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Upcoming superhero movies that'll blow you away

It's been over a decade since Marvel's Iron Man made comic book movie skeptics sit up and take notice, and despite the many comic-inspired films (some brilliant, others awful) that have come out in that time, the craze isn't going away any time soon — and to prove it, we've put together a comprehensive list of all the upcoming superhero movies that will blow you away.

There are a slew of superhero flicks scheduled to hit cinemas over the next few years, with studios gearing up to go head to head with their respective properties in the battle for dominance, which is only good news for us fans. But as franchises continue to grow and expand their rosters, it becomes hard to keep track of what (and when) everything is happening.

Well, fear not, because all the information you need to keep ahead of the curve can be found right here. From scheduled release dates to cast and crew announcements, this is everything you need to know about upcoming superhero movies.

The New Mutants

The young cast of The New Mutants is going to be considerably older when the last Fox-made X-Men movie finally hits cineplexes. Initially scheduled for an April 2018 release, the film was pushed to February 2019, with the official reason being that the studio wanted to avoid overlap with Deadpool 2. It was later bumped to August 2019, and then April 2020, further fueling rumors that something was amiss behind the scenes. And if all that weren't enough, the movie lost its date once more in response to the coronavirus, leaving its status up in the air yet again.

According to industry insiders, Fox execs thought the movie wasn't scary enough (it was being marketed as a horror film with Marvel characters, after all), and the term "extensive reshoots" barely covered it — the studio wanted "at least 50 percent" of the original cut changed, according to Collider. Director Josh Boone later confirmed, however, that no reshoots ever took place.

Things were complicated further when Fox was bought by Disney, whose executives reportedly considered scrapping The New Mutants altogether. Then, in January 2020, the Mouse House dropped a new trailer, confirming that the X-Men spin-off was still on track for its April release. More surprising still is that the movie doesn't look all that different from the one that was teased back in 2017. Perhaps Disney has more faith in Josh Boone's troubled film than Fox ever did.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Justice League Dark: Apokolips War

The second DC Universe Animated Original Movie scheduled for release in 2020 is titled Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, DC has confirmed. The film is a follow-up to the critically acclaimed Justice League Dark (2017), an R-rated outing that saw Batman recruit John Constantine, Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Etrigan, and Black Orchid to help him deal with a strange outbreak of seemingly supernatural behavior. "A great introduction to some lesser-known DC characters, and here's hoping that Constantine and Co. are utilized in further animated outings down the line," Starburst magazine's Andrew Polland said in his glowing review.

It looks as though Pollard will get his wish, but Justice League Dark: Apokolips War will probably include some characters from the cosmic corner of the DC Universe, too. "While it's unsure which heroes will be returning for Apokolips War, the title suggests we might be seeing some of Jack Kirby's New Gods, meaning it likely has some pretty big stakes for the ongoing DC Universe continuity," DC.com's Tim Beedle said. Fans of DC comics will be well aware that the Apokolips Civil War took place after the death of the tyrannical Darkseid, who will make his live-action debut in Ava DuVernay's upcoming New Gods movie. 

Scheduled release date: May 5, 2020

Wonder Woman 1984

Wonder Woman fans were perplexed when it was revealed that Chris Pine's Steve Trevor (who sacrificed himself at the climax of the first movie) was going to be in the '80s-set sequel. The first trailer for Wonder Woman 1984 confirmed that Diana Prince does indeed reunite with her long lost love, but it doesn't explain his presence or why he looks exactly the same after several decades. It does, however, offer some subtle clues.

The movie's two antagonists are Cheetah (Kristen Wiig) and shady businessman Maxwell Lord (Pedro Pascal), a character who's capable of mind control in DC lore. In the trailer, Lord is shown in what can only be described as an evil lair, complete with a huge satellite dish. He's clearly got an interest in encouraging the excess that the '80s became infamous for ("Life if good, but it can be better," he says in an infomercial), and Lord's likely using that satellite to spread his greed-is-good message, but might he also be using it to manipulate Diana's mind? Is that really Steve Trevor she's embracing?

In another shot, Lord clutches an artefact of some kind, which is probably the link between him and archaeologist-turned-supervillain Barbara Minerva, a.k.a Cheetah. In the comics, Wiig's character obtains god-like powers after participating in a jungle ritual. Those powers aren't on display in the trailer, but we do see the outfit that Diana will likely be wearing when she faces Cheetah — Gal Gadot will don the Golden Eagle armor.

Scheduled release date: August 14, 2020

Venom 2

Amy Pascal confirmed that Venom star Tom Hardy would be reprising the role of Eddie Brock when she spoke with Fandango in June of 2019. "Tom Hardy will be back, magnificently playing that character as no one else can," the producer said. Pascal made no mention of Venom director Ruben Fleischer, however, and it appears as though the Zombieland helmer is not returning. Hardy appeared to confirm that Black Panther antagonist Andy Serkis will take the reins for Venom 2, uploading (and then quickly deleting) a picture of Serkis to his Instagram. Mere days later, the deal was official. Serkis made his directorial debut in 2017 with heartwarming drama Breathe and he proved his blockbuster chops the following year with Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle.

The Venom mid-credits scene made it clear that Sony was plotting a sequel (Hardy is actually signed up for a trilogy), and the star of that scene has since confirmed this. "I'm in a little fraction of [Venom], but I'll be in the next one," Woody Harrelson told ColliderIn the aforementioned mid-credits scene, Brock visits Harrelson's Cletus Kasady (who becomes Carnage in the comics) in prison. "When I get out of here, and I will, there's gonna be Carnage," Kasady foreshadows. What form that carnage will take even Harrelson doesn't know — he "just rolled the dice" on Venom 2 without seeing the script, which is currently being worked on by Kelly Marcel, Variety reports. The sequel is expected to hit cineplexes in October 2020.

Scheduled release date: October 2, 2020

Black Widow

After years of teasing, Marvel finally announced that a standalone Black Widow movie was coming, dropping the news at Comic-Con 2019. By the end of the year we had our first teaser for the film, a prequel that takes place after the events of Captain America: Civil War. Scarlett Johansson's character was on the run at the end of Civil War, having sided with Steve Rogers during the dispute over the Sokovia Accords, and the trailer confirms that Natasha Romanoff will be operating under the radar in Black Widow, the first entry in Phase 4 of the MCU.

"I heard you had to leave in a hurry," William Hurt's General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross (who has been digitally de-aged) says in the trailer, which opens with an aerial shot of Budapest. Every Marvel fan knows that the Hungarian capital plays a big part in Black Widow's shady past, and she'll be revisiting the city on her quest for closure. "We need to go back to where it all started," Romanoff tells her "sis," Florence Pugh's Yelana Belova.

Belova is another product of the Red Room, the notorious training facility with which Romanoff clearly has unfinished business. The trailer also gave us a good look at the movie's big bad, Taskmaster, as well as Romanoff's "family" from her time in training — Rachel Weisz is playing Melina Vostokoff and David Harbour is a slightly-out-of-shape Alexi Shostakov, a.k.a the Red Guardian. He's essentially the Russian Captain America.

Scheduled release date: November 6, 2020

Superman: Man of Tomorrow

Like 2019's Wonder Woman: Bloodlines, upcoming DC Universe Animated Original Movies feature Superman: Man of Tomorrow will not be based on an existing comic book arc. DC is keeping a tight lid on this one. All we really know for sure about Superman: Man of Tomorrow at this stage is that it will be an original story that focuses on a younger version of the Man of Steel, one who is still learning the superhero ropes. It's going to be released after Superman: Red Son and Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, making it the third and final DC Universe Animated Original Movies film to drop in 2020.

DC has put out at least three animated movies every year without fail since 2009, but 2020 will be the first year in which two Superman-led animated features are released. Execs will be hoping that Superman: Man of Tomorrow is received just as well as (if not better than) 2018's The Death of Superman and 2019's Reign of the Supermen ⁠— both films were reviewed positively by the vast majority of critics. "After the operatic grandiosity of the live-action movies, this street-level crimefighting is a nostalgic treat," The Guardian said of Reign of the Supermen.

Scheduled release date: 2020 (TBD)

Eternals

Marvel's upcoming Eternals movie isn't due to hit cineplexes until the end of 2020, but the film has already entered production and behind-the-scenes photos are starting to find their way online. A blonde Angelina Jolie, who is starring as Eternal Thena, has been spotted wading into a body of water and emptying the contents of what appears to be an urn. 

Elsewhere, a humongous gate that's been erected on a set in Fuerteventura, Canary Islands, seemingly confirms that the movie will visit the ancient city of Babylon — the impressive structure clearly resembles the Ishtar Gate. In the comics, Thena once had an encounter with a Deviant (the Eternals' rival race) named Kro in Babylon. He spared her life and the two eventually had children together, something that we could well see play out on screen. 

There's nothing concrete in terms of plot, but we do know that this will be one of Marvel's most eclectic ensembles to date. Richard Madden stars as Ikaris; Kit Harington is playing non-Eternal Dane Whitman; Gemma Chan will appear as the human-loving Sersi; Kumail Nanjiani is Kingo; Salma Hayek is Ajak; Lauren Ridloff is Makkari; Brian Tyree Henry is Phastos; Lia McHugh is Sprite; Dong-seok Ma is Gilgamesh; and Barry Keoghan is Druig. Kevin Feige has confirmed that Eternals will feature the MCU's first openly gay character.

The screenplay comes by way of Matthew and Ryan Firpo, while indie filmmaker Chloé Zhao has been chosen to helm this huge cosmic feature. 

Scheduled release date: February 12, 2021

Morbius

Sony dropped the first trailer for Morbius in January 2020, and it was met with a mixture of confusion and excitement. The three-minute clip is essentially a mini-origin story for lesser-known Marvel antihero Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto), a brilliant scientist who turns to vampirism after his attempts to cure his rare blood disease have mixed results — he gets super-strength and hyper-speed, but he's also left with "an overpowering urge to consume human blood." Morbius debuted as an enemy of Peter Parker in 1971's Amazing Spider-Man #101, but he became more of a sympathetic figure in later issues. While his loyalties aren't revealed in the trailer, we do see him meeting with an established villain.

