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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. 

Updated on June 17, 2021: Whether we're talking about MCU installments or oddball indie flicks, superhero movies are flying into theaters and onto streaming services all the time. So we've updated this list to show what epic adventures are still coming our way. From scheduled release dates to cast and crew announcements, this is everything you need to know about upcoming superhero movies.

Batman: The Long Halloween

Warner Bros. Animation missed the mark when it adapted classic Dark Knight one-shot Batman: The Killing Joke in 2016, so there's a lot riding on the upcoming two-part animated movie Batman: The Long Halloween. Equally beloved by DC fans, Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale's hit '90s comic follows Bruce Wayne in the formative years of his superhero career. As the trailer for Part One reveals, a serial killer who only strikes on the holidays is plaguing Gotham, and Batman (voiced here by Supernatural's Jensen Ackles) is the only one who can stop him. "Few cases have ever tested the wits of the World's Greatest Detective like the mystery behind the Holiday Killer," the two-part film's official synopsis teases (via Collider).

As first revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, Ackles is joined on the cast by Transformers star Josh Duhamel (Harvey Dent), Twilight's Billy Burke (James Gordon), The Boys breakout star Jack Quaid (Alberto), Ant-Man's David Dastmalchian (Calendar Man), Argo actor Titus Welliver (Carmine Falcone), and video game voice-acting veteran Troy Baker (Joker). Plus, we'll get to hear the late Glee star Naya Rivera, who recorded her dialogue as Selina Kyle/Catwoman before she sadly died in 2020.

Writer Tim Sheridan and director Chris Palmer, the double act behind the critically acclaimed animated DC movie Superman: Man of Tomorrow, are teaming up to make certain that Batman: The Long Halloween doesn't disappoint. Interestingly, Part One has a PG-13 rating, while Part Two has been rated R.

Scheduled release date: June 22, 2021 (Part One)

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 feature 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. And we'll get to see them all when the film hits theaters and Disney+ Premiere Access at the same time, allowing Disney+ subscribers to watch Black Widow's adventures for $30.

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

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 Liu, who you may have seen in Kim's ConvenienceFresh Off the Boat, Orphan Black, or the Taken TV series. As for the plot, the film will introduce the real Mandarin (as opposed to Iron Man 3's fraud, Trevor Slattery), although he's going by the name Wenwu. The Mandarin is the leader of the notorious Ten Rings terrorist group — the organization that kidnapped Tony Stark in Iron Man — and the villain wants his son, Shang-Chi, to finally take his place in the family business. 

Needless to say, Shang-Chi has no desire to spread terror across the globe, so he'll be throwing them fists when the Mandarin shows up on his doorstep. The Mandarin will be played by the legendary Tony Leung, and Crazy Rich Asians star Awkwafina will feature as Shang-Chi's best friend, Katy. The movie will also star several other notable names, including Meng'er Zhang as Xialing, Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan, Ronny Chieng as Jon Jon, Fala Chen as Jiang Li, and Florian Munteanu as Razor Fist.

Scheduled release date: September 3, 2021

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

We got our first glimpse of Woody Harrelson's Cletus Kasady in the "Venom" mid-credit scene back in 2018, when the film raked in over $850 million worldwide. That colossal haul made a second outing for Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock inevitable (the Brit actually signed on to star in a trilogy right at the get-go), but the follow-up was repeatedly delayed during the COVID-19 pandemic, with a number of projected release dates missed. It wasn't until the first trailer dropped in spring 2021 that fans got to see what Harrelson's character looks like when he transforms into Carnage, one of Venom's most famous foes.

The footage revealed that Kasady (a vicious serial killer who shared a cell with Eddie Brock in the comics) will bond with his symbiote to become the sequel's eponymous villain after authorities at the Ravencroft Institute attempt to administer a lethal injection. We also got a good look at Naomie Harris as Kasady's love interest, Shriek, an equally crazy supervillain that he frees as he breaks out of Ravencroft in Marvel's beloved "Maximum Carnage" crossover. Plus, Michelle Williams and Reid Scott are back to reprise the roles Anne Weying and Dr. Dan Lewis, respectively. And Andy Serkis has replaced outgoing director Ruben Fleischer, and he's confirmed that the film is not connected to the MCU. "Obviously, there are links between Venom and Spider-Man," he told IGN. "But in this, we're treating this very much as it's his own world."

Scheduled release date: September 24, 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

Spider-Man: No Way Home

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 could allegedly 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 — now known as Spider-Man: No Way Home — 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 28, 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 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

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. 

We also know that several Guardians of the Galaxy will show up – including Star-Lord, Nebula, and Kraglin — and we'll be getting a whole host of A-list appearances. For example, Russell Crowe recently confirmed he'll be playing Zeus, and Matt Damon, Luke Hemsworth, Sam Neill, and Melissa McCarthy will all be showing up as Asgardian actors. It's a star-studded affair, and we're truly excited for this divine adventure.

