Upcoming superhero movies? There’s just a few of them!
Superhero movies have been the dominant force at the box office for the last decade, and there are a lot more to come in the near future. ‘Universes’ are all the rage and big hitters like the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters (SPUMC) and Detective Comics Extended Universe (DCEU) all have various projects in development.
With so many superhero movies in our future to look forward to, and the information surrounding them changing all the time, it can be hard to keep up with what’s going on.
This FinalBoss guide to upcoming superhero movies will be regularly updated with release dates along with cast and crew news.
Upcoming Superhero Movie #1 – The New Mutants (Marvel)
Date: August 28 2020
Director: Josh Boone
This movie was filmed over three years ago, so has been in post-production for a long while, and has had its release delayed more than once. Part of the reason for that is the film’s original studio, Fox, was purchased by Disney. The deal means this upcoming superhero movie opens up the possibility of The New Mutant characters later appearing in the MCU. Maisie Williams, Anya Tayor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Blu Hunt and Henry Zaga play five young captive mutants who are just finding out about their powers.
Upcoming Superhero Movie #2 – Wonder Woman 1984 (DC)
Date: October 2 2020
Director: Patty Jenkins
Wonder Woman was one of DC’s better movies so no surprise that the sequel has come around quickly. As the title says, this upcoming superhero movie will be set in the 80s as Diana Prince takes on the Russians. Pedro Pascal and Kristen Wiig join the cast with Chris Pine, Robin Wright and Connie Nielsen all returning.
Upcoming Superhero Movie #3 Black Widow (MCU)
Date November 6 2020
Director: Cate Shortland
Black Widow finally gets a solo movie! In one of the most anticipated upcoming superhero movies, Scarlet Johansson is joined by Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz and David Harbour for an MCU prequel. The movie will fill in some of the gaps in Natasha Romanoff’s backstory and is set after Captain America: Civil War.
Upcoming Superhero Movie #4 The Eternals (MCU)
Date: February 12 2021
Director: Chloe Zhao
The Eternals are an immortal alien race who have secretly been on Earth for thousands of years. Events in Endgame spark them into action as they face off against their enemies, the Deviants. Game Of Thrones ‘brothers’ Richard Madden and Kit Harrington will be reunited for this upcoming superhero movie! Also in the cast are Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan and Kumail Nanjiani.
Upcoming Superhero Movie #5 Morbius (SPUMC)
Date: March 19 2021
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Jared Leto swaps DC for Marvel, going from the Joker to Michael Morbius. Morbius is a man whose attempts to cure his rare blood disease leaves him with a form of vampirism. Matt Smith, Tyrese Gibson and Michael Keaton are all cast in this upcoming superhero movie. Keaton definitely has a thing for superhero stories at the moment!
Upcoming Superhero Movie #6 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (MCU)
Date: May 7 2021
Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Not a lot of info around this which is a surprise considering it’s less than a year away. Simu Liu and Tony Leung will star in Marvel’s first Asian led movie, with Simu Liu playing ‘Master of Kung-Fu’ Shang-Chi.
Upcoming Superhero Movie #7 Venom: Let There Be Carnage (SPUMC)
Date: June 25 2021
Director: Andy Serkis
Serkis steps in to direct the Venom sequel with Tom Hardy and Michelle Williams back to star in this movie. Woody Harrelson will appear as villain Cletus Kasady/Carnage after being teased in the original’s mid-credits scene.
Upcoming Superhero Movie #8 The Suicide Squad (DC)
Date: August 6 2021
Director: James Gunn
Gunn swaps a group of Marvel misfits (the Guardians of the Galaxy) for a DC one. David Ayer’s 2016 Suicide Squad was not well received so it will be interesting to see if Gunn can reinvigorate the franchise in this upcoming superhero movie. Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman and Jai Courtney are back but no Will Smith. Idris Elba, Nathan Fillion and Taika Waititi are among the new big names for this one.
Upcoming Superhero Movie #9 The Batman (DC)
Date: October 1 2021
Director: Matt Reeves
Reeves has great credentials (Cloverfield, Dawn Of and War For The Planet Of The Apes) as he takes the helm for the latest incarnation of Batman. Robert Pattinson fended off competition from Nicholas Hoult for the role, which will see a younger Batman than recent versions and reportedly focus on the detective side of the character. Jeffrey Wright and Andy Serkis will play franchise staples Jim Gordon and Alfred respectively. They’re packing in the villains too with Catwoman (Zoe Kravitz), Riddler (Paul Dano) and Penguin (Colin Farrell).
