Release Dates for Upcoming Superhero Movies: 2022-2024 and Beyond

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No doubt superhero movies are the most popular genre these days. Marvel Studios launched a massive interconnected series of superhero movies that were significantly more colorful and humorous, and audiences have been flocking to both kinds of superhero films in droves. Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy proved that comic book adaptations could be just as dramatic and heavy as non-genre films, and audiences have been flocking to both kinds of superhero films in droves. It’s sometimes difficult to keep track of what’s coming out when, who’s in it, and how it fits into the overall picture, especially with nearly every major studio now working to turn its own comic book properties into the next big thing, and with Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. plotting out half a decade’s worth of material.

You’ll discover a thorough list of superhero movie release dates for every major comic book adaptation on the schedule, from now until 2024, below. Furthermore, we’ll update this guide with the most up-to-date information regularly, so if you ever forget when The Flash is set to hit theaters, you can check back here for a fast refresher.

Thor: Love and Thunder

Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)
Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)

Thor: Ragnarok was signed by Marvel. Taika Waititi, the director and writer of Thor: Ragnarok, will return to write and direct the film. The film will be released in July 2019, but Marvel announced the big announcement a few weeks later at Comic-Con: Natalie Portman will reprise her role as Jane Foster, the MCU’s first female Thor! She’ll play with Chris Hemsworth in the role of Thor and Tessa Thompson in the role of Valkyrie, who was crowned King of Asgard at the end of Avengers: Endgame. Christian Bale was in talks to join the cast as the villainous Gorr the God Butcher in January 2020, and the Guardians of the Galaxy will also participate in the film.

DC League of Super-Pets

DC League of Super-Pets (2022)
DC League of Super-Pets (2022)

Dwayne Johnson‘s Black Adam isn’t the only DC Universe movie in the works; on July 29, 2022, Jared Stern will helm DC League of Super-Pets, based on a script he co-wrote with John Whittington. As a new take on Ace the Bat-Hound, Johnson will voice Superman’s devoted canine buddy Krypto alongside his Central Intelligence and Jumanji co-star Kevin Hart. The Justice League has been kidnapped by Lex Luthor and Lulu, the hairless guinea pig, and Krypto must band together with a ragtag army of super-powered shelter dogs to save them.

Black Adam

Black Adam (2022)
Black Adam (2022)

Dwayne Johnson was cast as Shazam villain Black Adam by Warner Bros. a few years ago, thus this project has been in the works for a while. Johnson was supposed to star in the Shazam film, but he confirmed in the spring of 2017 that they had opted to produce two films: one for Shazam and one for his antagonist/antihero Black Adam. Johnson will be in charge of the latter, while Shazam has already made a name for himself. This project has been in the works for a long time, but things are now moving forward after Warner Bros. hired Due Date writer Adam Sztykiel to write the screenplay. Jaume Collet-Serra, with whom Johnson collaborated on Disney’s Jungle Cruise feature, was chosen as the film’s director. The plot will feature characters such as Atom Smasher, Cyclone, and Hawkman, with Pierce Brosnan playing Doctor Fate. Filming was set to begin in July 2020 but was postponed owing to the COVID-19 outage. In 2021, the filming was concluded.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)

Ryan Coogler is returning to develop and film Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and Chadwick Boseman was set to reprise the lead role before his untimely death. Marvel has stated that the part of T’Challa would not be recast. Michaela Coel was cast in an unspecified role, and production began in Atlanta in July 2021.

Shazam! Fury of the Gods

Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023)
Shazam! Fury of the Gods (2023)

Director David F. Sandberg returns to film the follow-up to DC’s 2019 smash blockbuster Shazam!, with Zachary Levi reprising his role as the eponymous teenage superhero and Asher Angel supporting him. This time, Shazam will be joined by his foster family to face the daughters of Atlas, who will be played by Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren and the renowned Lucy Liu. Rachel Zegler, the breakthrough star of West Side Story, will also join the cast in an undetermined role.

