Marvel Phase 5 is alive! Discover the new Marvel movies dropping soon

Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man in Captain America: Civil War

Here at ODEON, a new Marvel movie is always cause for celebration. So imagine our fist-pumping delight at last month’s San Diego Comic-Con, when MCU supremo Kevin Feige casually dropped details of all six upcoming movies in Marvel Phase 5.

From Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania to Captain America: New World Order, the Marvel Phase 5 lineup will keep your eyeballs busy and your popcorn intake sky-high all the way through to 2024. Here are all the days you’ll want to book off work. 

Paul Rudd as Ant Man in Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

MCU Phase 5 – Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania 

Ant-Man And The Wasp Quantumania release date: February 17th, 2023 

With long-serving Ant-Man director Peyton Reed back in charge, this third insect-themed instalment is the creepy/crawly kick-off to Marvel’s Phase 5. 

Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania – What We Know

This is Marvel, so you shouldn’t be surprised that the Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania plot has been welded into a steel box marked ‘Top Secret’. But the title should clue you in that this third instalment will explore the time-fluid and terrifyingly lethal Quantum Realm. 

Paul Rudd (Scott Lang/Ant-Man) and Evangeline Lily (Hope van Dyne/Wasp) return, as do Michael Douglas (Hank Pym) and Michelle Pfeiffer (Janet van Dyne) – with the latter getting a meatier role following her rescue from the Quantum Realm in Ant-Man And The Wasp (2018). Meanwhile, Scott’s daughter Cassie Lang is recast and played by Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies, Pokémon: Detective Pikachu).

At one point, the buzz was that Corey Stoll would return as Darren Cross/Yellowjacket, however, that particular rumour mill has died down, and the casting of Jonathan Majors is now concrete. Having impressed in Lovecraft Country and The Last Black Man In San Francisco, the US actor recently played He Who Remains in the Loki TV spin-off. Now, as Kang the Conqueror, it seems he’ll play an alternate timeline variant of that character in Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania, and become the latest Ant Man foe.  

Lead writer Michael Waldron calls Kang a “time-travelling multiversal adversary” and “the next big cross-movie villain”, suggesting Marvel has high hopes he’ll become a Thanos-style repeat offender. As for Majors, he views this Kang as a whole other animal, telling GamesRadar: “He’s just a different guy. He Who Remains is not in Ant-Man. It’s Kang. But the people surrounding us – the cast, my leading man Paul Rudd – that’s different. Because Paul’s not Tom [Hiddleston]. This is a movie, not a TV show.” 

Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania – Rumours & Fan Theories

Cassie Lang may seem a bit-part role, but keep your eyes on this supposed girl-next-door. In the comics, Cassie’s exposure to Pym Particles at a young age gave her similar abilities to her old man, but without needing a Hank Pym-designed high-tech suit. So could Cassie step up as a bona fide MCU superhero in her own right? 

As for the movie’s most mouthwatering cameo, that’s been confirmed in a series of interviews by the iconic Bill Murray. “You know, recently I made a Marvel movie,” he told a German interviewer. By the time he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Murray was suddenly tight-lipped: “I’m not at liberty to talk about it.” But then, on the Eli Manning show, he gave us another titbit: “I’m a bad guy.” 

 


Film still from Guardians Of The Galaxy Volume 2

MCU Phase 5 – Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 release date: May 5th, 2023 

The universe’s best-loved space rabble returns for this MCU Phase 5 must-see, with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 directed by long-time saga supremo James Gunn. 

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 – What We Know

The free-flowing MCU timeline means the whole Guardians family is present and correct for Vol. 3. It’s a welcome back to Chris Pratt (Peter Quill/Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax), Bradley Cooper (Rocket), Vin Diesel (Groot), Karen Gillan (Nebula), and Pom Klementieff (Mantis). Sean Gunn returns, too, as Kraglin Obfonteri (Yondu’s second-in-command), while action legend Sylvester Stallone revives the high-ranking Ravager Stakar Ogord. 

We hope you didn’t leave the ODEON before the post-credits scene in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. If you stuck around, you’ll remember the fury of Ayesha, the gold-skinned High Priestess of the Sovereign people, who swore revenge on the double-crossing, battery-thieving Guardians. To enact her bloody vengeance, Ayesha created Adam Warlock – a merciless superbeing played by British actor Will Poulter in this third instalment. 

