Marvel's Avengers Secret Wars has had its release date pushed back in a major Disney reshuffle, moving the launch of the MCU's Phase 6 to 2025.
Marvel Studios previously announced a slew of new titles including two Avengers films set to release six months apart in 2025 at San Diego Comic-Con 2022 (Check out the Marvel Phase 5 for more details).
The two Avengers movies Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars, were set to launch six months apart in May and November 2025. However, Disney has announced that Avengers: Secret Wars – originally set for release on 7th November 2025 – will now arrive on 5th May, 2026.
The Kang Dynasty's release date for May 2025 has not been changed. It will be first up, and presumably focus on Jonathan Majors' time-hopping villain, a version of whom appeared first in Loki and is set to re-emerge in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
Just six months later, the Avengers team will reassemble for Secret Wars, which is set to bring an end to the Multiverse Saga spanning phases four to six of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Details are scarce on the two-part blockbuster event at this stage, but fan speculation is already running rampant about what all this could mean for our favourite heroes. Read on for everything we know so far on Avengers: Secret Wars.
Avengers: Secret Wars release date confirmed
Avengers: Secret Wars will be released in cinemas on 5th May, 2026, as Disney announces a major overhaul of its upcoming release schedule.
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige previously confirmed that it would be released on 7th November, 2025, at San Diego Comic-Con 2022.
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty is first up and currently scheduled to launch on Friday 2nd May 2025, kicking off that year's summer movie season.
Who could be in the cast for Avengers: Secret Wars?
Marvel Studios has not yet announced a single cast member for Avengers: Secret Wars or its preceding film The Kang Dynasty, but some characters seem like fairly safe bets.
For instance, it's quite likely that Jonathan Majors will star as time travelling villain Kang The Conquerer across both films, assuming he isn't defeated at the end of the first part.
Meanwhile, we'd expect to see all of the major Avengers characters show up in some capacity, such as Captain America (Anthony Mackie), Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth).
It's also possible that these movies will bring Marvel's recently launched Disney Plus characters to the big screen for the first time, such as Oscar Isaac's Moon Knight and Tatiana Maslany's She-Hulk.
Finally, given that this film will cap off what is being called The Multiverse Saga, we can't rule out the possibility of more cameos from earlier Marvel franchises, such as Fox's X-Men and Sony's Spider-Man.
What could happen in Avengers: Secret Wars?
There have been two major Secret Wars storylines in the comic books, which are both very different despite sharing the same title.
Starting in 1984, the first Secret Wars saw the most famous heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe transported to Battleworld by a cosmic entity known as the Beyonder, and forced to duke it out for his entertainment.
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While commercially successful, the comic event was panned by critics at the time for its shallow story that seemed designed to sell toys, although it remains a favourite among many fans who were growing up at the time.
In 2015, a modern take on Secret Wars unfolded to a much warmer critical reception, which saw Earth-616 (the main Marvel Universe) collide with the Ultimate Marvel Universe (birthplace of Miles Morales) in a cataclysmic incursion.
In an attempt to prevent complete annihilation, Doctor Doom harnesses the power of the Beyonders to create a new Battleworld, which is an amalgamation of every alternate reality in the Marvel Universe. Naturally, he also installs himself as Emperor.
The heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe have no memory of their life before Doom's new order, which is why most don't question the strange new reality they find themselves in.
Expect Avengers: Secret Wars to borrow elements from both stories as well as throwing in its own original flourishes.
Is there an Avengers: Secret Wars trailer?
Not yet! Marvel have so far only released a logo for the film, with a trailer likely to be far off given its late 2025 release date.
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