The Morbius teaser contains some Spider-Man Easter eggs, and they raise questions about the film's relationship to the MCU. The word "murderer" has been graffitied across an image Spidey in one scene, indicating that this is Tom Holland's version of the character, who was framed by Mysterio in Spider-Man: Far From Home. If that wasn't enough, Michael Keaton shows up as Adrian Toomes, a.k.a. the Vulture, confirming that Morbius is tied to the MCU in some way. Toomes is seen in the same white prison jumpsuit he was wearing in the Spider-Man: Homecoming post-credits, meaning he's probably been busted out. Fans are predicting that Morbius will sow the seeds for a big screen Sinister Six, while Matt Smith's Loxias Crown, a.k.a Hunger, is clearly the big bad.

Scheduled release date: March 19, 2021

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Marvel's goal for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is to offer "a perspective on Asian identity," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The studio has hired Asian and Asian American filmmakers to make sure that happens, and, judging by the character's history, that's a smart move. The Hands of Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu comics began as an unofficial continuation of Bruce Lee's legacy (Shang-Chi is overtly based on the martial arts icon), and while Marvel's intentions may have been noble, the execution wasn't always perfect — making controversial pulp villain Fu Manchu Shang-Chi's father was undoubtedly a bad move, one that's quite rightly been retconned.

The job of bringing Shang-Chi into the modern age belongs to Chinese American screenwriter Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984) and Japanese Hawaiian director Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12). The titular role has gone to Chinese Canadian actor Simu Lui. "I was cast on Tuesday," Liu revealed at Comic-Con 2019. "I screen-tested on Sunday in New York. This is the the craziest, craziest dream." The actor, whose credits include Fresh Off the Boat, Orphan Black and the Taken TV series, told a packed Hall H that his parents moved to North America with next to nothing. "All I've ever wanted was to make them proud," he said.

The Mandarin (the real Mandarin, as opposed to Iron Man 3's fraud, Trevor Slattery) is the movie's main villain, played by Tony Leung. Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina will also feature, though her role has yet to be revealed.

Scheduled release date: May 7, 2021

The Batman

The writing was on the wall when Ben Affleck conceded that directing himself in the next standalone Batman movie was too daunting a task. Matt Reeves was handed the reins, and it quickly became clear that his vision involved a younger version of Bruce Wayne. Affleck hung up the cowl soon after, and Twilight star Robert Pattinson replaced him in the lead role. His casting led to a predictably mixed reaction online, but one person who apparently approves is former Batman actor Christian Bale — the star of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy called Pattinson a "good choice" for the role (via Variety).

Pattinson (who has been spotted filming scenes as Bruce Wayne in London) isn't the only big name in the cast. Colin Farrell will deliver a new take on Oswald Cobblepot (a.k.a the Penguin, famously played by Danny DeVito in 1992's Batman Returns), Westworld's Jeffrey Wright is the new Commissioner Gordon, and the role of the Caped Crusader's loyal butler Alfred Pennyworth is being played by Andy Serkis. We know the film will be villain-heavy (Zoë Kravitz is Catwoman, Paul Dano is the Riddler, and John Turturro is Gotham mob boss Carmine Falcone), but plot details remain scare. Farrell was tight-lipped when he spoke with Jimmy Kimmel in January 2020, but he had plenty to say about writer-director Matt Reeves. "[Reeves] wrote a really beautiful, dark, moving script, really gorgeous," he said. "He has a real love for it."

In February of 2020, Reeves shared a camera test revealing the first look at Pattinson in costume, making the wait that much harder.

Scheduled release date: June 25, 2021

Untitled Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel

Things were getting a little frosty between Marvel and Sony at one point, but the studios are now back on the same page when it comes to Spider-Man. The finer details of their new deal are being kept under wraps, but we know that Marvel will produce at least one more standalone Spider-Man movie for Sony, meaning the upcoming sequel to Spider-Man: Far From Home will take place inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe. According to The Hollywood ReporterTom Holland's Peter Parker will appear in a future MCU movie as part of the updated arrangement.

Jon Watts, director of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Homeis expected to see out the trilogy out. Plot details remain scarce, but we can look back to the second film's release in July of 2019 for clues — that's when Watts revealed what he would do with the follow-up if it were up to him. "I always like to think about it in terms of what's going to be the most difficult thing for Peter," he told Uproxx. "I would love Kraven." Ryan Coogler has expressed an interest in pitting Kraven the Hunter against Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther, but he's traditionally a Spider-Man villain. According to ComicBook.com, the fact that the film will shoot some scenes in Iceland (a country with diverse landscapes) could point to Kraven being involved in some capacity.

Far From Home co-writers Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers are penning the threequel, which will reportedly enter production in July 2020, approximately one year before release.

Scheduled release date: July 16, 2021

The Suicide Squad

David Ayer's Suicide Squad made a killing at the global box office, but the DC team-up flick was panned by critics. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn is taking the reins for the follow-up, though he's refusing to confirm that The Suicide Squad (which he's both writing and directing) is a reboot, as rumored. "You know, these terms are all so narrow," Gunn said (via CinemaBlend). "There's so many terms. It is what it is."

What we do know is that the film will feature an interesting mix of actors. In September 2019, Gunn revealed the full cast list, confirming that Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller) and Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag) will all be reprising their roles. Interestingly, Gunn won't be the only link to Marvel. Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi has landed a role, Guardians of the Galaxy star Michael Rooker will feature, as will David Dastmalchian of Ant-Man and Idris Elba, who played the late Heimdall on several occasions. SNL star Pete Davidson, wrestler-turned-actor John Cena, and former Doctor Who Peter Capaldi are also appearing.

Gunn has said that fans shouldn't "get too attached," implying that many of these will be cameo roles and/or will not survive. As for who's playing who, according to Collider, humanoid shark Nanaue, Polka-Dot Man, Peacemaker, and a gender-swapped version of Ratcatcher are joining Task Force X.

Scheduled release date: August 6, 2021

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

When Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was announced at Comic-Con 2019, returning director Scott Derrickson claimed it would be the "first scary MCU film," but Kevin Feige was quick to downplay the idea. During an appearance at the New York Film Academy, Marvel's president said that he "wouldn't necessarily" call it a horror in the traditional sense. Derrickson exited the project over creative differences a few weeks later, but fans barely had time to digest the news.

Marvel wasted no time in finding a replacement, and their apparent choice has gone down well. According to Variety, Sam Raimi began talking to the studio about the project in February 2020, a "great choice" according to Derrickson. Raimi, whose Spider-Man movies laid the foundation for the modern superhero film, remains a fan favorite and will bring some prestige to Benedict Cumberbatch's second solo outing as Stephen Strange. They'll be working from a script by Michael Waldron, the head writer of upcoming Disney+ series, Loki.

A couple of "new MCU characters" will make debuts, according to Feige, but expect plenty of familiar faces. Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch is going to feature prominently (the events of the upcoming WandaVision Disney+ series will have a direct influence on the film), while Chiwetel Ejiofor (Karl Mordo) and Benedict Wong (Wong) are also expected to return. According to The Illuminerdi, Marvel is still looking for actors to play sorcerers Clea and Brother Voodoo.

Scheduled release date: November 5, 2021

Thor: Love and Thunder

News that Chris Hemsworth and Taika Waititi were teaming up for another Thor movie broke days before Comic-Con 2019, but the biggest announcement came at the event itself — Natalie Portman is returning to the franchise. "It introduces, for the first time, a female Thor," Waititi said of the upcoming sequel (via Variety). "For us, there's only one person who could play that role." Waititi got down on one knee and handed Mjolnir to Portman, who joked that she'd "always had hammer envy."

The Oscar winner portrayed Thor's earthbound love interest Jane Foster in 2011's Thor and 2013's Thor: The Dark World, but the astrophysicist was absent 2017's Thor: Ragnarok, with an explanation briefly given that the pair had broken up. Portman appeared to be done with Marvel, but her character has developed significantly since her last film appearance — in a 2014 comic, Foster was deemed worthy to wield Thor's hammer, and adopted the title Goddess of Thunder. We don't know how this will all play out on screen, but Waititi clearly has big plans.

"It's going to be bigger and louder and more bombastic," he told Wired. "It's only interesting to me if we're doubling down on how nuts Ragnarok was." The director also addressed the Valkyrie-Captain Marvel relationship that fans have been shipping, more or less confirming that it wasn't happening. "You don't want to have a completely fan-made film because then it doesn't feel like there's any point," the New Zealander said. "You want to have people surprised." Regardless, Valkyrie will indeed be looking for "her queen."

Scheduled release date: February 18, 2022

Black Panther 2

Star Wars took center stage at D23 Expo 2019, but there was plenty of Marvel news to digest, too, including an official release date for the highly-anticipated sequel to box office smash Black PantherThe follow-up will hit cineplexes in May of 2022, Kevin Feige confirmed. Marvel Studios' president was joined on stage by Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, who promised fans that the thus-far untitled sequel will be worth the wait. "We're really hard at work on it trying to give you something special," Coogler said. "We're gonna take our time; we want it to be right."

The plot of the movie is still under wraps, but when Feige spoke to Entertainment Weekly in 2018, he confirmed that he and Coogler already had "a pretty solid direction on where we want to head with the second one." All of the principal cast are expected to return, even Michael B. Jordan. Despite his apparent demise at the end of the first movie, Jordan is reportedly returning as popular Erik Killmonger. But will he be the main antagonist this time out?

Some people are convinced that the real big bad of Black Panther 2 was teased in Avengers: Endgame. During the scene in which Black Widow chats with her remaining associates via hologram, Wakandan warrior Okoye reports that sub-oceanic earthquakes have been occurring off the coast of Africa, which fans believe was a subtle hint at Namor's impending arrival in the MCU.

Scheduled release date: May 6, 2022

Captain Marvel 2

Chances are we were always going to get another Captain Marvel movie, but the fact that the original made over a billion dollars worldwide made that a dead cert. Captain Marvel 2 wasn't part of Marvel's big Phase 4 reveal at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, but head honcho Kevin Feige made sure to let fans know it was definitely in the pipeline. "We didn't even have time to talk about Captain Marvel 2, by the way," Feige said towards the end of the presentation, among other vague hints about Black Panther 2Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3Fantastic Four, and X-Men. So what can we expect from the sequel?

The Spider-Man: Far From Home post-credits scene revealed that Nick Fury and Maria Hill were actually Talos and his wife Soren, the Skrull couple that Carol Danvers helped out in her debut solo outing. The pair were secretly reporting to Fury, who was actually vacationing on a Skrull ship the whole time. The conflict between the Kree and the Skrulls was at the center of Captain Marvel, and evidently we haven't seen the last of it.

