We know that Avengers Endgame is the end of this phase of Marvel and things will never be the same, but of course, it’s not the end. Marvel has more movies planned and rumored for years to come. They have also acquired just about all of their characters movie rights again for the first time in over a decade. They have the opportunity to do a lot more now, and they should.
Disney CEO Bob Iger just announced that Marvel will be revealing some of its upcoming movies this summer. There are eight films scheduled between 2020 and 2022, but right now they are mostly speculation. Hence here is my speculation on what those next eight films will be.
Guardians of the Galaxy 3
The Guardians will definitely be back and sooner than later. James Gunn has been reinstated to direct and the story has already been written. The Guardians will have to deal with Gamora not remembering anything. We also haven’t seen the Guardians in their own film since the fall of the Nova Corp. Adam Warlock’s cocoon is still out there waiting to open and bring the Guardian’s some sort of trouble. Guardians of the Galaxy 3 will definitely be a hit and could even spill into a fourth film if we’re lucky.
Doctor Strange 2
Doctor Strange started strong with his origin story in the first movie. Strange has since been a huge hit and key player in multiple Marvel films. We got to see his potential in Avengers Infinity War and now there’s no going back. The end of the first film left Mordo in the wind looking like he will be a problem for Strange in the future. Expect the next Strange film to dive much deeper into the mystic realm.
Captain Marvel 2
Captain Marvel has been a big hit and the first Marvel female superhero movie. We really only got to know Carol’s origin in the first film. Endgame showed us how powerful she really can be. I expect Captain Marvel 2 to be a cosmic adventure. Maybe she’ll run into one of the Heralds of Galactus on her travels.
Black Panther 2
The first Black Panther was a huge hit for Marvel and one of the biggest movies ever. It opened up a whole new world for superhero fans and the MCU. We’ve only just scratched the surface of Wakanda and the characters that live there. Perhaps in Black Panther 2 T’Challa and Wakanda will end up at odds with Namor and Atlantis.
Since Endgame Black Widow has moved from being just an Avenger to more of a major main character. She has been in the MCU for a long time, but she’s never had her own film. Now we have the chance to dive into her world of assassins and spies. We’ll get to see how she became the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent and hero we know. There’s also the opportunity for plenty of classic Marvel characters to appear.
Shang-Chi has been in the Marvel comic universe since 1973. He is the Master of Kung Fu but doesn’t have any other superpowers. He essentially is the Marvel Comics Bruce Lee. This would be a different movie altogether for the MCU. I think the action could be great and expand Marvel’s audience even wider if successful. This film is all but confirmed, but I’m not sure what to think of Marvel moving forward with it as a major motion picture release.
The Eternals are a deeper and more confusing part of Marvel comics that have been around since 1976. They are essentially a group of ancient humanoids with powers. They find themselves opposite other ancient humanoids with powers and mutations called Deviants. This is another property that is somewhat surprising to see being made into a major film. The Eternals don’t cross over with the Marvel characters that we’ve seen very often. The premise is not that foreign, but the source material is somewhat more buried.
It hasn’t been confirmed, but it’s pretty much a given that Spidey will be back again. He has been a huge hit since joining the MCU. The roles are already cast and everyone is riding the current Spider-Man wave. There are plenty of great unused Spider-Man villains out there such as Kraven or Chameleon and don’t forget about Mac Gargan aka The Scorpion sitting in jail thanks to Spidey.
There are plenty of runners up that could likely replace one of these eight. A couple of obvious choices for sooner than later releases would be Ant-Man 3, Deadpool 3 and Avengers 5. Ant-Man has already had two successful films and has been a major part of the current MCU. He proved his worth as an Avenger and Paul Rudd proved he could hold his own on screen alongside the core team. Deadpool has been a huge surprise success. Marvel would be foolish not to put Deadpool 3 out as soon as possible while he’s still so popular. Deadpool has a whole lot more crazy adventures waiting to be shown on the big screen and now thanks to Disney’s recent purchase, those can include more X-Men. Another major possibility within the next two years would be a follow-up Avengers movie. This would be with a new team due to the Endgame fallout and could be called The New Avengers. The New Avengers had a successful run with a different team and way of doing things. There have been other Avenger teams over the years and based on the previous films any of these could be a successful major release.
Hopefully, all of these movies get made eventually. Some of these may take more time than others and would fall outside of this 2020-2022 window. We will know for sure after this summer. San Diego Comic-Con 7/17 or D23 Expo 8/23 are the two most likely times for Marvel to officially announce exactly what the upcoming releases will be.