Marvel Reveals Massive Phase Four Slate: Blade, Doctor Strange 2, New Thor and TV Shows
There are 10 big new releases through 2021
On July 21, Marvel held a press-conference at San-Diego Comic-Con 2019, where it was officially announced which films would be released as part of the MCU’s Phase Four. Marvel Studios’ head Kevin Feige did not reveal far-reaching plans and mostly limited the announcements to the two following years:
Black Widow — May 1, 2020
Scarlett Johansson will once again play a deadly spy Natasha Romanoff. She is joined by David Harbour, (Sheriff Hopper from the TV show Stranger Things), Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) and Florence Pugh (Midsommar). The movie will be directed by Cate Shortland, known for movies Somersault and Berlin Syndrome.
The Eternals — November 6, 2020
The movie tells a story about the Eternals — a superhuman race that was created by cosmic gods, Celestials. One of the Celestials already appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 — he was Star-Lord’s biological father.
The cast of The Eternals includes Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Lia McHugh, and Don Lee. The film also stars a deaf actress Lauren Ridloff, who will play the first deaf character in the history of MCU. Chloé Zhao will direct the movie.
Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings — February 12, 2021
The main role will be reprised by the Chinese-Canadian actor Simu Liu, while the role of Mandarin was taken by Tony Leung Chu Wai (Hero). Mandarin has already appeared in Iron Man 3, but it turned out to be a hoax that caused a huge backlash among fans. The Shang-Chi movie also stars the singer and actress Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians), but her role is still unknown. Destin Cretton (Glass Castle) is the director of the film.
Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness — May 7, 2021
In the continuation of the Doctor Strange story, Benedict Cumberbatch will return to his role. This time, he will be joined by Scarlet Witch played by Elizabeth Olsen. The sequel will be shot by Scott Derrickson, who also directed the first film.
The director teases that Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness will be the scariest Marvel movie to date while retaining the PG-13 rating.
Thor: Love and Thunder — November 5, 2021
The fourth Thor will be based on Jason Aaron’s The Mighty Thor comic book series. Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and, unexpectedly, Natalie Portman will return to their roles in the film. Her heroine Jane Foster will become a woman Thor, just like it happened in the comic book. Taika Waititi, who shot Thor: Ragnarok, will once again helm the picture.
Tessa Thompson, who plays Valkyrie and is openly bisexual, revealed that her heroine will be looking for her queen in the movie. Valkyrie also had a queer scene in Thor: Ragnarok, but it was cut from the movie.
Blade Reboot will happen without Wesley Snipes’ involvement. Kevin Feige has revealed the film’logo and announced that Oscar-winning Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) will reprise the titular role. He is also the reason why the movie is happening in the first place: Ali has asked Marvel for the reboot himself right after he won his second Oscar for the role in The Green Book. Unfortunately, no further details were announced — the movie is likely to miss the Phase Four.
Marvel also revealed every MCU TV show that will be released on the Disney+ streaming platform, starting from the fall next year and through 2021:
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier — Fall 2020
The series will show the adventures of Captain America’s friends after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will play the main characters. Daniel Brühl will return to the role of Baron Zemo — it was teased that this time he might wear his famous purple mask from the comics.
WandaVision — Spring 2021
Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany will once again play the roles of the Scarlet Witch and Vision. Adult Monica Rumbaugh — daughter of Captain Marvel's friend — will appear in the series. Her role will be performed by Teyonah Parris. Olsen noted that the series will explore the Scarlet Witch character and the season will be about 6 hours long. Kevin Feige added that the series’s events will affect the Doctor Strange sequel.
Loki — Spring 2021
Tom Hiddleston will return to the role of Loki. The plot tells about the version of the character that was created in the movie Avengers: Endgame. There, Loki stole the Tesseract and launched an alternate timeline where he escaped after the events of the first Avengers movie. Hiddleston joked that all his character remembers is how the Hulk beat him in the finale of that film.
What if…? — Summer 2021
What if...? will be an animated series about all the events that could’ve happened in MCU’s alternate timelines. Many MCU actors will return to their roles where they will appear in unexpected situations. The narrator will be a representative of the Watchers race, and Jeffrey Wright (Westworld) will voice them.
A few months ago, it became known that the first episode of the series will show the world where Steve Rogers’ love interest Peggy Carter became Captain America, and Steve himself — Iron Man.
Hawkeye — Fall 2021
Jeremy Renner will once again play the role of Hawkeye. This time, he will teach his successor from the comics, a talented archer Kate Bishop. It’s yet unknown who will play her role.
Here’s what the entire Marvel Studios’ lineup for the next two years looks like:
Feige didn’t reveal any details about the upcoming Fantastic Four and X-Men movies. Captain Marvel and Black Panther sequels were also absent from the show, while movie director James Gunn commented that he will get to Guardians of the Galaxy 3 after he’s done shooting the Suicide Squad reboot.
As to why no new Avengers movies were announced, Kevin Feige said that "Phase Four is about beginnings, and Phase Four is about learning new things about characters you already think you know".
Which new Marvel’s projects excite you the most? Are you still interested in MCU after the Avengers: Endgame’s ending?