"That Kree-Skrull war was a big part of the comics and a big part of the Captain Marvel mythology that we wanted to build into," Feige told Fandango upon Far From Home's release. "And there'll be lots of questions, like, what was Captain Marvel up to in the 20-plus years between when she flew away at the end of Captain Marvel to when she appears in Endgame?" It looks like Marvel will answer that question in Captain Marvel 2.

Scheduled release date: July 8, 2022

Aquaman 2

A sequel to 2018's Aquaman seemed inevitable the moment James Wan's underwater epic dethroned The Dark Knight Rises as the highest grossing DC movie ever. In January 2019, Deadline revealed that Warner Bros. wanted Wan to oversee development of Aquaman 2 and had given the director permission to select his own writer. A few weeks later, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick (who co-wrote Aquaman and worked with Wan on The Conjuring 2) had been hired. Aquaman 2 will be their brainchild, but Jason Momoa has apparently been chipping in with some ideas, too.

"[I] went into Warner Bros in D.C. and said, 'You know, I have some ideas,'" Momoa told Entertainment Tonight in October 2019. "They love them, and James [Wan] and everyone is like, 'We're all taking it in. We're excited to do another one.'" The actor wouldn't get into specifics, but he promised that Aquaman 2 was going to be "way bigger" than the first installment. "There's a lot more in store on so many more levels," he said. "There's going to be a lot."

All we know for sure about the plot of the sequel is that the titular hero will face off against classic nemesis Black Manta (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), who was rescued by an Atlantean fanatic in the Aquaman mid-credits scene. According to Variety, Wan will direct a new horror movie under WB's New Line Cinema banner before commencing work on Aquaman 2 in 2020.

Scheduled release date: December 16, 2022

Blade

15 years have passed since Wesley Snipes last portrayed Marvel's half-breed vampire hunter, Blade. The dismal box office receipts and chilly reception earned by 2004's Blade: Trinity seemed to be the nail in the coffin for Snipes. He never gave up hope when it came to reprising the role, however. "All the main execs [at Marvel] and my team, we've been discussing for the past two years," Snipes told Vice in 2018. "Everyone's enthusiastic about it, everybody gets it."

Either those discussions didn't go the way Snipes wanted or he was making the whole thing up, because Marvel revealed that a new actor is coming in as Eric Brooks during its epic Hall H presentation at Comic-Con 2019. Two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali will take over the Blade mantle. "He's the perfect Blade because he's one of the greatest actors working today, and because he's a huge fan of our universe and a fan of that character," Kevin Feige told Variety. "He's going to destroy the part, I mean... it's the kind of dream casting that you almost don't dare to dream that you can actually do it, but we had a couple of meetings with him and very quickly decided, 'Let's do this.'"

We won't get to see Ali (who played Cottonmouth in Marvel Netflix series Luke Cage) in action as the Daywalker until Phase 5, but excitement is already building.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

The Guardians of the Galaxy franchise was left in turmoil when James Gunn (writer and director of the first two installments) was removed from Vol. 3 over some decade-old inappropriate tweets. Disney CEO Bob Iger stood by the decision when he spoke to The Hollywood Reporter a few months after the drama unfolded, but the same outlet later revealed that he'd secretly agreed to bring Gunn back into the fold. "What almost no one knew was that Marvel and Disney had never undertaken a search [for a new director] and in fact became convinced he should be given a second chance," THR reported. "Disney went back to Gunn and quietly made a deal, according to insiders." 

When the news broke, Gunn expressed gratitude via Twitter. "I deeply appreciate Disney's decision and I am excited to continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind us all," he said. "I have been, and continue to be incredibly humbled by your love and support." Plenty of Marvel fans backed Gunn, but most crucially, the Guardians themselves took his side. The cast signed an open letter in support of him, but it was Dave Bautista (Drax) that really went to bat for Gunn, threatening to quit if his buzz-worthy script wasn't used.

Reacting to Gunn's reinstatement, Gamora actress Zoe Saldana (who is rumored to be the focus of the third Guardians outing) said that she was proud of both Gunn and Disney. "Spreading the word and the message of redemption is important," she said.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Fantastic Four

When Disney completed its acquisition of Fox in 2019, it seemed like only a matter of time until the Fantastic Four showed up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Kevin Feige confirmed that Mister Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch and the Thing were indeed MCU-bound when he spoke to Variety a few months later, adding that he was "extremely excited about those characters and about bringing Marvel's first family up to the platform and the level they deserve." Marvel Studios will reportedly make this latest Fantastic Four film in the spirit of the source material in order to avoid another bomb ⁠— Fox's 2015 reboot ended up being the worst reviewed Marvel movie ever.

Feige also told Variety that he had yet to think about casting, but could that have been a little white lie? John Krasinski and his wife Emily Blunt were being heavily linked to the parts of married couple Reed Richards (Mister Fantastic) and Sue Storm (Invisible Woman) at the time, and those rumors have only intensified in the months since. The internet seems to have collectively agreed that Krasinski and Blunt (who starred opposite one another in critically acclaimed 2018 horror A Quiet Place) would be ideal, and Krasinski is totally game. "I would love to be in the Marvel universe," the actor and director told Total Film in February 2020. "If they are considering me for Mister Fantastic, continue to consider me, because I would love it."

Scheduled release date: TBD

Green Lantern Corps

It was originally set for a July 2020 release, but things went quiet on the Green Lantern Corps front when DC's shared movie universe experienced some early growing pains. Warner Bros. is now far less focused on building an extended universe and more concerned with individual projects, but where does that leave the Green Lantern reboot? We know that Geoff Johns has turned in a script (he called it "a complete re-imagining"), but is the movie still a priority for the studio?

We can't be sure that Warner Bros. is still on track to hit the projected release date at this stage. Green Lantern Corps appears to be stuck in the early stages of development, though we know for sure the studio has been talking to actors. Speaking to Syfy Wire in 2018, American Gods star Ricky Whittle revealed that he'd been in talks about a role in the movie. "I'd love to be a part of that universe, whether it be John Stewart or Simon Baz, maybe," he said. "I've had conversations, and to be in the conversation is a big honor." 

Tom Cruise has been continually linked to the role of Hal Jordan, probably because regular collaborator Christopher McQuarrie was attached to direct at one stage, but ultimately turned the job down. According to McQuarrie, the studio asked him to write the script himself, but he told them that it shouldn't be a "McQuarrie" movie. "Make it the greatest Green Lantern you can make it," he said (per Collider).

Scheduled release date: TBD

Ant-Man 3

There was no mention of Ant-Man 3 when Marvel revealed its Phase 4 slate at Comic-Con 2019, which led to a spate of rumors about Paul Rudd's character being shelved until the next Avengers movie. This doesn't appear to be the case, however. Ant-Man may not be the biggest box office earner on Marvel's roster, but he played a vital role in the last Avengers flick, and it sounds as though Scott Lang still has a part to play. "The chess pieces were arranged very purposefully after Endgame," Kevin Feige told The New York Times when asked about Ant-Man 3 (via CinemaBlend).

The chess pieces have been moving behind the scenes, too. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Peyton Reed is returning to the helm for Ant-Man 3, making him the first director to complete an MCU trilogy. Michael Douglas (Hank Pym) has revealed that shooting is scheduled to commence in January 2021. There's no word on plot yet, but we know that the movie will have to deal with the fallout from Avengers: Endgame.

Ant-Man's daughter Cassie Lang has expressed her desire to go into the family business (crime fighting, that is, not burglary), and she's become a young woman in her father's absence. In the comics, Cassie becomes the hero known as Stature, fulfilling that ambition. Marvel appears to have been setting this transition up for a while, and there's a rumor that Ant-Man 3 will introduce not only Stature, but the Young Avengers, too.

Scheduled release date: 2022 (TBD)

Harbinger

Created by former Marvel editor-in-chief Jim Shooter and released as part of Valiant's launch in 1992, the Harbinger series follows teenage hero Peter "Sting" Stanchek, the only harbinger (a race of evolved superhumans with psionic powers) with abilities equal to the story's big bad, a villainous tycoon named Toyo Harada. Harbinger was reportedly going to shoot in summer/fall 2019 and was set to become the second movie in Sony's planned Valiant Comics universe (following Bloodshot), but those plans have apparently changed — in September 2019, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that the film was moving from Sony to Paramount, leaving the proposed cinematic universe up in the air.

Sources suggest that the creative team attached to Harbinger will be moving to Paramount along with the property. Arrival screenwriter Eric Heisserer was working on the Harbinger script at one stage, but his screenplay was later reworked by Justin Tipping and Joshua Beirne-Golden. Tipping is also expected to direct, despite the fact that he has yet to helm a major studio motion picture. Neal Moritz will produce alongside Toby Jaffe and Valiant head honcho, Dan Mintz.

There's nothing official in terms of casting just yet, but Noah Centineo (To All the Boys I've Loved Before) and Dylan O'Brien (The Maze Runner) were both being considered before the studio switch up. ThatHashtagShow revealed that O'Brien, who has managed to reestablished himself in Hollywood after sustaining serious injuries in an on-set accident back in 2016, was the frontrunner to play protagonist Pete Stanchek.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Flashpoint

Ezra Miller insists that his long-gestating standalone Flash movie is still going to happen. Speaking to W Korea in August 2019, the Fantastic Beasts star said that the movie was "absolutely confirmed" and he clearly expects to reprise the role of Barry Allen, despite the changing DC landscape. The film has been progressing at an ironically slow pace since Warner Bros. announced it back in 2017, revealing the title as Flashpoint. Dope director Rick Famuyiwa came aboard to replace the outgoing Seth Grahame-Smith, but he later exited the project over creative differences.

Joby Harold was then brought in to perform a page-one rewrite, and his revamped script was handed to Game Night directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. The duo (who co-wrote Marvel's Spider-Man: Homecoming) told Collider that Warner Bros. approached them with "a list of DC properties" for their consideration, and the Flash was the one that stood out. "We're huge fans of the character, I collected the comic books as a kid," Goldstein said. "It was an exciting possibility."

