With Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home already out, the only few Marvel movies that fans are aware of and expecting are Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 3, Black Widow, The Eternals, and the recently confirmed Thor 4. However, from all that were mentioned, it seems that the only movie we know that is slated for a release next year will be Scar Jo’s Black Widow film. Thankfully, that’s not the case anymore after Marvel Studios’ recent San Diego Comic Con panel that happened during the weekend, which also confirmed the expected movie line-up for Phase 4 of their cinematic universe.
During the panel, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige had unveiled Phase 4’s line-up which includes the previously announced titles, as well as new projects that will see their releases from 2020 onwards. Phase 4 includes the following: Black Widow (May 1st, 2020), Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Fall 2020), The Eternals (November 6th, 2020), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (February 12, 2021), WandaVision (Spring 2021), Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness (May 7th, 2021), Loki (Spring 2021), What If (Summer 2021), Hawkeye (Fall 2021), and Thor: Love and Thunder (November 5th, 2021).
With that, we’ll be seeing more than one Marvel movie in the next year after all. Black Widow is expected to be a prequel story of Marvel’s beloved femme fatale spy which stars Scarlett Johansson, Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh, and David Harbour. Falcon and the Winter Soldier will be the first MCU entry into the Disney+ streaming service which will see Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan reprise their roles as the TV show’s titular characters, as well as the return of Daniel Bruhl as Baron Zemo! The last movie to be released in 2020, The Eternals, will star Robb Stark himself Richard Madden, and includes Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, and Angelina Jolie.
2021 onwards will see the release of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings that stars Simu Liu as the titular character, and the Ten Rings (as Marvel fans would know) is a reference to Iron Man’s original comic book nemesis The Mandarin, whom Kevin Feige has confirmed will be making an official re-introduction by Tony Leung (and we hope Ben Kingsley returns too). The highly intriguing WandaVision Disney+ TV show will star Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as Scarlet Witch and Vision respectively with its setting is speculated to based in a 1950s theme, which will eventually lead into Doctor Strange 2. Speaking of, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness will see the return of Benedict Cumberbatch as Strange, and again helmed by director Scott Derrickson, who claims that the movie will explore horror elements in the MCU for the first time.
As speculated by fans after the time-travelling incident in Avengers: Endgame, Disney+’s Loki TV show will see the infamous Marvel villain, played again by Tom Hiddleston, in an alternate reality involving him escaping and reacquiring the Tesseract after the event transpired in the film. Another TV show to be featured in Disney’s streaming service is Marvel 'What If?' animated series which, like the comic book one-offs the show is based on, will explore non-canon alternate realities in the MCU. Of course, let's not forget Hawkeye who finally gets a solo series also on Disney+ which explores his time as Ronin before the events of Avengers: Endgame. Finally, we come to the last Marvel title announced during the panel which is Thor: Love and Thunder that will be again helmed by Ragnarok director Taika Waititi, and starring Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, as well as the surprise return of Natalie Portman as Jane Foster who - like in the comic books - will inherit the title of Thor, the God of Thunder!
Feige also made a surprise announcement at the end of his presentation by confirming that former FOX owned Marvel titles such as Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Blade will indeed be making their way into the MCU! He also commented that we’ll also be expecting sequels to Captain Marvel and Black Panther as well. Blade will be a reboot of the title starring the talented Mahershala Ali (excellent choice), who previously was featured as Cotton Mouth in Marvel and Netflix’s Luke Cage. Unfortunately, Feige did not disclose any further details regarding Fantastic Four or X-men, or their expected dates just yet. Oh Kevin, you tease, you. That said, we sure as hell hope Marvel allows Ryan Reynolds to keep his role as Deadpool in the MCU!