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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.

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: May 7, 2021

Samaritan

Sylvester Stallone appeared to retire the iconic John Rambo character with 2019's Rambo: Last Blood, but the actor clearly isn't planning on retiring himself anytime soon. He'll go from action hero to superhero in 2021's Samaritan, a film about a child who discovers that a long-forgotten hero may still be around. Everyone believes that said hero vanished after a tragic battle some 20 years earlier, so when a young boy (Javon "Wanna" Walton, best known for Amazon's Utopia and HBO's Euphoria) comes across a clue that points to his continued existence, he follows it. Martin Starr (Silicon Valley), Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones), Dascha Polanco (Orange Is the New Black), and Moises Arias (Hannah Montana) round out the cast.

Samaritan is directed by Julius Avery, who earned plaudits for helming the WWII zombie thriller Overlord in 2018. When he was offered the chance to work with Stallone on his next feature, he jumped at it. "Sly is a hero of mine," he told Deadline. "I'm incredibly thrilled to be working with such an iconic actor on this very special project with Balboa Productions and MGM." Avery struck up a great relationship with Stallone, who called him a "wonderful director" when the movie wrapped in November 2020 after coronavirus-related delays. "Entire crew was tested down to the last person every day for COVID which amounted to thousands upon thousands of tests and we came through like champs," Stallone said in an Instagram post.

Scheduled release date: June 4, 2021

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

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.

Scheduled release date: June 25, 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 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: July 9, 2021

The Suicide Squad

One of the highlights of DC FanDome was the roll call for James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, which officially introduced the ensemble cast of the soft reboot. Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn), Viola Davis (Amanda Waller), Joel Kinnaman (Rick Flag), and Jai Courtney (Captain Boomerang) reprise their roles from 2016's Suicide Squad, and they'll be joined by a host of new recruits. Guardians of the Galaxy favorite Michael Rooker (Savant), SNL cast member Pete Davidson (Blackguard), Ant-Man's David Dastmalchian (Polka-Dot Man), former Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi (The Thinker), Pitch Perfect 2's Flula Borg (Javelin), and on-set Rocket Raccoon Sean Gunn (Weasel) will all roll with Task Force X, as will Idris Elba (Bloodsport) and John Cena (Peacemaker). Nathan Fillion (T.D.K.) and Alice Braga (Sul Soria) are playing original characters, while newcomers Mayling Ng (Mongal) and Daniela Melchior (Ratcatcher 2) round out the cast.

In a behind-the-scenes featurette screened during FanDome, John Cena revealed that Gunn told him to approach his character like a "douchey Captain America." The director is clearly excited about his anti-hero team-up flick — he promised that it will be "different from every other superhero movie ever made" and called the filming experience "the greatest, most exciting journey" of his life to date. The featurette revealed that plenty of big action set-pieces are in store, with producer Peter Safran describing The Suicide Squad as a "gritty 1970s war movie combined with the brilliance of James Gunn's characters and comedy."

Scheduled release date: On HBO Max and in theaters August 6, 2021

Eternals

Marvel's Eternals got bumped to the end of 2021 during the coronavirus pandemic, but we've got plenty of intel on the barrier-breaking cosmic blockbuster, which apparently wrapped back in February 2020. The film will take place over a period of 7,000 years according to Kevin Feige, and will follow the exploits of the eponymous immortals. The impressive ensemble cast includes Angelina Jolie as Thena, Richard Madden as Ikaris, and Kit Harington as non-Eternal Dane Whitman. Gemma Chan will appear as the human-loving Sersi, Kumail Nanjiani is playing Kingo, Lauren Ridloff is Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry is Phastos, Lia McHugh is Sprite (one of three gender-swapped characters), Dong-seok Ma is Gilgamesh, Barry Keoghan is Druig, and Salma Hayek is Ajak, "leader" of the group according to the Mexican American actress.

MCU overlord Kevin Feige has also confirmed that Eternals will feature the MCU's first openly gay characters. "I'm married to the gay superhero Phastos, played by Atlanta's Brian Tyree Henry, and we represent a gay family and have a child," Haaz Sleiman told Entertainment Weekly, revealing that the couple shares a "very moving" on screen kiss. Marvel's first deaf superhero (Lauren Ridloff's Makkari) will also debut, making this the most inclusive MCU movie to date by some distance. The villain of the picture will apparently be Kro, a "powerful Deviant unlike any other the Eternals have faced over the millennia" according to a leaked tie-in toy. Chloé Zhao directs from a script by Matthew and Ryan Firpo.

Scheduled release date: November 5, 2021

Untitled Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel

As news on the upcoming sequel to Spider-Man: Far From Home continues to trickle through, spare a thought for Tom Holland, because not spoiling his third solo outing as Peter Parker must have been torture. The loose-lipped Brit somehow managed to keep the fact that Jamie Foxx and Alfred Molina are returning as Electro and Doctor Octopus to himself, but the secret is now out, thanks to The Hollywood Reporter. The outlet's sources revealed that Foxx's character from the Andrew Garfield movies was set for a shock return in October 2020 (the actor seemingly confirmed his involvement in a now-deleted Instagram post), and a few months later they revealed that Molina, who went toe-to-toe with Toby Maguire's Spidey, is also going to feature.

Foxx hinted at Garfield and Maguire reprising their roles in his hastily-deleted post, and there's been talk of Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy) and Kirsten Dunst (Mary Jane Watson) coming back, too. Three generations of Spider-Man movies will apparently collide in this highly anticipated threequel, but how is this possible? Sony has been embracing the idea of a shared multiverse with its animated Spider-Verse franchise, and we know the concept will play a big part in upcoming MCU projects, first with Disney+ series WandaVision and later with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Benedict Cumberbatch's Stephen Strange will reportedly play a supporting role in Holland's third solo film, taking over as Peter Parker's mentor.

