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Black Widow shifts to 2021, Shang-Chi and Eternals shuffle, plus fresh details on WandaVision, Ant-Man 3, and more in our exhaustively detailed look at the future of the MCU.

by | September 24, 2020 | Comments

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Updated September 24 following Disney’s announcement of major shifts to its schedule – changes that mean not a single MCU movie will hit theaters in 2020. 

2020 is the first time in more than a decade without a single Marvel Studios film in release. Though the year was meant to usher in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the effects of a real worldwide pandemic halted the company’s momentum as release dates had to be postponed to deal with theater closures, safety concerns, and production shutdowns.

But all pandemics end (right?!), and though completely delayed, Phase 4 will still begin in theaters with Black Widow, the film bearing the brunt of the sliding release schedules. And once it finally makes its way to theaters, Marvel’s domination of box office charts will no doubt resume.

Also, Phase 4 will begin on the small screen this year with the Disney+ series WandaVision due out in winter 2020.

Beyond that, of course, the horizon includes some exciting additions to Marvel’s universe, like Mahershala Ali as Blade, Tatiana Maslany as She-Hulk, and the eventual arrival of Marvel’s first family, The Fantastic Four. And as we have for the last few years, we’re keeping track of it all in this comprehensive guide of every upcoming Marvel Studios film (and television show) with a handy calendar of Marvel films into 2023.

As always, we will continue to update this page frequently as new details emerge. And be careful, if you haven’t seen Avengers: Endgame or Spider-Man: Far From Homethere are spoilers ahead. (Want to see what the other camp is up to? Check out our full breakdown of upcoming DC movies.)


COMING SOON IN PHASE FOUR

These are the projects Marvel announced and dated. They represent the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s fourth phase and feature a number of sequels – but at least one new concept will likely become your latest Marvel obsession.


WandaVision

Premiere Date: Late 2020

What We Know: Elizabeth Olsen returns as Wanda Maximoff – a.k.a. the Scarlet Witch – and Paul Bettany reappears as Vision. But how can this be? Vision died in Avengers: Infinity War and was not one of the lucky ones revived during the Second Snap. Olsen once said the series will see Wanda and Vision in a “1950s” setting, which suggests the series may be taking its cues from the 2015 Vision comic book. In that story by Tom King and Gabriel Walta, Vision created his own ideal nuclear family. It goes very wrong. At the D23 presentation last August, writer Jac Schaeffer said the show will be “half-sitcom” and “half MCU adventure.” A subsequent ad aired during the Super Bowl LIV revealed Wanda and Vision will experience multiple sitcom eras, including the ‘70s and ’80s – not that we’re any clearer on how Wanda is doing this or even if she’s doing it. Meanwhile, a grown-up Monica Rambeau (played by Teyonah Parris) will be there to presumably bring her back to the present. At D23, Feige announced Kat Dennings had joined the cast — reprising her role as Thor’s Darcy Lewis — with Randall Park also reprising his role as Ant-Man and the Wasp’s Agent Jimmy Woo. A recent trailer also revealed That ’70s Show’s Debra Jo Rupp and actor Fred Melamed will cause discomfort for Wanda and Vision in their 1950s ideal home as a ‘Mr. and Mrs. Heart.’ And to accent the sitcom feel, Kathryn Hahn will play the “nosey neighbor” in the laugh track realities, but that same trailer featuring the Hearts also suggests there is more to her character. For one thing: she knows Vision is supposed to be dead. Though shut down at the same time as The Falcon and the Winter Solider, Marvel and Disney+ fast-tracked the series in order to debut in late 2020.

How It Fits in the MCU: The events of the series will tie directly to the upcoming film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which will also feature Olsen.


