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Avengers: Secret Wars release date, cast, plot, and more news

The MCU wants to top Endgame with an even bigger crossover. So, here's what we know about the Avengers Secret Wars release date and cast.

Secret Wars release date

When is the Avengers: Secret Wars release date? Once you’ve made a blockbuster as spectacular as Avengers: Endgame, it’d be easy for any studio to rest on its laurels. However, Marvel is now working on something even bigger and bolder.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe will never be the same after it releases. Why are we convinced that this, of all the new movies in Marvel Phase 6, will have such huge repercussions for the MCU characters? Well, crossovers don’t come bigger than Secret Wars (Editor: Oh lord, we’ll need to rewrite our Marvel movies in order guide again!). Here’s what you need to know.

What’s the Avengers: Secret Wars release date?

Avengers: Secret Wars will be released on Friday, May 7, 2027.

The film was originally slated for May 1, 2026, but production delays and the 2023 Hollywood strikes pushed back the release.
Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson in The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

Avengers: Secret Wars cast speculation

The Secret Wars cast will include some of the franchise’s biggest Avengers teaming up. We expect to see Anthony Mackie as Captain America, Tom Holland as Spider-Man, and Brie Larson as Captain Marvel.

It would make sense that the characters introduced in Marvel’s Phase 5 and Phase 4 will have roles to play — Sam Wilson’s Captain America, Shang-Chi, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, Shuri’s Black Panther, etc. — will have big roles to play. Equally, some of the returning old guard will surely be involved in the story, too, such as Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, and Doctor Strange.

With the multiverse-spanning ambition of the movie, the cast of the old X-Men lineup may return thanks to Deadpool’s introduction to the MCU (more on that below in the rumor section). Fox’s continuity is a headache, as is made obvious in our X-Men movies in order guide, but we want them anyway!

In addition, Secret Wars comes after the Fantastic Four MCU release date, so it’s a safe bet that Marvel’s first family will be in it.

Avengers Secret Wars will likely include the new version of the Fantastic Four

Potential Avengers: Secret Wars cast list:

  • Anthony Mackie as Captain America
  • Simu Liu as Shang-Chi
  • Iman Vellani as Ms Marvel
  • Tatiana Maslany as She-Hulk
  • Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau
  • Don Cheadle as War Machine
  • Brie Larson as Captain Marvel
  • Paul Rudd as Ant-Man
  • Evangeline Lily as Wasp
  • Tom Holland as Spider-Man
  • Mark Ruffalo as Hulk
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange
  • Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool
  • Letitia Wright as Black Panther
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
  • Hugh Jackman as Wolverine
  • Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye
  • Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop
  • Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova

Currently, no director is confirmed. However, Michael Waldron (the writer of Loki and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness) will be penning the script.

We’ve got mixed feelings on this, and that’s mostly because we still don’t know if Doctor Strange 2 was bad or one of the best movies in Phase 4. Either way, Waldron has plenty of credibility for his work on Loki, so we think he’s a solid choice to steer such an enormous ship into position.

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What will Avengers: Secret Wars be about?

The Secret Wars plot will be closely linked to the events of Avenegrs 5, just as Infinity War and Endgame were connected.

We’re pretty confident that the film will adapt the 2015 version of the Secret Wars story (sorry fans of the original storyline) which means it’s possible we’ll hear more about the Incursions mentioned in the Multiverse of Madness ending.

If Secret Wars is anything like the comics, these Incrusions will consume the entire multiverse until a mega-powerful being will then glue the few remaining scraps of reality back together, and the Avengers will try to restore reality.

That, or Marvel will do their own thing as they did with Civil War and Infinity War. You can never really predict where Marvel will go next, although with Michael Waldron signing on, you imagine he’ll want to go big.

Brie Larson as Carol Danvers in The Marvels

Is there an Avengers Secret Wars trailer?

There’s no Secret Wars trailer yet. We will likely get one in late 2026 or early 2027, as filming hasn’t started.

Marvel will likely use a marketing strategy similar to the one they used for Endgame and hold the Secret Wars trailer back until the last minute. After all, they don’t need a trailer to sell this one, do they?

But while we wait for the trailer, it’s worth having a look at this behind-the-scenes video looking at the Marvel “class photo” put together for the studio’s 10th birthday. Could the Secret Wars cast be even bigger?

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Where can I watch Avengers: Secret Wars?

Avengers: Secret Wars will be released in theaters, so if you want to see your favorite superheroes save the multiverse, you’re going to have to go to the cinema.

A few months after that, you’ll be able to stream it as part of what’s new on Disney Plus. Head over there now, and you can already watch the most recent MCU outings like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.

Avengers: Secret Wars rumors and theories

Secret Wars rumors include Ian McKellen returning as Magneto, Miles Morales debuting in the MCU, and Doctor Doom showing up.

This is where the fun begins… There’s so much to speculate on here, particularly when it comes to the cast. Due to the reality-colliding nature of the source material, anything can happen. We’re talking different versions of Tony Stark (remember those Tom Cruise Multiverse of Madness rumors? This could be it instead.), Evans potentially making a cameo as a different Cap and more.

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We also think the reality colliding event itself will move the Fantastic Four into the MCU’s main timeline. Doctor Doom is a prominent figure in the 2015 comic run, which led fans to believe he might make his MCU debut here.

Another important note is that in the source material, Miles Morales, who came from the ‘Ultimate universe,’ was integrated into Earth-616 after the events of the story. If there’s ever going to be a moment to bring Miles to live-action, this is it.

The X-Men will almost certainly be back, and the current thinking among fans and hints from scoopers point to it being much more than just a Jackman appearance following Deadpool 3. We’re betting on seeing the 2000s’ main lineup on Battleworld. Scooper MyTimeToShineHello claims Ian McKellen will be back as Magneto.

Scooper's Avengers: Secret Wars tweet: "Ian McKellen will return in Avengers: Secret Wars"

Of course, all these theories could be red herrings for what may be the biggest twist of all: Secret Wars will reboot the MCU. Rumors are pointing to the idea that Feige will use Secret Wars to start from scratch and bid goodbye to all the characters in the current continuity (including any Marvel movies that came before 2008’s Iron Man.)

In practice, this could look like recast characters in a new continuity. Origin stories could be retold, or we could just pick up in a new timeline with things already in motion. In comic books, reboots happen in different ways, so it’s hard to predict.

We’re not sure how we feel about this. A complete reboot might be ideal for solving the many problems the MCU has. But if every movie and canon event we’ve seen thus far is wiped clean, that seems like an awfully big waste of the audiences’ time. But hey… this does happen in comics a lot!

Tom Holland will likely play Spider-Man again in Avengers Secret Wars

While you wait, we have a list of the best action movies and the best superhero movies for you to enjoy. For more secret… stuff, check out the differences between the Secret Invasion TV series and comics.

Not satisfied? Well, you can learn all about upcoming Marvel movies, and if you want to know more about the future of the MCU, we’ve got guides breaking down the Thunderbolts release date and the Captain America 4 release date. If that’s still not enough, check out our feature on why Marvel needs to learn that killing characters isn’t everything.