Marvel and DC. Thanks to their properties, the superhero movie is alive and well. Sorry Martin Scorsese. Since the Michael Keaton-led Batman movies, the superhero genre has seen nothing but a meteoric rise. While DC is slowly righting their ship and coming out with better movies, Marvel, beginning with Iron Man, has hit it out of the park time and time again.
Looking at what’s to come, the future of superhero movies could be and should be bright. Marvel is getting ready to ramp up Phase 4 of the MCU while DC is hoping their future films will add to building their superhero movie portfolio in a positive way. The following list lays out every movie coming soon from your favorite superheroes.
Upcoming Superhero Movies With Confirmed Release Dates
Birds of Prey And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn – February 7, 2020
When Margot Robbie made a splash as Harley Quinn in DC’s 2016 Suicide Squad there was the talk of Robbie reprising her character in a stand-alone film. Robbie had a different idea and instead pitched “an R-rated girl gang film…” Robbie got what she asked for with Birds of Prey.
The anti-hero movie premieres on February 7, 2020, and along with Robbie as the psychotically loveable Harley Quinn, some of DC’s favorite female characters will make their debut. Jurnee Smollett-Bell plays Black Canary, Rosie Perez is The Question, Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays The Huntress, and Ella Jay Basco portrays Cassandra Cain, the young girl who eventually becomes Batgirl. Ewan McGregor is crime lord Roman Sionis aka Black Mask. Cathy Yan has been tapped to direct.
Bloodshot – February 21, 2020
Vin Diesel finally gets his shot at starring in a superhero movie (apologies to Groot) as Valiant Comics‘ long-running and popular Bloodshot. Diesel stars as Marine Ray Garrison who, along with his wife, are murdered. He is then brought back to life by a team of secret scientists who enhance Garrison with nanotechnology. This technology gives him super-human strength, shapeshifting and the ability to regenerate. At first, Garrison has no memories of his past life but as memories begin to creep back, Garrison realizes there is more to his resurrection.
Bloodshot also stars Guy Pierce as the leader of the secret scientists and is directed by first-time director Dave Wilson.
The New Mutants – April 3, 2020
Delays, reshoots, and more delays. Producer Simon Kinberg wanted to make a superhero horror movie and the New Mutants was it. The film was initially scheduled to premiere in April 2018 but that date was never met. Apparently, director Josh Boone (The Fault Of Our Stars) failed to put enough horror in the horror film. So, reshoots were ordered to add more of the horror element and possibly another character. New Mutants was pushed to August 2019. The Disney-Fox merger was supposedly the reason for the next delay, moving the film to April 3, 2020.
If the New Mutants is ever actually released it will star Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch, Split) as Magik, Charlie Heaton is Cannonball, Henry Zaga is Sunspot and Maisie Williams plays Wolfsbane. As for the actual plot, fans are hoping it delivers on the promise of superhero horror.
Black Widow – May 1, 2020
Spoiler alert for those who have not seen Avengers: Endgame. Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff sacrificed herself for the greater good. So how is this superhero solo movie happening? Well, it’s a prequel set after her appearance in Captain America: Civil War.
Here’s the first trailer for Black Widow.
This standalone superhero movie represents Marvel’s entry to Phase 4 and along with Johansson, it will star Florence Pugh as Yelena, the comic book character who eventually becomes Black Widow. David Harbour is also aboard as Red Guardian, a Russian version of Captain America. In a shocking announcement, Robert Downey Jr. is returning as Tony Stark. Cate Shortland is behind the camera for this highly anticipated movie.
Wonder Woman 1984 – June 5, 2020
It was obvious with the huge numbers Wonder Woman pulled in that sights were set on a sequel. DC jumped in it and brought back director Patty Jenkins to helm Wonder Woman’s next superhero movie adventure.
Gal Gadot returns as Wonder Woman living during the Cold War. Also returning is Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, but it’s not known if his character is seen only in flashbacks or not. Kristen Wiig, known more for her comedy, is here surprisingly playing the villain Cheetah. DC’s expectations are high for this summer release.
Morbius – July 31, 2020
While Morbius is not the movie’s official title, Marvel’s famous vampire will make his debut in the summer of 2020. Jared Leto, who unfortunately didn’t gain many fans with his portrayal of the Joker, has been tapped to take on the lead role, Michael Morbius.
Details of the plot have not yet been released but Morbius is a biochemist with a rare blood disease. In his attempts to cure himself, he instead develops powerful abilities and a strong taste for blood. Daniel Espinoza has signed on to direct with Adria Arjona as the Morbius love interest, Martine Bancroft.
