Marvel Phase 4: Trailers, news & release dates for the films & series

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The Infinity Saga has been and gone, so it’s time for the next phase of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). It won’t be a total clean slate of course, but along with returning favourites we’ll also get a host of new characters and groups, now expanding onto the smaller screen thanks to the new Disney+ shows.

The Marvel films and shows that are being released over the next few years will make up Phase 4 of the MCU. But as so much has been announced, it can be hard to keep track of what exactly makes up this next phase, and when you can expect to see titles hitting the big (and small) screens.

Fortunately, we’ve done all the research for you and collated all the titles, information and release dates, and arranged them in chronological order so you can plan out your cinema trips and TV binges for the next few years – though we have a separate guide to watching all the Marvel movies and TV so far in order too. Phase 4, assemble!

Spoiler warning for previous Marvel phases, including Avengers: Endgame.

Black Widow

Cinema release date – 1 May 2020

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour

Finally, Natasha Romanoff is getting a standalone film. In the MCU timeline, this film is set between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, following Black Widow as she is on the run for not obeying the Sokovia Accords and assisting Steve Rogers. The movie will feature the character Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian (played by David Harbour), who has a history with Romanoff.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Disney+ series release date – Fall 2020

Starring: Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Wyatt Russell

Following the resolution of Avengers: Endgame, Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes will be teaming up to take on new foes on the new Disney streaming service. We’ll be seeing the return of Sharon Carter, who will likely be the person that Barnes and Wilson report to for their missions. The current suspected antagonist of the series will be US Agent John Walker, but his role is still shrouded in mystery. What we’re really wondering is will we see one of these characters take on the name of Captain America, or will they take things in another direction? Find out more of the latest news on The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. 

The Eternals

The Eternals

Cinema release date – 6 November 2020

Starring: Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Kit Harington

A new area of the Marvel Comics will be explored with The Eternals. This film will follow a race of immortal aliens created by the Celestials, who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following Avengers: Endgame, a tragic turn of events brings them out of hiding to fight against an ancient enemy called the Deviants.

WandaVision

WandaVision

Disney+ series release date – 2020

Starring: Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany

It may initially seem confusing to have a series that focuses around Wanda Maximoff and Vision, as the latter met his demise in Avengers: Infinity War. Even more so when the premise of this show is that the pair are trying to live a suburban fifties lifestyle, but learn that something else is afoot. Perhaps we are looking at a dream sequence of Vision or Wanda? Or we’re in another alternative timeline? Only time will tell.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings

Cinema release date – 12 February 2021

Starring: Simu Liu, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Awkwafina

Simu Liu shot for the stars and asked Marvel openly on Twitter to include Asian American hero Shang-Chi in the MCU, and ended up bagging the role for himself. Shang-Chi is known as ‘The Master of Kung-Fu’, and will be going head-to-head with the REAL Mandarin (not Ben Kingsley’s version as seen in Iron Man 3) and the terrorist group, the Ten Rings.

Loki

Loki

Disney+ series release date – Spring 2021

Starring: Tom Hiddleston

Loki has become one of the most beloved characters of the MCU, swinging back-and-forth between being a hero and a villain throughout the Thor and Avengers films. In his debut series, we’ll see more from the God of Mischief in a new timeline that was opened up in Avengers: Endgame.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness

Cinema release date – 7 May 2021

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen

The sequel to the 2016 film Doctor Strange will surprisingly fit under the horror genre. Dr. Stephen Strange will continue to investigate the workings of the Time Stone after the events of Endgame – but his plans will be thrown into disarray when a friend-turned-foe ends up triggering events that will unleash a new evil upon Earth. People suspect that the new enemy will be Mordo (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor), who will plan to destroy all the world’s sorcerers, as hinted at in the original film’s post-credits scene. We’ll also see this title tie in to WandaVision, with Wanda Maximoff playing a pivotal role in the film.

What If…?

What If...?

Disney+ series release date – Spring 2021

Starring: Hayley Atwell

Currently the only animated title in the Phase 4 lineup, this anthology series will explore alternative universes for each of the MCU films. For example, the debut episode will tell the story of what would happen if Peggy Carter got the Super Soldier serum as opposed to Steve Rogers in Captain America. We’re eager to see what other alternative plots this series will tackle, as the possibilities are endless.

