TotL – Predicting the Next 20 MCU Movies
Yes, we got the Infinity War trailer last week, but we also got word that Marvel has confirmed another 20 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are yet to come in the next decade or so, and I’m taking this week’s Top o’ the Lot or TotL (pronounced “TOTAL” by the kids) to look at exactly what’s in store, and what I hope is in store, for the franchise. While some of these movies are already confirmed, others are all but confirmed, while still others require a bit of work, buyouts, and hope. So, without further ado, what we know, what we think, and what we hope in Predicting the Next 20 MCU Movies.
[Marvel is] 22 movies in, and we’ve got another 20 movies on the docket that are completely different from anything that’s come before—intentionally.
That’s a massive promise, but we did the math and it checks out. With the confirmed movies below the MCU hits 22 movies once the next Spider-Man movie drops. But getting to 22 helps us get through 20 more, so I’m sharing those here.
- Black Panther – February 16, 2018
- Avengers: Infinity War – May 4, 2018
- Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018
- Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019
- Avengers 4 – May 3, 2019
- Untitled Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel – July 5, 2019
Now that we have the confirmed movies out of the way, we can move on to the obvious sequels that are all but confirmed. There’s a pattern to Marvel Studios’ method, and that pattern typically includes two sequels for any movies that comes out. So, that gives us our first 9 movies, which gets us almost halfway to 20 without even really trying.
Doctor Strange 2
Doctor Strange 3
Black Panther 2
Black Panther 3
Captain Marvel 2
Captain Marvel 3
Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3
Now we get into the new movies that are derived from existing characters. I think these are no-brainers, too, but there’s obviously some personal preference being thrown into the mix. We all know there will be new standalone solo movies starring characters we’ve already seen, but they may not necessarily be these characters in these movies.
All-New Captain America
We’re definitely getting a new Captain America, because Steve Rogers is going to die in the forthcoming Avengers movies, and that’s just fine. The only question will be which of Cap’s sidekicks will wield the shield. My money is on Bucky getting the gig, but Falcon is most certainly a worthy carrier of the name. I think Falcon just works better as Falcon, and Bucky’s more or less a Cap knockoff already.
Because, why not? And Sam Jackson has already teased the thing. I’d be surprised if we don’t see this at some point after Infinity War as a post-Thanos invaded Earth is going to need a SHIELD and a Man on the Wall.
Because fans have demanded it! People love Natasha, and they should. She’s been the best sidekick in the MCU, and her own movie in Phase 4 could set up a wonderful new status quo for a character who lost so much to Thanos.
I want the full on Ronin movie, but fans are not going to love getting their. The revelation of Clint’s family even being a thing was a huge hit with fans. So I think Thanos should kill them. Harsh? Yeah, but the only way to push Hawkeye over the edge enough to become the Ronin I want him to be is to go harsh.
The final two spots on this portion of the list are a bit of a stretch, but I think there’s a good chance we’ll see something along these lines. Valkyrie was a breakout star in Thor Ragnarok, and fans would likely flock to this thing in surprising numbers the same way they flocked to Thor 3. Plus, it can be a (relatively) low-budget affair full of green screens and CGI and would still work.
A long shot at best, Nova appearing in a solo movie would require a lot of changes to the galactic peacekeepers than what we were first shown in Guardians of the Galaxy, but that’s the point. The Corps as we know it is devastated (again, most likely by Thanos) requiring a lone survivor to revive the Nova Corps in new ways. I actually kind of hate this idea, I’ve never been a fan of Nova, but the MCU is definitely going to move more into the Cosmic side of things.
Now we start speculating, guessing, and outright hoping for a lot to happen. Some of these can happen without other things happening, but we all want Disney to buy FOX for one reason.
The Daywalker has already been a successful brand, and bringing in the vampire hunter opens up a lot of different avenues for the MCU overall. Vampires are magically supernatural, which is already a thing. Morbius showing up in a Spidey movie would be dope. But the most important thing about bringing Blade into the MCU is he just damned cool.
We all want The X-Men in the MCU. Well, maybe there are some people who would prefer them be separate, but bringing the mutants into the MCU in Phase 4 changes everything. It keeps things fresh by moving on, and that’s exactly what the MCU will have to do in order to continue to succeed. What they’ve built is amazing, but you simply cannot keep that sort of momentum going, mostly because actors will be leaving. Plus, you can;t just tell the same old stories over and over again like you can in the comics.
If we’re moving forward with the X-Men we should also move forward with the Fantastic Four. It’s a damn shame the FF haven’t gotten the on-screen success they deserve, but that would completely change if they moved into the MCU. Especially if their looking to breathe new life into a movie franchise that will be changed forever after the next couple of Avengers movies.
New Avengers 1
Now that we have a new set of old Avengers who have lost so much to the war with Thanos, and we have the X-Men running around the world doing their thing, it’s an easy jump to bring the New Avengers into the fold. A revamped team full of name recognition, the New Avengers arguably saved the entire Avengers franchise and made them popular enough in comics to support the MCU in the first place. Will it be the exact lineup of the comic book team? Of course not, but it won’t matter. Fans will eat this up.
New Avengers 2
I’m cheating a bit by choosing a sequel here, but I do not care. New Avengers 2 will introduce The Sentry to the MCU, and Marvel will proceed to do Superman for the modern age better than the Distinguished Competition. But then you open up so many more possibilities that pull from the pages of comics. Secret Invasion, Avengers vs. X-Men, even a renewed Civil War property, just to name a few.
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