Scheduled release date: May 6, 2022

DC League of Super-Pets

"Guardians of the Galaxy" director James Gunn considered making a movie about Krypto the Superdog when DC basically gave him the pick of its properties ("DC said I could do what I wanted with any of the characters," Gunn confirmed on Instagram stories, per MSN), but he chose to make "The Suicide Squad" instead. He later confirmed in a tweet that a Krypto movie was no longer on his radar, but DC's superdog is coming to the big screen in the near future, and he's going to be voiced by none other than "Black Adam" star Dwayne Johnson. "[It's] been 'classified' for a while now — excited to finally announce it because I know the FUN this movie will bring families," Johnson tweeted. "From Black Adam to Superman's dog, Krypto, it's a privilege to help build out our DC Universe."

The film will be called "DC League of Super-Pets," and it will feature a ton of Hollywood A-listers in voice roles. We know that Kevin Hart will be play Ace the Bat-Hound, and according to Collider, the film has also cast the likes of Keanu Reeves, John Krasinski, Vanessa Bayer, Kate McKinnon, Natasha Lyonne, and Diego Luna. Plot details are scarce at this early stage, though Variety was able to confirm that Krypto will join forces "with a flying cat to stop crime while the Man of Steel is on vacation." It's unconfirmed, but chances are good that's Streaky the Supercat, beloved pet of Supergirl and an original member of DC's Legion of Super-Pets alongside Krypto, Beppo the Super-Monkey, and Comet the Super-Horse.

Scheduled release date: May 20, 2022

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

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 the sequel, which has been titled Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

Scheduled release date: July 8, 2022

Black Adam

Dwayne Johnson has been touting a Black Adam movie for well over a decade at this point. He became officially attached in 2014, taking to Twitter to share the news. He was originally supposed to debut as the popular villain turned antihero in Shazam!, but in 2017, execs decided he was too big a character and needed his own solo movie. News has been painfully slow since then, but things picked up during DC's FanDome event in summer 2020. There wasn't any actual footage to show, but a teaser made up of stills created by DC's Jim Lee and Instagram artist BossLogic dropped during the online con, giving us our first taste of the film's set-up.

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." In the comics, he's a vengeful slave who's granted the gifts of the wizard Shazam and uses them for good before being led astray. Johnson confirmed that the Justice Society of America will feature in the film, and we now know who's playing them. Aldis Hodge is Hawkman, Noah Centineo is Atom Smasher, Quintessa Swindell is Cyclone, and — rounding out the main cast in spectacular fashion in his superhero movie debut – Pierce Brosnan is Dr. Fate. Per Deadline, Uli Latukefu of Young Rock will be joining the lineup, and rising star Bodhi Sabongui will be showing up as a "key" yet "secret" character, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Jaume Collet-Serra, who directed Johnson in Disney's Jungle Cruise, is working from a script by Adam Sztykiel, who wrote the former wrestler's 2018 actioner, Rampage.

Scheduled release date: July 29, 2022

The Flash

Ezra Miller's long-gestating solo outing as Barry Allen seemed to be in jeopardy in 2020 when a clip of him appearing to choke a female fan went viral, but execs at Warner Bros. decided to stick with the under-fire actor, and The Flash remains very much in the pipeline. It hasn't been used in relation to the film recently, but the project was actually given the name Flashpoint back in 2017, which DC fans will no doubt remember as an epic event from the comics that saw the Flash turn the whole universe on its head by traveling backwards in time to save his mother. We don't know how closely director Andy Muschietti and writer Christina Hodson's film will follow the well-known and beloved arc, but we know who's going to be in it.

Barry Allen's mom will be played by Maribel Verdú (Y Tu Mama Tambien), and Ron Livingston (The Conjuring) will portray his dad, having taken over the role from a double-booked Billy Crudup. According to Varietychild actor Ian Loh will play young Barry, while Saoirse-Monica Jackson (Derry Girls) and YouTube star Rudy Mancuso will also feature. In bigger news, it's been confirmed that Sasha Calle (The Young and the Restless) has been cast as Supergirl and will be making her debut alongside the Scarlet Speedster. Plus, Ben Affleck will be returning as Batman, with Muschietti telling Vanity Fair that Affleck is "a very substantial part of the emotional impact of the movie."

As for Michael Keaton, Muschietti also said the 1989 Batman would appear in the film, playing a "substantial" part in Barry Allen's tale. However, in March 2021, Keaton himself told Deadline that he was unsure whether or not he would take up the cowl again. As he explained, "I am needing a minute to think about it because I'm so fortunate and blessed, I got so much going on now. I'm really into work right now." Fingers crossed his schedule clears up enough so he can get back to keeping Gotham safe.

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, aka 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.

However, we know for a fact that Shameik Moore and Hailee Steinfeld are returning to their respective roles of Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen. Plus, Issa Rae of HBO's Insecure has been cast as Jessica Drew, aka Spider-Woman. The film will be directed by a trio of filmmakers – Joaquim Dos Santos (Avatar: The Last Airbender), Justin K. Thompson (production designer on the original Spider-Verse), and Kemp Powers (the Oscar nominated screenwriter of One Night in Miami). As for the script, it'll be coming from Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and David Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings).

