For your reading pleasure and convenience, here’s a look at every superhero movie that Warner Bros., Marvel Studios, 20th Century Fox, and Sony have planned for about the next half decade or so. We hope your eyes are rested, because this is a long read. Seriously, by the time that you’re done, Logan will be out.
We’ve got all of ’em, from Justice League to Avengers: Infinity War, as well as movies you probably never expected to see (we’re looking at you, Deadpool 2) and some that may never come to fruition (a Gotham City Sirens movie? What a time to be alive!).
Just by way of disclaimer, we’ve already gone into more detail about each of the respective studios’ superhero schedules in other articles. We’ve got some details here to be sure, but if you want a thorough breakdown of what Warner Bros and DC have to offer, click here.
For the full Marvel studios calendar with details click here.
And our slightly more speculative look at the Fox X-Men/Fantastic Four plans are here.
Now, on with the show!
March 3, 2017 – Logan
This will be Hugh Jackman’s last outing as Logan. Unless, of course, he changes his mind. This one loosely follows the “Old Man Logan” story from the comics, and like Deadpool, will boast an R-rating. Unlike Deadpool, Logan looks like a more serious affair. Patrick Stewart will appear as Professor X. Boyd Holbrook is playing one of the villains. Richard E. Grant and Stephen Merchant will also appear.
James Mangold, who directed The Wolverine, returns as director. We broke down that trailer as far as what to expect right here.
May 5th, 2017, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
James Gunn will be back to direct the sequel to the most unlikely superhero hit of recent years. We’re going to meet some very important new characters in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, including Star Lord’s father, Ego, played by Kurt Russell.
We’re just waiting for that new soundtrack…
The fact that we have yet to see a Wonder Woman solo movie is almost beyond belief. We don’t have time to get into the rampant short-sightedness that is keeping women from taking marquee roles in superhero movies at the moment (and that’s bound to change one of these days, especially given how their fortunes have changed on TV), but just know that Gal Gadot does some serious Amazonian ass-kicking in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and then we get her solo movie on June 2nd, 2017. The movie was moved up a couple of weeks from its original release date on June 23, 2017.
Patty Jenkins (Monster) is directing, from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns
July 7th, 2017 – Spider-Man: Homecoming
Spidey entering the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a seismic event. We first met Spidey in Captain America: Civil War, but this will be his first solo outing under the Marvel banner. We don’t know much about the story yet, other than that it will focus on a high school aged Spider-Man, feature villains we haven’t seen on screen before (including Michael Keaton as The Vulture), and they’re aiming for a “John Hughes” vibe.
Tom Holland will play Marvel’s new Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Marisa Tomei will play Aunt May. The entire cast is a diverse who’s who of young talent, including Donald Glover in a mystery role. Oh yeah, and Robert Downey Jr. will be on board as Tony Stark/Iron Man, too!
Jon Watts (Cop Car) is directing. John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation) wrote the script.
September 1st 2017 – Inhumans
OK, fine…we’re cheating a little bit with this one. Inhumans has long been on the calendar as a film, and most recently it was scheduled for a July 2019 release date. But now Marvel has changed tactics, and they intend to make an Inhumans TV series instead. The catch? The first two episodes will be shot in IMAX and premiere in movie theaters several weeks ahead of the show actually appearing on TV.
Now, there are conflicting reports about whether or not the show (and this short theatrical release) mean the end of Inhumans as a long term big screen concern. We’ll let you know if any of this changes. If you’d like to know more about The Inhumans, who are admittedly some of the more far-out concepts Marvel offers, we have a guide to their most essential stories right here.
November 3rd, 2017: Thor: Ragnarok
For the record, when folks talk about “Ragnarok” in Norse mythology, it usually isn’t a good thing. This should be, by far, the biggest of the Thor films. Taika Waititi directs from a script by Stephany Folsom, Christopher Yost, and Craig Kyle. Expect the usual core cast to return, but with a few twists. Mark Ruffalo will join the party as the Hulk, Cate Blanchett is playing Hela, and Karl Urban is Skurge. Giant fire demon Surtur will also make an appearance.
This is a film that could conceivably take Thor off the playground for a bit, but it could, as a long shot, also set up the female Thor currently running in Marvel Comics. There’s also an excellent Thor: Ragnarok comic you should probably seek out.
