While Marvel took some time off during 2020, it roared back during 2021 and 2022, pumping out the numerous films of the MCU’s Phase Four segment. Now, with Phase Five right around the corner, it’s time to look ahead to 2023 to see what movies we can look forward to seeing on the big screen.
This year, we’ll get to see Ant-Man and the Wasp tangle with Kang the Conqueror, the Marvels will come together for the first time, and the Guardians of the Galaxy will finally receive their third outing in the MCU. Oh, and there’s one notable non-MCU movie on the way: the megaton follow-up to 2018’s Into the Spider-Verse. You know, just the finest animated movie of all time. Are you ready?
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
First things first, Phase Five will kick off with a bang when Quantumania lands in theaters on February 17. This will be the third entry in the Ant-Man series and could be Scott Lang’s final outing as an Avenger. Some fans believe that the lovable thief could lose his life at the hands of Kang, which could be why the Conqueror is slated to be the villain in the next Avengers film.
Jonathan Majors will reprise his role as Kang after his debut in the TV series Loki. Fans should expect to see a lot of Majors in the coming years, as his portrayal of Kang is slated to be the next overarching villain for the MCU as a whole. Moreover, Quantumania will offer the heroes another chance to explore the mysterious Quantum Realm, the elusive plane that Hope van Dyne spent decades wandering through.
Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3
Finally, the Guardians are heading back to the big screen in their own movie. The outcast heroes most recently appeared in their own holiday special on Disney+, priming audiences for a return to the wild and wacky world of James Gunn’s vision of the Marvel cosmos.
Volume 3 will probably be Gunn’s final Marvel movie, as he’s been tapped to helm the DC Film universe. As such, it might mark the final outing for the interstellar heroes, who have gone on to become some of the most beloved Marvel characters since their 2014 debut in Guardians of the Galaxy. Volume 3 hits theaters on May 5, 2023, and will likely shine a light on the state of the galaxy following Thanos’s attack on Earth in Infinity War.
Next up in the Marvel lineup is the aptly titled Captain Marvel sequel, The Marvels. This new entry will see Carol Danvers meet Kamala Khan, the young superhero who has taken the name “Ms. Marvel” and idolizes Carol. At the end of her titular Disney+ series, Kamala’s ancestral armband somehow transported her into outer space and had her swap places with Carol–just like the Nega-Bands from the Captain Marvel comics of the 70’s could swap Mar-Vell with his human alter-ego, Rick Jones.
Fans are also excited to see how The Marvels introduces the new character Photon. Also known as Monica Rambeau, the fledgling superhero was only a little girl during the events of Captain Marvel in the 90s, but she’s grown up in the intervening years. She gained reality-warping superpowers during the events of WandaVision, so it’ll be interesting to see how she fits into Carol and Kamala’s adventures. The Marvels will release in theaters on July 28.
Across the Spider-Verse
The 2018 film Into the Spider-Verse was a surprise mega-hit, impressing both casual Spider-Man fans and comic book readers alike. The arresting visual style and superb voice acting elevated an already-awesome script to become what was easily the greatest animated film ever made, not just the best Spider-Man film. And, lucky, us, it was only a short five years before we got a sequel.
If Across the Spider-Verse is half the movie its predecessor was, it’ll be the best movie of the year. This one is shaping up to be even wackier and looser than Into the Spider-Verse, as the plotline seems to involve countless Spider-Powered People who work together to preserve peace in the Spider-Verse. It’s completely ridiculous in the way that only the best comics usually are. Fans can see Across the Spider-Verse in theaters on June 2, 2023.