Predicting The MCU Until 2032: All 42 Possible Movies
The next 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are already planned by Marvel Studios, and here are 42 ideas for what movies will come before 2032.
Marvel Studios is planning the next 10 years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which could see as many as 39 movies released before 2032 - but there are even more possibilities for what they could be. After starting off by releasing one or two movies per year, the MCU machine has increased its output in recent years to prove it can handle up to four films yearly. This is expected to be Marvel's new normal for years to come. With the start of Phase 4 proving there is still plenty of interest in the shared universe after Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios has no plans of slowing down.
One of the many reasons why the MCU has been so successful is the long-term plans they have in mind. While Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige might not have known the specifics about what would happen when the Avengers fought Thanos, the idea for that story began to form nearly a decade before the big showdown. Marvel typically has a plan that goes as far as 10 years into the future, although even they've admitted that it is much more fluid than some would otherwise believe. Still, the MCU has made a habit of planning far ahead and letting audiences know that they have content coming for years. Marvel's done this through special presentations, panels at San Diego Comic-Con and D23, and more.
Now that Phase 4 of the MCU is well underway, Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige has confirmed that they are already planning the MCU's roadmap until 2032. If Marvel sticks to its new normal of releasing four films per year, that means that they know the next 39 MCU movies. Some of these titles are confirmed already to be in various stages of development or production, while there are also countless rumors about what is to come. Even these reports can't fully account for the next decade of Marvel's storytelling, leaving plenty of room for speculation when it comes to predicting future MCU movies up to 2032.
11 Confirmed Upcoming MCU Movies
Marvel Studios currently has several movies confirmed for 2022 and 2023. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever make up the studio's 2022 slate, while Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and The Marvels are coming out in 2023. There is also an untitled MCU movie set for November 2023, which could be Mahershala Ali's Blade.
On top of the MCU movies that have confirmed release dates, Marvel Studios is also officially working on several other movies. Anthony Mackie is returning to star in Captain America 4, where Sam Wilson's journey as the MCU's new Captain America will continue beyond Disney+. Ryan Reynolds is also slated to return as the Merc with a Mouth in Deadpool 3, which will be the MCU's first R-rated movie. Meanwhile, Jon Watts is directing the MCU's Fantastic Four movie, while Daniel Destin Cretton is confirmed to be working on Shang-Chi 2. Thanks to these various announcements, there are already 11 MCU movies known to be on the way.
Tom Holland's Next Spider-Man Trilogy
There have also been plenty of signs that Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures are developing another trilogy of Spider-Man movies for Tom Holland's Peter Parker. The ending of Spider-Man: No Way Home served as a soft reboot of the character, where Spider-Man's secret identity is intact, Peter's connection to Stark is severed, and he has a new suit as he adjusts to life without Aunt May or his friends. Sony producer Amy Pascal has said that Spider-Man 4, 5, and 6 are already being planned, but Tom Holland is not officially committed to returning. The new trilogy could see Holland's Spider-Man get the black symbiote suit, fight Kingpin, and possibly even mentor Miles Morales.
It seems like almost a sure bet that Thor: Love and Thunder won't be the final time Taika Waititi and Chris Hemsworth return for an MCU movie. Although this will be Thor's fourth solo film, Thor: Ragnarok is viewed as the start of a new trilogy rather than the conclusion of the character's first. It is for that reason that Thor 5 could be made, as it would give Waititi a chance to finish his trilogy of movies featuring the god of thunder. Jane Foster's transformation into Mighty Thor and Odinson's peaceful mindset in the fourth film could even point to her taking the lead in the sequel. Since Waititi has taken plenty of inspiration from Jason Aaron's comic run, Thor 5's story could be a loose adaptation of War of the Realms.