Scheduled release date: December 17, 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: January 22, 2022

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.

The director has been tight-lipped on plot, but he dropped a few tantalizing teases during an April 2020 watch party for Thor: Ragnarok. Waititi revealed that he intends to introduce space sharks to the MCU. He also confirmed that, despite rumors, the Silver Surfer would not feature, but he left the door open for a possible Loki return. We know that the main villain, Gorr the God Butcher, will be played by MCU debutant Christian Bale, while Tessa Thompson will be back in action (and looking for her queen) as Valkyrie. According to Groot voice actor Vin Diesel, some of the Guardians of the Galaxy are also set to cameo.

Scheduled release date: May 6, 2022

The Batman

The first trailer for Robert Pattinson's upcoming Batman movie dropped during DC FanDome, revealing plot details, first looks at villains, and the darkest big screen version of the Caped Crusader yet. Pattinson's stripped-down Batsuit is on full display in numerous scenes, including a particularly shocking one in which he repeatedly punches a gang member before identifying himself as "vengeance." What's immediately clear from the footage is that The Batman will be unlike any Bat-film that's come before it, and not just in terms of violence — writer-director Matt Reeves is going back to the Dark Knight's early days.

"The whole idea is that this is all an experiment in the movie," Reeves said during The Batman's FanDome panel, revealing that Pattinson's Bruce Wayne is in "Year 2" of his Batman career, referencing the famous late '80s arc of the same name. "It's the Gotham experiment; it's a criminal, logical experiment, trying to figure out what he can do to finally change this place." The first trailer gave us glimpses of Zoë Kravitz as Catwoman and Colin Farrell's Penguin (at least we think it's him — he looks absolutely unrecognizable as the villain), but it's clear that Paul Dano's Riddler will be the main threat, as he appears to be on a crusade against corrupt Gotham officials. "Paul Dano plays a version of the Riddler that no one has ever seen before," Reeves added. "What he is doing is going to blow people's minds."

Scheduled release date: March 4, 2022

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), Benedict Wong (Wong), and Rachel McAdams (Dr. Christine Palmer) 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: March 25, 2022

Black Panther 2

The planned sequel to the smash hit Black Panther suffered a massive blow in August 2020 with the heartbreaking and untimely loss of Chadwick Boseman. The actor was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2016, the year he made the first of his four appearances as the African superhero. Partly because he was confident he could beat the cancer, Boseman kept his battle private — even from Marvel and filmmaker Ryan Coogler"I spent the last year preparing, imagining and writing words for him to say, that we weren't destined to see," Coogler said (via CNN). "It leaves me broken knowing that I won't be able to watch another close-up of him in the monitor again or walk up to him and ask for another take."

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Boseman's death was devastating for everyone at Disney, but conversations about where the franchise should go have now begun behind the scenes. Marvel has made it clear they have no intention of recasting the role, so that means the Black Panther mantle is likely to be handed over to a new character earlier than expected — something there's actually precedent for. In the comics, T'Challa's younger half-sister Shuri has her Black Panther training fast-tracked after he is severely injured by villains loyal to Namor, who has been teased as the sequel's big bad. Fans have already started petitioning for the MCU to follow suit and give Letitia Wright the Wakandan throne in Black Panther 2.

Scheduled release date: July 8, 2022

The Flash

Fans of the Flash have been waiting for a standalone movie ever since Ezra Miller was cast as Barry Allen back in 2014. We've known for some time that the film will be based loosely on DC's Flashpoint, a huge comic event that saw Allen go back in time to save his mother, causing catastrophic changes in the process (there's no Justice League in the altered timeline he returns to — Superman is a lab rat, and Bruce Wayne is already dead). It won't be coming to the big screen anytime soon, but rest assured that the wheels are now fully in motion on the project. Miller drew criticism in April 2020 when some disturbing footage that seemed to show the actor choking a female fan went viral, but Warner Bros. ignored the stink and pressed ahead with the multiverse-spanning film, which will feature Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck's versions of Batman.

Affleck is "part of the emotional impact of the movie," director Andy Muschietti told Vanity Fair. "The interaction and relationship between Barry and Affleck's Wayne will bring an emotional level that we haven't seen before. It's Barry's movie, it's Barry's story, but their characters are more related than we think. They both lost their mothers to murder, and that's one of the emotional vessels of the movie." Affleck's role is being described as a cameo, while Keaton's will be more "substantial," Muschietti said. Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey) has provided the script.

Scheduled release date: November 4, 2022

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 movie hit cineplexes. Given how long the first movie took to complete, that's not at all surprising. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was four years in the making, so fans became worried about the sequel being delayed for a long time when the coronavirus pandemic shut down Hollywood. Thankfully, the schedule doesn't seem to have been affected ⁠— lead animator Nick Kondo confirmed that production had officially begun in a June 2020 tweet. Producer Phil Lord retweeted Kondo's announcement, implicitly confirming that work on the animation side of things was underway.

The second Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse post-credits scene gave us a major clue about where the story is headed, introducing viewers 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. Japanese Spider-Man is apparently set to feature, and Spider-Man: The Animated Series star Christopher Daniel Barnes would love to play his version of Spider-Man in the movie. "If I could do that again, I'd be honored," he told Recording Time Media.

Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar: The Last Airbender) is directing from a script by Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984).

