Where are we in Marvel's Phase 4?
The Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase 4 is in full swing.
WandaVision warped our minds, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier gave us a new Captain America, and Loki caused multiversal mischief on Disney+. Meanwhile, Black Widow is spinning its web in theaters (and on Disney+ via premier access) this summer while Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings preps for its holiday weekend release.
Here's everything else we know about what else is on the way, as well as the loose ends that need to be addressed (Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine, anyone?).
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, in theaters Sept. 3, 2021
Shang-Chi was trained to become one of the world's most skilled assassins and given a decade to live life as he chose (which included doing karaoke with Awkwafina's Katy in San Francisco), but now he's being called back into the employ of his villainous father. And it's all the more complicated by Wenwu having ties to the Ten Rings, the notorious terrorist organization first mentioned in 2008's Iron Man.
Eternals, in theaters Nov. 5, 2021
In Marvel's Eternals, the immortal superbeings (created by comics legend Jack Kirby), who were sent to keep watch on humanity find themselves having to intervene to protect the Earthlings from the Deviants.
Eternals also stars Angelina Jolie as the warrior Thena, Kumail Nanjiani as the cosmic-powered Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as the speedster Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as the inventor Phastos, Salma Hayek as the spiritual leader Ajak, Don Lee as the strongman Gilgamesh, Barry Keoghan as the aloof loner Druig, and Madden's former Game of Thrones cousin Kit Harington as Dane Whitman, a.k.a. Black Knight.
Hawkeye, on Disney+ in late 2021
We know from the Black Widow credits scene that a mourning Yelena (Florence Pugh) got a visit at her sister's grave site from Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine, who offered her an opportunity for revenge against the man she says is responsible for Natasha's death: Hawkeye. No doubt when the two do come face-to-face, it won't be friendly.
The Hawkeye series also stars Hailee Steinfeld as Barton's protege, Kate Bishop. Vera Farmiga is playing Steinfeld's mom, Eleanor Bishop. Rounding out the cast are Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d'Arcy James, and Alaqua Cox.
Spider-Man: No Way Home, in theaters Dec. 17, 2021
Tom Holland returns as web-slinger Peter Parker for a third solo film, with the action picking up just after Parker's identity was exposed in Far From Home. Zendaya is back as MJ, Jacob Batalon as Ned, and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, and Benedict Cumberbatch will appear as Doctor Strange.
Plot details are scarce, but we know Alfred Molina is returning to the Spiderverse, playing a character he originated almost two decades ago: Doctor Octopus, from 2004's Spider-Man 2. Jamie Foxx, of 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man, is similarly reprising the role of Electro. It seems likely that these returns are connected to the season 1 finale of Loki, in which Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) killed He Who Remains, a.k.a. Kang, played by Lovecraft Country star and recent Emmy nominee Jonathan Majors, which splintered the one sacred timeline into a multiverse.
There are also wild rumors swinging around that Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Emma Stone could turn up in No Way Home, though everyone has pretty much denied it or deflected. But after the Loki finale, anything seems possible in the MCU.
Ms. Marvel, on Disney+ in late 2021
Rounding out the cast of this show are Aramis Knight (of Into the Badlands), Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Laith Naki, Azher Usman, Travina Springer, and Nimra Bucha.
In a recent teaser, the show was described as being about a teenager figuring out who she is. In the comics, Kamala is a Muslim American teen crime fighter whose supernatural abilities include being able to shrink or enlarge parts of her body.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, in theaters March 25, 2022
With Elizabeth Olsen confirming there'll be no Wandavision season 2, we can turn to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, for an update on everyone's favorite freshly crowned Scarlet Witch.
"I can tell you that it's a ride… very Sam Raimi. The film is incredibly visually thrilling," Loki showrunner and Multiverse of Madness writer Michael Waldron said. "John Mathieson, our DP, who shot Gladiator and Logan — I think the look of it is going to be unlike anything you've seen in the MCU before."
The film's title also seems to reference the infinite number of timelines branching off due to the events in the Loki season 1 finale.
Thor: Love and Thunder, in theaters May 6, 2022
June 2021 marked the end of filming for Thor: Love and Thunder, and the titular bicep-bulging Asgardian god-playing Chris Hemsworth promised it'll be "bats--- crazy, off-the-wall funny and might also pull a heart string or two."
Thor: Ragnarok's Taika Waititi is back directing a cast that includes Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, who is set to become the first female Thor. Also expect to see Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Christian Bale (he's playing Gorr the God Butcher, per Variety), and Sam Neill. Russell Crowe also revealed that he is playing Zeus!
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, in theaters July 8, 2022
Additionally, Michael B. Jordan told The Jess Cagle Show that the odds of Erik Killmonger returning at some point are like a 2 out of 10. With that said, writer-director Ryan Coogler is back, and production is reportedly set to begin in summer 2021.
