Marvel Movies: The Complete Timeline of Upcoming MCU Films

3:13 PM 9/20/2016

by Aaron Couch

Confused as to what movie is coming out when? We've got you covered.

It can be hard to keep track of all the worlds and dimensions the Marvel Cinematic Universe will go to next. Luckily, we have you covered with this timeline of all the upcoming movies from Phase 3 and beyond. The list will be updated as new release dates are announced and everything from Thor: Ragnarok to Avengers 4 swings into theaters. 

  • Thor: Ragnarok

    Nov. 3

    Even though this is the third entry in the Thor franchise, this is one of the most intriguing of the upcoming MCU slate. Why? Not only does Thor (Chris Hemsworth) team up with Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) for a cosmic road trip, but the film is also directed by Taika Waititi, who has been endearing himself to the Marvel faithful with his hilarious Thor mockumentary and cheeky Twitter persona. His previous films — What We Do in the Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople — promise he'll inject a healthy dose of humor into the already pretty funny MCU. 

  • 'Black Panther'

    Feb. 16, 2018

    Marvel has assembled a team worthy of royalty for Black Panther, which stars Chadwick Boseman as the titular king of Wakanda. Ryan Coogler is directing the film, which also stars his Creed lead Michael B. Jordan as the villain Killmonger, as well as Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o (Nakia) and The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira (Okoye). Boseman's hero was first introduced in Civil War, which ended with him providing asylum for Bucky/The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). 

  • 'Avengers: Infinity War'

    May 4, 2018

    Thanos (Josh Brolin) will get up from his chair and take on the Avengers himself, and judging from the first footage shown at D23, it's going to be intense (and even involve Thanos using a moon to fight the Avengers). The Russo Bros. are returning to followup Civil War with the film that takes its name from the six-issue Marvel Comics series, published in 1992. 

  • 'Ant-Man and the Wasp'

    July 6, 2018


    Hope van Dyne/The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) will finally suit up as a hero in her own right for the followup to Ant-Man, which will once again be directed by Peyton Reed and star Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man. It's almost certain the film will further explore the quantum realm — which we briefly saw in Ant-Man and in which Hank Pym's (Michael Douglas) wife Janet van Dyne was lost years ago. Janet will be introduced to the MCU with Michelle Pfeiffer playing the classic hero, and Laurence Fishburne playing Bill Foster (who in the comics has taken up the mantle of several heroes, including Giant-Man).

  • 'Captain Marvel'

    March 8, 2019 

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    Brie Larson is going back to the '90s to step into the role of Carol Danvers, who in the comic is a hotshot pilot who gains alien powers after an accident. The film from directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck takes place in the past, which will allow Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to be part of the movie without the eye patch. Even more intriguing, the villains will be the Skrulls, an alien race with a rich history in the comics. Guardians of the Galaxy co-writer Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve penned the script.

  • Untitled 'Avengers 4'

    May 3, 2019

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    The Russo Brothers are directing a fourth Avengers title (previously going by the name Avengers: Infinity War — Part II). Not much is known about this project, other than the Russos have said it's very different from Avengers: Infinity War, which is why this film won't share a name with their third installment. 

  • 'Spider-Man: Homecoming 2'

    July 5, 2019

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    The untitled Spider-Man movie will start a new era of Marvel movies following Avengers 4, which Spidey will also be a part of. It will show Tom Holland's Peter Parker moving on following those momentous events.

    "There's still a lot of unexplored territory," Watts has said of keeping Spider-Man in high school for a sequel. "To deal with the fallout of Infinity War and be a junior in high school, I think sounds like a pretty good movie to me."

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3'

    Release date TBA

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    James Gunn will return to write and direct Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which does not yet have a release date. He says it will conclude the story of this group of Guardians, so don't expect Star-Lord and Groot to necessarily be hanging out after it. Gunn, on the other hand, may stick around the MCU following the movie to help continue to shepherd its cosmic stories.

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