Scheduled release date: October 7, 2022

The Marvels

Kevin Feige gave away nothing about Captain Marvel 2 when he revealed his MCU Phase 4 plans in 2019, but we now know a whole lot more about the upcoming sequel. First off, it's not called Captain Marvel 2 anymore. Instead, it's called The Marvels, no doubt thank to its trio of headlining superheroes. Brie Larson will reprise the role of Carol Danvers, and she will be facing off against Velvet Buzzsaw star Zawe Ashton, who has been cast as a thus-far unidentified villain, according to Deadline. The same outlet has revealed that the aged-up version of Monica Rambeau will feature (Teyonah Parris debuted as the daughter of Carol's late bestie on WandaVision, which laid the groundwork for her transformation into the superhero Photon), as will Iman Vellani's Kamala Khan, focus of the upcoming Disney+ series Ms. Marvel.

The coronavirus pandemic inevitably slowed the process, but production on The Marvels reportedly began in earnest in early January 2021, when Larson revealed that the sequel was "gearing up" in a video she shared on her YouTube channel. A few days later, she spoke to Lilly Singh about the hiring of director Nia DaCosta (Candyman), who is set to become the first Black woman to direct an MCU movie. "It's amazing, and I'm so excited that it's announced and I can talk about it," Larson said on A Little Late with Lilly Singh. "Nia is amazing and she got the job because she is the best person for the jobShe just gave an incredible presentation and I'm inspired by her." WandaVision scribe Megan McDonnell has provided the script.

Scheduled release date: November 11, 2022

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

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 2now titled Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom 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 The Lost Kingdom 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. Plus, according to Deadline, Pilou Asbaek — famous for playing the pirate Euron Greyjoy in Game of Thrones — will be showing up in some capacity, but we don't know if he'll be friend or foe. However, we do know that Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman, and Amber Heard will all be returning.

Scheduled release date: December 16, 2022

Kraven the Hunter

Sony will be hoping to replicate the box office success of "Venom" when it brings fellow Spidey villain Kraven the Hunter to the big screen in early 2023. Despite being an iconic Spider-Man name, Kraven (aka Sergei Kravinoff) has never popped up in any of the movies. Ryan Coogler wanted to use him in "Black Panther," but "contractual things" got in the way, the director told Yahoo! back in 2018. Sony clearly had bigger plans in place for the Kraven character, and we now know a lot more about them.

The studio has confirmed that former MCU actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who played Pietro Maximoff (aka Quicksilver) in "Avengers: Age of Ultron," will take on the title role. According to Variety, "His performance in the recently wrapped production of David Leitch's 'Bullet Train' opposite Brad Pitt so impressed Sony execs that they signed the actor for multiple films as Kraven," so Taylor-Johnson will at least get time to establish himself in the role (his Quicksilver was killed off rather unceremoniously in "Age of Ultron").

Screenwriter Richard Wenk ("The Equalizer") began work on the script in 2018, and his screenplay was later tweaked by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, who worked on "Iron Man" together and also did some rewrites on the "Morbius" script. J.C. Chandor — who directed the critically acclaimed films "Margin Call," "All is Lost," "A Most Violent Year," and "Triple Frontier" — is helming the feature.

Scheduled release date: Jan 13, 2023

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: February 17, 2023

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.

Scheduled release date: May 5, 2023

Shazam! Fury of the Gods

Released in 2019, Shazam! was a major win for Warner Bros., with the vast majority of critics praising the film's departure from the somber tone that had come to define DC films. There's nothing official on upcoming sequel Shazam! Fury of the Gods in terms of plot yet, but we know that director David F. Sandberg and screenwriter Henry Gayden are both back, and all the principal cast members are expected to return, too. It seems Billy Batson's siblings will have a much larger role in the next installment now that he's sharing his powers with them, but who will the Shazamily be up against this time out?

One of the Shazam! post-credit tags introduced a talking caterpillar-like creature that fans of the comics will surely have recognized as Mister Mind, a traditional adversary of Batson. Mister Mind comes to an incarcerated Dr. Sivana (Mark Strong) and, after informing him of the existence of the "seven realms," suggests an alliance. However, the kids will have more than a super smart caterpillar and a vengeful Mark Strong in their path. It's been confirmed that Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu will play villains by the name of Hespera and Kalypso, respectively. They're both sisters, original characters, and daughters of the god Atlas, whose most popular run in the comics came under Jack Kirby's stewardship in the mid-'70s. And according to The Hollywood Reporter, Rachel Zegler of Steven Spielberg's West Side Story is also playing one of Atlas' daughters.

Scheduled release date: June 2, 2023

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

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

Deadpool 3

There were a lot of questions about the future of Deadpool when Disney took over Fox and handed control of its newly acquired Marvel characters to Kevin Feige. It was easy to imagine the X-Men and Fantastic Four in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Ryan Reynolds' foul-mouthed mercenary was a very different proposition. Deadpool and Deadpool 2 were both rated R, and fans of those films immediately began to worry about the Mouse House watering the Merc with a Mouth down for younger audiences. It seemed unthinkable that Disney would allow Deadpool 3 to be R-rated and an MCU movie at the same time, but according to Feige, that's exactly what's happening.

