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Marvel Studios has some big plans for its future releases. With the Infinity Saga having ended with a bang, fans have been waiting excitedly for Phase 4 to officially begin, and with it a whole new cast of characters that will expand the MCU even further than it already has been. There’s a lot to cover so let’s not waste time with any more preamble. Here are the next few years of official Marvel titles that have been announced for Phase 4 and 5.
Black Widow – November 6, 2020
For years now, fans have been demanding that Black Widow be given her own solo movie, and that day is now finally almost upon us, with Black Widow set up to be the first title of Phase 4. Following the events of Captain America: Civil War, Natasha Romanoff herself alone and forced to confront a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Romanoff must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger. Filling in the gap of time between Civil War and her appearance in Infinity War, fans are finally going to be able to see their favorite Marvel heroine in her own starring role.
The eternals – february 21, 2021
When it comes to exposing the cosmos of the Marvel Universe, Marvel Studios has only scratched the surface, but with their upcoming film The Eternals, we’ll be introduced to a whole new cast of godly aliens, who will set the stage for Marvel’s vast library of hundreds of otherworldly superheroes. Taking place after the events of Avengers: Endgame, the Eternals – which are an immortal alien race created by the Celestials that have been secretly living on Earth for over 7,000 years – reunite to protect humanity from their evil counterparts the Deviants. Starring actors such as Kit Harrington, Kumail Nanjiani and Angelina Jolie, The Eternals is slated to be released during Marvel’s Phase 4.
shang-chi and the legend of the ten rings – may 7, 2021
From the spy thriller that was Captain America: Winter Soldier to the action comedy that was Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel has explored a wide variety of genres, and during Phase 4 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be the studio’s first kung-fu movie. Shang-Chi first appeared in Special Marvel Edition #15 in December of 1973, and while the plot for the film has yet to be released, it’s known that the Mandarin, played by Tony Leung, will be making an appearance, however, they will incorporate the English actor that was seen in Iron Man 3 is still anyone’s guess.
thor: love and thunder – february 11, 2022
Taika Waititi’s next Marvel project, Thor: Love and Thunder is going to be the fourth installment in the Thor series, and will be released during Phase 4. While, again, it’s currently unknown what the film’s plot is going to be, fans are curious to see how the return of Natalie Portman as Jane Foster is going to play out, especially because she’ll be wielding Mjolnir, effectively becoming the next God of Thunder. Valkyrie will also make an appearance, yet it’s unknown whether we’ll be seeing the Guardians of the Galaxy, since we last saw Thor taking off with them in the Benatar.
doctor strange in the multiverse of madness
One of the last films that will be released during Phase 4, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will take place after Endgame, and will not only be a sequel to Doctor Strange but also a tie into WandaVision, the TV series that will be released n Disney’s streaming platform Disney+, having Doctor Strange team up with Wanda Maximoff against whatever cosmic threat they will be up against. While there are rumors that Sam Raimi will be directing, it has yet to be confirmed.
Black Panther II – may 6, 2022
With the unfortunate and untimely death of Chadwick Boseman, we won’t be seeing the return of T’Challa, but that doesn’t mean that we won’t be seeing the Black Panther, as, like the case with many other Avengers, “The Black Panther” is a ceremonial title, given to whoever earns the place of chief of the Panther Tribe. Hopefully, the title is given to Shuri, as not only is she a fan favorite from the 2018 film, but she did take the title of “The Black Panther” in the comics when T’Challa was put in a coma by Doctor Doom. It should be noted that Black Panther II is not the official title of the film, nor has anything been officially released regarding the film’s antagonist (though I’m still hoping that it’s Namor the Submariner), Black Panther II is the first scheduled film of Marvel’s Phase 5.
While there are plenty of other films that we know are going to be released, these are just the ones who so far have a set scheduled debut. A new saga is approaching, one (hopefully) with a new villain that will be faced at the end (I’m not a betting man, but I’ll wager five dollars that we’ll be seeing the Avengers defeat Galactus in ten years).
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