Upcoming New Superhero Movies: 2022-2024 Release Dates

There’s no denying that the most popular genre these days is the superhero movie. Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy proved that comic book adaptations could be just as dramatic and heavy as non-genre films, Marvel Studios jumpstarted a massive interconnected series of superhero movies that were significantly more colorful and humorous, and audiences have been turning out to both kinds of superhero films in droves. 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, it’s sometimes tough to keep track of what’s coming out when, who’s in it, and how it fits into the overall picture. Not to worry, though, because we here at Collider have you covered.



Below, you’ll find a comprehensive guide of superhero movie release dates for every major comic book adaptation on the calendar, going all the way up to the year 2024. Moreover, we’ll be updating this guide regularly with the most current information, so if you’re ever at a loss for when exactly The Flash is supposed to be in theaters, you can come right back here for a quick refresher.

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Release Date: October 21, 2022

Director: Jauma Collet-Serra

Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Noah Centineo, Aldis Hodge, Pierce Brosnan, and Quintessa Swindell

This project first surfaced years ago, when Warner Bros. secured Dwayne Johnson to play Shazam villain Black Adam. The idea was for Johnson to star in the Shazam movie, but in the spring of 2017 Johnson revealed that they had decided to make two separate movies: one for Shazam, and one for his antagonist/antihero Black Adam. Johnson will lead the latter while Shazam moved forward separately and became a success. This one’s been in development for a long time, but movement finally started to occur as Warner Bros. set Due Date writer Adam Sztykielto pen the screenplay. The film finally found a director in Jaume Collet-Serra, with whom Johnson worked on Disney’s Jungle Cruise movie. Filming was finally scheduled to begin in July 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 shutdown, but the story will involve characters like Atom Smasher, Cyclone, and Hawkman with Pierce Brosnan playing Doctor Fate. Filming was completed in 2021.


Release Date: November 11, 2022

Director: Ryan Coogler

Cast: Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Dominique Thorne, and Michaela Coel

Ryan Coogler is coming back to write and direct Black Panther: Wakanda Foreverand Chadwick Boseman was poised to reprise the starring role before his unexpected passing. Marvel has said they will not be recasting the role of T’Challa. Wakanda Forever brings back nearly all of the main cast from the first film and introduces some new faces including Michaela Coel as Aneka, Tenoch Huerta as Namor, and Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams/Ironheart. Filming began in June 2021 in Atlanta and wrapped on March 2022 in Puerto Rico. Wakanda Forever marks the final movie of Phase Four.

Release Date: December 21, 2022

Director: David F. Sandberg

Cast: Zachary Levi, Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer, Faithe Herman, Djimon Hounsou, Rachel Zegler, Adam Brody, Helen Mirren, Grace Fulton, and Lucy Liu

Director David F. Sandberg returns to direct the sequel to DC’s 2019 hit with Shazam! with Zachary Levi reprising his role as the titular youthful superhero and Asher Angel backas his young alter ego. This time, Shazam will have his foster family by his side to take on the daughters of Atlas, who will be played by Academy Award-winner Helen Mirren and the iconic Lucy Liu.West Side Story breakout star Rachel Zegler will also be joining the cast as Anthea, a daughter of Atlas. Filming began May 2021 and concluded August 2021.

Kraven the Hunter

Release Date: January 13, 2023

Director: J.C. Chandor

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ariana DeBose, Russell Crowe, Fred Hechinger, Christopher Abbott, and Alessandro Nivola

Kicking off the 2023 slate of superhero movies is Kraven the Hunter, the fourth film in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe. The film will be directed by Triple Frontier filmmaker J.C. Chandor from a script written by Uncharted screenwriters Art Marcum and Matt Holloway and The Equalizer screenwriter Richard Wenk. Taking on the titular role of the anti-hero will be Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who is no stranger to the world of superheroes having starred in the title role in both Kick-Ass movies and playing Quicksilver in Avengers: Age of Ultron. Joining Johnson will be recent Academy Award Winner Ariana DeBose as the character Calypso, The White Lotus breakout star Fred Hechinger as the classic Spider-Man villain The Chameleon, Christopher Abbott as the film’s main antagonist The Foreigner, as well as Russell Crowe, Alessandro Nivola, and Levi Miller. Taylor-Johnson revealed that the filming for the movie was all done on location. It started in February 2022 and wrapped by June 2022.


