MOVIETALKY: Upcoming Superhero Movie Release Dates: From 2018 to 2022

Upcoming Superhero Movie Release Dates: From 2018 to 2022

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Last Updated: July 23rd
There’s no denying that the most popular genre around these days is the superhero movie. Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy proved that comic book adaptations could be just as dramatic and heavy as non-genre films, Marvel Studios jumpstarted a massive interconnected series of superhero movies that were significantly more colorful and humorous, and audiences have been turning out to both kinds of superhero films in droves. With nearly every major studio now working to turn its own comic book properties into the next big thing, and with Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. plotting out half a decade’s worth of material, it’s sometimes tough to keep track of what’s coming out when, who’s in it, and how it fits into the overall picture.  Not to worry, though, because we here at Collider have you covered.
Below, you’ll find a comprehensive guide of superhero movie release dates for every major comic book adaptation on the calendar, going all the way up to the year 2020. Moreover, we’ll be updating this guide regularly with the most current information, so if you’re ever at a loss for when exactly Captain Marvel is supposed to be in theaters, you can come right back here for a quick refresher.

Venom

Release Date: October 5, 2018
DirectorRuben Fleischer
Cast: Tom HardyRiz AhmedMichelle Williams, and Jenny Slate
What We Know So Far: This Sony Pictures spinoff is intended to kick off a new loosely-connected universe of Marvel Comics adaptations, but Venom will not take place in the same universe as the Marvel Studios/Sony co-production Spider-Man: Homecoming. This is planned as an R-rated adaptation of the symbiote storyline, described as something of a twist on the horror genre, and Venom will be portrayed as an anti-hero with Carnage serving as the villain. The movie takes place in San Francisco and is primarily based on two comics arcsPlanet of the Symbiotesand Lethal Protector.
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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Image via Sony Pictures
Release Date: December 14, 2018
Directors: Bob PerschiettiPeter Ramsey
CastShameik MooreLiev SchrieberMahershala AliBrian Tyree HenryHailee SteinfeldLily Tomlin, and Jake Johnson
What We Know So Far: Sony originated this animated Spider-Man movie with an idea by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, with Lord penning the script solo while the duo prepped Solo: A Star Wars Story (which they eventually departed) This animated feature will kick off a new Spider-Man franchise different from the live-action one, but the kicker is that the Spider-Man of this movie is the black Miles Morales, not Peter Parker. Which means we’ll get our first non-white Spider-Man in 2018. Dopestandout Shameik Moore has been set to voice Spidey, while Liev Schreiber is playing the villainous Kingpin.
The story finds Morales slipping into an alternate dimension populated by a variety of different Spider-Men—which is how Peter Parker comes into playJake Johnsonvoices Peter Parker, Hailee Steinfeld voices Gwen Stacey, and Lily Tomlin fills the role of Aunt May.
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Aquaman

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Image via Warner Bros.
Release Date: December 21, 2018
DirectorJames Wan
CastJason MomoaAmber HeardPatrick WilsonNicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, and Willem Dafoe
What We Know So Far: Momoa made his first appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and had a larger role as part of the Justice League ensemble. Warner Bros. enlisted Furious 7 and The Conjuring helmer James Wan to direct, and after attempting to fast-track this thing to production with multiple screenwriters writing separate drafts, Wan and DC Films head Geoff Johns convened, nailed down the story, and set Gangster Squad scribe Will Beall to pen the script. The ensemble cast includes Nicole Kidman as Queen Atlanna and Patrick Wilson as the film’s antagonist, Aquaman’s half-brother Orm, who aims to wage war on surface-dwellers.
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Hellboy

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Image via Lionsgate
Release Date: January 11, 2019
DirectorNeil Marshall
CastDavid HarbourIan McShaneMilla JovovichDaniel Dae KimSasha Lane
What We Know So FarHellboy creator Mike Mignola came up with the story for this new reboot as opposed to moving forward with a third film in Guillermo del Toro‘s established franchise, and Stranger Things standout David Harbour fills the role of the titular character for director Neil Marshall, who helmed The Descent and a couple standout Game of Thrones episodes. The film is loosely based the Rise of the Blood Queen arc with Milla Jovovich filling that villainous role, while Ian McShane plays Trevor Bruttenholm and Daniel Dae Kim fills the part of Ben Daimio. Oh, and this is 100% Rated R.
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X-Men: Dark Phoenix

