What To Expect In Marvel Phase 4?
Note: The following article contains spoilers from Spider-Man: Far From Home and so on. So, if you haven't seen Avengers: Infinity War, Endgame, or any other film of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe, dah)... WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING HERE!? THESE ARE MAJOR SPOILERS! IF YOU DECIDE TO STAY, IT'S AT YOUR OWN RISK! I warned you, OK!?
After Avengers: Endgame broke Avatars' record and became the No.1 film in the world, fans keenly awaited the next big thing from the Russo brothers and they gave it to them at San Diego Comic Con this week. The phase 4 of the Marvel Universe that has been kept under wraps for a long time is much bigger than what people had expected as it will have both film and television productions. So, here we made a rundown to help you keep track of the upcoming things Kevin and his team are bringing us (No more Netflix and chill, guys!):
1. Black Widow (Release Date: May 2020)
Scarlett Johansson will return to the role of Agent Natasha Romanoff a.k.a Natalia Alianovna "Natasha" Romanova, or just a.k.a Black Widow for short, along with a brilliant cast including David Harbour (Chief Hopper in 'Stranger Things', HOPPEEERRR!), Florence Pugh (Dani in 'Midsommer'), O-T Fagbenle (Luke Bankole in 'The Handmaid's Tale'), and Rachel Weisz (Lady Sarah in 'The Favourite'). At SDCC, some footage of Black Widow was released where she can be seen in a dramatic fight sequence with Pugh in Budapest, which has immense significance to her backstory. As the position of this film plot in the MCU timeline is still unclear, it will certainly explore more of Black Widow’s past.
2. Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Release Date: Fall 2020)
Not a lot of information has been released about this project but it will be a streaming series that will witness Sam Wilson and Bucky in action. In the MCU timeline, it will be set sometime after Spider-Man: Far From Home. At SDCC, Anthony Mackie who plays the role of Sam Wilson was seen carrying the Captain America’s shield. Could that be foreshadowing for something in the series now that he is the new Captain America? Only time will tell.
3. The Eternals (Release Date: November 2020)
This movie project has an amazing cast and I can already see it becoming a big hit as it stars Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Don Lee, Lia McHugh, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff and Richard Madden. It will feature the love story of Thena (Angelina Jolie) and Ikaris (Richard Madden) and it is set thousands of years ago in the past. In the comics, Thanos appeared alongside these Eternal guys, so... Will our favourite purple dude comeback to the big screen once more?
4. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Release Date: February 2021)
Simu Liu (Kim’s Convenience) will star as Shang-Chi, a half-Chinese, half-American superhero. Crazy Rich Asians star, Awkwafina is also set to play a role in it which is unnamed at the moment. Destin Daniel Cretton who directed the movie, 'The Glass Castle', will be the director of the film. Clearly, this movie will be a great hit as it was 'Black Panther' a few years ago. WAKANDA FOREVER!
5. WandaVision (Release Date: Spring 2021)
This TV series coming to Disney Plus will reprise the role of the Scarlet Witch played by Elizabeth Olsen and Vision played by Paul Bettany. At SDCC, it was also announced that the series will see a grown-up version of Monica Rambeau, who was introduced in the movie Captain Marvel and it is all set to be played by newcomer, Teyonah Parris. It will be interesting to see where the series is placed in the MCU timeline as Vision’s role naturally disappeared after Avengers: Infinity War.
6. Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness (Release Date: May 2021)
The beloved Benedict Cumberbatch will return in May 2021 as Dr. Strange along with Wanda Maximoff a.k.a the Scarlet Witch. The idea of a multi-verse was teased in Spider-Man: Far From Home, so before watching this film keep this line from Spider-Man in mind, “Just because Beck was lying about the multiverse, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.”
7. Loki (Release Date: Spring 2021)
Hiddlestoners buckle up because this TV show is going to be a good one. Loki’s position on the MCU timeline certainly got complicated after Endgame so, I will leave you with explanation given by Tom Hiddleston at SDCC:
“You guys saw Avengers right? So he's still that guy and just about the last thing that happened to him was that he got Hulk-smashed. So there's a lot of psychological evolution that is still yet to happen.
"Kevin [Feige] has generously told me what his plans are. I can't tell you any of them, but it is one of the most exciting creative opportunities I think I've ever come across," he added.
"This is new territory, a new world, new challenges and I cannot wait to get started."
8. What If? (Release Date: Summer 2021)
This is certainly the most awaited series for theorists, as this animated series will show all the alternate possibilities that were not taken throughout all the historic MCU moments. Will this help us feed ourselves with more theories? Probably yes.
9. Hawkeye (Release Date: Fall 2021)
Marvel is diving straight in with all these TV shows. This TV series or “event series” on Disney Plus will witness Clint Barton mentoring Kate Bishop a new character to the MCU film and TV universe. Jeremy Renner who plays the role of Hawkeye told the crowd in Hall H at SDCC, “What I get to do in the show ultimately is shepherd an amazing character, ultimately a better version of me and the sentiment of that is the fibre of what Hawkeye is, at least what I think Hawkeye is — a superhero without superpowers and I get to teach someone else to be a superhero without super powers.”
10. Thor: Love and Thunder (Release Date: November 2021)
The fourth movie in the franchise announced a new Thor, who will be played by Natalie Portman. What!? That's amazing! Clearly, this new "womanise" Thor has impressed some fans and left some annoyed as Thor is the "male" God of Thunder"... Even if he's chubby now, he's supposed to be a "man". WRONG! In the comic book series, Jane Foster became Thor as the original Thor was deemed unworthy of Mjölnir (Thor's hammer). It's a possibility that there will be more overlaps between the film and the comic books, but we can only find out as we get closer to November 2021. Still time for that.
Finally, the Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said that he didn't have time to address how he will bring the X-Men and Fantastic 4 into the Marvel Universe but it is satisfying for all fans to know that they are coming (They're coming! Deadpool is coming!). Lastly, Marvel is rebooting Blade with Maharshala Ali, just like every other Marvel project the information about this project is also kept under very tight wraps. For sure, Marvel Phase 4 slate has certainly catered for everyone and it surely will be an adventurous and exciting ride. 163 days, 11 hours, 29 minutes, 54 seconds, 53 seconds, 52 seconds... This is going to be a long wait.