Black Widow

Release Date: May 7, 2021

What We Know: First revealed in January of 2018 with Jac Schaeffer writing the script, the film became Marvel’s fastest-track project ever with Lore’s Cate Shortland signing on to direct in July of 2018. The film features David Harbour as Alexei – a.k.a. The Red Guardian – Florence Pugh as Yelena, O-T Fagbenle as Mason, and Rachel Weisz as Melina. Set after Captain America: Civil War, the plot sees Natasha Romanoff (Johansson) returning to the former Soviet Bloc to deal with some unresolved issues and face her spy “family” – although it is still possible the film may all be a phantasm of sorts as Nat’s soul rests on Vormir. What we do know is that, according to Shortland, the film will serve as a passing of the baton from Natasha to Yelena, and a “last hurrah” for Johansson, who will leave the MCU after the project. “Scarlett is so gracious, like, ‘Oh, I’m handing her the baton,’” Shortland told Empire magazine. “So it’s going to propel another female storyline.” On March 17, Disney announced it was postponing the release of the film due to the coronavirus outbreak and subsequently announced on April 3 a new release date of November 6, 2020. On September 23, Disney again moved the film to May 7, 2021 – a full year from its original release date.

How It Fits in the MCU: Flashbacks to Nat’s training in Avengers: Age of Ultron tie back to ideas explored in the short-lived Marvel television series Marvel’s Agent Carter – a series we know the films acknowledge thanks to Edwin Jarvis’s (James D’Arcy) cameo in Endgame – in which a Soviet-trained deep cover agent is assigned to eliminate Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). Investigating the operative, Peggy discovers the brutal facility charged with creating these sleeper agents using methods teased in the Ultron flashbacks. Both Nat and Yelena came out of this program, known by their time as the Red Room, and it sounds like Yelena will continue the Black Widow journey once Natasha leaves the MCU.


Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings

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Release Date: July 9, 2021

What We Know: In March of 2019, Short Term 12’s Destin Daniel Cretton emerged as the director of a film based on Marvel’s 1970s comic book The Hands of Shang-Chi: Master of Kung-Fu. In the comics, Shang-Chi was the son of legendary literary villain Fu Manchu. Learning the truth about his dad’s business, he used his martial arts prowess against his father and any other Marvel baddie ready to battle with his mighty hands. But considering Fu Manchu is one of the few IPs not owned by the Walt Disney Company, fans online are already speculating Shang-Chi’s father – whom Marvel later turned into a different immortal villain in the comics – may turn out to be the “real” Mandarin teased in the Iron Man 3 Blu-ray short film “All Hail the King.” At Comic-Con, Marvel announced the full title, the release date – replacing our guess of a Black Panther sequel – and the cast, which includes Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, Awkwafina in a to-be-announced role, and HardBoiled‘s Tony Leung as the real Mandarin. As Disney began to consider shutting down active productions, Cretton took a coronavirus test and self-isolated himself on March 12 while second-unit shooting continued. His test results came back negative, but production completely shut down the next day. In early April, the film’s release was pushed back to May 2021 to accommodate the halted production and the other changes to the release schedule. In September, the film shifted again from the May 7, 2021 release date to July 9, 2021. In a post on Twitter about the change, Liu wrote, “My hot girl summer is coming you guys.”

How It Fits in the MCU: Seeded in Iron Man, but never carried out to fruition as the Infinity Saga took shape, the Ten Rings is a crime league embedded across the world, but owing allegiance to no country. The group gives Shang-Chi a nice international opponent with an established MCU footprint. Also, the 10 rings the Mandarin wears have cosmic origins which may play into the larger Phase Four story. And, we’ll be honest, we hope he uses them to conjure up legendary Marvel Comics creature Fin Fang Foom.


Eternals

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Release Date: November 5, 2021

What We Know: In April of 2018, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed a film based on the Eternals comic book and concept was in development. Soon after, The Rider’s Chloe Zhao became its director. Based on characters and situations imagined by Jack Kirby, the Eternals are a race of fantastically powerful proto-humans engineered by the Celestials (more on them in a moment) to harness vast amounts of “cosmic energy.” Generations of infighting and wars against another Celestial experiment, the Deviants, followed. The film will center on an Eternal named Sersi (Gemma Chan) with the powers of flight, strength, immortality, and molecular manipulation. Confirmed cast members include Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Angelina Jolie as Thena, and Kit Harington as Dane Whitman – a.k.a. the Black Knight. The film will also feature Marvel’s first real attempt at including gay characters, as Henry’s Phastos will reportedly be married to a man and raising a child alongside him. After initially losing its November 2020 slot to Black Widow, Disney moved the film to November 5, 2021 during a restructuring of its release calendar in September of 2020.

