EUV pellicles are needed to support EUV lithography in high volume manufacturing. We demonstrate progress in cap layer design for increased EUV transmission and infrared emission of the Polysilicon-film. In our research lab we obtained EUV transmission of 90% and good emissivity for a fully capped pSi film. We also discuss results on next generation EUV pellicle films. These include metal-silicides and graphite. Next-gen film performance is compared to the current generation pSi film. These films are expected to be stable at higher operating temperature than pSi. Metal-silicides have the advantage of sharing a similar process flow as that of pSi, while graphite shows ultimate high temperature performance at the expense of a more complicated manufacturing flow. Capping layers are needed here as well and capping strategies are discussed for these film generations.