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10/28/2020 • 4 min read
The superhero movie is one of the biggest things happening at the multiplex, and the flow of new movies isn't slowing down any time soon. In fact, after a couple years of uncertainty, we now more about the superhero movies of the next few years than we have in quite a while. Warner Bros. continues to develop the DC Comics movie slate while Marvel has announced a huge line-up of movies that extends for the next three years.
Want to know what's coming? Read on to find out about all the new superhero movies in 2022 and up through 2025! (Listed in the current release order.)
DC Comics got wild in the '60s and '70s, when it seemed like every hero in the company's lineup had a pet sidekick. Now the animated movie DC SUPER-PETS brings a collection of these crime-fighting furballs to the big screen, courtesy of LEGO BATMAN writer Jared Stern and former Disney story artist and animator Sam Levine. Superman's pal Krypto the super-dog and Batman's adopted pup Ace the Bat-Hound are the primary pooches, voiced by Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, respectively. Marc Maron voices Lex Luthor, while Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski, Vanessa Bayer, Natasha Lyonne, Diego Luna, Keanu Reeves, and Jameela Jamil will all be heard, too. We don't see a lot of animated DC movies get theatrical treatment, so this is an exciting development. [July 29]
Dwayne Johnson has been attached to play DC’s Black Adam for almost a decade, and it’s finally happening. The ancient super-villain, best known as the arch-nemesis of Shazam!, is getting his own solo film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Johnson has said the character "is blessed by magic with the powers equal to Superman, but the difference is he doesn’t toe the mark or walk the line. He’s a rebellious, one of a kind superhero, who’ll always do what’s right for the people - but he does it his way." We also know that the Justice Society of America — a precursor to the Justice League — will appear. Read more about that team and see the first trailer here. [October 21]
Phase 4 ends here. Through a slew of production delays, the tragic passing of star Chadwick Boseman, and a release date pushback, BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER has weathered a storm of difficulties. But now we've seen a trailer, and the movie is firmly set for a November release. We still don't know much about the story, but director Ryan Coogler is still on board, as is the majority of the first film’s principal cast. Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman Angela Bassett, Isaach de Bankolé, and Dorothy Steele will all be reprising their roles. The film will also be adding JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH’s Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams/Ironheart – a brilliant inventor who creates a suit of armor rivaling that of Tony Stark – and Tenoch Huerta as Prince Namor. Read more about BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVER here. [November 11]
The first SHAZAM! was a total delight, like the Tom Hanks comedy BIG crossed with Superman. A teen (Asher Angel) is granted immense power and the ability to transform into a superhero (played by Zachary Levi) when he shouts "Shazam!" We still don't know too much about the sequel (which will likely change at Comic-Con in July) but we do know that Levi is back, as is Asher Angel. Jack Dylan Grazer, Adam Brody, Djimon Hounsou, Rachel Zegler, Helen Mirren, Lucy Liu, Meagan Good, Grace Fulton, Ross Butler, and D. J. Cotrona are all in the cast as well. [December 21]
The third Ant-Man movie will open Phase Five. It features the return of Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Kathryn Newton joins the cast as Cassie Lang and Jonathan Majors is on board to play Kang the Conqueror — a version of his character from the "Loki" TV series. Peyton Reed, who made the first two films, is back to direct the third. [February 17, 2023]
Jason Momoa’s brawny guardian of the sea will return for another solo outing from director James Wan. The sequel is said to explore some of the other locations in the seven kingdoms of Atlantis and features returning co-stars Patrick Wilson as Aquaman’s villainous brother Orm, aka Ocean Master, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as David Kane, aka Black Manta. [March 17, 2023]
James Gunn returns to write and direct. The core GUARDIANS characters and cast – Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Drax (Dave Bautista), Rocket (Bradley Cooper), Groot (Vin Diesel), Nebula (Karen Gillan), and Mantis (Pom Klementieff) – are back, too. (Of course, Gamora (Zoe Saldana), did not make it through AVENGERS: ENDGAME.) This third GUARDIANS film will also mark the end of this version of the Guardians’ journey within the MCU. Read more about GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 3 here. [May 5, 2023]