How It Fits in the MCU: Because the Eternals and the Celestials are old and powerful — the Celestials are some of the oldest creatures in the universe — they run into just about everyone. When the Kree happened to learn about the Eternals, they tried duplicating the Celestial experiment and created Inhumans on Earth. In Marvel’s 616 universe, Thanos is himself related to the Eternals thanks to their colonization of Titan in the distant past. Meanwhile, the Celestials have already appeared in passing during both Guardians films. In the first film, one appears in a hologram during The Collector’s (Benicio Del Toro) explanation of the Power Stone. And in the second film, Peter Quill’s (Chris Pratt) father Ego (Kurt Russell) self-identified as a Celestial. Whether or not this means Ziran the Tester will feature in Eternals or any other MCU film remains to be seen.


The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Premiere Date: 2021

What We Know: Starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan in the title roles and picking up from the events of Avengers: Endgame, the series will reportedly deal with Sam (Mackie) deciding to pick up the shield and the “Captain America” name Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) gave him in the film’s closing moment. Presumably, both he and Bucky (Stan) will also attempt to reintegrate into mainstream society. Emily VanCamp will return as Sharon Carter, while Daniel Brühl will reprise his role as Zemo, the man who brought down the Avengers in Captain America: Civil War. Wyatt Russell joins the returning cast as John Walker — the U.S. Agent of Marvel Comics fame. Presumably, he will be positioned as a replacement Cap even as Sam grapples with Steve’s legacy. Production began in 2019 with a scheduled August release on Disney+, but COVID-19 delays meant the production resumed just as it was meant to premiere. Marvel and Disney decided to delay the series to 2021.

How It Fits in the MCU: As the first of Marvel Studios’ television efforts, the program will further outline the post-Endgame MCU as established in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Are the Sokovia Accords still in effect? Will the lead characters have to register with some government agency? In the comics, U.S. Agent worked for the Commission on Superhuman Activates, which leads us to suspect Sam and Bucky’s decision in Civil War will have consequences they cannot even begin to consider.


Loki

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Premiere Date: 2021

What We Know: Tom Hiddleston will return as the God of Mischief in the Disney+ limited series Loki. The story will follow the version of the character who escaped from custody in Endgame with a divergent copy of the Space Stone. It seems he will also get access to time travel, as early photos see Loki in a 1970s New York. Divergent timelines are a hell of thing, and this will presumably be the series to examine what it means for the MCU going forward, although Disney+’s Super Bowl ad seemed to suggest Loki will once again find himself in a prison cell. Owen Wilson, Sophia Di Martino, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw are reportedly set to join Hiddleston in whatever hijinks his well-known alter ego gets into. As with the other Marvel Disney+ productions, filming was interrupted and will presumably see its release delayed as a result.

How It Fits in the MCU: In the summer of 2019, Feige mentioned the series will create repercussions that will be felt in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which may be the keystone film with two Disney+ series feeding into it.


Spider-Man 3

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Release Date: December 17, 2021

What We Know: After a tense 2019 summer in which, it seemed, Spider-Man would blip out of the MCU again to face off against Venom (Tom Hardy), Sony Pictures and the Walt Disney Studios agreed to produce a third film with Tom Holland as Spider-Man. Considering the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home, we expect the film to be called “Spider-Man: Homeless” and see the web-slinger clearing his name while evading those who would bring him in — including whichever Avengers might be active at that time. While the fine details of the studios’ new agreement are not known — beyond Disney reportedly increasing its share of the profits to 25% — we do know Spidey will appear in one additional MCU outside of his third solo film. But in another twist of fate, Spidey’s current troubles will be acknowledged in Sony’s upcoming Morbius, a film set in its Spider-Verse and completely separate from the MCU. Or is it? As the film is technically a Sony release, it’s unclear if they will delay production or release to accommodate the sliding changes in Marvel Studios releases. Holland is currently shooting Sony’s Uncharted, which was also postponed because of the outbreak. The film was set for a traditional summer release on July 16, 2021, but Disney announced a new November 2021 slot this April, and recently delayed it once more to December 2021.

