All the Release Dates for Marvel's Phase 4 Movies
Some very exciting official titles and release dates were just announced.
The last Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home, which officially wrapped up the sprawling, 11-film Phase 3 cycle that encompassed monster hits like Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, was released in July 2019. But now, after a seemingly interminable two-year, pandemic-induced pause, MCU movies are back, baby, and there's no doubt that Hollywood is just as excited as we are about that.
After the chaos and conclusions of May 2019's Avengers: Endgame (Spider-Man: Far From Home is set shortly after the events in that massive crossover movie), the MCU was set to enter Phase 4 in March 2020 with the Black Widow stand-alone movie, which would have kicked off a string of MCU movies and shows. Pushed back (again and again), Black Widow will still kick off the impressive-looking movie portion of Phase 4 (the Disney+ series WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and upcoming Loki series (which debuts June 9 and ends July 14) are all officially part of Phase 4, too, though it remains to be seen how they will tie in to the cinematic universe), which will have the task of filling in narrative gaps left after the Infinity War saga, introduce a ton of new heroes, and luring audiences back in theaters.
To make up for lost time, Marvel has officially blocked off theatrical release dates for 10 MCU movies (as announced in May 2021 in this video), with a whopping seven films scheduled to hit theaters in the year that runs from July 9, 2021 (Black Widow) to July 8, 2022 (Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, aka Black Panther 2). Here's the official Marvel movie calendar for the next two years. (Check here to see the list of nine other as-yet-unscheduled Phase 4 television series, including Hawkeye, Moon Knight and She-Hulk, that will air on Disney+ following Loki).
July 9, 2021
The Black Widow movie takes place between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, during a crucial turning point for Natasha Romanoff when she returns to a place from her past to tie up some loose ends.
September 3, 2021
The first of the MCU's new additions to the Avengers comes courtesy of Shang-Chi, a master of martial arts—the best in the world—and an expert wielder of chi, giving him superhuman strength and the ability to fight opponents way stronger than himself. He's had a decade to live a normal life, but now the villainous Ten Rings organization, led by his father, has come to collect.
November 5, 2021
After a mysterious tragedy following the events of Avengers: Endgame, the immortal beings known as Eternals, who have been responsible for altering turning points on Earth throughout history, must come together to defend themselves against their ancient enemies, the Deviants. Groundbreaking Oscar-winner Chloé Zhao is directing this one.
Spider-Man: No Way Home
December 17, 2021
We have no idea what the plot of this one is yet, but it seems to be taking a few cues from Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, mashing up all the different Spidey cinematic universes into one. Alfred Molina's Doc Ock (from Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2), Jamie Foxx's Electro (from Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2), and J.K. Simmons' J. Jonah Jameson (who made his official MCU debut right at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home) are all returning to the series.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
March 25, 2022
All we know about this one is that the end of WandaVision, which saw Wanda Maximoff finally take up the mantle of the Scarlet Witch, using Agatha Harkness' Darkhold to learn about chaos magic (and perhaps bring her family back to life), somehow leads directly into it. Will Wanda and Doctor Strange team up to save the Multiverse?
Thor: Love and Thunder
May 6, 2022
In the Marvel comics, Thor is a woman! Sometimes. A version of Jane Foster from another universe picks up Thor's hammer and transforms into the new Thor, which seems to be the plotline the upcoming Thor movie will follow, transforming Natalie Portman's Jane into the new Thor after she undergoes treatment for cancer. The Guardians of the Galaxy will also pop up in this one, with Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi returning, as will Christian Bale as Gorr the God-Butcher and Russell Crowe making a cameo as the Marvel hero Zeus.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
July 8, 2022
The Black Panther sequel finally has a title! We have no clue what this one will be about or how it will address the very sad absence of Chadwick Boseman, but we're thrilled nonetheless.
November 11, 2022
The sequel to Captain Marvel, before now referred to only as "Captain Marvel 2," finally has an official title, and will see Carol Danvers teaming up with Monica Rambeau (who got some accidental superpowers from Scarlet Witch's magic in WandaVision) and Kamala Khan, a.k.a. Ms. Marvel (whose Disney+ show is premiering later in 2021).
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
February 17, 2023
Forget the Multiverse—we're headed back into the Quantum Realm for the third Ant-Man movie, and also introducing Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror into the MCU. Exciting!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
May 5, 2023
The only thing we know about this one rounding out James Gunn's Guardians movies is it will for sure have a killer soundtrack and that Vin Diesel gets to say, "WE are Groot."
At the very end of the video linked above, a shiny blue number 4 appears right behind the Marvel Studios logo, officially to mark this as the studio's slate of films in Phase 4, but perhaps it's also teasing a future Fantastic Four movie. What better way to close out Phase 4 than with the MCU arrival of four extremely famous superheroes that became part of Disney's Marvel family with its 2017 acquisition of 21st Century Fox?