Ezra Miller’s speedy hero was first introduced in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, and he became an instant favorite when he joined the super-team in JUSTICE LEAGUE. Based on the comic book story "Flashpoint," in which the speedster gets a lot more than he bargained for after he tries to rewrite history by saving a life, THE FLASH is directed by IT filmmaker Andy Muschietti. This movie looks set to embrace the concept of a multiverse, with Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck both returning to play different versions of Batman. [June 23, 2023]
The movie originally assumed to be CAPTAIN MARVEL 2 has been revealed as THE MARVELS. Yes, Brie Larson will return as Carol Danvers, and the film will also feature Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau (daughter of Carol Danvers's pal Maria Rambeau, played by Lashana Lynch) from the series "WandaVision." And Iman Vellani, who debuted as Ms Marvel in the streaming series of the same name, will also have a role in the movie. With three versions of Captain Marvel in the roster, that new title certainly makes sense! THE MARVELS is directed by Nia DaCosta (CANDYMAN). Read more about THE MARVELS here. [July 28, 2023]
BLUE BEETLE stars Xolo Maridueña ("Cobra Kai") under the direction of Angel Manuel Soto, who works from a script by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer. Maridueña plays teenager Jaime Reyes, who finds a set of alien armor and is empowered to become a superhero. [August 18 2023]
Marvel is rebooting BLADE, with two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali (MOONLIGHT, GREEN BOOK) set to star. We don't have any story details, but Bassam Tariq is directing from a script by Stacy Osei-Kuffour. And since BLADE is all about a half-vampire anti-hero who hunts creatures of the night it's great that the movie arrives just after Halloween in 2023. [November 3, 2023]
Anthony Mackie's Sam Wilson officially became Captain America in "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier," and he will topline the new Captain America movie, as well. We don't have any further details at this point but Malcolm Spellman and Dalan Musson, who were key writers on the streaming series, are scripting the movie, too. [May 3, 2024]
THUNDERBOLTS might be a bit like Marvel's version of SUICIDE SQUAD, as it is about villains taking on secret missions for the government. But we don't know what the character lineup will be for this movie. We do know that Jake Schreier (ROBOT & FRANK) is directing based on a script by Eric Pearson (THOR: RAGNAROK). [July 26, 2024]
This is a big one. The team known as Marvel's First Family has been on movie screens in two different incarnations, one co-starring Chris Evans years before he became Captain America, another starring Michael B. Jordan before he became Warmonger in BLACK PANTHER. This will be the first time Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios have direct control. We don't know who will play Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Ben Grimm, and Johnny Storm quite yet. It's not a stretch (ahem) to guess that Spider-Man will appear, however, because the Webhead has many ties to the Fantastic Four in comic books. [November 8, 2024]
Details are very thin about this movie right now — we don't even know who the Avengers will be by the time this one rolls around! We also don't know who will write or direct. But the subtitle tells us a lot. Kang the Conquerer, introduced in "Loki" in 2021 and set as the villain in ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: QUANTUMANIA, will be the big bad. And since Kang can control time, he might be even harder to beat than Thanos. [May 2, 2025]
Take what we know about THE KANG DYNASTY and cut it in half. That's still more than we know about SECRET WARS. But the subtitle here gives us clues, too. The first Secret Wars took place in 1985, in a big Marvel Comics crossover event. A sequel followed a few years later, and then in 2015 a "spiritual sequel" greatly compacted Marvel's comic book multiverse. Since this is the final movie (that we know about) in the Multiverse Saga, expect a lot of big changes by the time the credits roll. [November 7, 2025]
There are sequels to SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME: and SHANG-CHI in development. Marvel also has a new Deadpool movie, and likely an X-Men movie on the way.
On the DC side, JOKER 2 is in development, and there's a chance that the Batgirl movie will release in theatres. STATIC SHOCK and GREEN LANTERN CORPS have also been in the works for a while, but at this point are not dated for release.
All images courtesy of Marvel Studios, Sony Pictures, and Warner Bros. Pictures.
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