Scheduled release date: October 7, 2022

Captain Marvel 2

The upcoming sequel to Brie Larson's Captain Marvel wasn't mentioned when Marvel revealed its Phase 4 plans in 2019, but Kevin Feige later confirmed it was definitely still happening. A full year would pass before we got some concrete info on the project — in August 2020, news broke that Nia DaCosta (Candyman) had been tapped to direct. "Even though a budget is unknown, it is sure to be the biggest-budgeted tentpole to be helmed by a Black female director," Justin Kroll, senior film reporter at Deadline, said in his exclusive. Megan McDonnell (WandaVision) has reportedly written the script.

We know it's going to be a largely femme-fronted affair, but what can we expect from the sequel in terms of plot? The Spider-Man: Far From Home post-credits scene revealed that Nick Fury and Maria Hill were actually Talos and Soren, the Skrull couple that Carol Danvers assisted in her debut solo outing. Speaking to Fandango, Feige acknowledged the importance of the Kree-Skrull conflict to "the Captain Marvel mythology" and promised to "build into [it]" over time, so this (coupled with the fact that a "Kree splinter cell" is mentioned in the aforementioned Spidey sequel) makes it seems almost certain that the warring alien races will play a part in Captain Marvel 2 (as they will in the Disney+ series Secret Wars, which could very well tie in with the sequel).

In December of 2020, it was confirmed that Iman Vellani will appear in Captain Marvel 2 as Kamala Khan after we meet her in the Disney+ Ms. Marvel series.

Scheduled release date: November 11, 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

Shazam! Fury of the Gods

It seems like a lifetime ago that Shazam! star Zachary Levi was having to defend himself from accusations of suit padding. People stopped caring about whether his muscles were actually real or fake after Shazam! became a much needed success story for Warner Bros. and DC, earning a respectable $365 million globally and achieving Certified Fresh status on Rotten Tomatoes, where the majority of critics praised the film's departure from the somber tone that had come to define DC movies. There's nothing concrete on the sequel in terms of plot just yet, but we know that director David F. Sandberg is returning along with the principal cast, and we also have a title — the follow-up will be called Shazam! Fury of the Gods.

Fans are split on what this title could mean for the movie. Many see it as a hint that Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam is going to play a part in the Shazam! sequel, though the title could just as easily refer to the gods from which the Shazamily draw their powers. Billy Batson's siblings are going to have a much larger role in the next installment, but who will they be going up against? One of the Shazam! post-credits scenes introduced viewers to a talking caterpillar-like creature that fans of the comics will recognize as Mister Mind, a traditional adversary of Batson. It's possible that Mister Mind, Dr. Sivana, and anti-hero Black Adam could all feature.

Scheduled release date: June 2, 2023

Black Adam

Dwayne Johnson was apologetic when he spoke directly to fans during DC FanDome, admitting that he wished he had more Black Adam news to share. There wasn't any footage to speak of, but a teaser made up of stills created by DC's Jim Lee and Instagram artist BossLogic dropped during the online event, giving us a breakdown of Black Adam's backstory. Johnson narrates the teaser in character, explaining that he was imprisoned some 5,000 years earlier when his home (the fictional nation of Kahndaq) was a "melting pot of magic and powers." Black Adam had no power, however. "Most of us had nothing except the chains around our necks. Kahndaq needed a hero; instead they got me."

He goes on to say that he "did what needed to be done" to right the injustices all around him, and he paid the price. "Now, 5,000 years later, I'm free. And I give you my word... no one will ever stop me again." And when he says no one, he means no one. Johnson (who has been attached to the role since 2014 and was originally supposed to debut as Black Adam in Shazam!) confirmed that Justice Society of America characters Hawkman, Dr. Fate, Cyclone and Atom Smasher (Noah Centineo) will all feature, and he called out the Justice League, too, teasing a future throw-down with Superman.

Jaume Collet-Serra (Jungle Cruise) is directing, and he'll be working from a script by Adam Sztykiel (Rampage).

Scheduled release date: TBD

The Hyperions

Upcoming indie feature The Hyperions will star Cary Elwes as a professor who has created a device that grants humans special abilities. The holders of Professor Ruckus Mandulbaum's Titan badges are endowed with incredible powers, and as he distributes them to those he deems worthy, a family of young superheroes begins to form around him. The story will begin in the 1960s, when everything is rosy for the professor and the three down-on-their-luck youths he's taken in, but the outlook isn't so good after a timeskip. 19 years later, Mandulbaum has a brand new blended superfamily and two former members are hellbent on stealing back their Titan badges.

The Hyperions is the brainchild of writer-director Jon McDonald. It will be his sophomore feature (his debut, 2016's Muddy Corman, was described as a "highbrow" Adam Sandler movie by Nerd Report), and one that will no doubt pique the interest of Cobra Kai fans: Tanner Buchanan, one of the breakout stars of the Karate Kid sequel series, is playing Apollo. Australian actress Penelope Mitchell (best known for her turns as Letha Godfrey on Hemlock Grove and Liv Parker on The Vampire Diaries) is Vanessa Mandulbaum, while Elaine Tan (who has appeared on Doctor Who and in films like Inherent Vice and Tully) plays Maya. Schooled star Alphonso McAuley rounds out the main cast as Ansel.

The movie started filming in February 2019 and was shopped around at the Cannes virtual market in 2020.

Scheduled release date: TBD

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, but Disney later relented and brought him back on board. "I deeply appreciate Disney's decision and I am excited to continue making films that investigate the ties of love that bind us all," Gunn said when the news broke. One of the numerous cast members who spoke out in support of Gunn after his dismissal was Bradley Cooper, and it looks like his character is going to feature heavily in the upcoming sequel.

