Marvel SDCC Phase Four Breakdown
Last night, Marvel Studios revealed SO MUCH information at Hall H. Marvel definitely went for shock and awe at San Diego Comic Con and I am so delighted to go over the details here. Marvel unveiled their Phase Four plans for 2020 to 2021. Here, I’m going to go over each announcement while also ranking the projects that I’m most excited for.
Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness (May 7, 2021)
I am so excited for the Doctor Strange sequel and it’s been confirmed that Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch will also star. I’ve been waiting for Doctor Strange and Scarlet Witch to pair up and it looks like I’ll be finally getting my wish. At the panel, director Scott Derrickson said it will be “Marvel’s first scary movie.” Horror mixed with magic and the multiverse? Sign me up.
2. Thor: Love and Thunder (November 5, 2021)
In one of the most surprising announcements of the night, it was revealed that Natalie Portman will return to the series as the female Thor, inspired by Jason Aaron’s Thor (2014-2015). I thought Portman was done with the MCU because she did not hide her dissatisfaction with playing the damsel in distress as Jane Foster, which I understand. Giving her a more defined, meatier role will do wonders for the Oscar-winning actress. (But seriously, go pick up Jason Aaron’s comics, they’re fantastic.)
3. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (February 12, 2021)
I am so happy that Shang-Chi is cast! Even though I don’t really know who Simu Liu is. He wasn’t on my short list for the role, but after a little research, I’m happy to see he’s an actor and stuntman of Chinese origin, like the character he’ll play. Tony Leung will play the real Mandarin (I’m happy that the character will finally get his due.) And Awkwafina has been cast in the film, which I am ecstatic about; we’ll have to wait to see what her role is, but I love Awkwafina as an actress and I’m happy she’s apart of the MCU family.
4. Black Widow (May 1, 2020)
I’ve been waiting for this movie for SO LONG. Sometimes, it’s a bit sad that Captain Marvel was the first female-led MCU movie, when fans have been screaming for a Black Widow movie. But I don’t have time for sadness now because we’re finally getting a Black Widow movie next May (my birthday month!). I wish a teaser trailer or even a featurette about the movie had been released, but Marvel is very strict about footage shown at Comic Con. But it makes me happy that Black Widow will be the film that officially starts Phase 4.
5. WandaVision (Disney+, Spring 2021)
I love magic, so of course I love Wanda/Scarlet Witch. And I’m happy that Wanda is getting her show that will ultimately factor into the MCU. I’m glad that the Disney Plus shows aren’t separate like the Marvel Netflix shows; they will be connected to the movies. And adult Monica Rambeau will also star in WandaVision; I can’t wait to see more of Teyonah Parris, cast as adult Rambeau.
6. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Disney+, Fall 2020)
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will be the first Marvel show that arrives at Disney Plus, which I think is a good choice. Falcon is taking on the mantle of Captain America and Daniel Bruhl is returning as Zemo. Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie will be a delight to behold on the screen together.
7. Eternals (November 6, 2020)
I’m very, VERY thrilled about this cast. Little to no information was revealed about this film, but it doesn’t matter to me because this cast is so excellent. Angelina Jolie as Thena, Richard Madden as Ikarus, as well as Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek as Ajax, Lia McHugh and Don Lee as Gilgamesh. My mind almost exploded when the full cast was revealed. AND it comes out in 2020. I’m just ready to see the cast in the full Eternals get-up.
8. Loki (Disney+, Spring 2021)
Now, I’m interested in Disney plus show, but I really want to see full villain Loki and not just anti-hero Loki. At the panel, Feige revealed at 2012 Loki, who stole an infinity stone, will be featured here. The mystery is where he’s been and what Loki has been up to. I need some visuals and trailer to get truly excited about this show.
9. What If…? (Disney+, Summer 2021)
What If…? is an animated alternate reality show that will stream on Disney Plus. I love alternate reality storylines, but for me, it doesn’t generate a lot of interest. But I do like many MCU actors will voice their roles, instead of getting new actors. So I will watch, of course.
10. Hawkeye (Disney+, Fall 2021)
Look, I am not a Hawkeye fan so this show finds itself at the bottom of my barrel. The theme of the show is Hawkeye teaching Katie Bishop how to be a superhero without powers. But Hawkeye has never been a compelling character for me so I’m not at all interested in this show.