Previously, Marvel Studios had declared its new coming production slate years before time, but the studio has kept its post-Avengers 4 plans concealed with the intention of keeping it a secret about how the Infinity War sequel will ultimately unopen. While a new movie is coming up for several months to make Guardians of the Galaxy‘s production slot is a big order, the studio will more than likely accelerating production on at least one film as to not lose the 2020 release date set. Keeping this in mind, there are four strong movies to take on to the production

One of the most doubted candidate to movie into this production is Doctor Strange sequel. Scott Derrickson, who directed and co-wrote the original 2016 film, has confirmed he’s tentatively attached to return to helm a sequel though details on how far the film has progressed in pre-production are still not known.

The next assumed candidate is expected to be Black Widow solo film. However, this movie is still not officially confirmed by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige like all of the studio’s Phase 4 films, the solo film has reportedly signed Cate Shortland (Berlin Syndrome) to direct from a script written by Jac Schaeffer (The Hustle).

While Disney is benefiting itself to a massive extent from the Marvel properties namely the X-Men and Fantastic Four as part of their acquisition deal with Fox, the planned acquisition isn’t expected to be finalized until the summer of 2019.

The third candidate is an evolving aspect of humanity considered a whole with superpowers that result in genetic experiments from the Celestials. The planned adaptation had signed Matthew and Ryan Firpo (Ruin) in May to write the screenplay, vacating the next major step for the project to sign a director should the studio decide to move forward.

Finally, in case Marvel is not preparing to replace a third Guardians of the Galaxy film with any other production at all. Before being removed, Gunn had turned in a script for the planned production, and while there have been reports as to whether Marvel will use it following his departure, it does offer a strong potential direction for the sequel to take. Only last week some news came out that Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi had met with Marvel Studios to discuss helming a new film for the studio. The expectation would suggest Waititi may be tapped to direct a fourth Thor film but, with the New Zealand filmmaker’s background in comedy and Ragnarok‘s increased focus on the cosmic side of the MCU,  actually, Waititi is the most sensible replacement for Gunn.

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