Disney just dropped a ton of Marvel movie release dates

There are new release dates, new titles and new footage from ten upcoming films.


In an epic three-minute video posted Monday, Disney announced release dates and new titles for 10 Marvel movies that'll hit theaters into 2023.

Amidst never-before-seen footage, the Marvel franchise showcased returning characters, as well as new ones.

Here's a look at the lineup:

Black Widow: July 9, 2021

There's no way around it: "Black Widow" has gotten hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally scheduled for release in May 2020, that was of course bumped a few times; it's now scheduled for July 9, 2021.

"Black Widow" will explore the origin of one of the oldest and most-featured heroes in the Marvel Universe, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson). The majority of the movie will follow her character in the time in between "Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War," but it will also introduce viewers to her "family" (including characters played by Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, and David Harbour) and presumably dive deeper into her past than ever before. Could we maybe finally learn the truth about what happened with Black Widow and Hawkeye in Budapest?

Watch the trailer for "Black Widow" above.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: Sept. 3, 2021

We don't officially know a ton about this film, because there's been very little officially released so far about the movie. But we know that the movie will introduce a new hero to the Marvel Universe in Kung-Fu master Shang-Chi, a character first introduced to the Marvel Comics lore back in 1973. Shang-Chi himself will be played by Simu Liu.

Disney's Marvel announcement Monday included a look at the upcoming film.

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The story isn't entirely clear, but it will bring in the real version of the character The Mandarin, whose criminal organization "The 10 Rings" is referenced in the title. You may remember a few parts of that sentence from earlier in the Marvel Universe; The 10 Rings were the secondary villains in the original "Iron Man," who took Tony Stark prisoner originally, and The Mandarin was the classic Marvel villain who was impersonated by an actor named Trevor Slattery in "Iron Man 3." In "Shang-Chi," the real Mandarin will finally be introduced to the Marvel Universe.

The movie will also star Awkwafina, Tony Leung, Ronny Chieng, and Michelle Yeoh.

Eternals: Nov. 5, 2021

There's very little hype for "Eternals" right now, even though its release ostensibly isn't very long away. But don't worry — there will be. On top of the superhero goodness that will certainly be included, the movie is also directed by the winner of 2021's Best Director Oscar in Chloé Zhao, for "Nomadland." That's no small deal.

We don't know a ton about the plot of "Eternals," but we know that in a post-"Endgame" world, an event causes the Eternals — an immortal alien race living secretly on earth — to come out of hiding, in order to protect the earth from their evil alien counterparts, known as the Deviants.

The movie's cast is also no small deal; it includes Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Brian Tyree Henry, and was the movie that led Kumail Nanjiani to get completely jacked, among others. Kit Harington will also make his Marvel Universe debut, playing yet another mystical warrior: this one is named Dane Whitman, who in the comics eventually earns the moniker of Black Knight.

Spider-Man: No Way Home: Dec. 17, 2021

"Spider-Man: No Way Home" will pick up where "Spider-Man: Far From Home" left off: with Peter Parker in turmoil.

Last we saw, Spider-Man's identity had been revealed to the public by a combination of Quentin Beck/Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) and J. Jonah Jameson (a returning JK Simmons!). How the movie will tackle that is anyone's guess. Perhaps more interestingly, though, is that the movie has been largely rumored to incorporate elements of a live-action Spider-Verse into its plot.

We know that Benedict Cumberbatch (as Doctor Strange) will be in the movie as a mentor to Peter, and it's been rumored that characters from the past, such as Electro (Jamie Foxx) Doc Ock (Alfred Molina) could be returning. And that's on top of the rumors that previous Peter Parkers Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield themselves could show up. We don't know, but we're in for a ride one way or another.

Tom Holland will also be joined in the cast once again by Zendaya (MJ), Jacob Batalon (Ned), Marissa Tomei (Aunt May), and Tony Revolori (Flash).

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: March 25, 2022

With Benedict Cumberbatch also appearing in the above "Spider-Man" film, it also seems likely for that film to feed directly into this one, which has limited details but says enough in its title alone: we're going to the multiverse.

Cumberbatch will be joined in the cast by Elizabeth Olsen (Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch), along with returning "Doctor Strange" characters Benedict Wong (Wong), Rachel McAdams (Christine Palmer), and Chiwetel Ejiofor (the now-evil Baron Mordo).

Thor: Love and Thunder: May 6, 2022

The team from "Thor: Ragnarok" will be back for "Thor: Love and Thunder." That chiefly means star Chris Hemsworth and director Taika Waititi, but Tessa Thompson will also be returning as Valkyrie. Additionally, the movie will see the return of Natalie Portman as Jane Foster;

The film will also build on what "Infinity War" and "Endgame" started by putting Thor together with the Guardians of the Galaxy.

We should probably also talk about the movie's villain: Christian Bale as Gorr the God Butcher. With past Marvel Universe villains including Robert Redford, Kurt Russell, Cate Blanchett and Kurt Russell, it really shouldn't have felt like anyone was off the table. But Bale is both an Academy Award winner and a former superhero star in his own right, so Waititi pulling him is a particularly big deal. It also helps that Gorr is one of the most complex and interesting villains in the Marvel canon.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: July 8, 2022

Obviously, the plans for the "Black Panther" (2018) sequel had to change when its titular star, Chadwick Boseman, died last year after a battle with colon cancer. We don't know much about this sequel, but filming is expected to begin in Australia this July.

Boseman's role as T'Challa will not be recast, and previous cast members Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Angela Basset are all expected to return. Wright's Shuri, the sister of T'Challa, could be considered the favorite to become the franchise's new lead; in the Marvel Comics, at one point Shuri herself takes on the Black Panther mantle.

The Marvels: Nov. 11, 2022

Brie Larson will return again as Carol Danvers, this time directed by Nia DaCosta.

One thing we know? We're switching the title up; "Captain Marvel 2" is no more. Instead, this sequel will be called "The Marvels," likely because we'll be seeing a team-up of Captain Marvel, Kamala Khan (aka the aforementioned Ms. Marvel), and Monica, who we previously thought was going by Photon, but now seems to be the superhero Blue Marvel.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania: Feb. 17, 2023

Another one we don't know a ton about, other than the fact that it will follow the events of "Endgame."

Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lily, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer and Michael Peña will all return, and Kathryn Newton will now play Cassie Lang, Ant-Man's daughter. The villain will be Kang The Conqueror, a Nexus being who could be key to Marvel's multiverse, and will be played by Jonathan Majors.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3: May 5, 2023

This one has a bit of a trip behind it. You might recall that series writer/director James Gunn was fired from his job with the franchise in 2018 following controversial and "edgy" old jokes resurfacing.

While at that time, a new movie was his priority, after his firing he was hired by Warner Bros. to make "The Suicide Squad" and a spin-off series, "Peacemaker." So by the time Disney rehired Gunn to return to the helm of "Guardians of the Galaxy," he had already needed to prioritize those other two projects, so this series was pushed off a bit.