In the wake of Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home, we're rapidly approaching Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It all kicks off in 2020, and if you're in need of a refresher, here's what's coming.
- Black Widow – 1st May 2020
- Eternals – 6th November 2020
- Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – 12th February 2021
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – 7th May 2021
- Spider-Man 3 – 16th July 2021
- Thor: Love and Thunder – 5th November 2021
- Black Panther 2 – 6th May 2022 (only the US release date has been confirmed so far)
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios have now announced five new dates.
- 7th October 2022
- 17th February 2023
- 5th May 2023
- 28th July 2023
- 3rd November 2023
So what could this possibly mean? Well, Peyton Reed was recently confirmed to be directing Ant-Man 3, set to shoot in early 2021 for release in 2022.
We might also consider one of the above vacancies for the Blade reboot, starring Moonlight and Green Book Oscar winner Mahershala Ali. Factor in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, delayed owing to James Gunn's firing and rehiring, and Captain Marvel 2, and we're looking at a crowded slate.
Whether these new release dates will overlap with Phase Four, or entirely occupy Phase Five of the MCU, remains to be seen. It initially appeared that Avengers: Endgame would resolve Phase Three of the MCU, but that honour ultimately fell to Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige has also announced plans for rebooted Fantastic Four and X-Men franchises, so where they will slot in remains to be seen.
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