Marvel's Phase 4 Revealed
Written by Dylan Tutor
Marvel Studios took to the stage at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 this past weekend to announce its plans for the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is all following the conclusion of “The Infinity Saga”, which started with 2008’s Iron Man and ended with Spider-Man: Far from Home in 2019. Here is everything that Marvel revealed for Phase Four of the MCU.
Black Widow - May 1, 2020
Black Widow is finally getting the solo film she deserves. Directed by Cate Shortland, the cast includes Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O. T. Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz. Footage from the movie indicates that at least part of it will be taking place in Budapest, a location that has been mentioned multiple times in past MCU films. It appears that comic book villain Taskmaster will be featured as the antagonist of the story.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (series) - Fall 2020
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is a limited series premiering on Disney’s upcoming streaming service Disney+. It stars Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan with Daniel Brühl returning as the villain Baron Zemo from Captain America: Civil War.
Eternals - November 6, 2020
Closing out the first year of Phase Four will be Chloé Zhao’s Eternals. The film features a diverse cast that includes Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Lia McHugh, and Don Lee. Ridloff, a former Miss Deaf America, will be portraying the first deaf superhero ever featured in the MCU. It remains to be seen if the film will also give us a glimpse of a young Thanos, antagonist of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, since the character has a close connection to the Eternals in the comics.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - February 12, 2021
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be Marvel’s first ever Asian-led film. Simu Liu will be playing the titular role of Shang-Chi. Tony Leung will portray the Mandarin, a villain first teased to audiences in Iron Man 3. Awkwafina will be featured in the movie as well. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton.
WandaVision (series) - Spring 2021
WandaVision, a Disney+ limited series, will see the return of both Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany). Teyonah Parris will be playing Monica Rambeau, a character who first appeared in the MCU as a child in 2019’s Captain Marvel.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness - May 7, 2021
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness looks to explore the multiverse first mentioned to us in Spider-Man: Far from Home. Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson returns to direct the sequel, stating that it will be “the first scary MCU film.” Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch will be making an appearance here as well since this film will reportedly tie in directly with the WandaVision series.
Loki (series) - Spring 2021
Tom Hiddleston returns to play the titular character in this Disney+ limited series. The show will follow the Loki that we last saw disappearing with the Tesseract in an alternate past in Avengers: Endgame.
What If...? (series) - Summer 2021
What If...? is an animated Disney+ series featuring Jeffrey Wright as the Watcher. It will revisit crucial moments in the MCU’s history and explore alternate outcomes to those situations. Many MCU actors will be returning to voice their characters including Josh Brolin, Chris Hemsworth, Hayley Atwell, and Jeff Goldblum.
Hawkeye (series) - Fall 2021
This Disney+ limited series will focus on Jeremey Renner’s Hawkeye. The plot will involve him training Hawkeye-to-be Kate Bishop. It will also explore Hawkeye’s time as Ronin during the five-year time gap featured in Avengers: Endgame.
Thor: Love and Thunder - November 5, 2021
Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi returns to direct Thor: Love and Thunder. Tessa Thompson’s Valkyrie, the newly crowned King of Asgard, is on the lookout for her queen. Valkyrie will be the first canon LGBTQ superhero featured in the MCU. Natalie Portman will also be making her return as Jane Foster, who is ready to take up the mantle of the new Mighty Thor.
Clearly, there is a lot in store for MCU fans over the next two years. Marvel Studios even teased more upcoming projects including Black Panther 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Captain Marvel 2, and Fantastic Four. Finally, there was one last exciting reveal that Mahershala Ali will be playing the vampire hunter Blade in an upcoming movie. Folks, it appears that the Marvel train is going full steam ahead with no signs of stopping.