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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 — was 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!

Black Widow — May 1, 2020

We've been promised it would happen for years, and soon, it finally will — 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 will likely also flash back to the time before Romanoff's recruitment by S.H.I.E.L.D. This seems to confirm that the character's death in Avengers: Endgame is indeed permanent — but apparently, her adventures pre-Iron Man will have a bearing on the events that will follow the Avengers' victory over Thanos.

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. Johansson's co-stars include Florence Pugh (Fighting With My Family) and Rachel Weisz (Disobedience), who will appear as operatives who have undergone the same Red Room training that honed Romanoff's deadly skills. Also starring is David Harbour (Stranger Things), who will portray Alexi Shostakov, a.k.a. 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 (the Point Break remake), whose role is undisclosed. It's not yet known who will be playing the flick's villain Taskmaster, whose photographic reflexes allow him to perfectly mimic the fighting style of anyone he faces.

Morbius — July 31, 2020

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. We'll see if the SUMC can establish a dark, horror-tinged streak when the movie hits screens on July 31, 2020.

Falcon and the Winter Soldier — Fall 2020

Another long-rumored project to receive final confirmation at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 was the Disney+ limited series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which will see Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan reprising their roles of Steve Rogers' two best buddies from the films of the MCU. Perhaps the announcement's biggest reveal: its logo, which sports a very Captain America-centric design. It seems that Sam Wilson may have a bit of reconciling to do between his old heroic identity and the new identity, bequeathed to him (along with his iconic shield) by Rogers himself at the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame (although Mackie did reveal to the Comic-Con crowd that, yes, he's had occasion to try on his new star spangled duds).

Plot details have so far been kept under wraps, but we do know one thing: the six-episode series will see the return of Zemo (Daniel Brühl), the man who goaded the Avengers into the titular conflict of Captain America: Civil War, and he'll be sporting his distinctive purple mask from the comics. Kari Skoglan (The Handmaid's Tale) will direct every episode, with writing duties being handled by Malcolm Spellman (Empire) and Derek Kolstad (John Wick). The series won't be part of the original offerings Disney+ will feature at launch, but is expected to hit the streamer sometime in mid- to late 2020.

Venom 2 — October 2, 2020

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 already drafting a screenplay, and Hardy set to return along with co-star Michelle Williams. 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 is expected to hit theaters on October 2, 2020.

Eternals — November 6, 2020

Marvel Studios opened their Comic-Con panel with The 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. 

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 7 — 2020

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has improved steadily while seeming to perpetually be on the bubble; it's been in real danger of cancellation by ABC on multiple occasions, but has always received a stay of execution from corporate parent Disney. Season five ended on a note of relative finality, so it surprised pretty much everyone when the show was re-upped not only for a sixth season, but a seventh — it was, in fact, the very first series to be slotted by the network for 2020. At San Diego Comic-Con in July 2019, Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb confirmed that the seventh season would be the last.

Both seasons will be slightly truncated, featuring 13 episodes as opposed to the standard 22 of previous seasons. In the interest of forging a lean and mean narrative, season 6 has chosen to forgo any reference to the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe — up to and including the world-changing events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame — to focus on telling its own story. The season has focused on the organization's rebuilding period under new leadership, as Phil Coulson was confirmed to have died shortly after the events of season 5 — but this rebuilding is disrupted by the appearance of mysterious, interdimensional hostiles led by a man who happens to looks exactly like Coulson. It seems certain that S.H.I.E.L.D.'s writers already have a pretty good idea how it will all play out going into next year's seventh season, but as for the rest of us, we'll just have to wait to find out.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — February 12, 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) in an undisclosed role, and legendary Chinese actor Tony Leung (Infernal Affairs) as the Mandarin. Rumors have already begun swirling that the nefarious baddie will be retconned as Shang-Chi's father in the flick — but for now, this is unconfirmed.

Loki — Spring 2021

When it was first announced in late 2018 that Marvel Studios would be developing multiple limited series for the Dsiney+ 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 plot details remain scarce, Hiddleston did appear during Marvel Studios' panel at San Diego Comic-Con to confirm a spring 2021 release for Loki, hinting that the series will answer fans' questions about where the Avengers-era Loki went with the Tesseract after disappearing during Endgame's time heist.

Of course, the character met a grim end at the hands of Thanos in the brutal opening sequence of Avengers: Infinity War, and his death is expected to actually take this time. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series will follow Loki as he "pops up throughout human history as an unlikely influencer on historical events," much like a less-friendly, time traveling Forrest Gump. 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. It's an inspired premise and a spot-on creative choice, but let's face it: Disney+ had us at "Tom Hiddleston will return as Loki."

