Every Marvel Movie & TV Show In MCU Phase 4, With Release Dates
By Mat Elfring | @ImMatElfring and Chris E. Hayner | @ChrisHayner on
A Post-Endgame World
Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes to an end with Spider-Man: Far From Home, which introduces the concept of multiverses to the MCU. And after that movie hits theaters on July 2, Disney will more than likely reveal the titles of the next line of Marvel movies, which will be released alongside a variety of TV shows on the Disney+ streaming service and Hulu. Disney recently revealed its upcoming theatrical release schedule, which does clue us in to when untitled Marvel movies will hit theaters.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is keeping a tight lid on the future of the MCU. "As we've been doing for years, we aren't going to announce anything post Avengers: Endgame or Spider-Man [Far From Home] until post Endgame and Spider-Man," Feige told ComicBook.com. So, as of this writing, we'll have to wait a few more months to know confirmed details about what's to come from the MCU. However, there are a couple of hints as to what's coming down the line, and it's going to be a whole new direction for this universe and probably a lot of rebuilding.
Take a look at Marvel's calendar for 2020 and beyond. There are a lot of theatrical dates with nothing attached to them:
- May 1, 2020
- November 6, 2020
- February 12, 2021
- May 7, 2021
- November 5, 2021
- February 18, 2022
- May 6, 2022
- July 29, 2022
Piecing together all the information available, it might be possible to figure out what's next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe after Far From Home comes out--or at least theorize a bit. Keep in mind, we're not discussing any of the X-Men movies or Spider-Man spinoffs--like Venom--as they are not a part of the MCU.
Spider-Man: Far From Home (Phase 3)
Release Date: July 2, 2019
Apparently, Far From Home will not be the first movie in Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. During an Endgame event in Shanghai, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige commented on which phase Far From Home fits in. "It's the end of the third phase," explained Feige. "You're the first person I told that to." The only possible problem is that it's impossible to make out the question he's being asked, aside from a couple words, because of the excessive background noise during the event. Check out the clip for yourself, but all signs point to Peter Parker's latest adventure as Spider-Man being the end of Phase 3.
The Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel is the only movie in the MCU with a set release date. After the first trailer dropped, we all realized that both Peter Parker and Nick Fury would survive Endgame. However, Tony Stark--who was Parker's mentor in Homecoming--is nowhere to be found.
Jake Gyllenhall will be playing Mysterio, who is traditionally a villain in the comic books. However, in the trailer, it looks as though he'll be teaming up with Spider-Man in Europe. Obviously, we have plenty of theories about what happens in Far From Home, and a few of them are pretty out there.
Ever since The Avengers, fans of the MCU have been waiting and waiting and waiting for a solo Black Widow movie, and it's finally starting to come together, but it has been a bit of a bumpy road with not much to report on.
Back in July 2018, Marvel approached more than 60 female directors to helm the project, and Cate Shortland was tapped to direct. Ned Branson was brought on to write the film, and it's been in pre-production ever since. There have also been reports that the movie is about to go into production. HN Entertainment has stated that Black Widow will allegedly begin production in the UK in March, but we haven't heard much else yet. Seeing as though this movie could be ready to start shooting, it may be the first Marvel film of 2020.
Our guess for release date: May 1, 2020
Marvel is moving forward with Shang-Chi, its first feature film with an Asian lead. Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984, The Expendables) will be writing the upcoming movie, which will follow the titular comic book character. Most recently, Destin Daniel Cretton has been tapped to direct.
Shang-Chi is a martial arts expert with no superpowers, but he's really good at defending himself and beating people up. His training has given him the abilities to dodge bullets, focus in on sounds, and have keen reflexes. He's a mortal human who has spent his life training in his craft. Sure, in the past few years he gained the ability to duplicate himself, but the movie will more than likely ignore that.
Our guess for release date: November 6, 2020
Black Panther 2
At the 2019 Academy Awards, Black Panther won three Oscars for Best Original Score, Best Costume Design and Best Production Design. The movie made $1.3 billion dollars worldwide. Obviously, it was a huge hit and a cultural phenomenon.