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Release Date: February 14, 2019
DirectorSimon Kinberg
CastSophie TurnerTye SheridanKodi Smit-McPheeAlexandra ShippJames McAvoyJennifer LawrenceMichael FassbenderNicholas Hoult, and Evan Peters
What We Know So Far: The sequel to X-Men: Apocalypse has been firmed up as Dark Phoenix, which will tackle the beloved Jean Grey story arc from the comics that was first broached (and botched) in X-Men: The Last StandX-Menwriter/producer Simon Kinberg has penned the script and is making his directorial debut on the project, which also stars Jessica Chastain as maybe the villain Lilandra and is bringing back pretty much the entire main X-Men cast. The movie won’t be skimping on the weirdness, as it’s been confirmed that the story will find the X-Men finally venturing to spaceHans Zimmer is coming out of superhero movie retirement to compose the score.
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Captain Marvel

Release Date: March 8, 2019
DirectorAnna Boden and Ryan Fleck
CastBrie LarsonSamuel L. JacksonBen MendelsohnJude LawClark GreggLee PaceLashana LynchGemma ChanAlgenis Perez Soto, Rune Temte, and McKenna Grace.
What We Know So Far: Marvel’s first female-led superhero film will revolve around the most powerful character in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.  This iteration of Captain Marvel will focus on the character of Carol Danvers, whose adventures are earthbound but whose powers are based in the cosmic realm. Joss Whedonwanted to introduce the character at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron, but Marvel didn’t want to bring Captain Marvel into the MCU fully formed without first telling her origin story. Meg LeFauve (Inside Out) and Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy) wrote the first drafts of the screenplay and they share co-writing credit with Geneva Robertson-Dworet (Tomb Raider), Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch(GLOW), and the film’s directors, with Oscar-winning Room actress Brie Larson set to star. And after a lengthy director’s search, Marvel settled on Half Nelson and Mississippi Grind filmmakers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.
This film will be a prequel to the MCU, taking place in the 90s and bringing back Clark Gregg as Agent Coulson for the first time since The Avengers. Moreover, the comics characters the Skrulls are the villains with a story revolving around the Skrull vs. Kree war, which explains why Lee Pace and Djimon Hounsouare reprising their roles from Guardians of the Galaxy as Kree. That could have major repercussions leading into Avengers 4, but Captain Marvel will also give us a two-eyed Nick Fury. Jude Law is set to co-star as the alien Mar-Vell.
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Shazam!

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Image via Warner Bros.
Release Date: April 5, 2019
DirectorDavid F. Sandberg
CastZachary LeviAsher AngelMark StrongRon Cephas JonesJack Dylan Grazer, and Grace Fulton
What We Know So Far: Making his superhero movie debut, Dwayne Johnson opted to take on the role of the villainous Black Adam in this DC comics adaptation, but Warner Bros. subsequently decided to hold Johnson for a separate Black Adam movie, so Shazam will be all about that hero. Lights Out and Annabelle: Creation director David F. Sandberg is directing, and this served as Warner Bros.’ next DCEU film in production after Aquaman.
Zachary Levi is the title superhero character, with Asher Angel playing his boy counterpart Billy Batson. The story revolves around a young boy who can transform into a powerful superhero simply by uttering the word “Shazam!”. Mark Strongis playing the film’s villain, Dr. Thaddeus Sivana.
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Untitled Avengers Sequel

Release Date: May 3, 2019
DirectorsJoe and Anthony Russo
Cast: TBD
What We Know So Far: The conclusion to the epic two-part Avengers storyline will close out Marvel’s ambitious MCU with a bang. And the real title is a spoiler.

