So with Comic Con now over for another year, we have everything we need to know when it comes to geeky media for the next year or so. This year we have been given a cornucopia of amazing things to look forward to, but Marvel and Kevin Feige truly stole the show – delivering upon to us what to expect from the studio’s widely anticipated fourth phase. Presented as a timeline of super-hero goodness, we can expect not only more ground-breaking blockbusters, but also a slew of new television shows (all on Disney+) that will also tie into them. Here’s the rundown on what Marvel has planned for the next two years.
- Black Widow (2020)
Directed by Cate Shortland, and of course starring Scarlett Johansson, the film will mark Marvel’s second female-led solo movie, as well as the first time that the Black Widow character has been allowed to take the coveted spotlight. Honestly this is shame seeing as the character is now no longer alive within the cinematic universe, although this film could change that. According to what we’ve been told, this film will follow the events of Captain America: The Winter Solider. The film will also star Stranger Things David Harbour, Florence Pugh and Oscar-nominated actress, Rachel Weisz. Admittedly this film has come a bit too late for my liking, but I’m sure Johansson will make it a worthwhile watch. The film will hit cinemas May 1 2020.
2. Eternals (2020)
The second major release of next year, Eternals is Marvel’s next big space-based epic, following the tradition of films such as Guardians of the Galaxy. Directed by Chloe Zhao, the film will be set millions of year in the past, and focus on the war raged between two races of cosmic beings. The film is set to star Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek, making it one of the stronger casts Marvel has esembled in a while. Being based on such strange source material, the film will most likely be ethereal and zany – a combination Marvel has been known to perfect. The film will be released on November 8 2020.
3. The Falcon and The Winter Solider (2020)
This new limited series will be the first show to be produced and distributed by Disney’s new streaming service – Disney+, which plans to utilize various Marvel properties to support its launch. Set to follow in the tradition of the buddy cop genre, the show will focus on Sam and Bucky teaming together with some familiar faces. Emily VanCamp and Daniel Bruhl are set to return as both Sharon Carter and Baron Zemo respectively. The show will stream in the Fall of 2020.
4. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
Now we move into the second part of Phase 4, which will begin in 2021 with the release of this very different super-hero movie. Marvel has already proved that they are able to adapt to different cultural background, with Black Panther even going on to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Film. This new film will draw from Chinese culture and will star Simu Lui in the title role. Hollywood favourite Awkwafina has also been cast in the primary role, with Tony Leung Chiu-wai being cast as the villainous Mandarin. The film is set to be released on February 12 2021.
5. WandaVision (2021)
Spring of 2021 will mark the release of Disney’s second Marvel-based streaming show, which will focus upon the character of Wanda Maximoff (played by Elisabeth Olsen) and her relationship with the divinely powerful Vision. The show will also see the return of Monica Rambeau ( first seen in Captain Marvel) who will now be played as an adult by Teyonah Parris. The show has been described as ‘weird’ by the Marvel officials, which makes me even more excited for this limited show.
6. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021)
Set to follow the events of Wanda’s own mini-series, the second Doctor Strange movie will team the witch and warlock together to fight an evil force. This will mark the first sequel for the new generation of Avengers and it is the only sequel of the new gen to appear in this cinematic phase, but the title and team-up alone is enough to make everyone excited. Not to mention the fact that the film will also return to the concept of the multiverse, something that was painfully teased in the recent Spider-Man movie. This film will be directed by Scott Derrickson and is said to have a horror-like tone, the film will be released on May 7 2021.
7. Loki (2021)
Another streaming show set to be released in the Spring of 2021 is the villain-based solo series – Loki – which will follow the mischievous god after he retrieved the space stone in Avengers: Endgame. Overall this is the property I am least excited for, I think the show is only being forced out because of the character’s popularity, which I believe has diminished with every appearance. The show will star Tom Hiddleston and will be created by showrunner Michael Waldron.
8. What If…? (2021)
Another streaming show, What If…? will do exactly as it says on the tin, with the show presenting various ‘What If’ realities. Supposedly the first episode will be set in a universe where Peggy Carter took up the Captain America mantle. But as of now that is all we have been ordained to know. Although we do also know that Jeffrey Wright has been cast of the mysterious Watcher. The show will not affect the continuity of the primary cinematic universe and a plethora of Marvel veterans are set to replay their roles. The show will stream in the Summer of 2021.
9. Hawkeye (2021)
Yet another streaming series, this limited run will forcus on Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, closely following the comic book of the same name by David Aja and Matt Fraction. The show is set to see the first on-screen appearance of Kate Bishop, the young woman who takes up the Hawkeye mantle following the former’s request. The show will follow the events of Endgame and will stream in the Fall of 2021.
10. Thor: Love and Thunder (2021)
And finally we come to the last reported film of the MCU’s fourth phase. Thor: Love and Thunder marks the first time a Marvel character has been allowed a four movie run, with this one being a blend of the first three films. Taika Waititi is set to return as director, with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson set to star. The film will also see the return of Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, who will also take up the Thor mantle. In may ways I hope this is the Thor sequel that I need, I wasn’t the biggest fan of Ragnarök and I think that stems from the lack of any connection to the previous two films. This one seems to be trying to create a more solid connection between them and I am happy to see Portman return. Thor: Love and Thunder will be released November 5 2021.
And there we have it. Every project that Marvel has planned for the next two years. And although that may not seem like much, Kevin Feige has also pretty much confirmed future sequels for beloved characters such as Black Panther and Captain Marvel. Guardians of the Galaxy 3 is also still set to be produced, even though it may take some time. Feige also hinted at the creation of a Fantastic Four film, as well as a future X-Men based project. He also used the Comic Con panel to finally introduce Mahershala Ali as the new actor to don the Blade character, with a Blade solo picture also being slated for a future release. The MCU continues to grow, and soon we may see a new saga taking shape. Who knows where the franchise will go, but we’re here for it no matter what.