How It Fits in the MCU: Nick Fury has big plans for Peter, but will he be able to set everything in motion before Sony calls him back to their Spider-Verse? Considering the film will slot into Phase Four, one imagines it will push forward the overall storyline even as Peter clears his name. It almost has to considering how precarious his existence in the MCU continues to be. But with one additional appearance guaranteed after the third film, maybe the first Phase Five film will revolve around his multi-versal instability.


What If…?

Premiere Date: 2021

What We Know: Based on the classic Marvel Comics title What If …?, Marvel Studios’ first foray into animation will see each episode addressing  a different outcome to key MCU events – probably through the lens of those pesky divergent timelines. As an example, the first episode will ask “What if Peggy Carter took the super solider serum instead of Steve Rogers?” The answer will feature the voice of Hayley Atwell as a super-strong Agent Carter and, presumably, the voice of Evans as a 98-lb Steve who becomes the first Iron Man thanks to Howard Stark. Tying the series together will be Jeffrey Wright as Uatu the Watcher, the host of the What If …? comic book and the viewer’s guide into the strangest of the Marvel series for the streaming service. As this is an animated release with only partial connections to the MCU, we expect it will still launch some time in the latter half of 2021.

How It Fits in the MCU: Presumably, Uatu will introduce each episode from the standpoint of established MCU history. It suggests he will consider the events of the films and live-action television series as the “proper” flow of time. And considering his importance to Fantastic Four history, we’d be astonished if the Watcher fails to make a cameo when that title becomes Marvel film fodder.


Hawekeye

Premiere Date: 2021

What We Know: As one of the television series confirmed at the 2019 D23 Expo, Hawkeye will see Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) help to train new Hawkeye Kate Bishop – a fan favorite from comics like Young Avengers and Hawkeye. Mad Men’s Jonathan Igla was announced as the series showrunner, and early concept sketches revealed alongside the launch of Disney+ suggested the series may take its cues from the celebrated Hawkeye run by writer Matt Fraction and artists David Aja and Annie Wu.

But this series is also the most in flux. At one point, Hailee Steinfeld appeared to be a lock for Kate, but her involvement was never confirmed even as Apple commissioned a second season of her Dickinson series on Apple TV+. Then there are Renner’s personal problems and rumors in the fan media suggesting the program has been postponed indefinitely. For the moment, though, the series is reportedly on track for a 2021 debut with the directing team of Amber Finlayson and Katie Ellwood, and Comrade Detective’s Rhys Thomas, set to helm several episodes. Still, we would not be surprised if it shifts to an early 2022 date.

How It Fits in the MCU: Clint is, of course, is the Avengers’ master archer and the only one among them with a stable family life. Well, at least until the Snap. Presumably, the show will illustrate what five years without his wife and kids did to him while also setting up Kate as the future of archery in the MCU. Who knows? Maybe some of her Young Avengers pals will get their debuts on the series.


Thor: Love And Thunder

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Release Date: February 11, 2022

What We Know: Shortly before Comic-Con 2019, Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi signed on to return for a fourth installment in the God of Thunder franchise. At the time, we assumed it would be the November 2021 release and were proved correct. Chris Hemsworth will return as the wandering Odinson, but not as Thor. In a surprise move, Marvel revealed Natalie Portman is returning to the series as the new Mighty Thor, a twist pulled from an excellent Thor comic book series by Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and others. Meanwhile, Tessa Thompson will return as Valkyrie, the king of New Asgard who must find a Queen, and we assume Loki (Tom Hiddleston) – in either of his manifestations – will return to mercilessly tease his now nameless brother. As 2020 began, Christian Bale emerged as a potential new member of the cast. In February, Someone Great filmmaker Jennifer Kaytin Robinson reportedly joined Waititi as a co-writer. In March, Vin Diesel revealed the Guardians of the Galaxy will make some sort of appearance, which we’ve always assumed would be the case. The script is still being written, but the film’s release has been delayed to February of 2022.

