If there is one lesson that the past decade has taught us about the state of cinema, it is that superhero movies are, in many ways, the dominant film-going attraction. The high anticipation for Marvel movies has not subsided with every delayed released date and even a DC sequel relegated to a streaming release is still enough to get fans excited. There is plenty of that and more to look forward to in 2021 and beyond.
There are comic book movies (specifically ones centered on costumed vigilantes and/or villains) that are currently slated for release in 2022, 2023, and even for dates beyond our current knowledge. Of course, we know how moviegoers are, and to appeal to the common urge to be informed on as much as possible as soon as possible, we have compiled every big superhero movie that has either been officially announced, reportedly mentioned, or has already been made and is just waiting to finally come out. Here is you one-stop place to catch up on the status of each.
Thunder Force (April 9, 2021)
Real-life best friends Melissa McCarthy and Octavia Spencer play former childhood friends who give themselves superpowers to take on their city's (literally) powerful villains. The Netflix original superhero movie Thunder Force is also written and directed by McCarthy's husband, Ben Falcone.
Samaritan (June 4, 2021)
MCU vet Sylvester Stallone plays a veteran hero brought out of hiding by a young boy (Javon “Wanna” Walton) in Samaritan. The original superhero flick was described as Unbreakable meets Finding Forrester when first announced in 2016.
Black Widow (July 9, 2021)
Fans will see Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff experience a “family reunion” in her long-awaited Marvel solo film. As far as a few other things we know so far about Black Widow, Academy Award nominee Florence Pugh also stars in a supporting role, which could have a bigger potential future in the MCU, in the Summer 2021 release.
The Suicide Squad (August 6, 2021)
Fitting how Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn was chosen to take over the DCEU’s own ragtag team of ne'er-do-wells. Not designated as a sequel or reboot of the 2016 predecessor, The Suicide Squad stars both returning players, like Margot Robbie, and new additions, such as Idris Elba.
Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings (September 3, 2021)
Destin Daniel Cretton directed some comic book movie actors in Short Term 12 and Just Mercy before he was chosen to helm the first film with a predominately Asian cast in the MCU. The Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings cast includes Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, and Simu Liu as the titular kung-fu master.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage (September 17, 2021)
Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock will meet his worst nightmare in Woody Harrelson’s own symbiotic alter ego in this sequel. Fellow comic book movie actor Andy Serkis stepped in to direct Venom: Let There Be Carnage, which went into post-production in Summer 2020 with potential for reshoots.
Eternals (November 5, 2021)
There will also be a new superhero team joining the MCU when Marvel's Eternals hits theaters in late 2021. Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, Bryan Tyree Henry and others make up the cast of ageless beings responsible for shaping and protecting Earth’s greatest civilizations.
Spider-Man: No Way Home (December 17, 2021)
There is only so much that we know so far about Spider-Man: No Way Home, but rumors have long suggested Tom Holland is collaborating with heroes of similar abilities - former Peter Parker actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, in this third installment as the webslinger. Plus, Jamie Foxx could reprise Electro along with Alfred Molina returning to play Doctor Octopus in what is looking to be the most ambitious live-action Spidey movie yet.
Morbius (January 21, 2022)
After reprising Joker in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Jared Leto will become a Marvel character in 2022. The Oscar winner plays the title role of Sony's Morbius, whose attempt to cure his rare disease turns him into a living vampire instead.
The Batman (March 4, 2022)
There will be more than one Batman to look forward to than Robert Pattinson on the big screen. Yet, as fas we know, Matt Reeves’ The Batman - a new take on the Dark Knight’s early years also starring Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman and Colin Farrell as pre-Penguin Oswald Copplebot - exists outside of the DCEU.
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness (March 25, 2022)
Benedict Cumberbatch will engage in much interdimensional mingling in Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness when he returns as the MCU’s Sorcerer Supreme. Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez (Young Avengers’ Miss America), and others are also slated to appear in director Sam Raimi’s exciting return to the comic book genre.
Thor: Love And Thunder (May 6, 2022)
Returning to direct Thor: Love and Thunder is co-writer and star Taika Waititi along with Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, who will take over the role of the MCU’s God of Thunder from Chris Hemsworth. If that is not engaging enough for you, Star-Lord actor Chris Pratt was confirmed as part of the cast along with Christian Bale as Gorr, the God Butcher.
