Stuck in limbo awaiting the arrival of your favourite films? Well, we've rounded up all the new blockbuster release dates in one place, including the newly re-arranged Marvel Phase Five and Marvel Phase Six slate.
Stretching from 2023 to 2028, here's how your movie calendar is shaping up. (The following dates are subject to regular changes owing to the shifting release schedule. UK and Ireland release dates are accurate at the time of publication, as per the Film Distributors' Association. Certain dates indicate US releasing where the UK has not yet been confirmed.)
- 17th February 2023 – Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania
- 17th March 2023 – Shazam! Fury of the Gods
- 24th March 2023 – John Wick: Chapter 4
- 31st March 2023 – Super Mario Bros
- 5th May 2023 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
- 19th May 2023 – Fast X
- 26th May 2023 – The Little Mermaid
- 2nd June 2023 – Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
- 6th June 2023 – Elemental
- 9th June 2023 – Transformers: Rise of the Beasts
- 23rd June 2023 – The Flash
- 30th June 2023 – Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
- 14th July 2023 – Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One
- 21st July 2023 – Oppenheimer
- 21st July 2023 – Barbie
- 28th July 2023 – The Marvels
- 4th August 2023 – Meg 2: The Trench
- 3rd November 2023 – Dune: Part Two
- 17th November 2023 – The Hunger Games: Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
- 15th December 2023 – Wonka
- 29th December 2023 – Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
- May 3rd 2024 – Captain America: New World Order
- 28th June 2024 – Mission: Impossible 8
- 3rd July 2024 – Despicable Me 4
- 26th July 2024 – Thunderbolts
- 6th September 2024 – Blade
- 8th November 2024 – Deadpool 3
- 20th December 2024 – Avatar 3
- 14th February 2025 – Fantastic Four
- 2nd May 2025 – Avengers: Kang Dynasty
- 5th May 2026 – Avengers: Secret Wars
- 18th December 2026 – Avatar 4
- 22nd December 2028 – Avatar 5
And here's a breakdown of each individual movie in greater detail.
1. Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) kicks off Marvel Phase Five. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly's shrinking superheroes team up once again to re-enter the Quantum Realm where they discover the mysterious Kang (Jonathan Majors) whose presence is poised to alter the future of the MCU.
2. Shazam! Fury of the Gods
The most charming character in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU is back. Body-hopping superhero Billy Batson/Shazam (played as a kid by Asher Angel and an adult by Zachary Levi) now has his own superhero 'family' to call his own. Good thing, too, because a duo of ancient Greek Gods, played by Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu, is on the horizon ready to cause trouble. West Side Story's Rachel Zegler is also in the mix.
3. John Wick: Chapter 4
Stash away those pencils and library books, because Keanu Reeves' sartorially stylish badass is back for another dose of violent action. The first three John Wick movies mixed arresting visuals with kinetic action sequences, adding another classic anti-hero to Reeves' roster. The third and most recent movie ended with the thought-to-be-dead Wick returning to the Bowery King (Laurence Fishburne) to seek revenge against the High Table. There will most certainly be blood...
4. Super Mario Bros
Can Chris Pratt deliver the definitive big-screen iteration of Nintendo icon Mario? That remains to be seen. However, the CGI animation in this all-action family adventure looks suitably eye-popping as it brings the colourful world of the Mushroom Kingdom to the big screen.
5. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.
James Gunn marshals our favourite rag-tag mob of intergalactic misfits in their third adventure. Chris Pratt's Star-Lord, Zoe Saldana's Gamora, Bradley Cooper's Rocket Racoon and Vin Diesel's Groot are all set to return, in a storyline that picks up after the events of Thor: Love and Thunder. Can we expect Chris Hemsworth's brawny god to make an appearance? We know we're going to be seeing Will Poulter's Adam Warlock, last teased at the end of Guardians 2.
6. Fast X
If the next Fast & Furious movie isn't called Fast-ten Your Seatbelts, then we give up. Vin Diesel's Dominic Toretto once again fires up the nos in what's rumoured to be the final saga instalment of the blockbusting automotive franchise.