Miller called Daley and Goldstein "really cool guys" at Wizard World Comic Con 2018 (via Screen Rant), but reports suggest that the actor had a darker vision for the movie. The studio clearly agreed, because in July 2019, news broke that It and It: Chapter Two director Andy Muschietti was now in charge of the Flash movie. According to IndieWire, Christina Hodson (who penned Birds of Prey for Warner Bros.) is providing the screenplay.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Batgirl

DC's upcoming Batgirl picture was once slated to be helmed by Marvel stalwart Joss Whedon, but the landscape in Hollywood changed dramatically following his appointment in 2017. The Avengers director stepped down because his version of the movie wasn't in line with the new climate. "I felt some of the elements might not work as well," Whedon revealed on the red carpet of Avengers: Infinity War. "I had an idea, and it just didn't fit in the space that was left for it."

Warner Bros. clearly wanted more female input, and the studio eventually turned to screenwriter Christina Hodson (Bumblebee) for a change in direction. Hodson (who also penned the script for DC's upcoming Birds of Prey) is putting a new spin on the DC heroine, as she explained to Variety"Whenever I'm writing a character who's based on someone who's existed in a previous form, whether it's comics or a movie or anything, I always hope to bring something new to them and bring them to life in their own way, even if they're fairly iconic like Harley Quinn or Batgirl."

There's no director attached yet, but Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) has thrown his hat into the ring. "I would love to do one of those comic book [movies]," the Dane told Collider (via MovieWeb). "I mean, me and Batgirl it's like... we coexist." Refn claimed that he knows who's been tapped to star, but wouldn't reveal the name. Reports suggest that Daisy Ridley is the frontrunner.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Night Wolf

Kevin Hart is getting his own superhero movie, but he won't be suiting up as a Marvel or DC character. In fact, Hart's character in the upcoming comedy Night Wolf won't have any super powers at all. The film is being described as a Meet the Parents-style caper in which Hart discovers that his future father-in-law is actually a superhero known as Night Wolf. Hart had to prove himself to a demanding brother (Ice Cube) in Ride Along, and Night Wolf will take that concept to the next level.

Hart called Night Wolf a "great project" and thanked STXfilms for sending it his way (via Deadline). "I instantly fell in love with this pitch about an everyday guy who is meeting his in-laws for the first time and unwittingly discovers his dad-to-be is secretly a superhero." The actor recently collaborated with STXfilms on The Upside, an indie dramedy that surprised everyone at the box office. When the company acquired Night Wolf from screenwriters Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit (Detective Pikachu), they didn't have to think twice about who should be approached for the lead role.

"We submitted it to Kevin Hart and the team at HartBeat hoping they would love it as much as we did," said Adam Fogelson, chairman of STXfilms. "It is a big, broad comedy and the idea is great fun and perfectly matched with Kevin's comedic talent. We are thrilled to be working on what will now be our fourth film together."

Scheduled release date: TBD

Shadowman

On top of their five picture deal with Sony, Valiant are also developing adaptations of their comics in-house, which they'll then shop to different studios. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Shadowman — about a supernatural hero who played a central part in Valiant's recent Rapture event—is one of the titles currently being adapted.

In the comics, the Shadowman moniker has been adopted by a few different people, though the version expected to be seen onscreen is Jack Boniface, the most recent character to take up the mantle. An African American jazz musician who finds himself in league with a mysterious organization known as the Coven after a spirit enters his body and gives him strange powers, Boniface has to learn to control his abilities quickly when his native New Orleans comes under threat from a dark dimension known as the Deadside.

Former Marvel writer Reginald Hudlin has been chosen to direct, and he'll join Salem showrunner Adam Simon for a joint re-write of an original script by J. Michael Straczynski, who's also written screenplays and comic books for Marvel.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Archer and Armstrong

"Not since Batman and Robin has a more important duo hit the comic world," Ain't It Cool wrote in their review of Archer and Armstrong's first six issues, re-released as a special hardcover in 2008. "[It] truly delivers the goods from its very first page until the last ... you can't believe what a wonderful trip you've just taken with these two magnificent characters."

Archer is kind of like Marvel's Iron Fist but with a much darker past: raised as a martial artist in a Himalayan Buddhist monastery, he's the son of dangerous child molesters serving time in prison. After returning to the States he meets an immortal vagabond named Armstrong, a boorish lout who teams up with Archer in his fight against the Sect, a dangerous ancient order targeting them both. Zombieland's Ruben Fleischer is in line to helm this raucous buddy flick, working from a script penned by regular Pirates of the Caribbean scribe Terry Rossio.

Scheduled release date: TBD

​Justice League Dark

A this point, the Justice League Dark movie has had almost as many directors come and go as the DC team has had members. Guillermo del Toro spent years developing a script only to leave so he could work on his Pacific Rim sequel. Doug Liman abandoned Fox's long-gestating Gambit movie so he could take over, but he wound up jumping ship to Chaos Walking, an adaptation of Patrick Ness' YA novel of the same name.

Andy Muschietti was all set to take the reins until his reboot of Stephen King's It became a huge hit and he was asked to concentrate on the upcoming sequel, leaving the Justice League Dark director's chair empty once more. Warner Bros. then brought in Gerard Johnstone to touch up the script, and he was reportedly one of a handful of filmmakers being considered for the director's job on the strength of his critically acclaimed horror comedy Housebound, but even his involvement now seems in doubt.

According to That Hashtag Show, the version of the script currently at the top of the pile was penned by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), and it apparently includes a cameo from some deep cut DC characters. "We're told that the current script features a trip to Eddie Deacon's pocket dimension bar, Oblivion, where we meet the Shadowpact," the report states. "According to our source, Detective Chimp, Doctor Fate, Black Orchid, Pandora and the Phantom Stranger are all set to appear."

Scheduled release date: TBD

Silver and Black

In February 2018, Sony reportedly halted production on its planned team-up outing Silver and Black, which was set to follow Tom Hardy's Venom in what is now being referred to as Sony's Universe of Marvel Characters. Follow-up reports then suggested that the movie was still going to happen, but Sony had apparently decided to "go back to the drawing board" with the screenplay. Speaking to Collider, director Gina Prince-Bythewood explained the delays.

"We actually collectively decided to go back to the drawing board and start over," she said. "We have to get the script right, and I'm okay to wait." Prince-Bythewood set about making her own alterations to a screenplay originally co-penned by Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Captain Marvel) and Lindsey Beer (Chaos Walking), but in August 2018, Columbia Pictures president Sanford Panitch told Variety that Silver and Black was being split into two separate movies, with a Black Cat film apparently being prioritized over a Silver Sable solo outing.

"We believe Black Cat is enough of her own character with a great backstory and a canon of material to draw from to justify her own film," said Panitch. Felicity Jones appeared briefly as Felicia Hardy (Black Cat's real name in the comics) in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but this will be the Marvel cat burglar's proper debut. Variety sources claim Prince-Bythewood will likely no longer direct, but will still produce both movies.

Scheduled release dates: TBD

Eternal Warrior

Another Valiant Comics hero who's apparently on his way to the big screen, Eternal Warrior is an immortal super-soldier who first appeared in 1991's Solar, Man of the Atom #1. His cameo role was well received and the following year he was given his own title, which ran for 50 issues between '92 and '96. Like all major Valiant characters, Eternal Warrior was given a more video-game friendly look by Acclaim Entertainment when they purchased the comic book publisher in '97, but after Acclaim went under in '04 the rights went to Valiant Entertainment, who rebooted the character once more with a second solo series in 2013.

It's unclear which version of the character will serve as the inspiration for the film at this stage, but we do know who will be playing him. In a recent Twitter slip-up, WWE superstar turned actor Dave Bautista revealed he was attached to an Eternal Warrior movie, and that the script is currently being brought up to scratch. "I'm really excited about EW," he said. "We are currently working to get the script fan worthy and then we'll be full on from there."

Former Valiant CEO Dinesh Shamdasani responded to the reveal with a typically tongue-in-cheek reply, tweeting that he "can neither confirm nor deny that Dave Bautista just revealed a giant secret." The fact that he signed the tweet off with a "lol" kind of gave the game away, though.

Scheduled release date: TBD

We Can Be Heroes

Robert Rodriguez is the latest big name director to sign a deal with Netflix — the Texan filmmaker is writing, helming, and producing a movie called We Can Be Heroes for the streaming giant. The story will revolve around a bunch of kids who are forced to come up with a plan to save the world after alien invaders kidnap all of Earth's superheroes, leaving the planet helpless. According to DeadlineWe Can Be Heroes will be in the vein of Rodriguez's Spy Kids movies and 2019's Alita: Battle Angel, his adaptation of Yukito Kishiro's cyberpunk manga series.

Priyanka Chopra is set to star, and she's got plenty of capable support ⁠— Christian Slater (Mr. Robot), Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones), and Sung Kang of Fast and Furious fame have all been cast, per Collider. That's the adults out of the way, but what about the kids? Rodriguez has put together a talented young ensemble to bring his next big movie to life: YaYa Gosselin (13 Reasons Why), Akira Akbar (Captain Marvel), Vivien Lyra Blair (Bird Box), Andy Walken (The Kids Are Alright), Hala Finley (Man with a Plan), Isaiah Russell-Bailey (Family Reunion), and Nathan Blair (Best Worst Weekend Ever) are just some of the child actors recruited by the director.

Netflix is keeping a tight lid on the project, so there's nothing official in terms of release date. We do know that We Can Be Heroes has already entered production, as Deadline reports.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Invincible

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's first foray into the superhero genre wasn't exactly a roaring success, but the pair didn't let the critical and commercial failure of 2011's The Green Hornet deter them from trying again. The duo best known for collaborating on slacker comedies like Knocked Up and Pineapple Express gave it another shot in 2015 when they teamed up with Breaking Bad scribe Sam Catlin to adapt Vertigo comic Preacher for AMC, and the series has been a hit.

Rogen and Goldberg's next challenge might just be their trickiest yet, but if anyone can pull it off, they can. They're currently working on a feature-length adaptation of Robert Kirkman's Invincible, which is the moniker used by super-powered teenager Mark Grayson. Kirkman publicly backed the hiring of Rogen and Goldberg, telling The Hollywood Reporter that the story (which borders on satire at times) "couldn't be in more capable hands." Goldberg spoke to Mashable about the freedoms that come with working on a lesser-known property.

"If we instead chose to do the Justice League movie, the restrictions that I assume come with that are phenomenally huge," he said. "It's the opposite with Invincible. We've been given a universe where we can really go nuts, and thanks to how Kirkman has written the comics we can kill off people, we can do insane things that you just would not be given the opportunity to do, I imagine, with a Marvel or a DC film."

