Avengers: Infinity War arrived in theaters this past weekend after months of anticipation, and it did not disappoint. It is a fantastic entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, all the while answering some of our burning questions.
Needless to say, people were truly hyped for the Infinity War. It broke just about every box office record in the book. Now that the dust has settled we examine what’s next for the MCU after Avengers: Infinity War.
I’ve explored this topic before, in fact, I did so earlier this year, but Infinity War opened up a new Pandora’s box that begs to be explored in detail.
The path beyond Thanos’ great plan is murky and filled with missing pieces, and we’ll do our best to piece everything together. Of course, there is a massive spoiler warning. Do not continue if you have not watched the latest Avenger movie.
Let’s see what’s next in the MCU.
End of Phase 3
Ant-Man and the Wasp
- Release date: July 6, 2018
- Order: Takes place before Avengers: Infinity War
Ant-Man (and the Wasp) was oddly missing from Avengers: Infinity War. We don’t have answer as to why, but Ant-Man and Wasp, due in July, will most assuredly answer that question. My guess is that they are trapped in the subatomic quantum realm, where the original Wasp and Hank Pym’s wife were trapped decades ago.
- Release date: March 6, 2019
- Order: Takes place in the ’90s, way before the events of Avengers: Infinity War
This is where the mystery grows. The final end credits scene has Nick Fury using a pager to contact an unknown character whose logo just so happens to flash on the pixelated display of this archaic pinging device. Yes, that was Captain Marvel (Brie Larson). Captain Marvel the movie is due out in March 2019, but we don’t know much about the plot other than it is taking place in the ’90s and the Skrull will be involved in some form.
But at the end of her own movie, Captain Marvel will somehow be in tow with Nick Fury (who is set to appear in the movie) and will be called upon to help fix the mess Thanos has left. That leads us to…
- Release date: May 3, 2019
- Order: Takes place right after Avengers: Infinity War
Marvel has been radio silent when it comes to Avengers 4, which we like. It makes the events of Infinity War resonate that much more because a fix isn’t readily available right now. The Avengers and the world are in tatters, and a solution won’t be easy to find.
That’s great to build tension and anticipation for Avengers 4 and continue Thanos’ reign of terror in which characters like Black Panther, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Winter Soldier, Gamora and Groot are dead.
You can count on Captain Marvel, Ant-Man and Hawkeye (who was also missing from Infinity War) to join the remaining Avengers, regroup and undo the damage Thanos has enacted upon the universe. Will some of the dead Avengers return? I certainly think so. How could Black Panther stay dead? I just don’t buy it, but I also don’t expect everyone to return to life. I’m sorry Loki.
Now we just have to wait a year before we receive answers to our most burning questions. Why must you toy with our feelings, Marvel?
Spider-Man: Homecoming 2
- Release date: July 5, 2019
- Order: Takes place after the events of Avengers 4
Spider-Man: Homecoming 2, or whatever it is called, will be a soft reboot for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After the heaviness of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4, it marks the beginning of the MCU’s Phase 4. It’ll be refreshing to return to normal where the villain doesn’t kill off half the universe.
The only question left is if some of the other Avengers will still be around, like Iron Man. Tony Stark was a big plot device in the development of Spider-Man; I’d very much like that to continue in the next web slinger movie.
Into Phase 4 and beyond
After Avengers 4, we know the MCU will continue. However, with Marvel offering so few details, we don’t know exactly where that direction will be. From 2020 to 2022, Marvel has announced nine different MCU movies, eight of which remain untitled. The lone exception being Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and even for that movie, we don’t know which release date will apply to it. It’s also up in the air how the series will continue if Gamora stays dead.
Here are the nine release dates Marvel has already claimed:
- Untitled Marvel Movie I (2020) – May 1, 2020
- Untitled Marvel Movie II (2020) – July 31, 2020
- Untitled Marvel Movie III (2020) – November 6, 2020
- Untitled Marvel Movie I (2021) – May 7, 2021
- Untitled Marvel Movie II (2021) – July 30, 2021
- Untitled Marvel Movie III (2021) – November 5, 2021
- Untitled Marvel Movie I (2022) – February 18, 2022
- Untitled Marvel Movie II (2022) – May 6, 2022
- Untitled Marvel Movie III (2022) – July 29, 2022
Supposedly, Marvel has the next ten years of MCU movies planned out, so that’s just the tip of the ice berg. There may be many more movies in the works that we haven’t even thought of.
We can offer up our best guesses as to which these movies will be, which include Black Panther 2, Doctor Strange 2, Captain Marvel 2 and even Black Widow, but Marvel is playing its cards close to its chest. We have no idea what will actually happen and those are the most plausible movies.
There are also the factors to consider, like Disney’s purchase of 21st Century Fox going through, which would put the X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool into play. That would certainly be something, but since it has not been confirmed, we won’t take them into consideration just yet.
We still don’t know if Captain America, Thor or Hulk will stick around after Avengers 4. Marvel is revelling in the fact that we’re squirming for these answers and it won’t give us any. That won’t change at least for another year.
Until then, all we can do is guess. Here are some of our crazy predictions for Marvel movies beyond 2019 that will likely be completely wrong.
- Iron Man 4
- Thor 4 (with Hulk)
- Spider-Man: Homecoming 3
- Black Panther 3
- Doctor Strange 3
- Captain Marvel 3
- Avengers 5
- Avengers 6/The New Avengers