Upcoming Superhero Movie #10 2021 Spider-Man 3 (MCU)
Date: December 17 2021
Director: Jon Watts
After some wrangling between Sony and Marvel over rights, it was finally confirmed that Tom Holland will be back for a third solo outing. Presumably this upcoming superhero movie will follow on from Far From Home which ended with Spider-man’s real name being revealed to the world.
Upcoming Superhero Movie #11 Black Adam (DC)
Date: December 22 2021
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Black Adam is one of the archenemies of Shazam and The Rock has been attached to the role since 2014, and at one time was going to be introduced in Shazam! That idea was ditched for a standalone debut with filming due to commence in summer 2020.
Upcoming Superhero Movie #12 Thor: Love and Thunder (MCU)
Date: February 11 2022
Director: Taika Waititi
In Thor: Love and Thunder, Thor will become the first MCU hero to get a fourth solo movie, with Taika Waititi returning to direct after the awesome Ragnarok. Back for this upcoming superhero movie is Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, who will become a female Thor. The movie will also feature Thor’s good friends the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Upcoming Superhero Movie #13 Dr Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (MCU)
Date: March 25 2022
Director: Sam Raimi
Dr Strange has had a bit of a wait for a sequel but it could turn out to be one of the most interesting upcoming superhero movies on this list. It is said to have more of a horror element so Raimi seems like a great choice. The Evil Dead is a cult horror favourite and he has superhero experience from the Toby Maguire Spider-man trilogy. Chiwetel Ejiofor will return as Baron Karl Mordo. Elisabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch will feature as the movie ties in with the Disney+ series WandaVision, as well as Loki.
Upcoming Superhero Movie #14 Black Panther II (MCU)
Date: May 6 2022
Director: Ryan Coogler
The only official news for this hotly-anticipated sequel is that Coogler is confirmed to return.
Upcoming Superhero Movie #15 The Flash (DC)
Date: June 3 2022
Director: Andy Muschietti
The Flash standalone has been in development for years and gone through its share of writers and directors, including at one point Chris Miller and Phil Lord. As in The Justice League movies Ezra Miller will star as The Flash and Ray Fisher will be back as Cyborg. Perhaps the most exciting news around this movie is the possible return of Michael Keaton to play Batman in an elder statesmen role.
Upcoming Superhero Movie #16 Captain Marvel Sequel (MCU)
Date: July 8 2022
Not a lot of news on this one yet, other than reports Marvel wants a female director.
Upcoming Superhero Movie #17 Spider-Man into the Spider-Verse Sequel
Date: October 7 2022
Director: Joaquim Dos Santos
Spider-Verse was one of the surprise hits of 2018, adored by critics and the public alike. It broke the Disney/Pixar monopoly to win the Best Animated Film Oscar and almost instantly earned itself a sequel. Production on this upcoming superhero movie began in June 2020 and Shameik Moore (Miles Morales) and Hailee Steinfield (Gwen Stacy) will again voice the main characters, with romance set to bloom between the two. It will also likely lay the groundwork for Spider-Gwen to get her own movie.
Upcoming Superhero Movie #18 Shazam! 2 (DC)
Date: November 4 2022
Director: David F. Sandberg
Early days for this movie, but Sandberg is set to return to direct, along with stars Zachary Levi and Michelle Borth.
Upcoming Superhero Movie #19 Aquaman 2
Date: December 16 2022
Director: James Wan
Aquaman was beloved by many and is the highest-grossing film in the DCEU, so a sequel was inevitable. Wan will again direct with Jason Mamoa contributing story ideas as well as starring in the title role. Patrick Wilson (Ocean Master) and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Black Manta) will also be back.
Confirmed but Unscheduled
Whilst Marvel have plenty of movies scheduled through 2022 they also have plenty of plans beyond that, albeit without definite release dates…
- They have confirmed Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 and Ant-Man also looks set for a third movie.
- Blade will be joining the MCU with Mahershala Ali in the title role.
- The MCU will also welcome the Fantastic Four, after their last screen outing bombed Marvel will be hoping for better things.
- Ryan Reynold’s will play the wisecracking Deadpool again, with the third movie seeing the character integrated into the MCU.
Check back regularly for updated information and in the meantime, we have plenty more movie content!