Avengers 5 release date, cast, plot, & everything we know

Cameron Frew
Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in front of an Avengers comic panel.

The Avengers 5 release date has been hard to pin down, but here’s everything that’s been confirmed about the next Avengers movie.

Each Avengers movie has upped the ante from the last, aiming to tie together all the Marvel movies in order so that fans can keep riding the superhero movie wave.

The latest two were a climactic double-bill capping off the Infinity Saga, with Thanos snapping half of all life in the universe to dust, and were the final outing for several OG teammates.

New movies like The Marvels, Ant-Man 3, and the upcoming Fantastic Four have paved the way for the next big crossover event to varying degrees of success, so here’s everything we know about Avengers 5.

When is the Avengers 5 release date?

The Avengers 5 release date is May 1, 2026.

The release date was originally set for May 2, 2025, but it was pushed back a year by Disney in June 2023 amid a slew of major changes to all of the upcoming Marvel movies and TV shows.

It’s the third of four confirmed movies in the MCU’s Phase Six so far, coming after Deadpool 3 and Fantastic Four, and before Avengers Secret Wars on May 7, 2027.

Although it was set to be directed by Daniel Destin Cretton, Deadline broke the news in November 2023 that he will be stepping down to focus on other MCU projects, including Shang-Chi 2 and the Wonder Man series.

New rumors suggest that pre-production for Avengers 5 will begin in June 2024, with Deadpool & Wolverine‘s Shawn Levy “close” to signing on as director.

Who’s in the Avengers 5 cast?

Avengers 5 will be a team-up movie featuring existing MCU characters. Tom Holland as Spider-Man, Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), and Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) will likely lead the team.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Majors has been dismissed as the overarching supervillain of this phase, Kang.

Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Iman Vellani as Ms MArvel, and Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambaeu in The Marvels
Expect to see prominent characters from recent MCU films join the fray.

On December 18, 2023 Majors was found guilty of assault and subsequently dropped from the MCU.

Rumors have suggested Doctor Doom might replace Kang as the big bad of the upcoming Avengers movies, though this role hasn’t yet been cast. Another recent rumor indicated Tom Holland will reprise his role as Spider-Man in the movie, and he’ll be the lead.

That sounds strange, given Peter’s age, but we think the film will focus on him because of the success of Spider-Man No Way Home, not that he’ll necessarily be in charge of the team.

A full lineup hasn’t been shared, but a report from Deadline claimed up to 60 superheroes may be involved. That’s a ludicrous number, but we can make predictions as to who they could be.

Potential Avengers 5 cast list:

  • Tom Holland as Spider-Man
  • Anthony Mackie as Captain America
  • Sebastian Stan as The Winter Soldier/White Wolf
  • Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk
  • Chris Hemsworth as Thor
  • Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye
  • Don Cheadle as War Machine
  • Brie Larson as Captain Marvel
  • Paul Rudd as Ant-Man
  • Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange
  • Benedict Wong as Wong
  • Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff
  • Tom Hiddleston as Loki
  • Letitia Wright as Shuri
  • Danai Gurira as Okoye
  • Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
  • Evangeline Lilly as The Wasp
  • Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie
  • Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova
  • Charlie Cox as Daredevil
  • Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop
  • Tatiana Maslany as She-Hulk
  • Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel
  • Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau

James Gunn said Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 would be the last time we’d see that team of Guardians, so Peter, Gamora, and Drax will probably sit this out.

There are rumors Marvel will find a way to resurrect OG Avengers for one last ride, but nothing has been confirmed.

It’s likely the new Disney+ casts will graduate to the big-screen Avengers arena, too, including Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop, Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel, Oscar Isaac as Moon Knight, Tatiana Maslany as She-Hulk, and eventually, Charlie Cox as Daredevil.

Given The Marvels post-credit scene, we wouldn’t be shocked to see some X-Men here, too. Though, we think they are more likely to be on reserve for Secret Wars.

What is the Avengers 5 plot?

Avengers 5’s plot is up in the air following the news of Marvel abandoning the Kang storyline. The film will still need to find a way to set up Secret Wars.

Doctor Doom in Marvel Comics
Doctor Doom is one of the suspected replacements as the Avengers’ antagonist.

The hiring of Loki and Dr. Strange in the Multiverse of Madness writer, Michael Waldron, lends credence to many fan theories that Avengers 5 will lean heavily into the rules of the multiverse established in those two projects.

That would make sense going into Secret Wars, which should adapt the comic storyline that mashed together the most famous superheroes into one battle world, somewhat breaking reality.

If speculation about a pivot to Doctor Doom as a replacement villain has merit, he will be the mastermind behind it.

Loki Season 2 made a massive deal about the fragility of reality and its branching timelines, as did WandaVision, so some sort of multiversal chaos is expected in upcoming Avengers movies.

Is there an Avengers 5 trailer?

No, there isn’t a trailer for Avengers 5 yet. We’ll likely get the first full trailer in early 2026.

The movie is yet to enter production, so we won’t see any footage for a while.

What is the Avengers 5 name?

Avengers 5 will no longer be called The Kang Dynasty, since Marvel has dropped Kang the Conqueror as the main villain. No replacement title has been confirmed.

This was the expected result of Jonathan Major’s removal from the MCU following his domestic violence court case. As such, Marvel has scrapped the Kang Dynasty title. A new title is yet to be announced.

That’s all about Avengers 5 for now. In the meantime, check out what we know about Spider-Man 4, Captain America: Brave New WorldThor 5, and Agatha Darkhold Diaries.