Need to stay up to date with all the latest news from the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Start here with your guide to all the upcoming Marvel Phase Five movies.
1. The Marvels (released 10th November 2023)
Released in 2019, Captain Marvel unleashed Oscar-winner Brie Larson as the eponymous Marvel superhero. The movie acts as a jigsaw, re-constructing Captain Marvel's memory as she recalls her human life as pilot Carol Danvers. And because the film is set in 1995, it allows de-ageing CGI to reach new heights with its depiction of the younger Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, the movie eventually soared to grosses of more than $1 billion worldwide. It remains to be seen how The Marvels will continue Carol's journey – the last we saw of her, she assisted in the fight against Thanos (Josh Brolin) during the climax of Avengers: Endgame. This was, of course, made possible by the all-encompassing powers that we saw her achieve at the end of the solo Captain Marvel movie.
In Avengers: Endgame, Carol alludes to having been away from Earth, assisting other planets who don't have an Avengers initiative to save the day. Might we see some of those adventures in the sequel? One thing is likely: a continuation of the Skrulls' storyline, the shape-shifting aliens initially established as the villains in Captain Marvel, before later being revealed as the victims of the insidious Kree regime, to which Captain Marvel herself once belonged.
Candyman helmer Nia DaCosta will direct while new faces Iman Vellani and Teyonah Parris will be joining the cast. Both actors will be incorporated from their respective Disney+ projects, playing Ms Marvel and the grown-up Monica Rambeau (from WandaVision), respectively.
In The Marvels, Captain Marvel finds that her powers are swapped with those of Ms Marvel and Monica Rambeau after a confrontation with vengeful Kree warrior Dar-Benn (Zawe Ashton). The three women must learn to co-ordinate and work together in order to go higher, further and faster than ever before.
2. Captain America: Brave New Worldd (released July 26th 2024)
Upon the retirement of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Sam Wilson/The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) is now set to adopt the mantle of the Star Spangled Man. Following the events of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, which paired Wilson with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), the former now becomes a new Captain America for a troubled new age.
Luce and The Cloverfield Paradox director Julius Onah is at the helm of the fourth Captain America movie. Scroll down to check out the title treatment for the penultimate Marvel Phase Five movie, as revealed at Comic-Con 2022.
3. Thunderbolts (released December 20th 2024)
The Thunderbolts movie will be directed by Robot & Frank and Paper Towns helmer Jake Schreier.
So, who are the Thunderbolts? Broadly speaking, within Marvel Comics lore, they're a group of anti-heroes that consists of reformed Marvel villains. (Think of them as the Marvel equivalent of the Suicide Squad.) The history of the collective is a complicated one, and it's unclear how the comics history will translate into the finished film.
However, a recent Variety article speculates that the MCU likes of Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl), Ghost (Hannah John Kamen), Abomination (Tim Roth) and Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko) could make an appearance. All four characters were members of the Thunderbolts collective in the comics, so maybe this isn't such a pipedream after all?
4. Blade (released February 14th 2025)
The Black Panther movie wasn't the first big-screen comic book blockbuster to showcase a black superhero. Back in 1998, actor Wesley Snipes portrayed maverick vampire-hunter Blade in the gnarly and blood-soaked Marvel movie of the same name. Preceding all thoughts of a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), the first Blade film is far tougher and nastier than many of its successors, a facet that landed it an 18 certificate in the UK.
The current wave of comic book epics owes itself to Blade, which arrived to tear up the big screen even before the first X-Men film. Snipes' stylish title character, who mixes martial arts, weaponry and swishy trench coats, appeared in two more films in 2002 and 2005, before being put on ice. The first of those was directed by Guillermo Del Toro, and was good, gory fun. The last film, Blade: Trinity, was critically mauled and dogged by reports of Snipes' bizarre on-set behaviour.
Very soon, Blade is returning to reassert his dominance, as played by Mahershala Ali. The actor has swiftly ascended the Hollywood ranks to nab Oscars for his roles in Moonlight and Green Book, and the prospect of him playing Marvel's 'day-walker' is enormously exciting.
Snipes has given his blessing to Ali's casting, stating: "Honor and respect to the grandmaster Stan [Lee]. Congratulations and Salaam to Mahershala Ali, a beautiful and talented artist whose expressions I look forward to experiencing for many years to come. Inshallah, we will someday work together. “Most importantly to my loyal fans, the incredible outpouring of love is overwhelming. I am grateful for the never-ending support. So, ‘nah fret nah worry, it’s not de end of de story.’ Welcome to the Daywalker Klique."
The news was made public at Comic-Con 2019, attended by Ali and Kevin Feige. The director is Bassam Tariq who helmed the terrific indie music drama Mogul Mowgli, starring Riz Ahmed. Blade is set to go into production this year, so keep your eyes peeled on the blog for more details.
UPDATE: It has been confirmed that Bassam Tariq is no longer helming the Blade movie, and the film has been put on production pause (hence the new release date) while the script is worked on and a new filmmaker is located.
UPDATE: It has been confirmed that '71 and White Boy Rick filmmaker Yann Demange will now be helming the Blade movie.
5. Deadpool 3 (release date TBC)
It can't have escaped you that Hugh Jackman's Wolverine is returning for Deadpool 3. Yes, the thought-to-be-dead Logan is teaming up with Ryan Reynolds' mouthy merc in the third, sure-to-be-anarchic Deadpool movie. We're imagining it takes place before the events of 2017's tragic Logan, right? Mind you, given that this is Deadpool, it can gleefully offer a fourth-wall-breaking middle finger to any kind of franchise consistency and chronology.
The news all but confirms the long-awaited arrival of the X-Men in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which was alluded to in 2022's Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, but then savagely dropped in a blast of ultraviolent mayhem. It is also, of course, Deadpool's very own debut in the MCU, and it remains to be seen if his usual savage edge will be neutered somewhat.
We hope not. Deadpool 3 will be directed by Shawn Levy who guided Reynolds to box office success (and a potential new franchise) with 2021's Free Guy. Stay updated here on the blog and our social channels for more news about Deadpool 3 as it comes in. For the time being, here's that gloriously offhand video that confirmed Jackman's involvement in the new Deadpool project.
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