SDCC 2019: Marvel Panel Gives Us ‘MCU Phase 4’ Details
It’s the biggest event of the weekend in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con: The Marvel Panel.
As the Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown and Marvel Studios has become the booming division of the company Disney so proudly owns, the panel has become all about movies and streaming. Marvel boss Kevin Feige took the stage at Comic-Con 2019 to break the news of the MCU’s Phase 4, starting with The Eternals.
The Eternals will release November 6, 2020 and feature Angelina Jolie as Thena, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, and Lia McHugh as Sprite. “The film is full of Jack Kirby,” Feige told the cheering crowd.
Unlike other films in the MCU, Eternals is taking place millions of years before the rest of the movies, an idea that has always intrigued Feige. This will obviously reduce the cameos but Marvel is promising it will be wildly different than anything else the MCU has done.
Marvel moved on to announce Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The film is set to star Simu Liu, Awkwafina, and Tony Leung, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. In theaters February 12, 2021.
The Shang-Chi release is interesting, as many felt the February hold date would be for Black Panther 2, but that has not been announced at this time.
Phase 4 will also include the Disney+ series that have been previously announced. With Falcon and the Winter Soldier getting a Fall 2020 release date and the Scarlet Witch series titled WandaVision with Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and Teyonah Parris, streaming exclusively Spring 2021.
And completely confirmed now, Tom Hiddleston will be returning for Loki, also airing on Disney+ starting Spring 2021.
Doctor Strange is back in theaters May 7, 2021. The long awaited Doctor Strange sequel will be titled Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and star Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen. Scott Derrickson is set to return as director.
Early intel is stating that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be a horror style movie. And by early intel we mean people tweeting from Hall H.
Back to the streaming platform, Disney+, the studio announced Marvel Studios’ WHAT IF…?, the first animated series in the MCU, with Jeffrey Wright as the voice of The Watcher, and many actors from across the MCU reprising their roles as voice talent. This will drop on the streaming platform Summer 2021.
Pretty much everything above had been unofficially confirmed in someway, but it was a surprise when the Disney+ series, Hawkeye, due out Fall 2021 was announced. Hawkeye will star Jeremy Renner and introduce Kate Bishop. We are curious on how long Renner will retain the role, but I guess we’ll have to wait until 2021 to find out.
And huge news as the previously reported Thor 4 is now titled, dated, and with cast. Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, and Natalie Portman (yes! Portman!) all return for Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021.
The biggest news about the Thor movie is that Portman will be Lady Thor!
And now tossing the audience in Hall H a curve, Marvel has come back to May 1, 2020 for the official release of the Black Widow movie. Black Widow will star Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, Rachel Weisz, and be directed by Cate Shortland.
Feige has also confirmed, without dates, during the panel that Black Panther 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 3, Captain Marvel 2, Fantastic Four, and a Mutant (X-Men) movie are all in the works as well.
The biggest news not dealing with the calendar was related to the recent Spider-Man: Far From Home release. It turns out that Feige has confirmed Mysterio was in fact lying about his origin leading us to believe he might actually be from another universe. Doctor Strange’s Multiverse of Madness subtitle strengthens that.
And Feige drops the hammer with a surprise announcement of Blade starring Mahershala Ali.
Full Theatrical Schedule:
- May 1, 2020: Black Widow
- November 6, 2020: The Eternals
- February 12, 2021: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
- May 7, 2021: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
- November 5, 2021: Thor: Love and Thunder
Full Disney+ Schedule:
- Spring 2020: Falcon and the Winter Soldier
- Spring 2021: WandaVision
- Summer 2021: Marvel Studios’ What If…?
- Fall 2021: Loki
- Fall 2021: Hawkeye