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What’s Next in The Marvel Cinematic Universe

Marvel movies have all but conquered the superhero space in the world. Yes, DC still has some titles that compete, but Marvel is definitely leading the pack. With Phase 3 finishing with Spider-Man Far From Home, Phase 4 and 5 are now in the spotlight.

Some of the movies on this list are near completion, whether it be a Phase 4 or Phase 5 release, but there are a couple on this list with no date yet, or little to no information available. However, it is strongly believed that they are all on their way, and that the Marvel heroes are enjoying  their downtime right now.

Black Widow

Black Widow was set to be the first female-led movie in the Marvel franchise, but obviously Ant-Man and The Wasp, and Captain Marvel took that throne. Due to COVID, Black Widow is finished, but awaiting release, and is also set to be the first movie of Phase 4.

As one of the most popular Avengers, Scarlett Johansson will reprise her role as the Natasha Romanov, with the movie being set in Europe. She will have to face the demons of her past, as well as the horrors of the Red Room training facility. This movie is also set to feature fan favorite Taskmaster for the first time on film.

The Eternals

With regards to heroes and characters from outside of Earth, Marvel has barely scratched the surface. Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor are the only that really deal with the outer space aspect of the Marvel Universe.

However, an ensemble cast has been assembled to lead the way for The Eternals. The Eternals being a race of proto-humans created by godlike creatures in the far reaches of the universe. Featuring a large, new ensemble cast of characters (and actors including Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden and Kumail Nanjiani), makes this one of the more exciting additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Spider-Man: Far From Home Sequel

Set to pick up from where the last movie left off, the currently untitled Spider-Man movie is set to bring back Tom Holland and Zendaya, as well as many of the series’ ensemble characters including J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson.  Jamie Foxx will play Electro (last seen in the previous Andrew Garfield series of Spider-Man films).

The movie is set to be released in December 2021 if all goes to plan.

Thor: Love and Thunder

Taika Waititi, who previously directed Thor: Ragnarok will return to direct Thor: Love and Thunder. Whether or not the Guardians of the Galaxy, who Thor was last seen with at the end of Avengers: Endgame, will appear is unknown, but the film will focus on Thor looking for a new life purpose.

It is set to see the return of Valkyrie, who will rule as King of Asgard, as well as the return of Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, who will become the Mighty Thor herself. Christian Bale will be the villain of the film, but details of his character have not yet been released.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

The fourth movie in Phase 4, the sequel to the highly successful Doctor Strange film has been confirmed. Once again, details are scarce, but the film was confirmed, with director Sam Raimi leading the way.

Not much is known about the story, but ol’ Doc Strange is reportedly teaming up with Scarlet Witch, to take on a currently unnamed antagonist. This movie will be directly linked to the events in the WandaVision Disney+ Series.

Black Panther 2

The tragic and unexpected passing of Chadwick Boseman following his secret fight against cancer will force Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige to rethink the character’s place in the Marvel Universe. Boseman will collaborating with director Ryan Coogler on the screenplay with plans to reprise his role in Black Panther 2 prior to his death.

The future of the sequel is still unclear, and obviously nothing has moved forward since the passing of Boseman. However, there is apparently a story in the works, and it may not be anytime soon, but we could still get a sequel at some point.

Blade

Art by Olly Gibbs

One of the first big hits for Marvel Cinema was 1998’s Blade, which was released a full decade prior to establishing the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Wesley Snipes played the Day Walker in a trilogy of films, making the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con announcement that Academy Award winning actor Mahershala Ali wlll be taking over the role. It will more than likely be a late Phase 5 or even Phase 6 release.

Fantastic Four

Art by Jack Kirby

After three lackluster attempts to bring the first family of comics to the screen, Marvel is once again going to attempt to bring The Fantastic Four back as part of the MCU. Ant-Man director Peyton Reed has expressed interest in tackling their adventures, but no director has been announced yet.

 

As you can see, there are many new and returning faces from the Marvel Universe that are set to hit our screens, and the next few years can most certainly top Phase 1-3 in terms of popularity and success.

We just need to sit back and wait for more Marvel gems that are on their way.

Did someone say X-Men?

 

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