Gambit

Release Date: June 7, 2019
Director: TBD
CastChanning TatumLizzy Caplan
What We Know So Far: Tatum has been keen on playing the X-Men mutant for a while now, and 20th Century Fox finally pulled the trigger on a standalone movie for the fan-favorite Cajun. Production had initially been slated to begin Fall 2015, but when it was pushed back to early 2016, director Rupert Wyatt abruptly dropped outdue to personal reasons. Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) subsequently signed on to direct, and while producer Simon Kinberg told us the film will be a heist picture and a “sexy thriller”, the film was pulled from its October 2016 release date and sat in limbo for a bit.
Gambit was officially back on track with Pirates of the Caribbean and A Cure for Wellness director Gore Verbinski taking the helm and a Valentine’s Day 2019 release date, but Verbinski dropped out two months before filming was set to begin and Fox is once again on the hunt for a director. Joshua Zetumer (Patriot’s DayRoboCop) penned the most recent draft of the script.
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Spider-Man: Far from Home

Release Date: July 5, 2019
Director: Jon Watts
CastTom HollandJake Gyllenhaal, and Michael Keaton.
What We Know So Far: Not much. Bolstered by the positive response to Homecoming, director Jon Watts is returning at the helm, and screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, who came on to rewrite Homecoming, are penning the script.
Jake Gyllenhaal is set to play the villain Mysterio, while Michael Keaton will reprise his role as the Vulture, possibly hinting that the Sinister Six may be forming.
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The New Mutants

Release Date: August 2, 2019
Director: Josh Boone
Cast: Anya Taylor-JoyMaisie WilliamsAlice BragaCharlie HeatonBlu HuntHenry Zaga
What We Know So Far: Writer/director Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) has been attached to direct New Mutants for some time now, but 20th Century Fox finally moved this thing into production after the success of Deadpool and Logan. The film is both YA-esque and horror-tinged in tone, revolving around a group of much younger mutants in the X-Men universe than the adults from the proper X-Menmovies. The story will also ditch traditional superhero costumes and supervillains in favor of telling a story about these young mutants locked up together in some facility, mirroring a horror haunted house vibe. James McAvoy has been rumored to be reprising his role as Professor X in the film.
However, just a few months before the film was set to hit theaters in April 2018, Fox pushed the movie back 10 months to 2019 to take over Gambit‘s previous spot. No official explanation was given, but rumors swirl that Fox tested the film and decided it “wasn’t scary enough,” so some additional photography may be in order.
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Joker

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Image via The Weinstein Company
Release Date: October 4, 2019
DirectorTodd Phillips
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix
What We Know So Far: This is a weird one. In the wake of Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, and with Wonder Woman proving to be a massive success, Warner Bros. began changing up its plans for the DCEU. One idea is to kickstart a new arm at WB that will develop and produce one-off DC Comics adaptations not connected to the DC Extended Universe, meaning filmmakers can come in, try something really radical, and not have to worry about setting up a franchise or fitting into an established timeline. The first of these to hit the trades was a Joker origin movie directed by The Hangover and War Dogs filmmaker Todd Phillips, who is co-writing the script with The Fighter scribe Scott Silver. The idea is to craft something in the vein of Taxi Driver, a gritty, hard-boiled crime picture set in the early 1980s.
The lead actor would not be Jared Leto, but someone else entirely—WB reportedly wanted Leonardo DiCaprio, and when he passed they moved on to Joaquin Phoenix, who signed on after prolonged negotiations. The film now has the greenlight to begin filming in September 2018, and Zazie Beets is in talks for a role, so this one is coming together quickly.

Wonder Woman 1984

Release Date: November 1, 2019
Director: Patty Jenkins
Cast: Gal GadotKristen WiigChris Pine, and Pedro Pascal.
What We Know So Far: Very little, but Wonder Woman marked a major turning point for the DCEU with wildly positive reviews and massive box office, so anticipation is high. Patty Jenkins returns to direct a story that takes place in the year 1984 against the backdrop of the Cold War (timely!), with Kristen Wiig playing the villain Cheetah and Chris Pine somehow reprising his role as Steve Trevor.
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Untitled Fox/Marvel Film

Release Date: November 22, 2019
Director: TBD
Cast: TBD
What We Know So Far: 20th Century Fox has announced a slew of release dates for “mystery” Marvel movies, but expect them to be some combination of Deadpool 3X-ForceNew Mutants 2Fantastic Four, and a new X-Men movie. Or expect them to be scrapped entirely or changed if the Disney deal goes through.