7. The Little Mermaid
Disney's latest live-action remake adapts a jewel in the studio's animated crown. Halle Bailey takes on the role of Ariel, the underwater songstress who longs to walk around in the human kingdom, and Melissa McCarthy plays the vicious sea witch Ursula who grants Ariel her wish. Oscar winner Alan Menken returns from the original movie to adapt the songs and underscore while no doubt providing several new ear-worming tunes.
8. Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Best Spider-Man movie ever? For many fans, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse netted the perfect balance between gorgeous animated visuals, heartfelt characters and razor-sharp, self-referential nods to Spider-Man lore. That's the kind of thing we've come to expect from producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the bods behind The LEGO Movie, and they're returning to steer Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) through another surreal Spider-Verse odyssey.
Disney-Pixar, the geniuses behind Toy Story and Inside Out, are back with their latest high-concept family animation. Elemental is set in the world of Element City whereby earth, water, wind and fire are actualised and given near-human form. When a wet drip of a man meets a fiery young woman, sparks are set to fly.
10. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts
In 2018, Bumblebee successfully revitalised the Transformers franchise, injecting a note of pleasing retro nostalgia. Sequel Transformers: Rise of the Beasts looks set to continue in that vein, if the old-school design of Optimus Prime is anything to go by. The story this time pits the Autobots against rival Transformer factions the Maximals and the Terrorcons.
11. The Flash
IT director Andy Muschietti is set to bring us the solo feature film movie about Barry Allen, aka The Flash. The DC superhero, who can move faster than any of us can comprehend, has been embodied on the big screen by Ezra Miller in 2017's Justice League. And he's set to reprise his role in a movie that shows us how The Flash came to be.
12. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
Harrison Ford cracks the whip again as the world's greatest archaeologist adventurer. Significantly, this is the first Indy movie not to be helmed by Steven Spielberg – instead, Logan and Le Mans '66 director James Mangold takes over. Mads Mikkelsen and Phoebe Waller-Bridge co-star.
13. Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning Part One
Mission: Impossible - Fallout had us hanging onto our seats, courtesy of director Christopher McQuarrie and star Tom Cruise's astonishing stunt work. That final helicopter chase/barrel roll sequence is one of the most impressive action sequences in many years. Goodness knows how they'll top it in the seventh instalment of Ethan Hunt's adventures, but Cruise will no doubt be finding many more ways to give his insurance company the sweats. Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson and Vanessa Kirby are all returning, as is Henry Czerny, reprising his role as Kittridge from the first Mission: Impossible movie.
Director Christopher Nolan assembles a gargantuan cast for this chronicle of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the father of the atomic bomb. Nolan's return to fact-based drama, his first film in this vein since 2017's Dunkirk, stars regular collaborator Cillian Murphy in the title role. And the rest of the cast? Take a deep breath: Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Florence Pugh, Robert Downey Jr., Rami Malek, Josh Hartnett, Matthew Modine, Kenneth Branagh, Benny Safdie, Jack Quaid and Alden Ehrenreich are all featuring.
Margot Robbie transforms into the Mattel icon in this sly-looking live-action comedy, which promises to do for Barbie dolls what the LEGO Movies did for building blocks. Little Women director Greta Gerwig is at the helm, working from a script co-written by her partner Noah Baumbach. And the production has surely scored a massive coup in the casting of Ryan Gosling as ultimate himbo Ken.
16. The Marvels
Brie Larson's Marvel superhero made her solo movie debut in 2019, having been teased in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War. She helped save the day in 2019's Avengers: Endgame, working to bring down the evil Thanos (Josh Brolin), so surely everything after that is going to be a walk in the park? Candyman's Nia DaCosta directs.
17. Meg 2: The Trench
Having fought off the megalodon in 2018's The Meg, our favourite hardman Jason Statham is back to lay another smackdown on the pesky Carcharodon carcharias. Meg 2: The Trench makes the mainstream Hollywood debut of idiosyncratic British director Ben Wheatley, best known for his twisted, blackly comic horrors such as Kill List. This will be interesting...
18. Dune: Part Two
Dune: Part One was merely the entrée. Now, writer-director Denis Villeneuve can start to have some real fun with the escalatingly trippy nature of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi story. Timothée Chalamet again grounds proceedings as the Arrakis chosen one Paul Atreides. New cast members include Christopher Walken as the Emperor, Florence Pugh as Princess Irulan and Austin Butler as the dreaded Feyd Rautha.
