Marvel Studios: Phase 4
Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, announced the new films that will be part of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe during the event of San Diego Comic Con 2019, thus clarifying the future of the saga and leaving millions of fans eager to learn more about these characters. In MFC we tell you all the details.
Black Widow (2020)
The next Marvel Studios movie will focus on the character of Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), who had an unexpected fate in Avengers: Endgame (2019).
In Black Widow we’ll learn a little more about the heroine’s past and also see how she faces the Taskmaster, a villain with the ability to imitate any kind of physical ability. The film will be a prequel and will be placed after the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016).
The movie is currently being filmed with Cate Shortland as the director and will feature performances by David Harbor as Red Guardian (the Russian version of Captain America), Florence Pugh, O. T. Fagbenle and Rachel Weisz.
The movie is set to premiere on May 1st, 2020.
Then, we will meet the Eternals, an alien race that have inhabited the universe for billions of years and that have arrived Earth to protect it from their counterparts, the Deviants, thus expanding the limits of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in what could be its first approach to the mutants and the X-MEN.
The film will be directed by Chloé Zhao and features the performances of Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Angelina Jolie as Thena and Salma Hayek as Ajak, leader of the Eternals.
The movie is set to premiere on November 6th, 2020.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
In this film we will meet Shang-Chi, a Kung-Fu Master who will face the Mandarin, a villain who was previously presented to us in Iron Man 3 (2013) as an impersonator played by Ben Kingsley. Although we do not know if the Shang-Chi version for the Marvel Cinematic Universe will have the ability to multiply himself like in the comics, we do know that the Mandarin will possess the 10 magic rings, source of his powers.
The film will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and the main roles will be played by Simu Liu as Shang-Chi and Tony Leung Chiu-wai as the Mandarin.
The movie is set to premiere on February 12th, 2021.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021)
Benedict Cumberbatch and Benedict Wong are back as Doctor Strange and Wong in what will be Marvel Studios‘ first horror film and that, in addition, will deepen the concept of multiverse introduced in Avengers: Endgame.
The film will also star Elizabeth Olsen in the role of Scarlet Witch, linking it directly to the WandaVision series on Disney+.
The movie is set to premiere on May 7th, 2021.
Thor: Love and Thunder (2021)
After revitalizing the character in Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Taika Waititi will also direct the God of Thunder’s fourth movie.
In Thor: Love and Thunder, Chris Hemsworth will return as Thor, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Natalie Portman to her role as Jane Foster to wield the hammer and become the female version of Thor.
The movie is set to premiere on November 5th, 2021.
Several series of the Disney+ streaming platform were also announced, where we will watch the future of some characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after the events of Avengers: Endgame.
The titles announced were The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2020), where Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will resume their roles as Falcon and Bucky and continue with the legacy of Captain America; WandaVision (2021), with Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as Scarlet Witch and Vision respectively, a series that will be directly linked to the movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and where we will meet the adult version of Monica Rambeau, played by Teyonah Parris, a character previously introduced in Captain Marvel (2019).
We will enjoy more about the God of Mischief in Loki (2021), played by Tom Hiddleston, and everyone’s favorite avenger in Hawkeye (2021), where Jeremy Renner will play the archer once again to introduce the character of Kate Bishop, his successor. Finally, they announced What If…? (2021), an animated series with alternative stories from those that happened in the movies, featuring the voices of many actors of the MCU.
Other productions announced by Marvel Studios were films such as Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 directed by James Gunn, Black Panther 2 with Ryan Coogler as director and a sequel to Captain Marvel. They also confirmed the development of the greatly expected Fantastic Four movie and showed the Blade logo, starring Mahershala Ali, that could possibly be the first R Rated movie produced by Marvel Studios.
Without any doubt, 2020 and 2021 will be quite a busy couple of years for the fans of Marvel Studios.