Marvel Announces 6 New Movies for Phase 4 of the MCU

This weekend is the San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) and Marvel hosted a panel discussing the upcoming Phase 4 line-up of movies and shows.

During the Marvel panel six movies were announced for Phase 4 of the MCU.

Black Widow – May 1, 2020

Starring Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz. Directed by Cate Shortland.

Can I just say that it’s about time that Black Widow got her own movie! She is like the only core Avengers character that didn’t! For all the talk of strong female leads they had one this whole time and didn’t move on it at all! I’m glad she is finally getting a stand-alone film!

The Eternals– November 6, 2020

Featuring Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh and Don Lee. Directed by Chloé Zhao.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – February 12, 2021

With Simu Liu, Awkwafina and Tony Leung. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. In theaters February 12, 2021.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – May 7, 2021

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen. Directed by Scott Derrickson who is returning to the series.

I am actually kind of excited about this one. Doctor Strange is one of my favorite MCU movies.

Thor: Love and Thunder – November 5, 2021

Featuring Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman. Taika Waititi is returning to direct.

Blade (no release date yet)

They were saying it was a “secret project” but we knew it was coming. Everyone was speculating about it.  All we know so far is that it’s starring Mahershala Ali.

Funny side story that was presented was that Mahershala Ali actually called up to tell Marvel he wanted to play the part of Blade, and here we are.

The films we have been hearing the most about so far were the Eternals and Black Widow movies. They are also the ones releasing the soonest.

Brand Fatigue

My biggest concern here is how close together these release dates are. Disney has voiced their concerns about “brand fatigue” within the Star Wars franchise and are even pulling back on the films for a bit.  I do love the Marvel movies, but they are getting closer and closer together on release dates. We’ve seen the overlap before. Eventually they will cannibalize each other in the box office and I worry fans will just get tired of shelling out money every other month.

I do worry they will go the way of Star Wars if they continue this. Especially now that they aren’t focused on the core avengers characters now (Black Widow and Thor of course being the exceptions) I’m not really sure how all of this is going to go, but we will see over time.

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