Marvel Studios was once on the brink of collapse, so they sold off the rights to popular characters Spider-Man to Sony and the X-Men and Fantastic Four to Fox.
Disney bought Marvel Studios and had to work with lesser known characters like Iron Man and Thor, but Disney still managed to make it the most bankable film franchise in the world.
They did this by creating a universe where the characters all interweaved, and each film used the opportunity to tease future movies in post-credit scenes, creating excitement for the next movie.
Disney was so successful that they bought back the popular Marvel characters from the studios that owned them. Negotiations for the rights to Spider-Man hit a snag, so Peter Parker will not appear in any Marvel Studios movies, but a merger with Fox means Fox’s X-Men and Fantastic Four characters can incorporate into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Here is a look at some upcoming Marvel movies:
The New Mutants
Reshoots have caused delays in this film, leading to rumours that it will go straight to a streaming service. This movie means new actors will be added into the franchise.
Black Widow finally gets her own movie, and Scarlett Johannson gets a lead part!
The Eternals are immortal beings who are tasked with protecting the Earth. An all-star cast includes Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
This character is the first Asian superhero to get a solo film, and Marvel is hoping it will have cultural impact.
Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness
This Doctor Strange sequel seems to be introducing a multiverse. (Multiverses can be a great way to cover plot holes).
Thor: Love and Thunder
This Thor gender-flip has Natalie Portman’s character wielding Thor’s hammer. Chris Hemsworth will still be included!
Black Panther 2
Black Panther 2 is a go! The original film’s stars are likely to return.
These releases are currently TBD
This reboot release is TBD.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
This film had trouble with the firing and rehiring of director James Gunn, but it will be released.
Captain Marvel 2
This film may be set between Captain Marvel and Engame, or after the defeat of Thanos.
A Fantastic Four reboot is confirmed.
Spider-Man: Homecoming 3
Marvel gave up Spider-Man, but Sony plans to produce two Spider-Man movies.
Into the Spider-Verse 2
A computer-animated film.
An all-female Spider-verse spinoff
This is a foray into one of the Spider-Verse’s parallel worlds.
Sony is producing this film based on a character from the Spider-Man comic books from a separate universe.
A Spider-Man villain film.
Silver and Black
This film is about Silver Sable and Black Cat.
This film centers on the little girl Laura from Logan.
This film features Marvel’s first Muslim superhero and fan favourite.
With all these Marvel movies coming up, there is bound to be one you will love, but you’ll probably love them all!