Covid’s touch has been felt everywhere, even in Hollywood where filming schedules have been thrown into chaos. Some movies have already wrapped but with cinemas closed for the foreseeable, they have had to push back their release dates. One thing is for sure, most of the movies we were looking forward to this year are being delayed.
But there is still hope. We have collated the new release dates for both Marvel’s movie and TV releases. With Disney+ now in full swing, we can look forward to a constant drip feed of big superhero shows over the next few years.
Original date: 1 May 2020
New date: 6 November 2020
One of the last Avengers to get their own story, Scarlett Johansson’s hyper assassin is on the run after the events of Civil War in 2016.
Though the film has finished wrapping, it has remained in post-production, presumably hoping for cinemas to be reopened in the autumn.
Original date: August 2020
New date: Unknown
After the retirement of Steve Rogers in Avengers: Endgame, his buddy Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon, has to take up the role of Captain America. Teaming up with Bucky Barnes, aka The Winter Soldier, we think we’re in for some kind of buddy cop dramedy.
Shooting of the 6 episode mini-series was halted in March, which means the August release date has been delayed indefinitely. We won’t have a firm date until they can get back to filming.
Original date: Spring 2021
New date: December 2020
Wanda and the Vision, the two unlikely romantics from Avengers: Endgame get their own TV show. From the little we know about the show, we expect it to be set right after the final Avengers movie. We hear Wanda Maximoff mind melds with Vision to bring him back to life, but first has to get through the funky scenarios he has constructed.
We’re being realistic about the new date, which was announced before the pandemic hit. Filming still hasn’t finished so don’t be surprised if this one is pushed back too.
Original date: 2021
New date: 2021
The loveable rogue Asgardian returns to our small screens sometime in 2021. He’s a mass murderer but somehow Tom Hiddleston has made him endearing. So, we are happy to keep watching his mischief.
Starting after the events of Avengers: Endgame, Loki has taken the Tesseract and is hopping through time to alter human history. He works with (or against) a bunch of time cops, called the Time Variance Authority, which will include an Owen Wilson character.
Original date: 6 November 2020
New date: 12 February 2021
The Eternals is about a group of super human aliens who have lived on Earth for thousands of years protecting mankind from another group of aliens called The Deviants.
This is another instalment in the current Marvel Cinematic Universe, taking place when the Avengers are otherwise occupied. We’re excited about big names like Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani as well as House Stark brothers Richard Madden and Kit Harington.
Original date: July 2020
New date: 18 March 2021
Jared Leto takes on the role of Michael Morbius, a scientist with a rare blood disease. When he creates a formula to cure himself, it instead turns him into a monster, not unlike a vampire.
This is a Sony Marvel Universe creation, but is rumoured to connect with the MCU. Expect overlap with the Disney Spider-Man movies, including Michael Keaton returning as Vulture. If true to the comics, this might be the beginning of the Sinister Six, group of villains.
Original date: 2 October 2020
New date: 25 June 2021
The next Venom movie picks up where it left off in 2018, with Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock interviewing Woody Harrelson’s Cletus Kasady. Kasady is a serial killer who has become host to the alien symbiote Carnage, a similar entity to Brock’s Venom.
Directed by Andy Serkis, of Gollum fame, the movie is another victim of pandemic delays. It shares continuity with Morbius so expect references to Spider-Man, whether on or off-screen we don’t yet know.
The great calendar reshuffle of 2020 has had a domino effect, pushing back many other release dates in 2021 as well. Here are the dates of Marvel’s TV shows and movies expected next year.
Original date: 12 February 2021
New date: 7 May 2021
Shang-Chi is the Master of Kung Fu, a superhero without superhuman powers. His mastery of martial arts is so great that he can dodge bullets and beat up supervillains. In the comic books he is the son of infamous Asian stereotype Fu Manchu, who he vows to defeat with the help of the UK’s MI6.
The movie is expected to follow some but not all of that story, with Hong Kong legend Tony Leung playing a super terrorist called The Mandarin. While Shang-Chi enlists the help of British Intelligence.
A Shang-Chi movie is historic, in that this is the first superhero movie with an East Asian star at its centre. Filming was stopped soon after it started in February 2020, so there is still a lot to do.
Original date: 7 May 2021
New date: 25 March 2022
Though we don’t know much about this one, we can tell by the title that Doctor Strange will be exploring some alternate realities. Likely around or after the events of Avengers: Endgame. We also know that the filmmakers want to make this instalment a dark one.
A very delayed movie, the filmmakers have plenty of time to get things together. After the two writers left production due to creative differences, this could be the breathing space they needed.
Original date:16 July 2021
New date: 5 November 2021
The biggest will-they-won’t-they story in the superhero movie world, Spider-Man is finally allowed back in the MCU, with Sony and Marvel seemingly agreeing to share custody. There is no title for this movie, but we can expect it to pick up after Far From Home when Peter Parker was unmasked.
Original date: 5 November 2021
New date: 11 February 2022
We loved Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok, so we’re excited about this sequel. We don’t know much about the plot, but Chris Hemsworth called the script “insane”. And Waititi is said to be happy to have more time to perfect it.
If the rumours are to be believed, Thor will hand over his hammer to his old flame Jane Foster, who becomes Mighty Thor. Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie runs Asgard, while Christian Bale will play the villain.
Original date: 2021
New date: 2021
This will be an animated series on Disney+ exploring the alternate timelines based on choices made in the MCU movies. A powerful being called The Watcher will narrate the show and intervene in major moments.
Much of the live-action cast will return as voices, including Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Josh Brolin as Thanos and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster.
Original date: 2021
New date: Autumn 2021
Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton gets his own show! We don’t know much about this one, but we hear it will be about Hawkeye’s vigilante justice between the events of Infinity War and Endgame.
There are still many more in the Marvel pipeline, so we can all look forward to superhero storytelling for years to come. Here are the titles expected to be released after 2021.
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