Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige stunned fans at San Diego Comic-Con in 2019 by unveiling the next 10 projects in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — aka the company's Phase Four slate — and some undated future offerings, including a Blade movie with Mahershala Ali as the star, Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, and a very brief verbal tease of potential Fantastic Four and X-Men films.
As for what's actually dated: In a twist and a sign of things to come for the industry, the lineup includes both blockbuster features and multiple Disney+ TV series. The projects will star many old favorites from the previous phases of the MCU, now rechristened "The Infinity Saga" in the wake of 2019's closing offerings, Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home, as well as numerous newcomers.
Ahead, the complete Marvel schedule of films and streaming projects.
May 1, 2020: Black Widow
Starring Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz. Directed by Cate Shortland. While filming just started recently, Marvel did tease a fight between Johansson and Pugh during its Comic-Con panel. The film is set in Budapest just after the events of Captain America: Civil War and features the Taskmaster as its villain.
Nov. 6, 2020: The Eternals
Starring Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kit Harington, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, and Don Lee. Directed by Chloé Zhao. Who are the Eternals? Good question, find out more here.
Fall 2020: The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (Disney+)
Starring Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Wyatt Russell, and Daniel Bruhl (returning to the MCU as Baron Zemo, who last appeared in Captain America: Civil War).
Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kat Dennings, Randall Park, Kathryn Hahn, and Teyonah Parris. Fun fact: This series somehow takes place after the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame — which is notable because Vision died in Infinity War and was not resurrected at the end of Endgame. Parris, meanwhile, will play a grown-up version of Monica Rambeau, a character introduced in Captain Marvel. Dennings and Park will star as their characters from Thor and Ant-Man and the Wasp, respectively.
Feb. 21, 2021: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Starring Simu Liu, Awkwafina, and Tony Leung. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12). Fun fact: Leung will play the Mandarin, who appeared as part of a meta-twist in Iron Man 3 when Sir Ben Kingsley starred as an actor playing the Mandarin.
Spring 2021: Loki (Disney+)
Starring Tom Hiddleston. Fun fact: Loki also died in the final Avengers films, though an earlier version of Loki did appear in the time-travel portion of Endgame, where he used the Tesseract (aka the Space Stone) to escape capture in 2012. That's where this series will take place, according to Feige. "The question I get asked more than any other question in Endgame was, where did Loki go, and what happened to Loki?" Feige said at Comic-Con. "This series will answer where he went."
May 7, 2021: Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness
Starring Benedict Cumberbatch ... and Elizabeth Olsen (she's a witch, he's a wizard; do Harry Potter next, cowards!). Directed by Scott Derrickson. The expectation is that this will be the first "scary" Marvel Cinematic Universe film and tie into WandaVision. Synergy.
Summer 2021: What If...? (Disney+)
The animated series stars Jeffrey Wright as The Watcher and features the return of numerous MCU veterans, including Michael B. Jordan, Mark Ruffalo, Natalie Portman, Josh Brolin, Hayley Atwell, and more.
Nov. 7, 2021: Thor: Love and Thunder
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and Natalie Portman. Directed by Taika Waititi. Fun fact: This marks Natalie Portman's first Thor film since Thor: The Dark World. (Her character, Jane Foster, briefly appeared in Avengers: Endgame in archival footage; Portman did provide the film a fresh voice-over.) Portman will play female Thor in the new film, a twist pulled from a recent run of Thor comic books. Also of note: the sexuality of Thompson's Valkyrie will factor into the story, making her the first major LGBTQ character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
May 6, 2022: Black Panther sequel
Starring Chadwick Boseman, and hopefully a lot of other returning fan-favorite characters, the sequel to 2018's Black Panther will be written and directed by Ryan Coogler, who co-wrote and directed the first film. At D23 Expo in August, Coogler confirmed the movie won't actually be called Black Panther II, although leaning into the Roman numerals for the official announcement is a nice callback to the original film's higher ambitions: Coogler has said The Godfather was a key influence on Black Panther; the sequel to The Godfather, of course, is The Godfather Part II.
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