This week has been one hell of a week for Marvel fans. Avengers Endgame passed Avatar to become the highest-grossing movie of all time. At San Diego Comic-Con Marvel came roaring with Phase 4. Kevin Feige has time and again proven that there is no stopping Marvel machine anytime soon. Most movies in Phase 4 were already rumored but some came out of nowhere surprising fans. Let’s break down confirmed movies in Phase 4 and the future of MCU.
There is a lot of stuff to unpack. I don’t know where to begin. Why don’t we begin with Black Widow? Kevin Feige announced the movie will release on May 1, 2020. The timeline of the movie is yet to be confirmed but the movie is definitely a prequel. Taskmaster will play the main antagonist in the movie. The fate of Black Widow in Avengers Endgame makes the movie more interesting. The comic con footage revealed Black Widow in action in Budapest.
There were some rumors in The Eternals movie. Marvel has officially announced The Eternal movie will Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, and Don Lee. Angelina Jolie has been a member of the Disney family since the Maleficent. Richard Madden was last seen on BBC Bodyguard and Rocketman. The Eternals is projected to hit theater on November 6, 2020.
Shang- Chi was always a priority for Marvel. Marvel movies have been massive in China. Avengers Endgame broke several records and Chinese moviegoers are loving what Marvel has offered. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, starring Simu Liu as Shang-Chi hits theater on February 12, 2021. (Buy Shang-Chi comics)
Marvel has given some updates on TV series that were announced previously. WandaVision, Loki and The Falcon and Winter Soldier will be Marvel’s new weapon on Streaming. Disney plus would love to put a pin on Netflix dominance in Streaming. Loki was last seen in Avengers Endgame. The series will tell fans what happened to Loki right after his escape. WandaVision will take place right after Avengers Endgame. Wanda was seen lastly on Avengers Endgame where she nearly killed the mad titan. Vision was killed in Avengers Infinity War and I have no idea how he will return. Monica Rambeau will also play a key role in WandaVision.
The Falcon and Winter Soldier will likely set sometimes after Spider-Man Far From Home. Falcon is the new Captain America after Steve Rogers handed his the shield after Avengers Endgame. Daniel Bruhl is returning to play Zemo. Zemo was last seen in Captain America Civil War in police custody. The series will be released sometime in Fall 2020. Those TV shows will connect a few dots in the MCU. So there is no escaping from Disney Plus.
Benedict Cumberbatch will reprise his role as Doctor Strange in “Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness.” The movie will be the first scary MCU movie but it’s gonna be a PG13. Elizabeth Olsen will be joining Stephen Strange in Doctor Strange sequel. The events of WandaVision will feed into the Multiverse of Madness. Whatever you do, you cannot escape Disney Plus shows.
Doctor Strange sequel was inevitable. The first movie made 677 million dollars worldwide and received critical acclamation from both fans and critics. The popularity of Doctor Strange skyrocketed with Avengers Infinity War. He barely made an impression in Avengers Endgame. There is no doubt the sequel will be a massive hit at the box office. Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness will hit theaters on May 7, 2021. (Buy Doctor Strange Hot Figure)
Thor is only the character who is getting a fourth solo movie. I don’t what Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr are feeling. Chris Hemsworth will reprise his role as Thor in Thor 4: Love and Thunder. Taika Waititi is returning to direct the fourth movie. Tessa Thompson is returning as Valkyrie and Natalie Portman is reprising her role as Jane Foster. Jane Foster will play the first lady Thor. (Buy Thor Hot Figure)
There was some serious doubt on Natalie Portman return in MCU. She and Marvel had some issues during the production of Thor: The Dark World. She was left out of Thor Ragnarok and Avengers movie. One of the shocking moment in Avengers Endgame was the return of Jane Foster. Marvel was never keen on letting an Oscar winner get out of their closet.
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Another major shocking announcement in San Diego Comic-Con was Blade. Feige chose two time Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali to play the iconic character. Feige didn’t reveal if it will be a TV series or a movie. If you got Mahershala Ali on your team it does not matter if its TV or a movie.
I was a little surprised Ant-Man 3 was not announced. Feige didn’t reveal anything on Captain Marvel 2 and Black Panther 2. There was also no talk in Fantastic Four and X-Men properties. Phase 4 movies look fantastic and the fans are ready to get on board with Marvel’s new chapter. Personally, I am very excited for Doctor Strange sequel. I would love to see Wanda go full nuts like in the comics and open door for the multiverse. If anyone had any doubt on Marvel’s future after Avengers Endgame than Feige gave a perfect reply. (Buy Marvel Phase 3 collection)