A Complete Timeline of Marvel’s Phase 4 Release Dates

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After a long drought of movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Phase 4 is set to pack the next three years with as many movies and Disney+ exclusive series as Marvel fans can handle. With all the reshuffling that happened since Avengers: Endgame (2019), there is a lot of planned content to keep up with.

So, let’s take a look at the Marvel phase Four release schedule and what upcoming Marvel movies and series are confirmed next for Marvel’s Avengers characters.

Related: Every Piece of Marvel Content Coming to Disney+ in 2021

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What is the next Marvel releaseMoon Knight starring Oscar Isaac (Star Wars) as Marc Spector/Steven Grant/Moon Knight will stream on Disney+ on May 5th, followed the next day by Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 6.

MCU Phase 4 Release Date Summary

  • January 15, 2021 – WandaVision 
  • March 19, 2021 – The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
  • May 21, 2021 – MODOK (All episodes released same-day on Hulu)
  • June 9, 2021 – Loki 
  • July 9, 2021 – Black Widow
  • August 11, 2021 What If…
  • September 3, 2021 – Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (available for streaming on Disney+ on November 12, 2021)
  • October 1, 2021 – Sony Picture’s Venom: Let there Be Carnage
  • November 5, 2021 – Eternals (available for streaming on Disney+ on January 12, 2021)
  • November 17, 2021 – Hit-Monkey on Hulu
  • November 24, 2021 – Hawkeye
  • December 17, 2021 – Spider-Man: No Way Home
  • Pushed up to March 30, 2022 – Moon Knight
  • Delayed to April 1, 2022 – Sony Picture’s Morbius
  • May 6, 2022 – Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
  • June 8, 2022 – Ms. Marvel
  • July 8, 2022 – Thor: Love and Thunder
  • Rumored Fall 2022 – She-Hulk
  • November 11, 2022 – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Black Panther II)
  • 2022 TBC – I am Groot
  • Summer 2022 – Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (coming to Disney Channel)
  • Rumored Fall 2022 – Loki Season 2
  • Halloween 2022 – Marvel Halloween Special
  • Late 2022 – The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
  • February 17, 2023 – The Marvels (Captain Marvel 2)
  • July 28, 2023 – Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania
  • May 5, 2023 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3
  • Delayed to 2023 – Secret Invasion
  • Delayed to 2023 – What If…? Season 2
  • Predicted 2023 – Ironheart
  • Predicted 2023 – Armor Wars

Marvel and Disney announced that some movies coming in 2023 have been removed the release schedule. This includes the following films which have NOT been officially canceled but are currently without release dates:

  • Deadpool 3 originally rumored to be scheduled for July 28, 2023 was removed
  • Blade originally rumored to be scheduled for October 7, 2023 was removed
  • Fantastic Four originally rumored to be scheduled for November 3, 2023 but there is still an unknown Marvel film scheduled for this date
  • Rumored Captain America 4 starring Anthony Mackie/Sam Wilson as Captain America originally rumored to be scheduled for February 16, 2024
  • May 3, 2024: Untitled Film – possibly X-Men film rumored to be called The Mutants
  • July 26, 2024: Untitled Film – which was rumored to be Avengers 5 but Kevin Feige has confirmed this is not happening
  • November 8, 2024: Untitled Film
  • Unknown Date: X-Men: The Animated Series revival X-Men ’97
  • Unknown Date: Deadpool animated series
  • Unknown Date: Spider-Man: Freshman Year animated series confirmed for Disney+
  • Unknown Date: Black Panther series for Disney+
  • Unknown Date: Hawkeye spin-off series Echo
  • Unknown Date: WandaVision spin-off starring Kathryn Hahn as Agatha Harkness
  • Unknown Date: Shang-Chi 2

Rumored projects that could be in the works:

  • Daredevil series starring Charlie Cox, either as season 4 of the Netflix series or a reboot
  • A-Forcea female team of Avengers
  • Young Avengers – most likely coming as series on Disney+
  • Midnight Sons – a team of darker heroes like Moon Knight, Blade and Ghost Rider
  • Dark Avengers or Thunderbolts – a team of evil superheroes mostly likely led by Contessa Valentina Allegra De Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus)
  • Nova – possibly as series on Disney+
  • Ten Rings series focusing on Meng’er Zhang’s Xialing

It is rumored that there are upwards of 30 projects currently in some stage of development at Marvel Studios so here is a rundown of what is coming in Marvel’s Phase 4.

