Every upcoming Marvel movie and TV show in MCU Phase 4 and beyond – CNET

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the most successful film franchise of all time, having grossed more than $18 billion worldwide — $4 billion of which it made in 2018 alone — and now owning the title of highest-grossing movie of all time with Endgame. And as Marvel Studios announced its incredible Phase 4 plans at Comic-Con and expanded on them at its D23 fan expo, the franchise shows no signs of slowing down.

Especially with Disney finally confirming so many new MCU shows for its Disney Plus streaming service, plus five new films in the next two and half years alone. Disney’s new release date updates suggest we could be getting even more MCU movies in 2022 and 2023, but the list just matches dates with the description “Untitled Marvel Film,” so who knows if these will be MCU or X-Men or Fantastic Four movies — or all of these together.  

2019 Comic-Con International - Marvel Studios Panel

The first Phase 4 announcement at SDCC in July 2019 brought out ALL the big names.

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As the Infinity Saga came to a close this year, we celebrated the badass women of the the Marvel universe with the release Captain Marvel, and now we have a new look at what awaits us in the next phase of the MCU, including some in-canon shows.

That’s right, thanks to Disney Plus, some of the newly announced shows will roll into the MCU canon and feed directly into the films, as Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed at SDCC. These Disney Plus series will be overseen by Feige and will reportedly have bigger budgets than what’s typically allocated for television shows. 

Earlier MCU shows like the Netflix series and ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. were and are (respectively) produced by Marvel TV, under the guide of Executive Vice President and Head of Television Jeph Loeb. But they were never explicitly referenced by the movies (more on that below).

With all that in mind, here’s what we know is coming through 2021, both rumored and confirmed. And we’ll be sure to keep this list updated as things evolve and grow!

Movies

All of these movies and the details below were confirmed as in production by Feige at SDCC. We’ve included all the details we learned below.

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May 1, 2020

Marvel

Black Widow 

  • Director: Cate Shortland
  • Writer: Jac Schaeffer
  • Release date: May 1, 2020
  • Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Rachel Weisz, David Harbour, O-T Fagbenle
  • What we know: Very little since the film has only been in production for 30 days (according to the cast at SDCC), though attendees were treated to an epic fight scene between ScarJo and Pugh where we learned that the two are “sisters.” Entertainment Tonight also learned some key Black Widow details after the epic Marvel panel. We previously learned that the film would introduced more than one Black Widow, which means there’s a potential for any of them to take over the mantle from ScarJo. 
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Nov. 6, 2020

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The Eternals

  • Director: Chloe Zhao
  • Writer: Matthew and Ryan Firpo
  • Release date: Nov. 6, 2020
  • Starring: Angelina Jolie (Thena), Richard Madden (Ikaris), Kumail Nanjiani (Kingo), Lauren Ridloff (Makkari), Brian Tyree Henry (Phastos), Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh (Sprite) and Don Lee (Gilgamesh)
  • What we know: Even less than Black Widow! The movie hasn’t officially begun yet, but we do know some of the roles have been gender-swapped, like Hayek as Ajak, who was originally the male leader of the Eternals.
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Feb. 12, 2021

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

  • Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
  • Writer: Dave Callaham
  • Release date: Feb. 12, 2021
  • Starring: Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, Tony Leung and Awkwafina
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May 7, 2021

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

  • Director: Scott Derrickson
  • Writer: Scott Derrickson
  • Release date: May 7, 2021
  • Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen
  • What we know: The events of WandaVision (more on that show below) on Disney Plus will lead directly into this sequel in a way we can only imagine will be epic — since this is the first actual mentioned between the shows and movies, of course. (Yes, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has featured characters from the films, including Lady Sif, before, but those plot points have never affected the MCU films before. This is definitely a departure we’re excited to see.) Onstage at SDCC, Feige said just because Quentin Beck (from Spider-Man: Far From Home) lied about the multiverse, it doesn’t mean there isn’t one. Director Derrickson also mentioned he wanted a gothic horror tone and had dreams of making the “first scary MCU film.”
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Nov. 5, 2021

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Thor Love & Thunder

  • Director: Taika Waititi
  • Writer: Taika Waititi
  • Release date: Nov. 5, 2021
  • Starring: Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson return, now joined by Natalie Portman as The Mighty Thor
  • What we know: Waititi has officially handed Moljnir to Portman, but no word on what or who the trio (maybe?) will be fighting. Thompson also confirmed Valkryie’s sexuality onstage, saying she needs to find her Queen as King now.

