The Marvel Cinematic Universe expands as fast as Tony Stark’s quips. For the casual moviegoer, it can be hard to keep track of the roster. There’s another Spider-man after Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield? And just when is the next Avengers movie coming out? If you’ve lost track, don’t worry about donning a cape. From the third Thor movie to Black Panther to Captain Marvel, here’s what you need to know about the upcoming slate for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, all the way through 2019.
1. Spider-Man: Homecoming
First up is the Spider-Man revamp, which will be the third big screen incarnation of the character in a decade. Tom Holland’s version of the web-slinging adolescent hero has a younger, more high-school vibe and a lighter tone than its predecessors. Expect more jokes, brighter color, and an appearance from Tony Stark to connect it to the Avengers films.
Release date: July 7, 2017
2. Thor: Ragnarok
Not to be outdone by the adolescent web-throwing hero, Thor is also getting a makeover. In the capable hands of director Taika Waititi, the third Thor movie is brighter, more colorful, and has even shorn the character’s signature locks. Expect clever humor, unexpected turns, and of course trouble brewing from Loki.
Release date: November 3, 2017
3. Black Panther
Not only will the long-anticipated Black Panther be the first big-screen modern superhero movie to place a Black hero front and center, but it also boosts a stellar cast including Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, and Forest Whitaker. Unfortunately, its release is still a ways away, but it’ll be here soon enough.
Release date: February 16, 2018
4. Avengers: Infinity War
The third installment of the Avengers franchise raises the stakes for two main reasons: the inter-group tension between Cap and Tony Stark, and the change of directors. This will be the first Avengers film without Joss Whedon at the helm, and the pressure is on to see if the dynamic feels the same.
Release date: May 4, 2018
5. Ant-Man and the Wasp
The follow up to Ant Man will see Ant-Man joining forces with Evangeline Lily’s Wasp, which will surely make for an intriguing buddy-cop dynamic. This, too, is over the horizon by a few miles, but it’s sure to spice up Summer 2018.
Release date: July 6, 2018
6. Captain Marvel
With Wonder Woman, DC is beating Marvel to the punch of featuring a woman front and center, but Marvel is close behind. Brie Larson will star as the much-anticipated Captain Marvel in 2019. Intriguingly, it might bring some conservative values to the universe — which will surely make for debate and thinkpieces.
Release date: March 8, 2019
7. Untitled Avengers: Infinity War sequel
Avengers: Infinity War will be released in two installments one year apart. It’s currently untitled because the first film has yet to come out, and the title of the second film spoils the events of the first.
Release date: May 3, 2019