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The MCU’s Phase 4 begins: Natalie Portman, Eternals, and Disney+

Here is what is in store for Phase 4.

Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios had a bevy of major announcements at San Diego Comic-Con. Eternals was only the tip of the iceberg. A shocking return, an animated series, and plenty of Disney+ shows were announced at Hall H. What does the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe look like? Below is a quick recap of the major announcements and what it means for the next Phase of the MCU.

Eternals (November 6, 2020)

The cast for Eternals was announced along with a release date. Angelina Jolie joins an all star cast in what looks to be a major installment of the MCU.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Fall 2020)

Coming to the Disney+ streaming service next year are the continuing adventures of Sam and Bucky. Following the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home, the series will also feature long time Captain America villain Zemo.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (February 12, 2021)

Coming to theaters in early 2021, another long term project was formally announced. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton will star Simu Liu. Arguably more importantly, fans of the MCU will see the real Mandarin.

WandaVision (Spring 2021)

The show itself is not surprising. What is shocking is the series will take place after the events of Endgame. A big clue to how this can be was revealed when it was announced later it would tie into another MCU release. The Disney+ show will star Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany.

Loki (Spring 2021)

Yet another rumor was addressed. The events of Endgame left fans all wondering the same thing. What the heck will Loki be up after preventing his own death? One thing fans can expect from the Disney+ show: According to Tom Hiddleston, Loki will be about the trickster from early in the MCU, not the hero seen later.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 7, 2021)

Easily, the best title in the history of the MCU, the next Doctor Strange theatrical release does not just sound like a horror movie. According to director Scott Derickson it will be the “first scary MCU movie.” It will also tie into the events of WandaVision and the title gives a a good indication of what fans may be seeing in Phase 4.

What If…? (Summer 2021)

Marvel has a rich history of animated series. Based on the comic book series, this animated show will be coming to Disney+ in summer 2021. The premise features what would have happened if things turned out differently during major events in Marvel history. Jeffrey Wright will be the voice behind The Watcher. Other voice actors will include stars from the MCU.

hawkeye (Fall 2021)

Remember that Kate Bishop tease the MCU gave us in the Endgame trailer? This Disney+ series will be giving us the real deal and not Clint’s daughter. The show will take place after the events of Endgame. 

Thor: Love and Thunder (November 5, 2021)

Running a close second behind the next Doctor Strange movie for most awesome title, it was already announced that Taika Waititi would be returning to the director’s chair. The big surprise was the revelation that Natalie Portman would be returning as Jane Foster when the fourth Thor movie hits theaters. Along with female Thor, Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson will be be returning.

Black Widow (May 1, 2020)

Unlike WandaVision, this long rumored project will be a prequel. Set to release in theaters, it will be interesting to see how this movie will fit overall into Phase 4. The impressive cast includes David Harbour, Florence Pugh, and Rachel Weisz.

Blade (TBD)

Feige said he did not have enough time to discuss the Fantastic Four or mutants. However, there was one last announcement. Mahershala Ali came on stage and put on a cap that said “Blade”. Nuff’ said.

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