The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues with the highly-anticipated Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madnessbut the pop culture powerhouse franchise will continue with 11 new movies and several upcoming TV shows. Doc Strange 2 will delve further into the multiverse-spanning adventures of the MCU’s heroes, as well as feature the welcome return of director Sam Raimi to Marvel’s movies after his celebrated spider-man trilogy. Even with the Infinity Saga concluded, the MCU continues to introduce new heroes and new threats in its upcoming properties, showing that the franchise continues to be a major player in the cinematic landscape.
In addition to continuing the stories of its well-established Infinity Saga heroes, the MCU will also release films based on new Marvel properties. the Fantastic Four and X Menboth beloved Marvel comic series, will soon make their MCU debuts, due to Disney’s acquisition of their parent company, 20th Century Fox. With Doc Strange 2 unleashing the multiverse, some of these properties might enter the franchise due to different realities melding.
Since 2021, the MCU has also found success on television, with all future MCU shows being aired on the streaming service Disney+. The shows’ events are as meaningful as the films, with lore, character arcs, and plot points from the MCU’s Disney+ shows tying into the films, as shown in Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doc Strange 2. Here are all of the MCU movies and TV shows that viewers can look forward to after Doc Strange 2.
Thor: Love and Thunder – July 8, 2022
With Thor: Love and Thunder, Thor will be the only original founding member of The Avengers to receive a solo film after the Infinity Saga. Now a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor will contend with perhaps his greatest threat yet: Gorr the God Butcher, who will be played by Christian Bale. The film will also see Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster return to the MCU, wielding a repaired Mjolnir and receiving the powers of Thor along with it.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – November 11, 2022
Although Chadwick Boseman played T’Challa wonderfully throughout the Infinity Saga, his tragic passing means that the King of Wakanda cannot appear in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Instead, the film is said to focus on the society and culture of the nation, with Letitia Wright’s Shuri perhaps taking on the superhero role of Black Panther while T’Challa leads the country off-screen. The film is also rumored to introduce Namor the Sub-Mariner to the MCU, perhaps as an anti-villain.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania – February 17, 2023
In addition to continuing character and plot threads from Ant-Man and the Wasp and Avengers: Endgame, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will also tie into the MCU’s Disney+ TV shows by featuring a villain from Loki. Played by Jonathan Majors, Kang the Conqueror, a variant of He Who Remains (introduced in Loki), will oppose Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne. Since Kang is seemingly being set up as the MCU’s next major antagonist after Thanos, this likely won’t be his last appearance in the franchise.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 – May 5, 2023
Since Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is the last of three upcoming appearances by the ragtag team of cosmic heroes, it’s unclear what state they’ll be in. The Guardians will have starring roles in both Thor 4 and The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Specialallowing them to properly integrate the alternate universe Gamora into their adventures following the original Gamora’s death in Avengers: Infinity War. guards 3 will likely be the team’s final adventure, bringing their respective character arcs to a satisfying close, courtesy of James Gunn.
The Marvels – July 28, 2023
the marvels will not only be a continuation of Carol Danvers’ galaxy-trotting adventures, but also the first cinematic appearances of Monica Rambeau and Kamala Khan. the marvels also looks to be the MCU film with the most ties to the franchise’s Disney+ shows, with Teyonah Parris debuting as Rambeau in WandaVision and Kamala Khan starring in the Ms. Marvel TV series beforehand. Samuel L. Jackson will also return as Nick Fury following his brief cameo (and Skrull impersonation) in Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Fantastic 4 – TBA
Although the mainstream Marvel Comics universe began in 1939 with Namor’s debut, the universe first truly hit its stride in 1961 when the Fantastic Four hit newsstands. As one of Marvel’s most popular properties, the Fantastic Four has, unsurprisingly, had numerous adaptations, though their films have never been particularly successful among viewers. The team will finally be adapted in the MCU in the upcoming film Fantastic 4though with Jon Watts stepping down from the project in April 2022, it’s unknown who will take over directorial duties.