Poulter has been tight-lipped on his character’s plotlines, but we know he’s trained hard to become the character described by veteran Marvel artist Jim Starlin as a “paranoid schizophrenic”. As the actor told The Independent of his fitness regime: “I wouldn't recommend anyone do what I did to get ready for that job.” 

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 – Rumours & Fan Theories 

For the finale of Avengers: Endgame, Thor hitched a ride with the Guardians. But while both parties appeared in Thor: Love And Thunder, Gunn’s statement that Guardians 3 drops into the timeline after the events of the upcoming Thor movie means it’s unclear whether Star Lord and the God of Thunder will pal up in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. 

Either way, a key aspect of Guardians 3 should be the character development. Karen Gillan recently teased that her Nebula will “start to heal from her torment and abuse” in this new MCU movie, following the death of her father Thanos. On the flipside, a 2019 interview with Saldana suggested her character’s darker side might bubble up.  

There’s a part of me that wants to explore a bad Gamora,” the actress told Seattle ACE Comic-Con. “I’ve never seen that and she’s, you know, considered the most lethal assassin. The most lethal woman in the galaxy. So I would want to see what that wrath looks like, also because it would just give me layers to work on.”

 


Brie Larson as Captain Marvel in Captain Marvel film still

MCU Phase 5 – The Marvels 

The Marvels release date: July 28th, 2023 

The mighty Carol Danvers recruits her kickass gal pals in this follow-up to 2019’s Captain Marvel, while a certain eye-patched S.H.I.E.L.D director brings the cool.   

The Marvels – What We Know 

Director Nia DaCosta will helm The Marvels. She was the talent behind 2021’’s rebooted Candyman and told Inverse she’s here to tell the human story. “For The Marvels, my biggest thing going into it was making sure I approached these characters as human beings and not necessarily as superheroes. I want to know more about Captain Marvel. Who is she? What are her fears? What drives her? How do you actually deal with being the most powerful being in the universe? How does that weigh on you? That's the sort of thing I want to explore.” 

Heading up The Marvels cast, Brie Larson returns as Carol Danvers, ex-US Air Force fighter ace turned Kree/human superbeing and – arguably – the MCU’s mightiest hero. Joining her and all grown up is Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau – S.W.O.R.D. agent, Danvers’ unofficial niece and now a hero in her own right, known as Spectrum.  

With Monica, we’ve established who she is in WandaVision,Parris told Variety, “and in The Marvels, we have an opportunity to further understand who this woman is. Little Monica had a relationship with Carol Danvers, and we’ll get to see what happens with that relationship, and how, or if, it brings them to the present.” 

Fresh from the Ms Marvel TV series, newcomer Iman Vellani plays Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel, a Jersey teenager and Captain Marvel fangirl with the power to shapeshift. She’s also notable as the first Muslim superhero. “The fact that they’re including this character in the MCU is [what’s important],” says the actress. “I don’t really have to go out of my way and talk about being a Muslim and being Pakistani… people seeing a person like me involved in a project as big as this is, I think, inspiring enough.” 

And finally – did you just feel the temperature drop? That’s because Mr Cool himself, Samuel L. Jackson, is back as Nick Fury. 

The Marvels – Rumours & Fan Theories

For now, the big bads for The Marvels are confidential – but we know that Velvet Buzzsaw and Fresh Meat’s Zawe Ashton will be amongst them. As yet, the English actress’s role is TBC, but it’d make sense for her to play Moonstone (also known as Meteorite, she’s the former arch-enemy of Hulk and a mistress of disguise who once assumed the identity of Captain Marvel herself). Then again, Marvel heads reckon Ashton could be cast as cosmic crazy Genis-Vell or even the Shi'ar Empire’s avian princess Deathbird. When we know more, so will you.

 


Blade artwork

MCU Phase 5 – Blade

Blade release date: November 3rd, 2023 

The original Wesley Snipes-starring Blade trilogy was nailed into its coffin back in 2004, but you can’t keep a good Daywalker down. Get ready for a vampire reboot so bloodthirsty it makes Morbius look like a teetotaller.

Blade – What We Know 

Snipes has passed down the leather trenchcoat to Mahershala Ali and the US actor/rapper has serious dramatic pedigree: his mantelpiece boasts not one but two Oscars for Best Supporting Actor (for 2016’s Moonlight and 2018’s Green Book). We got a hint of Ali’s take on the character in the Eternals post-credit scene, but where he’ll go with this ice-cool antihero is anyone’s guess.    

