Warning: This post contains spoilers for Avengers: Endgame.
Avengers: Endgame marks the end of an era — and the beginning of a new one. Though many of the movie’s characters died or retired — again, spoiler alert! — others earned new titles or set off on missions across the universe. The highly anticipated sequel also sets up several upcoming Marvel movies, including solo superhero films for old favorites like Black Panther and newcomers like Shang-Chi. It also teased several series that are set to premiere on Disney’s streaming service, Disney+, launching this fall. (Two new Marvel live-action series, unrelated to Avengers: Endgame, will premiere on Huly in 2020)
The end-credits, which featured signatures from the first six Avengers cast members — Robert Downey Jr. (as Tony Stark/Iron Man), Chris Evans (as Steve Rogers/Captain America), Chris Hemsworth (as Thor), Scarlet Johansson (as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), Jeremy Renner (as Clint Barton/Hawkeye) and Mark Ruffalo (as Bruce Banner/Hulk) — also emphasized that the original Avengers team is done. That leaves room for a new set of superheroes to team up onscreen.
Is Avengers: Endgame the last Marvel movie?
No. Well, kind of. Avengers: Endgame is the last movie in Marvel’s Phase Three, which launched in 2016 with Captain America: Civil War. The film wraps up the franchise’s main storylines while promoting other secondary and tertiary characters to center stage in future films and TV shows.
What Marvel movies will come after Avengers: Endgame?
Marvel has remained tight-lipped about what movies will premiere after Avengers: Endgame. There’s probably a good reason for that: after all, the identities of those who perished were closely held until Endgame premiered. A date for the Spider-Man sequel, Spider-Man: Far From Home, had been announced but that is it. All we know for certain is that Marvel is planning three movies for 2020, three movies for 2021 and three movies for 2022. But Marvel Studios has cast a few new characters and hired script writers for several movies, so we can puzzle together what they might have in the works.
Spider-Man: Far From Home (July 2, 2019)
Tom Holland will return as the webslinger, and Jake Gyllenhaal is set to play villain Mysterio.
Spider-Man 3 (TBD)
Holland has signed a contract for three solo Spider-Man movies.
Black Panther 2 (TBD)
The critically acclaimed Black Panther became the first superhero movie to ever be nominated for Best Picture. So it’s fortunate for Marvel that director Ryan Coogler has agreed to return for the second installment with star Chadwick Boseman.
Doctor Strange 2 (TBD)
Writer-director Scott Derrickson has agreed to come back for the Doctor Strange sequel. Benedict Cumberbatch and Benedict Wong will also return.
Captain Marvel 2 (TBD)
Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel will almost certainly get a sequel film, given the box office success of her first outing.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (TBD)
Guardians fans will have to wait a couple years before they see Groot and Rocket in action again: James Gunn, who has helmed the last two Guardians movies, was fired in 2018 after offensive old tweets resurfaced. He was rehired by Marvel in March 2019. In the interim, Gunn agreed to write and direct the forthcoming Suicide Squad 2, which means he can’t begin production on Guardians 3 until 2021. Hopefully the wait will be worth it: Thor joins the Guardians at the end of Endgame, which means he could be onboard for the new movie.
A Black Widow prequel (TBD)
Marvel has confirmed that Black Widow is getting her own standalone movie, directed by Cate Shortland (Lore). Scarlett Johansson will reprise her role from the Avengers films, with Florence Pugh also appearing.
Marvel Studios is working on its first feature film with an Asian lead. In the comics, Shang-Chi is a master of martial arts. Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984) will write and Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) will direct.
Marvel has begun casting for an ensemble movie based on the Eternals, an evolutionary offshoot of the human race. Angelina Jolie and Kumail Nanjiani have signed on to the project. Chloe Zhao (The Rider) will direct.
Ms. Marvel (TBD)
Kamala Khan, a.k.a. Ms. Marvel, has become a beloved character in the comics. She is an Inhuman who can stretch her body and idolizes Captain Marvel. Marvel head Kevin Feige has said that there are plans to introduce Ms. Marvel to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Another superhero team-up movie (TBD)
Given the already-staggering box office success of Avengers: Endgame, it’s hard to imagine that Marvel would give up the chance to make more superhero team-up movies, which tend to draw from across fandoms and sell more tickets. They will probably drop the Avengers name, but our guess is a new team will emerge. They will occasionally have to join forces to stop particularly massive threats. (Learn more on who might be in that group here.)
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What Marvel TV shows will come after Avengers: Endgame?
Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany will star as Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch) and Vision on a Disney+ series. Presumably, the show is a prequel to Avengers: Endgame because Vision remains quite dead at the end of that movie. But here’s a surprising twist: Olson said recently that the show is actually set in the 1950s. Maybe the couple uses some extra Pym Particles to time travel together?
RIcky and Morty writer Michael Waldron will serve as showrunner for this series about everyone’s favorite trickster god on Disney+. Thanos killed the 2018 version of Loki in Avengers: Infinity War. But when the Avengers travel back in time to 2012 in Avengers: Endgame, that version of Loki steals the Tesseract and escapes. The show will likely follow this 2012 Loki across time and space.
Hawkeye was going back to retirement at the end of Endgame — but not for long. A Hawkeye series on Disney+ in which Jeremy Renners’ Clint Barton trains his protege Kate Bishop is reportedly in the works at Disney+.
Falcon & Winter Soldier
Steve Rogers passed the Captain America mantle to Sam Wilson (a.k.a. Falcon) at the end of Avengers: Endgame, so Falcon & Winter Soldier will probably take on the more spoilery title Captain America & Winter Soldier. (The show, which will air on Disney+, cannot be set before the events of Endgame, since Bucky was either evil, in hiding or in a coma the entire time that Sam was Falcon.)
Marvel and Hulu announced a live-action Ghost Rider series starring Gabriel Luna. Luna played the antihero consumed by hellfire on ABC’s Marvel series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. The show is set to debut in 2020.
Hulu will also play host to Marvel’s Helstrom, out in 2020. The series will center on Daimon and Ana Helstrom, the children of a serial killer who try to undo the work of their parent by terrorizing bad guys.