Release Date: February 17, 2023

Director: Peyton Reed

Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonathan Majors, Kathryn Newton, and Bill Murray

In November 2019, Marvel Studios announced that Peyton Reed would return to direct a third Ant-Man movie. Rick and Morty screenwriter Jeff Loveless was subsequently hired to write the script, and Kathryn Newton has joined the cast as an older version of Scott Lang’s daugther Cassie while Jonathan Majors will play the villain Kang the Conqueror. Filming began in summer 2021 and wrapped in November 2021. This will be the first film of Phase Five.

Release Date: March 17, 2023

Director: James Wan

Cast: Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Patrick Wilson, Yahya Abdul Mateen II, and Pilou Asbæk

When Aquaman hit theaters in December 2018, it surprisingly became the highest-grossing film of the DCEU thus far, topping out at over $1.1 billion. With that in mind, Warner Bros. set about getting the wheels in motion on a sequel, though director James Wan cautioned that he wouldn’t move forward on it until the script was right. The studio has now set a far-away 2022 release date to give the film enough time to develop, and Aquaman co-writer (and frequent Wan collaborator) David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick has been tasked with writing the screenplay. Filming began in July 2021 and the film’s title is Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. Filming officially wrapped in January 2022. It has been revealed that both Ben Affleck‘s Batman would be a part of the film.

Release Date: May 5, 2023

Director/Writer: James Gunn

Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldaña, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Will Poulter, Elizabeth Debicki, Sean Gunn, Chukwudi Iwuji, Daniela Melchior, Maria Bakalova, Nico Santos, and Sylvester Stallone

The third Guardians of the Galaxy movie was originally supposed to start production in early 2019, but writer/director James Gunn was fired off the film last fall following the resurfacing of some bad jokes he made on Twitter years ago. Unbeknownst to the public, Gunn continued to meet with executives at Disney in the interim period, after he took a job writing and directing The Suicide Squad for DC, and it was announced in March 2019 that Gunn was being re-hired to direct the film. The intended 2020 release date was pushed back, and production wouldn’t begin until after Gunn finishes The Suicide Squad, but through all the turmoil Marvel Studios kept Gunn’s completed script. So he’ll get to close out the trilogy as he originally intended. The film also introduces Chukwudi Iwuji as the High Evolutionary, Will Poulter as Adam Warlock, and Maria Bakalova as Cosmo the Space Dog. Filming began in November 2021 and wrapped May 2022.


Release Date: June 2, 2023

Director: Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson

Cast: Oscar Isaac, Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Jake Johnson, Issa Rae, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Vélez, Rachel Dratch, Jason Schwartzman, Jorma Taccone, and Shea Whigham

Sony Pictures put into motion plans for a Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse sequel shortly after the successful launch of the Oscar-winning animated movie, but the creative team is a bit different. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are returning as producers and co-writers, but The Legend of Korra alum Joaquim Dos Santos is in the director’s chair alongside Kemp Powers (Soul) and Justin K. Thompson. The film is broken up into two parts with Across the Spider-Verse being the first part.


Release Date: June 23, 2023

Director: Andy Muschietti

Cast: Ezra Miller, Michael Keaton, Ben Affleck, Sasha Calle, Kiersey Clemons, Maribel Verdu, Michael Shannon, and Ron Livingston

The Flash movie has had a pretty long road so far. Back in April 2015, Phil Lord and Chris Miller were hired to write a story treatment with the hope that they would direct, but the duo departed to take the helm of Solo: A Star Wars Story instead. Ezra Miller remained attached to star, having been cast as The Flash for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and in October 2015 Dark Shadows screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith was hired to write the script and direct. Grahame-Smith was them removed from the project in April 2016, with WB wanting to take the film in a different direction, and Dopehelmer Rick Famuyiwa was hired as his replacement. Famuyiwa cast Kiersey Clemons as Iris West and Billy Crudup as Flash’s father Harry Allen, but by August 2016, Famuyiwa departed the project over creative differences.

