The Future of the MCU – Movies

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the most successful franchise in Hollywood history and with Avengers: Endgame, it has the most successful movie in history as well. Despite all this, the MCU is just getting bigger and bigger still, with an expanding slate of films and TV shows.

However, here I will specifically look at the movies (I will explore the Disney+ TV slate in a future post) and judging by the already established release dates, the films we know are in development, and my researched estimates, I have put together a look at what could be the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Disney has recently acquired Fox and it’s range of Marvel characters can now join the MCU so this will factor in hugely to the future of the MCU, but they are unlikely to join for at least another few years. Also, judging by the ongoing situation where Spider-Man seems to be leaving the MCU due to a dispute with Sony, many things have to be considered here and I have put a lot of thought into it. I am presuming Spider-Man will unfortunately not be a part of the MCU for the foreseeable future but this could change at any time if Disney and Sony reach a compromise.

This specific universe could go on for decades but here I specifically look at the next 8 years, so my predictions for the immediate future of the MCU are as follows:

Phase 4


Black Widow (Confirmed)

Eternals (Confirmed)


Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Confirmed)

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (Confirmed)

Thor: Love and Thunder (Confirmed)

Phase 5



Black Panther 2 (Confirmed)

Fantastic Four


Captain Marvel 2

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Deadpool 3


Shang-Chi 2

Avengers 5


Phase 6


Blade 2

Doctor Strange 3




Black Panther 3

Deadpool and the Wolverine


Captain Marvel 3

The New Guardians

Fantastic Four 2

Early Oscar Predictions

The 92nd Academy Awards are still over 5 months away, but due to the Film Festival circuit starting in earnest this past week, the ‘awards season’ has officially begun, and it is something I am going to follow closely in the weeks and months building up to the Oscars.

Here, I will lay out my very early and brief (and very likely to look wildly ridiculous come 9th February 2020) predictions for the nominations of the 6 major categories (the screenplay predictions are harder to predict this far out but will be among the coverage as we get closer to the big day).

Best Picture

This is a hard to predict category as much can change with the reception of these films in the next months, and you never know how many films the academy will actually nominate as they rarely go up to the 10 they are allowed.

Ford v. Ferrari


Just Mercy

Little Women

Marriage Story

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

The Farewell

The Irishman


Wildcard = Parasite

Best Director

There are many factors that can influence this category but it is rare a director is nominated here if their film is not nominated for Best Picture as well.

Greta Gerwig – Little Women

James Mangold – Ford v. Ferrari

Martin Scorsese – The Irishman

Noah Baumbach – Marriage Story

Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Wildcard = Todd Phillips – Joker

Best Actor

This category is likely to be filled with very high profile actors this year, and in a rare turn for the Oscars, could be filled by performances from some of the year’s biggest box office films as well.

Adam Driver – Marriage Story

Christian Bale – Ford v. Ferrari

Joaquin Phoenix – Joker

Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Robert De Niro – The Irishman

Wildcard = Robert Downey Jr – Avengers: Endgame

Best Actress

This is a category that looks wide open at this point of the year with very few sure bets, and that should make for a very exciting few months as we see how this unfolds.

Awkwafina – The Farewell

Charlize Theron – Bombshell

Renee Zellwegger – Judy

Saoirse Ronan – Little Women

Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story

Wildcard = Penelope Cruz – Pain & Glory

Best Supporting Actor

This proves to be another fascinating battle where some actors who really delivered lead performances could be moved into this category as they may be seen as having a better chance of winning here or to get out of the way of a co-star who is viewed as having a better chance as lead.

Al Pacino – The Irishman

Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Gary Oldman – The Laundromat

Jamie Foxx – Just Mercy

Timothee Chalamet – Little Women

Wildcard = Taika Waititi – Jojo Rabbit

Best Supporting Actress

This category is also a wide open one this year, with a couple of actresses (Margot Robbie/Laura Dern/Nicole Kidman) having the possibility to be nominated for one of a couple of films this year, and it will be interesting to see if this goes against them and they end up splitting the vote.

Annette Bening – The Report

Florence Pugh – Little Women

Laura Dern – Marriage Story

Margot Robbie – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Zhao Shuzhen – The Farewell

Wildcard = Brie Larson – Just Mercy

Welcome to Howe’s World of Film and TV

My name is Sam Howe, and I hold a Second Class Honours (1st Division) 2:1 in Film and Screenwriting Studies. I have a passionate interest in the Film and Television industry and hope to be able to provide a personalised, entertaining and in depth look in all aspects of the industry. I will provide reviews, box office reports and predictions, general blog posts, and much more. Thank you for joining me on this journey and I hope this blog proves helpful and enjoyable reading for people.

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