There’s never a shortage of upcoming Marvel projects. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has a wealth of future MCU movies and TV shows planned, with a full calendar planned for the next several years now the MCU’s Phase 4 is over. MCU Phase 5 starts in February, kicking off with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. With an ever-growing cast of characters, an expanding multiverse, and the confusing MCU canon, it can be hard to keep track of all upcoming MCU movies. Below is everything you need to know about the next Marvel TV show, the next MCU movie, and all upcoming Marvel projects planned after them.
2022 rounded off Phase 4 with a slew of MCU releases. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder both performed well at the box office, adding details that help the MCU build toward Phase 5. On the Disney+ side, audiences have been introduced to multiple new heroes in shows like Moon Knight and Ms. Marvel, the latter of which had another game-changing MCU moment upon revealing that Kamala Khan was revealed as a Mutant. The upcoming Marvel projects have no plans of losing momentum, and there are loads of upcoming Marvel projects planned for 2023 and beyond. Here’s everything you need to know about all upcoming MCU projects, including the next Avengers movie, the Marvel Blade reboot, and the long-awaited MCU Secret Wars.
Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania – February 17, 2023 (Movie)
The Ant-Man 3 release date has been pushed forward, and Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is out on 17th February 2023. As revealed at San-Diego Comic-Con International 2022, Ant-Man 3 is the first MCU Phase 5 movie. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly will be returning to their roles as Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne in this follow-up to Ant-Man and The Wasp. Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer will also return as Hope’s parents, Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne. However, Scott’s daughter, Cassie Lang, is being recast. She was swapped out for an older actor in Avengers: Endgame, Emma Fuhrmann, but in Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, Fuhrmann will be replaced by Detective Pikachu‘s Kathryn Newton.
The choice to use an established actress could indicate that the film will explore Cassie’s comic book transformation into the hero Stature, who was a prominent member of the Young Avengers team. Peyton Reed is back in the director’s chair with the script penned by Jeff Loveness, best known for his work on Rick and Morty. Having made his debut in Loki, Jonathan Majors is set to return as Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man 3. Not only will this pose the biggest challenge Scott and Hope have faced, but it also the start of serious momentum in the MCU’s build-up to the next Avengers movie, The Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, making this one of the more exciting upcoming Marvel projects.
Marvel finally gave audiences the first Ant-Man 3 trailer in October 2022, containing a first look at both Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conquerer and Kathryn Newton’s Cassie Lang. The trailer itself sets up the plot of the film, which will include Ant-Man and the gang making a return to the Quantum Realm. It’s there that they meet the movie’s titular big bad: Kang the Conquerer.
While the Ant-Man 3 trailer zeroes in on a lot of other aspects of the movie, such as Hank and Janet’s journey in the Quantum Realm, Kang’s entrance is definitely the focal point, and Jonathan Majors’ presence brings the eerie villain to life. In the trailer, he attempts to set up some sort of deal with Scott Lang, however, the details are purposefully left out. In addition, the footage reveals that Kang has a massive army at his disposal. After meeting a peaceful Kang in Loki and seeing his disposition in the trailer, it’s unclear how he makes the transition into the next Avengers villain, but chances are that will be explored in Ant-Man 3.
Secret Invasion – Spring 2023 (Disney+ Show)
Secret Invasion has been teased since the 2019 release of Captain Marvel introduced the Skrulls to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it’ll also be the one of the first Disney+ Marvel TV shows to serve as a crossover event when this one of the upcoming Marvel projects, Secret Invasion, drops in Spring 2023. The Disney+ show will see Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn reprising their roles as Nick Fury and Talos, fulfilling the tease from the post-credits scene for Spider-Man: Far From Home. The six episodes of Secret Invasion will also introduce a cast of new characters played by recognizable faces. Olivia Colman joins the MCU as Sonya Falsworth, a secret agent whom Nick Fury has previously worked with. Emilia Clarke, Killian Scott, Christopher McDonald, and Carmen Ejogo are all making an appearance too, although their roles are unknown. Secret Invasion also of course features several returning MCU characters, including Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill and Don Cheadle as War Machine.
