Marvel Studios unveils Phase 4 of its Cinematic Universe

July 21, 2019

Here are the next batch of movies (and TV shows) you can expect in the next two years.

Earlier today, one of the most anticipated panels at the San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) belonged to Marvel Studios, where eager fans have been in the queue up to three days early just to get a glimpse of the company’s upcoming slate of movies.

And it certainly didn’t disappoint – Marvel big boss Kevin Feige appeared on stage and introduced all the upcoming movies and TV shows for Phase 4. Yes, half of the introduced titles will be a limited TV series exclusively streaming on Disney+. But unlike Netflix’s Marvel shows which didn’t really become part of the movies (despite saying it’s canon), the Marvel Studios TV shows will tie-in directly with the movies.

Here are the upcoming Phase 4 movies and TV shows of the Marvel Cinematic Universe:

The Eternals – The movie will star Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, and Angelina Jolie as Thena. Not much is known other than they’re immortals, but there’s a good chance they’ll play a bigger part on how the future of the MCU will be. The movie arrives in November 2020.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier – This limited series will stream on Disney+ in the fall of 2020, with both Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie reprising their roles from previous movies. The series will also see the character of Baron Zemo played by Daniel Brühl returning as the villain from Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – Simu Liu will play the title role in this movie that will finally reveal the real Mandarin which was teased during Iron Man 3. The movie opens in February 2021.

WandaVision – The limited series will see the return of Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlett Witch and Vision respectively. Joining the cast is Teyonah Parris who will play Monica Rambeau, who we first saw as a kid in Captain Marvel. It will stream on Disney+ in Spring 2021.

Loki – The series will explore the adventures of the god of mischief after he escaped with the Tesseract during the events of Avengers: Endgame. Tom Hiddleston will again play the title role and will stream on Disney+ in Spring 2021.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – Benedict Cumberbatch again dons the titular role with director Scott Derrickson who helmed the first movie. Also joining his adventures is Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlett Witch where the movie will connect directly with WandaVision. The movie opens on May 2021.

What If? – This animated series will cover the ‘what if?’ scenarios in the MCU. Jeffrey Wright will voice The Watcher, with many of the previous MCU actors reprising their roles as voice talent. 

Hawkeye – Jeremy Renner will be back as the sharpshooter Hawkeye with his own TV series on Disney+, where it will also introduce Kate Bishop, which could be part of the next wave of Avengers. The series will stream in the fall of 2021.

Thor – The god of thunder isn’t done with his adventures. Thor: Love and Thunder bring back Chris Hemsworth in the title role and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie with Taika Waititi returning as director. The movie will also bring back Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, where it was revealed that she will now play the female Thor. The movie will release in November 2021.

Black Widow – Despite her untimely demise in Avengers: Endgame, Scarlett Johansson will reprise her MCU character one more time and show us her story (hopefully they’ll now explain what Budapest is). She will be joined by David Harbour as Alexei AKA The Red Guardian, Florence Pugh as Yelena, O-T Fagbenle as Mason, and Rachel Weisz as Melina. The movie will open on May 2020.

Blade – Lastly, the reboot for the vampire hero has now been confirmed, with Mahershala Ali now playing the titular role. No release date has been set.

The Marvel Studios panel also saw all the actors appearing on stage and before it ended, Kevin Feige did say that this is only the first half of Phase 4. Other movies such as Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 are also in development and will be revealed soon.

But the entire hall went crazy when it was also revealed that the Fantastic Four and the X-Men will finally arrive to the MCU. We’ve seen this coming, though we’re thinking Marvel Studios won’t be rushing everything to the slate and just like previous phases it might take a couple of years before we see another big Avengers team-up movie.

What do you think about the new titles for Phase 4 of the MCU? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

by Victor
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff.