Disney confirm the release of eight new Marvel movies by 2022
After ten years of superheroics and 22 movies under its belt, the grand experiment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is finally over. Avengers: Endgame is breaking box office records as we speak (it hit $1 billion in just one weekend) and brought numerous characters' stories to a close, facing them off against big bad Thanos for the last time.
The credits rolled on the movie, with no post-credits scene this time, and it was the end of an era. Marvel Studios' interconnected universe had come to a close after a decade of The Avengers and universe-bending magical stones.
Or at least, it will do for a couple of months...
As if anyone expected them to leave billions of dollars on the table, Disney (who have owned Marvel Studios since 2009, and presumably everything else by 2029) have announced their upcoming slate of movies - including the next Marvel movies.
One of these upcoming releases we know about by now, with Spider-Man: Far From Home's second trailer dropping on Monday. This time the trailer was full to the brim with spoilers for the events of the recent Avengers movie, with the events of that movie having a huge effect on everyone's favourite neighbourhood superhero.
You can watch the new Spider-Man: Far From Home trailer below:
Seeing as this movie is coming out in July, they had to start advertising it so close to the release of Endgame, but the other films are still shrouded in secrecy. Along with dozens of other properties, Disney have published the release dates for the next phase of Marvel movies to come out after Far From Home closes off the third phase of movies.
Captain Marvel, Avengers: Endgame, and Spider-Man: Far From Home are the three releases from Marvel Studios this year - but Disney will be releasing Fox's Dark Phoenix this summer too, after the corporation bought 20th Century Fox earlier this year. Beyond that, they will also release New Mutants, another Fox movie based on the X-Men acquired by Disney before its release.
Chris Pratt shares special behind-the-scenes video from Avengers: Endgame:
Dark Phoenix and New Mutants, as far as we know, won't be taking place in the shared universe of the likes of Spider-Man and Captain Marvel, but there are some more MCU movies promised to us over the next few years: eight in fact.
According to this press release, we'll be seeing various as-of-yet untitled Marvel movies on: May 1, 2020, November 6, 2020, February 12, 2021, May 7, 2021, November 5, 2021, February 18, 2022, May 6, 2022, and July 29, 2022.
That means three movies in 2019, two in 2020, three in 2021, and three more in 2022.
As far as what these movies will be, there are a few movies which are either rumoured to be released or have been confirmed to be coming in the near future. Director Ryan Coogler will be returning to Wakanda for Black Panther 2, James Gunn is back in action for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (or is it Asguardians of the Galaxy?), while Black Widow (presumably a prequel) is in production too. In addition to this, Marvel's first movie with an Asian lead, Shang-Chi, is also on its way.
It's likely we'll also be seeing a sequel to Doctor Strange, and they'd be foolish not to follow up with a sequel to the box-office-smashing Captain Marvel at some point. There's also a new film called The Eternals rumoured to be on its way, a fairly obscure comic property that has nonetheless attracted the attentions of Angelina Jolie, if the Hollywood rumour mill is to be believed.
It looks like Marvel fans are going to be more than happy for the next few years!