2021 Marvel Studio’s  Line Up

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Earlier this year already Marvel dropped WandaVision on Disney+ and you catch these original series anytime. WandaVision stars Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch/ Wanda Maximoff and Paul Bettany’s Vision in one of the most unique entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Marvel describes it as:

Marvel Studios’ captivating new series “WandaVision,” which premieres in early 2021 on Disney+. Starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, “WandaVision” marks the first series from Marvel Studios streaming exclusively on Disney+. The series is a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision—two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.

Marvel recently announced Kathyrn Hayn’s Agatha Harkness will be getting her own series.

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Following up that success, Marvel stepped to a smaller scale while tackling deep issues in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Which you can now binge on all six episodes on their streaming platform.

Related: Anthony Mackie to Star in Marvel’s ‘Captain America 4’

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The Falcon and The Winter Soldier follows Falcon/ Sam Wilson – now Captain America (Anthony Mackie) and Winter Soldier/ Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) as they deal with the legacy of  Captain America/ Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) in a world post-Blip. It also set up a team inspired by Marvel Comic book villains like the Thunderbolts or the Dark Avengers led by Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus).

Its official description is:

Following the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) team up in a global adventure that tests their abilities—and their patience—in Marvel Studios’ “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.” The all-new series is directed by Kari Skogland; Malcolm Spellman is the head writer. Streaming exclusively on Disney+.

Related: More Seasons of Marvel’s ‘Loki’ Series May Be in the Works

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Loki debuted on June 9th. The official description of the series reads:

The first film in Phase 4 is the much-delayed Black Widow which was released simultaneously at the theater and on Disney+ on July 9, 2021, for an additional cost. It will kick off the start of MCU Phase 4. This Marvel Studio’s film will be the first to usher fans back to theaters since 2019. This new release date will finally give Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) her due. The official description from Marvel reads:

“In Marvel Studios’ action-packed spy thriller “Black Widow,” Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.”

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Black Widow‘s first and possibly only solo film will also introduce fans to Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova and Rachel Weisz’s Melina Vostokoff, both of which are other versions of Black Widow. As well Red Guardian/ Alexei Shostakov played by Davis Harbour (Stranger Things) and Taskmaster.

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The first Marvel Studio’s original animated series What If…? will stream on Disney+. It is currently being reported for August but this has not been confirmed by Marvel yet.  The series will expand on Marvel Phase 4’s theme of the multiverse by exploring alternate versions of characters like a version of Star-Lord voiced by the late Chadwick Boseman.

What If…? will also feature an alternate timeline where Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) took the super-soldier serum and became Captain Britain instead of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) becoming Captain America. Each episode will be its own contained story and will even take fans to the Marvel Zombie universe.

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While many fan-favorite actors are returning, Brie Larson, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Robert Downing Jr. are not returning as Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, or Iron Man. The show does not have an official description yet and while it might not be canon in the main MCU timeline it will exist in the new Marvel Cinematic Multiverse.

It is officially described as:

“What If…?” flips the script on the MCU, reimagining famous events from the films in unexpected ways. Marvel Studios’ first animated series focuses on different heroes from the MCU, featuring a voice cast that includes a host of stars who reprise their roles. Directed by Bryan Andrews with AC Bradley as head writer, “What If…?” launches exclusively on Disney+ on August 11, 2021.

The first animate series has been renewed for a second season.

Related: Tom Hiddleston’s Next Marvel Series FINALLY Gets Debut Date

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Marvel Studios followed it up with Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings. Marvel’s Master of Kung-Fu will make his debut on September 3, 2021, and the official description of the upcoming movie is:

“Marvel Studios’ “Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings” stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, who must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization. The film also stars Tony Leung as Wenwu, Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy and Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan, as well as Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu and Ronny Chieng.”

Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings was Marvel Studio’s first Asian-led film. It is currently expected to remain in theaters for 45 days before heading to Disney+ after the backlash following the day-and-date release of Black Widow. It has been smashing Box Office records so a Shang-Chi 2 seems inevitable.

We also know that Shang-Chi will bring back Doctor Strange’s Wong (Benedict Wong) and The Incredible Hulk‘s Abomination (Tim Roth) as was revealed in the trailer. And it could finally bring in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first dragon.

