Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4 release schedule
UPDATE, April 25th 2020 – As we predicted couple of days ago, there were some additional changes on Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4 release calendar. Third Spider-Man movie with Tom Holland, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Thor: Love and Thunder all got new release dates. Continue reading to find out more.
As every other studio, Disney and Marvel Studios, due to the coronavirus pandemic, announced a series of new release dates including major date changes for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As you probably know, MCU Phase 4 won’t just unfold on the big-screen as Disney started it’s own streaming platform, called Disney Plus, which will feature original MCU series starting in Fall 2020.
Most of the main superheroes that survived after events in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame will got new sequels on the big screen (Thor, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Captain Marvel), while supporting characters like Falcon, Winter Soldier, Scarlet Witch and Loki will get their own solo projects in form of TV shows. Also in MCU Phase 4 there’s no a team-up movie like Avengers, which doesn’t mean there won’t be a new Avengers movies in the future – this is probably reserved for Phase 5.
Let’s take a look at a complete MCU Phase 4 release schedule.
Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4 movies
List of all MCU movies from Phase 4:
- Black Widow – November 6, 2020
- The Eternals – February 12, 2021
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Ring – May 7, 2021
- Spider-Man: Homecoming 3 – November 5 2021 (originally scheduled for Jul 16, 2021)
- Thor: Love And Thunder – Feb 11, 2022 (originally scheduled for February 18, 2022)
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – March 25, 2022 (originally scheduled for November 5, 2021)
- Black Panther 2 – May 8, 2022
- Captain Marvel 2 – July 8, 2022
Black Widow, a first standalone movie for Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. Black Widow, which was set for May release but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, will now be released on November 6, 2020. Black Widow is set after the events of Captain America: Civil War (and before Avengers: Infinity War) and follows Natasha on the run from the government following the battle in CA: Civil War between team Captain America and team Iron Man.
Movie will take Natasha and viewers to Russia, where she’ll join her “family” Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Red Guardian (David Harbour) and Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz) in a battle against new enemy – Taskmaster (a villain with the ability to mimic the movements of other superheroes). If you didn’t already, check a final trailer for Black Widow.
New release date for Black Widow was originally occupied by The Eternals which now moves to February 12, 2021. The Eternals is new property in Marvel Cinematic Universe and is a about a race of immortal aliens who lived on Earth and shaped its history and civilizations.
Movie is directed by Chloé Zhao (The Rider, Songs My Brothers Taught Me) and stars Angelina Jolie (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Maleficent, Salt, Girl, Interrupted), Richard Madden (Game of Thrones, Rocketman), Salma Hayek (Frida, Desperado, The Hitman’s Bodyguard), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) and Gemma Chan (Crazy Rich Asians, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them).
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, first Asian superhero in MCU who will be played by relatively unknown Simu Liu, is now postponed to May 7, 2021.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (excellent title, by the way), was scheduled for November 5, 2021 release but now moves to March 25, 2022. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is rumored to be directed by Sam Raimi (Evil Dead, A Simple Plan, Spider-Man trilogy with Tobey Maguire, Drag Me to Hell, Darkman) after the departure of Scott Derickson, a director of first Doctor Strange movie. Benedict Cumberbatch will reprise his role as the Sorcerer Supreme, as well as Benedict Wong as Wong and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mordo. They’ll be joined by Elizabeth Olsen‘s Scarlet Witch. If early rumors are true, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be Marvel’s first horror movie.
Thor: Love And Thunder, the fourth movie in the Thor saga and the sequel to Thor: Ragnarok was scheduled for February 18, 2022 and will now be released a little earlier, on February 11, 2022. Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Jojo Rabbit) who directed Thor: Ragnarok (best Thor movie so far), will return for a sequel. Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie) and Taika Waititi (Korg) are reprising their roles with the addition of Christian Bale as main villain. Natalie Portman is also returning as a female Thor. And there is a rumor Guardians of the Galaxy will have a cameo in Thor: Love And Thunder which is a really good news as Chris Hemsworth had a great chemistry with them.
Release date for Black Panther 2, a sequel to one of the most commercially successful and in my opinion one of the worst MCU movies, remains the same (May 8, 2022), while Captain Marvel 2 will be released on July 8, 2022, two weeks earlier than originally planned. Black Panther 2 will be directed by Ryan Coogler (Black Panther, Creed, Fruitvale Station), and Chadwick Boseman and Martin Freeman are expected to reprise their roles of T’Challa / Black Panther and Everett K. Ross.
Third Spider-Man movie with Tom Holland was until yesterday slated for July 16, 2021, As we expected due to recent updates of Phase 4 release schedule for coronavirus-related reasons, it is now delayed by four months and will be released on November 5 2021. If you’re not familiar, Spider-Man doesn’t belong to Marvel Studios and Disney as Sony bought rights for Spider-Man from Marvel almost 20 years ago. Sony achieved critical and commercial success with its first Spider-Man trilogy, directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire, but its second attempt, directed by Marc Webb and starring Andrew Garfield, was far less successful. So Sony decided to team up with Marvel and after short appearance in Captain America: Civil War, we got a new solo Spider-Man movie in 2017, called Spider-Man: Homecoming with Tom Holland in the lead role, which was a critical and commercial success. This new Spider-Man also appeared in two Avengers movies (Infinity War and Endgame) before returning to solo adventures in last year Spider-Man: Far From Home. Soon problems started as Disney and Sony couldn’t agree on terms and it seemed like Tom Holland’s Spider-Man won’t be a part of MCU anymore. Thankfully Disney and Sony finally reached a deal in September and Spider-Man was back in MCU.
Marvel and Disney have some more movies in the works, like Blade with two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali in a lead role, Ant-Man 3, Guardians of the Galaxy vol 3 and Ms Marvel but none of them is currently on Marvel release schedule.
Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4 TV shows
List of all MCU TV shows from Phase 4:
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier – August 2020
- WandaVision – December 2020
- Loki – Spring 2021
- Hawkeye – Fall 2021
As previously announced, MCU TV shows on Disney Plus will have six to eight episode with budgets comparable to an MCU movie. While main superheroes that survived after events in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame will got new movies on the big screen, supporting characters like Falcon, Winter Soldier, Scarlet Witch and Loki will get their own solo projects in a form of TV shows.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will be first MCU Phase 4 TV show on Disney Plus debuting on August 2020. The series will focus on characters of Bucky Barnes aka Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and Sam Wilson aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie), teaming up against Daniel Brühl’s Baron Zemo (he was a villain in highly successful Captain America: Civil War).
WandaVision, based on the Marvel Comics characters Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) will be released on Disney Plus on December 2020. The events of the series will reportedly take place after the 2019 film Avengers: Endgame. Paul Bettany‘s Vision died in Avengers: Infinity War, so it’s still unclear how will he return to life. Plot is unknown at the time but Olsen said that “it’s going to get weird,” and Feige has teased WandaVision will be the MCU’s first sitcom.
Tom Hiddleston’s mischievous Loki will be getting his own TV show – Loki appeared in dozen MCU movies (Thor, Thor: Dark World, Avengers), both as a villain and an ally, and died in Avengers: Infinity War. Loki in TV show will be the one who escaped with the Space Stone in Avengers: Endgame and Kevin Feige told that his escape in Avengers: Endgame will tie directly into the Loki TV show.
Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye will also get his own TV show on Disney Plus in Spring 2021. After appearing as a supporting character in a couple of MCU movies here he will be a main character and the show will follow him as he trains a young woman (Kate Bishop) as his protegé.