A first look was released as part of Disney+ Day 2021 which showed a much older-looking Nick Fury sporting a gray beard and missing his signature eye patch. A full first-look trailer was then shown as part of Disney’s D23 Expo announcements in 2022, which gave a much deeper look at this incredibly intriguing future Disney+ Marvel show. It revealed that whatever Nick Fury is going through, he’s once again working as a loose cannon that doesn’t trust anyone around him (“this is my war… alone”). It also suggested that Nick Fury has been in space for several years since the events of Endgame. After initially being slated for a 2022 release, the Secret Invasion show is set to hit Disney+ in Spring 2023. Panel discussions at SDCC 2022 revealed that Secret Invasion will be a dark series full of intrigue and mystery.
What If…? (Season 2) – Early 2023 (Disney+ Show)
The first What If…? series on Disney+ was a huge success, and the What If…? season 2 release date is coming in early 2023. This one of the upcoming Marvel projects was announced in December of 2019, well before the first season had aired a single episode. In What If…? season 2, Jeffrey Wright will return as The Watcher, Uatu, and continue to examine the alternate worlds of the multiverse. One episode’s details are already known, as an episode based on Gamora and Iron Man defeating Thanos was pushed back from the first season and will appear in season 2, but the characters already appeared in the season 1 finale.
Producers have confirmed that Hayley Atwell’s Captain Carter will return in season 2 and that she will likely revisit the season 2 post-credits scene that sees the rediscovery of the Hydra Stomper. The producers have also said that they plan to return to Captain Carter multiple times within the series. The second season of this one of the Marvel TV shows will have 9 episodes, and some additional stories are said to include an episode in Marvel’s historically based 1602 setting.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 – May 5, 2023 (Movie)
The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 release date is May 5, 2023. With Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 releasing in 2017, audiences have waited a long time for the sequel. This one of the upcoming Marvel projects has had a rough production, including a period when director James Gunn was fired by Marvel over offensive tweets from yesteryear. He was rehired after public outcry, but in the meantime had already signed on with DC to direct The Suicide Squad and its John Cena-centered spin-off Peacemaker. This understandably caused a lot of delays, but it’s now been confirmed that the Guardians are returning in May 2033 under Gunn’s direction. The full cast, including Zoe Saldana as Gamora, will return. They’ll also be joined by Chukwudi Iwuji as the High Evolutionary, and Will Poulter will finally be appearing in the MCU fully after his Guardians of the Galaxy 2 post-credits scene teased his debut as Adam Warlock.
In terms of plot, the story of Guardians of the Galaxy vol.3 already looks set to be just as engaging as the first two films. Rocket Racoon’s backstory will be expanded on, and the hunt for Gamora will also be a huge part of the plot, as will Peter Quill’s inevitable difficulties coming to terms with the fact his Gamora is gone, and the current version of his former love-interest has no memory of him. The first Guardians of the Galaxy was one of Marvel’s earliest successes with a lesser-known franchise in the MCU, and it’s safe to say that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is one of the most anticipated upcoming MCU Phase 5 movies.
Echo – Late 2023 (Disney+ Show)
The Echo release date has come, with the show planned for release in late 2023. Echo was one of the Marvel TV shows that had been an extremely likely rumor for a long time, but Marvel made it official with a Disney+ Day 2021 announcement shortly before the character’s debut in Hawkeye. This one of the upcoming Marvel projects will follow Maya Lopez, played by Alaqua Cox, who goes by the superhero alter-ego of Echo. Maya Lopez is a Native American hero who is part of the Deaf community and plays a large role in the Daredevil comics stories.
After her father’s death, Echo trained to be an assassin, aided by her ability to immediately mimic the movements of others. Charlie Cox as Daredevil and Vincent D’Onofrio as Kingpin are both confirmed to be part of the show. Since Fisk also appeared in Hawkeye, and a new Daredevil Disney+ series is also on the way, it looks likely that Echo will also flesh out the Matt-Murdock-adjacent corner of the MCU’s gritty, street-level underbelly. There’s no news on the plot of Echo yet, but Etan and Emily Cohen are both attached as writers
Loki (Season 2) – Summer 2023 (Disney+ Show)
There’s now a Loki season 2 release window, and it’ll release in Summer 2023. Tom Hiddleston will once again play Thor’s younger brother after his absence from Thor: Love and Thunder (making it the first Loki-free Thor movie) in this one of the upcoming Marvel projects.The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision were one-season event series, and Loki was initially marketed as the same. However, it has become the first one of Disney+ Marvel TV shows with a second season.