With Hollywood largely on hold in April 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak, Gunn took part in a watch party for the first Guardians movie, live-tweeting throughout. When the filmmaker was asked about what he had in store for Vol. 3, he revealed that Cooper's Rocket Raccoon will be integral. "I'll just say Rocket is a big part of what's happening in the future — and a lot of this stuff (like the scars we're about to see on his back) sets up what I've been planning for Rocket all along," Gunn tweeted.

The original 2020 release date was pushed back during the Gunn drama, and fans are worried that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 might be delayed even further because of COVID-19, but the reinstated writer-director claims that the virus hasn't affected his schedule yet.

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."

In December of 2020, Marvel reaffirmed their commitment to the project by revealing a new logo and announcing that Jon Watts, director of the MCU's three Spider-Man solo movies, would be at the helm.

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 and the Wasp: Quantumania

We've known for some time that Kevin Feige has something big in mind for the third Ant-Man movie. "The chess pieces were arranged very purposefully after Endgame," he told The New York Times when asked about the upcoming sequel in October 2019 (via CinemaBlend), but it would be almost a year before we got any news on what his plan was. In the fall of 2020, rumors hit the internet that classic Avengers antagonist Kang the Conqueror would be the antagonist of Ant-Man 3, as played by Jonathan Majors, the breakout star of the HBO horror series Lovecraft CountryFeige confirmed those rumors at Disney's Investor Day event in December, along with the revelation of the movie's official title: Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.Returning for the threequel are series stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Returning director Peyton Reed told SiriusXM that Ant-Man 3 will be "a much bigger, more sprawling movie than the first two," and if Kang's coming, it certainly will be. The running theory is that the time-traveling menace will come after Paul Rudd's Scott Lang (and, at a later stage, the Avengers) when he learns that Earth's Mightiest Heroes have been meddling with time. Rick & Morty scribe Jeff Loveness is penning the script, which is rumored to include nods to the Young Avengers. Marvel's teenage super-team was founded by Nathaniel Richards (a.k.a. Iron Lad), a younger version of Kang who traveled back in time to change his dark destiny. Ant-Man's daughter Cassie Lang joins the Young Avengers in the comics, something the movie may indeed be setting up — Lady Bird's Kathryn Newton will be taking over the role of Cassie from Avengers: Endgame's Emma Fuhrmann.

Scheduled release date: 2022 (TBD)

Static Shock

One DC FanDome announcement that came out of nowhere was made by comic book writer and filmmaker Reginald Hudlin, who revealed that a Static Shock movie was currently being developed. Teenage superhero Static (real name Virgil Hawkins) was created by the DC-affiliated Milestone Media in the early '90s, and would later become part of the DC Universe proper. The character is probably best known for the Emmy-winning and groundbreaking animated TV show (it was one of the few cartoons to star an African American hero) that aired for four seasons in the early 2000s, but there are plenty of well received Static comics for the filmmakers to draw from, too.

"One of the things we're really excited about, we really want to live up to the name of the company, Milestone Media," Hudlin said during the streamed fan event (via Variety). "When we spoke to Jim [Lee] about reviving the Milestone line, we said, 'Look, we all know this has been a hit comic book and hit animated series. It's time to expand back into all those areas and then some.' So we're in serious conversations about, as we're launching the comic book series, developing the Static Shock movie. That will be a theatrical feature film." 

Hudlin also revealed that a DC Universe Animated Original Movie based on Milestone characters was under discussion, heaping praise on the WB animation department. "They make those amazing animated feature films for home entertainment," he said.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Untitled Spider-Woman movie

We've had three different live-action versions of Spider-Man in the last two decades, yet Spider-Woman remains a total unknown to most, having never appeared on the big screen. Marvel hastily created the character and called dibs on the name after it caught wind that Filmation was going to introduce a new female hero called Spider-Woman in The Batman/Tarzan Adventure Hour (1977), forcing the CBS show to use the name Web-Woman instead. The rush job worked out perfectly — a number of different characters have used the moniker at this point, but the original Spider-Woman (a.k.a Jessica Drew) remains the definitive version, the version we'll likely see in the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters.

According to Deadline, actress Olivia Wilde (who made her directorial debut with wildly popular coming-of-age comedy Booksmart in 2019) has been asked to "develop a secret Marvel film project revolving around a female character in the universe. While not confirmed, it is expected that the story will be centered on Spider-Woman." Wilde seemed to confirm the news when she retweeted the Deadline article, adding only a spider emoji to it. There's no word on casting just yet and plot details are non-existent, but fans can expect Drew's backstory (her geneticist dad injected her with spider blood in an attempt to save her from Uranium poisoning) to be altered drastically — sources have told the Hollywood trade that the story will be "completely revamped."

Scheduled release date: TBD

We Can Be Heroes

Spy Kids creator Robert Rodriguez is back with a brand new family adventure film in 2021, and he's confirmed that it's set in the same universe as his one of his other big child-friendly offerings, 2005's The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D. We Can Be Heroes is something of a spiritual sequel according to Rodriguez, who told Entertainment Weekly that he spent a lot of time casting the film. "I take finding the right people very seriously," the filmmaker said. "Find the people who can bring some magic to it and surprise me with what they bring." Being picky paid off for the Texan, as he managed to assemble an impressive cast for this upcoming Netflix feature.

