Marvel's Phase 4 MCU Movie Releases Dates Revealed, Titles Coming This Summer
Eight confirmed dates, but which movies do they belong to?
Update: During an investor conference call on May 8, Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger said that the titles of Marvel Studios' next slate of films would likely be announced "later this summer." While he didn't say exactly when the announcement would come, our best guess is Phase 4's films will be officially unveiled at Disney's D23 Expo, which is August 23-25. Earlier in the week, we got release dates for these movies, but without any specific names attached to those dates. Read on for a look at those dates and which movies we already know are in the works.
Now that Avengers: Endgame is finally out and Marvel Studios' Phase 3 is drawing to a close with the upcoming release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, the future of the MCU is a bit of a mystery. Not only did yesterday's Far From Home trailer imply the potential for an MCU-based multiverse--which could have huge implications for the future--we've also got a whole roster of upcoming Disney+ streaming MCU TV shows. Those shows, according to Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige, are going to directly impact and shape the future big-screen phases.
In a press release sent out on Tuesday, Disney confirmed its upcoming movie release slate for Star Wars, Avatar, and Marvel. In the latter's case, that means we now have the release dates for the Marvel Cinematic Universe's upcoming Phase 4 films through 2022, although Disney did not connect any specific titles to these dates--or even confirm which movies will be out during this period. The schedule now looks like this for "Untitled Marvel films."
- May 1, 2020
- November 6, 2020
- February 12, 2021
- May 7, 2021
- November 5, 2021
- February 18, 2022
- May 6, 2022
- July 29, 2022
It's important to note that this list only includes Disney productions, so any upcoming Sony work--i.e. any Spider-Man movies after Far From Home--are not in the mix.
The roster of movies currently confirmed for Phase 4 includes a solo Black Widow film, likely one of the earlier 2020 releases; Black Panther 2, which probably holds one of the February dates in 2021 or 2022, given the first movie's Black History Month release. The recently announced Shang-Chi likely holds one of the later dates--we still only have a director attached to the project and no confirmed cast. The Eternals could occupy one of the earlier dates, given the recent blitz on casting news--but no confirmed production timeline has been released.
Also confirmed to be happening is Doctor Strange 2, which has Scott Derrickson tapped to return as writer and director, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which could hold one of the 2021 dates as well.
Of course, that only tallies up to six confirmed projects for the eight confirmed release dates, meaning we have at least two more movies yet to be announced in the upcoming phase.
In addition to Marvel, Disney also announced the schedule for their upcoming Star Wars films, all of the Avatar sequels, and once again delayed the release date of the X-Men spin-off film New Mutants. That will now come out in 2020, not long before the first of the MCU films dated above.