After a long drought of movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe throughout 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 release schedule and what is confirmed next for Marvel’s Avengers characters.
2021 MCU Line Up
Later this year the MCU will release the much-delayed Black Widow on May 7, 2021 and this will finally give Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) her due. Marvel Studios will follow it up with Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings. Marvel’s Master of Kung-Fu, played by Simu Liu, will make his debut on July 9, 2021.
The Eternals is set for November 5. This will focus on cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 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.
2022 Marvel Films
At this time, 2022 is also set to have four 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 sequel.
Since it will follow-up on the success of 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.
Then Thor: Love and Thunder will come on May 6, 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 movie will introduce the female Thor / Jane Foster (Natalie Portman).
Black Panther II 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.
Then Captain Marvel 2 will finish up the year on November 11, 2022. Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) and Ms. Marvel / Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) are expected to join Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) in her second outing.
2023 Rumored Dates
Disney has announced five other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that still 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 2022 release schedule for four Marvel films is:
- Ant-man and the Wasp: Quantumania — February 17, 2023
- Guardians of the Galaxy 3 — May 5, 2023
- Fantastic Four — July 28, 2023
- Deadpool 3 — November 3, 2023
— Charles Murphy (@_CharlesMurphy) March 7, 2021
According to his information, which is not confirmed and subject to change: 2023 will start off with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania on February 17. Before this, the third Ant-man film was still due in 2022, but with four other confirmed films, it is getting packed. So, it makes a lot of sense for Marvel to push this off to the beginning of 2023.
The next Marvel film after that will be Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in the summer, just like the previous Guardians films, and should be expected on May 5, 2023.
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. It makes sense that they will both come in 2023 since Marvel has a history of releasing four films every year.
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’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.
What These Dates Tell Us
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.
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.
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 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.
Phase 4 already has eleven confirmed films without Deadpool, the same as Phase 3. Those Phase 1 and 2 each only had six films. It will also feature more TV shows than any previous phase, so Marvel fans have a lot to look forward to.
Stay tuned here for all the updates for the Marvel Cinematic Universes Phase 4 and tell us in the comments below what you are most looking forward to.