2016’s Captain America: Civil War started Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which concluded in the grandest of fashion with last year’s Avengers: Endgame. And we’re now all set for Phase Four of the MCU vision to begin. Setting the ball rolling will be Black Widow, which is slated to release later this year, but there are plenty of other films and TV shows from this phase that have been announced and detailed. Here’s a list of all of them, along with every important piece of detail available about them.
November 6, 2020, is the current release date for this Scarlett Johansson starrer, which has its story take place after the events of Captain America: Civil War. Black Widow is being pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, but she must deal with her history as a spy before she becomes an Avenger.
The Eternals, directed by Chloé Zhao, focuses on the Marvel Comics dream team of the same name. It centres its plot on a group of immortal aliens who have lived on the earth for thousands of years, protecting it from the evil Deviants. Its diverse cast includes Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Bryan Tyree Henry and Angelina Jolie, and the film is currently slated for a February 12, 2021 release date.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Intended to be the 26th film of the MCU, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings was apparently first conceived in 2001. It was fast-tracked in 2018, and is now to be the MCU’s first Asian-led film. The story of this film focuses on The Ten Rings organization that’s been referenced in several previous MCU films. Simu Liu plays the titular character, while Tony Leung plays the supervillain Mandarin. This film releases May 7, 2021.
Sequel to Spider-Man: Far From Home
Spider-Man: Far From Home was a delight to watch, and its sequel is expected to be more of the same. Not much is known about this film’s plot, but we do know that Tom Holland and Zendaya have signed for it. Right now, November 2021 is its tentative release window.
Thor: Love and Thunder
A sequel to the extremely well-received Thor: Ragnarok, Thor: Love and Thunder will also be directed by Academy award winner Taika Waititi, and he’ll also be reprising his role of Korg. As had been the case with the comics, the mantle of Thor will be passed to Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman. Tessa Thompson will be back as Valkyrie, who has been revealed as the MCU’s first LGBTQ character. Thor: Love and Thunder is lined up for a 2022 release.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Benedict Cumberbatch will be back on duty as Doctor Strange in this sequel that’s coming in 2022. It will also star Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, while Sam Raimi has been revealed to be its director.
MCU TV shows
With Disney Plus having been established as a solid platform, Phase Four of the MCU is all set to introduce a number of huge TV shows as well. These include The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which has Sam Wilson teaming up with Bucky Barnes in a worldwide adventure that puts their abilities to the test. August 2020 is when the show will premiere. Next is WandaVision, focusing on Scarlet Witch and Vision. It’s coming later this year as well. Perhaps the most anticipated MCU TV show is Loki, which follows the version of the character that stole the Space Stone in Avengers: Endgame. It will debut early next year. Another interesting show is What If…?, which looks to predict what would happen if major moments from the MCU went differently. Mid-2021 is when it’s coming. Lastly, there are individual TV shows focusing on Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight and She-Hulk that are in the pipeline as well.
So that’s Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as of now. The COVID-19 pandemic is sure to affect the release schedule, but let us hope it’s not distorted much.