Blade – TBA
1998’s Bladestarring Wesley Snipes, was the very first successful Marvel Comics film before 2002’s spider-man took the superhero film genre to exciting new heights. Now that Marvel Studios has the film rights to Bladean MCU reboot is planned for the hero, starring Mahershala Ali in his second MCU role since Cornell Stokes in luke cage. In an uncredited voice-only cameo, Ali has already appeared as Blade in the MCU, via a post-credits scene in Eternals.
Deadpool 3 – TBA
Ryan Reynolds cemented himself as the definitive live-action version of the fourth-wall-breaking Merc with a Mouth in 2016’s dead pool and 2018’s Dead Pool 2. With Reynolds’ version of Wade Wilson being irreplaceable, he will likely be the only character from 20th Century Fox’s X Men film series to join the MCU, with the upcoming Dead Pool 3 continuing his bizarre misadventures. With Deadpool’s frequent fourth-wall-breaking, he’s sure to address the fact that he comes from another film franchise in his third outing.
Captain America 4 – TBA
With Steve Rogers having retired and passed down his iconic shield to Sam Wilson in end game, the MCU now has a new Captain America. Anthony Mackie took a starring role in the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, where he accepted his new role and the weight that comes with it, receiving an upgraded suit and wings in the finale. The upcoming fourth Captain America film will continue Wilson’s story as well as Bucky Barnes’s, where he may finally put his Winter Soldier past behind him for good.
Shang-Chi 2 – TBA
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was a major success for the MCU’s Phase 4, so a sequel is unsurprisingly in the works. The first film not only introduced a new cast of characters and lore to the MCU, but it also, in typical MCU fashion, teased new adventures for future installments. Not only will the true origin and nature of Shang-Chi’s inherited Ten Ring weapons need to be explained, but his sister, Xialing, now leads the Ten Rings organization, and it’s not clear if she’ll continue her father’s sinister ways or become an ally to Shang-Chi.
Like the Fantastic Fourthe X Men are one of Marvel’s most popular properties, so the announcement of a mutant-centric MCU film is exciting news. Given how large of a presence mutants have in the Marvel Comics universe, it will be tricky to explain where the MCU’s mutants have been since the franchise has gone through three phases without any mention of them. However, the film explains the MCU’s mutants, it’s sure to be a welcome new addition to the MCU franchise.
Spider-Man Homecoming 4 – TBA
Although Spider-Man: No Way Home was a satisfying potential ending to the MCU’s spider-man series, the film’s success led to the announcement of three more spider-man movies. Thanks to Doctor Strange’s final reality-fixing spell, Peter Parker’s life has been reset, with nobody knowing he exists, let alone that he’s secretly the web-slinging hero. The new films will likely show Peter Parker attending college with a new cast of supporting characters and new villains to face for his alter ego.
Every MCU TV Show Releasing After Doctor Strange 2
The MCU is continuing to grow in scale and increase the stakes of its threats following the three-phase Infinity Saga. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness shows that the MCU’s stories are no longer confined to a single universe, and the franchise’s upcoming movies demonstrate how well its cinematic and television sides are intertwined. In addition to a plethora of new movies, the MCU’s upcoming TV shows will include the following:
- Marvel (2022)
- She-Hulk (2022)
- An MCU Halloween Special (2022)
- The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (2022)
- Secret Invasion (TBA)
- Ironheart (TBA)
- Armor Wars (TBA)
- Wakanda series (TBA)
- Loki Season 2 (TBA)
- Echo (TBA)
- Agatha: House of Harness (TBA)
- Spider-Man: Freshman Year (TBA)
- Marvel Zombies (TBA)
- Destin Daniel Cretton’s series (TBA)
- Daredevil Revival (TBA)
- Nova (TBA)
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- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release date: May 06, 2022
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release date: Jul 08, 2022
- Black Panther: Wakanda Forever/Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
- The Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2023)Release date: Jul 28, 2023
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: February 17, 2023
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