Kraven the Hunter

Kraven the Hunter (2023)- Soctex
Kraven the Hunter (2023)- Soctex

Kraven the Hunter, the fourth film in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, kicks off the 2023 superhero film schedule. J.C. Chandor will direct the film from a script written by Uncharted screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, as well as The Equalizer screenwriter Richard Wenk. Aaron Taylor-Johnson will play the titular anti-hero. He is no stranger to the realm of superheroes, having played the title role in both Kick-Ass movies and Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Recent Academy Award winner Ariana DeBose will play Calypso, while The White Lotus breakout star Fred Hechinger will play the classic Spider-Man villain The Chameleon, Christopher Abbott will play the film’s main antagonist The Foreigner, and Russell Crowe, Alessandro Nivola, and Levi Miller will play Russell Crowe, Alessandro Nivola, and Levi Miller will play Russell Crowe, Alessandro Nivola, and Levi Miller will play Russell Crowe.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)

Marvel Studios confirmed in November 2019 that Peyton Reed would return to direct a third Ant-Man film. Following that, Rick and Morty author Jeff Loveless was hired to pen the script, and Kathryn Newton was cast as an older version of Scott Lang’s daughter Cassie, with Jonathan Majors as the villain Kang the Conqueror. Filming began in the summer of 2021 and ended in November of that year.

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom

Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2022)
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom (2022)

When Aquaman was released in theaters in December 2018, it surprised everyone by becoming the DCEU’s highest-earning film to date, making over $1.1 billion. With that in mind, Warner Bros. began planning a sequel, though director James Wan warned that he wouldn’t move forward with it until the story was perfect. Aquaman co-writer (and regular Wan collaborator) David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick has been tasked with penning the screenplay, and the studio has set a far-off 2022 release date to give the film ample time to grow. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is the title of the film, which began filming in July 2021.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 (2023)
Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 (2023)

The third Guardians of the Galaxy film was expected to begin production in early 2019, but writer/director James Gunn was sacked from the project last October when some poor jokes he made on Twitter years ago were resurfaced. Unbeknownst to the public, after taking a job writing and directing The Suicide Squad for DC, Gunn continued to meet with Disney executives in the meantime, and it was confirmed in March 2019 that he had been re-hired to make the film. The original release date of 2020 was pushed back, and production wouldn’t start until after Gunn finished The Suicide Squad, but Marvel Studios preserved Gunn’s completed script throughout the ordeal. As a result, he’ll be able to finish the trilogy the way he wanted. Filming began in November 2021, with a release date of 2023.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2

Sony Pictures set plans in action for a Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel soon after the Oscar-winning animated film’s triumph, but the creative crew is different. Phil Lord and Chris Miller will return as producers and co-writers, but Joaquim Dos Santos, who previously worked on The Legend of Korra, will direct alongside Kemp Powers (Soul) and Justin K. Thompson.

The Flash

The Flash (2022)
The Flash (2022)

So far, the Flash film has had a lengthy journey. Phil Lord and Chris Miller were contracted to develop a story proposal in April 2015 with the hopes of directing the film, but they instead went on to direct Solo: A Star Wars Story. Ezra Miller was cast as The Flash in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, while Dark Shadows author Seth Grahame-Smith was hired to write the script and direct the film in October 2015. In April 2016, Grahame-Smith was fired from the project because WB wanted to take it in a different direction, and Dopehelmer Rick Famuyiwa was appointed in his place. Kiersey Clemons was cast as Iris West, and Billy Crudup was slated as Flash’s father Harry Allen, however, Famuyiwa left the project in August 2016 due to creative disputes.

While filming was set to begin in early 2017, Famuyiwa’s departure created a hole in WB’s plans, and the studio decided to slow things down while Miller worked on Fantastic Beasts 2. Joby Harold (King Arthur) was brought in to rewrite the script from the ground up, and in May 2017, Robert Zemeckis and Matthew Vaughn emerged as WB’s top directors possibilities. The studio announced in July 2017 that the picture would be titled Flashpoint, implying that the plot will be based on the popular comic book storyline in which Barry goes back in time to save his mother’s life, resulting in the creation of an alternate timeline. Theorized that this Flashpoint twist could allow WB to “correct” some faults in the DCEU by modifying the timeline, speculation arose.

In early 2018, Warner Bros. finally hired Vacation filmmakers and Spider-Man: Homecoming co-writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, based in part on the success of their Warner Bros. action-comedy Game Night. However, production was once again pushed back, as Ezra Miller was scheduled to shoot Fantastic Beasts 3 in the Fall/Winter of 2019. The filming of The Flash couldn’t start until then.

