Marvel Studios came up with 25 new projects for MCU Phase 4 & 5 during the Disney’s Investor Day meet
As expected, Kevin Feige held on to its card up till Disney’s Investor Day 2020. The outbreak of the pandemic pushed the entire MCU Phase 4 by a year and Marvel Studios made no big announcement this year. All the while trade magazines had been reporting ‘talks’, speculating characters and more nonetheless Marvel President confirmed much of them during his presentation. For the completed projects Marvel had new trailers and release dates whereas for Phase 5 Marvel made announcements and confirmed top talents.
MCU Phase 4 and 5 is neatly divided into introducing characters on streaming services while doing the crossover event on the big screen. With Disney’s focus on the streaming service Disney+, Feige’s plans are set to disrupt TV and streaming businesses.
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MCU Movies Phase 4 & 5
Feige strictly announced that Black Widow is set for a theatrical release and sticks to its confirmed release date of May 7, 2021.
Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings
Shang-Chi is set to be released on July 9, 2021. Feige affirms the movie has wrapped up its shoot in Australia. The official cast announcement includes Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, alongside Tony Leung, Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu, and Ronny Chieng.
Still tightly under wraps, Marvel President calls it studios’ ‘most ambitious project.’ With an ensemble cast and Marvel ethos spanning across millennia’ Eternals will introduce a new set of heroes in the MCU. The movie is set to release on November 5, 2021.
Feige shed some interesting notes about Doctor Strange sequel connecting to the Spider-Man movie but refrained from making any more comments regarding casting rumours or a possibility of Spider-verse.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Helmed by Spider-Man fame director Sam Raimi the movie is confirmed to be released on March 25, 2022. Feige reiterated that Benedict Cumberbatch will be joined by Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch in the sequel. Further Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams will return respectively as Wong, Baron Mordo, Christine Palmer. Further he announced Actress Xochitl Gomez joins the cast as America Chavez.
Thor: Love and Thunder
Chris Hemsworth returns as Thor alongside Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Natalie Portman as Jane Foster. Feige confirmed Christian Bale has been officially cast as the villain, Gorr the God Butcher. The movie will begin shooting in January. Helmed by Taika Waititi Thor’s release date has been moved to May 6, 2022.
Black Panther II
The movie’s release date has been moved to July 8, 2022. Feige made it very clear to honour the legacy of Chadwick Boseman, T’Challa won’t be recasted. With his absence, the movie will explore the world of Wakanda and the characters introduced in the first movie. Director Ryan Coogler is working on the script.
Captain Marvel 2
Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel sequel too got a new release date. It has been moved to November 11, 2022. Nia DaCosta is confirmed to be directing the movie. Feige confirmed Ms Marvel Iman Vellani and Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau officially join the cast alongside Brie Larson returning as Carol Danvers.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Mania
Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly’s Ant-Man threequel official title has been revealed as ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’. Peyton Reed will be returning as the director. Rudd and Lilly along with Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer will return respectively as Scott Lang, Hope Van Dyne, Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne. Kathryn Newton will officially play Cassie Lang, replacing Emma Fuhrmann. Further Jonathan Majors officially joins the cast as Kang the Conqueror.
The development of the movie, starring Mahershala Ali as Blade, is coming together and we’ll get some news very soon. It is set to introduce MCU’s monster-verse along with Scarlet Witch and Doctor Strange.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
After its initial setbacks with the firing of James Gunn and hiring back, Guardian of the Galaxy found its release window in 2023. Nonetheless, the cast members Chris Pratt and Vin Diesel have been spotted in Australia and are rumoured to make a cameo in Love & Thunder.
The movie has been officially announced. Jon Watts will be the director of the first MCU movie on a family of superheroes.
