As the company has been known to do, Marvel Studios generated hundreds if not thousands of headlines earlier this summer at San Diego Comic-Con when they announced their full schedule for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This will include five movies to be released between now and the end of 2021, including BLACK WIDOW, ETERNALS, SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS, and THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER. Still, though, we know that these aren’t all of the projects that Marvel is currently developing, as there are multiple irons in the fire that will surely wind up as a part of Phase 5.
What exactly are these projects? Given that there are already six release dates carved out in 2022 and 2023, we can expect six different releases — at least so far. No other details are available yet, but we have high hopes to see the following films sooner rather than later. Here's our Phase 5 wish list.
Black Panther 2
Introducing audiences worldwide to the vast and epic utopia of Wakanda, BLACK PANTHER was a phenomenon when it hit theatres in February 2018, and while audiences are going to have to wait to see the titular hero in his own solo adventure again, one imagines that the sequel could be one of the earliest releases of Phase 5. Writer/director Ryan Coogler has already signed a deal to return, so this one is really a slam dunk.
Captain Marvel 2
Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers made a literally explosive debut on the big screen earlier this year, appearing in both her solo movie, CAPTAIN MARVEL, and the epic AVENGERS: ENDGAME — and the demand for more adventures featuring the character has certainly been heard by Marvel Studios. CAPTAIN MARVEL 2 was teased by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige as a project that the company just couldn’t squeeze into their Phase 4 slate. Does that mean it will be a part of Phase 5?
Without getting too deep into spoilers, SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME concluded with an absolutely massive cliffhanger, and fans are now aching to know what the future is going to hold for the web-slinger. Sadly, we won’t be getting an update during Phase 4, as no SPIDER-MAN project was announced for the 2020–2021 stretch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it’s hard not to imagine his sequel being a part of Phase 5.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 3 was originally going to be one of the first releases scheduled for Phase 4, but the whole situation involving the firing/rehiring of writer/director James Gunn changed the timetable a bit. As a result, we won’t be getting to see the eponymous ragtag group of intergalactic travelers in their own movie for a minute, but they could very well be a part of Phase 5’s schedule of blockbuster adventures.
Fans have spent years and years praying to the movie gods that the Fantastic Four would someday be able to become a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — and now that day is on the horizon thanks to the Walt Disney Company-21st Century Fox merger. At this point, the question isn’t "if" so much as "when," and it’s pretty easy to imagine Marvel’s First Family being a part of Phase 5. That would give the folks at the studio a fair amount of time to figure out exactly how they want to reintroduce the legendary characters and not make the same mistakes as previous big screen efforts.
The Marvel Studios game plan has long been to release a wide array of solo movies that coalesce into giant team-up blockbusters (aka the AVENGERS films), and there’s no reason to expect that to change following the release of SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME.
There may not be one of these massive capstone projects at the end of Phase 4, but that could simply mean something ridiculously big is being planned for the end of Phase 5. And while there are many potential events from the pages of Marvel Comics that could serve as source material, we're hoping for SECRET WARS: a massive movie that could either pit the greatest heroes of the MCU against its greatest villains (making it an adaptation of the original “Secret Wars”), or it could see the universe fractured into multiple distinct worlds (making it an adaptation of the 2015 version of “Secret Wars.”)
We currently don’t know for sure what will be on the Phase 5 slate for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but hopefully we’ll get more answers in the near future! We'll update you here as soon as we learn more.