While the film was supposed to start filming in early 2017, Famuyiwa’s exit threw a wrench into WB’s plans and the studio opted to slow things down while Miller went off to shoot Fantastic Beasts 2. Joby Harold (King Arthur) came on to do a page-one rewrite of the script, and in May 2017 Robert Zemeckis and Matthew Vaughn surfaced as WB’s top choices to direct. The studio revealed in July 2017 that the film would be titled Flashpoint, indicating the story will be adapting the famous comics arc that sees Barry going back into the past to save his mother’s life, thus creating an alternate timeline. Speculation then began that this Flashpoint twist could allow WB to “fix” some issues in the DCEU by altering the timeline.

At long last, Warner Bros. hired Vacation directors and Spider-Man: Homecoming co-writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldsteinto take the helm in early 2018, based in part on the strength of their Warner Bros. action-comedy Game Night. But production was pushed once again, as Ezra Miller was originally due to shoot Fantastic Beasts 3 in Fall/Winter 2019. Filming on The Flash movie couldn’t begin before that.

In March 2019, a report surfaced there was creative tension between Miller’s vision (darker, gritter) and Daley and Goldstein’s vision (lighter, more fun), to the point that Warner Bros. allowed Miller to write a version of the script themself with the help of Grant Morrison to show what their take would look like. The implication was that if Warner Bros. wasn’t happy with the script Miller created, they could be out as Flash.

Well cut to July 2019, and Daley and Goldstein voluntarily left the project while ITand Mamafilmmaker Andy Muschietti entered negotiations to take over as director—the project’s fourth filmmaker in four years. Not only that, but Warner Bros. didn’t like Miller’s script after all and tossed it, albeit while keeping Miller attached as the lead character. Instead, Christina Hodson (Birds of Prey) is now writing a new draft of the screenplay.

At DC FanDome in 2020, Warner Bros. revealed the film will introduce the multiverse to the DCEU, with Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck reprising their roles as Batman from the previous films. Sasha Calle will introduce a new Supergirl to the DCEU, and Ron Livingston is replacing Billy Crudup as Barry Allen’s father, as Crudup had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. Filming finally began in April 2021.

Though recent legal troubles involving Miller, continue to loom over the project, making their future playing The Flash more and more uncertain.

Release Date: July 28, 2023

Director: Nia DaCosta

Cast: Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, Iman Vellani, Samuel L. Jackson, and Zawe Ashton

Marvel tapped the director of the upcoming Candyman remake, Nia DaCosta, to helm Captain Marvel 2 which will co-star Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau and Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel, with Zawe Ashton playing the villain. The film will presumably give us answers to the post-credit scene from Ms. Marvel that saw Carol Danvers switching places with Kamala. The film’s title was revealed to be The Marvels in May 2021. Filming began in Summer 2021 in London and wrapped a year later in May 2022


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

Release Date: August 4, 2023

Director: Jeff Rowe

Cast: TBA

A new animated feature film reboot of the pizza-loving, martial artist, teenage turtles is on its way to big the screen with the untitled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. Produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, and directed by The Mitchells vs the Machines co-director Jeff Rowe, the film will serve as a launching point for a new franchise of films focusing on the TMNT’s most iconic foes.

Release Date: August 18, 2023

Director: Angel Manuel Soto

Cast: Xolo Maridueña, Bruna Marquezine, Belissa Escobedo, George Lopez, Adriana Barraza, Harvey Guillén, and Susan Sarandon

Initially meant as an HBO Max exclusive movie, a Blue Beetle movie will be hitting the big screen in August 2023. Cobra Kai star Xolo Maridueña will be taking on the role of teenager Jaime Reyes also known as the superhero Blue Beetle. The film is set to be directed by Charm City Kings filmmaker Angel Manuel Soto from a script written by Miss Bala screenwriter Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer. Filming began in May 2022 and ended by July of the same year.