MCU Phase 4 & 5 Disney+ Series
As previously announced, the show will begin airing on January 15, 2021. The second official trailer has been released which is full of Easter eggs. The show will kick start the Phase 4 and will be the first glimpse of the Multiverse for the audience. As Feige puts it ‘it is the perfect starting point for MCU expansion’.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
The official release date is set for March 19, 2021. The official teaser trailer has been released and is being widely praised. The ‘cop drama’ feel of the show is really distinct, FTWS will take forward the Sokovia accords and the earth-based superhero world with a possible entry of Thunderbolts.
Another show that kept tightly under wraps is Loki. The official release is set for May 2021. The official teaser trailer looks amazing. Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson’s chemistry looks great and it confirms the alternate timeline created by the Avengers. Feige confirmed the show will add new vibes to the MCU as a ‘thriller’ the genre attempted by Marvel for the first time. The cast has been officially announced: Tomi Hiddleston will return as Loki; Sophia Di Martino, Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Richard E. Grant and Wunmi Mosaku have been cast in undisclosed roles.
WHAT IF … ?
Another first for the studio animated series What If…? looks nice. The show is set to release mid-2021. The official teaser trailer had interesting storylines with a zombie Cap, Sharon Carter being the Super Soldier, T’Challa being taken by Yondu and more.
An official Special Look has been released, showing some first footage of the show. The directors are officially announced to be Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, and Meera Menon. Iman Vellani has been confirmed to play the Pakistani-American teenager Kamala Khan.
In undisclosed roles Aramis Knight, Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Laith Nakli, Azher Usman, Travina Springer, and Nimra Bucha have been cast. The show will release sometime in late-2021.
Based on OG Avenger Hawkeye, Jeremy Renner is joined by Hailee Steinfeld officially as Kate Bishop. The other cast members are Vera Farmiga as Eleanor Bishop, Fra Fee as Kazi and Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez (Echo). Brian d’Arcy James has officially joined the cast. As we knew, the directors will be Bert & Bertie and Rhys Thomas. The show will be released in late-2021.
As expected, the show will be a comedy. Kevin Feige said that since ‘Jennifer Walters is a lawyer who specializes specifically in superhero-oriented cases, you never know what marvel characters are going to pop up from episode to episode”.
Tatiana Maslany has officially joined the cast as Jennifer Walters (She-Hulk) along with Tim Roth as Abomination, reprising his role from The Incredible Hulk. MCU’s Real Hulk Mark Ruffalo will also be returning as Bruce Banner.
As rumoured Oscar Issac is in talks for the Moon Knight role however Feige didn’t confirm. He explained the Disney+ original centres on the character Marc Spector aka Moon Knight, who is a complex vigilante and suffers from a dissociative identity disorder. These multiple identities who live inside him are distinct characters in the series and will appear against a backdrop of Egyptian iconography. Mohamed Diab will direct the show.
Secret Invasion has finally been confirmed as a Disney+ tv show. The show is about a group of Skrulls who infiltrates every level on life on Earth. Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn will return as Nick Fury and Talos as the protagonists of the show. The show will be tied to the movies.
Ironheart, a new original Marvel and Disney+ tv show, has officially been announced. The show is about the young hero Riri Williams, the creator of the most advanced suit of armor since Iron Man. Dominique Thorne has been officially cased as the protagonist. The show will be tied to the movies.
I Am Groot
I Am Groot, a new original Marvel and Disney+ series of shorts stories, has officially been announced. Everyone’s favorite little tree, Baby Groot, will star in a series of shorts featuring several new and unusual characters.
Armor Wars, a new original Marvel and Disney+ tv show, has officially been announced with Don Chedal as the lead War Machine. The show is about Tony Stark’s worst fear coming true: what happens when his tech falls into the wrong hands?
THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: HOLIDAY SPECIAL
The Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special, a new original Marvel and Disney+ live-action special, has officially been announced. The special, directed by James Gunn, will be filmed during the shootings of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
Going by lineup announced at Disney Investor Day, MCU Phase 4 & 5 combined has more projects and certainly more content than the Infinity Saga combined!