It’s the news so many of us have been waiting for, the post-Endgame continuation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. San Diego Comic Con is still on however the big news is coming from Marvel’s panel which Kevin Fiege hosted on Saturday and he included huge news and confirmed multiple rumours. Here is what we can expect from 2020 and Phase 4 of the MCU.
Release date: May 1st 2020
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle, Rachel Weisz
This has been long rumoured and all but confirmed with shooting and casting taking place for the film but no official confirmation from Marvel. But now all that has changed with Kevin Fiege officially announcing it last night. Set after the events of Captain America: Civil War, the crowd was shown footage of the assassin returning to Budapest to track down Pugh’s character and duke it out. This is a long over due solo film for one of the original Avengers and the second female-lead solo film.
The Falcon and Winter Soldier
Release date: Autumn 2020
Starring: Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Daniel Brühl, Emily VanCamp
The first on the new range of MCU TV shows which will appear on Disney’s new streaming service Disney+. Not too much has been revealed about this besides the returning cast and that Mackie has said that he’s had fittings for the Captain America outfit now he’s taking over from Chris Evans.
Release date: November 6th 2020
Starring: Kumail Nanjiani, Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Brian Tyree Henry, Lauren Ridloff, Lia McHugh, Dong-seok Ma
The second film being released next year to continue the MCU, the casting has been announced along with the director who is Chloé Zhao. She said “It’s about this group of incredible immortals but through their journey we really get to explore what it means to be human and humanity on our time on this planet.”
Shang-Chi: Legend of the Ten Rings
Release date: February 12th, 2021
Starring: Simu Liu, Awkwafina, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung
This was rumoured for a long time and it’s finally been confirmed as Marvel announces an Asian cast and director in the form of Destin Daniel Cretton. The biggest talking point is that we will be getting the real Mandarin, after Iron Man 3 pissed off a lot Marvel fans and they were forced to release a short which claimed that Ben Kingsley’s character was not the real villain this whole time.
Release date: Spring 2021
Starring: Elzabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany
Taking place after the events of Endgame, it’ll be interesting to see how this plays out considering the feight of Vision in Infinity War. This could have potential with Wanda showing the full force of her powers but maybe it’ll be something else.
Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness
Release date: May 7th, 2021
Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen
Another project which we kind of sort of knew was in production to a certain level thanks to director Scott Derrickson revealing that he’s working on this sequel a while ago. Minus the fact that we’ll see more of the multiverse and Olsen will be playing Wanda, there isn’t much out about this film which is fifth time round for Cumberbatch as master of the mystic arts.
Release date: Spring 2021
Starring: Tom Hiddleston
Answering the question of what happened to Loki after that incident in Endgame, this TV show will do it’s best to do that. After his death in Infinity War, the was talk of him coming back in some way which some Marvel fans loved and some did not. The way it’s being done means it takes nothing away from his heroes death and now we get to see more from the God of Mischief.
Release date: Summer 2021
Starring: Jeffrey Wright, Michael B. Jordan, Sebastian Stan, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston and more
The first animated series to join the MCU, What If explores different and possible storylines from multiple Marvel characters and is based on some oddball comics. Including the cast above, others confirmed are Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Hayley Atwell, Chadwick Boseman, Karen Gillan, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Neal McDonagh, Dominic Cooper, Sean Gunn, Natalie Portman, David Dastmalchian, Stanley Tucci, Taika Waititi, Toby Jones, Djimon Hounsou, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Rooker and Chris Sullivan.
Release date: Autumn 2021
Starring: Jeremy Renner
Not much to say about this one but Jeremy Renner has spoken about this one in the past and it will feature Haweye training Kate Bishop as part of the next generation of heroes.
Thor: Love and Thunder
Release date: November 5th 2021
Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Natalie Portman
News broke earlier in the week that there would be a fourth Thor film directed by Taika Waititi with Hemsworth reprising his role. It wasn’t until yesterday that the title was confirmed along with returning cast members as Portman takes on the first ever female Thor. This will be interesting especially as Thompson said she as King of Asgard is looking for her Queen!
Release date: TBC
Starring: Mahershala Ali
As far as anyone can tell, this was a huge surprise. No rumours and no talk of this whatsoever, announcing this is massive! And to get one of the best actors currently working is equally impressive. Hopefully these are better than the Wesley Snipes ones.
And the rest:
Captain Marvel 2 and Black Panther 2 are both in production but no word on any details at all right now. Kevin Fiege briefly mentioned them as the event but that’s it. He also spoke of working on a new Fanradtic Four and something to do with mutants. No details, no casting at all. Just a few mentions. Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3 is also coming from director James Gunn, this may be the end of Phase 4 or the start of Phase 5, no word yet. A few empty release dates that some of these could fit into are February 18th, 2022, May 6th, 2022 and July 29th, 2022.
Bottom line is this is a huge step forward for the MCU. With both Thor and the Eternals having LGBTQ+ characters in them as confirmed, a fully Asian cast for Shang-Chi, more female leads it’s about time such a huge franchise took a step into present times. That plus the absence of former Marvel staples Captain America and Iron Man means it’s going to be change from here on out.
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