Related: Shang-Chi&’s New Ten Rings of Power Hint at Fin Fang Foom’s MCU Debut

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Marvel’s Eternals is set for November 5. This will focus on the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The official description from Marvel Studios reads:

“Marvel Studios’ Eternals features an exciting new team of Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, the Deviants.”

The trailer for the groundbreaking Marvel movie has fans pumped for an experience unlike any other in the new Marvel Multiverse.

Related:Watch First Footage of Marvel’s Epic ‘Eternals’

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The cast for Eternals is as packed as any Avenger movie. With stars like Angelina Jolie (Thena), Richard Madden (Ikaris), Kumail Nanjiani (Kingo), Lauren Ridloff (Makkari), Brian Tyree Henry (Phastos), Salma Hayek (Ajak), Lia McHugh (Sprite) and, Kit Harrington (Black Knight).

And in may Hulu will be getting its own Marvel original animated series – MODOK, which will not be a part of the MCU Phase 4 but will sure to a fun adventure for Marvel fans on May 21, 2021. Though some rumors have it crossing over with the Marvel Cinematic Universe at some point.

It will be followed up by Hit-Monkey which was originally intended to tie in with MODOK and planned series Tigra & Dazzler and Howard the Duck, that were canceled and it would have led to a crossover called The Offenders.

Related: All Phase 4 Marvel Films Will Intersect With Disney+

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Then Hawkeye starring Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton and Hailee Steinfield as Kate Bishop will stream on Wednesdays starting on November 24, 2021. The series will also introduce Echo (Alaqua Cox) the first deaf superhero and is rumored to bring back Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk AKA Kingpin from Netflix’s Daredevil. Black Widow (2021) alumni Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh) has also been confirmed to be playing a major part in Hawkeye after that stunning post-credit scene.

It is officially described as:

Marvel Studios’ “Hawkeye” stars Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, who teams up with another well-known archer from the Marvel comics, Kate Bishop, played by Hailee Steinfeld. The cast also includes Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d’Arcy James and newcomer Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez. “Hawkeye” is helmed by Rhys Thomas and directing duo Bert and Bertie. “Hawkeye” debuts on Disney+ Nov. 24, 2021.

The Hawkeye series already has a planned spin-off following Echo. And just reintroduced all of the Marvel Netflix shows like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Defenders , and Punisher; when Vincent D’Onofrio cameoed as Kingpin AKA Wilson Fisk.

Related: Will ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ Be Delayed Due to Delta Variant?

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And 2021 will finish up with Spider-Man: No Way Home on December 17. The third installment of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man series is rumored to be the MCU’s version of the Spider-verse. Marvel Studio’s latest partnership with Sony Pictures will be a massive end to the year with rumors that it could bring back Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield as their versions of Peter Parker.

The expectations could not be higher and fans recently crashed the servers of Fandango, AMC, and Regal trying to secure their elusive opening night tickets. Rumors of cameos include Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock AKA Daredevil and much, much more. But so little is known that even two weeks away from the release date there still is not an official description of the film.

Related: Everything Fans Believe Will Happen in ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’

2022 MCU Phase 4 Films and TV Shows

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Also, with unannounced streaming dates but originally confirmed for late 2021 but pushed to early 2022 is Ms. Marvel starring Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan, the Inhuman shape-shifter. She will later join Brie Larson (Captain Marvel/ Carol Danvers) and WandaVision‘s Teyonah Parris (Monica Rambeau) in The Marvels. The show is highly anticipated but has received some backlash over controversial changes to her character.

At this time, 2022 is also set to have four new Marvel movie releases. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is expected on March 25, 2022. Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) is set to join Benedict Cumberbatch in this Doctor Strange sequel. Alongside Xochitl Gomez’s debut as the Young Avenger America Chavez, Miss America.

Since it will follow up on the success of the Disney+ series WandaVision, a lot more is known about Doctor Strange 2 than the rest of Marvel’s Phase 4. We know it will expand the MCU beyond anything it has reached before and delve into the currently unexplored multiverse with the Sorcerer Supreme either teaming up with or batting the Scarlet Witch.

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And dropping at some point on Disney+ will be Moon Knight, starring Oscar Isaac (Star Wars) as Marc Spector, the vigilante with multiple personalities. The costume was recently leaked and now fans cannot wait to see more details.

