Marvel Phase 4 films and TV shows CONFIRMED: Release date timeline but NO Avengers
It was a huge day at San Diego Comic Con. Marvel boss Kevin Feige revealed a staggering line-up of future films and TC limited series. Perhaps the biggest shock was the return of Natalie Portman as FEMALE Thor. Marvel also revealed who will play Blade and full casts for the Eternals and the mind-bending What If? Full list of every Marvel Phase 4 release below, plus the other projects expected to also to be included. But Feige confirmed there will be no Avengers movie at all.
BLACK WIDOW FILM: MAY 1, 2020
Details are still scarce, but it is expected to be an origins story (since she is actually currently dead in the present). Scarlett Johansson is back as Natasha Romanoff, with rumours she may play multiple versions across timelines. She will be joined by Stranger Things actor David Harbour.
THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER TV: AUTUMN 2020
Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan reprise their roles and the show is expected to explore Falcon’s shouldering of Captain America’s shield (included in the logo). Civil War villain Baron Zemo is back, played again by Daniel Brühl.
THE ETERNALS FILM: NOVEMBER 6, 2020
Marvel will start to explore some of the most powerful characters in the comicbook universe. The incredible cast includes Angelina Jolie as Thena, Salma Hayek as the leader Ajax, Richard Madden as Ikarus, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo Sunen, Bryan Tyree as Phastos, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh (the forgotten one), and Lauren Ridloff as Makkar.
SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS FILM: FEBRUARY 12, 2021
Destin Daniel Cretton will the film which pits Shang-Chi against the ‘real’ Mandarin (NOT Iron Man 3 Mandarin), who will be played by Tony Leung. Shang-Chi leading man Simu Liu was only cast on Tuesday.
WANDA AND VISION TV: SPRING 2021
The show will explore Scarlett Witch’s ‘headspace’ after having her partner Vision killed twice in-front of her, once by herself and then Thanos, before she disintegrated in The Snap. It also teases an exploration of what happened before she blipped back. Teyonah Parris will appear as the adult version of Monica Rambeau, the child of Captain Marvel’s best friend Maria Rambeau (played by Lashana Lynch in the recent movie).
LOKI TV: SPRING 2021
This is one of the most highly anticipated of all. Tom Hiddleston is back as the Asgardian trickster. An early image confirmed there will be elements of time travel. The show is expected to explore the fractured timeline of the Loki who stole the Tessaract in Avengers: Endgame and created a whole new parallel dimension.
DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS FILM: MAY 7, 2021
This will be set after Endgame and is being billed as Marvel’s first-ever ‘horror’ movie. If you thought the first Strange outing was trippy, this will be all that with added scares! Scott Derrickson will direct and is bringing in Scarlett Witch to really up the magical ante. Excitingly, we are being told the film will directly overlap with the Wanda and Vision Disney+ TV show as Marvel finally started to integrate its MCU and wider universes.
WHAT IF…? TV: SUMMER 2021
This is a mouthwatering prospect and will include a massive number of current Marvel stars with Hayley Atwell confirmed to kick it all off, alongside Jeffrey Wright as The Watcher.
HAWKEYE TV: AUTUMN 2021
The presentation at San Diego Comic-Con included Jeremy Renner introducing an animated short showing Clint Barton training a young Kate Bishop.
THOR LOVE AND THUNDER FILM: NOVEMBER 5, 2021
This one was packed with surprises. Natalie Portman stunned the crowd when she came on stage and director Taiki Waititi kneeled and symbolically handed her Thor’s hammer. Chris Hemsworth’s Thor handed his throne to Tessa Thompson in Endgame and it seems he will explore his own identity away from his heritage, allowing the MCU to introduce Portman’s Jane as Female Thor. There is also talk Valkyrie’s sexuality will finally be addressed in a rumoured triangle with Thor and Female Thor…
BLADE, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 3 AND BLACK PANTHER 2 FILMS: TBC
These films are confirmed but have no release date yet. The big news is the casting of Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali as the vampire antihero Blade.
AVENGERS 4 FILM:
Kevin Feige confirmed there would be no overarching Avengers movie, to allow all the new storylines and characters to find their place.
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