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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!

WandaVision — December 2020

Among the more intriguing Disney+ limited series is WandaVision, overseen by showrunner Jac Schaeffer (Captain Marvel) and featuring the reunion of the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany). Of course, 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. Since WandaVision is confirmed to take place following the events of Avengers: Endgame, it begs the question of exactly how he'll be making his return.

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, more likely, alternate realities, especially given that the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (co-starring Olsen) will somehow tie into the series. The first trailer for WandaVision seems to confirm that the series will venture to a number of different realities, including settings that appear to span the decades from the 1950s through the 1990s, and possibly beyond. The trailer also ominously hints that all is not as rosy as it appears, with Kathryn Hahn's "nosy neighbor" character (who seems like she may actually be the powerful witch Agatha Harkness) reminding Vision that he is, in fact, still dead.

The series will also bring back MCU favorites Kat Dennings as Darcy Lewis from the first two Thor films, and Randall Park as Jimmy Woo from Ant-Man and the Wasp. WandaVision will also include Teyonah Parris playing a grown-up version of Monica Rambeau, whom we first met as a child in Captain Marvel. It won't be a terribly long wait to discover how all of these seemingly disparate characters will come together — WandaVision was originally slated to debut on Disney+ sometime in the spring of 2021, but it's been moved up to December of 2020, and despite multiple delays for Marvel's other shows and films, it appears to still be on track to come out on time, making it the first of the MCU's Phase 4 offerings.

Morbius — March 19, 2021

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 March 19, 2021.

Black Widow — May 7, 2021

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.

M.O.D.O.K. — 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. 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.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings — July 9, 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.

Falcon and the Winter Soldier — 2021

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). 

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."

Venom: Let There Be Carnage — June 25, 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 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 was expected to hit theaters on October 2, 2020, but was eventually set for a summer 2021 release. That announcement also brought us the sequel's (pretty incredible) new title, Venom: Let There Be Carnage.

Loki — Spring 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 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, Sophia Di Martino, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Richard E. Grant, all in undisclosed roles. 

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.

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. 

Untitled Spider-Man sequel — December 17, 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. 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. 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 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 in 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, as 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

While Far From Home teased at a multiverse that ultimately turned out to be a ruse perpetuated by Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), Simmons' and now Foxx's inclusion seem to nod to the real thing — a multiverse that brings together all of the past iterations of Spider-Man. This follows in the footsteps of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which playfully killed off a character that strongly resembled Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man right at the beginning of the film. We'll learn exactly how all of the various MCU and Sony Spider-Verses (potentially) fit together when Spider-Man 3 hits theaters December 17, 2021.

Thor: Love and Thunder — February 11, 2022

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?

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 some exciting news about the project came at San Diego Comic Con 2019: it would be titled Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, would co-star Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff, and would be directly influenced by the weird, probably reality-warping events of WandaVision. The Marvel faithful were psyched, but then, seeming disaster struck. In January of 2020, it was announced that the first flick's director, Scott Derrickson, had left the picture due to creative differences. Fortunately, fans didn't have to despair for long — because Marvel promptly reached into its hat and pulled out a hell of a rabbit.

Taking over the picture will be none other than Sam Raimi, who not only gave us all the greatest horror-comedy of all time (Evil Dead 2: Dead By Dawn), but helped set the entire template for the modern superhero genre with his Spider-Man trilogy. The second film of that trilogy, 2004's Spider-Man 2, is to this day widely considered to be among the very best comic book movies ever made, and for the insanity promised by the Strange sequel's title, the director seems an absolutely perfect fit. He also happens to be the biggest, most established name to sign on to a Marvel movie since Phase 1 — and improbably, we're even more pumped about the good Doctor's second solo outing than we were before Derrickson's exit.

Captain Marvel 2 — July 8, 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.

Interestingly enough, Candyman star Teyonah Parris will also appear in WandaVision as a grown-up version of Monica Rambeau. The character was first introduced in Captain Marvel's 1990s timeline as a young girl played by Akira Akbar. Considering Monica's connection to Carol Danvers and Parris' past work with DaCosta, we wouldn't be surprised to see Parris reprise her WandaVision role in the Captain Marvel sequel, although no casting for the film (besides, presumably, Brie Larson) has yet been confirmed.

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-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.

Black Panther 2 — TBA

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, delivering consistently strong performances across all his films. Following the news of Boseman's passing, Marvel rightfully declined to speculate on the future of the Black Panther franchise, choosing instead to grieve the heartbreaking and shocking loss of one of the world's brightest stars.

While it's safe to assume Black Panther 2 is still happening, there's no knowing right now when that will be, or what form the story will take. While some have speculated that his on-screen sister, Shuri (Letitia Wright), may take up the Black Panther mantle as she does in the comics, the pain of Boseman's passing is still too fresh for anyone to commit to a direction for the franchise. One thing we can be sure of, though, 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.

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. While no casting or characters have been confirmed outside of the title role, a rumored casting call for the series has fans speculating that the series may feature Kamala's friend Zoe Zimmer, and her eventual sister-in-law, Tyesha Hillman. No release date for Ms. Marvel has yet been announced, but based on Marvel's existing schedule, we expect it to hit the streamer sometime in 2022.

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.

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.

Starring as Jennifer Walters will be Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany, who is no stranger to playing characters with a lot of complex layers. 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.

While She-Hulk has all the trappings of being the MCU's first legal drama, the comedy bona fides of the creative team seem to indicate that the series will lean into She-Hulk's funny side. Most likely, this will include her tendency in the comics to break the fourth wall, Deadpool-style, directly addressing the audience about the interesting situations in which she finds herself, and sometimes even acknowledging that she's aware that she's a fictional character. How this will translate into a TV series is anyone's guess, but from its big green main character to its self-aware tone, it's safe to say that She-Hulk will stand out as unique among the MCU's vast offerings.

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.

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 3 — 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."

Details are being kept heavily under wraps, but we can safely assume that Paul Rudd will return as Scott Lang and his diminutive alter-ego, alongside Evangeline Lilly suiting up again as Hope Van Dyne, a.k.a. the Wasp. We can probably also expect to see Lang's buddies Dave (Tip "T.I." Harris), Kurt (David Dastmalchian), and Luis (Michael Peña) returning, as well as his mentor Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and the long-lost wife he recently rescued from the Quantum Realm, Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer). We could also potentially see the teenage version of Scott's daughter, Cassie (seen briefly in Avengers: Endgame, played by Emma Fuhrmann), who in the comics becomes the superhero Stature.

Joining the cast will be Lovecraft Country star Jonathan Majors, who will be playing a villain that The Hollywood Reporter's sources say will be 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 3, but considering the rest of Marvel's packed schedule, we wouldn't expect to see the film hit theaters until at least 2023.

Nick Fury — 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.

Fury has also shown up in episodes of the ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., meaning he's already made the transition to the small screen once before. Given his high profile within the MCU, it's a no-brainer to give Nick Fury his own Disney+ series, and it's almost surprising that it took so long for it to happen. Not much is known about the show yet, including the precise plot details and which other characters will be included, but Jackson is set to reprise his role, with Kyle Bradstreet attached to write and executive produce. Bradstreet is best known for his work on the Emmy-winning series Mr. Robot, on which he also served as writer and executive producer.

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.

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