Related: Iron Man, Spider-Man, Black Widow & More: EVERY Recent MCU Recast

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Recently, Marvel began the casting process for a Halloween special. It is speculated to tie in to Moon Knight and focus on  Werewolf by Night, specifically the version named Jake Gomez a boy of Hopi descent who underwent his first werewolf transformation at the age of 13 due to a curse in his family. Moon Knight first appeared in Werewolf by Night comic and they run in similar circles in Marvel comics like the Midnight Suns.

Then Thor: Love and Thunder will come on July 8, 2022. The fourth entry in the Thor franchise will feature much of the cast of The Guardians of the Galaxy, who are not set to head their own film again until sometime in 2023. This MCU Phase 4 movie will introduce the female Thor / Jane Foster (Natalie Portman).

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Related: Taiki Waititi Says ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ Will Be The Best Marvel Film

She-Hulk will introduce Marvel fans to Jessica Walters, played by Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black). Jessica Walters is a lawyer by day and one of the strongest characters in the Marvel universe by night.

Black Panther II, now titled Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, will take Marvel fans back to Wakanda on July 8, 2022. This is in addition to a Wakanda series for Disney+. The tragic death of T’Challa actor Chadwick Boseman has left much of the plot of this film up in the air. It has, however, been confirmed that the actor won’t be recast. And they just announced that Ironheart‘s Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne) will make her MCU debut in this film.

There isn’t an official description for Wakanda Forever yet but it does have a logline:

“Marvel Studios’ Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will continue to explore the incomparable world of Wakanda, and all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film.”

Related:‘Black Panther 2’ Going Forward Without “Glue That Held It Together”

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Then Captain Marvel 2, now with a confirmed title of The Marvels was pushed back from November 11, 2022 to February 17, 2023. The full logline for Carol Danver’s second outing is below:

“Marvel Studios’ The Marvels will feature Brie Larson returning to the role of Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers. In the film, she’ll be joined by Teyonah Parris, who was first introduced as adult Monica Rambeau in Marvel Studios’ WandaVision, along with Iman Vellani, who will appear as Ms. Marvel in the upcoming Disney+ series of the same name. Prepare to experience it and fly higher, further, and faster with the film, directed by Nia DaCosta!”

We also know that 2022 will end with the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, which does not have a confirmed release date for its premiere on Disney+ yet. But it will mostly drop sometime in December around Christmas.

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2023 Confirmed Marvel Studio’s Schedule

2023 will start off with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania on February 17, 2023. It will bring Scott Lang/ Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Hope Pym/ Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) deeper into the Quantum Realm. They are rumored to be taking on Kang the Conqueror and Kathryn Newton’s aged-up version of Cassie Lang could take on her superhero alter ego of Stature.

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The next Marvel film after that will be Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in the summer, just like the previous Guardians films, with a confirmed date of May 5, 2023. Along with an assumed Awesome Mix Vol 3, the latest James Gunn direct film will bring back Marvel’s favorite group of miscreants, including Star-Lord/ Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), Groot Vin Diesel, Rocket Racoon (Bradley Cooper), Gamora (Zoe Saldana), Nebula (Karen Gillen) and Drax (Dave Bautista).

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None of the Marvel Studio’s original series have official dates at the moment. But we know that Samuel L. Jackson will return as Nick Fury alongside Ben Mendelson’s Skrull Talos in Secret Invasion. The thriller will also feature Kingsley Ben-Adir as an unnamed villain and Emilia Clark (Game of Thrones).

Many fans of Marvel television series past are hoping that Secret Invasion could bring back popular Agents of SHIELD characters or even some actors from Netflix’s Defenders series. And the series will be directed by Thomas Bezucha and Ali Selim.

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We also know that Ironheart starring Sofia Wylie as Riri Williams and Armor Wars starring Don Cheadle as Rhodey aka War Machine are most likely coming in 2023. Both Marvel shows will take on the legacy of Tony Stark’s Iron Man (Robert Downing Jr.).

There will also be a series of shorts called I am Groot about Baby Groot. And Disney Channel will almost be getting in on the Marvel action with its own original animated series Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. The official description  from Marvel for this series reads:

Based on Marvel’s hit comic books, “Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur” follows the adventures of 13-year-old super-genius Lunella Lafayette and her 10-ton T-Rex, Devil Dinosaur. After Lunella accidentally brings Devil Dinosaur into present-day New York City via a time vortex, the duo works together to protect the city’s Lower East Side from danger.