Venom 2 – October 2, 2020
That mid-credits scene of Venom told us all we needed to know. Woody Harrelson will be back in action in the untitled Venom sequel as Venom’s murderous foe Carnage. Tom Hardy returns as Eddie Brock and his alter-ego, the symbiotic Venom.
Andy Serkis arrives as the director of a planned Venom superhero movie trilogy but the big question concerning the sequel is, will Tom Holland make an appearance as Spider-Man?
Marvel’s The Eternals – November 6, 2020
Late next year Marvel is going to introduce The Eternals, a group of immortals created for comics in 1976 by Jack Kirby. Those familiar with the comic will notice a big change in the movie version with some gender-swapping from the characters Kirby created.
What Marvel hopes will be its next big superhero movie franchise stars Angelina Jolie as warrior Thena. Top-lining with her are Salma Hayek as one of the gender-swapped characters Ajak, Richard Madden as Ikaris, and Lauren Ridloff of The Walking Dead series as another gender-swapped character Makkari. Another big announcement came with the movie as Marvel chief Kevin Feige reported that The Eternals will feature the MCU’s first openly gay character. Chloe Zhao helms the movie.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – February 12, 2021
The Master of Kung Fu has arrived. Loosely based on the legacy of martial arts icon Bruce Lee, Shang-Chi is being brought forth, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with Marvel’s goal being to offer “perspective on Asian identity.” With that in mind, Simu Lui was hired as Shang-Chi and Destin Daniel Cretton is the movie’s director.
Not much is known about this superhero movie’s plot but what we do know is that Tony Leung is the film’s baddy, The Mandarin, the real one, not the fake one brought to the screen in Iron Man 3.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – May 7, 2021
One of the most highly anticipated movies on the upcoming superhero movie circuit, the Doctor Strange sequel brings back Benedict Cumberbatch as Strange and director Scott Derrickson. Plot details are light but according to Derrickson, the plan is to “…make the first scary MCU film.” Hear that, The Eternals? News from Doctor Strange 2 says Elizabeth Olsen will reprise her role as Scarlett Witch, adding to the rumors that this sequel plays into the upcoming Disney+ series WandaVision. The villain in this one is Nightmare though no actor has been chosen for the role.
The Batman – June 6, 2021
To say reactions were mixed when writer/director Matt Reeves announced Robert Pattison was going to wear the Dark Knight’s cowl is an understatement. As time has gone on, fans seem to be leaning more toward the positive onIthe hire. More positivity followed when more cast was announced.
Zoe Kravitz is taking the role of Selina Kyle aka Catwoman. Paul Dano is the Riddler, John Turturro plays mobster Carmine Falcone and it is rumored that Colin Farrell will be playing The Penguin. Also rumored is that Batman will be facing more villains. Two-Face, Scarecrow, Bane and the Mad Hatter are linked to the movie. Rounding out the amazing cast is Jeffrey Wright as Commissioner Gordon and Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth. Reeves says The Batman is more of a noir than a superhero movie, focusing on the detective abilities of the caped crusader.
Spider-Man 3 – July 16, 2021
The on-again, off-again partnership between Sony and Marvel is now… on again! Spidey fans can rejoice. While there are next to no details about the third entry in Marvel’s new Spider-Man franchise, the simple fact that Sony and Marvel buried the hatchet, for now, is big news. We do know that Tom Holland will be back as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and Jon Watts will return to direct for a third time.
The Suicide Squad – August 8, 2021
One of the biggest surprises coming from the announcement of The Suicide Squad was that James Gunn of Guardians of the Galaxy fame would be writing and directing. For a time it seemed like James Gunn would never work for Marvel again when controversy over tweets made a decade ago erupted. Those tweets got him fired from Guardians of the Galaxy 3 (he has since been reinstated). Now though, all is well between Gunn and Marvel.
From the original Suicide Squad movie we know that Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, and Jai Courtney will return. Added to the cast are Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy), David Dastmalchian (Ant-Man), Idris Elba (Heimdall in various movies), Pete Davidson (SNL), John Cena (Wrestler-turned-actor), and Peter Capaldi (former Dr. Who) are also appearing.
Thor: Love and Thunder – November 5, 2021
We may be a little under two years away, but Thor: Ragnarok and now Thor: Love and Thunder director Taika Waititi made a big splash at Comic-Con 2019 when he brought out Jane Foster herself, Natalie Portman. Not only is she returning as Jane Foster, but as Waititi tells Variety “It introduces, for the first time, a female Thor.” This is big, especially not knowing the direction Waititi plans on taking Chris Hemsworth’s Thor.
