Disney’s presence at Comic Con has grown since it purchased the comic book franchise Marvel back in 2009. After the company released its latest mega-movie, “Avengers: Endgame” back in April. The film quickly broke box-office records, and Disney slash Marvel hoped that it would outsell against James Cameron’s “Avatar.” Now, the company is heading into phase four, its next generation of films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) franchise. The next several films and original Disney+ content should keep Marvel fans satisfied for the next couple of years.
Black Widow – May 01, 2020
The first film to hit theaters as part of phase four of the MCU is Black Widow, which will star Scarlett Johansson among others. Given that Johansson’s character suffered an ill-fate in “Avengers: Endgame” we can assume that the next installment in her storyline will be a flashback, coupled with the fact that the film seems to take place just after the cold war. Lines in the trailer are eerily similar to Jennifer Lawrence’s terribly executed spy movie, Red Sparrow, which was released in 2018. Could we assume that it will be the same in that regard?
The Falcon and Winter Soldier – Fall 2020
Not a film, but a series, “The Falcon and Winter Soldier” will be the first Disney+ original content to hit the streaming platform. The series will reportedly pick up after Captain America’s retirement and star Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) alongside Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie). Daniel Bruhl’s character Baron Zemo will also be making a return as the villain of the series, though Disney hasn’t revealed much more than that.
Eternals – November 06, 2020
Starring Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, and Don Lee, among others, “The Eternals” will follow a group of god-like superheroes that are sent to Earth to protect it against an evil force, the Deviants. Rumors about the series have been swirling since its announcement, particularly that it may feature Marvel’s first openly gay character. Disney, however, has confirmed that the film will absolutely feature the franchise’s first disabled character. The film marks the first new group of superheroes to arrive in the film universe since Marvel released the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise.
Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – February 12, 2021
Little is known about this installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe other than a couple members of the cast and the general premise of the character’s abilities and arc from the comic books. Simu Liu, Tony Leung, and Awkwafina are set to star in the chinese-influenced film that will definitely feature a lot of martial arts and Chinese culture.
Loki – Spring 2021
Tying up the loose ends that were left at the end of Avengers: Endgame, Marvel plans to give Tom Hiddleston’s Loki his own series once Disney+ arrives. The series won’t hit the streaming platform until Spring 2021, meaning that Marvel fans will have a lot of time to speculate what happened after Loki disappeared during Endgame with the Tesseract.
WandaVision – Spring 2021
Also coming to Disney+ in the spring of 2021 is an entire series dedicated to Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch character. Unsurprisingly, little is known about the series other than the main cast, which also features Paul Bettany as Vision. This does give away one major spoiler, though, since Bettany’s character is believed to be dead after the happenings in the last couple of Avengers movies. Does this mean that he’s still alive?
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – May 07, 2021
Also starring Elizabeth Olsen, the latest installment in the Doctor Strange series will hit theaters roughly around the same time that “WandaVision” hits Disney+. Disney has promised that the next time we see Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), that it will be more of a horror movie than anything the company has released in the past. The film will be directed by Scott Derrickson, who also directed horror titles like “Sinister” and “The Exorcism of Emily Rose.” Spooky.
What If – Summer 2021
As the first animated Disney+ series in this bunch of announcements, “What If” will follow a seemingly omnipresent “Watcher” that sees different versions of past stories within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This means that the show will feature appearances from dozens of past characters within the franchise such as Black Panther or possibly Captain America.
Hawkeye – Fall 2021
Since it won’t be hitting Disney+ for over two years, Disney revealed little detail about the upcoming series that will star Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye once again. Fans of the franchise can expect the series to go more in-depth into Clint’s time as the villainous character Ronin, which had a stronger presence in the comic books than in the movies.
Thor: Love and Thunder – November 05, 2021
Perhaps the most stirring of all of this news is that the return of the Thor series will see a female in the lead role, while Chris Hemsworth’s Thor will take a backseat. After her absence in the latter Avengers films, fans speculated that Natalie Portman’s time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe would be coming to a close. The film is set to star Natalie Portman alongside Tessa Thompson to deliver a female-focused story line.