With 27 feature films and six Disney+ shows in 14 years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe dominates pop culture through its shared comic book worlds. Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness was released on May 6, and the hype train keeps moving with Thor: Love and Thunder arriving July 8. Fans are amped up with anticipation as buzz only grows for its current phase, which hopefully we’ll learn more about during San Diego Comic-Con, coming up July 21-24.
The MCU is already one of the biggest entertainment franchises ever, encompassing hundreds of hours of content across movies, TV shows, web shorts, and video games. It’s not just big but beloved, boasting cumulative box office of over $25 billion worldwide. As we enter Phase 4, fans still can’t get enough, and it’s changing with every single release, whether it’s in theaters or on Disney+—and more recently, even in theme parks with the opening of Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at Walt Disney World.
At present, there are at least 12 new MCU movies in production or awaiting release, and at least 16 new Disney+ streaming TV shows. With all that content, it can be hard to keep track of all the Marvel theatrical release dates and Marvel TV release dates, especially since they are frequently rescheduled or tweaked.
To help you keep track, we’re compiling all the current MCU release dates; when specific titles have been announced but still not officially scheduled, we’ll put them in order when we think they’re most likely to show up.
(Last updated 5/30/22)
MCU fans got their first good look at the second film in the Doctor Strange franchise via a post-credits teaser that ran in theaters at the end of Spider-Man: No Way Home. Directed by Spider-Man vet Sam Raimi, the film runs a refreshingly brief two hours and six minutes long—making it the shortest MCU movie since Captain Marvel. You can read our review of the movie here. For more coverage of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, see below:
- Sam Raimi on Traversing the Multiverse in His First MCU Film
- Doctor Strange 2‘s Release Date Shift Changed Spider-Man: No Way Home’s Plot
- Sam Raimi on How Doctor Strange 2’s Many Delays Made the Film Better
- Sam Raimi Explains His Method to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
- Benedict Cumberbatch Reflects on Somehow Becoming the MCU’s Elder Statesman
- Sam Raimi Returns to His Horror Sensibilities in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
- Doctor Strange 2’s Writer Breaks Down the Movie’s Biggest Spoilers
- Doctor Strange 2 is More Raimi Than Marvel
- 13 Burning Questions We Have After Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
- Tom Cruise Was Never Going to Be in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, But…
- Charlize Theron Reveals Her Mysterious New Marvel Character
- Multiverse of Madness Gave Scarlet Witch the Story She Can Never Escape From
- Doctor Strange 2 Surpasses 800 Million at the Box Office
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After Thor: Ragnarok, fans expect Thor: Love and Thunder to be wild. Just off-the-walls bonkers nonsense from the man who does that better than anyone: writer-director Taika Waititi. The first trailer dropped in April, the second arrived in mid-May, and they both deliver on that promise: the Marvel Cinematic Universe is, indeed, bringing the thunder. And we love it.
Thor: Love and Thunder opens July 8 in theaters only. The fourth feature film in the Thor franchise brings back Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, now the Mighty Thor, the Goddess of Thunder. Chris Hemsworth and all the Guardians of the Galaxy make appearances. Oscar winners Christian Bale and Russell Crowe will also appear, as Gorr the God Butcher and Zeus, respectively. Waititi calls it “the craziest shit [he’s] ever done,” which is saying something.
For more coverage of Thor: Love and Thunder, look below:
- Thor: Love and Thunder’s Trailer is Wilder Than You Even Imagined
- Taika Waititi Talks About the “Mindfuck” That is Jane Foster’s Thor in Love & Thunder
- Taika Waititi Says There’s Surprising Romance in Thor: Love and Thunder
- How Star-Lord Is Different in Thor: Love and Thunder vs. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
- Thor: Love & Thunder’s Trailer Gives Jane Foster Her Mighty Due
Ms. Marvel will be the next Marvel Disney+ show. Newcomer Iman Vellani stars as Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, in the series which will be released on June 8. Khan is a teenage girl with the power to shapeshift and stretch her body, though the powers may have been slightly altered for the show. Khan will be the MCU’s first Muslim superhero. The series is based on a comic book created in 2013 by G. Willow Wilson and Sana Amanat. It’s really, really good. Check out a new trailer here.
For more coverage on all things Ms. Marvel, see below.
- Ms. Marvel’s New Promo Teases More of Her New Cosmic Powerset
- Ms. Marvel Co-Creator Sana Amanat on How the Show Keeps the Core of Kamala’s Powers
On May 19 the official Twitter for Ms. Marvel released a special behind-the-scenes featurette starring Iman Vellani and introducing us to the people who are working to bring the new series to Disney+
Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany stars in this new comedy series as Jennifer Walters, aka She-Hulk, a lawyer who specializes in superhuman-oriented legal cases. The series will star lots of other Marvel characters including Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk and Tim Roth as the Abomination. The cast of the nine-episode series also includes Ginger Gonzaga, Josh Segarra, Jameela Jamil, Jon Bass, and Renée Elise Goldsberry.