WandaVision — Spring 2021

Among the more intriguing Disney+ limited series is WandaVision, which will be showrun by Jac Schaeffer (Captain Marvel) and will feature the reunion of the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany). Of coruse, everyone's favorite robot boyfriend was looking just a tad bit dead the last time we saw him, during the climax of Avengers: Infinity War. While it's not known exactly how the Avenging android will make his return, there are a few bread crumbs we can follow that give us a clue.

Olsen has said that at least a portion of the series takes place in the '50s, which doesn't make a great deal of sense unless perhaps time travel is involved — or, perhaps, alternate realities. This seems a bit more likely, as we now know that the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (co-starring Olsen) will tie into the events of the series. It could be that Wanda will create or travel to an another world, one in which her lost love is alive — but that, in doing so, she somehow upsets the balance of the Multiverse, leading a certain good Doctor to intervene. 

We won't know for sure until the series drops, but it has been confirmed that the show will take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame. It won't be a terribly long wait to discover how it will all shake out — WandaVision is slated to debut on Disney+ sometime in the spring of 2021.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness — May 7, 2021

2016's Doctor Strange gave us the MCU's first look at the Multiverse, so it was only to be expected that the sequel — which has been in the works since before the first film was even released — should further explore the concept. But this time around, it appears that traversing multiple alternate realities will be central to the plot, as evidenced by the flick's title, revealed at San Diego Comic-Con 2019: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

Returning director Scott Derrickson was previously most at home in the horror genre, having helmed such flicks as The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister. For the further adventures of Mister Doctor, Derrickson has promised that he'll deliver "the first scary MCU film," which sounds like an amazing prospect. But wait, there's more: fans at SDCC were also treated to the announcement that the movie would co-star Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, along with her potent and dangerous reality-warping powers. It was also revealed that the film would tie directly into the plot of the upcoming Disney+ series WandaVision, which will see Olsen reprise the role along with Paul Bettany as Vision, who met a grim end at the conclusion of Avengers: Infinity War. We expected to see further team-ups along the lines of the Thor/Hulk pairing in Thor: Ragnarok for Phase 4, and we must say that this one was quite unexpected — and amazingly inspired.

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. We know what you're thinking — what if Star-Lord hadn't picked the exact wrong moment to cold-cock Thanos? We can already tell you: Infinity War would have been a heck of a lot shorter, and less tragic. 

Only one episode's premise, adapted directly from the comics, is confirmed: "What if Loki had found the hammer of Thor?" Other than that, we'll have to wait to see what weirdness this animated outing will have in store for us. We did get some definite hints during Marvel's 2019 Comic-Con panel, which not only set a Summer 2021 date for the show, but revealed an impressive line-up of MCU talent set to lend their voices. They will be joined by Jeffrey Wright in the central role of Uatu the Watcher — likely a Rod Serling-like host for the anthology's multiverse-spanning speculations.

Untitled Spider-Man sequel — July 16, 2021

For just over a month during the summer of 2019, Spider-Man fans were left broken-hearted at the news that talks between Disney and Sony Pictures to renew their shared custody agreement over Spider-Man had broken down. It appeared that the arc that Kevin Feige and company had been carefully crafting for the wall-crawler would be nipped in the bud, with Spider-Man: Far From Home being ol' web-head's final MCU appearance. But then, in late September, the news broke that the two studios had improbably decided to play nice.

A new deal was struck which will allow Marvel Studios to co-produce at least one more Spider-Man film, and also feature the character in an additional, as-yet undisclosed Marvel Studios picture. That's not all: Feige had some very interesting remarks in the wake of the deal which seemed to imply that Tom Holland's Spider-Man won't be confined to the MCU: "[Spider-Man] happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse, you never know what surprises the future might hold," the King Geek said. 

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, but the actual plan might not be quite so simple. Now that fences between the two studios have been mended, we'll have to wait to see how Peter Parker's cinematic future pans out.

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 protege who eventually takes up the mantle of Hawkeye in the comics.

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 in the Decimation, and his trusted ally Natasha Romanoff is no more, having sacrificed herself to further the Avengers' mission in Endgame. While no plot details were announced, Renner did share one little tidbit with the Comic-Con crowd which suggests that Barton's mentorship of Bishop will be key to the series' narrative, saying with a chuckle, "I get to teach someone else how to be a superhero without superpowers." Fans have been clamoring for this storyline to make its way to the screen for some time, but they'll have to wait a bit longer to see it come to fruition: Hawkeye is scheduled to debut on Disney+ in the fall of 2021.

