While we don’t know of Marvel’s big plans post Avengers: Endgame, we know that things are going to remain the same when it comes to the kind of movies that we will get. Marvel will continue to introduce new characters, launch prequels, sequels and massive team up movies. The only thing is that the roster will keep on growing with some serious pace as Disney’s acquisition of Fox may lead them to produce more & more films in the shared Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Here’s what Kevin Feige said of the MCU’s future beyond Avengers: Endgame:
“As we’ve been doing for years, we aren’t going to announce anything post Avengers: Endgame or Spider-Man [Far From Home] until post Endgame and Spider-Man. As you know as a fan, there’s a tremendous amount of potential and a tremendous amount of additional characters and storylines and groups of characters that we’re going to keep playing with. And again, that’s a testament to Marvel and to the amount of storylines and characters and amazing, amazing runs that have been in the Marvel comics.”
Now while there’s time before we get to know the big roster for the next few years, we do have an idea for what the next 6 films of the MCU are going to be. So here are the movies that will be the first to hit the theatres in “Phase 4”.
Spider-Man: Far From Home
Everyone knows that Spider-Man is going to return from the dead and introduce us to a whole new era of the MCU as he continues his own journey. This film will come out on July 5 and it will bring in a brand new unique villain that goes by Mysterio. Here’s the official synopsis:
“Peter Parker returns in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the next chapter of the Spider-Man: Homecoming series! Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!”
To start the proceedings in 2020, Marvel will bring us the first even Black Widow solo movie. Now the release date for this film hasn’t been officially announced, but it is the project that is far ahead in the making than any other film, and so we are going to get this MCU Iron Man prequel on May 1, 2020.
According to the potential synopsis of the film which has been revolving around the internet, the film will take place in 2006:
“At birth, the Black Widow (aka Natasha Romanova) is given to the KGB, which grooms her to become its ultimate operative. When the U.S.S.R. breaks up, the government tries to kill her as the action moves to present-day New York, where she is a freelance operative. The standalone film will find Romanoff living in the United States 15 years after the fall of the Soviet Union.”
Director Chloe Zhao has been hired by Marvel to develop this new ensemble movie which is set thousands of years in the past. We will get yet another unique entry in the MCU which will expand the cosmos just like Guardians of the Galaxy did and it will lay down the vast history of the shared Universe we know and love.
It will hit the November 6, 2020 release date. Here’s the official synopsis:
“The story of ‘THE ETERNALS’ is set millions of years ago when the cosmic beings known as the Celestials genetically experimented on humans, creating the super-powered individuals as well as more villainous off-shoots known as Deviants. The two groups went on to battle each other throughout history to see which would eventually become the ultimate race. The story involves the love story between Ikaris, a man fueled by cosmic energy, and Sersi, who relishes moving amongst humans.”
Black Panther 2
Kevin Feige announced a Black Panther sequel back in 2018 with Director Ryan Coogler expected to make his return for last year’s $Billon success. Since the first movie came out in February 2018 and the ideal time for an MCU sequel is 3 years, it is obvious that Black Panther will make the February 2021 release date.
Doctor Strange 2
Production upon the sequel to Benedict Cumberbatch’s second solo MCU outing has taken its time as writer C. Robert Cargill and Director Scott Derrickson have taken their time to develop the second story, but they are now returning with a good one and the production for the film will begin in 2020. Since there is now team up movie planned for 2021, Doctor Strange will have to take the May release since it is the next biggest name after Black Panther.
Looking at the amazing response of the Chinese audience to the MCU movies, Disney/Marvel clearly want to put out a character of the Asian Ethnicity which will not only cater to the markets really well but also expand the boundaries of the MCU in its Earth division. So far most of the MCU movies that we have seen have been surrounded by the American based heroes, but now with the cultural diversity move happening all over Marvel, we get our second MCU visit to China with a character from that background.
There have been reports which suggest that Marvel wants to produce this film fast so they could release it as their third film of 2020, but no developments have been known to us upon it, and so we could only assume that this film will take the November release date of 2021.
Movies to follow them are going to be Ant-Man and the Wasp 3, Captain Marvel 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3 & Spider-Man 3.