In addition to Frog-Man, The Cosmic Circus alleges She-Hulk will also introduce an undisclosed “porcupine man.” This “porcupine man is believe to be either the Roger Gocking or Alexander Gentry incarnation of the classic Ant-Man foe.
The first official trailer dropped May 17, and shows a peek at Walters’ journey to manage her She-Hulk powers while also taking on superhuman-oriented legal cases (and managing her love life). She-Hulk: Attorney at Law has been rated TV-14 by the FCC, Comic Book reports.
The Black Panther sequel has run into its share of troubles: First, the tragic passing of star Chadwick Boseman, and then actor Letitia Wright, who plays T’Challa’s sister Shuri, suffered an injury during filming which caused the production to go on hold until 2022 (she reportedly caused trouble with her anti-vax shenanigans, too). Wright is joined by Daniel Kaluuya, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Winston Duke. The film is directed by Ryan Coogler.
Wakanda Forever will also introduce a brand new Marvel hero: Dominique Thorne; she’ll make her debut as Riri Williams in the movie, ahead of her Disney+ series, Ironheart.
This new animated series follows the adventures of Baby Groot, a character first seen in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
Can’t get enough of the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special? How about a Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special on Disney+ that’s written and directed by James Gunn? This winter treat is shooting alongside Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and will come out a few months before that movie hits theaters. (One adored space dog may also make their return).
The sequel to Captain Marvel will pull together three of the MCU’s most powerful women: Brie Larsen’s titular Captain, Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan, and Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau. Nia DaCosta (who most recently helmed the revival of Candyman) is directing the film.
The final movie in the Guardians trilogy was supposed to be completed years ago, but then writer-director James Gunn got fired, then rehired, then did a really fun DC superhero movie. Now Guardians 3 is finally underway, starring the usual crew (Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan), and actor Will Poulter as Adam Warlock.
The third Ant-Man movie will return to the quantum realm and bring back director Peyton Reed and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Michelle Pfeiffer. There’s an appropriate amount of (quantum) uncertainty surrounding this flick: it may tie in the mysterious villain of the Loki series, or include the first film appearance of another classic comics villain. Hell, it may even include Bill Murray.
This spinoff from WandaVision will star Kathryn Hahn as her fan-favorite character Agatha Harkness.
This live-action series will follow James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) as he tracks down stolen tech that allows criminals to replicate Iron Man technology.
Disney hasn’t revealed much about this reboot of the franchise that features vampire-hunter who is also a vampire, but we know that it stars two-time Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali, who also played Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes in Netflix Marvel series Luke Cage. We also know Blade appeared (or at least his voice did) in the end credits of The Eternals. The film is directed by Bassam Tariq, the first U.S.-Pakistani person to helm a Marvel Studios film.
Ryan Reynold’s “merc with the mouth” is set to appear in Disney’s first R-rated film following the company’s completed acquisition of Fox assets.
This spinoff from the Hawkeye series will follow Echo, a deaf martial artist, as played by actress Alaqua Cox. Devery Jacobs (Reservation Dogs) co-stars.
Echo has officially begun filming on May 24, according to a tweet by series creator Marion Dayre.
Disney has confirmed that Reed Richards, Susan Storm, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm will finally make an appearance in the MCU. Jon Watts (Spider-Man: Far From Home) was originally slated to direct, but recently left the project.
With Tony Stark gone, the MCU needs a new super-genius inventor. Enter teenage prodigy Riri Williams (played by Dominique Thorne), who creates a brand new, ultra-advanced armored suit. Other cast members include Anthony Ramos (In the Heights) and Lyric Ross (This is Us). Chinaka Hodge (TNT’s Snowpiercer) is attached as the head writer, and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is an executive producer alongside Marvel’s Kevin Feige and others.
The smash hit series about Tom Hiddleston’s antihero will return… someday. Loki season one is currently the most-watched Marvel series on Disney+ and production the second season will start in the next few weeks.
Tom Hiddleston confirmed “the whole cast” of Loki’s first season returns for season two on a recent episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live.
This new animated show is loosely spun out from a breakout episode of What If? that saw MCU heroes battling a zombie apocalypse.
Disney says this new animated series follows Peter Parker “on his way to becoming Spider-Man in the MCU, with a journey unlike we’ve ever seen and a style that celebrates the character’s early comic book roots.”
This series picks up story lines from both Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Far From Home to explain the decades-long Skrull invasion of Earth. Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn will star.
The speculative animated series and its omnipresent narrator the Watcher will return with an all-new season. The show’s creators say next season will focus on new stories, new heroes, and “lots of fun.”
We’ve got a new Captain America, so it’s inevitable we’ll get a new Cap movie. Anthony Mackie will appear in the title role.
Not much is known yet about this show set in Black Panther’s home country.
Now that Disney owns the old Fox assets that included all the “mutant” Marvel superheroes, you can count on characters like the X-Men making an MCU debut.
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