Thor: Love and Thunder — November 5, 2021

Given his fantastic character arc over his last several appearances — culminating with his decision to join the Guardians of the Galaxy at the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame — speculation had been running high for some time that Thor would be the first Avenger to land himself a fourth solo film. It was confirmed in July 2019 that it was happening, with Thor: Ragnarok's Taika Waititi returning to direct — but at that month's San Diego Comic-Con, further details were announced that shocked those in attendance.

Specifically, the flick, 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. This, along with the flick's title, have led some to speculate that the God of Thunder just might find himself in the middle of a complicated love triangle — one involving two women who are just as powerful as he, and who may prove to be slightly more interested in each other than they are in him. So far, so awesome, but we just have one question: is this a brand new Mjolnir, or the same one Captain America returned to 2013 in Avengers: Endgame?

Black Panther 2 — May 6, 2022

Black Panther 2 was officially confirmed at D23 for a May 2022 release — not exactly a huge surprise, as the original became one of the highest-grossing films of all time and Marvel's first to receive serious Oscar consideration, winning three for its original score, costume design, and production design. Not only is the sequel officially happening, but Feige revealed to Entertainment Weekly that the concept is already coming together nicely: "We absolutely will do that. One of the favorite pastimes at Marvel Studios is sitting around on a Part One and talking and dreaming about what we would do in a Part Two. There have been plenty of those conversations as we were putting together the first Black Panther. We have ideas and a pretty solid direction on where we want to head with the second one."

Writer/director Ryan Coogler is officially on board, and while nothing is confirmed, it's expected that the principal cast — including Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'O and Danai Gurira — will join him. It's even been rumored that Michael B. Jordan's Erik Killmonger could return in some capacity, despite being left in no condition to do so at the end of Black Panther. In light of the megabucks that film made, we're likely to get additional details on this highly-anticipated sequel sooner rather than later.

Moon Knight — TBA

Marvel fans have been waiting for years, and it's finally happening: Marc Spector, a.k.a. Moon Knight, is getting his time in the spotlight by way of an upcoming Disney+ limited series, as announced at Disney's D23 Expo in August 2019. While the character's fans had held out hope that he'd get his time to shine with his own Netflix series during the streamer's now-defunct partnership with Marvel, the old adage "good things come to those who wait" certainly applies here. The Disney+ series, like all of its Marvel offerings, will be produced by the Marvel Studios film branch, rather than Marvel Television.

Marc Spector is a former Marine and mercenary who, while on a covert mission in Egypt, is nearly killed — but is spared by the Egyptian god Khonshu, in exchange for Spector becoming its 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 strange 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.

No release date has been announced, but Moon Knight isn't expected to debut any time before 2022.

Ms. Marvel — TBA

Marvel's first Muslim superhero will also 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. Of course, very few details are available at the moment, but that hasn't tempered the excitement of 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 while ensconced in her cocoon during Terrigenesis, she experienced a vision of her three favorite heroes — Captain AmericaIron Man, and her idol, Captain Marvel — encouraging her to live up to her full potential. Upon emerging, she found that she had been gifted with a version of Carol Danvers' costume — and she had also become, shall we say, extremely malleable. Kahn is able to alter her form in virtually any way she chooses, and also has the interesting ability to share her mass with different versions of herself throughout time.

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." We don't know about you, but this remark just makes us more excited for Ms. Marvel to drop, which is expected to happen sometime in 2022 or 2023.

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.

Recent comic runs have seen Walters choosing to remain in Hulk mode even during her activities as an attorney, which means that She-Hulk may be the first MCU property to contain elements of the legal drama. But there's another, even more interesting aspect of the character which we sincerely hope Marvel Studios capitalizes on in its live-action depiction of her: much like the beloved Merc with a Mouth Deadpool, Walters is known to break the fourth wall early and often, demonstrating a level of awareness that she is a fictional character. 

Nobody ever accused the MCU of not being self-aware enough, but Walters' tendency to step back and comment on the absurdity of it all would be a hilarious, welcome element — and since it's been heavily implied that the characters introduced in the Disney+ series will indeed cross over to make appearances in the films, there's a distinct possibility that one day, Walters and Deadpool could team up for a hysterical, fourth-wall-breaking adventure.

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.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 — TBA

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-Woman (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 Sony Pictures' Amy Pascal has let slip that unlike the first Spider-Verse, the sequel will feature more new female versions of Spidey — and, in fact, will serve to set up a spin-off film focused entirely on these characters.

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."