In May 2021, Marvel announced that the sequel will "continue to explore the incomparable world of Wakanda and all of the rich and varied characters introduced" in the first film.
The Marvels, in theaters Nov. 11, 2022
Iman Vellani, of the upcoming Disney+ series Ms. Marvel, will also appear in the film.
Blade, in theaters (date TBA)
After portraying Marvel TV's Luke Cage season 1 villain Cornell "Cottonmouth" Stokes, Oscar winner Mahershala Ali steps into the role of Blade for this new incarnation of the character, who was previously played by Wesley Snipes.
Writer Stacy Osei-Kuffour, whose credits include Watchmen and Hulu's Pen15, has been tapped to pen the script, and rising director Bassam Tariq (Mogul Mowgli) is reportedly in talks to helm the movie.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, in theaters Feb. 17, 2023
Big Little Lies and Supernatural alum Kathryn Newton joins the third film as Scott's daughter, Cassie Lang, and Jonathan Majors, who appeared as the man behind the curtain in the Loki season 1 finale, will return as the villainous Kang the Conqueror.
Fantastic Four, in theaters (date TBA)
Spider-Man director Jon Watts will captain this ship, which will bring new versions of Mister Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch, and the Thing to the big screen.
So you can't believe everything you read on the internet?
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, to be continued on Disney+?
Season 1 wrapped up with a new title — Captain America and the Winter Soldier — and while it seems that the new Cap (Anthony Mackie) is headed back to the big screen, the show left a lot of loose ends that could mean another season, a spin-off, or threading those strings elsewhere.
In a post-credits scene, Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) got a full pardon and almost immediately began selling her access to classified intel via her secret life as the Power Broker. Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Val, a.k.a. Contessa Valentina Allegra de la Fontaine, gave John Walker (Wyatt Russell) a new look and a new name, U.S. Agent, leaving that door open as well. Oh, and Zemo (Daniel Brühl) is still out there too — albeit on the Raft.
Captain America 4, in theaters (date TBA)
Days after The Falcon and the Winter Soldier wrapped up its six-episode first season on Disney+, news broke that Marvel Studios is developing a fourth Cap movie with Malcolm Spellman, the lead writer on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
In August, EW confirmed new Cap Anthony Mackie is in as the vibranium shield carrying superhero. We also learned show writer Dalan Musson is also helping to pen the script.
No word yet on if Bucky will be along for the ride, but after learning Mackie had signed on, Sebastian Stan posted about his pal's news on Instagram story, writing, "Hell yeah!"
She-Hulk, on Disney+ (date TBA)
Orphan Black alum Tatiana Maslany is playing lawyer-slash-superhero Jennifer Walters in the upcoming Disney+ series, which is being written and led by Emmy winner Jessica Gao. The show will also feature Avengers star Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/the Hulk, and Tim Roth, of the Edward Norton-era of Hulk, is back to play Abomination. Jameela Jamil has also joined the show.
Moon Knight, on Disney+ (date TBA)
Marvel describes the character as "a complex vigilante who suffers from a dissociative identity disorder. These multiple identities who live inside him are distinct characters in the series and will appear against a backdrop of Egyptian iconography."
Secret Invasion, on Disney+ (date TBA)
Revealing that the Skrulls have been on our planet for some time, the event series also stars Emilia Clarke, Kingsley Ben-Adir, and Olivia Colman. WandaVision briefly teased the Skrulls' influence in an end-credits scene featuring Teyonah Parris' Monica Rambeau and a Skrull disguised as an FBI agent.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, on Disney+ in late 2022
The holidays will get a little brighter as James Gunn returns to write and direct The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. Per Marvel, it will feature the Guardians in "some spirited shenanigans," and is set after Thor: Love and Thunder but before the third Guardians of the Galaxy film (which is expected in 2023).
I Am Groot, on Disney+ (date TBA)
The utterly adorable, youthful tree — Groot from GOTG — is getting a Disney+ series too. These shorts will be animated and feature some new characters as well.
Guardians of the Galaxy 3, in theaters in 2023
No details yet, but Marvel's website says this one will drop in 2023.
Loki season 2, on Disney+ (date TBA)
Tom Hiddleston's Loki may have tried to prevent chaos in the season 1 finale, but his counterpart Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) had her way and slayed He Who Remains, a.k.a. Kang (Jonathan Majors). So what's next? With an infinite number of timelines and an infinite number of variants, the future is pretty open. But first Loki is going to have to figure out what to do at the TVA, seeing as his old pal Mobius (Owen Wilson) and hunter B-15 (Wunmi Mosaku) suddenly have no idea who he is. Also, where did Judge Ravonna Renslayer (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) go in search of free will?