The San Diego Comic Con was held over the weekend, and who’d a thunk it but Marvel Studios would not shut up about their little superhero flicks. Here’s what we now know about so-called Phase Four and beyond.
Black Widow arrives May 1, 2020, and will see Scarlett Johansson return to being a living person instead of a corpse in a puddle. David Harbour will be appearing as the Red Guardian—Russia’s answer to Captain America—with Florence Pugh and Rachel Weisz co-starring. The main villain (seen above) is Taskmaster, the apex of TaskRabbit freelancers.
Hitting theaters November 6, 2020, Eternals officially stars Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, and Don Lee (apparently not Millie Bobby Brown) as, respectively, whoever the Eternals characters are.
Streaming on Disney+ fall of next year, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will see Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan face off against Daniel Brühl’s Baron Zemo—who appeared by video transmission during the SDCC presentation and put on the purple mask he wears in the comics. It’s ribbed for our pleasure.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will see Simu Liu (Kim’s Convenience) as the self-anointed Master of Kung Fu, with Hong Kong icon Tony Leung playing the real Mandarin. Destin Daniel Cretton (The Glass Castle) is directing, and Awkwafina will of course also be in this thing when the film hits theaters February 12, 2021.
The Disney+ series Loki and WandaVision arrive Spring 2021. You can figure out what they’re about.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness arrives May 7, 2021 and has the Marvel title that sounds most like a yellowed pulp novel.
Marvel Studios’ first animated effort will see Jeffrey Wright voicing the Watcher as the series offers up some one-off hypotheticals. Like, hey, what if Ant-Man had gone up Thanos’s b-hole? Just so we’re clear on whether or not that was viable.
It hits Disney+ Summer 2021.
Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye will pass on his skills at summer camp recreation when he trains Kate Bishop in this Disney+ series. It streams fall 2020.
Despite its title treatment, Love and Thunder is not a ’70s album from a prog rock outfit named Thor. It’s Taika Waititi’s Ragnarok follow-up, and it’s going to see Jane Foster hoist Mjolnir to become the Mighty Natalie Thortman. That will happen November 5, 2021.
Blade is getting a reboot, and now Oscar winner Mahershala Ali will be putting on the vampire shades. This isn’t happening until Phase Five or beyond, though, so Blade is going to be like 50 this time.
Marvel head Kevin Feige also assured fans that Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy 3 are still very much happening further down the line. And yes, now that the X-Men and Fantastic Four are back in the Marvel stable, they’ll also be rebooted at some point. Eventually, we will all die, but the reboots will continue in our memory. The flesh will fall of our bones, our skeletons crumbling to dust, but perhaps that will become the white powder dusting the temples of another actor playing Reed Richards far, far into the future.
Ashes to ashes, Galactus to Galactus.