How It Fits in the MCU: Since Loki will be the star of his own Disney+ limited series before the film’s release, events in that series will probably determine the character’s more villainous tendencies should he appear in Love and Thunder. Also, as the film will predate Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, you can expect Rocket (Bradley Cooper) to offer a tearful goodbye as Odinson leaves the group to deal with his loss of name and status.


Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness

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Release Date: March 25, 2022

What We Know: Director Scott Derrickson finally signed on to return in December of 2018, but his involvement with the film ended in early January of 2019 when he departed the production, citing “creative differences.” His replacement is Spider-Man and The Evil Dead’s Sam Raimi, making a return of sorts to the Marvel universe. Benedict Cumberbatch returns as the Sorcerer Supreme with Elizabeth Olsen joining him as the Scarlet Witch in what Derrickson originally called “the first scary MCU movie” — though some believe Marvel’s unease with that mission statement led to his departure. Raimi’s bonafides as a horror director suggest the film may still have some scares, but the script is being reworked by Loki head writer Michael Waldron and may yet conform to the Marvel house style. As teased at the end of the first film, Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) will return, but Rachel McAdams will not. The film, which is still a ways from beginning production, is now set for release in March 2022 following multiple changes to Marvel Studios’ schedule.

How It Fits in the MCU: The film will also follow-up on ideas explored in WandaVision and Loki; making it one of the most important Phase Four films.


PHASE FIVE AND BEYOND

Feige made a few strategic teases about Phase Five during the 2019 Comic-Con presentation, which will begin after the release of Love and Thunder. The D23 Expo that same year offered a release date for Black Panther 2 and a slew of Disney+ series likely to be part of Phase Five. In November, Marvel added a fourth release date to its 2022 schedule and four new release dates for 2023. And besides some announced projects, we have a few guesses as to which projects may fill some of these release slots.


She-Hulk

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Premiere Date: 2022

What We Think Might Happen: According to Feige, “Bruce Banner is no longer the only Hulk in the MCU.” Based on fan favorite She-Hulk, the Disney+ series will focus on Bruce’s cousin Jennifer Walters. As the Marvel chief put it, “She’s a Hulk and she’s a lawyer.” Fans of a 2014 run by Charles Soule and Javier Pulido hope some of its irreverent tone and legal action will filter its way into the series. Though the last series announced at the 2019 D23 Expo, it also became one of the quickest to come together with head writer Jessica Gao – a Rick & Morty veteran whose appointment suggests the series will be more comedic –director Cat Coiro, and star Tatiana Maslany, who joined the series in September of 2020. Maslany’s arrival suggests the series has been fast-tracked and will be the first of the Phase 5 series to launch. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprise if it leapfrogs over Hawkeye to become a Phase 4 show. But, for the moment, we’ll leave it here at the start of the next phase. Shulkie would want to make a splashy debut like that.

How It Fits in the MCU: Besides Jennifer’s familial relationship to Bruce, she’s been known to take on well-known Marvel characters as clients and even tussle with Daredevil in court. In fact, depending on the timing of the She-Hulk TV series, Matt Murdoch could make his return to the MCU within the series.


Black Panther 2

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Release Date: May 6, 2022

What We Think Might Happen: Though still on the schedule for May of 2022, the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman on August 28, 2020 puts any guesses we might have had about the plot in the dustbin. Marvel’s only statement on the matter so far has been a remembrance of the actor, who left us far too soon. Presumably, if a Black Panther sequel ever occurs, it will detail the succession of Shuri (Letitia Wright) to the throne. M’Baku (Winston Duke) may challenge her claim or some outside force may try to upset the balance of power in Wakanda. But, again, that’s assuming director Ryan Coogler or Marvel even feel a sequel is appropriate at this point.

How It Fits in the MCU: If Marvel ever feels comfortable broaching the topic, the change in Wakandan leadership could have far reaching effects, particularly as the embassies T’Challa envisioned were presumably built in his absence after Infinity War.


