With the movie, Avengers: Endgame having released, Marvel Studios has now closed the chapter of Phase 3 of the MCU and is looking ahead to Phase 4. Now, all the fans know when the films will hit theatres as Disney had recently announced their release dates for the next seven years.
We have eight slots listed as “Untitled Marvel”, two in the year, 2020 and three each for 2021 and also the year, 2022. While it is not clear what Marvel has in plan for the post-Endgame film releases, we all know that a few of the movies that are expected in the next phase for the MCU are Black Widow, Shang-Chi, The Eternals and Black Panther 2.
After the movie, Spider-Man: Far From Home releases in July, the next Marvel movie will release in May 1, 2020. This slot will be Black Widow. The movie has been expected to start its production by June which will put it on track as the first movie to release. We then have November 6, 2020, and this may be The Eternals as it is has been rumoured to step into the production stage by August, although there are many reports that Doctor Strange 2 may also take up this slot.
If Doctor Strange 2 does not get a November 2020 release, it is the top contender for the February 12, 2021, after Black Panther 2 on May 7, 2021, and Shang-Chi which might be the movie that will release on November 5, 2021. Then we go to the year, 2022, which has February 18 and maybe Captain Marvel 2 and May 6, 2022, would be the release date for. We have one date left unaccounted-July 29, 2022 date.
It is very much possible that a few of the release dates , especially the 2022 dates may be for movies that feature characters from the Fox acquisition. The fans know that the X-Men and Fantastic Four would be making their way into the MCU and it is just a matter of time.
“It’ll be a while,” Kevin Feige said.
“It’s all just beginning and the five-year plan that we’ve been working on, we were working on before any of that was set. So really, it’s just more, for us, less about specifics of when and where [the X-Men will appear] right now and more just the comfort factor and how nice it is that they’re home. That they’re all back. But it will be a very long time.”
Avengers: Endgame is now in theatres. Spider-Man: Far From Home opens July 2nd.