The Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic Con delivered in a major way with announcements for the bulk of Phase 4, including release dates and cast.
Let’s run down the line-up, shall we? First, the movies…
Black Widow will arrive May 1, 2020. Directed by Cate Shortland, the film stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, David Harbour as Alexei, Florence Pugh as Yelena, Rachel Weisz as Melina, O-T Fagbenle as Mason. Taskmaster has been confirmed as the villain of the upcoming prequel.
Eternals will arrive November 6, 2020. Directed by Chloe Zhao, the film stars Angelina Jolie as Thena, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Salma Hayek as Ajax, Bryan Tyree Henry as Phastos, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, and Don Lee as Gilgamesh.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will arrive February 12, 2021. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, the film stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, Tony Leung as The Mandarin (the real one), and Awkwafina as a currently unannounced character.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will arrive May 7, 2021. Directed by Scott Derrickson, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch. Derrickson claims it will be the first scary MCU film, and the events of the Disney+ series WandaVision will tie directly into it
Thor: Love and Thunder will arrive November 5, 2021. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson are returning as Thor and Valkyrie, with Taika Waititi once again directing. Natalie Portman will also return as Jane Foster, the female Thor.
Now, onto the series coming to Disney+…
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will arrive on Disney+ in August 2020 and sees the return of Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson and Sebastian Stan. Details are still under wraps, but the series will run for 6 episodes on the streaming service.
WandaVision will arrive on Disney+ in Spring 2021 and sees the return of Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany as The Vision. Teyonah Parris joins the cast as the grown up Monica Rambeau, who appeared as an 11-year-old in Captain Marvel. Kevin Feige confirmed the events of the series take place after Avengers: Endgame.
Loki will arrive on Disney+ in Spring 2021 and sees the return of Tom Hiddlestone as Loki, the God of Mischief. However, this is the version of Loki that escaped from the past in Avengers: Endgame, so he hasn’t gone through the same growth of the Loki we’ve watched before.
What If…? will arrive on Disney+ in Summer 2021 as the MCU’s first animation. Jeffrey Wright will voice The Watcher among a huge cast of MCU actors reprising their roles. Like the comics, the animated anthology series will explore how the MCU might have unfolded if key moments in its history had not occurred as they did in canon.
Hawkeye will arrive on Disney+ in Fall 2021 and sees the return of Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye. It’s said the series will explore more of his time as Ronan. His protege Kate Bishop will also be introduced in the series, though no casting has yet been announced for that role
Aside from the announced movies and series for Phase 4, a few other tidbits were thrown into the panel.
For one, Mahershala Ali has been confirmed as the MCU’s Blade! No other details were confirmed other than the casting.
Feige also confirmed the development of several sequels on the way, including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, as well as casually dropping the name of the Fantastic Four! Before he was done, he also mentioned that there was “No time left to talk about mutants.”