Loki season 1 set in motion many of the events being tackled in the MCU’s Phases 5 and 6. Chief among these are the introductions of variants and the MCU’s Thanos replacement, Kang the Conqueror. Loki (Hiddleston), Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino), and Mobius (Owen Wilson) return for Loki to find that Kang has very much taken root in the new timeline. Teaser footage from D23 Expo and that Kang’s multiversal war is imminent.
The Marvels – 28 July 2023 (Movie)
Of all the upcoming MCU projects, The Marvels’ 28th July 2023 release date looks like it’s going to be one of the most critical in terms of changes to the MCU. As part of the upcoming Marvel projects, The Marvels is a culmination of the plots of Captain Marvel, WandaVision, and Ms. Marvel. It also brings together several areas of the MCU universe. Carol is connected to cosmic/space adventures, and Monica Rambeau’s brush with Wanda means there may be a connection to the magic worlds usually seen in the likes of Doctor Strange. As for Ms. Marvel, her unique backstory combines elements of both of these, while also throwing in some X-Men connections courtesy of Kamala Khan being the MCU’s first confirmed mutant (outside Earth-838, at least). All in all, the potential for increased scope with this new MCU movie is near-unmatched.
There’s not much known of The Marvels‘ story, but it will likely start with Carol Danvers trying to piece together why she was teleported to Kamala Khan’s bedroom in the Ms. Marvel post-credits scene. While little has been revealed about the plot, Brie Larson is set to return as Captain Marvel, and Iman Vellani will once again portray Kamala Khan, a.k.a. Ms. Marvel. Teyonah Parris is reprising her WandaVision role as Monica Rambeau, marking the character’s 3rd MCU appearance. Set on Earth in the present day, the team is set to face off against a villain portrayed by Zawe Ashton. In addition, Yon-Rogg (Jude Law), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Maria Hill (Cobbie Smulders), and Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) are all expected to return. Directorial duties go to Nia Dacosta, and WandaVision’s Megan McDonnell has written the script.
Ironheart – Fall 2023 (Disney+ Show)
After Tony Stark’s death in Avengers: Endgame, the MCU has felt a little empty without a genius hero in a red-and-gold suit of hi-tech armor. This gap will be filled when the Ironheart release date comes around in Fall 2023. The hero Ironheart will be back for her own new Marvel TV show after making her MCU debut in one of the old upcoming Marvel projects Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Domonique Thorne (Judas and the Black Messiah) will return as Riri Williams, the titular Ironheart, a genius engineer who created her own suit similar based on Tony Stark’s Iron Man armor in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
In addition, Anthony Ramos, Harper Anthony, Manny Montana, and Alden Ehrenreich have been cast as yet-to-be-disclosed characters. Lyric Ross is also in an unnamed role, although her character will apparently be Riri’s best friend. Ironheart will be following the 6-episode format of most Disney+ shows, with directors Sam Bailey and Angela Barnes directing three episodes apiece. Snowpiercer’s Chinaka Hodge is the head writer for the show, and it’s rumored that the cast and crew started filming for Ironheart in June 2022.
Agatha: Coven of Chaos – Winter 2023 (Disney+ Show)
Another show that was confirmed as part of Disney+ Day 2021 is the WandaVision spinoff Agatha: Coven of Chaos (formerly titled Agatha: House of Harkness). The Agatha Harkness Disney+ show is now well and truly on the way, and Agatha: Coven of Chaos lands in a Winter 2023 release window. Following Agatha Harkness, this one of the upcoming Marvel projects will see Kathryn Hahn return to the title role with WandaVision’s Jac Schaeffer as showrunner. Schaeffer will be joined by Megan McDonnell, Peter Cameron, Laura Donney, and Cameron Squires on script duties, all veteran Wandvision writers.
Very little is known about the plot of Agatha: Coven of Chaos at time of writing, or the cast. The series will likely explore Agatha’s history as a witch and her family’s actions that led up to the attempt to burn her at the stake. However, it could also see the powerful witch break free from her imprisonment at the hands of Wanda Maximoff in Westview, where she currently believes herself to be Agnes. Some fans have pointed out that the title Coven of Chaos could refer to the chaos magic of the Darkhold, which has obvious links to Wanda and MCU witchcraft.