DC Super Pets (May 22, 2022)
This family film is the second by the animators behind Scoob! from 2020. In DC Super Pets, animals related to famous superheroes (such as Superman’s dog, Krypto, and Batman’s hound, Ace) team-up to bring criminals to furry justice.
Black Panther II (July 8, 2022)
Tragedy has surrounded Ryan Coogler’s follow-up to the Oscar-winning MCU debut following the death of star Chadwick Boseman in August. One silver lining is the potential for Letitia Wright’s Shuri to inherit the title moniker (per the comics’ continuity) in Black Panther II, which is reportedly set to begin filming in July 2021.
Black Adam (July 29, 2022)
We can easily count on things to get dark in Dwayne Johnson's Shazam! spin-off, Black Adam, in which members of the Justice Society of America will make their DCEU debut, reportedly. The anti-hero solo film is still in pre-production.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 2 (October 7, 2022)
While Black Panther did not take home the Best Picture Oscar in 2019, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse did win Best Animated Feature that year. Now, Shameik Moore is set to voice young webslinger Miles Morales in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 2, another interdimensional adventure for 2022.
The Flash (November 4, 2022)
It director Andy Muschietti’s upcoming DCEU film, headlined by Ezra Miller as Barry Allen, is said to be inspired by DC Comics’ “Flashpoint” storyline. In fact, The Flash is taking advantage of the famous arc’s time-altering concepts to bring both Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck back to the role of Batman.
Captain Marvel II (November 11, 2022)
Another horror filmmaker turning her sights to comic book flicks is Candyman director Nia DaCosta, who will helm the MCU sequel Captain Marvel II, starring Brie Larson. Teyonah Parris will also appear in her WandaVision role, Monica Rambeau, along with Iman Vellani’s Kamala Khan after she debuts on Disney+’s upcoming Ms. Marvel series.
Aquaman 2 (December 16, 2022)
Fellow horror director James Wan is returning to the director’s chair for an announced sequel to his worldwide, $1 billion DCEU hit Aquaman. Now, Aquaman 2 is easily the most anticipated film starring upcoming Jason Momoa, who will reprise the titular role of the Atlantean Justice League member along with Patrick Wilson, Tamuera Morrison, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
Shazam! Fury Of The Gods (June 2, 2023)
Lights Out director David F. Sandberg tried his hand at lighthearted comic book flicks with Shazam! in 2019. He will return for the more earnest-sounding sequel Shazam! Fury of the Gods, along with Zachary Levi as Billy Batson’s (Asher Angel) titular, grown-up alter ego, along with Adam Brody as the same for Jack Dylan Grazer’s Freddy Freeman.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)
Everyone from your favorite crew of cosmic heroes is returning for writer and director James Gunn's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 - the series’ third and, supposedly, final installment. Even Zoe Saldana is billed to return as Gamora, which begs the question of how her fate from Avengers: Infinity War will be reversed.
The Fantastic Four (TBA)
A question fans have also been begging to have answered is how and when Marvel's first superhero family will finally be inducted into the MCU. Well, quite frankly, we do not know the answer to that, either, but we do know that Marvel’s Fantastic Four reboot is on the way and will be helmed by Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts.
Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania (2023)
Destined to have everyone's favorite superhero movie title ever is Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which continues the romantic adventures of Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly). Along with Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer reprising their roles, Lovecraft Country’s Jonathan Majors joins the cast as Kang the Conqueror and Kathryn Newton replaces Emma Fuhrmann as Scott’s daughter, Cassie.
Taking over a role originated onscreen by Wesley Snipes is two-time Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali in Blade. Bringing back the vampire hunter could mark a turning point in the MCU getting a little darker.
Green Lantern Corps (TBA)
The DCEU debut of Green Lantern (not counting that Justice League flashback) has been in development for a while. Instead of a story built primarily around one hero, both Hal Jordan and John Stewart will be the central protagonists of Green Lantern Corps… whenever it comes out, that is.