"It will be rated R, and we are working on a script right now, and Ryan's overseeing a script," the Marvel Studios supremo told Collider, adding, "Ryan is a very busy, very successful actor. We've got a number of things we've already announced that we now have to make, but it's exciting for it to have begun. Again, a very different type of character in the MCU, and Ryan is a force of nature, which is just awesome to see him bring that character to life." Feige also confirmed that Emmy-winning sisters Wendy Molyneux and Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin (co-creators of the animated sitcom The Great North) have been working on the screenplay alongside Reynolds, as previously reported by Deadline. Production isn't expected to kick into gear until at least 2022, making a 2023 release likely.

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

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." (And in light of recent allegations about the director, this was probably best for everyone involved.)

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."

As for who'll be directing, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will be sitting behind the camera. If those names sound familiar, that's because they're the dynamic duo behind 2020's Bad Boys for Life. It's also believed the movie will be heading for HBO Max. But who will play the hero? Well, nothing's been confirmed yet, but some 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

Zatanna

John Constantine's former flame, Zatanna — a creation of Gardner Fox and Murphy Anderson who debuted in 1964's Hawkman #4 — almost made it to the big screen in 2005 when regular Spin City writer Hadley Davis told Sci Fi Wire (via SuperHeroHype) that she was working on a screenplay about a teenage version of the DC sorceress. That never came to pass and years went by without the character making her live-action film debut (she was played by Serinda Swan in the final three seasons of Smallville, and she's appeared in a couple of Justice League Dark animated movies in recent years), though that's set to change in the not so distant future. Warner Bros. is teaming with J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot to finally bring the daughter of stage magician Giovanni Zatara and Sindella (a member of a sub-race of humans born with magical abilities) to the big screen.

In March 2021, Variety revealed that the multi-talented Emerald Fennell had been tasked with writing a standalone Zatanna movie. The announcement came at an already amazing time for the actor-writer-director. Her film Promising Young Woman had just received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, and she herself was under consideration for Best Director. She's only expected to pen the DC project at the moment, and there's still no word on who's being considered for the hot seat nor the title role, despite The Good Place star Jameela Jamil seemingly showing interest in the role.

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

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

A movie based on Robert Kirkman's Invincible was first announced back in 2017, when The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Universal had tasked Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg with writing and directing an adaptation. The childhood friends and frequent collaborators entered into the superhero genre with The Green Hornet back in 2011, and that didn't end particularly well. They've had more success in recent years (both are executive producers on The Boys), and they apparently have some huge plans in store for Invincible, the story of super-powered teenager Mark Grayson.

When Goldberg spoke to Mashable about Invincible in 2018, he said that he and Rogen had "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." His clear enthusiasm for the project had everyone excited, but a couple of years would pass with no news on how it was progressing. Fans were starting to worry that the film had been replaced with the Invincible animated series, but in 2021, Kirkman confirmed that they will actually exist side by side. "Those two things are still very much happening concurrently," he told Entertainment Weekly. "There've been Spider-Man animated series and Spider-Man movies at the same time. So, I think we're in good company." Rogen and Goldberg remain attached.

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

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

Red Sonja

Hollywood made a movie based on Robert E. Howard's Red Sonja in the mid-1980s, and it didn't go down particularly well. Richard Fleischer's Red Sonja, which starred statuesque Danish actress Brigitte Nielsen, was roundly hammered by critics and quickly forgotten, but there's one man on a mission to bring the She-Devil with a Sword back to the big screen. In 2018, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Millennium Films CEO Avi Lerner was plotting a new Red Sonja film with Bryan Singer in the director's chair, a move that raised eyebrows across Tinseltown — the fact that he was poised to make a cool $10 million from Millennium while facing scrutiny for both sexual misconduct and irresponsible on-set behavior didn't sit right with many.

Lerner decided to stick by Singer initially ("In America, people are innocent until proven otherwise," the controversial producer told Variety), but production was halted indefinitely in early 2019 amid the growing backlash: "The project is not on the slate at the moment," a spokeswoman from the studio told Deadline. Later that year, Millennium revealed that Red Sonja was back on, with non-binary writer-director Joey Soloway (Transparent) taking the reins from Singer. Tasha Huo, showrunner and executive producer on Netflix's animated Tomb Raider series, has provided the script. "I have loved Red Sonja forever and I feel so honored to help shepherd her story and start this cinematic journey," Soloway told The Hollywood Reporter. "I can't wait to collaborate with Tasha on this vision."

But who's going to play the titular sword-wielding hero? Well, as The Hollywood Reporter recently announced, Hannah John-Kamen is set to step into Brigitte Nielsen's shoes. And she's had plenty of action experience in the past, playing Ghost in Ant-Man and the Wasp, as well as starring in Ready Player One, 2018's Tomb Raider, and the upcoming Resident Evil: Welcome to Racoon City.

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

Supergirl

Word that a new Supergirl movie was in the works broke back in 2018 when it was revealed that Oren Uziel (The Cloverfield Paradox) had been placed on screenplay duty. The film was "tentatively expected to start production in the first quarter of 2020," Forbes reported, but the project ran into setbacks. Michael Shannon reportedly showed interest in returning as Zod for Supergirl, but insiders were claiming that Warner Bros. had changed its stance and wanted to concentrate on Superman, instead. When The CW confirmed that it was bringing its Supergirl series to an end soon after, everything looked bleak for the character, but we now know that things were still very much moving along behind the scenes.

