Marvel Studios came packing with a ton of great news for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International. And as everyone expected, its everything that comicbook giant has planned for the next phase in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. How can the studio top the first three phases that defined 10+ years of our geek lives? Apparently with a mix of Disney+ series and MCU movies from now until 2021! In chronological order, here’s the full Phase 4 slate!
Scarlett Johansson’s solo foray into the MCU gives us a peek into her past as a Russian secret agent. She is joined by David Harbour as the Soviet hero Red Guardian, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz. Directed by Cate Shortland. In theaters May 1, 2020.
FALCON AND WINTER SOLDIER
The MCU first series to hit the Disney+ streaming giant will be the team-up of Steve Rogers’s best friends, Falcon and Winter Soldier. The series will also feature the Falcon donning his new Captain America costume. Starring Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, and the return of Baron Zemo, Daniel Bruhl. Coming this Fall 2020.
One of the more obscure properties of Marvel Comics is coming to the big screen! According to Kevin Feige, the movie’s setting will take place millions of years before the events of MCU’s first three phases happened. Angelina Jolie gets top billing along with Richard Madden as Ikaris, Train to Busan’s Ma Dong-Sek (credited as Don Lee) as Gilgamesh. The rest of the cast includes: Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, and Lia McHugh. Directed by Chloé Zhao. In theaters November 6, 2020.
SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS
The latest addition to the MCU slate comes from one of the integral members of the Agents of Atlas in the comics: the master of kung-fu himself, Shang-Chi! The movie will also feature the real Mandarin as the primary villain. Simu Liu, a Chinese-Canadian actor known for his roles in Kim’s Convenience and Orphan Black, will play the titular character. Joining him are Awkwafina and Tony Leung, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. In theaters February 12, 2021.
Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany makes a return to the MCU with the Disney+ exclusive, WandaVision! Teyonah Parris will join the cast as an adult Monica Rambeau. he series will be released on Spring 2021.
DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS
The sequel to the MCU’s Sorcerer Supreme gets a new title, which gives it a more comicbook feel to it. See Doctor Strange dive into the multiverse together with Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch! Scott Derrickson is returning to direct the sequel, in theaters May 7, 2021.
Tom Hiddleston’s MCU run isn’t done yet, despite his demise in Avengers: Infinity War. The series will focus on an alternate timeline Loki, particularly the one that escaped in the time heist from Avengers Endgame. The Disney+ exclusive series will premiere in Spring 2021.
The only animated entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, What If…? will be streaming exclusively on the Disney+ streaming site, with Jeffrey Wright (Bernard Lowe in Westworld) as the voice of Uatu the Watcher. Other MCU actors are also confirmed to reprise their respective roles in the series. The premise follows the same concept as the comics counterpart, asking the question What if? and telling the stories of MCU characters in different possibilities. The series will premiere in Summer 2021.
Jeremy Renner will reprise his role as Hawkeye in his new solo series exclusive to the Disney+ streaming site. Marvel Studios has also confirmed the appearance of the second Hawkeye, Kate Bishop, though no actor has been cast for the role yet. Premiering in Fall 2021.
THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER
Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson return for the fourth installment of Thor! Joining them once again is returning MCU alum, Natalie Portman! Plus, as previously announced, Taika Waititi will be back at the directorial helm. In theaters, November 5, 2021.
One of the best surprises of the Marvel Studios’ panel was revealing that a Blade reboot is in the works and will be included in the Phase 4 lineup! Though no premiere date has been set, they did announce that Mahershala Ali will be portraying the titular character. Ali has been part of the MCU-Netflix run as Cottonmouth in the Luke Cage series, making him one of the rare actors getting two different Marvel Studios’s roles.