Marvel Studios still has a few MCU films yet to come before Phase 3 comes to an end, but we're already starting to learn a lot about what Phase 4 will hold. Of course, almost none of this is "official" just yet, as Marvel is remaining quiet in regards to almost anything that comes after Avengers 4.
Since its inception, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been grouped together by phases. It began in Phase 1 as five films built up to the sixth movie, The Avengers in 2012, the franchise's first mega-crossover event. The MCU's Phase 2 immediately followed it with a total of six films as well, although Avengers: Age of Ultron was actually the fifth film, as Ant-Man served as a bridge between the MCU's Phase 2 and Phase 3. The latter kicked off with Captain America: Civil War in 2016, and Phase 3 will end after 10 movies with Avengers 4.
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The grand 10-movie lineup was originally announced by Marvel Studios in 2014, but they've decided to not yet confirm their MCU Phase 4 plans. This announcement will come in the future, and likely as soon as 2019 at either San Diego Comic-Con or D23 Expo. Even though Marvel hasn't confirming anything thus far, we actually know quite a bit about what movies are coming up in the MCU's Phase 4.
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Spider-Man: Far From Home
The only film that is officially confirmed by Marvel Studios is Spider-Man: Far From Home. The film is not only a sequel to 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming, the MCU's successful reboot of the web-slinger, but also will be the first movie to come out after Avengers 4. How Tom Holland is able to reprise his role as Peter Parker isn't yet known, though. Spidey's next adventure will take him overseas with a full cast of classmates returning, like Jacob Batalon as Ned Leeds and Zendaya as Michelle.
Jake Gyllenhaal is playing Far From Home's villain, Mysterio, while Michael Keaton is also returning as Vulture and rumors continue to point to other foes appearing. Additionally, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) are back to their spy ways it appears. Spider-Man: Far From Home is once again directed by Jon Watts and hits theaters July 5, 2019.
Scarlett Johansson is finally getting a Black Widow solo movie. She's been playing Natasha Romanoff since Iron Man 2 in 2010, but it will take Marvel Studios nearly a decade to let her shine on her own. The Black Widow movie is written by Jac Schaeffer, who appears to have gotten her foot in the door with Marvel through work on Captain Marvel. This will be the MCU's second solo female-led movie, but they've hired Cate Shortland to direct, thus making her the first woman to solely direct one of their films. Plot details on the movie have yet to be confirmed, but character breakdowns have begun to add some insight. Production is expected to begin in 2019 and will make Black Widow likely hit theaters in early 2020.
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Marvel Studios has thrived turning lesser known characters into giant franchises, and all signs point to The Eternals being their next attempt. Based on the Jack Kirby creation, The Eternals will follow an ancient race of super-powered beings of the same name. Character breakdowns have revealed the Eternals' full roster, with several of the main Eternals heroes set to appear. Marvel previously hired Chloe Zhao (The Rider) to direct The Eternals, and she'll do so on the back of a script written by Matthew and Ryan Firpo. The film is estimated to begin production in the second half of 2019, which should put it on track for a late 2020 release.
Black Panther 2
One of Marvel's biggest hits of Phase 3 and of all-time was Black Panther and it is no surprise that Black Panther 2 is set to be a staple of Marvel's Phase 4. Although it was long assumed that Ryan Coogler would return to direct, his involvement in the sequel was up in the air for months. He's officially signed on to write and direct Black Panther 2 and will be working on the script throughout 2019.
Marvel is said to have their eyes set on late-2019 or early-2020 as the starting point for production. The sequel is still in the early stages of development, but it will see Chadwick Boseman reprise his role as T'Challa in the lead. Fans should also expect to see Letitia Wright (Shuri), Danai Gurira (Okoye), Lupita Nyong'o (Nakia), and Winston Duke (M'Baku) all return. With Marvel Studios and Disney already claiming an early February 2021 release date for a currently untitled movie, it should be expected that Black Panther 2 returns to the same release window that helped make the first film able to gross over $1.2 billion.
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- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 05, 2019