Spider-Man: Freshman Year – 2024 (Disney+ Show)
The Spider-Man: Freshman Year release date falls sometime in 2024, and it will be an animated series as one of the upcoming Marvel projects. Freshman Year is set as a prequel to Tom Holland’s Spider-Man appearance in the MCU. Marvel famously skipped telling Peter Parker’s origin story in the MCU, but this series promises to go back and explore his becoming a superhero and eventually being recruited by Iron Man. This will mean that the series takes place sometime before the events of Captain America: Civil War. The show will be led by the writer Jeff Trammel.
At this time, it is not known whether Tom Holland will appear as the voice of Spider-Man. One casting choice is known, though: Charlie Cox will once again make an MCU cameo as Daredevil. At SDCC 2022, some character designs for Spider-Man: Freshman Year were debuted, some of which raised questions about the series’ place in the MCU canon – including what appears to be Dr. Octopus, who Holland’s Spider-Man hadn’t met before the multiverse-hopping Alfred Molina version appeared in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Marvel Zombies – 2024 (Disney+ Show)
Marvel Zombies release date has been confirmed for 2024 after its successful adaptation as part of What If…?, episode 5, “What If… Zombies!?” Many viewers were clamoring for more Marvel Zombies on Disney+. Marvel heard those cries and announced the spin-off Marvel Zombies Disney+ show in 2021. Bryan Andrews will direct this one of the upcoming Marvel projects, and Zeb Wells will write. Marvel has officially described Marvel Zombies as being a show focusing on “a new generation of heroes battle against an ever-spreading zombie scourge.“
At SDCC 2022 some details about Marvel Zombies were revealed. The team of MCU characters in the What If…? zombie spin-off includes Shang Chi, Katie Chen, Kate Bishop, Death Dealer, Jimmy Woo, Yelena Belova, Red Guardian, and Kamala Khan. It takes place in the same universe as the What If…? episode, and most of the original MCU actors are believed to be returning for the first Marvel Zombies Disney+ show. Marvel Zombies will have a TV-MA Rating, which has fans of the original gore-filled Marvel comic incredibly optimistic.
Daredevil: Born Again – Spring 2024 (Disney+ Show)
Few pieces of MCU news in 2022 caused more of a stir than this – the Daredevil season 4 release date officially exists, it’s real, and it’s coming in Spring 2024. Daredevil: Born Again release date news has been in demand since it was revealed the canceled Netflix show would be getting new life on Disney+. At SDCC 2022 Marvel Studios announced not only the 2024 release window but also the show’s full title of Daredevil: Born Again. It will be a direct continuation of the Netflix series and this one of the upcoming Marvel projects will buck the MCU Disney+ trend by being 18 episodes long. Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio will be returning as Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk respectively.
The plot of Daredevil season 4 is almost a total mystery, but Charlie Cox confirmed at D23 Expo that Born Again won’t be a direct continuation of Daredevil season 3. However, given recent and planned appearances, Born Again should pick up from Hawkeye, Echo, and She-Hulk, potentially among others. Plus, because Daredevil is on Disney+ now, it will be able to draw on more MCU characters, so it’s likely to draw on the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe canon in a fashion quite unlike the Netflix show. Daredevil: Born Again will keep the same mature tone of the first three seasons, though, and it’s a cause for genuine celebration that the much-loved show has been saved from oblivion after the Marvel-Netflix partnership ended.
Captain America: New World Order – 3 May 2024 (Movie)
The new Captain America movie release date is 3rd May 2023, as confirmed at SDCC 2022 along with the full title: Captain America: New World Order. The next Captain America movie is expected to be a follow-on from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Sam Wilson has been confirmed to be the new Captain America in Captain America: New World Order, having officially inherited Steve Rogers’ shield at the end of the Disney+ series.
Harrison Ford has been cast as General Ross in this one of the upcoming Marvel projects, a.k.a. Red Hulk. That being said, there’s no confirmation that Ross will transform in the movie, or if he will be revealed as Red Hulk at a later date. The Leader has also been confirmed to appear, played once again by the legendary Tim Blake Nelson. One figure that won’t make an appearance is Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers. While rumors abound that he might make a return to the MCU in some form in the future, it won’t be in Captain America: New World Order, where his presence would risk overshadowing Anthony Mackie’s new Cap.
