Release Date: March 3, 2017
Director: Probably James Mangold
Cast: Hugh Jackman
What We Know So Far: Jackman has said time and again that he would only return if the story is worth telling, but he and The Wolverine director James Mangold have been working on carving out the next Wolverine solo adventure, and now Jackman says this will be his last time playing the X-Men character. They’re looking to possibly add Patrick Stewart‘s Professor X to the mix to make a sort of team-up film between the two, acting as a fitting sendoff of Jackman’s Wolverine.
Release Date: May 5, 2017
Director: James Gunn
Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.
What We Know So Far: Not much as the film is still in early development, but Gunn has previously said that Thanos may or may not appear, but he is most certainly “not the most important character” in Guardians of the Galaxy 2.
Release Date: June 9, 2017
Cast: Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell.
What We Know So Far: Josh Trank directed the first Fantastic Four reboot, but he is set to go and direct a Star Wars spinoff movie once that’s completed so he likely will not be returning to helm the follow-up. Beyond that, nothing else is known about Fantastic Four 2 for now.
Release Date: June 23, 2017
Director: Michelle MacLaren
Cast: Gal Gadot
What We Know So Far: Gadot will make her first appearance as the character in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will presumably appear in Justice League Part One and Justice League Part Two, but not before she gets her own standalone film. This marks the first female-led superhero movie of the modern era, and it will fittingly be directed by a woman: Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones veteran Michelle MacLaren.
Release Date: July 28, 2017
Director: Probably Drew Goddard
What We Know So Far: Few thought it would ever happen, but Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios came to an agreement in which they will be sharing the character of Spider-Man, with the webslinger first appearing in an MCU movie before getting his own rebooted film. Marvel’s Kevin Feige is producing the picture, which is said to bring forth a younger Spidey who is still in high school. The Cabin in the Woods co-writer/director Drew Goddard is in line to take the helm.
Release Date: November 3, 2017
Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston
What We Know So Far: The title most likely refers to the event from Nordic mythology in which catastrophic destruction comes to Asgard, submerging the entire world underwater and killing nearly every god. Or it could also refer to a cloned version of Thor that Tony Stark creates after Thor is presumed killed during the Ragnarok event. Either way, Marvel says the “Norse End of Days” is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Release Date: November 17, 2017
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, and Amy Adams.
What We Know So Far: Warner Bros.’ Justice League film is so big that they’re releasing it in two parts, two years apart. Thus far the only confirmed castmembers are Cavill as Superman, Affleck as Batman, and Adams as Lois Lane, but expect to see Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Ezra Miller’s The Flash, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher’s Cyborg, and maybe even a new Green Lantern team up. The rumored villain for the two-part Justice League adventure is Brainiac, who apparently is summoned to Earth by the distress beacon that Superman set off during Man of Steel.