The New Gods (TBA)
The Snyder Cut's version of Steppenwolf made a triumphant return Zach Snyder's Justice League, along with Darkseid, DeSaad, and Granny Goodness, on HBO Max. Yet, director Ava DuVernay’s The New Gods will directly focus on these ageless beings who exist outside of time and space and still in development at this time.
A DCEU solo flick centered on Barbara Gordon’s vigilante origins was originally announced in early 2017 when Joss Whedon was assigned at the helm. Since his exit, Batgirl has been subjected to rumors of existing outside of the DCEU and even having been cancelled, but that is no reason to lose hope so soon.
Wonder Woman 3 (TBA)
We should still optimistically anticipate a third Wonder Woman movie, even if Patty Jenkins has put the modern-day threequel on indefinite pause, it seems. Besides, a franchise this popular is bound to eventually become a trilogy - or quadrilogy, technically, if you count the proposed spin-off.
Amazons Spin-Off (TBA)
Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns reportedly pitched an idea for a film that focuses primarily on the Amazons of Themyscira. It would take place after Gal Gadot’s Diana left the island with Steve Trevor in the first film and set up Wonder Woman 3, but no further developments have materialized yet.
Deadpool 3 (TBA)
Ryan Reynolds once announced plans of an X-Force spin-off, but, since the Disney/Fox merger, the Merc with a Mouth will apparently make his MCU debut with a direct third installment. Reynolds is working on a script for Deadpool 3, which promises to be R-rated, with Wendy Molyneux Lizzie Molyneux-Loeglin.
As for what is going on with Sony’s mouthful of a Spider-Man universe, fellow arachnoid superhero Spider-Woman will soon be getting her own movie. Olivia Wilde has been in talks to direct the project, but with no word on which specific iteration of the character (Jessica Drew? Gwen Stacy?) it will focus on at the moment.
Madame Web (TBA)
Another “spider woman” who has already had a film of her own in the works for a while is Madame Web. Despite suffering from blindness and paralysis, this supernatural, clairvoyant being has been known to be a very helpful guide to Spider-Man whenever he has been in need.
Kraven The Hunter (TBA)
J.C. Chandor, director of Netflix’s Triple Frontier, has been in talks with Sony to helm an origin story about Kraven the Hunter. The Russian-born predator is famous for going after the biggest game imaginable (namely Spider-Man), and is also the brother of the Chameleon, believe it or not.
Untitled Bloodshot Sequel (TBA)
Earlier in 2020, right about the time movie theaters started becoming a rarity, Bloodshot became the first movie based on a Valiant comic. In November, a direct follow-up with Vin Diesel reprising the title role was announced, giving hope to a new shared universe inspired by the lesser-known publisher.
Another Valiant movie adaptation reportedly in the works is Harbinger, based on an “X-Men-esque” property about psionic superhumans, from director Justin Tipping. The film first went into development under Sony (which made Bloodshot) before switching to Paramount in 2019, putting the future of the this proposed shared universe into question.
A movie based on the Valiant comic Shadowman was greenlit back in 2017 with House Party director Reginald Hudlin and writers J. Michael Straczynski and Adam Simon attached. Not many further developments have been made since regarding this movie about a New Orleans man given dark, supernatural abilities.
Green Hornet And Kato (TBA)
Hollywood first adapted The Green Hornet, originally a radio play, for the big screen as a Seth Rogen-led comedy in 2011. Universal Pictures and Amasia Entertainment have reportedly teamed-up for a David Koepp-penned reboot called Green Hornet and Kato (his highly skilled chauffeur and sidekick), which may give it a chance to be a little more earnest.
One-Punch Man (TBA)
The only way to make One-Punch Man into a feature-length film is to make it a comedy and, hopefully, that is the intention of the screenwriting duo behind Venom, who have been tapped by Sony adapt it. The popular manga-turned-anime itself is a satire on superhero culture seen through the eyes of a young man bored by his ability to defeat any enemy in one strike.
The Toxic Avenger (TBA)
One of the most iconic (and quite nasty) superhero comedies, The Toxic Avenger, has a reboot planned. The original creators of the 1984 Troma release, Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz, will produce the update, starring Peter Dinklage and written and directed by Green Room and Blue Ruin star Macon Blair.
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