The newest movie revealed to be in Marvel's plans is Shang-Chi. The project has been something Marvel Studios has wanted to make since 2005, but it has not received much attention ever since the MCU took off. Marvel has now hired David Callaham to write Shang-Chi's script, which could be the franchise's first Asian-led superhero movie. Shang-Chi is a master of kung fu that was trained to be an assassin from a young age, but was able to turn away from his evil family and become a force for good. Marvel is currently looking for an Asian filmmaker to direct the movie, but there's no shortlist of names thus far. They also will need to find someone to play the lead role, and we've previously given our Shang-Chi suggestions while we wait for casting to actually begin.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Once locked in to being a major film in launching the MCU's Phase 4, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has suffered a tremendous set back. As many are surely aware, Disney fired James Gunn as the director of the third movie over some tweets that resurfaced. The decision has been highly debated ever since, especially since the studios reportedly will still use Gunn's script that the filmmaker had completed prior to his firing.
But, Marvel is taking a step back to assess the situation and have put the movie on indefinite hold for the time being. It's not known how this delay has or will change Marvel's original Phase 4 plans, but it could even result in some roster changes - if Dave Bautista gets his wish. There's been plenty of rumors regarding possible production starts and who could possibly replace Gunn, but all of this is still unconfirmed and unresolved. Given the current situation, it may be unlikely that Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 hits theaters before 2021.
Doctor Strange 2
Another Marvel sequel that many thought could be fast-tracked but instead has had confusing updates is Doctor Strange 2. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has confirmed that they intend to make another film starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme. Finally, following several teases online by Scott Derrickson throughout 2018, the director ultimately signed on to direct Doctor Strange 2 late in the year.
Not too long ago, Benedict Wong suggested that Doctor Strange 2 could begin filming in 2018. While that didn't end up happening, Marvel Studios is currently scouting for a writer to pen the screenplay for the sequel, which they would like to see written in 2019 so that Doctor Strange 2 can enter production sometime in 2020. If the project stays on-track, then Doctor Strange 2 is looking to release sometime in 2021.
But, if Doctor Strange 2 doesn't make it into the MCU's Phase 4, then there's several other likely sequels that could find a place. Sony and Marvel Studios are going to do (at least) one trilogy of Spider-Man movies led by Holland, so Spider-Man 3 is likely coming in the middle of Phase 4. For Marvel's other franchises, a sequel to Ant-Man and the Wasp could be in the cards after the sequel made over $600 million worldwide.
And even though Brie Larson has yet to even make her debut as Carol Danvers, a successful first film should guarantee that Captain Marvel 2 finds a place in Marvel's Phase 4. These three films are not confirmed to be in development right now though, but their statuses could change once Marvel officially reveals their Phase 4 plans, or should additional reports reveal new information.
- 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 02, 2019