Untitled DC Film

Release Date: February 14, 2020
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
What We Know So Far: This date is likely being earmarked for FlashpointBatgirlSuicide Squad 2Green Lantern Corps.Nightwingor Justice League Dark.

Untitled Fox/Marvel Film

Release Date: March 13, 2020
Director: TBD
Cast: TBD
What We Know So Far: 20th Century Fox has announced a slew of release dates for “mystery” Marvel movies, but expect them to be some combination of Deadpool 3X-ForceNew Mutants 2Fantastic Four, and a new X-Men movie. Or expect them to be scrapped entirely if the Disney deal goes through.

Untitled Marvel Movie

Release Date: May 1, 2020
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
What We Know So Far: Nothing. This could be a sequel to an established film like Doctor Strange, a long-awaited spinoff like Black Widow, or something new entirely. But it’s more likely the date staked out for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Untitled DC Film

Release Date: June 5, 2020
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
What We Know So Far: This date is likely being earmarked for The FlashBatgirlSuicide Squad 2Green Lantern Corps., or Justice League Dark.

Untitled Fox/Marvel Film

Release Date: June 26, 2020
Director: TBD
Cast: TBD
What We Know So Far: 20th Century Fox has announced a slew of release dates for “mystery” Marvel movies, but expect them to be some combination of Deadpool 3X-ForceNew Mutants 2Fantastic Four, and a new X-Men movie. Or expect them to be scrapped entirely if the Disney deal goes through.

Untitled Marvel Movie 1

Release Date: July 31, 2020
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
What We Know So Far: Nothing. This could be a sequel to an established film like Doctor Strange, a long-awaited spinoff like Black Widow, or something new entirely.

Untitled Fox/Marvel Film

Release Date: October 2, 2020
Director: TBD
Cast: TBD
What We Know So Far: 20th Century Fox has announced a slew of release dates for “mystery” Marvel movies, but expect them to be some combination of Deadpool 3X-ForceNew Mutants 2Fantastic Four, and a new X-Men movie. Or expect them to be scrapped entirely if the Disney deal goes through.

Untitled Marvel Movie 2

Release Date: November 6, 2020
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
What We Know So Far: Nothing. This could be a sequel to an established film like Doctor Strange, a long-awaited spinoff like Black Widow, or something new entirely.

Untitled Marvel Movie 3

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Release Date: February 12, 2021
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
What We Know So Far: We know nothing, Jon Snow. Marvel Studios is keeping its post-Avengers 4 slate very secret at the moment.

Untitled Fox/Marvel Film

Release Date: March 5, 2021
Director: TBD
Cast: TBD
What We Know So Far: 20th Century Fox has announced a slew of release dates for “mystery” Marvel movies, but expect them to be some combination of Deadpool 3X-ForceNew Mutants 2Fantastic Four, and a new X-Men movie. Or expect them to be scrapped entirely if the Disney deal goes through.

Untitled Marvel Movie 4

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Release Date: May 7, 2021
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
What We Know So Far: We know nothing, Jon Snow. Marvel Studios is keeping its post-Avengers 4 slate very secret at the moment.

Untitled Marvel Movie 5

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Release Date: November 5, 2021
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
What We Know So Far: We know nothing, Jon Snow. Marvel Studios is keeping its post-Avengers 4 slate very secret at the moment.

Untitled Marvel Movie 6

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Release Date: February 18, 2022
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
What We Know So Far: We know nothing, Jon Snow. Marvel Studios is keeping its post-Avengers 4 slate very secret at the moment. But it wouldn’t surprise if this turns out to be Black Panther 2.

Untitled Marvel Movie 7

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Release Date: May 6, 2022
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
What We Know So Far: We know nothing, Jon Snow. Marvel Studios is keeping its post-Avengers 4 slate very secret at the moment.

Untitled Marvel Movie 8

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Release Date: July 29, 2022
Director: TBA
Cast: TBA
What We Know So Far: We know nothing, Jon Snow. Marvel Studios is keeping its post-Avengers 4 slate very secret at the moment.
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