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Marvel Studios reveals full Phase Four lineup of the MCU at San Diego Comic-Con

by Brittani Tuttle

Last night in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, revealed the lineup of films and Disney+ TV shows that will make up Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

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Photo by Eric Charbonneau

Check out our breakdown of all the announcements below:

The Eternals

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The panel kicked things off with an overview of the upcoming feature film, “The Eternals,” a new team of Super Heroes in the MCU. The film will be directed by Chloé Zhao, and star Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, and Angelina Jolie as Thena.

The film will release in theaters on Nov. 6, 2020.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier

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We also got news on the upcoming Disney+ original series “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,” which will pair up Sam Wilson (The Falcon) and Bucky Barnes (The Winter Soldier) as they set out on action-packed adventures after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.”

Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will reprise their roles of The Falcon and Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier, respectively, and Daniel Brühl will return as the villain, Baron Zemo.

“The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” will debut on Disney+ in the fall of 2020.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

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According to Feige, this film and the “legend” behind it have been hinted at in the MCU since the first “Iron Man” film.

As a surprise, Kevin Feige announced the confirmed casting of Simu Liu in the title role of Shang-Chi, who arrived with director Destin Daniel Cretton to greet the attendees. Feige also shared that Awkwafina had been cast in a yet-to-be-revealed role, and that Chinese actor Tony Leung would be the “real” Mandarin.

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” will hit theaters on Feb. 12, 2021.

WandaVision

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This Disney+ original series features Paul Bettany reprising his role as Vision and Elizabeth Olsen returning as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch.

Bettany and Olsen were joined onstage by a new face to the MCU, Teyonah Parris, when Feige announced that Parris would be playing the grown-up version of Monica Rambeau (affectionately known as “Lieutenant Trouble”) in “Captain Marvel.”

“WandaVision will premiere on Disney+ in the spring of 2021.

Loki

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New details were shared on “Loki,” the upcoming Marvel Studios original series for Disney+, featuring Tom Hiddleston as Loki – the god of mischief and everyone’s favorite MCU villain.

To the delight of the attendees, Hiddleston answered the lingering question that’s been on the mind of every MCU fan since “Avengers: Endgame”: “Where did Loki go when he took the Space Stone?”

We’ll find out when the series premieres on Disney+ in the spring of 2021.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

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The second film in the “Doctor Strange” franchise was introduced with the arrival of director Scott Derrickson and star Benedict Cumberbatch on stage to a wild welcome. 

As a surprise twist, Feige brought out Elizabeth Olsen, who will also make an appearance in the film, to speak about how “WandaVision” connects directly to the storyline of the feature film. According to the director, this will be the first MCU horror film.

“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” releases in theaters on May 7, 2021.

What If…?

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Feige shared new details on “What If…?”, the first animated series coming to the MCU. “What If…?” will air exclusively on Disney+ and tell stories of alternate realities in the Marvel universe.

Feige revealed that many actors from the MCU will reprise their roles as voice talent in the series. Jeffrey Wright (HBO’s “WestWorld”) will portray The Watcher, who will serve as the narrator of the new series.

“What If…?” will join the Disney+ service in the summer of 2021.

Hawkeye

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Jeremy Renner arrived onstage to share new details on the Disney+ original series. Kate Bishop, a well-known character in Marvel comics, will be an important part of the series.

“Hawkeye” launches on Disney+ in the fall of 2021.

Thor: Love and Thunder

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The next film discussed was the highly-anticipated fourth film in the “Thor” franchise. Another surprise revealed that Jane Foster, once again played by Natalie Portman, will become the Mighty Thor, the goddess of Thunder.

Taika Waititi will direct, with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson returning to reprise their roles as Thor and Valkyrie. It was also revealed that Thompson’s Valkyrie will be the first LGBT character in the MCU.

“Thor: Love and Thunder” will release in theaters on Nov. 5, 2021.

Black Widow

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Feige announced that the feature film “Black Widow” will be the first film on the Phase Four release slate.

Fans were then surprised with the first footage from “Black Widow,” which is currently in production. The film is directed by Cate Shortland, who arrived to the stage with Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow), along with newcomers David Harbour as Alexei (aka The Red Guardian), Florence Pugh as Yelena, O-T Fagbenle as Mason and Rachel Weisz as Melina.

“Black Widow” will hit theaters on May 1, 2020.

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Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

After the “Black Widow” presentation, Feige had one more surprise up his sleeve. He called for actor Mahershala Ali to join everyone onstage, and then announced the new Marvel Studios feature film “Blade,” which will feature Ali in the title role.

Feige also mentioned that he “didn’t have enough time” to talk about “Black Panther 2,” “Captain Marvel 2,” “Fantastic Four,” and the Mutants. All of these films, along with “Blade,” will all be included in Phase 5 of the MCU starting in 2022 and beyond.

Check out our video of highlights from the Marvel Studios panel below:

Marvel Studios Panel Highlights at San Diego Comic-Con 2019

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