In February 2021, director Andy Muschietti used Instagram to confirm that a new Supergirl was coming to the big screen in the near future. She'll appear in his upcoming DC film The Flash before her own movieMuschietti was tasked with casting the new version of the Kryptonian hero, he told Deadline. "I saw more than 400 auditions. The US, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia. The talent pool was truly amazing, and it was very hard to make a decision, but we finally found an actress who was destined to play this role." That actress is Sasha Calle, best known for her work on The Young and the Restless. The up-and-comer has the approval of former Supergirl Melissa Benoist, as an Instagram exchange between the pair has revealed.

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. But now, we know that Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (Project Power) will be directing from a script written by Oscar-winning scribe Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman).

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

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

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

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 standalone Gambit movie found themselves canceled, 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

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. However, we do know that David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible) will be writing the screenplay.

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

Black Cat

Felicia Hardy (a.k.a Black Cat) has been a longtime favorite among Spider-Man fans, but the character is yet to be fully explored on film. Felicity Jones played her briefly in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, though she didn't get the chance to transform into Marvel's cat burglar during the Andrew Garfield-led sequel. There were plans to bring Black Cat to the big screen as part of a double act with mercenary Silver Sable in a film titled Silver and Black, but Sony ultimately decided that they deserved their own standalone features. "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," executive Sanford Panitch told Variety.

Outside of some pretty cool fan-casting, there's been no word on who Sony might enlist to play Silver Sable, but Felicity Jones has been talking up the idea of returning as Black Cat. "[What] I always liked about that character was the physicality," she told Collider in a January 2021 interview. "I thought it would be amazing to explore that side of the character. Black Cat has that incredible way of moving and that's what made me really excited about it. I mean, I think it's a fab role and, yeah, it would be amazing to do." Director Gina Prince-Bythewood was set to helm Silver and Black before it was pulled, and she will remain aboard the individual projects as a producer.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Mystery Girl

Tiffany Haddish signed a deal to produce content with Netflix in 2018, and it proved to be a mutually beneficial partnership, as she scooped her first ever Grammy Award for her stand-up comedy special Black Mitzvah, released the following year. She also voiced Tuca in the streaming giant's popular animated sitcom Tuca and Bertie, but her biggest Netflix project to date is still to come. In March 2021, Deadline exclusively revealed that the actress had agreed to star in an adaptation of Dark Horse comic Mystery Girl, the story of an outcast "street psychic" by the name of Trine.

A resident of Los Angeles, Trine has a special gift that she can neither explain nor begin to understand. She instantly knows everything there is to know about a person the second she meets them, from the trivial things to the stuff they want to keep secret at all costs. It's made her extremely unpopular, but there's one LAPD officer who sees the value in her curse. The film will see her team up with said cop to help him solve a case he's been working on, but things don't go to plan — the unlikely duo is accused of murder and must prove that they've been framed. They set out to find the real killer and, in doing so, begin to unravel the truth about Trine's origins.

Haddish will co-produce the picture under her label She Ready Productions, and McG (Terminator SalvationThe Babysitter) will direct.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Blue Beetle

We got word that Warner Bros. was planning on making the first comic book movie starring a Latino superhero back in 2018, when TheWrap confirmed that Mexican-American scribe Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer (Miss Bala) had been tasked with writing a film about El Paso teen Jaime Reyes, DC's third Blue Beetle. Things went quiet on the project following the announcement, but in 2021, the same outlet revealed that the wheels were once again in motion and that Angel Manuel Soto (Charm City Kings) had been handed the reins. "It is an honor to direct Blue Beetle, the first Latino superhero film for DC," Soto told TheWrap. "I want to sincerely thank everyone at Warner Bros. and DC for trusting me to bring Jaime Reyes to life. I can't wait to make history together."

DC saw some much-needed success with 2019's Shazam! and it clearly intends on expanding that part of its on-screen world. As it happens, the Jaime Reyes version of Blue Beetle has major ties to Shazam — not the hero played by Zachary Levi but the powerful wizard from whom he takes his name. Blue Beetle's abilities come from a Scarab (sentient parasites that were turned into bioweapons by an alien race in DC lore) that used to be kept at the Rock of Eternity, the wizard's lair. When the Rock was destroyed, the Scarab landed in a Texas parking lot, which is where Jaime Reyes would bond with it.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Hourman

DC has been trying to get an Hourman project off the ground since at least 2013, when The Hollywood Reporter revealed that The CW was planning on bringing the character to the small screen. Michael Caleo (The Family) was attached as writer, but the series never materialized. The network would end up introducing the character to its universe of DC characters (popularly known as the Arrowverse, after the show that started it all) years later during the first season of Stargirl. In fact, viewers got to meet two versions of the character — original Hourman and Justice Society of America co-founder Rex Tyler, portrayed by superhero scion Lou Ferrigno Jr., and his son Rick Tyler, brought to life by up-and-comer Cameron Gellman.

