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Marvel reveals MCU Phase 4 at SDCC

Ed Willey

After deciding to skip Comic-Con last year, Marvel returned with one of the most anticipated panels of the weekend, and they certainly brought a lot to talk about.

Kevin Feige, the MCU ringmaster supreme, led the session in Hall H and announced 11 projects in the Marvel-sphere, and although a fair bit was previously known, or at least heavily rumoured, he still managed a couple of surprises along the way.

The MCU release list as it currently stands;

  • Black Widow - May 1, 2020
  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier - Fall 2020 (Disney+)
  • Eternals - Nov. 6, 2020
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - Feb. 21, 2021
  • WandaVision - Spring 2021 (Disney+)
  • Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness - May 7, 2021
  • Loki - Spring 2021 (Disney+)
  • What If…? - Summer 2021 (Disney+)
  • Hawkeye - Fall 2021 (Disney+)
  • Thor: Love and Thunder - Nov. 5, 2021
  • Blade - Date TBA

One thing of note is how the new Disney+ is now fully engrossed in the wider theatrical slate, with the said to be switching between TV shows and movies as required.

Black Widow - May 1, 2020 Scarlett Johansson’s nimble assassin finally gets her standalone outing after being introduced way back in Iron Man2. The film co-stars David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz. Interesting may not be as prequel-ly as we thought as it’s said to be set between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War and have the tone of a 90s action movie. Directed by Cate Shortland.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier - Fall 2020 (Disney+) The first of 5 MCU TV projects to come to the new Disney+ streaming service, it will feature Anthony Mackie’s Falcon donning Cap’s shield and fighting alongside Sebastian Stan’s Bucky. Who they’ll be fighting against was also answered in the form of Daniel Brühl’s Baron Zemo, reprising his role from Captain America: Civil War.

Eternals - Nov. 6, 2020 One of the long rumoured movie projects, it was officially unveiled along with all the rumour castings in place. Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, and Don Lee are all set to appear.

Hayek will play the group’s leader Ajax, Madden as Ikaris, Jolie as Thena, Lee as Gilgamesh, McHugh as Sprite, Nanjiani as Kingo, Tyree Henry as Phasto, and Ridloff, a deaf actress, as Macary, a deaf character.

With the movie about a race of immortal aliens who have been sent by the Celestials to protect Earth from a race of humanoids known as The Deviants, Feige promised this project will be something “entirely new and different” for the MCU. Directed by Chloe Zhao.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings - Feb. 21, 2021 Another rumoured project made official, Simu Liu was only cast last Tues as the titular Shang Chi, Marvels first Asian lead. Awkwafina, and Tony Leung were also announced for the cast, with Leung playing the REAL Mandarin, after the fake-out of ‘Trevor’ in Iron Man 3. Directed by Daniel Cretton.

WandaVision - Spring 2021 (Disney+) “If you thought the logo was strange,” Feige told the crowd, “wait until you see the show.” To be set after the events of Avengers: Endgame, the show will feature Elizabeth Olsens Scarlett Witch and Paul Bettany’s Vision. Joining them will be Teyonah Parris as grown-up Monica Rambeau, the girl we met earlier this year in Captain Marvel. How this will work exactly is anyone’s guess but may have something to do with…

Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness - May 7, 2021 Scott Derrickson is back to bring us what he’s describing as the MCUs first “scary” movie. Scarlett Witch will co-lead with Bennedict Cumberbathes Steven Strange. Also, there’s that multiverse word again.

Loki - Spring 2021 (Disney+) Getting something of a reset, this version of Loki will back to his mischievous ways, after snaffling up the tesseract following the events of the first Avengers movie, as shown in Endgame. Still following? Good. This show could be a lot of fun, with fan favourite Tom Hiddleston back as everyone’s favourite step-brother.

What If…? - Summer 2021 (Disney+) The MCU gets animated with it’s first cartoon series. The show will play with alternate takes on characters and stories and will be voiced by all the corresponding actors from the movies. Overseeing everything will be Jeffery Wright (Westworld) as The Watcher.

Hawkeye - Fall 2021 (Disney+) Jeremy Renner gets his own show, set during the 5 years he spent as Ronin as glimpsed in Endgame. Kevin Feige confirmed that a currently un-cast Kate Bishop will join Hawkeye in the show.

Thor: Love and Thunder - Nov. 5, 2021 Whilst we knew earlier in the week Thor 4 was happening, the big surprise came in return of Natalie Portman as not only Jane Foster but Thor herself!! Tessa Thompson is back as Valkyrie with, of course, Taika Waititi directing and hopefully voicing more Korg. Please have more Korg. Teasingly Thompson said of Valkyries return “As new king (of Asgard), she needs to find her queen. That will be the first order of business.”

So, the big question, how will Chris Hemsworth’s Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy tie into this movie?? It’s gonna be a while till we find out, but just look at that logo.

Blade - Date TBA In true Columbo fashion, after announcing 10 projects, Feige had to one more thing to share with everyone. Mahershala Ali will be Blade. This makes so much sense I can’t believe no one predicted it.

All that leaves us with a few unfilled previously announced release dates;

  • February 18, 2022: Untitled Marvel Movie
  • May 6, 2022: Untitled Marvel Movie
  • July 29, 2022: Untitled Marvel Movie

The safe bet for 2022 would be Blade, Guardians of the Galaxy 3 and possibly Black Panther 2, or maybe another TV show?? Who knows, maybe we’ll finally get that Squirrel Girl / New Warriors show we were promised


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