From 2008 to 2019, Marvel Studios released 23 feature films in its Infinity Saga, the most ambitious cohesive storytelling endeavor ever mounted by a single studio.
Then came Disney+ and the mandate to populate Disney’s streaming service with a regular pipeline of episodic TV series within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The result not only mushroomed the number of titles within MCU, it also greatly accelerated the pace of its storytelling.
As Marvel chief Kevin Feige explained at San Diego Comic-Con in 2022, the MCU’s Multiverse Saga will span at least 37 titles across feature films and TV series (live-action and animation), with many more titles still yet to be announced. And it will do it in less than half the time: The Multiverse Saga will run from Jan. 2021 to Nov. 2025 — just under five years.
Some of that pace is due to the pandemic, which paused the MCU for 2020 and squeezed nine titles into 2021, from the Emmy-winning Disney+ series “WandaVision” to the first billion-dollar grossing movie of the pandemic, “Spider-Man: No Way Home.” The Disney+ show “Loki” cracked open the multiverse for the first time in the MCU, while “Black Widow” and “Hawkeye” debuted two new characters — Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) and Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld) — who have taken on their respective heroic monikers from the OG Avengers who originated then.
Further on the horizon: sequels to “Black Panther” with director Ryan Coogler, “Ant-Man” with director Peyton Reed, “Guardians of the Galaxy” with director James Gunn, “Captain Marvel” with director Nia DaCosta and “Captain America” with director Julius Onah, “Deadpool” with stars Ryan Reynolds and Hugh Jackman and director Shawn Levy; as well as long-anticipated reboots of “Blade” with actor Mahershala Ali and “Fantastic Four” with director Matt Shakman.
On Disney Plus, we’ll see adaptations of “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” with Tatiana Maslany and Mark Ruffalo, “Secret Invasion” with Olivia Colman and Samuel L. Jackson; a “WandaVision” spinoff starring Kathryn Hahn and a “Hawkeye” spinoff starring Alaqua Cox; a revival of Netflix’s “Daredevil” series; and second seasons of “Loki” and “What If…?”
There are also several more titles in development, including a show set in the Kingdom of Wakanda, the third “Deadpool” movie, and a “Wonder Man” TV series.
And after the debut of “What If…?”, multiple animated titles are on their way to Disney Plus, including Marvel Studios’ first swing at “X-Men” following Disney’s acquisition in 2019 of 20th Century Fox.
For Feige and his team of creative executives at Marvel Studios, the MCU’s post-“Avengers: Endgame” slate represents the most aggressive creative expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2012’s “The Avengers” re-defined what was possible with superhero storytelling.
Here is everything that’s in store — that we know about.