Black Panther 3
There's also a strong possibility of Black Panther 3 happening in some form. Ryan Coogler's 2022 sequel is expected to see the Black Panther mantle passed on to another character following the death of Chadwick Boseman in 2020. Letitia Wright's Shuri, Winston Duke's M'Baku, and Lupita Nyong'o's Nakia are three of the favorites to take over the superhero role and lead the franchise into the future. Black Panther 3 could take the series in plenty of new directions depending on what happens in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and the rumored battle against Namor and Atlantis. This could be the place for Doctor Doom to potentially debut, while the long-standing hope of Storm joining the franchise could also happen here. Black Panther 3 could go in a more unexpected direction, though, such as having Wakanda begin exploring space or even bringing a good variant of Killmonger into the fold so Michael B. Jordan can lead the franchise.
Doctor Strange 3
Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange has become an increasingly important part of the MCU, so Doctor Strange 3 is another safe bet to happen. After exploring the multiverse in the Phase 4 sequel, it would certainly be fascinating to see where his journey goes in a third film. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness' introduction of a multiverse Illuminati team could pave the way for the third film to feature Strange forming his own team. Since that could even be its own movie (more on that later), Doctor Strange 3 can return to the sorcerer's more standalone adventures. It might be through that lens that Clea, Brother Voodoo, or Magik join the MCU, Doctor Strange finally becomes the Sorcerer Supreme, and Mephisto's long-awaited MCU debut happens.
Captain Marvel 3
It would also be surprising if Brie Larson's Captain Marvel doesn't return to lead another solo film. Captain Marvel was a major box office success, and her sequel The Marvels is increasing its power through the appearances of Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani) and Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris). The MCU has put itself in a position where Captain Marvel has years of missing stories and adventures, which should include a massive battle with the Kree and helping the Skrulls. Captain Marvel 3 can continue either of these narratives if needed. A third movie starring Brie Larson's character would allow Marvel to complete its first trilogy starring a female hero, all while further exploring the cosmic side of the MCU.
Guardians Of The Galaxy 4
Guardians of the Galaxy 4 also looks to be a safe bet to happen at some point in the MCU before 2032. James Gunn is wrapping up his trilogy with the current iteration of the team in 2023, but he's openly said that the movie sets up another 10 years of cosmic stories. That might include killing a few notable characters in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 to pave the way for the next roster to be formed. Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) is the most likely candidate to stick around and lead the Guardians going forward, while Mantis (Pom Klementieff) and Adam Warlock (Will Poulter) could also stick around. If other characters die or retire, then the rest of the team could include powerful cosmic heroes like Moondragon, Phyla-Vell, Quasar, Nova, Cosmo, and Beta Ray Bill.
Marvel Studios is confirmed to be working on mutant-related projects, but it won't be too long before the MCU's first X-Men movie is finally made. Professor X's appearance in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness sets up the existence of mutants in the multiverse, and the popular comic characters are among the most anticipated the MCU can still introduce. There is great interest in seeing how Marvel Studios differentiates its version of the X-Men from the comics and Fox's prior movies. That is why it won't be too surprising if the MCU gives the X-Men classic comic costumes from the start, highlights underserved characters from before, and tackles new villains instead of rehashing the Magneto/Professor X dynamic again. This could even include standalone films for various mutants or sequels to the main X-Men franchise before 2032.
If there is one mutant (besides Deadpool) best suited to get a solo MCU franchise, it has to be Wolverine. Hugh Jackman won't return for these movies, as Marvel Studios will surely cast a brand new actor to play the part for years to come. Wolverine is not only one of Marvel's most iconic characters but he presents the MCU with plenty of exciting possibilities for what his solo movies could explore. Wolverine and Hulk could finally fight on the big screen just like in the character's first comic appearance, while Marvel could explore the MCU's past thanks to his slowed aging. The only reason a Wolverine solo movie might not happen before 2032 is if he gets a Disney+ series instead.
World War Hulk
World War Hulk is rumored to be another future MCU movie before 2032. The famous comic storyline became the subject of internet rumors as a possible Marvel movie in 2021. Marvel Studios hasn't made a solo Hulk movie since The Incredible Hulk in 2008 but that was with Universal - not Disney. It is possible that the studios have now worked out a deal to let Disney distribute a World War Hulk movie starring Mark Ruffalo. The film could either see Bruce Banner return to Sakaar to help overthrow its new leader and save people he left behind (like his lover Caiera) or be about a Hulk outbreak on Earth that leads to a war between Hulk, She-Hulk, and others. Either option presents Marvel with different challenges and opportunities to set up more future Hulk stories.