Thunderbolts – 26 July 2024 (Movie)
Thunderbolts’ release date of 26th July 2024 introduces a new supergroup to the MCU Phase 5. The exact lineup of this one of the upcoming Marvel projects was kept under wraps for a while, but Kevin Feige teased at SDCC 2022 that more Thunderbolts team reveals are incoming. Traditionally, the Thunderbolts characters in Marvel Comics are reformed villains or those seeking time off a prison sentence, similar to DC’s Suicide Squad (although without the explosive neck collars). There had been theories about the lineup ever since the movie was announced, and at D23 Expo the Thunderbolts MCU team was finally revealed. As predicted, The Thunderbolts in the MCU are those heroes and antiheroes who Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julie Louis-Dreyfus) sneakily recruited throughout the MCU Phase 4.
John Walker (Wyatt Russell), a.k.a. US Agent, was introduced in Falcon and the Winter Soldier was always a prime candidate, as was Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) from Black Widow. They’ll be joined by Taskmaster/Antonia Dreykov (Olga Kurylenko) and Red Guardian/Alexei Shostakov (David Harbour). In addition to signing on to Captain America: New World Order, Harrison Ford will also be in Thunderbolts, as his Captain America 4 character Red Hulk/General Ross has strong ties to the team in the comics. Therefore, it’s likely that audiences will get to see his transformation into Red Hulk in Phase 5.
Ant-Man and The Wasp’s Ghost has long been speculated on as another possibility, and Hannah John-Kamen’s sympathetic villain is now a verified (and most welcome) member of the Thunderbolts lineup. The most known MCU face on the Thunderbolts is undoubtedly Winter Solider/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan). While he’s not the team lead, it’s high time Winter Solider had a chance to step out from behind Captain America’s shadow. Two notable absences are Baron Zemo and a Hulk. Both are Thunderbolts mainstays in Marvel Comics, and fans are already commenting on their absence. There hasn’t been much Thunderbolts information yet, so Daniel Brühl’s Helmut and/or a Hulk (or maybe Tim Roth’s Abomination) could be as-yet-announced additions.
Blade – 6 September 2024 (Movie)
Blade reboot news has circulated for years, and now the MCU Blade release date has been confirmed as one of the upcoming Marvel projects. Many Marvel fans might think of Wesley Snipes’ portrayal of the Daywalker in the Blade trilogy as definitive, but the MCU is set to introduce a new version of the character into the MCU. The new Blade movie comes out on 6 September, 2024, and the iconic role of Blade will be played by Mahershala Ali, who won Oscars for his performances in both Moonlight and Green Book. While hints to his existence were shown inside the TVA in Loki, Blade has already made been in an MCU film, if only with his voice. In Eternals‘ post-credits scene, Dane Whitman hears someone speaking to him, and it has been confirmed since release that this is Mahershala Ali’s Blade.
Of all new MCU Movies, Blade has been one of the most keenly awaited – and not just by MCU fans, either. The original 1998 Blade and its sequel were huge before the MCU existed, back when Superhero movies weren’t the box office record-smashers they are today. The first Blade is a straight-up supernatural action movie. Fans of Blade aren’t necessarily fans of the MCU but have been eager to see his return, so the Blade remake has more than one fanbase excited. While many online were disappointed that Wesley Snipes won’t play Blade in the MCU, the news of the Daywalker’s big-screen return has been generally well-received.
However, Blade experienced a major setback in September 2022 when director Bassam Tariq stepped down. He’ll still be attached to the project, but only as an executive producer. A few weeks later Marvel Studios announced that Blade had been delayed for a year, and would now have a September 2024 release, almost a year after the initial November 2023 date. Not only did Tariq’s departure delay the Daywalker’s return, but several other MCU projects including Deadpool 3, The Fantastic Four, and Avengers: Secret Wars were pushed back. While neither Marvel or Disney have officially stated as such, it’s more than likely the post-Blade movies were delayed to ensure narrative continuity in the Multiverse Saga. While this does hint at Blade being significant as far as the wider MCU canon goes, the delay-causing uncertainty is still understandably unwelcome for many fans.