Black Panther sequel

  • Director: Ryan Coogler
  • Writer: Ryan Coogler
  • Release date: May 6, 2022
  • Status: Confirmed onstage by Feige at SDCC 2019

Ant-Man 3

  • Director: Peyton Reed, maybe
  • Writer: ??? 2022?? Maybe??? There’s slots for a Marvel release now open in February, July and October. 
  • Release date: Purely speculating, let’s guess it’s one of the newly announced 2022 dates
  • Status: Confirmed onstage by Feige at SDCC 2019
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He’s back.

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Blade

  • Director: ???
  • Writer: ???
  • Release date: Hopefully that new October 2022 date, but maybe that’s asking for too much 
  • Starring: Academy-Award winner Mahershala Ali as the half-mortal, half-immortal vampire Blade himself. 
  • What we know: That’s about it. Well, that Ali got the job with some serious BDE, according to this story from The Hollywood Reporter.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 

  • Director: James Gunn
  • Writer: James Gunn
  • Release date: If we had to bet, we’d put money on that new May 2023 date 
  • Status: Reported moving forward, according to Feige at SDCC 2019; post-2021

Captain Marvel 2

  • Director: ??
  • Writer: ??
  • Release date: Definitely put money on one of the new 2023 dates
  • Status: Confirmed in production onstage by Feige at SDCC 2019; post-2021

Yes, also rumored are the introduction of the Fantastic Four and the X-Men to the MCU. From Feige’s own lips comes this rumor, along with a sincere hope from us that these additions materialize. 

Disney Plus TV shows

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The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

  • Showrunner: Malcolm Spellman
  • Release date: Spring 2020
  • Status: Confirmed 
  • Starring: Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie — and Daniel Brül returns as Baron Zemo (with his mask!)
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WandaVision

  • Showrunner: Jac Schaeffer 
  • Expected release date: Spring 2021
  • Starring: Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany and Teyonah Parris as adult Monica Rambeau (aka Lt. Trouble from Captain Marvel)
  • What we know: Fans of Scarlet Witch know that Wanda’s power are reality-altering, meaning we expect to be taken on a wild ride here, especially with Vision’s confirmed return. Bettany said on stage even he wasn’t really sure why he was there, considering his Infinity War death. Judging by the teaser at SDCC and the logo above, we also expect a 1950s timeline. 
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Loki

  • Showrunner: Michael Waldron
  • Expected release date: Spring 2021
  • Starring: Tom Hiddleston returns
  • What we know: SDCC confirmed the show would star The Avengers’ 2012 version of Loki, directly after the timey-whimey events of Endgame. That means we likely have some pre-redemption arc, wildly selfishly escapades coming our way! 
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What If…?

  • Showrunner: Unannounced
  • Release date: Summer 2021
  • Starring: ???
  • We we know: ??? Sort of. We do know it’ll be an animated series, and Feige shared that many of the original cast members were already confirmed to lend their voices to the show. 
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Hawkeye

  • Showrunner: Unannounced
  • Expected release date: Fall 2021
  • Starring: Jeremy Renner
  • What we know: That’s about it — just kidding, it’ll introduce Kate Bishop and looks firmly based on Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye series. And straight from Renner himself, here’s the teaser Comic-Con attendees got to see: 
Disney+ Showcase Presentation At D23 Expo Friday, August 23

Disney+ Showcase Presentation At D23 Expo Friday, August 23

Feige announced more shows at D23 in August.

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Ms. Marvel 

  • Showrunner: British writer Bisha K. Ali
  • Expected release date: D23 news only said “Phase 4,” so it’s anyone’s guess.
  • Starring: ?
  • What we know: The show will focus on the Kamala Khan era of the hero. But we do know each of these three newer characters will definitely appear on the large and small screens. Feige confirmed as much to THR recently: “Some characters we’ve announced like She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight you will meet for the first time on a Disney Plus show and then they’ll go into the movies but the MCU will now go back and forth.”
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She-Hulk

  • Showrunner: Rick & Morty vet Jessica Gao
  • Expected release date: ?
  • Starring: ? 
  • What we know: The show will focus on Jennifer Waters. There’s no word yet on whether she’ll be related to Bruce Banner or have some other origin story.
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Moon Knight

  • Showrunner: The Umbrella Academy’s Jeremy Slater
  • Expected release date: ?
  • Starring: ?
  • What we know: Marc Spector is a former mercenary and CIA agent who has multiple personalities and is imbued with powers from an Egyptian god. 

This article was originally posted on January 17, 2019, and is regularly updated.

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