Hulu animated series — TBA

Disney's acquisition of Fox gave the House of Mouse a 60% stake in Hulu, and even before the deal closed, the streamer was looking to expand its Marvel offerings beyond its hit original series Runaways. The first set of announced new projects, however, came as a bit of a surprise: four adult animated series centered on some of the quirkier characters in Marvel lore, which will (of course) cross over for a team-up special. All co-produced by comics legend Jeph Loeb, each series features creative talent just as eclectic as the characters themselves. They are: Howard the Duck (from creator Kevin Smith), The Tigra and Dazzler Show (executive produced by Chelsea Handler), Hit-Monkey (from the Blades of Glory writing team of Josh Gordon and Will Speck), and M.O.D.O.K. (which will be produced and written by Patton Oswalt).

Obviously, each series looks to be aiming for its own distinct comedic vibe, but Loeb will be tasked with bringing them all together for The Offenders, a one-off special in which all of these weird characters will team up (although, according to Hulu's press release, "nobody asked them to, and we'd be better off if they didn't") to tackle a common enemy which threatens the world and "parts of the universe." Marvel's first foray into animated comedy looks interesting, to say the least — and finally, we'll hopefully get a version of Howard the Duck to once and for all purge the memory of that terrible, terrible 1986 film.

Captain Marvel 2 — TBA

While a sequel to the billion-dollar-plus grossing Captain Marvel seems like a foregone conclusion, it has also yet to be confirmed — but, according to "Wardell," the wheels are turning. Star Brie Larson is reported to have signed a seven-picture deal with Marvel, and it sure seems unlikely that the studio's brass would be content to simply have Carol Danvers pop up in other characters' movies after her first solo vehicle's stellar box office performance.

Interestingly, "Wardell" isn't the only leaker to have claimed inside knowledge about Captain Marvel 2. A Redditor posting under the name TheMarvelScoopMaster asserted that the sequel will take place during Avengers: Endgame's five-year time jump, and will see Carol Danvers tangle with the interdimensional cyborg Michael Korvac, a character with a history in the comics stretching back to 1975 who has had dealings with the likes of the Grandmaster and Doctor Strange. The Redditor claims that Danvers will investigate a Kree "secret weapon" that turns out to be Korvac, and that the two will initially bond over having both been unwilling Kree experiments. But then, Korvac will betray Danvers, and the two will end up doing battle in the film's climax. Of course, this is merely an unsubstantiated rumor.

Ant-Man 3 — TBA

Another project claimed to be in the works by "Wardell": a sequel to Ant-Man and the Wasp, which would round out the tiny Avenger's trilogy. The Ant-Man movies haven't exactly been top-tier box office performers for Marvel Studios, but it's not like they've lost money either, and Avengers: Endgame showed us that Scott Lang's access to Pym Particles and the Quantum Realm can really come in handy in service of a larger story. Also: Paul Rudd is awesome, and his performances as Lang have been incredibly endearing. It should also be noted that the solo Ant-Man movies have served as great palate cleansers, offering fun standalone little capers between giant, universe-spanning conflicts, and Phase 4 is likely to need one of those.

"Wardell" offered zero details other than to say that Ant-Man 3 will definitely happen, but it would surprise us not at all to see the whole gang back in action, including Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), Hope Van Dyne/The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly), and everybody's favorite recapper, Luis (Michael Pena). We'll also go ahead and suggest that it would be a lot of fun to set all or most of the film within the Microverse, that mind-bending realm full of bizarre landscapes and surprisingly dangerous tardigrades that we got a look at in Ant-Man and the Wasp's third act. Kevin Feige, if you happen to be reading this… oh, who are we kidding, you know he's thought of it already.

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.

New Warriors — TBA

The New Warriors are Marvel's quirkiest superhero team this side of the Great Lakes Avengers, including characters such as Night Thrasher (a kind of teen skateboarding Batman), Speedball (who is more like a human Superball), and Squirrel Girl, the most underpowered hero to ever roundly beat the crap out of Marvel's most seemingly invincible villains. The project was ordered to series and produced by Freeform, home of the wildly successful Cloak and Dagger — but in November 2017, it was announced that the network had unexpectedly declined to air the series and would shop it around to suitors. It has yet to find a home, but ABC seems like as likely a landing spot as any.

