It feels like we’ve been waiting a lifetime for this but finally, Marvel Phase 4 has been revealed to us.
There are 10 huge projects on the way and rumours about Marvel’s collaboration with Disney+ streaming service has been officially confirmed but what exactly can we expect with so much going on?
Starting with Marvel Phase 4 release dates we can expect:
- The Black Widow movie (May 1, 2020)
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Fall 2020)
- The Eternals (November 6, 2020)
- Shang-Chi: And the Legend of the Ten Rings (February 12, 2021)
- Loki TV show (Spring 2021)
- WandaVision (Spring 2021)
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 7, 2021)
- What If...? (Spring 2021
- Thor: Love and Thunder (November 6, 2021)
- Hawkeye series (Fall 2021)
Here are a few things we learned about some of the upcoming movies...
The Black Widow Movie
So this wasn’t the biggest surprise as we have known about this for a little while now.
The confirmed cast includes Scarlett Johansson reclaiming her role as Natasha Romanoff; David Harbour (Stranger Things) as Alexi; Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, O-T Fagbenle as Mason, and Rachel Weisz as an “unknown character”.
Fans will be pleased to know that The Taskmaster will also be in the Black Widow movie.
Questions surrounding the timeline were raised but Harbour has revealed to IGN that it will be taking place between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War.
And fun fact: filming is currently taking place in Budapest.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
If you didn’t already know, Doctor Strange originally introduced the actual concept of the Multiverse to the Marvel Comic Universe and another Marvel superhero is set to join the ride in the film that will be released on May 7 2021.
Benedict Cumberbatch will be stepping back into his role as Sorcerer Supreme and we can enjoy the same director of the first Doctor Strange, Scott Derrickson.
Cumberbatch has heightened our anticipation for this film as he told the San Diego Comic-Con audience that Doctor Strange will experience “a twist of horror that will have people gripped… We’re going back to try and destroy [Doctor Strange] a bit I think.” Yikes!
Rumours suggest that Scarlet Witch will also be featured in Multiverse of Madness which will also tie into WandaVision, a new Disney+ show starring Elizabeth Olsen.
Thor: Love and Thunder
Thor fans will be pleased to know that he will be returning to our screens on November 6, 2021, and HUGE shocker alert...Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is the new Thor who must now be referred to as Mighty Thor. Yes, really.
For the real comic nerds, you’ll be interested to know that Love and Thunder draw inspiration from Jason Aaron’s Mighty Thor comics which originally introduced the concept of Jane Foster as Thor.
Our fave Tessa Thompson is back to playing the charming yet ferocious Valkyrie for the third time in the MCU and Chis Hemsworth is returning as the God of Thunder. Not to mention, Taika Waititi is also coming back to direct and write Love and Thunder.
One thing that hasn’t been answered, though, is whether Will Korg will be returning. I guess we’ll have to wait to find out!
What about after Phase 4?
We’ve been teased with a few hints and revelations from the most recent San Diego Comicon.
Head of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige has confirmed that Black Panther 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 3, Blade, and Captain Marvel 2 will be coming to the MCU!
It has also been brought to our attention that we should expect something exciting from Fantastic Four, and “mutants” have been mentioned, but no release dates just yet.
Sadly an Avengers film in Marvel Phase 4 doesn’t look like it’s on the cards right now but a future return for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes hasn’t been ruled out!
These following movies are, however, in pre-production.
Black Panther 2: Following a hugely successful debut of Black Panther, director Ryan Coogler is back on board and currently working on the story for Black Panther 2 - it would be insane for there not to be a Black Panther 2.
Guardians of the Galaxy 3: Expect our usuals Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel to return. In a strange series of events James Gunn was initially fired by Disney but was re-hired less than a year later. A few lucky people managed to read the script James Gunn wrote for Guardians of the Galaxy 3 and it reduced them to tears, get your tissues ready.
Captain Marvel 2: Is coming soon...Just not yet. TVO from Lords of the Long Box claims Ms Marvel is set to make her MCU debut in Captain Marvel 2
Blade: Will be starring Mahershala Ali as the vampire hunter who is no newbie to Marvel as she previously played Cottonmouth in the Netflix show Luke Cage.
Avengers: Feige told MTV News that The Avengers “will be a very different incarnation of the team with some people you’ve already met and some you haven’t met yet."