We Can Be Heroes follows the children of a team of superheroes known as the Heroics. Priyanka Chopra-Jonas plays the director of the group, which includes Logan's Boyd Holbrook, Christian Slater, and Pedro Pascal, who plays veteran hero Marcus Moreno. "I've wanted to work with Pedro since forever," Rodriguez revealed, adding that Pascal's character "can be a badass if he needs to. He takes the glasses off, and he looks legit." Pascal and his fellow Heroics are captured by aliens during the movie, and their kids are the rescue party. Moreno's daughter Missy (YaYa Gosselin) has yet to develop any powers, but the offspring of the other Heroics are already little heroes in their own right, with abilities ranging from shapeshifting to soothsaying.

Scheduled release date: January 1, 2021

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

Power Rangers

The Power Rangers returned to the silver screen after a lengthy absence in 2017, but Saban's big reboot didn't go as planned — Power Rangers struggled at the box office and the critical response to the film was lukewarm at best. There were clearly plans in place for future films (the Green Ranger was teased in a post-credit scene), but they were scrapped after the first installment underperformed. It seemed like the mighty Power Rangers wouldn't be morphin' in Hollywood again anytime soon, but Saban sold the rights to Hasbro in the wake of the disaster, and the new owners have been quietly developing a fresh reboot since.

In October 2020, Hasbro's production arm eOne revealed that it was working on a new Power Rangers feature film and a new TV show, both of which are to be spearheaded by Jonathan Entwistle. The Brit shot to prominence with his hugely popular Netflix shows The End of the F****** World and I Am Not Okay with This, and he has an "incredible creative vision for this iconic and hugely successful franchise," eOne execs said in a joint statement (via Variety). There aren't any official dates yet, but Entwistle "can't wait" to get started. "This is an unbelievable opportunity to deliver new Power Rangers to both new and existing generations of awaiting and adoring fans," he said. "We'll bring the spirit of analog into the future, harnessing the action and storytelling that made this brand a success."

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 gearing up to star in his own superhero movie, but his character in the upcoming action comedy Night Wolf won't have any powers. The film is being described as a Meet the Parents-style caper in which Hart discovers that his future father-in-law moonlights as a crime fighter named Night Wolf. "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," Hart said (via Deadline).

Hart will be in familiar hands — regular collaborator Tim Story has been hired to direct, per Deadline. "Tim was our first choice for this project," Adam Fogelson, chairman of STXfilms (who purchased the script from Detective Pikachu scribes Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit), said in a statement. "His skill with both comedy and action, along with his long history of working with Kevin on both Ride Along films, both Think Like a Man films, and many of Kevin's comedy standup event films made him uniquely suited for this material." Story is also no stranger to the superhero genre, having helmed 2005's Fantastic Four and 2007 sequel, Rise of the Silver Surfer.

Story and Hart aren't the only ones reuniting here. The actor has a fruitful history with STX, having starred in the unexpected box office hit The Upside for the studio. STX and Hart reportedly have two more feature films in development; a rom-com and a body-switching comedy.

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 movie about the Justice League Dark (a band of offbeat DC heroes who handle problems too weird for the regular Justice League) has been on the cards for a long time, but directors keep jumping ship. Guillermo del Toro spent years developing a script only to leave for the Pacific Rim sequel. Doug Liman took the reins, but he exited the project to work on Chaos Walking. Andy Muschietti was all set to take over until his reboot of Stephen King's It became a huge hit and he was asked to concentrate on the sequel instead, leaving the director's chair empty once more. Warner Bros. brought in Gerard Johnstone to touch up the script, and he was reportedly being considered for the director's job on the strength of his critically acclaimed horror comedy Housebound, but the JLD saga took a new turn in 2019 when J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot reached a $250 million deal with WarnerMedia.

It was revealed that Abrams' company would produce new film and TV projects for Warner Bros., HBO and the HBO Max streaming service, though there were no details on what those projects might be. That all changed in January 2020 when Deadline revealed that Bad Robot was "developing both film and TV ideas based on DC's Justice League Dark universe." A Justice League Dark series has since been confirmed by HBO Max, but there's been no further info on the film and whether Abrams will direct it.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Constantine

Keanu Reeves' Constantine was met with mixed reviews when it hit cineplexes in 2005, but a cult following has grown around the Hellblazer adaptation in the years since. In 2011, director Francis Lawrence told MTV that he would love to come back for a "really dark [and] scary" Constantine sequel. "We got caught in that weird PG-13 – R no man's land, and we should do the hard-R scary version, which I would love to do," he said. Lawrence's dream sequel never happened, but thanks to Bad Robot's big deal with WarnerMedia, it looks like John Constantine will be back in the near future — and Reeves could actually reprise the part.

According to The Direct, a new Constantine movie has entered development at Warner Bros., with J.J. Abrams attached as producer. The website's sources were unable to confirm that Reeves was returning to the title role, but Dread Central insiders claim that the John Wick star will indeed play the occult detective in a new film, which will apparently be released on the HBO Max streaming service. "Sources say Warner Bros. wants to use HBO Max to build up the Justice League Dark before producing a big-budget, Avengers-style movie," the report claims.

Nothing is confirmed right now, but Reeves has made it clear that he'd be game. "I've always wanted to play John Constantine again," he told The Big Ticket in 2019 (via ComicBook.com). "I just love that world, too, and I love that character."

Scheduled release date: TBD

Zatanna

A new Constantine movie is reportedly in development at Warner Bros., but it's not the only Justice League Dark-themed solo film the studio is said to have in the pipeline. Deadline revealed that a Zatanna film was being discussed back in 2018, and now industry insiders are claiming that Constantine's former flame will indeed get a standalone feature. A powerful magic user, Zatanna is the daughter of magician Giovanni Zatara and a Homo Magi (a sub-race of humans born with magical abilities) named Sindella. She made her debut in 1964's Hawkman #4, following in her father's footsteps as an illusionist. She earned a living on the stage until she discovered her true powers and moved to New York to study under renowned mage Nick Necros.

