Marvel Fans Rejoice! Marvel Studios continued its streak of comic-book blockbusters with the announcement of Phase 4 in its cinematic universe, which took a brief hiatus due to the pandemic. Marvel’s Phase 4 is set to kick-off in 2021 with a range of new characters, new villains, and exciting story arcs. As we head towards the end of the year, fans can hardly suppress their excitement over what the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has in store. So, what’s in store for us in Phase 4? Let’s find out.
Marvel’s Phase 4 starts with Black Widow, which had a delayed release, initially scheduled for May 2020. Black Widow follows the story of Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, that takes place between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. Marvel’s fans are excited to see Scarlett Johansson’s character in action after much anticipation.
Marvel’s latest entry into their already expansive superhero lineup – The Eternals, introduces us to a new group of heroes who have been on earth for centuries. They’ve been watching over the Earth and now intervene to protect it from an ancient enemy. The Eternals have a talented ensemble cast featuring Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, and Kumail Nanjiani.
Spider-Man: No Way Home:
Tom Holland’s Spider-Man returns to the screen with Spider-Man: No Way Home. Not much is known about the plot, but fans are excited to see Holland reprise his role as the popular web-slinger. Rumors have swirled that the movie will feature appearances from other characters in the Spider-Man universe.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness:
After years of waiting, Doctor Strange fans get to see the Sorcerer Supreme, back in action. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness promises to be one of the most mind-bending movies in the MCU yet. It is slated to feature the return of Benedict Cumberbatch portraying Doctor Strange, as he navigates through the ever-expanding Multiverse.
Thor: Love and Thunder:
In the MCU, Thor has been perceived as the more Shakespearean character. However, Taika Waititi’s Thor: Ragnarok changed that perception with a lighter, funnier take on the Asgardian. In Thor: Love and Thunder, Waititi directs and returns to voice the fan-favorite character, Korg. Natalie Portman returns as Jane Foster, who takes on the mantle of Thor.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever:
Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel Studios has committed to making Black Panther: Wakanda Forever as a tribute to the actor’s legacy. Ryan Coogler returns as the movie’s director, and industry sources suggest that the storyline will feature other characters besides T’Challa.
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Marvel and Disney+ have also collaborated on several TV shows that are slated to premiere in 2021. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision are already out and have been hits with fans. The upcoming shows, including Loki, Hawkeye, and Ms. Marvel, are precisely what Marvel lovers need to fill the gap between MCU movies.
In conclusion, Marvel’s Phase 4 has a lot to offer fans of the MCU with such a diverse line-up of characters and storylines. With the continuing pandemic likely to impact the movie industry for a little while longer, Marvel’s Phase 4 and future FanDome events will allow fans to experience the MCU in a very different way. The next few years promise to be an exciting new era of the MCU. Marvel fans may want to buckle in and prepare to be exhilarated.