Marvel Studios continues to expand its cinematic universe with an exciting lineup of movies set for release in 2024. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store, each with its unique flavor and significance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)
Madame Web – February 14, 2024
In 2024, Sony Pictures is set to release a series of three Spider-Man spin-offs, beginning with the much-anticipated Madame Web. This film will feature Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney, Isabela Merced, and Celeste O’Connor in leading roles. Johnson takes on the role of Cassandra Webb, the central character of Madame Web, portraying a New York paramedic who acquires the power to foresee the future following a near-drowning incident. She joins forces with Julia Carpenter (played by Sweeney), Anya Corazon (portrayed by Merced), and Mattie Franklin (played by O’Connor).
While Madame Web and other Spider-Man-related movies from Sony are not officially part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Johnson’s character, with her background in the Multiverse from Marvel Comics, might pave the way for future crossovers. Sony is banking on the success of Madame Web, especially with its ensemble of prominent actors, to revitalize its cinematic endeavors following several box office disappointments.
The film is set to make its debut in theaters on February 14, 2024, marking a significant moment as it brings multiple Spider-Women characters to the big screen for the first time.
Deadpool 3 – July 26, 2024
Finally, in 2024, Ryan Reynolds will bring his character Wade Wilson from the Fox Universe into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) with Deadpool 3, marking Marvel Studios’ inaugural R-rated solo film.
Leveraging the Multiverse concept in its storyline, Deadpool 3 has also secured Hugh Jackman’s return as Wolverine, signaling Marvel Studios’ embrace of the X-Men franchise. Due to adjustments in the MCU’s schedule, Deadpool 3 has emerged as the sole release for the franchise in 2024, placing significant expectations on this first R-rated venture to win back audience acclaim.
The film is generating immense buzz, not only because it will feature more than half a dozen superheroes but also due to swirling rumors about pop icon Taylor Swift possibly joining the cast. The excitement is palpable for what Marvel plans to do with Wade Wilson and his ensemble.
Deadpool 3 is slated for a theatrical release on July 26, 2024.
Kraven the Hunter – August 30, 2024
Aaron Taylor-Johnson is set to return to the Marvel realm, having previously portrayed Pietro Maximoff/Quicksilver in 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. This time, he steps into the role of Sergei Kravinoff in Sony Pictures’ Kraven the Hunter.
The film’s cast includes the Oscar-winning Ariana DeBose, known for her role in Wish, along with Russell Crowe, who has experience in both Marvel and DC universes, and several other prominent actors. Taylor-Johnson’s portrayal of Kraven promises a fresh perspective on the character, unlike any previous adaptations.
As revealed in the film’s initial trailer, Kraven will maintain his fierce hunting instincts, but the film will also delve into his backstory, offering a more nuanced and “humanized” view of his character and his family’s history.
The movie also teases Kraven gaining extraordinary abilities following an encounter with a wild creature, indicating Sony’s intention to leave a bold imprint with this character by introducing some surprising deviations from his comic book origins.
Kraven the Hunter is scheduled to hit theaters globally on August 30, 2024.
Venom 3 – November 8, 2024
After launching Sony’s Spider-Man universe with two hit solo films and a brief foray into the MCU, Tom Hardy is set to reprise his role as Eddie Brock/Venom in Sony Pictures’ Venom 3.
Production for this sequel initially began in June 2023 but faced delays due to writers’ and actors’ strikes. Tom Hardy announced on Instagram on November 24 that production had resumed to complete the film.
Currently, the plot details of Venom 3 remain under wraps. However, the cast has been bolstered by the addition of Juno Temple from Ted Lasso and Chiwetel Ejiofor from Doctor Strange, who will be portraying new characters in the film.
The anticipation is high, especially following Eddie Brock and Venom’s brief visit to the MCU in the post-credits scene of Spider-Man: No Way Home, sparking curiosity about the potential interconnections between these cinematic universes.
Venom 3 is set to hit theaters on November 8, 2024.
Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse
The most uncertain entry on this list is Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse. Originally slated for a March 29, 2024 release, the film was subsequently removed from Sony Pictures’ schedule, casting doubt on its debut.
The uncertainty surrounding its release was exacerbated by the industry strikes. Adding to the ambiguity, Hailee Steinfeld, one of the film’s stars, disclosed in June that she had yet to record any material for the upcoming movie.
Given the five-year development period for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse following the 2018 release of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which included delays due to COVID, it appears Sony might be investing a significant amount of time in this third installment.
As it stands, the likelihood of Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse premiering before the end of 2024 seems slim. However, given the acclaim received by its predecessor, the anticipation for the conclusion of Miles Morales’ exciting trilogy is expected to be high, making the wait potentially very rewarding.