Marvel Studios reveals the full Phase Four at Comic-Con!
Just as Avengers: Endgame passed Avatar today to become the biggest worldwide release of all time, Marvel Studios took the Hall H stage at Comic-Con International with surprises stretching from 2020 to 2021 and beyond! Phase Four will introduce a new element to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with several Disney+ series added to the mix. Here’s the full rundown on what was announced in chronological order:
May 2, 2020
Now in production, Black Widow is directed by Cate Shortland, who was on hand to greet the Hall H audience along with star Scarlett Johansson, who will be reprising her role as Natasha Romanoff. The film also welcome several newcomers to the MCU with David Harbour as Alexei (aka The Red Guardian), Florence Pugh as Yelena, O-T Fagbenle as Mason and Rachel Weisz as Melina.
November 6, 2020
To be directed by Chloé Zhao, Eternals will star Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh and Angelina Jolie as Thena.
A Disney+ series, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier teams Sam Wilson (aka The Falcon) and Bucky Barnes (aka The Winter Soldier) for action-filled adventures as they fight together against evil after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Captain America: Civil War‘s Daniel Brühl will return as the series’ villain, Baron Zemo.
It was announced that Kim’s Convenience star Simu Liu will play the title role in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, which has Destin Daniel Cretton directing. It was also announced that Awkwafina will star in a yet-to-be-disclosed role. What’s more, the film’s villain, the real Mandarin, will be played by celebrated Chinese actor Tony Leung.
Hitting in 2021 is WandaVision, a Disney+ original series where Paul Bettany reprises the role of Vision and Elizabeth Olsen returns to her role of Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch. Bettany and Olsen will be joined by MCU newcomer Teyonah Parris, who will be playing the grown-up version of Monica Rambeau, introduced earlier this year in Captain Marvel.
Also hitting Disney+ in the spring of 2021 is Loki, which has Tom Hiddleston back in his role of the mercurial Loki, the god of mischief and everyone’s favorite villain. Taking the Hall H stage, Hiddleston promised that the show will answer the biggest question from Avengers: Endgame: “Where did Loki go when he took the Space Stone?”
Director Scott Derrickson returns alongside leading man Benedict Cumberbatch for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. He’ll be joined this time by fellow MCU mystic Elizabeth Olsen with the WandaVision series connecting directly to the feature film storyline.
What If…? marks the first animated series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, created exclusively for Disney+ with stories that present alternate realities in the Marvel multiverse. Jeffrey Wright will voice Uatu, the Watcher with an extensive voice cast that includes Michael B Jordan, Sebastian Stan, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Hayley Atwell, Chadwick Boseman, Karen Gillan, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Neal McDonough, Dominic Cooper, Sean Gunn, Natalie Portman, David Dastmalchian, Stanley Tucci, Taika Waititi, Djimon Honsou, Jeff Goldblum, Michael Rooker and Chris Sullivan.
Jeremy Renner will reprise his role as Clint Barton for a Hawkeye Disney+ original series. Details are still few and far between, but it was revealed that he’ll be joined by the (yet to be cast) fan favorite character Kate Bishop, first introduced in Jim Cheung and Allan Heinberg’s Young Avengers comic book series and who was later popularized in Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye run.
November 5, 2021
The fourth feature film in the Thor franchise, Thor: Love and Thunder will see the return of Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi along with stars Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman. It was revealed that Portman’s Jane Foster will become the Mighty Thor, the goddess of Thunder while Thompson teased that part of the plot will involve Valkyrie (who is now King) and her search for a Asgardian Queen.
Although no release date was announced, the Marvel presentation ended with one last surprise. Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali will headline an all new Blade film, set in the MCU!