After Avengers: Endgame, Marvel closed a large chapter of the Marvel Universe. However, an end is not yet in sight: in April phase 4 of the MCU will start with Black Widow. But which films are more planned at Marvel? We list all announced Marvel films for the overview that you can fall back on if you just don’t know which movie you can watch now. These are the Upcoming Marvel Films.
To kick-off phase 4 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Black Widow is the 24th film in the spectacular series. The film is set after the events in Captain America: Civil War when Natasha is on the run. During her outlaw period, she is confronted with her past. Shall we finally find out what happened in Budapest? Because the film goes back in time it is possible that we Robert Downey Jr. see him as Iron Man one last time.
Release: April 29, 2020. Part of: MCU
And back to the MCU! While Black Widow goes back in time, Eternals takes place immediately after Avengers: Endgame. After the major events in the final film of phase 3, the Eternals come together to protect humanity from their evil counterpart: the Deviants.
The Eternals are an immortal extraterrestrial race made by the Celestials, the race of Star-Lord’s father Ego. These Eternals have been living in secret on earth for 7000 years. With Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden and Kit Harrington, Marvel has adopted a killer cast.
Release: November 6, 2020 (provisional date). Part of: MCU
3The New Mutants
The next film from Marvel, but at the same time the last film in the X-Men series, is The New Mutants. It promises to be a kind of horror film in the jacket of a superhero film. In the film, a group of young mutants learns to cope with their powers. At first, it was thought that The New Mutants would come directly to Disney +, but it will first be shown in cinemas from 8 April.
Release: 8 April 2020. Part of: X-Men universe
The adventures in the Spider universe also continue. In Sony’s Morbius, Dr. Michael (Jared Leto) turns into a vampire after trying to cure himself of a rare blood disorder. Logical, right? Although this film does not take place directly in the Marvel Universe, there is certainly a connection with the events in the latest Spider-Man films with Tom Holland (which do take place in the MCU).
This is how villain Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming comes along in the Morbius trailer and we see on photos of the set that Spider-Man is missing, building on the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Release: August 13, 2020. Part of: Spider-verse
5Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
This fourth film in the MCU is also a sequel to the Disney + series WandaVision and Loki. One of the writers said earlier that they would like to welcome Karl Mordo and Nightmare as the villains, but we are still in the dark to see if this will actually happen. Marvel boss Kevin Feige says it will be ” a big MCU film with scary parts in it “.
Will this become a Marvel horror film just like Eternals? Earlier it was announced that Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson did not cooperate in the sequel due to ‘creative differences’. Does Spider-Man director Sam Raimi take on the role?
Release: 7 May 2021 (provisional date). Part of: MCU
The other anti-villain in the Spider universe is planned soon after Morbius. The release date is not yet set, but what we know for sure is that Sméagol actor Andy Serkis Venom 2 will be directing. In the credits of part 1, it became clear that the crazy half-symbiosis, half-human Carnage (Woody Harrelson) will make his debut in part 2. Tom Hardy gives a taste of Woody as Carnage. Rumors are that also Spider-Man (Tom Holland) passes by in Venom 2.
Release: 2 October 2020 (provisional date). Part of: Spider-verse
7Black Panther 2
It is not yet clear whether the Black Panther sequel is still part of phase 4 or whether this will be the start of phase 5. Marvel fans think that Wakanda will be attacked again in the future. Namor, Marvel’s version of Aquaman who, according to insiders, is making his MCU debut in this film, or Princess Zanda would try to take over the empire. It is also whispered that T’Challa will take on the villain Doctor Doom.
Release: May 6, 2022 (provisional date). Part of: MCU
8Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
The third film in phase 4 of the MCU is all about Shang-Chi: the best fighter of all time with a background in espionage. Comic book legend Stan Lee tried to make the story into a movie with Brandon Lee in the 1980s, but it didn’t work out in the end.
In the comic books, the ten rings are physical objects of extraterrestrial origin, but in the alto universe Secret Wars, the ten rings are ten martial arts techniques devised by the Mandarin, the villain who will be in the Shang Chi film to show up. It is not yet known which way Marvel will go with the rings.
After Sony and Disney did not seem to agree, it was thought that there would be no Spider-Man sequel, despite the large cliffhanger in the last film. But the big bosses have made up for it and a Spider-Man sequel has been officially confirmed! Whether this film will again play a prominent role in the MCU or whether, after Morbius and Venom 2, will focus more on the Spider universe is not clear. In fact, we still know very little …
Fortunately, Zendaya and Jacob Batalon return as MJ and Ned. Because yes, no Spider-Man without Ned! Are we also going to see Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio again? And if Mysterio is still alive, could this be the debut of the Sinister Six (a group of supervillains from the Spider-Man comic books)? We have to wait a little longer.
If it’s up to Tom Holland, he would prefer Spider-Man to fight with dinosaurs in the sequel: ” I would like it to be called Jurassic Park: Spider-Man Awakening or something .” Okay Tom, thanks for your suggestion!
Release: August 16, 2021 (provisional date). Part of: Spider-verse or MCU?
10Thor: Love and Thunder
Oscar-winning director Taika Waititi returns as Thor director and as the hilarious Korg. Come on with that stone, paper, scissors-jokes, Taika! The director has taken the Thor franchise out of the well and we are happy to be back for part 4.
This is probably the last film of phase 4. In Avengers: Endgame we saw how Thor Valkyrie crowns as the new leader of Asgard. Will the film focus on Asgard or more on Thor himself? And what about a new female Thor? Namely, it has been announced that Natalie Portman will return as Jane Foster and that she will most likely become the Goddess of Thunder: Mighty Thor. Rumors went that early this year too Christian Bale is negotiating to play in the movie. Does the same apply to Ryan Gosling?
Release: November 5, 2021 (provisional date). Part of: MCU
The following films have also been officially announced, but have not yet received a release date. The MCU films from this list are most likely part of phase 5.
- Blade (MCU)Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (MCU)
- Captain Marvel 2 (MCU)
- Fantastic Four (MCU)
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2 (Spider-verse)