Black Widow 2
There's also a chance Marvel Studios decides to capitalize on Florence Pugh's popularity and the demand for more Yelena Belova by making her the star of Black Widow 2. The sequel could be Marvel's opportunity to bring back Red Guardian, Melina Vostokoff, and Taskmaster as well. Depending on when Black Widow 2 takes place, the MCU could even include Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff in some capacity. As the MCU continues to explore the cosmic, supernatural, and more, a grounded spy franchise like this could go a long way.
Marvel Studios hasn't confirmed plans for Eternals 2, possibly as a result of the first film's mixed reception, but there is no question that a sequel is needed to pay off the cliffhanger ending. Eternals left audiences in the dark about what will happen to Sersi and other Eternals taken by Arishem and how the Celestial will judge Earth. Meanwhile, Starfox meeting Thena, Makkari, and Druig sets up their mission to find them. Eternals 2 is necessary from that perspective. Now that the 7,000-year origin story is out of the way, an Eternals sequel can streamline its story and solve other criticisms that were levied against Chloé Zhao's movie.
At some point before 2032, the MCU should find time to make the Thunderbolts movie that continues to be one of the most requested projects for Marvel. This project in particular could take on several forms depending on how the overall story continues. The Thunderbolts team could become a government-sponsored team of reformed criminals featuring the likes of Bucky Barnes, Hawkeye, Yelena Belova, and others doing more good to make up for their past. Of course, Thunderbolts could also follow the team's original comic origin, where Baron Zemo and other villains disguised themselves as heroes to further their evil plans.
Continuing the team-up possibilities of the MCU future movies through 2032, Young Avengers is a strong candidate to happen before then. Marvel Studios has not so subtly been introducing members of the team from the comics throughout the beginning of Phase 4. Kate Bishop, Cassie Lang, Wiccan, Speed, Patriot, America Chavez, Kid Loki, and Ms. Marvel all exist in the MCU in some form. Young Avengers is all but guaranteed to be made at some point in the next decade, but Marvel could elect to put the younger heroes on Disney+ for a team-up series. However, the Avengers name branding and Kate Bishop's popularity - plus potential mentors in Ant-Man and Hawkeye - could be enough to bring the team to the big screen.
Marvel has yet to announce plans for the next Avengers movie after Avengers: Endgame, but it is easy to predict that will change before 2032. Avengers 5 is going to happen at some point and in some form, although the details of it are a bit more up in the air. Marvel Studios could introduce the MCU's next Avengers roster in this team-up movie, bringing heroes like Sam Wilson's Captain America, Shang-Chi, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Captain Marvel, Mighty Thor, Moon Knight, the Fantastic Four, and others together to save the world from a new threat. The threat could range from Marvel's Dark Avengers, Galactus, or the Annihilation Wave - if the cosmic side gets involved too.
There also appears to be movement towards the Midnight Sons, a supernatural Avengers team, forming in a future MCU movie. Phase 4 introduced Blade, Black Knight, and Moon Knight into the fold, while Doctor Strange already exists. It wouldn't take much effort to get Ghost Rider, Brother Voodoo, and other supernatural characters incorporated into the larger universe either. The Midnight Sons movie could bring them all together, as well as Werewolf by Night, Man-Thing, and Elsa Bloodstone. Marvel Studios could even pull Daredevil and Punisher into the supernatural realm by giving them spots on this team. In any case, Midnight Sons could be where several supernatural MCU projects intersect for a major crossover.
