Look Out! Here’s What’s Next for Marvel Studios (With Minor Spoilers)


Delaney Davis

Marvel has announced many projects set to be released in coming years.

For the past month or so, Marvel Studios has been getting a lot of buzz for their enigmatic series “WandaVision.” The show has gained a higher viewer count than Netflix’s “Bridgerton” as of early March, which is considered to be one the platform’s most popular releases ever. The miniseries’s success is promising, as Marvel has announced many other projects in the works. Over the horizon is a plethora of exciting upcoming content for Marvel viewers everywhere.
The first project to follow “WandaVision” is another miniseries: “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” released on March 19. Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan have returned to their respective titular roles. Two other Marvel stars have reprised their characters as well; Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter and Daniel Brühl as Baron Zemo, who both appeared in “Captain America: Civil War.” “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” has also introduced John Walker, also known as U.S. Agent, played by Wyatt Russell. The show itself will follow the duo on an international mission to save the world, as well as challenge themselves and their partnership.
Many fans were heartbroken after watching Loki die in “Avengers: Infinity War.” However, hope was sparked after a sneaky scene in “Avengers: Endgame,” when the god of mischief used a mismanaged Tesseract to escape not only Avengers Tower, but the timeline entirely. The trickster will now have a show all to himself, “Loki,” set to release June 11. The series is promised to be a crime thriller, following the title character as he is arrested by the Time Variance Authority (TVA) for stealing the aforementioned Tesseract, traveling through time and changing human history in the process. Tom Hiddleston will play the title character once again alongside Owen Wilson as Mobius M. Mobius, Erika Coleman as Florence Schaffner, Richard E. Grant, and Sophia Di Martino. Marvel has not announced the last two actors’ roles yet.
“Black Widow” is set to premiere July 9. The story will take place in between the events of “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” following Natasha Romanoff’s reconnection with her found-family, as well as shed light on her origins and time as a Russian spy. Scarlett Johanssen will reprise her role as the Black Widow alongside her co-stars Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, David Harbour as Alexei Shostakov, also known as Red Guardian and Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff. Taskmaster, a classic Marvel Comics antagonist, is confirmed to join this cast of characters but the actor has remained unannounced.
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” will follow the protagonist of the same name as he confronts his past encounters with the Ten Rings, the same terror group that kidnapped Tony Stark in “Iron Man.” While there hasn’t been a lot of exposition from Marvel, fans theorize that the Mandarin – who was originally set up as a joke villain in “Iron Man 3” – might now play a significant role in the film. Either way, Disney has confirmed that it’ll be action-packed as Shang-Chi is a talented martial artist of the wushu styles. I’m eagerly anticipating many “Kill Bill”-esque fight scenes. Simu Liu will play the title role, with Awkwafina as Katy, Tony Chiu-Wei Leung as Wenwu, Fala Chen as Jiang Li, Ronny Cheng as Jon Jon, and Florian Munteanu as Razor Fist a.k.a. Douglas Scott. “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is set to premiere September 3.
While Marvel hasn’t been very keen to give out details for “The Eternals,” we do know that it will follow the race of the same name – prehistoric humans that were granted a cosmic power by Celestials, making them very powerful and essentially immortal. Considering this, the plot of the movie will probably span over centuries of human history. The Eternals also has a star-studded cast, including Richard Madden as Ikaris, Angelina Jolie as Thena, Kit Harrington as Dane Whitman/Black Knight, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo and Gemma Chan as Sersi. The film is set to release November 5.
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” will premiere Dec. 17. While there are no explicit details for the plot of the film, fans suggest that it will connect Peter Parker to the multiverse, as Marvel has confirmed the casting of two actors who’ve already appeared in past variations of the Spider-Man story; Alfred Molina as Otto Octavious, also known as Doctor Octopus, and Jamie Foxx as Max Dillion, also known as Electro. There have also been casting rumors of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield reprising their own roles as Spider-Man, as well as Charlie Cox, who played the title character in the “Daredevil” Netflix series. Benedict Cumberbatch is also expected to cameo as Doctor Strange, so at least some magical antics are bound to happen. Of course, Tom Holland will return to his role as the same wall-crawling menace. Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, and Marisa Tomei will join him, as Michelle “MJ” Jones, Ned Leeds and May Parker respectively.
At last, Clint Barton will finally be stepping into the spotlight in “Hawkeye,” estimated to be released during late 2021. The show will draw inspiration from one of Marvel’s most critically acclaimed comics of the same name, written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by David Aja. Jeremy Renner will return as Hawkeye alongside Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Vera Farmiga as Elenoar Bishop and Brian d’Arcy James as an unconfirmed role.