Later, John Constantine came to New York to learn from Necros. The mage became so obsessed with his work that he started ignoring his students, who fell in love with each other. A stung Necros tried to have Zatanna and Constantine killed, but was unsuccessful. This all means that Constantine (who may once again be portrayed by Keanu Reeves, according to unverified reports) will play a part in the Zatanna solo flick, right? Not according to DCEU Mythic — editor Jeremy Conrad claims that Zatanna will be "something separate" from the Justice League Dark projects being developed by J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot.

Emilia Clarke has been linked to the lead role, and The Good Place star Jameela Jamil seems interested.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Dusk

Another hero who appears to be on her way to the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters, Cassie St. Commons is better known by the name Dusk, a Spider-Man character with supernatural powers. "Our sources have told us that Sony Pictures is currently developing a Dusk movie, set within the SPUMC," The Illuminerdi reports. "There is no timeframe for release or any talent attached yet." There's also been no confirmation on which version of the Dusk character will be coming to the big screen (the suit and mantle have been handed down multiple times, including to Peter Parker, who wore the Dusk outfit briefly as he attempted to clear his name), but the smart money is on Cassie St. Commons.

In the comics, Cassie is a goth student who gets the chance to audition for the superhero team the Slingers. It doesn't go well — she's asked to leap from one building to the next as part of her training, and falls to her death. Luckily, she'd been given the Dusk suit for her try-out, so when she dies, it's not the end. Cassie gets resurrected as the new Dusk, neither living nor dead, operating in the space between. She's brought back with psychic and teleportation powers, and she's able to manipulate shadows, which ought to look pretty impressive on screen. With various other women heroes scheduled to join the Spidey party, it seems Sony is planning an all-female team up.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Silver and Black

A film based on Marvel duo Silver Sablinova (a.k.a Silver Sable) and Felicia Hardy (a.k.a Black Cat) was originally supposed to follow Tom Hardy's Venom, but Sony appeared to halt production on the planned team-up movie in 2018. Director Gina Prince-Bythewood told Collider that the studio had decided to "go back to the drawing board" with Silver and Black, and a few months later Columbia Pictures president Sanford Panitch informed Variety that it was actually 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 in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but she didn't get the chance to become Black Cat. There's no word on who might take on the role, but there's a chance they won't be the sole lead after all. During an April 2020 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Prince-Bythewood revealed that discussions about making Silver and Black a TV show have been taking place, though she's not convinced. "There's a thought of 'Hey, maybe we put it on Disney+ as a limited series,' but I loved it more as a film with the two of them," she said of the project. "So, my hope is that one day it can still happen."

Scheduled release date(s): 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

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

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

Mega Man

In 2018, Capcom (via IGN) revealed that Fox was developing a live action movie based on Mega Man, the classic video game franchise about robotic superheroes that dates back to the late '80s. The press release said that the upcoming Mega Man film would "appeal to a diverse audience, including not only game players but action movie fans as well, with an adaptation that maintains the world of the Mega Man games, while incorporating the grand production and entertainment value that Hollywood movies are known for."

The franchise has expanded significantly since that first side-scroller dropped for the NES back in 1987. Dozens of video game sequels have come and gone, and there was a short-lived animated Mega Man TV series that aired in the mid-'90s, so there's plenty to draw from. Hollywood has a terrible record when it comes to adapting video games, but fortunately for Mega Man fans, the film appears to be in safe hands. "Mega Man was the first Nintendo video game I ever played," Ariel Schulman (who will co-direct with his Project Power collaborator Henry Joost) told IGN during Comic-Con@Home in 2020, confirming that the film was still happening. "I like that he's an underdog hero. Both of us are deeply fascinated by robotics and the future of automation, for better and for worse."

Project Power scribe Mattson Tomlin is also penning the Mega Man screenplay, Joost confirmed. "We are super excited about it," the director said. "I can't say all that much right now, but it's a project very near and dear to our hearts and we're psyched." 

Scheduled release date: TBD

Spawn

It's a little early to start throwing around the phrase "development hell" in relation to Todd McFarlane's Spawn reboot, but the project seemed to come to a grinding halt in 2020. The original big screen adaptation was a huge disappointment back in 1997, which is exactly why creator McFarlane is taking matters into his own hands this time out, writing and directing the picture himself. Jamie Foxx is in the title role, while Avengers actor Jeremy Renner has been cast as police officer Max "Twitch" Williams, the film's point-of-view character. McFarlane hyped the reboot up in several interviews and the wheels seemed to be firmly in motion, but we now know that the screenplay he turned in is no longer being used — producer Jason Blum has revealed that they're going back to the drawing board with the script because of the political climate in America.

"I think probably I've frustrated Todd a little bit," the low-budget revolutionary said during a September 2020 interview. "I've just said, like, 'We don't just have to make the movie, you know we have to make the right movie, with the right script.' And it's a hard script to get right — the recent events in the United States around race have made it even harder to get it right. You've got to do it really carefully and thoughtfully." Blum did have some good news for Spawn fans, however, confirming that the new movie would "for sure" be R-rated.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Doctor Doom

Doctor Victor von Doom is widely considered Marvel's greatest supervillain (in fact, many see him as the best supervillain of all time), but the studio was unable to take advantage of him for years ⁠— he has traditionally been an enemy of the Fantastic Four, meaning he fell under Fox jurisdiction. Prior to the Disney takeover, Fox was planning a Doom solo movie, to be spearheaded by Legion creator Noah Hawley. "Two words: Doctor Doom," he told onlookers at Comic Con 2017 (via The Hollywood Reporter). Of course, a lot has changed since then.

