Marvel SDCC 2019 Panel - New MCU Phase 4 Movies and Shows
With Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home wrapping up the Infinity Saga and Phase 3 of the MCU, there’s a lot of excitement and anticipation in the air as to what Phase 4 has to offer. Fans aren’t just getting new worlds and characters in the films, but some of our favorite characters from the first 3 phases are getting their own shows on Disney+ that will tie into the MCU. Kevin Fiege announced what’s coming up in Phase 4 during the Marvel panel at San Diego Comic-Con. The list includes details for the upcoming MCU movies and the Disney+ original series that Marvel Studios is developing, as well as information on other projects that are in development but have no firm release dates.
Marvel Cinematic Universe Films in Phase 4
Black Widow – May 1st, 2020
Black Widow has already started shooting in Europe and will be the first MCU Phase 4 film. The film boasts a very strong cast that includes David Harbour (Stranger Things), Florence Pugh (Midsommar), O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid's Tale), and Rachel Weisz (Confidence). Coming out Spring of 2020, the film will be directed by Cate Shortland (SMILF).
The Eternals – November 6th, 2020
The Eternals is bringing a whole new class of heroes to the MCU. Currently in pre-production, the star-studded cast includes Richard Madden (GOT), Kumail Nanjiani (Stuber), Lauren Ridloff (TWD), Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta), Salma Hayek (From Dusk Til Dawn), Lia McHugh (The Lodge), and Angelina Jolie (Wanted). Chloe Zhao (The Rider) is on board to direct. The last fall MCU release was Thor: Ragnarok back on November 3rd, 2017, so it’ll be nice to see more MCU films coming out towards the end of the year.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – February 12, 2021
Not only are we getting a brand new hero with Shang-Chi, but we are also getting a real Mandarin! Sorry, Ben Kingsley, we love you, but Marvel fans deserve a true version of the Mandarin. Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) will be directing, with Simu Liu (Kim’s Convenience) starring as Shang-Chi, and Tony Leung (Hero) playing the Mandarin.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – May 7th, 2021
It’s no surprise that Doctor Strange is receiving a sequel, but the addition of Wanda Maximoff a.k.a. Scarlet Witch to the film is a bit of a shock. It’ll be interesting to see how this ties in with WandaVision on Disney+ as that series starts around the spring of 2021. Benedict Cumberbatch is back as Doctor Strange, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, and Scott Derrickson who directed the first film is back on board for the sequel.
Thor: Love and Thunder – November 5th, 2021.
It’s been a big week for Thor fans! Thor 4 received the green light, and now Thor is the only MCU character to receive a fourth solo film. Taika Waititi is back on board to direct after the fantastic job he did with Thor: Ragnarok. The really big news is not just the return of Natalie Portman reprising her role as Jane Foster, but she’s also going to become the new Thor in the MCU. Tessa Thompson's character Valkyrie has just been announced as the first LGBTQ hero in the MCU, and Chris Hemsworth is back on board for more shenanigans and tomfoolery.
Blade – TBD
Blade has been in the rumor mill for quite some time now and is easily the biggest surprise announcement during the Marvel panel yesterday. The addition of Mahershala Ali as the daywalking vampire slayer is an incredible casting decision and about as perfect as when RDJ was cast to play Tony Stark. Mahershala will be the first academy award winner to receive his own MCU solo film, and after playing Cottonmouth on Luke Cage, we’re all excited to see what he can bring to such an iconic role. We do want to give a shout out to Wesley Snipes, the man who helped propel comic book movies into the limelight. It would be great if they can incorporate him into the movie somehow and a scene with him and Mahershala would be outstanding.
Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 3 – TBD
Marvel didn’t cover three of the eight confirmed MCU Phase 4 movie release dates that the studio already announced, including February 8th, 2022, May 6th, 2022, and July 29th, 2022. It’s not clear which of these three films are tied to what dates, but it would be safe to say that these movies will hit theaters in 2022. James Gunn is back to direct Guardians of the Galaxy 3 (with the newest member Thor), Ryan Coogler is back for Black Panther 2, and there isn’t much news yet on Captain Marvel 2 yet.
Disney+ Marvel Series
Falcon and the Winter Soldier – Fall 2020
As you may know by now, Falcon is the new Captain America. Alongside with his new buddy Bucky Barnes a.ka. The Winter Soldier, it looks like they are picking up right after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Daniel Bruhl is reprising his role as villain Baron Zemo from Captain America: Civil War.
WandaVision – Spring 2021
The silliest name in the whole Marvel Universe, WandaVision will star Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as Scarlet Witch and Vision. We have no idea how Vision will be resurrected, but it has been rumored that the action might be set in the ’50s or ’60s. What makes that rumor really interesting is that Teyonah Parris will play the grown-up version of Monica Rambeau, who was introduced in Captain Marvel.
Loki – Spring 2021
One of the biggest questions after Endgame is where did Loki go with the Space Stone????? Hopefully, the show will bring some answers, as well as show us what mischief and anarchy he’s causing throughout the galaxy.
What If… - Summer 2021
The first MCU animated series, What If… is hitting Disney+ the summer of 2021. We’re hoping this is based on the Marvel What If…? Comic book series that places heroes, villains, and groups in interesting scenarios far from what they consider to be the norm. Jeffrey Wright will voice The Watcher, and plenty of MCU stars will return to voice other well-known Marvel characters.
Hawkeye – Fall 2021
Unfortunately seen as one of the more underutilized MCU characters, it’s great to see Jeremy Renner back as Hawkeye and getting his own series on Disney+. The show will introduce Kate Bishop, who’s likely going to replace Hawkeye in the Avengers going forward. While our time with Jeremy Renner in the MCU may be coming to an end in the near future, we're going to enjoy him while we got him.
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