Release Date: October 6, 2023

Director: S.J. Clarkson

Cast: Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney, Celeste O’Connor, Isabela Merced, and Tahar Rahim

Madame Web will mark the fifth entry in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, directed by esteemed television director S.J. Clarkson, who directed episodes of series such as Succession, The Defenders, Jessica Jones, and Orange Is the New Black, and written by Morbius screenwriters Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, alongside indie screenwriter Kerem Sanga. The film is set to star Dakota Johnson in the title role alongside a cast of some of the top rising young actresses working today including Euphoria‘s Sydney Sweeney, Ghostbusters: Afterlife‘s Celeste O’Connor, and Dora and the Lost City of Gold star Isabela Merced. So far no plot details have been revealed for the movie. Regardless, filming began July 2022 and is expected to wrap in October.


Release Date: November 3, 2023

Director: Bassam Tariq

Cast: Mahershala Ali

Oscar-winning Moonlight and Green Book actor Mahershala Ali was the surprise guest at Marvel’s Comic-Con 2019 panel, announced as the new Blade with no further details revealed. Mogul Mowgli director Bassam Tariq signed on to direct in July 2021, with Stacy Osei-Kuffour writing the script. Filming is scheduled to begin in October 2022.

After hearing Ali’s voice at the end of Eternals speaking to Kit Harington‘s Dane Whitman, the likelihood of us seeing Harington in Blade is high.

Release Date: March 29, 2024

Director: Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson

Cast: Oscar Isaac, Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Jake Johnson, Issa Rae, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Vélez, Rachel Dratch, Jason Schwartzman, Jorma Taccone, and Shea Whigham

With enough story for two movies, Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse is the second part of the previous Across the Spider-Verse. It is assumed that the creative team and the cast will remain the same as Across the Spider-Verse. The film has a release date and there is a reportedly a spin-off series also in development.

Release Date: May 3, 2024

Director: Julius Onah

Cast: Anthony Mackie

Officially announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, this continuation of the Captain America storyline now places Anthony Mackie as the lead, having assumed the title after his storyline in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier showrunner Malcolm Spellman is co-writing the script with fellow Falcon and the Winter Soldier writer Dalan Musson.

In July 2022, Julius Onah was hired as the director. His previous work includes The Cloverfield Pardox and Luce.


Thunderbolts

Release Date: July 26, 2024

Director: Jake Schreier

Cast: TBA

Not much is known about the Thunderbolts movie. As far as premises go, it’s a familiar one. A group of villain types and anti-heroes band together and go on missions for the government. It’s got a bit of a Suicide Squad vibe. In June 2022, the movie entered into development, with Jake Schreier (Paper Towns) attached as a director and Eric Pearson penning the script. Pearson notably also wrote screenplays for Thor: Ragnarok and Black Widow.

Filming is expected to begin mid-2023. Who is on the cast? We don’t know, but if it’s anything like the comics we could see a bunch of fan favorites. This includes Baron Zemo (Daniel Brühl), Abomination (Tim Roth), Taskmaster (Olga Kurylenko), US Agent (Wyatt Russell), and even new fan-favorite Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh). The release day is set for July 26, 2024 and Thunderbolts is expected to be the final movie of Phase Five.


El Muerto

Release Date: January 12, 2024

Director: TBA

Cast: Bad Bunny

Music superstar Bad Bunny was announced to be playing the title role in the sixth film in Sony’s Spider-Man Universe, El Muerto, based off the obscure supporting character from the Spider-Man comics. No director or even a writer is attached at this point, but a release date has already been set for January 2024.

Release Date: November 8, 2024

Director: TBA

Cast: TBA

In December 2020, Marvel announced that Jon Watts — who directed Spider-Man: Homecoming, Spider-Man: Far from Home, and the upcoming third Spider-Man movie, will be directing a brand-new reboot of Fantastic Four to introduce the characters into the MCU. While we did get a look at John Krasinski as Reed Richards in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, it’s still up in the air on who could play the 616 Reed Richards.

In April 2022, Watts stepped down as director leaving the circumstances of the movie in flux. With still no word on the director, we only know that the movie will be a part of Phase Six, which is leaving a huge gap of time in between from when it was first announced back in 2019 to its expected release date on November 8, 2024. Filming is expected to begin in 2023.

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