After a year that saw some of the lowest box office numbers for its films, Disney's Marvel Studios will be having somewhat of a quiet 2024. While only one Marvel Studios film is being released this year, the MCU is gearing up for a major comeback in 2025, continuing Phase Five, which has been, up to this point, a disappointment.
Taking Marvel Studios’ place this year is Sony's Columbia Pictures, whose ownership of the Spider-Man rights is being put to full use. With several films that center on Spider-Man's foes and allies, 2024 is shaping up to be the year of the spider.
We’ll be updating this list as more Marvel projects are confirmed this year. For now, take a look at what will officially be released in 2024.
‘Madame Web' — Feb. 14
Unless you're a hardcore Spider-Man fan, chances are you've never heard of Madame Web. Even if you have, this film is apparently rewriting the hero's origin, opting for a version of Cassandra Webb (Dakota Johnson) who is much younger than the one from the comics. Whether or not you know of the hero, you'll definitely know the cast. In addition to Johnson, “Madame Web” has a stacked cast featuring Sydney Sweeney, Adam Scott, Tahar Rahim, Emma Roberts, and Isabela Merced. The director, S.J. Clarkson, is a question mark, seeing as they've never directed a feature film prior to “Madame Web.” However, Clarkson has been involved as a director with several Marvel projects, including “The Defenders” and “Jessica Jones,” so it's safe to assume the film is in good hands.
Based on the trailer for “Madame Web,” Cassandra Webb seems to suddenly develop supernatural powers that allow her to see the future, which soon puts her in the crosshairs of a Spider-Man-like villain after she protects three girls that he's after — the girls are different versions of Spider-Woman. After a slate of films starring Spider-Man villains — i.e., “Venom” and “Morbius” — it's refreshing to see another hero from the extended Spider-Man universe.
‘Deadpool 3' — July 26
A lot has happened since “Deadpool 2,” including Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox, which slowed the production of “Deadpool 3” to a crawl. Filming didn't even begin until May 2023 before it was shut down a few months later due to the WGA strike and then the SAG-AFTRA strike. But after all that turmoil, it seems that “Deadpool 3” is finally coming to theaters. The film, in which Ryan Reynolds will reprise his role as Deadpool and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, is a big one for Marvel, as it's the only Marvel Studios film being released in 2024.
With “Deadpool 3,” Marvel Studios has its hands full. The film is pushing the boundaries of the studio by being an R-rated film, but it's also a tricky release, as it's expanding the MCU to include popular Marvel characters from X-Men and beyond. As interest in Marvel projects wanes, it will be interesting to see if Deadpool, Wolverine, and other X-Men characters will pay off with audiences. If anything, it will be fun to see Deadpool crack jokes about the state of the MCU, which I have no doubt will happen.
‘Kraven the Hunter' — Aug. 30
With “Kraven the Hunter,” another Spider-Man villain is thrust into the spotlight. Kraven has appeared before in several Spider-Man properties, such as cartoons and video games, most recently appearing in the PS5-exclusive “Spider-Man 2,” but the villain has never received this kind of treatment. In “Kraven the Hunter,” which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the titular protagonist, audiences will get to see the origins of the super-powered hunter and his rise to power.
“Kraven the Hunter” is being directed by J.C. Chandor, a director whose previous work has been middling. However, the film is being written by Richard Wenk, so there's something to look forward to. The writer is known for his work writing all three of the “Equalizer” films, considered by many to be solid action films. The film's “R” rating is another piece of good news, which will hopefully allow the filmmakers to make a film closer to what fans are expecting.
‘Venom 3' — Nov. 8
Though the third “Venom” film, which is still untitled, would have been released this coming summer, the strikes delayed the release until the end of the year. That gives Marvel fans something to look forward to near the holidays. With the second film in the franchise, “Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” setting up some potentially juicy plot beats, there's surely lots of anticipation, but the actual plot of the film is still unknown.
There are, however, a few things we do know. Tom Hardy is coming back to reprise his role as Eddie Brock/Venom, and he also co-wrote the screenplay. As far as the extended cast is concerned, news is still trickling out. It's confirmed that Juno Temple and Chiwetel Ejiofor are both in the third “Venom” movie, but their roles are still being kept under wraps. Behind the camera this time is Kelly Marcel, who wrote the first two “Venom” films and also co-wrote the film along with Hardy. Hopefully, a trailer at this year's San Diego Comic-Con will clarify the plot and the remainder of the cast.
‘Echo' — Jan. 9
“Echo” is a spin-off from “Hawkeye,” which follows villain-turned-hero Echo. Now being followed by the Kingpin's people, Maya Lopez/Echo (Alaqua Cox) “must face her past, reconnect with her Native American roots and embrace the meaning of family and community if she ever hopes to move forward,” according to plot overview from Marvel.
Based on the trailer, “Echo” looks like nonstop action that both continues the story from “Hawkeye” and sets up the new Daredevil show, “Daredevil: Born Again.” In addition to Vincent D'Onofrio and Charlie Cox reprising their roles as Wilson Fisk and Matt Murdock/Daredevil, respectively, the cast is full of talent, with a few notable actors from the sorely missed “Reservation Dogs,” such as Devery Jacobs and Zahn McClarnon.
‘Agatha: Darkhold Diaries' — Late 2024
We can all agree that Agatha (Kathryn Hahn) stole the show in “WandaVision,” and it seems that Disney picked up on that. After being defeated in “WandaVision,” Agatha goes on a quest to regain her powers, calling on the help of other witches and magical beings new to the MCU. That's pretty much all we know of the plot, and I'm already on board. Besides Hahn, the cast is once again stacked with talent. Aubrey Plaza, Sasheer Zamata, Patti LuPone, and Debra Jo Rupp are just a few of the actors confirmed so far.