While the MCU is set to release a multitude of projects in the Multiverse Saga, including several non-Marvel movies are also billed for release in the upcoming years. Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment are still holding up their deal which allows Tom Holland to portray Spider-Man (aka Peter Parker) in the MCU, but Sony is also developing 2 different franchises focused on Spider-Man.
These 2 different franchises based on Spider-Man will include characters that aren’t part of Marvel Studios’ epic shared universe.
In 2022’s San Diego Comic-Con and D23 Expo Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige revealed some huge projects, for the MCU’s The Multiverse Saga such as Blade, Captain America: New World Order, and Phase 6 Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars.
Sony also revealed a great deal of content for their upcoming slate in their Spider-Man Universe (that is yet to include Peter Parker himself), with both Studios working with new directors to bring distinct tones to their franchise.
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After Disney’s acquisition of Fox in 2019, effectively ending the X-men franchise, Marvel Studios, and Sony is leading the charge, with several Marvel movies set to release in 2023 and beyond.
Marvel Movies and Sony Spider-Man Universe Movies Releasing in 2023
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (Marvel Movies)
Release Date – 17, February 2023
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, making Peyton Reed’s third installment of the Marvel Movie of Ant-Man franchise. The Ant-Man franchise kicked off the MCU’s Phase 5 with the return of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang and Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, as well as Micheal Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, and new MCU newcomer Kathryn Newton, who replaced Emma Fuhramann as Cassie Lang.
Rick and Morty’s Jeff Loveness penned the script which saw Ant-Man and the Wasp come face-to-face with Jonathan Major as Kang the Conqueror, a variant of Loki’s He Who Remains, in the Quantum Realm.
Although Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania got mixed reviews, with the screenplay and rhythm from previous Ant-Man films being criticized, the film grossed over $474 million worldwide and became the third-highest-grossing film of 2023 so far.
Despite criticism, Lovesness is set to pen the script for the MCU’s Avengers: The Kang Dynasty next, so his focus seems to be intensely on developing Kang the Conqueror. Quantumania set up major events for the MCU’s future, including the introduction of Cassie Lang as Stature, the Council of Kang’s, and Victor Timely’s debut in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’s post-credit scene.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 (Marvel Movie)
Release Date – 5th May 2023
The upcoming Marvel Movie Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 is James Gunn’s final outing into the world of Marvel Studios, as James Gunn will be leaving the MCU due to his new position as CO-CEO of DC Studios, but not before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3 reintroduces audiences to the team that formed in 2014.
The upcoming Phase 5 film will be the final adventure for the current lineup of the team, as Dave Bautista has confirmed as he won’t be returning as Drax the Destroyer, and many fans are expecting that Rocket will be dying in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 as the film will be showing his backstory.
With its release date only around the corner, more details have been revealed about the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 plot in three trailers. Rocket’s MCU backstory will be revealed, marking the debut of Chukwudi Iwuji as the High Evolutionary, and Will Poulter will also make his debut as Adam Warlock in Marvel Cinematic Universe initially depicted as an adversary to the team.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will also see Zoe Saldaña reprise the role of Gamora for the first time since Avengers: Endgame, though not the version of Gamora we knew. The film will be an emotional ride for the team, and will significantly change the Marvel Cinematic Universe cosmic storyline forever.
Spider-Man: Across the Spiderverse (Sony Movie)
Release Date – 2nd June 2023
Spider-Man: Across the Spiderverse is the sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse, expanding the animated Spider-Man franchise and exploring the multiversal adventures of Miles Morales, who becomes Spider-Man in the wake of Peter Parker’s death.
Spider-Man Into the Spiderverse became a monumental hit for Sony Movies and made the development of its sequel and a third film, subtitled Beyond the Spider-verse, inevitable. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse reveals some returning characters from the first film, as well as a huge amount of new Spider-people.
The trailer from Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse confirm that Gwen Stacy (Spider-Gwen) returns to Miles Morales’s reality, roping him into another multiversal adventure that leads the pair to the doorstep of Spider-Man 2099, voiced by Oscar Isaac, and the Spider-Man society.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse will surpass the MCU’s Spider-Man: No Way Home on the sheer amount of Spider-Men will play a part in the upcoming film. Though the exact plan plot details are scarce, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse will certainly be an epic and entertaining flick.
Kraven the Hunter (Sony’s Spider-Man Universe)
Release date – 6th October 2023
As part of Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, joining the ranks of Venom and Morbius, marking Sony’s only 2023 live-action Marvel release. Kraven is typically seen as a Spider-Man villain, so could potentially fill a spot on Sony’s highly -anticipated Sinister Six team, whenever they might eventually form, especially since he was an integral part of the team in Marvel Comics.
Filming for Kraven the Hunter began in early 2022 and wrapped later that year, initially scheduled for release in January 2023, though this was later delayed.
Aaron Taylor Johnson is set to appear as Kraven the Hunter, and he’ll be joined by Ariana Debose, Russell Crowe, and Alessandro Nivola for the upcoming film. It’s also been reported that Tom Holland had been in talks to reprise his role in MCU as Peter Parker (aka Spider-Man), for Kraven the Hunter, so this could see Marvel Studios and Sony could finally connect their two franchises directly.
This would help to ease confusion over Morbiu’s post-credits scene, which saw Michael Keaton’s Vulture curiously end up in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe.
The Marvels (Marvel Movies)
Release Date – 10 November 2023
As the sequel to Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and Wandavision. The Marvels will bring together Brie Larson as Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel), Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau, and Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan (aka Ms. Marvel), for the first time on the big screen.
Under NiaCosta’s direction, the Marvels is set to be an epic space-firing adventure for the MCU’s newest superhero team, as the trio finds themselves switching places every time they use their powers.
The post-credits of Marvel Studios Ms. Marvel series on Disney+ laid the groundwork for The Marvel’s, as Carol Danvers found herself transported to Kamala Khan’s bedroom, shortly after the latter was revealed to be a Mutant in the MCU. Monica Rambeau debuted in WandaVision after the character was previously seen as a child in Captain Marvel.
She has now grown up as well as gained powers after traveling through Scarlet Witch’s Hex many times. The trio will square off with a new villain portrayed by Zawe Ashton, while the Marvels will also debut Park Seo-Joon, and Samuel L. Jackson will be reprising the role of Nick Fury.
Confirmed Marvel Movies Releasing after 2023
Marvel Movies intended release date calendar has always been long-term. The MCU Phases 4,5 and 6 (known as The Multiverse Saga) are no different. On top of this, Sony’s multiple Spider-Man projects are getting into full swing.
There’s a full roster of upcoming Marvel Movies in 2024 and beyond that have confirmed release dates. In addition to this, the third film in Sony’s animated Miles Morales Spider-verse trilogy, Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-verse, is currently also slated for a 2024 release.
El Muerto (Sony’s Spider-Man Universe)
Release Date – 12 January 2024
The movie is based on the minor Spider-Man-related character, El Muetro, a wrestler with superhuman strength. The film was penned for the singer Bad Bunny, who had a stand-out role in 2022’s Bullet Train, and El Muerto was officially announced in April 2022 with Jonás Curaón set to direct and Garreth Dunnet-Alcocer as a writer.
It’s still unclear how El Muerto is going to be linked to Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, though it’s likely a huge step for creating a more solid shared franchise.