Hall H at Comic-Con has been teaming with talent and exclusive footage for the last few days, but most of it was leading up to the return of Marvel Studios to Hall H for the first time since 2017.
Since the Joe and Anthony Russo already had a chance to run their victory lap for Avengers: Endgame on Friday, Marvel’s panel seemed like the perfect time for President Kevin Feige to look to the future… and finally make some announcements!
The Beat‘s Entertainment Editors Kyle Pinion and Hannah Lodge were on-hand in the panel to provide intel, including pictures. In fact, you can read the live-blog Kyle wrote of the panel as it happened right here.
Some may remember that many months ago, I wrote about the possibilities for Marvel Phase 4, basically a lot of conjecture on my part, and it’s pretty crazy that it’s taken THIS long for Feige to confirm or deny any of the rumors, especially with a number of movies already in production. We finally have some of the answers to those questions, as well as quite a few surprises to boot!
First up, Chloe Zhao’s The Eternals will be released on November 6, 2020, and that cast has been confirmed, including Angelina Jolie and Richard Madden!
The 2021 movies will be Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings in February and (might sit down for this one) Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in May, as well as the previously announced Thor movie for November. (More on that last one below.)
Shang-Chi has cast its leading role in Chinese-Canadian actor Simu Liu with Tony Leung playing The Mandarin and Awkwafina in an undisclosed role.
Elizabeth Olsen‘s Wanda aka Scarlet Witch will be appearing in the Doctor Strange sequel… as well as in the Disney+ series WandaVision.
As expected, Scarlett Johansson‘s Black Widow movie will be out on May 1, 2020, as that’s already filming with director Cate Shortland, and she brought out some of the cast including announcing Midsommar’s Florence Pugh as Natasha’s sister Yelena.
Although it might very well be a Taika Waititi level joke, Feige announced the title of the fourth Thor movie as… wait for it… Thor: Love and Thunder, and Chris Hemsworth was brought out, but there was a major surprise announcement and appearance.
Feige also announced the full line-up, some casts and release dates for Marvel Studio’s Disney+ series. Those shows are Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Fall 2020), WandaVision and Tom Hiddleston‘s Loki series (Spring 2021), the animated What If series with Jeffrey Wright voicing the Watcher (Summer 2021) and Jeremy Renner‘s Hawkeye series (Fall 2021), which will include Kate Bishop!
Feige also mentioned but didn’t “have time to talk about” or announce dates, titles or anything else for Black Panther 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, Captain Marvel 2 as well as the Fox properties Fantastic Four and “Mutants.”
He did announce that Oscar winner Mahershala Ali from Green Book and Moonlight will be playing the vampire vampire hunter Blade in an upcoming film. I’m sure there will be more info on all of these to come, and maybe they’re being saved for 2022… or even Phase 5?!
So here’s the Marvel Studios Phase 4 movie release schedule as it stands for the next two and a half years…
May 1 — Black Widow
November 6 — The Eternals
February 12 — Shang-Chi and the Legend of the 10 Rings
May 7 — Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
November 5 — Thor: Love and Thunder
Feige and the casts of all the movies and series in attendance posed in front of the big timeline on screen before the Marvel Studios panel came to an end.