Scheduled release date: TBD

Laura

The fact that Oscar nominations came up when director James Mangold and Hugh Jackman sat down to discuss Logan with The Hollywood Reporter highlights just how well this Wolverine solo outing was received. Jackman nailed his final appearance as the titular mutant, but viewers were also left raving about the performance of his young co-star Dafne Keen, who secured her part in the movie with a fiery — and fully improvised — audition.

Keen impressed as Logan's clone/"daughter" Laura, aka X-23, and Mangold revealed that the success of Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman has brought a solo outing for the character closer to reality. "That film only solidifies more for studios that there's less to fear with a female protagonist," he said. "The more that keeps getting hit home, that ends up giving me more space turning around and going, 'Well, here we are with a female protagonist. That's incredible. And what are we going to do with her?' And that's where we are with that right now, dreaming."

THR also reported that Craig Kyle (who created the character Laura for X-Men: Evolution and recently worked on Thor: Ragnarok) is working alongside Mangold on a treatment for the spinoff, but Jackman will not be involved. "No, I won't be a producer on a Laura sequel," he confirmed. "But I will be lining up on the Thursday night at 10 p.m. to watch it, though. She's just phenomenal."

Scheduled release date: TBD

Deathstroke

It was huge news for comic book fans at the time, but a couple of years have passed since Ben Affleck confirmed that Deathstroke was on his way to the DCEU. The Batman actor shared some raw footage of the character with his social media followers in 2016, and it was soon revealed that the man behind the mask was Joe Manganiello. The True Blood star went on to make his debut as the deadly DC mercenary alongside Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor in the second Justice League post-credits tag. That short scene opened the door for the first onscreen take on the Injustice League, but it looks like Deathstroke will actually get to play center stage in his own feature film in the future. 

In 2017, TheWrap exclusively revealed that British filmmaker Gareth Evans (The Raid) had been given permission to get to work on a Deathstroke movie after impressing DC execs with his pitch. When asked about it at Comic-Con 2018, Manganiello insisted it was still happening. "It's in the works," he told MTV's Josh Horowitz. "All I can say is, for the hardcore fans, it's in the works. They want the character to happen, it's just when he happens."

Scheduled release date: TBD

Black Adam

Dwayne Johnson will make his long overdue superhero movie debut when Black Adam hits cineplexes in December 2021, just four months before the Shazam! sequel. Originally created as a Shazam villain, Adam (an ancient Egyptian prince with the same powers as his nemesis) morphed into an anti-hero over time. Johnson was supposed to make his first appearance as the character in Shazam!, but that plan was scrapped in 2017 when the actor and the studio agreed that Black Adam deserved his own movie. The project was put on the backburner, and not for the first time — Johnson has been attached to it for well over a decade at this point.

The wheels starting moving again in 2019, when Jaume Collet-Serra was named as director. He and Johnson worked together on Jungle Cruise, and the Spanish helmer reportedly impressed the Rock with his deft handling of the big Disney film. Joker cinematographer Lawrence Sher is also on board, and he plans to take an approach similar to the one he used on Todd Phillip's origin movie. He told Collider that he wanted to "continue to sort of reshape what a comic book movie is" with Black Adam. 

Plot details are being kept under wraps at the moment, but Johnson has confirmed that the Justice Society will be involved. Fans are eagerly anticipating the showdown between Shazam and Black Adam, but that's potentially being held for Shazam 2.

Scheduled release date: December 22, 2021

Shazam 2

Shazam! was a welcome victory for both Warner Bros. and leading man Zachary Levi. The former Chuck star had to defend himself from accusations of suit padding when some incriminating set photos emerged early on, but that was all history when Shazam! became a hit. It wasn't DC's highest earner ever (it made $365 million globally) but it achieved Certified Fresh status on Rotten Tomatoes, with the vast majority of critics praising the cast and the film's departure from the somber tone that's come to define DC movies in recent years. A Shazam! sequel has now been confirmed, but what do we know about it?

One of the movie's post-credits scenes introduced a new character. The first stinger reunites us with Mark Strong's Dr. Thaddeus Sivana, who is locked up following the events of the film. The defeated villain is shown hopelessly scribbling symbols on the wall of his cell when he's taunted by a caterpillar-like creature. "You assume there's only one way to gain magic," the creature says. "There are more ways than a mind can imagine." Fans of the comics will have recognized this talking caterpillar as Mister Mind, a traditional adversary of Billy Batson. It's possible that Mister Mind, Dr. Sivana and (if the release date of his standalone movie is any indication) Black Adam could all feature.

Screenwriter Henry Gayden is back to pen the sequel according to TheWrap, and director David F. Sandberg is also expected to return.

Scheduled release date: April 1, 2022

Multiple Man

Real name James Madrox, Multiple Man is a mutant with the power to create and control clones of himself. The character debuted in 1975's Giant-Size Fantastic Four #4 and became an occasional ally of the X-Men in the years that followed. Longtime X-Men producer Simon Kinberg reportedly began negotiating with James Franco over the lead role(s) in a planned Multiple Man movie back in 2017. It wouldn't be the first time that Franco has played more than one character at the same time — he portrays twins in HBO series, The Deuce.

Marvel's mutants are now at Kevin Feige's disposal rather than Kinberg's, but in May 2019, the latter seemed to believe that Multiple Man remains "open" and that a writer is hard at work on a script. We won't be seeing the movie any time soon, however. "Marvel, obviously, is ingesting all of these new characters and this material and figuring out what they want to do with it," Kinberg said while promoting X-Men: Dark Phoenix (via FlickeringMyth). "They're very deliberate and thoughtful about the way they handle their properties, so they're not just going to make a snap decision."

Kinberg didn't confirm the identity of the screenwriter, but Wonder Woman scriptwriter Allan Heinberg has been linked since 2017. If the movie actually comes to fruition it won't be Madrox's first time on the big screen — he was portrayed by Eric Dane in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, appearing as one of the mutants recruited by Magneto.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Deadpool 3

Deadpool fans received an early Christmas gift from Ryan Reynolds in 2019. The actor was asked about the future of the franchise during a Christmas Eve appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan, and he revealed that a third installment was in development. "We're working on it right now with the whole team," Reynolds said. "We're over at Marvel now, which is like the big leagues all of a sudden. It's kinda crazy. So yeah, we're working on it." When Reynolds says the "whole team," we can assume he's referring to Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, who penned the previous two films, and Deadpool 2 helmer David Leitch, who had told Uproxx a few months earlier that he was waiting for "the call" from Disney.

Given how popular the first two films were, you would expert the third one to be in the same vein, but Disney's acquisition of Fox complicates matters somewhat. 2016's Deadpool and 2018's Deadpool 2 were both big hits because they embraced an R rating, something the Mouse House isn't exactly known for. Does this mean Deadpool 3 will be PG-13? And will Wade Wilson appear in the MCU? "Marvel has promised to continue to let us play in the R-rated Deadpool universe, and the hope is that they will also let us veer into the MCU a little bit as well and play in that sandbox," screenwriter Paul Wernick told Entertainment Weekly"Our feeling, and Ryan's feeling, is that it's got to be the right idea."

Scheduled release date: TBD

Spawn

Fans of Todd McFarlane's Spawn were let down badly by the 1997 big-screen adaptation of the property, and he knows it. The former Marvel man is taking matters into his own hands this time out — he'll write and direct the upcoming reboot himself, with Jamie Foxx in the title role. McFarlane told Deadline that Foxx came to him five years ago with an idea for a new Spawn feature and he's apparently had him in mind ever since. Foxx won't actually be the star of the show, however.

Avengers actor Jeremy Renner has been cast as Max "Twitch" Williams, who will be the real focal point of the film. "We've exclusively learned that the movie will focus on NYPD detective Twitch after he loses his daughter to gang violence," Super Bros Movies reports. "Twitch quickly realizes he's in over his head as he learns that two of the largest organizations are teaming up to take over the criminal underworld of the city." Hellspawn Al Simmons (Foxx, who is rumored to be mute throughout) will reportedly reveal himself to Twitch and guide him down the path to vengeance.

Spawn will be produced by Blumhouse and will cost just $11 million to make. Speaking to ComicBook.com, McFarlane revealed that he was open to selling the film to Netflix, saying, "I'm not going to get married to a distribution model that may not be as relevant or as efficient because that's how you used to do it."

Scheduled release date: TBD

Doctor Doom

Fantastic Four fans haven't had much to celebrate in recent years, but a surprise announcement at San Diego Comic Con 2017 gave some new hope to those who feel as though Marvel's First Family have never been utilized properly onscreen. Noah Hawley, the creator of FX superhero sci-fi Legion, wrapped up his show's panel at the event by revealing that he was working with Fox to develop a solo origin story for the Fantastic Four's most iconic villain. "Two words," Hawley said according to The Hollywood Reporter, "Doctor Doom."

Since then, Fox have been bought out by Disney, leaving question marks over some properties in the early stages of development. The status of Doctor Doom was questioned when Collider spoke with Hawley recently, and while he insisted that it was just "business as usual" for him after the big deal, he did hint that the sale of Fox to Disney will push the timescale of his movie back by at least 12 months.

"I haven't had a single conversation yet about Doom in the context of the merger," he said. "On some level, we're still looking at a period of time — probably a year, at the least — for this whole thing to go through. Who knows, corporately, what conversations will be had, but certainly, until it goes through, it's not a legal thing ... I've been waiting for the phone to ring to see if anyone is gonna have an opinion."

Scheduled release date: TBD

Nightwing

We first heard that Warner Bros. had added a Nightwing solo film to its DC slate back in February 2017 when The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Chris McKay (The LEGO Batman Movie) was in talks to direct and Bill Dubuque (The Accountant) was on board to write. A year passed with no solid news and rumors that McKay had dumped Nightwing for Paramount's upcoming Dungeons and Dragons reboot began to swirl, but the director assured fans that the only way he'd leave the Batman spinoff is if Warner Bros. fired him.

"We are taking our time," McKay said in February 2018 (via CinemaBlend). "Expect big things from DC, Geoff Johns and WB team! Exciting year ahead!" The director warned that it would still be some time before they announced who would be taking on the title role, but we now have an idea of the kind of actor he's after. Lewis Tan (Iron Fist, Deadpool 2) has confirmed that he's met with DC executives about Nightwing, and he sounds pretty confident about his chances.   