Deadpool 3 – 08 November 2024 (Movie)
Like The Fantastic Four, the rights to Deadpool had been sold to 21st Century Fox – which Disney then swallowed whole. The first iteration of the character was played by Ryan Reynolds in X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009, before the character, still being portrayed by Ryan Reynolds, was rebooted for a solo project in 2016. Fox produced a sequel, but the future of the franchise was in question after Disney acquired 21st Century Fox. Marvel has since announced that they will be making Deadpool 3 and that the canonical MCU’s Deadpool will be R-rated like its predecessors.
Marvel have now confirmed a November 2024 release for Deadpool 3. It was initially slated for September but was delayed a month to make room for Blade. It was speculated that since Mutants have been introduced in Phase 4 but no X-Men titles cropped up in Phase 5 or 6, it could be that Deadpool 3 would be a Phase 7 entry that focuses on the emergence of Mutantkind. This has now been proved false, and Deadpool 3 is sandwiched between Phase 5’s Thunderbolts and Phase 6’s Fantastic Four. Hugh Jackman will be reprising his role as Wolverine. Whether this means Deadpool 3 will be partially in the Fox X-Men universe isn’t known.
It could be that Deadpool 3 gives audiences their first taste of exactly what a multiversal incursion looks like before Avengers: Secret Wars, with only the healing-factored Deadpool and Wolverine surviving Kang’s destruction of the Fox X-Men reality, giving the beloved franchise a proper sendoff after the somewhat lackluster X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Shawn Levy has been signed on to direct Deadpool 3, continuing the franchise tradition of having a different director for each installment since Tim Miller was replaced by David Leitch for Deadpool 2. Alongside Jackman and Reynolds, TJ Miller and Leslie Uggams will be reprising their respective roles as Weasel and Blind Al. There’s no news on whether fan favorites Stefan Kapičić as Colossus or Ryan Reynolds’ Juggernaut will be back yet.
Fantastic Four – 14 February 2025 (Movie)
After years of speculation dating back to the start of the MCU in 2008, the MCU Fantastic Four release date is confirmed as 14th February 2025. As with Deadpool 3, this is a revised release date after initially taking the November 2024 slot. The Fantastic Four have been around in comics since 1961, and there have been several efforts to adapt Marvel’s First Family to film with limited success. Most recently, John Krasinski’s Mr. Fantastic appeared in Doctor Strange 2 before being shredded by Scarlet Witch. It’s not yet been confirmed if Krasinski will be reprising the role.
Matt Shakman, who did a great job on WandaVision, will direct the new Fantastic Four adaptation, and Kevin Feige maintains that this one of the upcoming Marvel projects won’t be yet another Fantastic Four origin story. One crucial detail has been confirmed about the film — it was initially planned as the first entry in the MCU Phase 6 before that honor went to Deadpool 3.
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty – 2 May 2025 (Movie)
The next Avengers movie was confirmed at SDCC 2022 to be The Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, settling long-swirling rumors about who would step in as chief antagonist after Thanos in these particular upcoming Marvel projects. The new Avengers release date is a way off but has been announced as May 2nd 2025. The Avengers 5 villain, Kang the Conqueror, has been teased ever since Loki in 2021, and MCU fans are now eagerly anticipating seeing the ensemble MCU roster take him on just as they did Thanos.
Revealing Kang as the Big Bad has already given the MCU a newfound sense of direction that many felt was absent during some of its comparatively weak Phase 4 offerings. With so many upcoming Marvel projects between 2023 and the Avengers: The Kang Dynasty release date, the plot is up in the air. But the title of Avengers 6 and the MCU’s most recent three phases being The Multiverse Saga implies that it will end with a full-on multiversal incursion event, leading snugly into one of the most anticipated upcoming Marvel projects in development: The Avengers: Secret Wars.
The Avengers: Secret Wars – 1 May 2026 (Movie)
Avengers: Secret Wars releases on 1st May, 2026, and it will provide a sweeping crossover event that wraps up Marvel’s Multiverse Saga in these upcoming Marvel projects. The adaptation of Marvel Comics’ various Secret Wars events (the first of which was initiated by powerful villain The Beyonder in the 1984 Secret Wars) is both eagerly anticipated for the sheer scale of its potential and feared for how difficult it will be to bring to life. In Marvel Comics, Secret Wars always featured characters from separate universes and canons colliding. It is in the first Secret Wars that Spider-Man got his infamous black Symbiote costume, and Secret Wars (2015) was the vehicle used to bring the popular Miles Morales from the waning Ultimate universe into the main Earth-616 continuity.