Gellman will suit up as Hourman again for Stargirl season 2, but he's going to have some competition. According to Deadline, Warner Bros. is now developing an Hourman movie. According to the Hollywood trade, co-scribes Gavin James and Neil Widener (who are also penning a Hot Wheels movie for the studio) are working on the screenplay. Chernin Entertainment, the company behind the Planet of the Apes reboots, will make its first foray into the superhero genre as co-producers. There's no word on which version of Hourman we'll be seeing, but both Rex and Rick Tyler get their powers from the same place — Miraclo, a chemically engineered super-vitamin developed by Rex that grants the user numerous special abilities for the span of a single hour.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Toxic Avenger

One of the crazier-sounding superhero movies currently on the horizon, Legendary's upcoming reboot of '80s cult favorite The Toxic Avenger will star Game of Thrones alum Peter Dinklage and talented youngster Jacob Tremblay, most famous for his breakout performance in 2015's Room. Legendary picked up the remake rights towards the end of 2018 and assigned it high-priority status, hiring Macon Blair (I Don't Feel At Home in This World Anymore) to write and direct a few months later. It was confirmed that Dinklage would be taking on the lead role in late 2020, and Tremblay joined the cast in April 2021, per a Deadline exclusive. Taylour Paige of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Julia Davis of Hunderby have also been cast. As for who's playing the villain, it looks like Dinklage will be facing off against the one and only Kevin Bacon, and Elijah Wood has also been cast in an undisclosed role.

This updated version of the story is "steeped in environmental themes and subverts the superhero genre in the vein of Deadpool," the Hollywood trade revealed. What it won't do, however, is mess with the character's backstory. Like he does in Troma Entertainment's 1984 original (which spawned the sequels The Toxic Avenger Part II, The Toxic Avenger Part III: The Last Temptation of Toxie, and Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV), the titular character gets his unique looks and superhuman strength after he falls into a vat of toxic waste. "He is transformed into a mutant freak who must go from shunned outcast to underdog hero as he races to save his son, his friends, and his community from the forces of corruption and greed," Deadline said. Tremblay will presumably play the role of Dinklage's son.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Starlight

Writer Mark Millar described Starlight as "Flash Gordon meets The Dark Knight Returns" and "Buzz Lightyear meets Unforgiven" when he spoke to The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the comic's release in 2013, so that ought to give you some idea of what to expect when this cosmic hero comes to the big screen in the near future.

It's the tale of the fantastically named Duke McQueen, who saved an alien world from destruction but received no thanks for it when he arrived back on Earth. Nobody on his home planet believed his story, and he simply fell into a regular life. The plot picks up many years later, when McQueen's kids have flown the nest and his wife has passed on. Life has become a monotonous rut for old Duke when a boy from the alien planet he once saved shows up and offers him the chance to return to space. "That old, sparky, Buster Crabbe-era rocket ship comes back and needs him for one last adventure," Millar said.

According to Deadline, sought-after British filmmaker Joe Cornish has been tasked with writing and directing Starlight, and it won't be the first picture he's pulled double duty on. Cornish burst onto the scene with gritty sci-fi action film Attack the Block back in 2011, and he's been slowly building a solid rep in Hollywood ever since, earning writing credits on the likes of The Adventures of Tintin and Ant-Man and directing the fantasy flick The Kid Who Would Be King. Disney subsidiary 20th Century Studios is producing.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Untitled Superman reboot

DC fans got some exciting news in February 2021, when the Hollywood trades revealed that a Superman reboot was in the pipeline. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. will debut the first-ever Black live-action Superman in this upcoming movie, though no actors are attached to the project just yet. There's also no director confirmed, but we know that J.J. Abrams is producing. "There is a new, powerful, and moving Superman story yet to be told," Abrams said in a statement. He also confirmed that celebrated journalist and author Ta-Nehisi Coates has been tapped to write the screenplay. "To be invited into the DC Extended Universe by Warner Bros., DC Films, and Bad Robot is an honor," Coates told Shadow and Act. "I look forward to meaningfully adding to the legacy of America's most iconic mythic hero."

While it's possible that Coates (who has written both Black Panther and Captain America comics over at Marvel) will choose to write a Black version of the Kal-El/Clark Kent character, there are a couple of existing Black Supermen in the comics that he could use as his film's lead — the Barrack Obama-inspired Calvin Ellis and Val-Zod, Kal-El's pacifist foster brother. Whatever he decides to do with it, execs at Warner Bros. are behind his vision 100%. "We're confident that his take on Superman will give fans a new and exciting way to see the Man of Steel," Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich said.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Captain America 4

The final episode of "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" aired on April 23, 2021. That same day, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Malcolm Spellman, the show's creator and head writer, was staying on at Marvel to develop a fourth "Captain America" movie. According to the report, the new film "is likely to continue the story of Sam Wilson, played by Anthony Mackie, and the current wielder of the shield." Spellman (a former executive producer on Fox's "Empire") is said to be co-penning the screenplay with "The Falcon and the Winter Solder" staff writer Dalan Musson, a relative newcomer whose only previous feature-length writing credit is the 2019 sci-fi/action sequel "Iron Sky: The Coming Race."