According to comics scribe Fabian Nicieza (who served as an unofficial consultant), the series promises to be Marvel's first straight-up comedy, with a documentary feel inspired by Nicieza's run on the comics. The team's most formidable announced nemesis is grumpy municipal employee Ernest Vigman, who will be portrayed by beloved character actor Keith David; the team itself will include Night Thrasher (Jeremy Tardy, Bone Tomahawk), Speedball (Calum Worthy, American Vandal), Debrii (Kate Comer, Hello, My Name is Doris), Microbe (Matthew Moy, 2 Broke Girls) and the unbeatable Squirrel Girl, who will be played by former AT&T girl and This Is Us actress Milana Vayntrub. New Warriors seems like a breath of comedic fresh air for Marvel Television and a near-guaranteed hit, so it should be picked up any time now.

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. I'm just beginning it, beginning the process, and because it's a big IP, Marvel world, there's lots of hurdles to overcome before you can start writing, to crack the right story and to get the right tone. It's a new world for me." 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.

Silk — TBA

Another of Sony's Spider-spin-offs, Silk will focus on a heroine who first appeared in the pages of Marvel Comics in 2014. Silk is the alter-ego of Cindy Moon, who (in a bit of hardcore retconning courtesy of legendary Marvel writer Dan Slott) gained her powers in the very same science experiment which created Spider-Man. That's right, it turns out that the radioactive spider didn't die immediately after biting Peter Parker; it bit Cindy on the ankle first. Unfortunately, due to her targeting by the spider-killing predator Morlun, Silk was forced to go into hiding, and her existence wasn't revealed to Parker and the world at large until 13 years after the fateful spider bite.

Silk was announced to be in development in June 2018, and while no writer, director, or star has yet been announced, it's worth mentioning that the character of Cindy Moon has already appeared onscreen (portrayed by Tiffany Espensen) not once, but twice. She was shown to be a classmate of Parker's in Spider-Man: Homecoming, and she was one of the Midtown High students on the bus in the opening of Avengers: Infinity War. Her absence during the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home suggests that she was one of the lucky ones not to get dusted in the "blip," meaning that she's now five years older than Spidey himself. 

With Sony and Marvel suddenly flush with the spirit of cooperation, it's possible that Espensen could reprise her role — and even that Holland could be involved in the spin-off.

Black Cat — 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 — but only due to the fact that Sony's brass had determined that each was worthy of their own standalone vehicle. 

Black Cat seems likely to get the solo treatment first, as the character is a favorite of producer Amy Pascal, a longtime Sony executive who was instrumental in helping to strike the original deal between Sony and Marvel. A nemesis and sometime love interest of Peter Parker, 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. 

The character has appeared onscreen before in 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (portrayed by Felicity Jones), but her planned transformation into her slinky alter-ego never happened, due to the unceremonious cancellation of the third planned film in that series. In a June 2019 interview with ScreenRant, Pascal said, "I like Black Cat a lot… We had her a little bit in the Amazing movie, but she's kind of that character that we didn't really turn into the Black Cat yet. I think that's a really great character."

Silver Sable — TBA

The other half of the Silver and Black equation, 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.

The character's profile was raised significantly with a substantial supporting role in the smash hit PlayStation 4 game Marvel's Spider-Man, and she has a rich publication history to be mined, having first appeared in the pages of Marvel comics all the way back in 1985. While the Silver Sable flick is still in very early development, it has the endorsement of Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters (SUMC) mastermind Sanford Panitch, president of Columbia Pictures (which distributes Sony's Marvel films). Gina Prince-Bythewood, who was originally attached to write and direct the Black Cat-Silver Sable team-up flick, is expected to serve as a producer on both stand-alones (via Variety).

Silver Sable is the daughter of a famed Nazi hunter, and she has vowed to continue his crusade to rid the world of injustice. With that in mind, it's been pointed out that the character could easily be presented as one with a great deal of relevance to the real world — Sony's answer to Captain America, if you will. We'll have to wait to see how the project shapes up, but it's likely that we'll start to see movement on Silver Sable sometime in 2020.

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. With her flowing red hair and code name suggestive of Watson's introductory line ("Face it, Tiger… you hit the jackpot!"), readers were teased with the possibility that in this altered continuity, Watson had taken to doing a little superhero-ing of her own. Alas, it was but a tease, because Jackpot was actually two different women — neither of which was Watson.

The first to take on the identity was Oscorp geneticist Sara Ehret, whose exposure to an experimental cure for Parkinson's disease endowed her with superpowers. After giving birth, Ehret sold her costume and identity to Alana Jobson, a non-powered crime fighter who relied on periodic injections of Mutant Growth Hormone. 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 the development of her solo feature reflects Sony's commitment not only to fully exploring all of the Marvel properties at their disposal, but to field characters of the type not typically seen in your average superhero flick. Jackpot is a woman in her mid-40s — not exactly par for the course. 

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.