"I know Chris McKay wants a martial artist," the British-born Asian-American told ThatHashtagShow in July 2018. "He's following me on Twitter. There's a lot of good juju vibes out there for that." Tan's father (martial artist and stunt coordinator Philip Tan) came to America to work on Tim Burton's Batman, and his son wants things to come "full circle" for the family with Nightwing.

Scheduled release date: TBD

X-Force

The first on-screen iteration of the X-Force came to a swift and hilarious end in Deadpool 2, but Fox always intended to use the name again. The studio started working on an X-Force movie before the second Deadpool film had even been released, bringing Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) on board. "I love him and he has such an interesting take on where he wants to take that world," star man Ryan Reynolds said of Goddard's appointment during a May 2018 interview with Collider. "I'm excited about a couple new characters that we're talking about."

Of course, a lot has changed in Deadpool's world since then. Disney bought Fox, and even though there's been every indication that the Merc with a Mouth is very much a part of the Mouse House's future plans (Reynolds confirmed that Deadpool 3 was already in the works at Marvel during a Christmas Eve appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan in 2019), it could be a while before we get that X-Force movie. Deadpool creator Rob Liefeld called it a "victim of the merger" in a January 2019 tweet, but he more recently claimed that an X-Force team-up film is actually "inevitable" at Disney. "I just hope they can get it together," Liefeld told Variety at the premiere of The Rise of Skywalker. "Fans want it... I mean, come on. Josh Brolin, Ryan Reynolds, and now with Disney. How is that not the biggest thing, right?" 

Scheduled release date: TBD

Nightwatch

In 2017, Jeff Sneider of Meet The Movie Press (via ComicBookMovie) claimed that Sony were developing yet another Spider-Man spinoff feature, this one based on relatively obscure character Nightwatch. Debuting in 1993's Web of Spider-Man #97, Nightwatch (aka Dr. Kevin Trench) was initially disregarded as a Spawn ripoff by many, due to his similar costume and the fact that Spawn creator Todd McFarlane had just left Marvel. But that isn't stopping Nightwatch from getting his own movie at Columbia, whose parent studio Sony continue to mine the Spider-Man back catalogue in search of hidden gems.

Nightwatch has been subject to some retconning over the years, but the origin story we're likely to see onscreen involves Dr. Trench witnessing a masked man die fighting some terrorists. When Trench removes the dead man's mask, he is looking at an older version of himself. Panicking, he steals the suit and flees to a desert island, but eventually takes it as his own and becomes a vigilante.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Booster Gold

He's one of the most outlandish superheroes on the DC roster, though director-producer Greg Berlanti believes that audiences are ready to meet Booster Gold, a vain man from the future who illegally obtains a time machine and travels to the present day in pursuit of a celebrity lifestyle. The DCEU landscape has changed dramatically since news of this project first leaked, with Warner Bros. now placing less emphasis on the shared universe side of things. Luckily for Berlanti, he never intended to link Booster Gold to other DC movies.

"As of right now we have no connective tissue to those worlds," he told Vulture in 2016. Two years passed before Berlanti offered an update, telling TheWrap that Booster Gold was "still in development with DC" as of March 2018, adding, "They're trying to figure out both the distance that we still have to travel and how we want to execute it; how it's going to fit into their greater landscape." Things went quiet again after that, but in May 2019 the movie's writer Zack Stentz (Thor, X-Men: First Class) revealed that he had submitted his screenplay.

"I can tell you that a script has been turned in that the director and producer, Greg Berlanti, has proclaimed himself to be very happy with," Stentz told The Fanboy Podcast. "And it's something that's ready to go, but DC and Warner Bros. would need to give the greenlight to it. The ball is in their court."

Scheduled release date: TBD

Untitled Man of Steel sequel

Warner Bros.' renewed interest in making a Supergirl movie doesn't exactly bode well for fans of 2013's Man of SteelRevenge of the Fans claimed that an announcement on Man of Steel 2 was coming at Comic-Con 2018, but the event came and went with no news. In February 2019, the same outlet alleged that the sequel was being held up by a series of demands from the star's team. RTF was led to believe that the actor's management wanted a raise, a producer credit as well as director and script approval for their client, though Cavill's team has flat out denied this. 

When Collider contacted the Cavill camp for comment, a spokesperson confirmed that there was "no truth" to what they called a "patently inaccurate" rumor. Cavill's future as Superman has appeared uncertain since Justice League failed to impress, though his co-star Jason Momoa told the press that Cavill was "absolutely not" done with the part when asked about the rumors at the Aquaman premiere (via The Wrap). 

With the Cavill drama playing out in public, the studio reportedly attempted a bold move in the director department, offering Superman to former Marvel man James Gunn. "When Warners was courting Gunn, the studio gave him his pick of properties, including Superman," The Hollywood Reporter claims. "Though Gunn never got far enough along to seriously consider tackling a Superman movie, the filmmaker did take a shine to the Man of Steel's superpowered dog Krypto during his comics research."

Scheduled release date: TBD

Nemesis

In January 2018, Warner Bros. executive Sue Kroll announced that she was parting ways with the studio after 24 years of service. As revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, the long-serving marketing chief intends to go it alone, and her fledgling production company Kroll & Co. Entertainment has some pretty exciting projects in the pipeline. Much of the focus has been on her planned reboot of classic sci-fi show The Six Million Dollar Man, but of more interest to superhero movie fans is the adaptation of Mark Millar's Nemesis.

"What if Batman was the Joker?" That was one of the taglines that Millar was playing with when he and artist Steve McNiven sat down to discuss Nemesis (released through Marvel's Icon imprint) with CBR in 2009. "Nemesis is a reversal of the Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark archetype," the revered scribe explained. "What if this genius billionaire was just this total s***, and the only thing that stood between him and a city was the cops? It's Batman versus Commissioner Gordon, in a weird way, or maybe a super-villain version of Se7en. A billionaire anarchist up against ordinary people."

Studios were apparently ready to purchase the rights to Nemesis before it had even been released, though a movie has yet to materialize. The Grey director Joe Carnahan was attached at one stage, having taken over from the late Tony Scott. Scott's brother Ridley is helping to develop the property according to recent reports.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Red Sonja

Pulp author Robert E. Howard created the character in the 1930s and Marvel made a comic book based on her exploits in the '70s, but most people associate the name Red Sonja with the 1983 Brigitte Nielsen-led big screen adaption. The critics didn't exactly warm to Nielsen's take on the She-Devil with a Sword (the movie holds a lousy 15 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes), but Millennium Films CEO Avi Lerner sees plenty of potential in the property. Lerner had grand plans to reboot Red Sonja until his director, Bryan Singer, got caught up in another scandal.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Singer was going to pick up a $10 million payday for Red Sonja, but the project was thrown into turmoil after the director was once again accused of sexual misconduct. Lerner initially refused to budge when some of Singer's alleged victims came forward via The Atlantic, saying that he knew the difference between "agenda-driven fake news" and reality. "I am very comfortable with this decision," he said (via Variety). "In America, people are innocent until proven otherwise."

A few weeks later the studio backed down, confirming that Red Sonja had been dropped from Millennium's schedule. "The project is not on the slate at the moment," a spokeswoman said (per Deadline). 71-year-old Lerner (who has himself been accused of sexual harassment in the workplace) told The Hollywood Reporter that he had signed off on the initial statement without reading it.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Ms. Marvel

A second Captain Marvel movie is on the way, and Marvel Studios also intends to expand the franchise via the Disney+ streaming service. In the comics, Kamala Khan is a Captain Marvel fangirl who takes up the moniker Ms. Marvel after gaining polymorphic abilities. "Ms. Marvel, which is another character in the comic books, the Muslim hero who is inspired by Captain Marvel, is definitely sort of in the works," Feige confirmed in 2018.

Feige wanted to introduce Captain Marvel first so there was "something for a young Muslim girl to get inspired by," he said (via Digital LA). Now that Brie Larson's Carol Danvers is well-established in the MCU, Feige is making good on his promise. When the super producer appeared on stage at D23 Expo 2019, he revealed that Ms. Marvel will get her own show on Disney+ (to be released after the Hawkeye series, which gives it a projected late 2021/early 2022 release date), and will then be introduced to the movies at a later date.

A standalone Ms. Marvel feature seems inevitable, though Brie Larson would love to see Kamala Khan in a Captain Marvel movie at some point down the line. "I feel like she's the future," Larson told ComicBook.com. "So when I've been asked about the future of the MCU, or the future of the Captain Marvel series, I want to be with her."

Scheduled release date: TBD

New Gods

If you want to direct a DC movie, apparently all you have to do is ask. Well... it certainly doesn't hurt to be an accomplished filmmaker with a bold vision, too. When Ava DuVernay told Warner Bros. that she was interested in helming a New Gods feature, she was welcomed into the fold with open arms. "I actually said: 'Hey guys, I wanna make a New Gods movie.' Then someone said ok," the Oscar nominee tweeted during a 2018 Q&A. She went on to confirm that "New Gods is in early development and feeling good."

DuVernay is a long-time fan of the property, Big Barda in particular. Barda was originally a member of the villainous Female Furies, but started using her powers for good after falling for Mister Miracle. This cosmic romance is likely the reason that comics scribe Tom King has been hired to co-write New Gods — his Eisner Award-winning Mister Miracle picks up where Jack Kirby (who also created the similarly cosmic Eternals for Marvel) left off in the '70s, and Big Barda features prominently. The movie is rumored to revolve around Miracle's relationship with Barda, but who will the big bad of the picture be?

When DuVernay held another Q&A in 2019, the director confirmed that the Furies were set to feature, and she also revealed that Darkseid (who was originally going to appear in Justice League) would finally make his big screen debut. There's nothing official on casting yet, though DuVernay said that there's a "99.9 percent chance" that New Gods will find her reuniting with the cast of her critically acclaimed Netflix drama, When They See Us.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Faith

There's been plenty of focus on the various Spider-Man movies that Sony has in store, but the studio is also quietly developing a number of Valiant Comics properties for the big screen. We've known about the upcoming Bloodshot and Harbinger movies since 2015. Several more Valiant adaptations have been confirmed since then, including Faith. The series follows plus-size superhero Faith Herbert, a sci-fi loving, comic-reading, super geeky teen who also happens to have telekinetic powers. She was introduced as a Harbinger team member, but she proved so popular with readers that she was given her own title. The movie announcement was praised as a step in the right direction for inclusiveness in the superhero genre, and plenty of actresses have shown an interest in the titular role.

