(Note: There might be some spoilers for Avengers: Endgame)
Can we say Marvel wins this year’s Comic-Con? I say so because on Saturday at Hall H, Marvel Studios did their panel and Kevin Feige has finally revealed the full slate of films and limited TV series that are the hit theaters and Disney+ in the next year! And this is the best time to announce it instead of waiting a month at D23.
I wasn’t able to hear the news upfront since I was working when the panel was happening. However, from the look of Phase 4, this is going to be exciting to see some characters familiar and new into this universe. There are even some surprises that nobody saw coming.
So, let’s take a look at what’s the come from the MCU, from its movies to its television series.
‘Black Widow’- May 1, 2020
Black Widow is the first movie to be released from Phase 4, and Scarlett Johansson will reprise her role as the titular character helmed by Australian director Cate Shortland. No surprise there. Along with Johansson, she will be joined by David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O.T. Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz.
It’s honestly about time we see Black Widow get her own movie after first appearing in Iron Man 2 nine years ago. But I already know this will probably take place after Captain America: Civil War and we get to know more about her past. Very interested to see this as it kicks off the summer for many.
‘Eternals’- November 6, 2020
Eternals is a Marvel property I don’t know almost anything about. That being said, the concept behind it sounds interesting. We already know Chloé Zhao (The Rider) has been attached to direct Eternals, but we also have a confirmed cast that includes Angelina Jolie as Thena, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos (Yes!), Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, and Salma Hayek as Ajak.
I’ll have to read upon on The Eternals to understand it more, but as of now, I’m all in for this.
‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’, Fall 2020 on Disney+
The news about The Falcon and the Winter Soldier doesn’t come as a surprise, but it now has a confirmed date and will, of course, star Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/ Falcon and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier.
The series is said to take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame and they will be on the run from the law. Daniel Brühl is also set to return as Baron Zemo from Captain America: Civil War.
‘Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings’- February 12, 2021
Shang-Chi was already announced that he’ll be getting a standalone movie, but we now have casting news, official title, release date. Short Term 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton is directing Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and will star Chinese-Canadian actor Simu Liu as the title role.
The film will also star Tony Leung and Awkafina. Leung will play the real Mandarin. This is another character I don’t know about, but I sense Shang-Chi will feel like a Kung-Fu movie but on a grounded scale. It would also be an MCU first as it will feature the first Asian superhero.
‘WandaVision’- Spring 2021 on Disney+
The second MCU show that will premiere on Disney+ will be WandaVision, which will feature Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany as Vision. This is one of those shows that I’m not sure how it will go after Vision died in Avengers: Infinity War.
There’s also word that this will be directly connected to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The series will also feature Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau, the daughter of Maria Rambeau from Captain Marvel now an adult.
‘Loki’- Spring 2021 on Disney+
Disney+ will also have their upcoming series, Loki, with Tom Hiddleston making a return as the God of Mischief. As we saw in Avengers: Endgame, Loki escaped with the Space Stone.
Loki has always been one of the best villains in the entire MCU, so I’m interested to see what crazy adventures he’ll go on.
‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness’- May 7, 2021
On May 7, 2021, director Scott Derrickson will finally make a sequel to the 2016 processor to Doctor Strange, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which we’ll see the return of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch. In this, they would explore the Multiverse and a rumor that Nightmare is set to be the film’s main villain.
I’m so glad we’re getting a sequel to Doctor Strange, and it’s going to be insane with how they tackle the Multiverse in this as they mentioned recently in Spider-Man: Far From Home. What hooked me was that Derrickson also said this will be the MCU’s first scary movie, which makes sense since he directed well-known horror movies like The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister.
All I know is that Doctor Strange 2 will be another trippy adventure.
‘What If…?’- Summer 2021 on Disney+
What If…? is an animated series on Disney+ about different stories that will feature alternate realities in the universe that could’ve played out entirely different. I’ve never read the comics series of the same name, but it sounds fascinating.
Actor Jeffery Wright will provide the voice of the Watcher, and the other actors from the films are going to be voicing their roles for the show.
‘Hawkeye’- Fall 2021 on Disney+
Though Jeremy Renner never has gotten his own Hawkeye movie like the rest of his team members, he will get his own television series on Disney+ that will be about him training trainee Kate Bishop.
Hawkeye has always been one of the few Marvel characters that’s a little underappreciated, and I’m glad they explored him a bit more in Age of Ultron and Endgame. I think a series will do him justice for fans of his.
‘Thor: Love and Thunder’- November 5, 2021
The fact that Thor is the one Avenger that’s getting more movies than Iron Man and Captain America sounds crazy, but I like it. Thor is coming back with the lightning and the thunder, as writer/director Taika Waititi will be helming Thor: Love and Thunder. The sequel will see the return of Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie, and Natalie Portman not only as Jane Foster but Lady Thor!
I’m stocked to see Portman back in the franchise since I always figured she wasn’t given much to do in the first Thor movies. But I’m stoked to see what she can do this time around. Waititi brought back fans with Thor: Ragnarok, so I’m pretty happy about him with Thor: Love and Thunder.
What came as a surprise to everyone at Hall H was the notice that the studio will be doing Blade, and two-time Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali is set to star as the half-human, half-vampire who’s a vampire hunter that was originally played by Wesley Snipes from 1998-2004. Though Feige says that Blade isn’t a part of Phase 4, it’s still great to hear the studio is doing Blade.
This is perfect casting right here. Ali has slowly become one of my favorite actors working today, and he’s no strange to working in a Marvel property as he played “Cottonmouth” on Netflix’s Luke Cage. Because of that, bringing Blade inside the MCU could show a darker side to the universe that we haven’t seen before. My question is are they going to take a risk and make it rated R?
There wasn’t any release date set for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Captain Marvel 2, or Black Panther 2. Though it was confirmed that they are in development. Also, the news of the Fantastic Four are now a part of the MCU is a breath of fresh air. Maybe now we can finally see a good movie about Marvel’s first family and forgot about the awful reboot from 2015.