Captain Marvel 2

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Release Date: July 8, 2022

What We Think Might Happen: In January 2020, Marvel reportedly hired WandaVision staff writer Megan McDonnell to begin drafting a sequel to Captain Marvel. Brie Larson will return as Carol with Parris presumably appearing as Monica, and considering how vital they were to the first film, you can probably expect Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn to return as Fury and Talos. In August of 2020, Candyman director Nia Costa took the director’s chair from the first film’s Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, who were not expected to return. Thanks to reports about Marvel’s altered film schedule in the wake of the pandemic, we learned the film will open on July 8, 2022, replacing the July 29, 2022 slot Disney had held in reserve for a Marvel Studios production.

How It Fits in the MCU: Considering the continued cosmic emphasis post-Endgame, it is entirely possible Captain Marvel 2 will follow-up on ideas from Guardians of the Galaxy and Eternals. But as the Captain Marvel story spans decades, the possibilities are endless. Also, we think Carol will be quite interested in Fury’s armada.


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

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Release Date (Our Guess): October 7, 2022 (our guess)

What We Think Might Happen: Now that the saga of James Gunn’s expulsion from the film has ended with him back in the director’s chair and Endgame has revealed the Guardians’ fates through Phase Three, we can speculate wildly about Vol.3. Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) will presumably search for Gamora (Zoe Saldana) while Rocket continues to get over the absent Odinson. There is also the often-delayed debut of Adam Warlock to consider. The character very nearly appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Infinity War, but fell away as both movies were stuffed to the air ducts with characters. It is possible he will finally do something in the MCU besides sit in an egg. Also, before Gunn’s temporary departure, he referred to the film as a conclusion to the story he began telling in the first installment, so it is possible the film will have an Endgame-like resolution. Is Star-Lord long for this universe? With the changes to the schedule, we expect the film will take the October 7, 2022 release date Disney is holding for an as-yet unannounced Marvel film. Then again, with Gunn committing to HBO Max’s The Suicide Squad spin-off series Peacemaker, it is possible Vol. 3 will slide closer to the end of Phase 5.

How It Fits in the MCU: It all depends on Gunn’s plans for Vol. 3 and if it takes place during the Infinity Saga. Like the way Vol. 2 occurred shortly after the first Guardians film, it could take place not long after the death of Yondu (Michael Rooker) and detail how the Guardians found, stole, or were awarded with the Benatar. More likely, it will be set after Avengers: Endgame – as we suggest above – and see the Guardians finding a new normal after the losses of Gamora and Odinson.


Ant-Man 3

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Premiere Date: February 17, 2023 (our guess)

What We Think Might Happen: Picking up sometime after Endgame, Scott still needs to put his life back together – granted, he does that constantly. This time, though, he is an acknowledged hero, which should help some. Although, one imagines his relationship with Cassie (Emma Fuhrmann) will be fairly different. Also Hope (Evangeline Lilly), Hank (Michael Douglas), and Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer) will need to adjust to life after returning from the Snap. But their attempt at finding a new normal will be upset by the arrival of Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors), a time traveler with a fantastic connection to the Marvel universe. In April of 2019, Rick and Morty writer Jeff Loveness emerged as the film’s writer with director Peyton Reed set to return for his third heist with Scott and the gang. Though not on the release schedule, we think the film will follow Guardians Vol. 3 to theaters.

How It Fits in the MCU: Considering the film will be part of the MCU’s Phase Five, it is difficult to forecast how it will fit into the the larger scope. But with Majors reportedly joining the production as Kang in September of 2020, it’s clear the film will introduce some aspects of Fantastic Four lore into the MCU. At the same time, the Ant-Ma movies have always been plucky outliers when it comes to the grand tapestries Marvel likes to create.


Blade

Blade

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Premiere Date: May 5, 2023 (our guess)

What We Know: Feige stunned the 2019 Comic-Con crowd by announcing Mahershala Ali will be the MCU’s version of Blade. The daywalker will appear in his own film sometime during Phase Five, but specific details about the project will likely come to light soon. Considering all the changes to Marvel’s release schedule, we expect the film will be bumped to May, 2023.