Hawley told Deadline that he had a brief conversation with Kevin Feige after the takeover went through and even managed to give him a copy of his script, but he never heard back. "The phone hasn't rung," he said in January 2020. "I love the script and what I did with it. Marvel seems to have a plan for everything, it would be great if I fell into that plan." Hawley is now attached to a Star Trek sequel over at Paramount, which "complicates" matters somewhat. That being said, he would love to make it work. "I haven't been chasing it... but if the phone rings, I'm in."

They may not include Hawley, but insiders claim that Marvel does indeed have plans for Doctor Doom. According to MCU Cosmic, Feige wants to introduce Lucia von Bardas, who succeeds Doctor Doom as the ruler of Latveria in the comics.

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

Jackpot

Marvel superhero Jackpot made her comic book bow in Spider-Man's Brand New Day relaunch in 2007, debuting shortly after Mephisto's meddling left Peter Parker and lifelong love Mary Jane Watson separated. Many readers believed that Jackpot was Mary Jane in disguise (MJ's famous line, 'Face it Tiger, you just hit the jackpot,' seemed to be a dead giveaway), but the woman behind the mask was actually geneticist Sara Ehret, who accidentally gave herself super strength while trying to formulate a cure for Parkinson's disease. After a short stint as an Avengers Initiative-sanctioned superhero, Ehret turns her back on crime fighting and passes her mantle to the inexperienced Alana Jobson. When her replacement dies on the job, a guilt-ridden Ehret resumes her duties as Jackpot.

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." There's no word on who's in contention to play the fiery redhead, but we know who's writing the script. It turns out that Arrow co-creator Marc Guggenheim has been quietly developing the Jackpot screenplay since the project was first announced, as he explained to ComicBook.com in May 2020"It's a little deceptive," Guggenheim said. "I've been working on Jackpot for two years now."

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

Kraven the Hunter

A movie centered around classic Marvel villain Kraven the Hunter has been on the cards since at least 2017, when The Hollywood Reporter revealed that it was among the many Spider-Man spin-offs being plotted at Sony. The studio clearly values the character highly, because Sony executives have made it clear that he's off limits for MCU movies. Speaking to Yahoo!, director 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.'" Coogler wasn't the first director to show an interest, either — in 2014, Marc Webb told ComicBook.com that he liked the idea of using Kraven in the ultimately canned The Amazing Spider-Man 3.

Kraven remains untapped, and the studio intends to take full advantage. He will likely become a big part of the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters following his first solo outing, which may not be as far off as you might think. Screenwriter Richard Wenk (The Equalizer) has been working on the script since 2018, per Collider, and more recent reports suggest that execs now have a director in mind. According to Deadline, J.C. Chandor (Triple Frontier) has been in discussions over the Kraven movie and is expected to take the reins.

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 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

When the sequel to 2017's smash hit Wonder Woman dropped on HBO Max and in select movie theaters on Christmas Day 2020, fans showed up in droves. Seizing the moment, Warner Bros. announced that they were fast-tracking a third Gal Gadot solo outing. "As fans around the world continue to embrace Diana Prince, driving the strong opening weekend performance of Wonder Woman 1984, we are excited to be able to continue her story with our real life Wonder Women — Gal and Patty [Jenkins] — who will return to conclude the long-planned theatrical trilogy," studio head Toby Emmerich told Variety.

He may have spoken too soon in terms of fans embracing Gadot's Diana Prince (the initial response to Wonder Woman 1984 was positive, however it quickly lost its Certified Fresh status on Rotten Tomatoes), but the second film would need to have bombed spectacularly for a third one not to go ahead. Jenkins has been talking about how she would wrap up her Wonder Woman trilogy for years. She told The Hollywood Reporter that she wanted it to be a "contemporary story" back in January 2019, and the filmmaker started dropping major hints about the follow-up to Wonder Woman 1984 soon after its release. Speaking to IndieWire, Jenkins revealed that we may not have seen the last of Kristen Wiig's Cheetah. "I have my reasons for making it ambiguous," she said of Cheetah's fate. "The truth is there may or may not be more to come."

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

Green Hornet and Kato

Classic crime fighting duo the Green Hornet and Kato are coming back to the big screen courtesy of Universal, which has partnered with Amasia Entertainment for a brand new reboot. Amasia was co-founded by Bradley Gallo and former Marvel Studios president Michael Helfant, who's a massive fan of the '60s TV series starring Van Williams as Britt Reid (a.k.a the Green Hornet) and Bruce Lee as Kato, the masked superhero's loyal sidekick. "I loved everything about it," Helfant told Variety after his company won the film rights in early 2020. "The Green Hornet, Kato, and of course, the Black Beauty. They were the coolest!"