Joining the Thor Love And Thunder cast alongside Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster may be Tom Hiddleston as Loki. The superhero sequel’s plot is something of a mystery at this point, though the title suggests a lot.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 2 – April 8, 2022
It wasn’t long after the extremely successful launch of the first animated Into the Spider-Verse movie that Sony announced a sequel to their animated superhero movie. Winning an Oscar has only added pressure for the new creative team behind Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 2.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller return as producers but have given the director’s chair to Joaquim Dos Santos from a script by Wonder Woman 1984’s David Callaham.
Black Panther 2 – May 6, 2022
With Black Panther 2 still a couple of years out, the only things we know at this point are Chadwick Boseman returns as T’Challa, the King of Wakanda and title character. Ryan Coogler has signed officially to write and direct.
Expect all those from the first superhero movie, and survivors from Avengers: Endgame, to return to their respective roles also. That list would include Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, Winston Duke as M’Baku, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Angela Bassett as Queen Ramonda, and Martin Freeman as Everett Ross.
Aquaman 2 – December 16, 2022
Aquaman is the top grossing DCEU movie so far. So Aquaman 2 was always a given. Not much is known about the second installment other than that Jason Momoa and Amber Heard will return. We don’t know if James Wan will return to the director’s chair. It is rumored that Momoa’s Aquaman will face off again against his classic nemesis Black Manta.
Upcoming Superhero Movies Without Release Dates
The Flash – TBA
This superhero solo movie has had its ups and downs from start dates to writers to directors. Ezra Miller has always been attached to the project and at one point even penned a script that Warner Bros. eventually turned down. It director Andy Muschietti has been brought in helm the new script which is being written by Birds of Prey scriptwriter Christina Hodson.
Black Adam – TBA
Dwayne Johnson was supposed to co-star as Shazam’s nemesis Black Adam in Shazam, but that was not to be. Johnson has remained attached to Black Adam and it was recently announced that the superhero movie will now be a stand-alone adventure for the character. Jauma Collet-Serra, who just worked on Disney’s Jungle Cruise with Johnson, has been tabbed to direct Black Adam. There is no start date but a writer has been chosen. Expect the production on Black Adam to start within the next year.
Shazam 2 – TBA
Zachary Levi returns in the sequel to the surprise hit superhero movie Shazam!. Henry Gayden has been hired by Warner Bros. to start writing. It’s thought director David F. Sandberg will return to helm the project but as of yet he has not officially signed.
Blade – TBA
The bombshell that came with the announcement that Blade was going to be rebooted was that Wesley Snipes would not return as the Daywalker. Instead, Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali has been chosen to take up the mantle as Eric Brooks aka Blade. Kevin Feige, Marvel chief, told Variety about his excitement in bringing Ali aboard, “He’s going to destroy the part…”
Get more in-depth details on the new Blade in our Blade: All We Know Guide
Guardians of the Galaxy 3 – TBA
With all the turmoil surrounding James Gunn and his firing, the future of the Guardian superhero movie series was briefly up in the air. Cast members wanted Gunn to remain and eventually, they wore down the powers that be because Gunn has returned to write and direct the third part. We are assuming most of the Guardians will return for Guardians of the Galaxy 3, but at this point it’s a guessing game.
Ant-Man 3 – TBA
Paul Rudd will be back in this superhero movie as Ant-Man in Ant-Man 3 and we’re expecting Evangeline Lilly to return as well as Michael Douglas. At one point Douglas announced he thought filming would commence in January of 2021, but that’s not confirmed. Peyton Reed will return as Ant-Man’s director, the third time he’ll be in this role for the series.
Deadpool 3 – TBA
Ryan Reynolds is Deadpool. There is no franchise without him. He’s not just playing the character, at this point he’s firmly in control of what kind of movie they’re making with him. Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote the first two movies, are writing this one too. David Leitch returns to direct.
Whether other ancillary Deadpool characters like Cable, Colossus or Wolverine might show up is anyone’s guess. The film is in early stages of development. But Ryan Reynolds will be there as Deadpool and if you’re a fan of the franchise then that’s all that matters.
As of now Deadpool 3 is slated to be rated-R just like all the others. Rumors of pushing it to a PG-13 rating have so far just been rumors. That means you can expect the same extreme gore and extremely raunchy comedy you’ve come to expect from the Merc with the Mouth.