Marvel Monday: Phase Four

Rumors lead to speculation and speculation lead to months of MCU fans waiting with patience to finally hear what they could expect from future movies and at San Diego Comic-Con an exhale of excitement followed every announcement made by the cinematic giant. Over the next eleven weeks, Thinks of a Thoughter will be posting a new Marvel Monday that deep dives into every announcement made this weekend. Before that happens though, it might help if today we just run down everything that we currently know for phase 4 and the movies happening beyond that.

Black Widow (May 1 2020)

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (Fall 2020)

Eternals (November 6 2020)

Shang-Chi (February 12 2021)

WandaVision (Spring 2021)

Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness (May 7 2021)

Loki (Spring 2021)

What If… (Summer 2021)

Hawkeye (Fall 2021)

Thor Love and Thunder (November 5 2021)

So that’s phase 4, but what about beyond 2021? Well, as Marvel’s conference came to a close Kevin Feige mentioned a few things that didn’t make an appearance at this year’s event: Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 3, Fantastic 4, X-Men, and to the complete shock of everyone… Blade.

While most of these movies can only be speculated on, there is one thing we know for sure and that’s the actor playing Blade. 2 time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali shocked fans as he walked out on stage and pulled out a hat from his back pocket. As he put it on, the ones in the crowd that read what it said started to scream with joy, but for the others, they would soon join in as the room went completely dark and on the screen above them all appeared the words Blade. I think it’s safe to say that no one saw that coming and I for one cannot wait to see how Blade fits into the MCU.

Blade isn’t the only character that brings questions. While I can guess with the best of them about how Fantastic Four fits into the universe, we really don’t know. The same can be said about the X-Men or even something much simpler like Guardians 3. After all, this is a movie that was scheduled to be heading into production as we speak but now it’s pushed back to potentially 2022. How does the delay affect the story that it was planning to tell? Keep in mind, the last time we saw Thor he was with The Guardians but now because of the delay, his stand-alone movie is coming out before Rocket and the gang make their return to the big screen.

As I said, I can guess with the best of them but speculation isn’t the only thing I plan on bringing to Marvel Monday. More than that, I plan on breaking down every piece of information that we know for each film. For instance, David Harbour (Stranger Things) is playing someone called The Red Guardian in the upcoming Black Widow movie. I know what you’re thinking and it’s because I’m thinking it too, “Um… who?” It’s questions like these that I’m gonna find out because the people need to know, they deserve to know. Besides, it’s not like any other website plans on Breaking this stuff down… right?

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