According to a report published in March 2019, there was creative tension between Miller’s vision (darker, grittier) and Daley and Goldstein’s vision (lighter, more fun), to the point where Warner Bros. allowed Miller to write a version of the script with the help of Grant Morrison to show what their version would look like. The insinuation was that if Warner Bros. wasn’t satisfied with Miller’s script, he might be fired as Flash.

By July 2019, Daley and Goldstein had willingly departed the project, and ITand Mama director Andy Muschietti had begun talks to take over as director, making him the movie’s fourth director in four years. Not only that, but Warner Bros. decided they didn’t like Miller’s script and trashed it, albeit Miller remained in the starring role. Instead, Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey) is currently working on a fresh script draft.

Warner Bros. announced the film will introduce the universe to the DCEU at DC FanDome in 2020, with Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck reprising their roles as Batman from the previous films. Sasha Calle will play a new Supergirl in the DCEU, and Ron Livingston will take over as Barry Allen’s father from Billy Crudup, who had to drop out due to schedule difficulties. In April 2021, filming finally began.

Though Miller’s recent legal woes continue to hang over the project, their future as The Flash becomes increasingly dubious.

Madame Web

Madame Web (2023) - Soctex
Madame Web (2023) – Soctex

Madame Web is the fifth installment in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, directed by S.J. Clarkson, who has directed episodes of shows like Succession, The Defenders, Jessica Jones, and Orange Is the New Black, and written by Morbius screenwriters Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, as well as indie screenwriter Kerem Sanga. Dakota Johnson will play the main role alongside a cast of some of today’s most promising young actors, including Sydney Sweeney from Euphoria, Celeste O’Connor from Ghostbusters: Afterlife, and Isabela Merced from Dora and the Lost City of Gold. So far, no narrative details for the film have been revealed.

The Marvels

The Marvels (2022)
The Marvels (2022)

Captain Marvel 2 will be directed by Nia DaCosta, who previously directed the upcoming Candyman adaptation. Teyonah Parris will play Monica Rambeau, Iman Vellani will play Ms. Marvel, and Zawe Ashton will play the villain. In May 2021, the title of the film was revealed to be The Marvels. Filming began in London in the summer of 2021.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2023)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2023)

With the untitled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, a new animated feature film reboot of the pizza-loving, martial artist teenage turtles is on its way to the big screen. The film, which is produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and directed by Jeff Rowe, co-director of The Mitchells vs the Machines, will serve as the start of a new franchise of films centered on the TMNT’s most legendary opponents.

Blue Beetle

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A Blue Beetle film, which was originally planned as an HBO Max exclusive, will be released in August 2023. Xolo Mariduea, best known for his role in Cobra Kai, will play youngster Jaime Reyes, popularly known as the superhero Blue Beetle. Angel Manuel Soto, the director of Charm City Kings, will helm the picture, which is based on a scenario by Miss Bala screenwriter Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer.

Batgirl

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Batgirl (2022) – Soctex

Joss Whedon has been hired by Warner Bros. to write and direct a Batgirl film. He worked on the script for a year while also overseeing reshoots and post-production on Justice League, however, he announced his departure from the project in February 2018 because he “couldn’t come up with a story.” Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, the directors of Bad Boys for Life, have signed on to direct, while Leslie Grace has signed on to play Batgirl in July 2021. The film will be available only on HBO Max.

El Muerto

El Muerto (2024) - Soctex
El Muerto (2024) – Soctex

El Muerto, the sixth film in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, will star Bad Bunny as the title character, based on the obscure supporting character from the Spider-Man comics. There is no director or even a writer connected at this time, but a January 2024 release date has already been established.

Fantastic Four

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Fantastic Four- Soctex

Marvel revealed in December 2020 that Jon Watts, the director of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far from Home, and Spider-Man: No Way Home, will helm a brand-new Fantastic Four reboot to bring the characters into the MCU. Watts left the project in May 2022, and no replacement has been announced yet.

Blade

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New Blade Movie- Soctex

Almost nothing, but Mahershala Ali, the Oscar winner for Moonlight and Green Book, was a surprise visitor at Marvel’s Comic-Con 2019 presentation, where he was announced as the new Blade with no additional details provided. Marvel hired Bassam Tariq to direct in July 2021, with Stacy Ossei-Kuffour penning the screenplay.

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