Of course, that means a sequel should be coming our way. The only things we know are that Ryan Coogler will return to write and direct the next installment of the franchise. Additionally, it will probably go into production in 2020. That being said, we're thinking Black Panther will have another February release date.
Our guess for release date: February 2, 2021
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
The third movie in Marvel's cosmic franchise has been through some trying times. Director and writer James Gunn was fired from the movie, and recently, was rehired by Disney. Gunn took to Twitter to say he was grateful for all the support.
With the return of Gunn, it was revealed that shooting for the movie may start sooner than we all originally thought, in 2020. Even though Suicide Squad is expected to hit theaters in August 2021, there is a very good chance that Volume 3 of the Guardians saga could arrive before it.
Our guess for release date: May 7, 2021
Doctor Strange 2
Things are slowly coming together for Doctor Strange 2. Director and writer Scott Derrickson will return to helm the film, but there is still a search going for a script writer. Benedict Cumberbatch and Benedict Wong will be returning to play Dr. Strange and Wong respectively.
There are no other firm details, but it is believed that the movie will begin production sometime 2020 and it could have a November release date.
Our guess for release date: November 5, 2021
It's a year since The Eternals was teased. Back in April 2018, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige spoke about the upcoming film with The Wrap. "Eternals is one of many many many things that we are actively beginning to have creative discussions about to see if we believe in them enough to put them on a slate," Feige explained. He again teased The Eternals at a press day for Captain Marvel, saying he wanted to introduce an ensemble team to the MCU, like Guardians of the Galaxy, but not tonally.
So who, or what, are The Eternals? Out of the legendary mind of Jack Kirby, The Eternals are an evolutionary offshoot of humans. The Celestials--the oldest beings in the Marvel Universe--came to Earth and altered some human genes, a million years ago. These superhumans are not immortal, but they live long lifespans and have incredible superpowers. That's the short and sweet of it, but it goes a lot further than that because Kirby's science fiction work is incredibly complex. This one is still in the earliest phases of pre-production so don't expect it any time soon.
Our guess for release date: February 18, 2022
Kamala Khan is better known as Ms. Marvel, an Inhuman superhero who idolizes Captain Marvel. Back in May 2018, Kevin Feige stated that there is a plan for a Ms. Marvel movie, but they wanted to introduce Captain Marvel first.
Khan made her debut in 2013 at Marvel Comics and found a legion of fans who loved the character who "embiggens" as her super-power (she can stretch, grow and shrink, and even shapeshift). That's all we know. At this point in time, it's unknown as to whether this is actually in pre-production or not.
Our guess for release date: May 6, 2022
Captain Marvel 2
After one week in the theaters, Captain Marvel amassed $569 million dollars worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. It's not slowing down and will continue to make money right up until Avengers: Endgame hits theaters. However, a sequel for this movie is not out of the question. The only MCU movie to not get a sequel--or have one in the works--was The Incredible Hulk because that was a box office flop.
There is no confirmation or even a hint that Captain Marvel 2 will happen, but why introduce this huge character and only give her one movie?
Our guess for release date: July 29, 2022
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Disney+)
After the events of Avengers: Endgame, we do know what some of Marvel's superheroes are up to next and that's TV shows. The new original Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is coming to the Disney+ streaming service and will see Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) teaming with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan). While plot details remain a mystery, at the very least we know Sam has Captain America's shield now.
This is one of the most mysterious of the Disney+ shows. WandaVision, obviously, follows Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany). However, Vision is very dead. What's more, Olsen told Variety that the series would be something of a period piece. "There's quite a few other comic books that we’re pulling from and it’s going to be Wanda and the Vision, and I think at the Disney+ launch chat, they showed a photo of us in the '50s," she teased.
How will this story unfold? How is Vision alive? Why are they in the '50s? These are all questions we're going to have to wait to get an answer to.