The MCU's future movies will include even more starring roles for female heroes, but there is also an interest in seeing them all team up together for A-Force. The actresses involved with the MCU proposed this idea to Kevin Feige many years ago, and it will only be a matter of time before Marvel Studios finally makes it a reality. This would be a chance for some combination of Captain Marvel, Scarlet Witch, Mighty Thor, Wasp, Shuri, Monica Rambeau, Yelena Belova, Sersi, Thena, Makkari, Kate Bishop, Ironheart, America Chavez, Kamala Khan, Sue Storm, Valkyrie, She-Hulk, and others to unite in an epic crossover. Meanwhile, A-Force could also be the right place to introduce other female Marvel heroes to the MCU.
The introduction of the Illuminati in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness could be Marvel's way of teasing a proper version of the team coming to the MCU. There have been rumors about Marvel Studios working on a project involving The Illuminati, which could be a movie starring Doctor Strange. After the MCU's main version of the sorcerer encounters a version of the team through the multiverse, it will make sense for him to form his own all-powerful council. This could be where Strange assembles Bruce Banner, Reed Richards, Namor, Captain Marvel, and others to be part of the Illuminati and influence the MCU's future for years to come.
Now that Ryan Reynolds is joining the MCU as Deadpool, it stands to reason that he'll be in more than one movie in the next 10 years. That is why his hopes of an X-Force movie could be revived as a future MCU movie. Reynolds was planning the film, which would bring back Zazie Beetz's Domino and Josh Brolin's Cable, as a follow-up to Deadpool 3 prior to Disney's acquisition of Fox. Deadpool 2 even featured a prototype of the team filled with star-studded cameos. While Reynolds' future as Deadpool could include cameos in a variety of other projects or even an entire trilogy set within the MCU, X-Force is a strong possibility as well.
When looking ahead to what is going to happen in the MCU throughout the next decade, an adaptation of Secret Wars appears to be on the horizon. Phase 4 has ripped the multiverse wide open and multiple properties are exploring variants, alternate universes, and everything else that comes with it. The Russo brothers have even repeatedly hinted at their return to Marvel Studios to make Secret Wars as their Avengers: Endgame followup. It makes sense that this could be Marvel's next major crossover, as the idea of multiple universes colliding and a multiversal threat like Kang the Conqueror works perfectly for how the MCU is currently shaping up. If Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame were the end of the Infinity Saga, Secret Wars could be the end of the Multiverse Saga.
Nova is reportedly finally coming to the MCU in the near future, but it is not confirmed if it will be a movie or TV show. As Marvel looks to expand the cosmic side of the MCU after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, it would be smart to have Nova become the next major cosmic franchise. This might not happen if he's meant to be a major part of the next iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy team. Richard Rider's journey of rebuilding the Nova Corps after Thanos presumably destroyed it and then eventually mentoring Sam Alexander could be a trilogy of stories itself. Nova even supports the ongoing theories that the MCU is preparing for an Annihilation cosmic event crossover.
Elizabeth Olsen has received bigger and bigger roles as Wanda Maximoff throughout her time in the MCU. After multiple major supporting roles in the movies, she starred in WandaVision on Disney+ and took on a central role in Doctor Strange 2. The complexity of her character, intrigue about Wanda's backstory prior to WandaVision, and overall fandom for Scarlet Witch could push Marvel Studios to give her a solo movie in the near future. A Scarlet Witch movie could dive deeper into her Chaos Magic, reveal potential ties to mutants, and possibly even be the MCU's chance for a loose adaptation of major comic stories like House of M (where she eliminates or brings back mutants) or Children's Crusade (where Wanda's son Wiccan seeks her out as his powers begin to grow).
Charlie Cox's Daredevil officially returned to the MCU in Spider-Man: No Way Home, but that isn't the last time he'll appear. After starring in three seasons of Daredevil on Netflix, Marvel Studios is rumored to be developing a solo project for him. While it appears that this could be a Disney+ series, there is no confirmation that Daredevil's solo adventures couldn't extend to a solo film. The MCU's quest to event-ize all of its movies could push a Daredevil movie far beyond anything his solo live-action adventures have featured, such as seeing him team up with various Marvel superheroes and move to San Francisco.