Mogul Mowgli director Bassam Tariq will helm the new Blade movie, working with a fang-sharp script from Watchmen screenwriter Stacy Osei-Kuffour. The joy of exhuming this millennial character, the director told Gizmodo, is that he’s not bogged down by canon. “What’s so great is that Blade is not as boxed in as I think people imagine it to be. I can say that the new movie is character-first. 

According to Kevin Feige’s announcement at Comic-Con, Blade will start shooting in Atlanta this October, most likely at Tyler Perry Studios. But with further locations reportedly including New Orleans, Ohio, Cleveland and Morocco, Ali’s character looks set to be the best-travelled vamp since Dracula washed up in Whitby. 

Blade – Rumours & Fan Theories

At these early stages, rumours are mostly what we have to go on – including some eye-opening thoughts from Collider on the flagship MCU characters who might drop into the Blade universe.  

The obvious choices would be Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange or Elizabeth Olsen's Scarlet Witch,” writes Remus Noronha. “Both Strange and Blade have been part of Marvel's Midnight Sons super-team, which brought together the greatest supernatural heroes of the comic book universe. 

Or maybe there’s something even more meta planned for Blade. “You know what would be awesome?” added Noronha. “If Deadpool were to show up in the new Blade movie. Ryan Reynolds was in the third Blade movie, Blade: Trinity, where he played Hannibal King. And you just know that that would be used as a punchline if Wade met Blade…

 


Chris Evans as Captain America in Captain America: Civil War

MCU Phase 5 – Captain America: New World Order

Captain America: New World Order release date: May 3rd, 2024 

Following the creaky Cap’s emotional handover in Avengers: Endgame, former Falcon Sam Wilson steps up as America’s new poster boy. Give that man a Vibranium shield… 

Captain America: New World Order – What We Know  

Anthony Mackie is the only big name confirmed so far for Captain America: New World Order. And having told Variety that his character preparation includes listening to Tupac Shakur’s ballsy rap classic Hit ’Em Up, we can expect serious swagger from his incoming Cap. Take it from the departed Chris Evans, who tweeted his endorsement: “Sam Wilson is Captain America. 

Cloverfield Paradox director Julius Onah will helm Captain America: New World Order, while as the creator of Falcon And The Winter Soldier, Malcolm Spellman is a no-brainer to co-write the Captain America 4 screenplay (with Dalan Musson). Spellman has previously told Deadline about the socially charged elements that feed into the new Cap: “As a Black man, he is forged in an identity that is rooted around struggle. 

Captain America: New World Order – Rumours & Fan Theories

What’s in a name? Potentially loads, when it comes to Captain America: New World Order. If you’ve flipped through the comics, you’ll know the New World Order as the crime gang fronted by Red Skull. Last time we saw the villain, he was guarding the Soul Stone in Avengers: Infinity War – and that sunburnt dome would be a sight for sore eyes.    

By extension, if Onah sticks with the narrative from the Captain America comic books, then a head-spinning array of cameos could be on the cards. As ScreenRant’s Simon Gallagher wrote: “If New World Order follows the comics, it could suggest that Red Hulk is back in the MCU, somehow…

 


Thunderbolts artwork

MCU Phase 5 – Thunderbolts 

Thunderbolts release date: July 26th, 2024 

The notion of an antihero hook-up movie isn’t exactly virgin turf (hello, DC’s Suicide Squad). But Marvel’s Phase 5 finale could be even more mouthwatering, potentially throwing together the most dastardly dudes ever to don spandex.   

Thunderbolts – What We Know  

Created by writer and artist Peter David and Mike Deodato, the Thunderbolts squad debuted in a 1996 edition of The Incredible Hulk, as the ill-advised brainchild of Baron Zemo and the Masters Of Evil. At various points in the comic books’ storylines, they’ve also been co-opted by government spooks to do their dirty work – with, ahem, mixed results.  

We’ve already got a handle on the Thunderbolts crew, with director Jake Schreier (Paper Towns/Robot & Frank) corralling the bad guys and Black Widow writer Eric Pearson penning the script. These guys know what they’re doing. Unlike the Thunderbolts.

Thunderbolts – Rumours & Fan Theories

Since the Thunderbolts’ formation there’s been a revolving door policy, so this new movie could theoretically feature anyone from Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen) and Whiplash (Mickey Rourke) to Abomination (Tim Roth) and Punisher (Jon Bernthal). The door is even open for bigger names with loose moral compasses to come aboard, like Deadpool and Ghost Rider. As Empire’s Owen Williams wrote: “Can you imagine Nic Cage p*ssing fire in the MCU?!”