Zack Snyder will direct Justice League, and BvS co-writer Chris Terrio is back. The villain of this one is Steppenwolf, one of Darkseid’s relatives, and it focuses on Batman building a team to confront him.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
This one will also introduce Aquaman’s Queen Mera (played by Amber Heard), which would make sense considering that the Aquaman movie would follow the next summer.
February 16th, 2018: Black Panther
Finally! T’Challa is coming to the big screen, and he’ll be played by Chadwick Boseman. He was introduced in Captain America: Civil War, and we’ll see his first solo adventure in February of 2018.
Creed and Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler will direct. Kevin Feige recently described the vision for the film as…
“It’s a big geo-political action adventure that focuses on the family and royal struggle of T’Challa in Wakanda, and what is means to be a king. T’Challa’s story is very important to us as it links to the next Avengers films, which is why we brought it forward.”
The Black Panther is a fascinating character, whose exploits can be as high-tech as Iron Man’s or as high-adventure as Indiana Jones. We provided a few helpful suggestions for stories Marvel should take a look at for the movie right here.
March 2, 2018
Most likely suspect: Deadpool 2
We have to mention Deadpool 2 here because it has been confirmed that this one is happening with the same creative team that made the first one such a good time…minus the director. Whoops. The thing is, they haven’t confirmed a release date, and by all indications, the script isn’t even finished yet. It will probably be early 2017 before production on Deadpool 2 kicks off, and this January release date could yield similar box office results for another R-rated superhero outing.
There is very little out there in the way of actual details about The Flash movie coming to the DC Extended Universe, but we’re trying to piece together whatever we can at the moment. Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who you probably love from the Jump Street movies, The LEGO Movie, and Last Man on Earth, wrote a treatment for the film. Seth Grahame-Smith (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies) wrote a screenplay, which Rick Famuyiwa (Dope) worked on when he was attached as director. He has since departed the project, and his departure might mean a release date change is on the way.
Ezra Miller (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Madame Bovary) is playing Barry Allen, but probably a very different Barry Allen than the one we currently love on TV. Billy Crudup will play Dr. Henry Allen, with Kiersey Clemons as Iris West. Ray Fisher (Cyborg in Batman v Superman and Justice League) will also appear.
May 4th, 2018, Avengers: Infinity War
The Russo Bros. will move directly from their directing duties on Captain America: Civil War into this one, which begins shooting in 2016. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely are writing. This was originally announced as two movies, but now Marvel has changed tactics a little bit.
We get the feeling, though, that Avengers: Infinity War is going to have to do some heavy lifting in terms of introducing characters and concepts from Captain Marvel and The Inhumans films, before these things carry over into whatever the next Avengers movie will be. We went into much greater detail about what this all might mean right here.
June 29, 2018
While it’s possible this could end up being the Deadpool 2 date, it’s more likely reserved for one of the other upcoming X-Men projects that you’ll read about at the end of this article. Any of them could theoretically slot nicely into this release date…
July 6th, 2018 – Ant-Man and The Wasp
Scott Lang and Hope Van Dyne will return, marking the first female superhero to have her name in the title of a Marvel movie. Peyton Reed will return to direct. We’ll get you more details as we hear them.
July 27th, 2018 – Unknown
This was formerly the date occupied by the Aquaman movie, but that was bumped to October. Could this end up being the debut of Ben Affleck’s Batman solo movie? Maybe The Flash, which is likely about to hit some production delays will just get a few months of breathing room? Or will Warner Bros. just use this for something else entirely that has nothing to do with superheroes? We’ll probably find out very soon.
Jason Momoa is playing Aquaman. There’s no doubt that they’ve been taking Aquaman very seriously. Amber Heard will also appear as Queen Mera. Patrick Wilson (Watchmen) will be playing the villain Ocean Master.
James Wan (Furious 7) will direct from a script by Kurt Johnstad (300: Rise of an Empire).
November 2nd, 2018 – Unknown Fox Project
Perhaps the Gambit movie will get on track in time to hit this upcoming release date? Or maybe X-Men 7? Place your bets, folks.
December 21st, 2018 – Animated Spider-Man Movie
While this one isn’t technically part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we’re including it here for the completists among you. This one comes from the minds behind The LEGO Movie, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who are writing and executive producing. No other details are available, but don’t expect this to be in continuity with the live action Spidey movies on the schedule. There are rumors that we’ll get to meet Miles Morales on screen, though.