"They are making a movie about a plus-size superhero and I'd like to know who to send my demo reel to," Stranger Things star Shannon Purser tweetedFaith writer Jody Houser has given her backing to Purser, who broke out playing tragic fan favorite Barbara "Barb" Holland on the first season of the Netflix show. Aidy Bryant of SNL fame has been floated by fans, while GLOW star Britney Young has revealed that she's got her eyes on the lead role. "I'm really trying to campaign and put [it] in the universe," she told TooFab. "I'm really trying to push hard to get that one." Sony has Maria Melnik (American Gods) working on the script, according to Deadline.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Silk

The superhero genre sometimes gets criticized for a lack of racial diversity, and it appears as though studios are beginning to respond to those asking to be represented. The cast of Marvel's record-breaking Black Panther was 90 percent African or African-American, and studio president Kevin Feige has revealed plans to make a movie based on Kamala Khan (a.k.a. Ms. Marvel), a young superhero of Pakistani origin. Now, Sony is reportedly set to follow suit with Silk, the moniker used by Korean-American heroine Cindy Moon.

The character is a pretty recent creation, having been introduced in June 2014's Amazing Spider-Man Vol 3 #1. In the comics, the same radioactive spider that bites Peter Parker on the hand during his school trip also manages to sink its teeth into his classmate, Moon, before it dies. After her powers manifest in front of her parents (she accidentally cocoons them with her organic webbing), she ends up going into hiding. It's 13 years later when Parker finds out what happened to Moon, and after he tracks her down the pair become a crime-fighting couple.

Amy Pascal will produce, according to Variety, but no directors, writers or actors have been confirmed yet. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Chinese actress Tiffany Espensen played a character named Cindy, though her name was never spoken and she was little more than a glorified extra. Will Sony stick with Espensen or recast the role? Watch this space.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Huck

Netflix announced its deal with renowned comic book scribe Mark Millar in August 2017, but the press release didn't specify which Millarworld properties the streaming giant would adapt. Almost a year later, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Huck is one of the titles in line for the movie treatment. Millar created Huck (a small-town gas station attendant with special abilities) as a response to the rise of moral ambiguity in the modern superhero genre — seeing Henry Cavill's Superman snap a bad guy's neck was the final straw for him.

In a guest article for GamesRadar entitled How Man of Steel Traumatized Me So Much I Created Huck, Millar described his title character as "a lovely, sweet, Jimmy Stewart/Tom Hanks/Steven Spielberg kinda good guy" who does one good deed every single day. "I gave Huck learning difficulties because I like heroes who have a quiet vulnerability," he said. "Stan Lee did this with all his earliest creations and I think it makes us root for someone when they're blind like Daredevil or have a heart condition like Tony Stark."

There's no word on who might play Huck, but according to THR, Ted Melfi (director and co-writer of critically acclaimed drama Hidden Figures) is taking the reins. Millar's epic space fantasy Empress is also getting a movie, and he's working on a new property called Sharkey the Bounty Hunter, which will be published as a Netflix/Millarworld comic before being adapted.

Scheduled release date: TBD

X-O Manowar

Former Valiant CEO Dinesh Shamdasani has been talking up the potential of X-O Manowar since 2016, when he teased that some top directors were already attached to the movie adaptation. "I wish that the directors on X-O Manowar would leak so that I could talk about them, because not only are they mind-blowingly awesome, the things they're doing with X-O Manowar will make fanboy heads explode," he told Variant Comics (via ComicBook.com). "It's some really cool stuff, but I can't say any more than that."

X-O Manowar follows Aric of Dacia, heir to the throne of the Visigoth people and general badass. Aric spends his days fighting the oppressive rule of the Roman Empire until a brutal race of extraterrestrial colonizers show up and abduct him. Luckily for him (and for Earth), he's able to escape the clutches of the invading aliens by stealing their most powerful weapon, the X-O Manowar Armor. The character was briefly portrayed by Derek Theler in the short-lived Ninjak vs. the Valiant Universe web series, which was quickly scrapped once DMG bought majority shares in Valiant.

Founded by Dan Mintz, DMG now control the third-largest comics roster on the planet. The China-based company (who co-produced Iron Man 3) doesn't plan on adding to it, however. "This is about taking it to the next level," Mintz told The Hollywood Reporter. "I am not looking on expanding from a publishing standpoint but from a motion picture standpoint."

Scheduled release date: TBD

Jackpot

Jackpot first showed up in Marvel's Spider-Man comics in 2007. She arrived on the scene shortly after Mephisto's meddling left Peter Parker and lifelong love Mary Jane separated, and many readers believed that Jackpot was actually MJ in disguise. "With her red hair and codename seemingly based on MJ's famous line, 'Face it Tiger, you just hit the jackpot,' the clues pointed to MJ being behind the gold and green mask," Newsarama reported. But it wasn't her.

As it turned out, Jackpot was actually geneticist Sara Ehret, who accidentally gave herself super strength while trying to formulate a cure for Parkinson's disease. After a short-lived stint as an Avengers Initiative-sanctioned superhero, Ehret gave up on fighting crime and passed the Jackpot mantle to Alana Jobson, who used Mutant Growth Hormone and other serums to compensate for her lack of powers. She teamed up with Spider-Man, but her lack of super abilities led to her death at the hands of a Super-Skrull.

A grief stricken Spider-Man blamed Ehret for Jobson's death, and she ultimately agreed to honor her by becoming Jackpot once more. Will Sony stay true to the source material? According to Sanford Panitch, president of Columbia Pictures, they will. "We're focused on being faithful to the comics," he told Variety. "Spider-Man connects to a lot of characters. There are villains, heroes and antiheroes, and a lot are female characters, many of whom are bona fide, fully dimensionalized, and utterly unique."  

Scheduled release date: TBD

Kraven the Hunter

We first got word that Sony was plotting a Kraven the Hunter movie in 2017, when The Hollywood Reporter mentioned it briefly in a larger piece about the studio's relationship with Marvel. A film based on fellow Spidey villain Mysterio was also said to have been under consideration, but Sony conceded the character to Marvel for use in MCU sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home. They weren't willing to do that with Kraven the Hunter, however.

Speaking to Yahoo! Movies, Ryan Coogler revealed that he wanted to use Kraven (real name Sergei Kravinoff) in Black Panther, but "contractual things" got in the way. "I've always loved Kraven the Hunter in almost every iteration," he said. "So there was a moment — 'Can I grab Kraven?' — and they were, 'Nah, you don't have Kraven.' He was one where I thought 'Oh, man.' But I don't even know if he would have worked in the movie we ended up with, this was the early days."

Coogler wasn't the first director to show an interest in the maniacal big game hunter. In 2014, Marc Webb told ComicBook.com he liked the idea of using Kraven in The Amazing Spider-Man 3, but the film was canned. The character remains untapped, though according to Collider, Sony plan to finally utilize Kraven in the near future. Screenwriter Richard Wenk (The Equalizer) has been tasked with creating an origin story to introduce the character to movie audiences.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Young Avengers

It might be some way off (we won't know just how far until the Phase 4 slate is announced), but at this point a Young Avengers movie seems inevitable. This team of teenage superheroes is a pretty new addition to Marvel canon, debuting in 2005's Young Avengers #1. Founding members include Iron Lad, Hulkling, Patriot (who almost appeared in Black Panther), and Wiccan, one of Scarlet Witch and Vision's twin sons. Reports that Wiccan and his brother Speed were going to show up in Endgame proved to be false, but the fourth Avengers movie did include a surprise cameo that could play into Young Avengers.

Ty Simpkins (that little kid from Iron Man 3) was at Tony Stark's funeral, and some outlets are now backing him to return as Iron Lad in the future. Needless to say, Simpkins is game. "I would love that!" he told IGN. "I'd do it. Without a doubt." If this seems like a stretch, there are plenty of other heroes-in-the-making that could be included in the MCU's Young Avengers lineup.

Scott Lang's daughter Cassie (who joined the Young Avengers not long after its formation under the name Stature) wants to follow in her father's footsteps, something Kevin Feige wants to see play out on screen. "Where, when, how — we'll see," he told ScreenRantFeige later said that Cassie Lang teaming up with Shuri (Black Panther) and Monica Rambeau (Captain Marvel) was "a good idea," and that's not to mention Hawkeye's daughter.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Supergirl

There's a new Supergirl movie on the horizon, and according to reports, the character's better-known cousin won't be appearing in it. "Superman has been shelved for now, as a temporary measure to let Supergirl step into the limelight and carry the Kryptonian banner for a little while on the big screen," Forbes claimed in February 2019. A few months later, We Got This Covered offered an update on the project, corroborating these claims. "We've been told that Kara Zor-El's backstory will be similar to the comics," the report read. "The Big Blue Boy Scout himself won't show up, but the movie will sow the seeds for a new actor to don the cape and tights in a sequel or even their own film."

Supergirl will reportedly fall in line with a new continuity that will begin with Matt Reeves' The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson. The two movies could even be filmed at the same time ⁠— both are scheduled to enter production in early 2020, MovieWeb confirms. Warner Bros. is said to want a female director calling the shots on Supergirl, a character whose only cinematic outing to date is the highly disappointing 1984 spinoff of the hit-and-miss Christopher Reeve movies.

Kara Zor-El is played by Melissa Benoist in The CW's Supergirl series. There's no word on who'll be taking on the role in the movie reboot, but Elle Fanning is reportedly under consideration. Oren Uziel (The Cloverfield Paradox) is working on the script, according to Deadline.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Untitled MCU X-Men movie

With Disney's takeover of Fox complete, it's a matter of time before we start seeing X-Men popping up in the MCU. Joe Russo said that Bob Iger hadn't told him exactly when Marvel's mutants would be integrated when he sat down with Deadline in 2018, but the Disney CEO is certainly keen on the idea. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about the Fox deal, Iger confirmed that Kevin Feige would be left to his own devices with regards to the X-Men franchise.

