We know how important cinemas are to Marvel Studios, and their blockbuster movies. Thanks to reopening theatres and continued increase in COVID-19 vaccinations, delay has proved not be denial again, as the Walt Disney subsidiary dropped a bombshell of release dates on us yesterday. ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ marked the end of the end of the hugely successful Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Phase 4 is set to kick-off with Natasha Romanoff’s backstory, Black Widow.
Here’s what to expect from Marvel in the coming months/years.
Black Widow: July 9, 2021
Scarlet Johannsson returns as the cinema’s favourite female spy, Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff), this time confronting the darker parts of her life when a dangerous conspiracy tied to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: September 3, 2021
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, who must confront the past he thought he had escaped when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings Organization. The film also stars Tony Leung as Wenwu, Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy and Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan, as well as Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu and Ronny Chieng.
Eternals: November 5, 2021
Marvel’s Eternals features an incredible new team of Superheroes in the MCU, ancient beings who have been undercover on Earth for thousands of years. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, the Deviants.
Spider-Man: No Way Home: December 17, 2021
Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Jacob Batalon return in this sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019). Director, Jon Watts also returns, while Jamie Foxx and Alfred Molina will appear as Dr. Octopus and Electro-Man respectively- resulting in a crossing between Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man. See what Tom Holland had to say about the movie.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: March 25, 2022
This movie is expected to leave moviegoers gaping in awe and is huge part of the plans of Phase 4. It will be directed by Sam Raimi, and fans will see the return of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Benedict Wong (Wong), Rachel McAdams (Christine Palmer), and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Mordo), as well as the addition of Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) and newcomer Xochitl Gomez who will portray America Chavez, a new fan-favourite from the comics.
Thor: Love and Thunder: May 6, 2022
Disney and Marvel continue to enjoy record-breaking successes at the Box-Office, and why not, when they come down to finetuning small details such as a release calendar. Remember Christian Bale from Christopher Nolan’s Batman Trilogy, he’s joining the cast as Gorr the God Butcher, with Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Tessa Thompson reprising their former roles.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever: July 8, 2022
The sequel to the history-making Black Panther, written and directed by Ryan Coogler, will explore the incomparable world of Wakanda which has now become open to the world.
The Marvels: November 11, 2022
The Marvels is sequel to Captain Marvel. The movie is directed by Nia DaCosta. Brie Larson return as Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel, while Teyonah Parris plays Monica Rambeau, and Iman Vellani portrays Kamala Khan.
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania: February 17, 2023
As announced during last year’s The Walt Disney Company Investor Day, Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) and Evangeline Lilly (Wasp) return in Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania with Kang the Conqueror, played by Jonathan Majors, while Peyton Reed helms the direction. Kathryn Newton joins the cast as Cassie Lang, while Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer return as Hope’s parents, Dr. Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne, respectively.
Guardians of the Galaxy 3: May 5, 2023
Our ragtag band of galactic misfits will return to big screens with their leader, Starlord (Chris Prat). This third instalment of the Guardians will be written and directed by James Gunn.
Yep! You heard right. Although there’s been no confirmation of production or a release date, Jon Watts is set to direct a Fantastic Four movie, as announced by Feige last year. Even more so, Marvel dropped an easter-egg hinting at the movie in a reel posted to their Twitter account yesterday, May 3.
Never a dull moment in cinemas with the MCU, and they have succeeded in dragging people to the cinemas, eventually making them appreciate the experience. Expect even more outrageous records from Phase 4.
For top movies coming to cinemas and streaming services this May, check out this post.