Helfant revealed that he tried to option the property when he was still at Marvel, but he's more than happy to be working with Universal on his adaptation, seeing as the studio was behind the Green Hornet movie serials of the 1940s. "With Universal, it feels like we are merging the past and the future, creating a contemporary version of the franchise that is fresh and exciting while respecting its long legacy and history," he said in a statement (via Variety). The 2011 reboot starring Seth Rogen and Jay Chou was handled by Sony, and that didn't exactly work out well ⁠— the action comedy bored critics and disappointed big time at the domestic box office. No word yet on who will star in this latest version, which has been given the title Green Hornet and Kato.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Heroes & Villains

In a rare move, a resurgent MGM gave the green light to a wholly original superhero movie in 2020, putting its faith in up-and-coming filmmaker David Robert Mitchell. The writer-director announced himself in a big way with critically-acclaimed 2014 horror hit It Follows, and while his follow up feature, the Los Angeles-set neo-noir conspiracy thriller Under the Silver Lake, didn't fare quite as well with the critics when it hit cineplexes in 2018, his reputation has remained intact. Mitchell has won plenty of praise for his willingness to defy genre conventions in his films, and that's reportedly what he's going to do with his upcoming superhero movie, Heroes & Villains.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mitchell's Heroes & Villains will offer viewers "a new take on superheroes" and is being described as a "genre-blending and genre-bending" experience. Mitchell will direct from his own screenplay, and he's also signed on to produce alongside Jake Weiner and Chris Bender of Good Fear Content. Sources suggest that he's almost ready to begin the casting process, but plot details remain scarce at this early stage. There's no word on an estimated release date, either — Heroes & Villians is just one of many properties that MGM has acquired since Michael De Luca was revealed as the studio's new chairman in January 2020.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Untitled Wonder Woman spin-off

Patty Jenkins has confirmed that she will be back for a third Wonder Woman movie, but she wants another filmmaker to visit the land of Themyscira before she returns with her threequel. Speaking to Total Film (via GamesRadar), the director revealed that she has Diana Prince's story all mapped out in her head. "There's an arc that I have in mind for the first movie, and then the second movie, and then the Amazon movie, and then the third movie," she said. Jenkins wouldn't be drawn on plot details, however, telling the magazine that she was waiting until she was all done with Wonder Woman 1984 before she gave the spin-off any more thought. "I kind of want to give myself a palette cleanser, and be fresh of mind," she explained.

The spin-off will take viewers back to Themyscira and will revolve around Wonder Woman's fellow Amazons. Jenkins clearly has mixed feelings about sitting this one out. "I'm not going to direct, hopefully," she joked. "I'm going to try really hard not to. It's not going to be easy." She may not be in the director's chair, but she will be involved in the project on pretty much every other level. "Geoff Johns and I came up with the story, and we sold the pitch, and we're going to get it going," the California native excitedly added, confirming that she will "for sure" produce the movie at the very least.

Scheduled release date: TBD

The Batman 2

We've had no official word on a planned follow-up to Robert Pattinson's The Batman as of yet, but according to one Hollywood trade, the Brit has already agreed to star in a trilogy. "They've got to work out a deal that will clearly include options on at least two more films, but this is considered a formality in a drawn out process," Deadline reported in 2019, not long after Pattinson beat out stiff competition from Nicholas Hoult to land the part of Bruce Wayne. Much of the talk since then has centered around the first movie, which is set to feature a number of big names from the Dark Knight's stacked rogues gallery. One big Batman villain who won't be appearing is the Joker, and that's apparently because he's being kept in store for the upcoming sequels.

As 2019 drew to a close, a source with a reliable track record when it comes to superhero movie gossip told We Got This Covered that writer/director Matt Reeves intended to introduce the Clown Prince of Crime in The Batman 2 or The Batman 3. A near-identical rumor popped up again in June 2020, though this time insiders claimed that the Joker would be name-dropped in The Batman before a new actor takes on the coveted role in the first sequel. Christopher Nolan used the same approach in his Dark Knight trilogy, teasing Heath Ledger's Joker with a playing card at the end of Batman Begins.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Super High

They've shared some memorable scenes on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and now Andy Samberg and Craig Robinson will hit the big screen together in what is being described as a weed superhero comedy. The film is called Super Highand the MacGuffin is a special strain of marijuana that gives those who smoke it super powers. New York Times best selling author Adam Mansbach (writer of 2016 Barack Obama biopic Barry) is penning the screenplay based on a story that he dreamed up with Shamier Anderson, the actor best known for playing Agent Xavier Dolls on the supernatural Western series Wynonna Earp.

The pitch sparked a feisty bidding war that New Line Cinema ultimately won after it agreed to a seven-figure sum, according to Deadline. Anderson (who will also act as executive producer) said that it was "a long time coming" in a celebratory Instagram post, and his partner on the hot project was just as stoked: "I'm f****** excited about this one," Mansbach said. Also joining the cast is rapper and actor Common, who will produce alongside his co-stars, Samberg and Robinson. There's no director attached as of yet, and it's too early for production dates, but this one is definitely in the pipeline — there's a "production commitment" included in the deal, Deadline confirmed.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Plastic Man

Plastic Man movie has been in development for around 25 years at this point. According to IGN, the Wachowskis wrote a screenplay based on the stretchy DC character back in the mid-'90s, but it was far darker than the source material and that apparently put producers off. They reportedly tried to resurrect the project with Keanu Reeves in the title role towards the end of the '00s, but again it failed to get off the ground. Things then went quiet on the Plastic Man front until 2018, when Deadline revealed that Warner Bros. was moving forward with the long-gestating adaptation.

Up-and-coming writer Amanda Idoko was attached at the time, and she was tasked with turning in a comedy-adventure script. We'll never get to see what she had in mind, however, because the studio has reportedly decided to go in an entirely different direction with the character, turning Plastic Man into Plastic Woman (no word yet on whether the official title will be changed to Plastic Woman or not). In 2020, insiders revealed that writer Cat Vasko had been hired to reimagine the story with a female lead, something she's no stranger to (Vasko "has made a name for herself writing strong female stories," as The Hollywood Reporter writes).

Plastic Man was created by Jack Cole for Quality Comics back in 1941, but he joined the DC family along with a number of other heroes when Quality went bust seven years later.

Scheduled release date: TBD