February 14th, 2019 – Unknown Fox Project
X-Force? Maybe New Mutants? Fox can take their branch of the Marvel universe in a lot of different ways.
March 8th, 2019, Captain Marvel
If we’re lucky, Avengers: Infinity War will introduce Brie Larson as Carol Danvers (assuming we don’t see her sooner), a character who will become the cosmically powered Captain Marvel. Her origin story would make a fine superhero film, and Captain Marvel has the kinds of power levels necessary to take on a threat like Thanos. If you’re going to make the leap with a female-fronted superhero film, a character with a power set more impressive than Wonder Woman is just be the one to do it with.
Nicole Perlman, who famously helped develop Guardians of the Galaxy for the screen, is pairing with Meg LeFauve (The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, Inside Out) to write the Captain Marvel movie. No director has yet been announced
April 5th, 2019 – Shazam
Shazam has both a writer (Darren Lemke, of Turbo fame) and a star (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the villainous Black Adam) announced. If we end up getting to see Henry Cavill’s Superman fight Dwayne Johnson’s Black Adam, it’s tough to imagine anyone would complain.
I’ve heard that this one could land well in advance of the announced 2019 release date, but I’m still looking into that.
May 3rd, 2019, Avengers 4
This was originally known as Avengers: Infinity War – Part II, but that has changed. Whether it’s just a title change or these are still two movies telling one big story remains to be seen.
June 14th, 2019 – Unknown
This was long ago announced as the Justice League 2 release date, but this is apparently about to change. Director Zack Snyder would like to take on another project, and there are recent indications that Warner Bros is prioritizing the Batman solo movie over this, and that this could end up being that film’s date instead.
It’s also possible that this could end up being David Ayer’s Gotham City Sirens movie.
Right after the release of the trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marvel and Sony wasted no time at all in announcing a sequel. We’re not complaining.
November 1st, 2019 – Untitled DC Film
Warner Bros. has set a date for another untitled DC film for November 1st, 2019, according to THR. No information was given as to the story or what characters will be featured in the film. Man of Steel 2 is back in active development at the studio. Could this be it?
Or perhaps that Batman solo film is actually a two-parter? If the Under the Hood rumor is true (see above), WB could ideally produce a Death of the Family movie as Part One, in which Jason Todd is killed by the Joker, and then follow it up with Under the Hood as Part Two.
There’s another possibility: could this be that Lobo movie that was revealed last month? This space-faring bounty hunter would certainly arrive sooner than expected, but isn’t that what bounty hunters do?
November is a safer month for high profile releases than October, and this could be a safety date if Justice League 2 slips in the scheduling, as well.
The truth is that we just don’t know what DC has planned for Nov. 2019, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
April 3rd, 2020 – Cyborg
And this one is the biggest surprise of them all. Ray Fisher will make his first appearance as Vic Stone/Cyborg in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and will clearly have a crucial role to play in both Justice League films if they’re grooming him for a solo film.
No other details are presently available, and there are also rumors that this one might be reworked into a movie that would introduce the Teen Titans to the big screen.
May 1st, 2020 – Untitled Marvel Movie
July 10th, 2020 – Untitled Marvel Movie 2
We haven’t the faintest idea what these could be….well, we have theories. What are yours? Let us know in the comments!
Fairly or unfairly, Green Lantern has the most working against him. The 2011 film failed to kickstart the DC Universe as planned, and received a lukewarm (at best) critical and box-office reception. There are, of course, ways around this.
One way is to simply not make Hal Jordan the central Green Lantern of the movie. It was revealed at SDCC 2015 that the Green Lantern movie is now called Green Lantern Corps, and this one may focus on as many as three Green Lanterns, likely with John Stewart as the main Green Lantern of Sector 2814. Tyrese Gibson might be wearing that particular ring.
We’ve heard bits and pieces indicating that Green Lantern won’t even show up until the end of Justice League, or possibly even Justice League 2. By the time 2020 rolls around, a decade will have passed, and by then the character won’t be considered so radioactive by studio execs.
And then there are the missing pieces that are either unconfirmed or simply don’t have release dates yet…
November 6th 2020 – Untitled Marvel Movie 3
Your guess is as good as ours about these untitled Marvel movies, so feel free to speculate away!