nicely with the former. His story is sure to tie in with that of the Guardians, and dealings with Captain Marvel and the Eternals — who are similarly ridiculously powerful — are all but certain as well. All of this is assuming, of course, that the leaked info is accurate — but "Wardell" hasn't steered us wrong so far, and Marvel's brass is surely aware of the fact that fans have been clamoring for an appearance by Nova for years. Perhaps the character will appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, or even The Eternals — but in any event, his introduction can't come soon enough.

Kraven the Hunter — TBA

Among the more interesting projects Sony has planned for their Spidey-centric universe: a solo vehicle starring the classic villain Sergei Kravinoff, a.k.a. Kraven the Hunter. Descended from an aristocratic Russian bloodline, Kravinoff has dedicated his life to becoming the world's greatest hunter — and no quarry has ever stoked his obsession quite like Spider-Man.

The solo vehicle had been rumored for quite some time, but it was officially announced in October 2018 with the hiring of The Equalizer 2 scribe Richard Wenk. Interestingly, even though the official line according to both Sony and Marvel at the time held that their two cinematic universes were unlikely to ever meet, Wenk had other ideas immediately after his hiring. 

In an interview with Discussing Film, the writer said, "It's an interesting world. A great character. It's going to adhere very closely to the lore of Kraven the Hunter. And he is going to come face to face with Spider-Man." Wenk is said to be loosely adapting the iconic '80s storyline "Kraven's Last Hunt," one of the more intense Spidey stories ever put to the page. While no actor has yet been confirmed to don Kraven's distinctive lion's mane vest, Kraven the Hunter is set to be directed by J.C. Chandor, best known for helming dramas such as A Most Violent Year and Triple Frontier.

Silk — TBA

Although the project was originally announced as a feature film in 2018, it looks as though Sony's Spider-Man spinoff Silk may actually be a TV series. First appearing in the pages of Marvel Comics in 2014, Silk is the alter-ego of Cindy Moon, who gained her powers in the very same science experiment which created Spider-Man. Scripting the series is aptly named writer Lauren Moon, who shares the title character's Korean American heritage along with her last name. Moon's past work includes writing credits on the Freeform series Good Trouble and Netflix's Atypical.

The series will be produced by former Sony Pictures Entertainment head Amy Pascal, alongside Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who also served as producers on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Although the series has not yet been picked up by any network or streaming service, sources tell Variety that Amazon is in talks to acquire the project. So although a Silk series isn't quite a sure thing yet, chances are good that it will become a reality.

If the series does go forward, it's possible the series could tie into the events of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War, in which the character of Cindy Moon was played by Tiffany Espensen. Although Cindy didn't play a large role in either film, she appeared briefly in both, and while the Silk series may decide to recast its title character, it's always possible that Espensen could reprise her role for the small screen.

Jackpot — TBA

One of the more obscure characters to be tapped for a Sony Spider-spin-off, Jackpot first appeared during the notorious "Brand New Day" storyline, in which Peter Parker's marriage to Mary Jane Watson was wiped from the timeline. In this storyline, the Jackpot mantle was actually held by two women. The first was Oscorp geneticist Sara Ehret, whose exposure to an experimental cure for Parkinson's disease endowed her with superpowers. Later, Ehret sold her costume and identity to Alana Jobson, a non-powered crime fighter who relied on periodic injections of Mutant Growth Hormone. But when Jobson was killed in battle, Ehret was tracked down by Spider-Man and convinced to return to crime fighting.

The character hasn't been featured in Marvel comics since 2010, but that didn't stop Sony Pictures from announcing in 2020 that the studio is developing a feature film based on the 40-something crime fighting mom. The film will be penned by Marc Guggenheim, who co-wrote the Spider-Man: Jackpot comics series alongside Brian Reed, and has also written issues of Aquaman, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Superman/Batman. Guggenheim has also written for various series within the CW's Arrowverse, and was a co-creator of Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow, making him no stranger to the superhero genre.

Silver and Black — TBA

One of the projects long said to be in development at Sony was Silver and Black, a feature in which two iconic Spider-Man associates would team up: Felicia Hardy, a.k.a. Black Cat, and Silver Sablinova, a.k.a. Silver Sable. In August 2018, it was announced that this project was being shelved in favor of each character getting their own standalone film. However, now it looks as though a Silver and Black project is back on the table — although it may turn out to not be a movie after all.

A nemesis and sometimes love interest of Peter Parker, Felicia Hardy is a master thief who has at times been depicted with the ability to affect probability fields — that is, to cause bad luck to anyone who crosses her path. Meanwhile, Silver Sable is a highly skilled mercenary and the founder of international security firm Silver Sable International. Her exploits have brought her into contact with Spider-Man on several occasions, and though she has no superpowers, the wall-crawler at one time opined that she is one of the most dangerous fighters he has ever encountered.

Gina Prince-Bythewood, who was originally attached to write and direct the Black Cat-Silver Sable team-up flick, has indicated that she's still interested in the project, but isn't sure what form it will take. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Prince-Blythewood said, "I really love that project, and I do hope it can still happen in some way. It keeps going through different thoughts. First, it was going to be the two of them, and then the decision was made to separate the two. Now, there's a thought of 'Hey, maybe we put it on Disney+ as a limited series,' but I loved it more as a film with the two of them. So, my hope is that one day it can still happen."