While much isn’t known about the plot, “Ms. Marvel” will follow Pakistani-American teen-turned-superhero Kamala Khan, who could be described as a dedicated student, gamer and Captain Marvel fangirl. The series will introduce Iman Vellani as the titular role as well as Matt Lintz as Bruno Carrelli, Laurel Marsden as Zoe Zimmer and Rish Shah as Kamran. The show is expected to release during late 2021.
“What If…?” will be the first Marvel animated series with direct ties to the MCU. Expected to release before the end of 2021, “What If…?” will showcase one-shot episodes of possible alternate realities. Some prompts include; “What if Peggy Carter took the super-soldier serum instead of Steve Rogers?”, “What if T’Challa had become a Ravager (and therefore a son of Ego) instead of Peter Quill?” and “What if Bucky Barnes had to fight zombified Marvel heroes?” Each episode will be presented by The Watcher, played by Jeffrey Wright. Many actors have reprised their roles, including Samuel L. Jackson, Hayley Atwell and Sebastian Stan. Chadwick Boseman had also been cast, making this the late actor’s last performance as T’Challa.
The plot of “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” has been very withheld since the movie’s announcement in 2019. However, one can guess from the title alone that there will most definitely be the aforementioned interdimensional hijinks. Audiences can also expect a little fright too, as the film will be Marvel’s first-ever horror flick, with Sam Raimi – director of “The Evil Dead” – behind the camera. Benedict Cumberbatch will reprise his role as the Good Doctor, along with Benedict Wong as Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer and Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff. The film will also introduce America Chavez played by Xochitl Gomez. “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” will be released on March 25, 2022.
“Thor: Love and Thunder” will be the fourth installment to the “Thor” franchise, with Chris Hemsworth as the title character, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher, Taika Waititi as Korg as well as some of the Guardians of the Galaxy as well. Natalie Portman will also return to her role as Jane Foster, expecting to take the mantle of God of Thunder as she did in the comics. “Thor: Love and Thunder” is set to premiere on May 6, 2022.
On the Sony side of things, Marvel has announced two films; a sequel to “Venom,” promptly titled “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”, and “Morbius.” The former will release September 17, starring Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock/Venom, Michelle Williams as Anne Weying, and Woody Harrelson as Cletus Kasady a.k.a. Carnage. The latter will be released January 21, 2022, starring Jared Leto as biochemist-turned-vampire Michael Morbius along with Matt Smith as Loxias Crown. Michael Keaton is expected to make an appearance as Adrian Tooms a.k.a. Vulture, possibly tying the Sony Pictures Universe to the MCU.
Alongside all of these upcoming projects, Marvel has announced an untitled sequel to “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” They also confirmed “Black Panther II,” “Captain Marvel 2,” “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” “The Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3” and “Deadpool 3.” There will also be new installments of “Fantastic Four” and “Blade” – starring Mahershala Ali – as well as multiple Disney+ Originals, including “She-Hulk,” “Moon Knight,” “Ironheart,” “Armour Wars,” “Secret Invasion,” “Wakanda,” “I Am Groot” and “ The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special.”
I’m excited to see what’s in store. Marvel has yet to dive into the more magical, interdimensional side of things, considering that “Doctor Strange” just teased at the concept. However, “WandaVision” has given us a good exposition for what could be in store for “Multiverse of Madness,” and while I would love to talk about crazy fan theories – like Wanda being the villain, Mephisto making an appearance or even the integration of the X-Men into MCU – this 1,748-word article would just drag on. Hopefully, you’re geared up for all of this upcoming content since it most definitely is going to be unavoidable for the next two years, not to mention everything that’s planned after that.


Confirmed Projects With Dates:
“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” – March 19, 2021
“Loki” – June 11, 2021
“Black Widow” – July 9, 2021
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” – September 3, 2021
“The Eternals” – November 5, 2021
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” – December 17, 2021
“Hawkeye” – Late 2021
“Ms. Marvel” – Late 2021
“What If…?” – 2021
“Morbius” – January 21, 2022
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” – March 25, 2022
“Thor: Love and Thunder” – May 6, 2022
“Black Panther II” – July 8, 2022
Untitled “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Sequel – October 7, 2022
“Captain Marvel 2” – November 11, 2022
“The Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special” – Holiday 2022

Confirmed Projects Without Dates:
“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”
“Deadpool 3”
“Fantastic Four”
“Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3”
“Moon Knight”
“Armour Wars”
“Secret Invasion”
“I Am Groot”

Confirmed Dates Without Projects:
February 17, 2023
May 5, 2023
July 28, 2023
November 3, 2023