Considering it’s practically the biggest movie franchise in history, it can be pretty hard to keep track of what's going on in the MCU—and what's coming up. And while Marvel’s next phases are still shrouded in secrecy, we do know a few of the upcoming projects slated for release.
In early 2018, writer/director James Gunn confirmed that the third installment of the ridiculously successful Guardians of the Galaxy franchise would be on its way in 2020, and a few months later, he announced via Twitter that a script had been completed. But an unexpected turn of events threatened to kill the film entirely: amid a kerfuffle over some years-old, highly inappropriate tweets made by Gunn, Disney decided to part ways with the director. It was heartbreaking news for fans, not to mention the cast, who uniformly stood behind Gunn in a joint public statement. Eventually, it was reported that the House of Mouse were to use Gunn's script, but would not bring him back as director.
Luckily for Guardians fans everywhere, Disney announced in March 2019 that Gunn would be rejoining the Marvel universe after all, for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Unfortunately, the whole firing scandal means the project’s release date — which was originally set for 2020 — is now up in the air, but that seems a small price to pay for Gunn’s triumphant return to the director’s chair.
He may have been last seen crumbling to dust in the arms of Tony Stark at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, but the drama of that moment was tempered slightly by the fact that we all knew Tom Holland's Peter Parker would be back to web-sling another day. It was known well in advance of the character's dusting that Holland would be appearing in more than one Spidey solo film, and sure enough, it was later confirmed that Spider-Man: Far from Home would take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame. This sequel will see young Parker going on a European excursion with his classmates — a relaxing sojourn which turns not-so-relaxing when Nick Fury and Maria Hill show up to enlist him in the fight against a team of mysterious elemental monsters.
Joining the cast is Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio, a longtime Spider-Man nemesis in the comics who — if the trailer is to be believed — is actually fighting on the side of the good guys... at first, at least. But fans know that Mysterio is prone to whipping up all manner of intricate illusions in support of his criminal schemes, so there’s a good chance there may be more to his relationship to Spidey’s new foes than meets the eye. Keep watching the video to see the rest of the 5 movies Marvel has planned after Endgame!
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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 | 0:15
Spider-Man: Far From Home | 1:11
Black Widow | 2:08
Doctor Strange 2 | 3:08
Black Panther 2 | 4:09