22 Jul 2019 Marvel Phase Four Films: Every new production from the next chapter of the MCU
Marvel Phase Four Films – Six new films and four new television series on Disney+ have been announced as part of the latest chapter in the MCU.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige spoke at San Diego Comic-Con and gave a sizeable update on what the next chapter of the franchise will entail. Here’s a breakdown of when everything will be released:
FILMS – Black Widow (May 1, 2020), Eternals (November 6, 2020), Shang-Chi (February 17, 2021), Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness (May 7, 2021), Thor: Love and Thunder (November 5, 2021)
TV SERIES – The Falcon and the Winter Solder (Fall 2020), Wanda Vision (Spring 2020), Loki (Spring 2021), What If…? (Summer 2021), Hawkeye (Fall 2021).
As well as the above mentioned productions, there is also a number of films yet to be confirmed but set to play a role in phase four of the MCU. Feige ended Marvel’s 90-minute appearance without providing much information about the release of Fantastic Four and X-Men, but we do know that Mahershala Ali will star in the new Blade film.
On top of that, there is no official release date for Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2 or Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3, but each film is expected to be included in phase four. Spider-Man 3 was not included in this latest round of Marvel phase four films, because Sony own the rights to that film, but a release date is expected to be announced soon.
Some fans online have speculated that we may not see a fifth Avengers film until the end of the phase five, with phase four currently set to end with a fourth Thor movie in November 2021. Endgame recently overtook Avatar to become the biggest film ever. The first four Avengers movies all rank among the ten highest-grossing movies of all-time: #1 Avengers: Endgame, #5 – Avengers: Infinity War, #7 – Avengers, #9 – Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Evidently, the demand for a film that brings together storylines from many different superhero flicks in one dream-like scenario is huge. But Marvel have released two Avengers films in the past two years. The franchise may want to use phase four to transition in new heroes, rather than releasing yet another crossover superhero flick with characters that fans haven’t had enough time to buy into.