While two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali was revealed to be the new Blade at Marvel Studios’ highly anticipated Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, fans will have to wait a bit to see him onscreen. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige took the Hall H stage on Saturday to announce that with the release of Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far from Home, the “Infinity Saga” is now complete. That consists of every movie made from Iron Man through Far from Home, which means it’s now time to enter a new era of MCU storytelling: Phase Four.
As part of Marvel’s Hall H panel, Feige announced the upcoming films Black Widow, The Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Thor: Love and Thunder as well as the Disney+ limited series Hawkeye, WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and What If… ? As it turns out, this entire slate of movies and TV shows will complete Marvel’s Phase Four.
Collider’s own Steve Weintraub caught up with Feige backstage after Marvel’s Hall H panel this year, and Feige confirmed that the upcoming Blade reboot will not be Part of Phase Four, which will consist of everything that was announced on Saturday:
“It is the complete Phase Four the way I announced the complete Phase Three five years ago—things can move, things can change as they did if you go back and look at what we talked about five years ago for Phase Three, but we’ve been working on this for quite a while and it’s pretty set. But there are always changes possible.”
So yes, that means all the films and Disney+ shows mentioned above is the complete Phase Four. For now. If you’ll recall, back when Marvel announced its complete Phase Three in 2014, it didn’t yet include both Spider-Man movies or Ant-Man and the Wasp, the Inhumans movie slated for November 2018 was later removed from the schedule, and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and Part 2 were later renamed Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. As a result of adding two Spider-Man movies and an Ant-Man sequel, the release dates for the back half of Phase Three shifted a bit, but other than that Marvel stuck pretty closely to its schedule.
So that means Phase Four will only last two years (as opposed to the four-year Phase Three) and will end with Thor 4 and the Hawkeye limited series in 2021. It also means that confirmed sequels like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Black Panther 2, and Captain Marvel 2 are still a ways off and won’t be coming in Phase Four, along with the Blade reboot which so far only has Ali attached—no announced writer or director.
It’s interesting that Marvel’s Phase Four is only two years long, but it is the first MCU phase to officially, fully include TV shows as an element. The Marvel Netflix shows and ABC series were never under Feige’s purview and thus were only tangentially connected to the MCU, but the Disney+ shows are being created with Feige and the Marvel Studios team overseeing everything, and he has explicitly stated that they will tie directly into the story being told in the films.
- Black Widow – May 1, 2020
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Disney+) – Fall 2020
- The Eternals – November 6, 2020
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – February 12, 2021
- WandaVision (Disney+) – Spring 2021
- Loki (Disney+) – Spring 2021
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – May 7, 2021
- What If…? (Disney+) – Summer 2021
- Hawkeye (Disney+) – Fall 2021
- Thor: Love and Thunder – November 5, 2021
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