Rumors Beyond Marvel Movies in 2023

Disney has announced three other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that some of which do not have confirmed release dates. Charles Murphy of Murphy’s Multiverse shared on Twitter that he received a leak with the release dates for several 2023 films.

According to his information, which has not been confirmed at this time, the 2023 release schedule for these Marvel films is:

Most important are the rumored Fantastic Four and Deadpool 3 release dates. Both MCU movies previously did not even have an expected release year, let alone a date. Fantastic Four was confirmed to be part of MCU Phase 4 and casting announcements could be imminent. It was confirmed it would be directed by Jon Watts.

Not much is known about either Fantastic Four or Deadpool 3. Disney did confirm Deadpool will keep its R-rated tradition from the 20th Century Studios films. It makes sense that they will both come in 2023 since Marvel has a history of releasing four films every year.

It’s worth noting that these rumors are based on dates and either of these final two could be the Blade film, which was not mentioned by Murphy. At the moment, both Blade and Deadpool 3 are not officially confirmed as part of Marvel’s Phase Four. Though Blade was leaked to be coming to theaters on October 7, 2023.

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One last series that could be coming to Disney+ in either 2023 or 2024 is currently untitled series about the history of Wakanda. Other than its existence little else is known about the upcoming TV show.

Recently more theatrical releases for Marvel were leaked online but without film titles attached. These include February 16, 2024, May 3, 2024, July 26, 2024, November 8, 2024.

What These Marvel Release Dates Mean

It makes a lot of sense for Marvel to put Fantastic Four in the summer blockbuster spot. Fans have been clamoring for Marvel to make an announcement about their First Family ever since the rights were transferred to them. We all wanted that engineer in WandaVision to be Reed Richards. Marvel Studio’s Phase Four is set to culminate with this leaked release date.

Previously, fans have not been thrilled with the versions they have been given of Reed Richards / Mr. Fantastic, Sue Storm / The Invisible Woman, Johnny Storm/ The Human Torch, and Ben Grimm / The Thing. The hype for Marvel’s take on the classic comic book team will be a huge summer event.

With this date, production would most likely start somewhere around early next year, so casting announcements may drop by this summer or fall. Fantastic Four is one of the most anticipated films of Phase 4.

Related: ‘Fantastic Four’ Reboot Reportedly Starting Production

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As for Deadpool 3, a November release date puts it late in the line-up. Marvel could be nervous about their first foray into an R-rating for a superhero film starring Ryan Reynolds as Wade Wilson, the Merc with a Mouth.

Or, they could be testing the waters for its success. Fans of Blade have been begging for Mahershala Ali’s version of the character to get the same treatment. Right now, it is expected to be PG-13, but that could change if Deadpool 3 is a success.

Technically neither film has been officially confirmed to be part of Marvel’s Phase 4 — and it is doubtful Marvel would ever release two R-rated films back-to-back. It makes sense to put Deadpool in Phase 4 and keep Blade for Phase 5. This would allow Marvel to put their reported X-Men film, The Mutants, in between the two films.

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Where Is Marvel Phase Four Taking Us

For now, it seems the path of the next three to four years of MCU programming seems to be set. Adding any more would make Phase 4 a behemoth in the Marvel Universe. The whole theme of this new phase is to expand the MCU.

Many upcoming Marvel movies, including Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness and Spider-Man: No Way Home will bring more of the magical side of Marvel Comics to the movies. Both films are about alternate timelines that have been created by the events of Avengers: Endgame.

Even Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will bring MCU fans to a whole they have left most unexplored and bringing in a character like Kang means more time travel could be in store for Marvel. The Loki series will have a plot that combines time travel, magic, and alternate timelines.

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Thor: Love and Thunder, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, The Marvels, and Eternals will all bring more cosmic themes to the MCU. It seems like Marvel is moving beyond the Earth, although movies like Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and Black Widow will still take a smaller-scale approach. Other Marvel shows like Hawkeye and She-Hulk are expected to take on more street-level stories.

As for where it could all be leading may be an Avengers 5 or something like Secret Wars, a Marvel Comic story involving the clash of alternate realities.

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Related: Everything Coming to Disney+ in April 2021

Stay tuned here for all the updates for the Marvel Phase 4 and tell us in the comments below what you are most looking forward to.

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