Marvel fans have been eagerly anticipating the studio’s next phase since the release of Avengers: Endgame in 2019. With the pandemic delaying many of their productions, 2021 is set to be a busy year for Marvel, with four films and several new TV shows on the horizon.
Luckily, Marvel has been teasing us with trailers for their upcoming projects, giving us a glimpse of what’s to come. Let’s break down what we can expect from Marvel’s 2021 slate.
Originally scheduled for release in May 2020, Black Widow’s release was pushed back due to the pandemic. The film stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, and follows her after the events of Captain America: Civil War.
The most recent trailer gives us a closer look at the action-packed film, featuring Romanoff’s confrontations with Taskmaster and a reunion with her “family” – fellow Red Room graduates Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh), Alexei Shostakov, aka Red Guardian (David Harbour), and Melina Vostokoff (Rachel Weisz).
Black Widow is set for release in theaters and Disney+ Premier Access on July 9th.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Marvel’s first Asian-led superhero film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, stars Simu Liu as the eponymous hero Shang-Chi. The film follows Shang-Chi as he is drawn into the Ten Rings organization, headed by the villainous Wenwu (Tony Leung).
The trailer hints at the film’s stunning martial arts action sequences, as well as glimpses at the supporting cast, including Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s sidekick Katy, and Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan.
Fans will have to wait until September 3rd for the film’s release.
Marvel’s cosmic superhero ensemble, Eternals, boasts a star-studded cast including Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, and Kumail Nanjiani. The film follows the titular Eternals, a group of immortal beings who have secretly lived on Earth for thousands of years, as they come out of hiding to defend the planet from the Deviants.
The trailer hints at the film’s epic scope, as well as the diversity of its characters and their abilities. It also reveals that the Eternals have watched over humanity from afar, raising questions about their inaction during events such as Thanos’ snap.
Eternals is set for release in theaters on November 5th.
Spider-Man: No Way Home
The much-anticipated third Spider-Man film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been shrouded in mystery. Tom Holland stars once again as Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, and the film will see the return of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, as well as several actors from previous Spider-Man franchises.
The trailer confirms that the film will deal with the fallout from Spider-Man’s identity being exposed at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home, as well as hinting at the appearance of multiple villains from past Spider-Man films.
Fans will have to wait until December 17th for the film’s release.
Between Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Eternals, and Spider-Man: No Way Home, Marvel’s 2021 slate is packed with superheroes and excitement. The trailers have given us a tantalizing glimpse at what’s to come, and fans can’t wait to see what Marvel has in store for them.