The Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige took long enough to announce the new phase. But now we finally know what will happen in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
After few weeks when “Spider-Man: Far from Home” was shown in theaters, it officially ended Phase 3.
Feige took to the stage in the resounding hall of Comic-Con on July 20 to delight the crowd with a series of big announcements.
Here’s everything you need to know about the next Phase of the enormous Marvel Cinematic Universe. Phase 4 will officially start with Black Widow on May 1, 2020.
That’s basically a year without a new Marvel movie. We all know that Natasha Romanoff died in Avengers: Endgame.
But Feige thinks that it is now the right time to explore her past and show another side of her that we haven’t seen before.
On the other hand, it will be the first time in the MCU’s history for TV shows to play a big part in the making of the new world. The TV side of it will start with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in Fall 2020 in Disney+.
Phase 4 Movies
The movies that were announced for Phase 4 is what we expected, but Feige still had a few tricks up his sleeve. The ones that we expected are The Eternals, which will follow Black Widow, on November 6, 2020.
There will be three MCU big-screen offerings set for 2021: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (February 12), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 7) and Thor: Love and Thunder (November 5).
We don’t know the specific dates for them or any details about it, but Feige also confirmed that we’ll be getting Black Panther 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 3 and Captain Marvel 2.
Aside from the movies of the new phase, Feige also gave other huge announcements.
Mahershala Ali will be appearing in a Blade reboot, while Marvel Studios is also developing Fantastic Four and a movie about “mutants” (X-Men, basically).
Is the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4 will be different?
As we mentioned earlier, Marvel’s TV shows will play a bigger role in the MCU.
Alongside The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Phase 4 will also feature Wanda Vision(which will tie into Doctor Strange 2), Loki, Hawkeye.
We don’t expect the other shows to play a major role, but it will have an impact on the movies.
The new phase will immediately feel different given the fact that Iron Man and Captain America are officially gone.
We all know that they are the main characters in the first three phases. That’s why their absence will really make the phase 4 feels so different than before.
However, the basic format of storytelling established in the MCU is likely to continue for the most part.
“That structure that you laid out was from the comics, right? Everyone had their individual stories. They meet up for a mega event and they go back to their individual stories changed from that event,”
“I think that’s a wonderful structure that’s worked for decades in the comics, has worked for us now for a decade, so I think it’s a good model. But it doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going to stick to it in stone.”Kevin Feige
The MCU has always had a global aesthetic, but if New York City has served as its nominal center so far, it sounds as though Wakanda could take its place moving forward.
We’ll be keeping our hopes up that Marvel will continue to embrace diversity as it moves deeper into the new phase.
2018’s Black Panther was the first MCU film to center on a non-white hero. Also, the last year of Phase 3, Marvel finally gave us a female lead in the form of Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel.
Feige has also made noises about the possibility of making other genres, such as horror. He was encouraged because of experimental successes like Deadpool and Logan.
He’s also keen on “space stuff” and has promised that Marvel has plans “20 films or so”. Some of which could “introduce characters that people might have heard of”.
Marvel has all the materials – now we just need to wait and see how it chooses to use it.
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