Spider-Man 3

Spider-Man 3

Cinema release date – 16 July 2021

Starring: Tom Holland

Although it was touch-and-go for a while, we will be getting Spider-Man 3 as part of the MCU. The end of Far From Home featured the shocking return of J. Jonah Jameson (J.K. Simmons), who revealed Peter Parker’s identity to the rest of New York on a Buzzfeed-esque news show. The consequences that this has for Peter are enormous, especially for his family and friends, so doubt that the big bad of the film will exploit this. 

Thor: Love and Thunder

Thor: Love and Thunder

Cinema release date – 6 November 2021

Starring: Natalie Portman, Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson

After Taika Waititi revamped the Thor films with Ragnarok and gave a new comedy angle to the Norse branch of the MCU, Thor will be the first Marvel character to get a fourth film in this franchise. However, there’s a big twist, as Jane Foster will be returning, taking on the role of another Thor – Mighty Thor. We’ll also see the return of the original Thor, and the new King of Asgard, Valkyrie.

Hawkeye

Hawkeye

Disney+ series release date – Fall 2021

Starring: Jeremy Renner

Jeremy Renner may not be getting his own standalone film, but he will get a full Disney Plus series. Clint Barton will be joined by Marvel Comics character Kate Bishop (Variety has reported that Hailee Steinfeld is in line for the role), who will be the protégé of the current Hawkeye, and eventually take on the name of the sharpshooting Avenger.

Ms. Marvel

Ms Marvel

Disney+ series release date – Date TBC

Starring: TBC

Kamala Kahn (AKA Ms. Marvel) is a very recent addition to the Marvel Comics, and also the first Pakistani American, Muslim superhero. In the comics she lives in New Jersey, idolises Captain Marvel and can alter the shape and size of things around her. We imagine that this series will explore her origin story.

She-Hulk

She Hulk

Disney+ series release date – Date TBC

Starring: TBC

Bruce Banner’s cousin Jennifer Walters will star as She-Hulk. In the comics, Walters is an attorney for her full-time profession, but struggles to balance her uncontrollable gamma-radiation powers that she’s inherited from her cousin. We’re eager to see whether or not Mark Ruffalo will be involved in this series.

Moon Knight

Moon Knight

Disney+ series release date – Date TBC

Starring: TBC

Moon Knight will tell the story of Marc Spector, a billionaire superhero who lives quite a grittier life than the likes of Tony Stark. Details about the shows are scarce, but in the comics Moon Knight appears under the light of the full moon (go figure) to fight his enemies in the criminal underworld. He’s been both good and evil, and has been possessed by an ancient Egyptian god, who grants him superpowers.

Phase 5

If we look even further ahead in the MCU, we do have some titles already confirmed for Phase 5. Black Panther II was announced at D23, and it will be released on 6 May 2022. We’ll see the return of Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa/Black Panther, and Letitia Wright reprise her role as the techie fan favourite, Shuri.

Black Panther 2

Disney has also pencilled in seven dates for untitled Marvel films. These are: 

  • 18 February 2022
  • 29 July 2022
  • 7 October 2022
  • 17 February 2023
  • 5 May 2023
  • 28 July 2023
  • 3 November 2023

Together with Black Panther 2 that means that we’ll be seeing four MCU films in 2022, and another four in 2023 – which is more Marvel films than we’ve ever had before in a year (lucky us!). 

In that lineup we can expect to see include Captain Marvel 2 with Brie Larson, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which is back on the cards following the whole Disney drama with director, James Gunn. Peyton Reed has also signed on to direct Ant-Man 3, continuing his time at the helm.  

In terms of new titles we have Blade, which will star Mahershala Ali as Eric Brooks, AKA Blade, a vampire-hunting vigilante. We’re also going to see a new reboot of the Fantastic Four, but no cast members have yet been announced.

Ryan Reynolds also met with Marvel studios over an untitled project, which we strongly suspect could be another instalment in the Deadpool franchise, now that Disney has control of Fox. This also means that the X-Men series will probably be in the works. 

Finally, after a worrying bout of negotiations between Disney and Sony over the MCU Spider-Man films, the two studios have reached a compromise. As well as seeing Spider-Man 3 be a part of the MCU as originally planned, Tom Holland’s Peter Parker will also appear in one more MCU film.

Whether Spidey will continue in the MCU beyond this is anyone’s guess. Sony is continuing to build up their own spider-universe in the meantime with Venom and other titles, so these films may wrap up any loose ends. Or we could see negotiations on a film-by-film basis. Either way, we’ll be keeping a close eye on future developments. 

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