Hello Folks! I am so glad that you are back. I know that you have not either had enough with this fabulously complex saga. So, after Phase 3, comes the story of Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4.
Logical. Makes even more sense, as we are reaching the end of 2019 and Phase 4 has been predicted to take place in 2020 and 2021.Good news, because this means that, from tomorrow Phase 4 will also include television series.
So, let’s dive straight in and see what we can learn today, bearing in mind that this subject in endless. As a quick recap, I will remind you that the Marvel Cinematic Universe, originally, is an American media franchise that specializes in superhero movies based on Marvel comic books. The first phase of the MCU started in 2008 with the first Iron Man movie.
A Little Bit of Insight
Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4 will not include any Avengers movie. If we want to see some kind of a superheroes’ reunion, we will have to watch Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness.
Just to give you the heads up, the latter will be inspired by the horror genre. That does not reassure me at all, as I am not a horror fan at all.
SPOILER ALERT! Regarding Iron Man and Captain America, they will, unfortunately, no longer be part of the game. Iron Man sacrificed himself to defeat Thanos and Captain America decided to stay in the past with agent Peggy Carter. Well, who can blame him?
The Eternals will possibly include an LGBTQ superhero, who is married and has got a family. I had already given you a glimpse of this earlier this year.
We should also witness the adventures of She-Hulk, featuring perhaps Liv Tyler, and a Pakistani-American actress acting in Ms Marvel. It is about time we see some diversity in the world of movies based on comics.
Neither Deadpool, nor Ant-Man, are included in Phase 4. That is a shame, because I personally am a huge fan of Deadpool, but I must confess that I was very disappointed in Deadpool 2. For me, it lacked a convincing scenario – this is, of course, my humble opinion.
Don’t forget that Spidey is back in the game in a Spiderman 3 movie and that Thor will be impersonated by a woman. Yes, Natalie Portman will take over, officially as The Mighty Thor. She might even have to fight breast cancer. I did not ask for that much, if you ask me. I doubt that we will ever see The Falcon have his prostate checked one fine day.
Simu Liu will be the first Asian Marvel superhero, impersonating Shang-Chi, a Kung-Fu Master.
I must say, I am very happy about this diversity, it is high time because it was certainly lacking. Let us keep in mind, though, that entertainment is a business, whether movies we watch are by Martin Scorsese, or about your favorite action super hero.
But this will not undermine my joy about the fact that the MCU is now more female focused than it has ever been. Perhaps this is an effect of #MeToo, perhaps not. I think this would be a very interesting subject for a sociology class.
Marvel’s Streaming Service Disney+
The Walt Disney Company owns a division called The Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International. This division itself owns a video on-demand streaming service called Disney+.
Its content will focus on films and TV series issued by Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney television. This service, launched in the Netherlands on September 12, 2019, will compete against Netflix and Amazon prime Video.
In case you are settling in for an evening of Trivial Pursuit tonight, here is an interesting fact! Since 2007, Kevin Feige has been the president of Marvel Studios.
On the 15th of October 2019, it was announced that he had been promoted to Chief Creative Officer over all Marvel, including films, TV and comic publishing. Congratulations, Kevin!
A List of Phase 4 Movies
- The Black Widow movie (May 1, 2020). The story is set between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers Infinity War.
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Fall 2020)
- The Eternals (November 6, 2020)
- Shang-Chi: And the Legend of the Ten Rings (February 12, 2021)
- Loki TV show (Spring 2021)
- WandaVision (Spring 2021)
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 7, 2021)
- What If…? (Spring 2021)
- Thor: Love and Thunder (November 6, 2021)
- Hawkeye series (Fall 2021)
A List of Phase 4 TV Series
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2020)
- WandaVision (2021)
- Loki (2021)
- What If …? (2021)
- Hawkeye (2021)
- Ms. Marvel (2021)
- Moon Knight (release date to be determined)
- She-Hulk (release date to be determined)
What Is On In The Next Phase
Black Panther 2 is currently in the pre-production phase (release date May 6, 2022), Guardians of the Galaxy 3, Blade (featuring Mahershala Ali), Captain Marvel 2, The Mutants, the X-Men and Avengers 5. We might also be able to watch The Fantastic Four.
A few words about Blade’s reboot: the Marvel Cinematic Universe is contemplating – specifically with this movie – the occult corners of the comics ‘The Tomb of Dracula‘, issued by Marvel in 1973.
It was created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan. It definitely looks like The MCU is dipping its toe into the dark underworld. Remember, as already mentioned above, Doctor Strange is also looking at this genre.
Phase 5 should also be the opportunity to show on the big screen the adventures of Richard Rider, aka Nova, a superhero member of The Nova Corps, an intergalactic police force. So, as you see, the MCU is going cosmic.
We might have the pleasure to follow the new adventures of Ant-Man in a third movie. But this is part of a rumor. It is currently too early to tell. And we don’t know if it is going to be part of Phase 4 or Phase 5. I will certainly keep you posted.
I am sure you are familiar with the ‘expression’ Rated R: Restricted film. If not, it means that children under the age of 17 (and not the edge of seventeen) require that an accompanying parent or an adult guardian go with them at the movies.
Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds is confident that Deadpool 3 will be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So, if not in Phase 4, perhaps in Phase 5. We will soon know. By the way, Blade might also be R-rated.
This MCU Phase 5 should start in 2022. I will certainly keep you posted. Talk to you soon. Anne-Sophie