How It Fits in the MCU: While the MCU is a realm of science, mysticism, cosmic entities, and traditional crime, it lacks for genuine monsters. Emerging from Marvel Comics’ The Tomb of Dracula, Blade will no doubt be our guide into a darker corner of the MCU where one find things that go bump in the night. Luckily, he’s pretty good with a sword and can vanquish them with relative ease. Of course, the literal demons of the Marvel Universe may present more of a challenge.


The Fantastic Four

Release Date: July 28, 2023 (our guess)

What We Think Might Happen: At 2019 Comic-Con, Feige merely mentioned he “ran out of time” to discuss the Fantastic Four or mutants. While both concepts will eventually make their way into the MCU, we expect integrating Marvel’s first family will be the priority and maybe even the whole point of Phase Five. Like many on the internet have suggested, placing them in the 1960s during their first film – but making the world forget about them for decades – is an elegant way to introduce them and acknowledge their absence all this time. In that context, they also serve as a great replacement for the similarly time-lost Captain America. As the project is just a nebulously teased concept, we’re placing its release as July 28, 2023, one of the furthest-out release dates Disney is currently holding for a Marvel project.

How It Fits in the MCU: The Fantastic Four bring with them a surprisingly robust rouges gallery. To be honest, we’re a little more excited to see Doctor Doom, Annihilus, and Galactus make their MCU introductions than the Richards clan – although, Kang’s involvement in Ant-Man 3 means the family will be important in the MCU by 2024. At the same time, it would also be a thrill to see the Baxter Building join the New York skyline.


Ms. Marvel

Premiere Date: TBA

What We Think Might Happen: Based on the Kamala Khan character created in 2013 by Sana Amanat, Stephen Wacker, G. Willow Wilson, and Adrian Alphona, the series will introduce the popular teen Inhuman to the MCU. And as Feige put it at the 2019 D23 Expo, “You will meet her in her Disney+ series and see her in our films,” a commitment to what Ms. Marvel fans have wanted for ages. At the same time Bisha K. Ali was revealed as the series showrunner. Casting is reportedly underway and the series may end up fast-tracked for a 2022 release. In September of 2020, Bad Boys for Life filmmakers Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, documentary short Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, and Meera Menon emerged as the list of directors for the program.

How It Fits in the MCU: The series will reportedly feature some Inhumans besides Kamala, suggesting Marvel Studios will attempt to revive the concept after Marvel Television’s Inhumans seemingly poisoned the well. Also, Feige’s promise that Kamala will appear in films following her debut leaves us wondering if there will be some sort of Young Avengers type film by 2025.


Moon Knight

Premiere Date: TBA

What We Think Might Happen: The subject of many rumors during Marvel’s alliance with Netflix, Disney+ will serve as home to a Moon Knight series. As Feige explained at D23, it is an “action adventure series” featuring the Marvel character Mark Specter. “He was left for dead and he may or may not be infused with powers from the moon god,” he explained. “Or he might be crazy.” While there has been little solid news since the summer, rumors suggest Marvel monster characters like Werewolf by Night and Dracula will appear in the series. In November of 2019, Umbrella Academy’s Jeremy Slater signed on as an executive producer and showrunner, with Beau DeMayo joining the writing staff in January of 2020.

How It Fits in the MCU: Considering Moon Knight’s potentially mystical origins and associations with characters like Werewolf by Night, it is possible his series may have some implications for Blade – provided they are produced around the same time.


FULL LIST OF UPCOMING MARVEL MOVIES

May 7, 2021 – Black Widow

July 9, 2021 – Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings

November 5, 2021 – Eternals

December 21, 2021 – Spider-Man 3

February 11, 2022 – Thor: Love and Thunder

March 25, 2022 – Doctor Stranger and the Multiverse of Madness

May 6, 2022 – Black Panther 2

July 8, 2022 – Captain Marvel 2

October 7, 2022 – Untitled Marvel Movie 3 (Our Guess: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3)

February 17, 2023 – Untitled Marvel Movie 4 (Our Guess: Ant-Man 3)

May 5, 2023 – Untitled Marvel Movie 5 (Our Guess: Blade)

July 28, 2023 – Untitled Marvel Movie 6 (Our Guess: The Fantastic Four)

November 3, 2023 – Untitled Marvel Movie 7



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