"It only makes sense for Marvel to be supervised by one entity," Iger said. "There shouldn't be two Marvels." The Disney boss revealed that Feige has "a lot of ideas" when it comes to the X-Men, whose absence up to now will need to be explained. The leading theory is that the latent X-Gene was activated when the Infinity Gauntlet was used in Avengers: Endgame, bringing mutants into play going forward. People were predicting that Marvel would take this route before Endgame, and the theory has been gathering steam since. 

Another theory is that Disney has been quietly retooling The New Mutants as the first MCU X-Men movie, though this doesn't tally with comments made by Kevin Feige, who said it would be "a very long time" before any X-Men showed up. If Feige turns to Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely for help, the first MCU mutant will probably be Cyclops — they've expressed an interest in giving the much-maligned hero a do-over.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2

The sequel to 2018's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was already in the works by the time Sony's groundbreaking animated Spidey movie hit cineplexes. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, revealing that Spider-Verse masterminds Phil Lord and Chris Miller would continue to be "creatively involved" in the burgeoning franchise as producers. Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar: The Last Airbender, Voltron) has been confirmed as director, while Dave Callaham (who worked on Wonder Woman 1984 and is currently writing Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings for Marvel) is on script duty.

The sequel is still some way off (animation is a labor-intensive process — the first film took four years to make and the second one will take just as long), but we already have an idea of where the story might go. The second Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse post-credits tag introduced us to Miguel O'Hara, a.k.a. Spider-Man 2099. This future version of Spidey (voiced by Oscar Isaac) is given a watch that allows him to travel between dimensions. His goal is to gather as many Spider-people as possible for a mission that will no doubt be at the heart of the upcoming sequel.

Fans have been speculating about which Spider-people O'Hara will visit in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 ever since the first teaser appeared to drop some subtle hints. Released in November 2019, the short clip featured a series of flashing spider logos that seemingly represent new characters, including Japanese Spider-Man and Mister Negative.

Scheduled release date: April 8, 2022

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse all female spinoff

Sony has not only greenlit a sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the studio's animation division is also working on a spinoff featuring the female heroes of the Spider-Verse. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lauren Montgomery (director of DC animated movies Batman: Year One and Superman/Batman: Apocalypse) is in line to helm the film, which sources say will be written by Bek Smith. Smith is currently rewriting a Lego project over at Warner Bros. and has also been utilized by Marvel, who hired her to tweak Captain Marvel late into production.

Studios appear to have finally realized that handing female-centric movies over to female filmmakers makes sense, and that's exactly what's happening here. But which female Spider-people are going to be involved? Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse paved the way for characters from across all Marvel dimensions to get involved, so who can we expect to see take center stage? The lead will likely be Hailee Steinfeld's alternate universe Gwen Stacy, but chances are we'll also get to see a lot more of Peni Parker

Voiced by Kimiko Glenn (Orange Is the New Black), Peni Parker was definitely one of the lesser-known characters in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. She was introduced in 2014 during Edge of Spider-Verse #5, but the Peni we saw onscreen was a lot more kawaii than the comics version. The fact that they went full-on anime with the visuals actually went down well with audiences, however, so we can expect more of the same when this spinoff drops.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Wonder Woman 3

Principal photography on the first sequel to Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman wrapped in December 2018, but the director didn't wait for its release to start talking about the third installment. In January 2019, Jenkins told Vanity Fair that she had "pretty clear plans" in mind for Wonder Woman 3. "Whether I [direct] it or not, I see how her arc should end in my incarnation of Wonder Woman," she said. "I have great passion for that." The fact that she's talking about ending the character's arc suggests that Jenkins has a trilogy in mind, but will the third and potentially final movie be another period piece?

"It's definitely one of the things we talked about," Jenkins later told The Hollywood Reporter. "I'm not planning to put it in the past again, because where are you going to go? You have to go forward. It's definitely a contemporary story. That's all I can say. Where we put it and how that gets figured out, I haven't totally nailed down." The director gave a pretty noncommittal answer when asked if she'd consider taking the reins on a future Justice League movie, and she wouldn't budge when it came to discussing Wonder Woman 3's plot in detail, either.

What we do know is that Chris Pine's Steve Trevor probably won't be back for a third outing. "I think Steve's done," the actor told Entertainment Tonight. "I think Steve's done his bit. I wish them all the luck in the world."

Scheduled release date: TBD

Nova

In May 2019, an insider with an immaculate track record informed MCU Cosmic that a standalone Nova movie was in the pipeline. This report was later corroborated by We Got This Covered sources, who claim that Nova has entered active development and that Maze Runner star Dylan O'Brien is in contention for the lead role. It's welcome news for fans of the near-invulnerable Marvel hero, who almost made his MCU debut back in 2014 — Kevin Feige told ComicBook.com that Nova was in the "earliest drafts" of Guardians of the Galaxy.

In the comics, Nova (real name Richard Rider) is a New Yorker who gets some incredible abilities bestowed upon him by Rhomann Dey (played by John C. Reilly in Guardians of the Galaxy), the last surviving Centurion of Xandar's elite Nova Corps unit. On the verge of death following a fierce battle on Earth, Dey chooses Rider as his successor at random, passing on the power of flight and super strength to boot.

It appears as though Marvel will more-or-less remain faithful to the comics backstory when they bring Nova to the big screen. Speaking to ComicBook.com in October 2019, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely revealed that the character almost played a significant role in Avengers: Infinity War. "In this conception, he would be the herald, not unlike the Hulk, who was actually standing in for the Silver Surfer, but that one member of the Nova Corps survived Thanos' attack [on Xandar]," Markus said.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Madame Web

Marvel and Sony renewed their Spider-Man sharing arrangement in September 2019, to the sheer delight of Spidey fans everywhere (Tom Holland included). The news dominated the superhero headlines, overshadowing the fact that Sony had set the wheels in motion on yet another spin-off for its burgeoning live-action Spider-Verse. On September 26, 2019, Collider exclusively revealed that Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (the duo behind Sony's Morbius movie) had been hired to pen a screenplay based on clairvoyant Marvel character Cassandra Webb, a.k.a Madame Web.

Web made her comic book debut in 1980's The Amazing Spider-Man #210. She was born blind and suffers from a severe case of myasthenia gravis, a neurological condition that makes simple tasks like moving and even breathing extremely challenging for her, hence the spider web-shaped life support system she's constantly hooked up to. As the condition worsened, Web found that she was developing powerful psychic abilities. She used these newfound powers to become a medium, and (despite being initially suspicious of her) Spider-Man came to trust her predictions — she helped him thwart the assassination of politician Barney Wicker and tipped Spidey off during a hunt for fashion-designer-turned-supervillain the Hobgoblin.

Created by writer Dennis O'Neil and artist John Romita Jr., Madame Web isn't exactly a well-known Marvel character, though she's appeared in multiple Spider-Man video games and also featured in the '90s animated series. Her extensive knowledge of the multiverse likely factored into Sony's decision to introduce her to its Spider-Man movies.

Scheduled release date: TBD

The Maxx

Channing Tatum was dealt a bad hand when Disney bought out 21st Century Fox and projects like his already troubled standalone Gambit movie found themselves on the back burner, but now the 21 Jump Street star has a new superhero project to concentrate on. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tatum and Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment are teaming up to produce an adaptation of '90s cult classic The Maxx. Sam Kieth, who wrote and illustrated the series during the early days of Image Comics, is also attached as a producer.

Kieth's genre-bending comic is based on the exploits of the titular character, a homeless man who believes himself to be a superhero. He's able to shift between the real world and a dream world that he refers to as the Outback, where he's a powerful hero charged with protecting the Jungle Queen. The property's cult status was made certain when MTV turned it into a cartoon, which quickly won over the critics and went on to pick up an Annie Award for best animated series. The Maxx even got to share the page with the Dark Knight when Kieth (who has been involved with numerous Marvel and DC titles) agreed to pen a five-issue crossover miniseries entitled Batman/The Maxx: Arkham Dreams.

Not much else is known about the project at this stage — THR confirmed that Tatum and company are still deciding whether to press ahead with a feature film or turn The Maxx into a series.

Scheduled release date: TBD

The Great Machine

Most movie fans associate the title Ex Machina with Alex Garland's critically acclaimed sci-fi, but in the world of comics, Ex Machina is a successful creator-owned book created by renowned writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Tony Harris. According to The Hollywood Reporter, an adaptation of the Eisner Award-winner has finally entered development at Legendary Entertainment after years of gathering dust at New Line. In order to avoid confusion with Garland's 2014 film, the studio will release the movie under the name The Great Machine.

Great Machine is the superhero name of main character Mitchell Hundred, who can communicate with mechanical devices. In the comic (which was first published in 2004 under DC's WildStorm imprint and ran for 50 issues), Hundred is elected mayor of New York City following his heroic actions on 9/11. Ex Machina was always just as concerned with politics and real world issues as it was with superheroics, and the film will seemingly follow suit. "The plot for the feature will revolve around Hundred dealing with a threatened political career when the source of his powers returns to claim its debt," THR reports.

Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel, who co-wrote Seberg and did some uncredited work on Captain Marvel, have been hired to pen a screenplay. Vaughan, meanwhile, will act as a producer. The writer has always maintained that Ex Machina's success was down to the hard work of Harris. "The series would have lasted three issues without Tony," he told iFanboy.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Prodigy

There are a number of different Millarworld properties in various stages of development at Netflix right now, but the one that Mark Millar himself is most excited about is Prodigy. How do we know? Because the comic book scribe created the character after Netflix bought the rights to all of his works, with a live action adaptation in firmly in mind. "The entire Millarworld library Netflix acquired when they bought our company last year has a crazy number of franchises, but I wanted to do one that genuinely topped them all," Millar told Deadline. "I wanted to create the character that outshines everything else I've ever done, and that's Edison Crane."

The star of the Prodigy series, Edison Crane is about as brilliant as you can get. CBR called him "a new kind of genius superhero" in its review of Prodigy #1, the kind of smarts you might get if you "blended the minds of Bruce Wayne, Reed Richards, Tony Stark and T'Challa." He's a Nobel Prize-winning scientist and an Olympic-level athlete to boot, but his true passion lies in the occult. The film will likely focus on Crane doing what he does best (solving problems for hapless governments), but don't be surprised to see some supernatural elements.

Michael B. Jordan has been linked to the lead role, but there's nothing official on casting just yet. According to a Discussing Film exclusive, Eternals writers Matthew and Ryan Firpo have been hired to pen the screenplay.

Scheduled release date: TBD