Mackie's Sam Wilson named himself the new Captain America in "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" after he realized that John Walker (Wyatt Russell), the government's chosen replacement for Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), was mentally unstable and totally unfit for the role. The show left us with a number of unanswered questions that could well be addressed in "Captain America 4," but there's nothing concrete in terms of plot or cast just yet, and no directors are currently attached. Chris Evans has reportedly been in discussions about reprising the role of Steve Rogers in future Marvel movies since at least January 2021 (although both Evans and Kevin Feige have denied this), but any "possible Chris Evans 'Captain America' project would be separate" from Malcolm Spellman's "Captain America 4," Deadline confirmed shortly after the new film was announced.

Scheduled release date: TBD

The Great Machine

Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris' Eisner Award-winning comic "Ex Machina" is finally coming to the big screen. New Line Cinema came to an agreement over a movie adaptation back in 2005, but it never got past the development stage. However, The Hollywood Reporter revealed in 2020 that the rights ultimately reverted back to the co-creators, who signed a new deal with Legendary Entertainment. The same outlet later confirmed that "Star Wars" actor Oscar Isaac had been tapped to star in the film, which is being released under the name "The Great Machine" to avoid confusion with Alex Garland's 2014 film "Ex Machina," which Isaac also starred in.

The decision to change the title was actually taken before Isaac came aboard, with execs opting to go with the name of the main character instead. "Great Machine" is the moniker used by Mitchell Hundred, whose powers allow him to communicate with all manner of mechanical devices. In the world of the comic, which debuted in 2004 via DC's WildStorm imprint, Hundred emerges as the world's first superhero during the 9/11 attacks, using his gifts to save countless lives. He's then elected mayor of New York City for his efforts. "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," The Hollywood Reporter said.

Isaac is a producer on the film, as is Vaughn. Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel ("Seberg") are writing the script.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Static Shock

A movie based on Black teenage superhero Static is being fast-tracked according to The Hollywood Reporter, which revealed that there's "an urgency and agency surrounding it" in a March 2021 exclusive. Real name Virgil Hawkins, the character was created by Milestone Media, a DC-affiliated company founded by a group of Black comic book writers and artists in the early '90s. He's best known as the main character in the Emmy-winning cartoon series "Static Shock," a cult hit from the early 2000s that "was noteworthy for being the rare animated show to be headlined by a Black character," The Hollywood Reporter said.

Comic book writer and filmmaker Reginald Hudlin (who announced the project during DC FanDome in 2020) is producing the film with "Black Panther" star Michael B. Jordan and his company, Outlier Society. "I'm proud to be a part of building a new universe centered around Black superheroes; our community deserves that," Jordan told The Hollywood Reporter. "Outlier Society is committed to bringing to life diverse comic book content across all platforms, and we are excited to partner with Reggie and Warner Bros. on this initial step."

Hudlin is widely known as a producer (his credits include the likes of "Django Unchained" and Chadwick Boseman's "Marshall"), but he's also a director. He helmed the Disney+ movie "Safety" in 2020, and he's apparently drafted in a writer who did some work on the football drama. According to The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Randy McKinnon is currently working on the "Static Shock" script.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Nova

There have been whispers of a standalone "Nova" movie since 2019, with many suspecting that we'd eventually see Richard Rider show up in the MCU. However, there are two different versions of Nova, and it appears as though we'll see both of them pop up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe at some stage.

When Kevin Feige sat down with ComicBook.com in early 2021, the Marvel supremo was asked if it was Richard Rider or Sam Alexander (his newer successor) that he had in mind when it came to introducing Nova, and he answered, "Well, yes and yes." Whether Nova will debut in a standalone feature or be introduced via another project remains unclear, but we know that Marvel has been trying to work at least one version of the character into the MCU for some time. According to Feige, he was in the "earliest drafts" of "Guardians of the Galaxy," and the powerful cosmic hero was almost a part of "Avengers: Infinity War," Christopher Markus told ComicBook.com. The screenwriter confirmed that it would've been the Richard Rider version of Nova. "In this conception, he would be the herald, not unlike the Hulk."

Scheduled release date: TBD

Untitled MCU X-Men movie

When The Hollywood Reporter sat down with Disney CEO Bob Iger following his company's takeover of Fox in 2018, he made it clear the Kevin Feige was being given unfettered access to the newly acquired X-Men characters. "It only makes sense for Marvel to be supervised by one entity," Iger said. Feige revealed that Marvel was "developing a film around mutants" at Comic-Con the following year (via MovieWeb), and fans have been speculating about how and when X-Men might start showing up in the MCU ever since. We're still waiting for that to happen (if you exclude Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch, whose mutant status remains up in the air), but the groundwork is being laid.

Disney+ series "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier" introduced us to the crime-ridden island city of Madripoor, which has long been a hub of mutant activity in the comics. Marvel launched a tongue-in-cheek Madripoor tourism website during the show's run, which initially contained numerous X-Men Easter eggs, including a reference to Mystique. The nods were reportedly removed after fans noticed them and they started to gain attention.

So, when can we expect to see mutants in the MCU? When Kevin Feige gave an update to Collider in early 2021, he said that the assimilation of the X-Men into the MCU is being "heavily discussed" and that the studio has "a good feeling of where it's going and when it's going, but that all remains to be seen."

