The Infinity Saga is over and the Marvel Cinematic Universe has its sights set firmly on what’s beyond…
Marvel president Kevin Feige revealed the studio’s Phase 4 movie slate at Comic-Con, as well as a slew of spin-off TV series and further surprises. Get your diaries out, because there’s a lot on the way in the next couple of years…
Black Widow will be the first Phase 4 film to arrive, in May 2020. Currently in production with Aussie Cate Shortland directing, it will dive deeper into the character. “I get to play Natasha as a fully realised woman and in all of her many facets, and I’m excited for fans to see the flawed side of her,” said Scarlett Johansson, “and I’m looking to wipe out some of the red in my ledger.”
The Eternals, the saga of a race of immortal beings who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations, will follow in November 2020. The cast includes Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden and Kumail Nanjiani, with indie director Chloé Zhao (The Rider) at the helm.
The following year will kick off – literally – with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in February 2021. Simu Liu will play Marvel’s martial arts superhero, and the Mandarin will be back, this time played by Tony Leung.
In May 2020, Benedict Cumberbatch will slip on his wizard’s robe for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. If that title sounds sufficiently Lovecraftian, then returning director Scott Derrickson promises “psychedelic weirdness” and the first scary MCU movie.
Then in November 2021 is the one we’ll all be waiting for: Taika Waititi’s Thor: Love and Thunder. The story will draw from The Mighty Thor comic books, which feature a female Thor, who’ll be played by Natalie Portman. Things could get awkward for the God of Thunder…
Five new TV properties are also being developed for release in 2021, following the further adventures of your favourite heroes post-Endgame, with storylines that will flow into the MCU.
Wandavision will properly explore the character of Scarlet Witch with Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany returning, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier reunites Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan – could there be a new bromance in the making? There will also be spin-off series for Loki and Hawkeye, and Marvel’s first animated show, What If?.
But wait, there’s more! Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali will be the new Blade, with the vampire slayer (previously played by Wesley Snipes) welcomed into the MCU. Plus Black Panther 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 3 and Captain Marvel 2 are also on the way, with Feige teasing that he had no time left to discuss the Fantastic Four and a certain group of mutants.