With the introduction of the multiverse being such a prominent feature in the MCU Phase 4, it was likely early on that a Secret Wars movie was on the cards. Sure enough, at SDCC 2022, it was confirmed that The Avengers: Secret Wars would be the second Avengers movie in Phase 6. However, it’s not a guarantee that Kang will be the villain in Avengers: Secret Wars. Fantastic Four brings with it the potential introduction of Doctor Doom. Fans unfamiliar with Doctor Doom may write him off as yet another Marvel villain, but in the 2015 Secret Wars event, it was Doom who held the fragmented multiverse together using a combination of magic and sheer willpower. More details will emerge as The Avengers: Secret Wars release date draws closer, but the prospect of a multiverse mashup as a Phase 6 finisher sets up The Multiverse Saga for a thundering finish after a faltering start.
Armor Wars – TBA (Movie)
The Armor Wars release date is still unknown, and there were no announcements on the War Machine Disney+ outing at SDCC 2022. This one of the upcoming Marvel projects is still in development though, and no plans to cancel it have been hinted at by Marvel or Disney. After the events of Iron Man, Tony Stark was always worried that his technology could fall into the wrong hands. Iron Man 2 seemed to justify those fears with the introduction of Sam Rockwell’s Justin Hammer. However, there was one man Stark trusted with his tech: James Rhodes (War Machine).
After his brief cameo in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Don Cheadle’s character will get a lead role in the upcoming Marvel TV show Armor Wars as he tries to retrieve Stark’s armor from hostile parties and preserve the Stark legacy after Iron Man’s Avengers: Endgame death. Feige confirmed at D23 Expo that the events of Secret Invasion (which includes Cheadle’s Rhodes as a character) will directly lead into Armor Wars, so it’s likely that more Armor Wars details will emerge after it has aired.
Kingdom of Wakanda – TBA (Disney+ Show)
This one of the upcoming Marvel projects is about Black Panther’s homeland and is in the early stages of development, so a Kingdom of Wakanda release date is a little way off. While Black Panther: Wakanda Forever took a wider view of Wakandan society, the MCU plans to give viewers an even deeper look into Wakanda. This Marvel TV show does not yet have an official title, let alone a release date, Kevin Feige has confirmed that a Wakanda-based show will be coming to Disney+. With their break from isolationism in Black Panther, their part in tracking down Zemo in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and a What If…? indication that Wakanda has mastered space travel, the Wakandans can be sure to see new threats in their future.
Spider-Man Sequel Trilogy – TBA (Movie)
Tom Holland’s Spider-Man has already appeared in three standalone films as well as making appearances in Captain America: Civil War and the Avengers movies. However, Tom Holland is now set to return to the Spider-Man suit multiple times in these upcoming Marvel projects. While some had thought that Spider-Man: No Way Home might be Holland’s last outing, producer Amy Pascal has confirmed plans for the actor to return for Spider-Man 4, 5, and 6. There are no details so far on what the plot of these movies might be, or when they might be released. The MCU is likely to change a lot in the next couple of years, but predicting the future of the Spider-Man franchise is made that much harder by the progression of Sony’s Spider-Man Villain Universe. If Sony and Disney truly join forces, there is no telling what scale the newer movies with an older Tom Holland will be like, although there are rumors that he’ll refocus on local-level crime with Daredevil – a tantalizing prospect, for sure.
Wonder Man – Late 2023 Or Early 2024 (Disney+ Show)
Marvel’s indestructible Hollywood stuntman, Wonder Man, will be getting his own Disney+ series as one of the upcoming Marvel projects. The Wonder Man series is still in the early stages of development, and as of now, no castings have been announced, but there is a release window of either late 2023 or early 2024. Nathan Fillion has been widely rumored to play the titular Wonder Man though, a.k.a. Simon Williams. Wonder Man was a founding member of the West Coast Avengers and also became romantically involved with The Scarlet Witch. Kevin Feige, Destin Daniel Cretton, and Andrew Guest are producing, but that’s as far as known names involved with the upcoming MCU Wonder Man series go. By the time Wonder Man is released, though, it will be a very different post-Secret Wars Marvel Cinematic Universe.