In the next ten years, Captain Britain could be another future MCU movie. Avengers: Endgame included an off-hand reference to Braddock, which has been speculated to be a reference to Brian Braddock, the Brit who receives mystical powers from Merlin and the Amulet of Right. As one of the UK's biggest superheroes, Captain Britain could be another opportunity for Marvel Studios to take the MCU's superheroes beyond New York or America in general. The movie could also be an opportunity to bring back Black Knight, set up Braddock as the leader of MI-13, introduce his mutant sister Psylocke, or even feature the multiversal version of the Captain Britain Corps and get Hayley Atwell's Captain Carter back in live-action.
The MCU's expansion of mythologies continues in Phase 4, which helps lay the foundation for a Hercules solo movie in the future. The Olympian god and son of Zeus is incredibly powerful and a major character in the comics. Since Russell Crowe's Zeus is in Thor: Love and Thunder, there is already some setup for him joining the MCU. It would be a natural extension of the Greek god mythology that Phase 4 is introducing, while he could effectively be the MCU's Thor replacement. Hercules getting his own film could also be a major moment for Marvel Studios in terms of representation, as he is bisexual in the comics and could be the first openly gay lead of a Marvel superhero movie depending on when it happens.
Back in the cosmos, Will Poulter's Adam Warlock could also be well-positioned for a solo film after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The MCU has already left him out of major storylines he was part of in the comics, so it would not be surprising if they rectify that by giving him a starring role going forward. An Adam Warlock solo movie could explore his evil counterpart The Magus, his role in forming the Infinity Watch, and be another building block towards an MCU Annihilation event.
Namor is expected to be the main villain of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, but Marvel Studios is already reportedly considering spinoff opportunities for him. Due to the rich mythology of Atlantis and the unexplored underwater world that a Namor spinoff could feature, there is great potential for this as a future MCU movie. This would also potentially help establish his place on the Illuminati team, position him for a crossover with the Fantastic Four, or just be Marvel's attempt to make its version of Aquaman.
The first Shang-Chi sequel is already in development, but it would be quite shocking if Shang-Chi 3 doesn't also happen in the next 10 years. There is a lot of time for two more movies starring Simu Liu's kung fu master to be made in the next decade. With story details about Shang-Chi 2 still kept under wraps, speculation can run wild as to what its follow-up will explore. However, Shang-Chi joining MI6 and becoming an international spy, continuing a potential war with Xialing's Ten Rings, and working with the Agents of Atlas could all be story threads in Shang-Chi 3.
Even though the first Blade movie doesn't have a release date and has taken several years to move through development, it likely won't take nearly as long for the sequel to arrive. Blade 2 should comfortably arrive in the MCU's slate before 2032 at this rate. The movie can bring back Mahershala Ali's vampire hunter and be another step forward in the supernatural corner of the MCU, while Blade could find himself fighting Dracula or another major vampire.
Fantastic Four 2
Audiences will likely also see at least one Fantastic Four sequel before 2032. Marvel Studios has still yet to reveal much of anything about the first movie, but there is great potential for Fantastic Four 2 to go even bigger than however the franchise starts. Battling Galactus or Doctor Doom are two such possibilities, as is Mr. Fantastic encountering the Interdimensional Council of Reeds or the team exploring the Negative Zone. If they aren't in the first film, Fantastic Four's sequel could even be where Franklin and Valeria Richards enter the picture.
Future MCU TV Shows
On top of the 42 confirmed, rumored, and possible MCU future movies, Marvel Studios is also working on several Disney+ shows. The success of the first wave ensures that more will come throughout the next decade of Marvel storytelling too. The studio has so far confirmed plans for spinoffs like Echo and Agatha: House of Harkness, while a Ghost Rider show, Man-Thing special, Wakanda-set series, and Shang-Chi spinoff are also rumored. The potential for Disney+ to tell long-form Marvel stories featuring known and new characters leaves countless options for what could come before 2032. This includes spinoffs for Rocket and Groot, introducing Sentry or Storm, or even team-ups like Secret Warriors. The possibilities are endless and unclear, but one thing is certain: there will be no shortage of MCU content for the next decade.