- Marvel Studios’ president Kevin Feige gave an update on the Marvel Cinematic Universe during Disney’s 2020 investor’s day.
- Previously, Disney changed the release dates of many of its upcoming movies amid the coronavirus pandemic.
- Christian Bale is joining “Thor 4” as a villain.
- Feige confirmed Chadwick Boseman will not be recast in “Black Panther 2.”
- “Black Widow,” premeiring on May 7, 2021, will be the next Marvel movie to be released.
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“Black Widow” will kick off the MCU’s Phase 4, consisting of interconnected movies and Disney Plus TV shows.
Though many familiar faces will be back, including Thor and the Guardians of the Galaxy, expect to meet many more mystical, magical beings and inhumans in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” “Eternals,” and a “Fantastic Four” reboot.
Keep reading to see all of the MCU movies in the works.
May 7, 2021: “Black Widow”
Original release date: May 1, 2020, November 6, 2020
“Black Widow” will take us back in time in the MCU. Johansson confirmed the movie takes place between “Captain America: Civil War” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”
Expect to see Black Widow on the run from General Ross who has been seen in trailers for the film. Fans will see Black Widow revisit her past and go up against a villain named Taskmaster who can replicate the fight tactics of anyone they come into contact with. Florence Pugh, David Harbour, and Rachel Weisz will also star in the film.
“Black Widow” was originally set to kick off the list of 2020 summer films before it was delayed on March 17. It now takes the date that was given to “Shang-Chi.” You can watch the most recent trailer for the movie here.
July 9, 2021: “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”
Original release dates: February 12, 2021, May 7, 2021
Destin Daniel Cretton is directing the movie about the Master of Kung Fu who “must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organisation.”
The character was introduced in the comics in 1973. Simu Liu will play the titular character. Awkwafina (“Ocean’s 8”) will star as Shang-Chi’s friend, Katy. Michelle Yeoh will play Jiang Nan.
Tony Leung is playing the Mandarin. A fake version of the character, played by Ben Kingsley, appeared in “Iron Man 3.”
November 5, 2021: “The Eternals”
Original release dates: November 6, 2020, February 12, 2021.
“[They’re] a group of immortals who have been on Earth for 35,000 years. They have been there amongst the MCU,” said Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige at 2019’s San Diego Comic-Con.
According to Disney’s official synopsis for the film, after the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” these immortal beings emerge to reunite to fight against another alien race called The Deviants.
The film has a huge cast, including Richard Madden (“Game of Thrones”), Kumail Nanjiani (“Stuber”), Lauren Ridloff (“The Walking Dead”), Brian Henry Tyree (“Atlanta”), Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”), Gemma Chan, Salma Hayek, Don Lee, Barry Keoghan, and Angelina Jolie will star in the movie.
December 17, 2021: “Spider-Man 3”
Original release dates: July 16, 2021, November 5, 2021
Technically, this is a Sony Pictures movie made in partnership with Marvel Studios. We’re including it here since Spidey is part of the MCU. In July 2020, Sony delayed the movie one month to next December.
The third Spidey movie sounds like it’s turning into a fun, live-action “Spider-Verse” movie. Previous characters and villains from Sony’s old “Spider-Man” films, including Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Dr. Octavius (Alfred Molina), are expected to return. Other previous Spider-Man actors may play a role in the film as well.
The events of the film will directly tie into Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” sequel.
March 25, 2022: “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”
Original release date: May 7, 2021, November 5, 2021
The director of the first “Doctor Strange,” Scott Derrickson, was originally set to return to deliver “the first scary MCU film.” In January 2020, Derrickson and Marvel Studios surprisingly parted ways “due to creative differences.“
Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, and Chiwetel Ejiofor will reprise their roles as Dr. Stephen Strange, Christine Palmer, and Baron Mordo.
Xochitl Gomez will play comic character America Chavez (who becomes Miss America). Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) will be in the sequel, too. The events of her Disney Plus series, “WandaVision,” will directly tie in to “Doctor Strange 2.”
May 6, 2022: “Thor: Love and Thunder”
Original release date: November 5, 2021, February 11, 2022
Taika Waititi will return to direct the sequel with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson returning as fan-favourite Valkyrie.
At Disney’s 2020 investor day, Feige confirmed that Christian Bale will play the film’s villain, Gorr the God Butcher. The sequel will begin filming in January.
July 8, 2022: “Black Panther 2”
Original release date: May 6, 2022
The “Black Panther” sequel was originally set for a May 2022 release before the death of its star Chadwick Boseman.
During Disney’s investor day, Feige said Boseman will not be recast.
“Chadwick Bosmean was an immensely talented actor and an inspirational individual who affected all of our lives professionally and personally,” Feige said.
“His portrayal of T’Challa [and] the Black Panther is iconic and transcends any iteration of the character in any other medium from Marvel’s past. And it is for that reason that we will not recast the character,” Feige added.
November 11, 2022: “Captain Marvel 2”
Original release date: July 8, 2022
Disney confirmed the sequel in early 2020 amid some movie date shifts. Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) will be joined by “Ms. Marvel” star Iman Vellani, who is starring in her own Disney Plus series, and Teyonah Parris, who will play an adult version of Monica Rambeau. Parris will also be seen in “WandaVision.”
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” is currently undated for 2023.
Director James Gunn, who worked on the first two films in the franchise, will be back after he’s done working on Warner Bros.’ upcoming “The Suicide Squad” and an HBO Max series based on one of its characters, Peacemaker.
Gunn has shared on social media that he has finished the script for “Vol. 3” a while ago.
TBD: “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania”
Feige announced the name of the third “Ant-Man” film at Disney’s 2020 investor day.
Director Peyton Reed returns along with Paul Rudd as Ant-Man/Scott Lang and Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne. Michelle Pfeiffer and Michael Douglas will also reprise their roles as her parents.
Kathryn Newton will take over the role of Cassie Lang. (Emma Fuhrmann played her in “Avengers: Endgame.”) Jonathan Majors will play the film’s villain, Kang the Conqueror.
Marvel Studios is also working on new “Blade” movie.
Although Wesley Snipes originated the role in the 1998 movie, Feige first announced that Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali will play the human/vampire hybrid, who protects humans from vamps at SDCC 2019.
It will be separate from the Phase 4 movies. No release date was given.
“The development and story lines are coming together and we’ll have announcements very, very soon,” Feige said.
Disney is rebooting “Fantastic Four.”
“I’m happy to announce a film about one of the truly iconic Marvel families, in fact, Marvel’s first family, Fantastic Four,” Feige said, while unveiling Jon Watts (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”) as the director to the film.
While this was a surprise to many, Feige hinted over a year ago that we would get “FF” news at some point.
At the end of Marvel’s 2019 San Diego Comic-Con panel, Feige hinted a “Fantastic Four” movie would come at some point now that Disney has access to Fox’s Marvel heroes.
There is no release date yet for this film.