Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has just revealed the MCU’s plans for Phase 4, during his panel in Hall H of San Diego Comic-Con 2019.
After the recent success of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Phase 3 of the MCU, and the Infinity Saga as a whole, has finally come to a close. 23 movies later, the next phase of Marvel movies will tell the stories of new heroes, and continue the stories of old heroes. This article will detail the Marvel movies that Feige has confirmed to be in the MCU’s future.
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Black Widow (May 1, 2020)
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, Rachel Weisz, O.T. Fagbenle
With Natasha Romanoff’s sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame, many expected this long awaited solo film to be a prequel. However, while this film will presumably cover some of Black Widow’s story, giving her the origin story that fans have wanted for a long time, it will also reportedly cover her time in Budapest, and will take place between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. She will reportedly be facing off against the villain “Taskmaster”, one of the most lethal assassins in the comics.
Joining Johansson in this movie are Stranger Things’ David Harbour playing “Alexei”, Midsommer’s Florence Pugh playing “Yelena”, The Mummy’s Rachel Weisz as “Melina“, and O.T. Fagbenle from Handmaid’s Tale portraying “Mason”.
Black Widow (directed by Cate Shortland) will be released on May 1, 2020, making it the first Phase 4 movie to be released.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Fall 2020)
Starring: Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Daniel Brühl
The conclusion of Avengers: Endgame saw the mantle of Captain America passed on to Sam Wilson, aka the Falcon. The first Disney+ show to be released will Sam teaming up with Bucky Barnes aka the Winter Soldier (aka White Wolf?) as they find themselves matched up against a familiar foe, Baron Zemo, making a return from Captain America: Civil War.
Starring as the titular characters, the “Falcon” and the “Winter Soldier”, are Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, respectively. Joining the two is Emily VanCamp, reprising her role as Sharon Carter. Lastly, Daniel Brühl is returning as the evil villain Baron Zemo, who played a big part in the Avengers’ disbanding.
The series is expected to be released in the Fall of 2020, becoming the first of 5 Disney+ shows to be premiered on the upcoming streaming service.
Eternals (November 6, 2020)
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjani, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Don Lee, Brian Tyree Henry, Lia McHugh, Lauren Ridloff
The Eternals movie is set to take place millions of years before Tony Stark even announced he was Iron Man. But who exactly are the Eternals? Look no further as Richard Madden himself, describes the characters the movie will revolve around.
The Eternals are a race of immortal aliens sent to Earth by the Celestials to protect humankind from the Deviants.
Madden, who you may know from Game of Thrones and Rocketman, will be starring as “Icarus”, one of the Eternals. Joining him are Angelina Jolie (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Maleficent), who will be portraying “Thena”, Kumail Nanjani (The Big Sick, Stuber) as “Kingo”, Salma Hayek (Frida, Grown Ups) as “Ajak”, Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) as “Phastos”, American Woman’s Lia McHugh as “Sprite”, The Walking Dead’s Lauren Ridloff as “Makkari” and Train to Busan’s Don Lee (Ma Dong Seok) as “Gilgamesh”.
The star-studded movie is expected to be released in theaters on November 6, 2020, and will be directed by Chloe Zhao.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (February 12, 2021)
Iron Man 3 introduced us to the fake Mandarin, much to the fans’ dismay played by the great Sir Ben Kingsley. For those who were hoping to see the real, infamous Iron Man villain on the big screen, you’ll definitely want to watch this film. Shang-Chi’s solo film will see the first ever Asian superhero in the MCU square off against the Mandarin.
“Shang-Chi” will be played by Simu Liu (Kim’s Convenience), and will be joined by Awkwafina, whose role has not been disclosed, and Tony Leung, who will be portraying the Mandarin.
Shang-Chi is set to open in theaters on February 6, 2020, and will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.
WandaVision (Spring 2021)
Starring: Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Teyonah Parris
It is currently unknown how Vision will make a return to the MCU, due to his supposed “death” in Avengers: Infinity War at the hands of Thanos. WandaVision is set to take place after Avengers: Endgame, so it remains to be seen if Shuri was able to successfully download Vision during the Battle of Wakanda.
WandaVision stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, reprising their roles as “Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch” and the “Vision” from the MCU films. Joining the duo is Teyonah Parris (Mad Men, Chi-Raq), playing the role for an adult “Monica Rambeau”. This character was last seen as the daughter of Lashana Lynch’s “Maria Rambeau” in the Captain Marvel film, and she will now be joining the MCU as an adult (since the film took place in the 90s).
The series will premiere on Disney+ in the Spring of 2021, and will reportedly lead into the next MCU Film, Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse of Madness.
Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse of Madness (May 7, 2021)
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong
Doctor Strange is known as one of the strongest magic users and heroes in the entire MCU, so why not team him up with another one? This sequel will team him up with Wanda Maximoff, who will be joining forces with Strange in what is reportedly the MCU’s first “horror”-like movie. As previously mentioned, the events of WandaVision will directly tie-in to this film, which should make for a pretty interesting storyline and character arc for both heroes.
“Dr. Stephen Strange” will once again be portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch, with Elizabeth Olsen coming back as “Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch”. Benedict Wong has not yet been confirmed to reprise his role as “Wong”, but there should be no reason why he would not return for the sequel.
The film will come out on May 7, 2021, and will once again be directed by Scott Derrickson. This will be the second of three MCU movies to be released in 2021.
Loki (Spring 2021)
Starring: Tom Hiddleston
Whatever happened to Loki? Avengers: Endgame saw the 2012 version of Loki escape with the Tesseract when the Avengers failed to retrieve it in their time heist. This series will reportedly explore that version of the god of mischief, seeing as the heroic version was brutally murdered by Thanos in Infinity War.
As of now, the only confirmed character is “Loki”, being played once again by Tom Hiddleston, who has already portrayed the iconic hero/villain in 6 different films,
Loki will most likely premiere through the Disney+ streaming service after the release of Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse of Madness, sometime in the Spring of 2021.
What If? is the first ever animated MCU TV series, and will feature episodes regarding scenarios that weren’t explored by the writers and directors. The first episode will reportedly revolve around Peggy Carter receiving the super soldier serum instead of Steve Rogers, with Rogers suiting up in an Iron Man prototype suit developed by Howard Stark.
A total of 25 actors and actresses will be returning to voice their MCU characters, including Michael B. Jordan, Sebastian Stan, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Hensworth, Hayley Atwell, Chadwick Boseman, Karen Gillian, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Neal McDonough, Dominic Cooper, Sean Gunn, Natalie Portman, David Dastmalchian, Stanley Tucci, Taika Waititi, Toby Jones, Djimon Hounsou, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Rooker and Chris Sullivan, all reprising their MCU roles. Jeffrey Wright (Casino Royale, Boardwalk Empire, Westworld) has been cast as The Watcher, who will narrate the animated series.
Hawkeye (Fall 2021)
Starring: Jeremy Renner
Despite being an OG Avenger, Hawkeye never got the respect he deserves. The archer is often considered to be the weakest (physically) of the original six, but his heart and passion definitely proves vital to the team. Avengers: Endgame saw Clint Barton’s transformation after the “snap” turned his wife and kids into dust. This series will likely focus on Clint’s redemption arc, the lives of the Barton family, and the eventual passing of the torch (or should I say, bow) to Kate Bishop. In the comics, Bishop is one of many to take on the Hawkeye mantle, and is a part of the Young Avengers.
As of now, the only confirmed actor for this series is Jeremy Renner, reprising his role as “Clint Barton”/”Hawkeye”. Renner previously portrayed Hawkeye in 3 films, before switching to Barton’s darker and more violent alter-ego in “Ronin” during the events of Avengers: Endgame.
The final Disney+ show to be announced is scheduled for release sometime in the Fall of 2021.
Thor: Love and Thunder
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman
Thor: Ragnarok revitalized the Thor franchise, with the third installment of the trilogy shifting the character to a much more light-hearted version of the god of Thunder. Thor’s character definitely underwent some changes during his last three appearances (Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame), with Thor dealing with the death of his father Odin, his brother Loki, his close friends Heimdall and the Warriors Three, and of course, the infamous “You should’ve aimed for the head” scene from Avengers: Infinity War. The movie is reportedly drawing inspiration from “The Mighty Thor” storyline, which gave fans the first ever female Thor, in Jane Foster,
Thor: Love and Thunder marks the 8th appearance of Chris Hemsworth as “Thor Odinson”, with Tessa Thompson’s “Valkyrie” making a return as well. Surprisingly to fans, Natalie Portman will be back in this film, reprising her role as “Jane Foster” from the first two Thor movies.
This movie is rumored to be the last film in Marvel’s Phase Four, to be released on November 5, 2021, with Taika Waititi once again directing the movie.
Starring: Mahershala Ali
The Phase 4 timeline may have been complete, but that didn’t stop Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige from announcing the production of the Blade reboot. The half-vampire, half-human superhero was previously portrayed by actor Wesley Snipes in a Blade trilogy, which concluded with the 2004 film, “Blade: Trinity”.
Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali (Moonlight, Green Book, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse) has been announced to play “Eric Brook”/”Blade”, the only confirmed character so far.
There is no director attached to the project yet, nor is there a scheduled released date announced by Marvel Studios. The film may release in 2022, during the beginning of the MCU’s Phase 5.
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Take a look at the photo down below for the actual MCU Phase 4 timeline they showed at SDCC 2019!