April, 2019 seemingly saw the end of an era. The Marvel Cinematic Universe was wrapped up with the hotly-anticipated release of Avengers: Endgame and following a devastating end, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man: Far From Home ushered in a new and revived period of comic-inspired films. Now, following a packed weekend at San Diego’s International Comic-Con, the lineup for an aptly dubbed MCU ‘Phase 4’ has been teased.
Witnessing the rollout on Instagram, Marvel announced at least 11 new films and original series, set to be released over the next two years and it involves some surprising twists and turns.
First up on the schedule is The Eternals. Kicking off the next group of Marvel superheroes, the cast includes A-listers Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, and Don Lee. Directed by Chloé Zhao, the film is slated to drop in theatres November 6, 2020.
The falcon and the winter soldier
Next up is an original series dubbed The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and will boast a main cast of Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, and Daniel Brühl. The series will be available to stream on Disney+ from Fall, 2020.
Shang-chi and the legend of the ten rings
Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings, a comic inspired by Chinese culture is the next film to hit cinemas and will feature Simu Liu, Awkwafina, and Tony Leung, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. Set to drop February 21, 2021.
Another original series set to hit the Disney+ streaming service, WandaVision will drop from Spring, 2021 and will include Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany and Teyonah Parris.
Highlighting the villain we all love and love to hate, Thor’s brother Loki will be immortalised into a surprising original series. Featuring OG actor Tom Hiddleston, we can expect it to become available on Disney+ from Spring, 2021.
Doctor strange in the multiverse of madness
Returning as director of the famed ‘Doctor Strange’ franchise, Scott Derrickson will lead the latest film Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness. Slated for release into cinemas from May 7, 2021, the cast will feature Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen.
Serving as the first animated original series in the MCU, Jeffery Wright will voice The Watcher while many actors from across the universe will reprise their roles. Streaming exclusively on Disney+ from Summer, 2021.
Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye will finally take centre stage in an standalone original series with Kate Bishop introduced into the mix. The series will stream on Disney+ from Fall, 2021.
thor: love and thunder
In a plot twist for the ages, while Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson will reprise their roles in the celebrated hero franchise, Natalie Portman has been thrown into the mix as a female Thor. Taika Waititi will return as director. In theatres November 5, 2021.
Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow is another hero to see a standalone spotlight in a new film, directed by Cate Shortland. In theatres from May 1, 2020, the film will also boast David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz.
And in perhaps the most anticipated film release, Mahershala Ali will front Blade. No release date has been mentioned so stay tuned for more details.