19. The Hunger Games: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes
Can it really be that the Hunger Games series finished back in 2015? News of a forthcoming prequel is therefore bound to make fans excited as Suzanne Collins' 2020 novel comes to the big screen. We now get the origin story of the feared President Coriolanus Snow, played as a young man by Tom Blyth. Peter Dinklage and Viola Davis are heavyweight cast additions in this story about how the Hunger Games came to be.
Dune star Timotheé Chalamet transports us into a world of pure imagination in this Willy Wonka prequel movie. We'll discover the origins of the beloved Roald Dahl character in this sure-to-be-magical movie from Paddington director Paul King.
21. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom
Do we have permission to board the DC Aquaman sequel? You bet we do. Having reclaimed the throne of Atlantis in 2018's Aquaman, Jason Momoa's hunk out of water now returns for his follow-up adventure. James Wan's movie reunites all of the original property's cast members including Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Temuera Morrison, and Nicole Kidman.
22. Captain America: New World Order
It's been several years since Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) assigned Captain America's shield to Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie). Following the events of the latter's small-screen series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Wilson now carries the Captain America mantle onto the big screen. Harrison Ford takes over the role of Thaddeus 'Thunderbolt' Ross following the passing of original actor William Hurt.
23. Mission: Impossible 8
Hot on the heels of Ethan Hunt's seventh world-saving adventure comes his eighth. Details are currently thin on the ground, but we do know that the seventh and eighth instalments were due to be filmed back to back. Circumstances surrounding the pandemic have now changed the game, so we wait to see how the blockbusting Mission: Impossible franchise will evolve.
24. Despicable Me 4
You can never have too much Gru in your life. Steve Carell's baldy baddie and his ever-loyal Minions will return for a fourth instalment of madcap mayhem, so can we hear a 'nee naw' in response?
Marvel Phase Five will conclude with the Thunderbolts movie, directed by Robot & Frank and Paper Towns helmer Jake Schreier. So, who are the Thunderbolts? Broadly speaking, within Marvel Comics lore, they're a group of anti-heroes that consists of reformed Marvel villains. (Think of them as the Marvel equivalent of the Suicide Squad.) The history of the collective is a complicated one, and it's unclear how the comics history will translate into the finished film.
Two-time Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali becomes Marvel's iconic daywalker in this revival of the blood-soaked vampire action franchise. Original director Bassam Tariq has departed the project and given way to '71 helmer Yann Demange. Fingers crossed this reboot can attain a flavour of the cool attitude that original incumbent Wesley Snipes brought to the role.
27. Deadpool 3
Not just the third Deadpool movie, this promises the Deadpool/Wolverine crossover for which we've been hunkering for so long. Yes, Hugh Jackman is (somehow) returning to his signature role of Logan, so we can't wait to see the irreverent and motor-mouthed Deadpool explain that one.
28. Avatar 3
Avatar: The Way of Water has demonstrated James Cameron's box office invincibility, so how will the mythology of Pandora proceed in the third Avatar movie? It remains to be seen as we pick up with Jake (Sam Worthington), Neytiri (Zoe Saldaña) and their kids after they've left the watery Metkayina tribe behind.
29. Fantastic Four
Marvel Phase 6 commences with a long-awaited (and that's understating it) reboot. After several failed attempts to get the Fantastic Four off the ground, hopes are high that the latest attempt will work. After all, the rights to the characters now finally sit under the wider umbrella of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so there's a proper sense of Marvel's original superhero family coming home at long last.
30. Avengers: Kang Dynasty
It's evident that Jonathan Majors' Kang the Conqueror is playing a significant role in the development of Marvel Phase 6. The mysterious multiversal antagonist takes centre stage in the newest Avengers behemoth, but what about the make-up of the team that's set to fight him? How many familiar Marvel veterans can we expect to see? And will they be balanced out with a host of new faces?
31. Avengers: Secret Wars
The culmination of Marvel Phase 6 promises to be truly gargantuan. In the comics, Secret Wars was a 12-issue event that first debuted in 1984 and was reworked again in 2015. The story sees the most powerful Marvel superheroes face off against the most powerful villains in an epic fight that takes place on a planet called Battleworld. How much of this will be carried onto the silver screen?
32. Avatar 4
33. Avatar 5
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