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Last night was Marvel Studio’s big San Diego Comic Con panel in which the release schedule for the fourth phase of the MCU was revealed! While there’s plenty more to be confirmed, Phase 4 currently consists of both feature length movies hitting theatres as well as TV Series available to stream through Disney Plus. Anyway, let’s go into what we can expect from the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the next two years.
Black Widow – May 1st 2020
- Starring Scarlett Johansson as Nat, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova (the next Black Widow), David Harbour as Alexi/Red Guardian PLUS O-T Fagbenle and Rachel Weisz.
- Directed by Cate Shortland.
- Set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, Black Widow will explore more into Nat’s past and even shed some light as to what happened in Budapest. Taskmaster is confirmed to be the main villain.
- Bits of footage was released from the movie with one scene taking place in Budapest in which Nat and Yelena fight each other, the scenes were described as being full of action and gritty. Taskmaster was revealed at the very end.
Eternals – November 6th 2020
- Starring Angelina Jolie (Thena), Richard Madden (Ikaris), Kumail Nanjiani (Kingo), Lauren Ridloff (Makarri), Brian Tyree Henry (Phastos), Salma Hayek (Ajak), Lia McHugh (Sprite), and Don Lee (Gilgamesh).
- Directed by Chloé Zhao.
- “It’s about this group of incredible immortals, but through their journey, we really get to explore what it means to be human and humanity on our time on this planet.”
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – February 12th 2021
- Starring Simu Liu (Shang-Chi), Awkwafina (unknown role) and Tony Leung (The Real Mandarin).
- Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.
- First asian-led MCU movie, will explore the Ten Rings and the real Mandarin.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – May 7th 2021
- Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Elisabeth Olson.
- Scott Derrickson returns as Director.
- Described as the first ‘scary’ MCU movie, same amount of humour as the first Doctor Strange movie but added horror elements. Scarlett Witch will star and will connect to the events in the upcoming WandaVision series. Nightmare is confirmed to be the main villain.
Thor: Love and Thunder – November 5th 2021
- Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and Natalie Portman.
- Taika Waititi returns as Director.
- Tessa Thompson confirms that Valkyrie is the first LGBTQ+ hero in the MCU. Also announced that Natalie Portman will go onto playing the first ever female Thor.
Blade – Release date yet to be confirmed.
- Mahershala Ali is set to play the vampire hunter ‘Blade’ in the upcoming solo movie.
- Unsure of how it ties into the MCU, more details will be revealed soon.
That’s Not All!
Kevin Feige also confirmed that Guardians Of The Galaxy 3, Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, Fantastic Four and X-Men are all on their way! It’s likely release dates for the 2022 movies will be revealed at the D23 Expo.
Disney+ TV Series:
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier – Fall 2020
- Starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan.
- A spy series which will include our first look at Anthony Mackie as Captain America.
WandaVision – Spring 2021
- Starring Elisabeth Olson and Paul Bettany.
- Set after the events of Endgame, 60’s feel to it.
- Will connect to the events in ‘Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness’.
Loki – Spring 2021
- Starring Tom Hiddleston
- Following alternate timeline Loki after he escaped with the tesseract in Avengers: Endgame.
- Will explore how his character travels through time messing with important parts of history.
What If…? – Summer 2021
- Stars will return to voice their respective characters.
- First animated MCU TV series.
- Each episode explores a key moment/character in the MCU that’s completely changed. Such as: What If Peggy took the Super Soldier Serum?
Hawkeye – Fall 2021
- Starring Jeremy Renner.
- Series reportedly will follow Kate Bishop as she’s trained by Clint to become the future Hawkeye.
A Bright Future for the MCU:
There we have it, that’s the current release schedule for the next two years of Marvel content. Dates and titles may change but this is the current look at what we can expect from the Marvel Cinematic Universe moving forward. There’s still more to be confirmed though, The D23 expo begins August 23rd and it’s there in which we’re likely to recieve more announcements and details!