Following the unprecedented success of the first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (2008 – 2019), Marvel Studios/Disney is pressing ahead with more adventures in the MCU. These new stories will fit into Marvel’s Phase 4 and will look to focus on a mix of characters, both old and new.
Here is a rundown of what to expect:*
- Black Widow – 2020
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier TV show – 2021
- The Eternals – 2021
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – 2021
- WandaVision TV show – 2021
- Loki TV show – 2021
- Spider-Man – 2021
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – 2022
- What If animated TV show – 2022
- Hawkeye TV show – 2022
- Thor: Love and Thunder – 2022
*Due to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the release slate of all Marvel projects was altered from its initial announcement. Release dates are still subject to slight adjustments, so expect some tweaks here and there.
What to know about Phase 4
- Black Widow will feature David Harbour and Rachel Weisz and is set in Budapest.
- Baron Zemo will return to the MCU to appear in The Falcon and the Winter Solider.
- The Eternals will star Angelina Jolie.
- The Shang-Chi movie will star Simu Liu in the title role and will feature The Mandarin (the REAL Mandarin, not the fake one from Iron Man 3).
- WandaVision is set after the events of Infinity War/Endgame BUT will include Vision.
- The Loki TV show is a follow-on from the events of Endgame. This means Loki will not be the redeemed character who appeared in Thor: Ragnarok, but rather the trickster of his early appearances in the MCU.
- The Doctor Strange sequel is going to directed by Sam Raimi and will feature the Scarlet Witch.
- Many existing MCU actors will lend their voices to the What If animated series.
- Fan-favourite Marvel character, Kate Bishop will feature in the Hawkeye TV show.
- Natalie Portman will reprise the role of Jane Foster for Thor: Love and Thunder.
No dates have been announced, but in addition to the above, Marvel Studios is also actively working on Black Panther 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Captain Marvel 2, Fantastic Four and Blade (featuring Mahersela Ali in the title role). There are also rumblings of a third Ant-Man movie.
So, what do you think? Which projects are you most looking forward to from Marvel’s Phase 4?
Sound off in the comments section below and let me know your thoughts about all of the above projects.
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