Original Avenger Hawkeye is also getting his own TV spin-off. In it, Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) will reportedly train the next generation of Hawkeye, Kate Bishop. If you don't know who she is, don't worry, we have you covered. Like the other Disney+ shows, this is a limited series. So chances are we'll still see these characters on the big screen. Unless that is, this is the final appearance of Clint and the next big-screen Hawkeye we get is Kate. There's also the question of Clint's kids, specifically his daughter Lila who we saw taking up archery during Avengers: Endgame. Where does Kate come in to the Barton family and what happens to Lila when she does? Or is is it possible Kate Bishop won't play a role at all and Lila is the next generation of Hawkeye?
This one is a bit puzzling. After all, present-day Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is dead after the events of Avengers: Infinity War. However, something interesting happened in Endgame. When Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) revisited the Battle of New York in 2012, the version of Loki from Marvel's Avengers got his hands on the Tesseract, otherwise known as the Space Stone, and disappeared.
It's entirely possible this is the version of Loki that is getting his TV show. In that case, though, it's worth noting this is a truly terrible version of Loki at his most villainous.
Marvel's What If...? (Disney+)
What If…? Will be Disney+'s Marvel animated series, conceptually based on the comic book series of the same name. It will see the stars of the MCU voicing their characters for a series of one-off stories that explore some interesting potential alternate realities. One that's been teased is a world where Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) was given the super serum, while a scrawny Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) goes to war in a robotic suit made by Howard Stark. Given that Endgame introduced the idea of branching timelines, practically anything is possible in the MCU, so here's hoping What If…? leans heavily into weird.
Marvel's Hero Project (Disney+)
Interestingly, there are also Marvel docuseries in the works for Disney+. Marvel's Hero Project will profile young people who are making a positive impact in their communities. According to an official description, "These inspiring kids have dedicated their lives to selfless acts of bravery and kindness, and now, Marvel celebrates them as the true Super Heroes they are."
Marvel's 616 (Disney+)
According to an official description, 616 "is an anthological documentary series exploring the intersection between Marvel’s rich legacy of stories, characters, and creators, and the world outside your window." Essentially, it sounds like the show will look at how the world influences Marvel stories and history, and vice-versa.
Ghost Rider (Hulu)
It's not just Disney+ that's getting new live-action Marvel shows. A new Ghost Rider series is coming to Hulu, which will see Gabriel Luna star as Robbie Reyes, the version of Ghost Rider in this series. Interestingly, Luna previously played the same role on Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, though it remains unclear how closely-tied to that show and the Marvel Cinematic Universe this series will be.
Hulu will also bring Helstrom to live-action. The series will center on Daimon and Ana Helstrom, children of a serial killer who dedicate their lives to tracking down and defeating villains of the world. Between this and Ghost Rider, it definitely gives the idea that Hulu's Marvel offerings will be darker than those on Disney+.
There are also some new cartoons coming to Hulu, featuring Marvel characters that simply might not work as standalone stories in live-action. First up is M.O.D.O.K., who is simply "an egomaniacal supervillain with a really big head and a really little body, who struggles to maintain control of his evil organization and his demanding family."
Howard the Duck (Hulu)
After being an Easter egg in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Endgame, Howard the Duck is finally getting the spotlight he deserves. Very little is known about this series, other than it will be written and executive produced by Kevin Smith (Clerks).
Tigra & Dazzler (Hulu)
This one might be the most exciting. The two female superheroes--a cat person and a mutant--are teaming up for the greater good. A brief description reads, "two woke superheroes and best friends who fight for recognition among powered people."
Hit-Monkey might be the strangest entry of the Hulu animated bunch. The character, which was first introduced in an issue of Deadpool, is a "wronged Japanese snow monkey, mentored by the ghost of an American assassin." Office Christmas Party directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck are writing this one.
The Offenders (Hulu)
Taking a shot at Netflix's Defenders with its title, The Offenders will see the various animated characters team for a special outing on Hulu. According to the streaming service, the team-up is forced upon them as they are tasked with saving the world "and certain parts of the universe."