Nightwatch — TBA

Nightwatch is among the more fascinating characters in all of Marvel lore. Originally a villain known as Nighteater, Doctor Kevin Trench decided to turn over a new leaf in the most radical way imaginable. With the assistance of the magic user Doctor Druid, Trench managed to literally alter his reality, changing his history so that his villainous identity never existed. With his nanotech-powered suit endowing him with super strength and the ability to fly, he took on the heroic identity of Nightwatch — and fascinatingly, throughout the run of his '90s solo series, he encountered similarly "cloaked" villains who had altered the world's memories in order to wipe away any trace of their evil deeds.

The character debuted in 1993 in the pages of Web of Spider-Man, and a solo feature centered on him has been in development at Sony for some time. As recently as May 2018, the flick was rumored to be directed by the great Spike Lee, with a script having been penned by former Luke Cage showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker — but unfortunately, the director recently shot these rumors down. It's assumed that Coker's script will still be used, but as of right now, there's a big Lee-shaped hole in the project, with no director having yet been tapped to take his place. 

Untitled Olivia Wilde project — TBA

As Sony Pictures works to expand its universe of Marvel properties, the studio is wisely focusing on Marvel's impressive roster of female characters, and handing the reins of those films to the directors best suited to bring them to screen. News broke in August of 2020 that Booksmart director Olivia Wilde has been tapped to develop and direct an undisclosed Marvel film for Sony, which is widely speculated to be a Spider-Woman film. Wilde herself fanned the flames of this rumor, quote tweeting the deal announcement and adding a spider emoji.

In the comics, several characters have taken up the Spider-Woman mantle, including Gwen Stacy, Mary Jane Watson, and Jessica Drew. There's no telling which — if any — of these characters will feature into Wilde's version, but if she goes with Jessica Drew, we hope the door is left open for an eventual crossover with the MCU, so that we can see the films explore her close friendship with Carol Danvers. Female friendship is familiar territory for Wilde, whose feature directorial debut Booksmart focused on the strong relationship between a pair of overachieving high school besties.

Wilde's Marvel movie will be penned by her frequent collaborator Katie Silberman, who also worked with Wilde on Booksmart and the upcoming thriller Don't Worry Darling, as well as an untitled Christmas comedy for Universal. Outside of her projects with Wilde, Silberman has shown a penchant for romantic comedies, with screenwriting credits on the films Set It Up and Isn't It Romantic. It begs the question of whether Wilde's possible Spider-Woman film will wind up being a comedy, or even a romantic comedy — and if so, who her love interest might be.

Untitled S.J. Clarkson project — TBA

As Sony continues to pile Marvel movies onto its plate, it's added a film from longtime TV director S.J. Clarkson, who has signed on to develop the studio's first female-centric movie from its collection of Marvel characters. Previously, Clarkson has worked on a wide range of TV series, including episodes of the Marvel shows Jessica Jones and The Defenders. Clarkson's Marvel project will mark her feature film directorial debut, although she has previously directed several TV movies.

As for which character will feature into Clarkson's Marvel film, insiders have strongly hinted that it will be based around Madame Web, an elderly woman with a medical condition that required her to remain hooked up to a life support system resembling a spider's web. In the comics, Madame Web is a mutant with powers of telepathy, clairvoyance, and prescience, who has assisted a number of familiar heroes including Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, and Jessica Jones. However, it seems likely that the character would be significantly reimagined for a movie, since her condition precluded her from fighting any villains in the comics. No writer or star has yet been attached to Clarkson's film, with some sources indicating that Sony is on the hunt for an A-list actor to sign on before bringing a writer on board to develop the film around them.

Echo - TBA

As the casts for the various Disney+ MCU shows continue to be fleshed out, doors are opening for other series featuring some of these new characters. Such is the case with a newly announced series centered around the character of Echo, who will be introduced when Hawkeye bows in late 2021. In the comics, Maya Lopez, aka Echo, is a deaf Native American woman who's raised by the villainous Kingpin after he kills her father. Echo has the ability to perfectly mimic other people's movements (a similar skill to Taskmaster, who will appear in the Black Widow movie). She's also an accomplished athlete and acrobat, as well as an expert markswoman. In Hawkeye, Echo will be played by newcomer Alaqua Cox.

In the comics, Echo's story closely intersects with Daredevil's, thanks to her ties to Kingpin, but neither character has yet appeared in the MCU films. Previously, Kingpin and Daredevil appeared in Netflix's Daredevil series, played by Vincent D'Onofrio and Charlie Cox, respectively, although there's no telling if those versions of the characters will ever appear in the MCU again. Echo's comics storylines also significantly intersect with Moon Knight's, who will get his own upcoming Disney+ series. Additionally, in the comics, Echo was the first person to carry the mantle of Ronin before Clint Barton took it over, although in Avengers: Endgame, Barton was already functioning as the vigilante without any mention of Maya Lopez. The Echo series will be written by husband and wife team Etan and Emily Cohen, who will also act as executive producers.