Scheduled release date: TBD

Green Lantern Corps

A lot of noise was made about the upcoming "Green Lantern Corps" movie at Comic-Con 2018, most of it by Geoff Johns. The DC man told those in attendance (via IGN) that the script he'd turned in was "a complete re-imagining" of the story we saw in 2011's "Green Lantern," the Ryan Reynolds-led flop that's widely considered one of the worst superhero movies ever. A summer 2020 release was projected, but despite all the buzz surrounding the reboot, things progressed painfully slow behind the scenes. While we got the usual casting rumors ("American Gods" star Ricky Whittle told SyFy that he'd "had conversations" with Warner Bros. about playing John Stewart, while Tom Cruise was reportedly the frontrunner for the role of Hal Jordan at one stage), it was all pretty quiet on the Green Lantern front until HBO Max announced that it had ordered a "Green Lantern Corps" series.

Naturally, news of the "Green Lantern Corps" TV show (which is being written by Seth Grahame-Smith, who co-penned "The Lego Batman Movie," and Marc Guggenheim, who worked on Reynolds' "Green Lantern") led fans to assume that the new movie was no longer happening, but that's apparently not the case. When The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Ava DuVernay's "New Gods" and "Aquaman" spin-off "The Trench" had been shelved by Warner Bros. in April 2021, it also confirmed that the "Green Lantern Corps" feature film was still being developed, despite the existence of the HBO series.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Untitled Superman reboot

News that a Black actor was being sought for the role of Superman in a new reboot broke in early 2021, when it was revealed that author, journalist, and comic book writer Ta-Nehisi Coates ("Black Panther," "Captain America") was teaming with producer J.J. Abrams on the project. "I look forward to meaningfully adding to the legacy of America's most iconic mythic hero," Coates told Shadow and Act. He expressed excitement at being "invited into the DC Extended Universe," but, according to The Hollywood Reporter, his Superman film won't be part of the DCEU. In fact, the goal is to strike a decidedly different tone. "Little will remain of the so-called Snyderverse vision," THR said, "which enjoyed its last hurrah with Snyder's four-hour 'Justice League.'"

The Hollywood trade dropped some big details about the film, including the identity of the main character. It had been speculated that Coates' film could potentially feature the Barrack Obama-inspired Superman, Calvin Ellis, but insiders told THR that we're going to see a Black Kal-El, the version of Superman audiences are most familiar with. The report also revealed that the film might be "a 20th-century period piece" and that J.J. Abrams definitely won't be directing. "Warners and DC are committed to hiring a Black director to tackle what will be the first cinematic incarnation of Superman featuring a Black actor." Michael B. Jordan, a longtime fan-favorite candidate for the first Black Superman, appeared to rule himself out.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Ultraman

Many Netflix users became acquainted with Ultraman in 2019 when a new anime series featuring the classic, kaiju-fighting Japanese superhero dropped on the platform. They're going to be seeing more of him in the near future because the streaming giant has a CGI "Ultraman" feature in the pipeline, a collaboration with Tsuburaya Productions. Emmy-winning animator Shannon Tindle has co-written the script with Marc Haimes, and he's set to co-direct the film with John Aoshima (all three worked on the Oscar-nominated "Kubo and the Two Strings").  The project is "a dream come true" for Tindle, who's come up with "an original story inspired by my love for Eiji Tsuburaya's Ultraman," he told Variety.

This version of the character is a baseball star named Ken Sato, whose tenure as Ultraman is complicated by the fact that he's chosen to raise his longtime foe's child as his own. He's forced to balance a baby kaiju with his hero duties, all while trying to reconnect with his father. It's a story that Tsuburaya CEO and chairman Takayuki Tsukagoshi is fully on board with. "'Ultraman,' since it was created, has charmed many people around the world, and Shannon Tindle is one of those people," Tsukagoshi said. "I am delighted that families around the world will be able to watch Shannon and his team's vision for 'Ultraman' on Netflix and foster feelings of courage, hope and kindness."

The voice cast will consist of both Japanese and Western actors, Variety confirmed.

Scheduled release date: TBD

Secret Headquarters

Owen Wilson joined the ranks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he signed on to play Time Variance Authority agent Mobius M. Mobius in "Loki," but the Disney+ series isn't the only superhero-related project he's involved with. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Wilson has agreed to star in the upcoming Paramount film "Secret Headquarters," an action-comedy that's centered around "a kid who discovers the secret headquarters of the world's most powerful superhero hidden beneath his home and must defend it with his group of friends when villains attack." We don't yet know if Wilson will be portraying the aforementioned superhero, the father of the kid living above the hero's hidden HQ, or perhaps even a villain, but we do know who's going to take charge of this family-oriented feature.

Director duties will be shared between Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, who co-helmed the Netflix film "Project Power" in 2020 and are currently working on the upcoming "Mega Man" movie together. Joost and Schulman burst onto the Hollywood scene back in 2011 with the horror prequel "Paranormal Activity 3," which broke box office records on its way to a global haul of $207 million and made the men a sought-after double act. The duo co-penned the "Secret Headquarters" script with Josh Koenigsberg ("Orange Is the New Black"), though the original story comes by way of in-demand writer Christopher Yost, best known for his work on the "Thor" films and hit Disney+ series "The Mandalorian."

Scheduled release date: TBD