All The Rumors And Spoilers We’ve Heard About Phase 4 So Far

Marvel Studios has announced what’s on their
plate through 2021, giving us plenty to speculate about when it comes to just what “Phase 4”
will entail. From plot details to casting rumors to surprising
character connections, here’s everything we’ve heard so far. On the heels of her tragic death in Avengers:
Endgame, Scarlett Johannson’s character Natasha Romanoff will be kicking off Phase Four of
the MCU with her long anticipated Black Widow movie. This film will be set earlier in the MCU timeline,
between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, back when Natasha was still
alive and kicking butt. In the film, Natasha’s Russian spy past seems
to be catching up with her as she contends with fellow Red Room graduate Yelena Belova,
played by Florence Pugh. Rachel Weisz will also be part of the film,
but all we know about her character so far is that she’s named Melina. However, fans have speculated that she could
be Melina Vostokoff, who’s known as Iron maiden in the comics. David Harbour is also on board as Alexei Shostakov,
otherwise known as the Red Guardian, a sort of Russian version of Captain America. The film’s main villain will be the copycat
Taskmaster, but there’s no word yet on who will be behind the character’s skull mask. We’ll see how Natasha fares against him on
May 1st, 2020. The stage was star-studded at 2019’s San Diego
Comic Con with the brilliant ensemble cast of The Eternals, set to release November 6th,
2020. The film will follow a group of ancient, godlike
aliens, many of whom have ties to Greek mythology. Angelina Jolie will play Thena, whose character
is a reference to the Olympian goddess Athena. Richard Madden, of Game of Thrones fame, is
playing Ikaris, one of the mightiest Eternals, named for the Greek myth of the boy who flew
too close to the sun. The Eternal Phastos, played by Brian Tyree
Henry, is a pseudo-Hephaestus due to his weapon-smithing skills, while Sprite, played by Lia McHugh,
is a young Loki-like trickster. Kumail Nanjiani will play Kingo, an Eternal
who’s been living in Japan for millennia following the way of the samurai, and Don Lee will be
playing Gilgamesh. And although the characters of Ajak and the
deaf, Hermes-inspired Makkari are both male in the comics, they’ll be portrayed on-screen
by Salma Hayek and deaf actress Lauren Ridloff. Then, during the 2019 D23 expo in Anaheim,
a few more exciting names were added to the already-impressive Eternals cast. Gemma Chan, who played the ill-fated Minn-Erva
in Captain Marvel, will be rejoining the MCU in The Eternals as Sersi. In the comics, Sersi lives among humans in
New York, throwing lavish parties where she entertains her guests by passing her superpowers
off as magic tricks. Also joining the cast are Barry Keoghan as
the vicious ex-KGB agent Druig, and Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington as the non-Eternal
superhero Dane Whitman, also known as Black Knight. Harington’s role will reunite him with his
Game of Thrones brother, Richard Madden, and may seem like familiar territory for viewers,
since Black Knight is also the recipient of a weighty family legacy and a thematically
significant sword. Canadian actor Simu Liu will be portraying
the hero Shang-Chi in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and Kevin Feige has promised
that he will soon be a household name everywhere. Liu is probably best known for his role in
the sitcom Kim’s Convenience, but his action experience comes from his role on the TV series
Taken and his stunt work on the sets of Designated Survivor and Heroes Reborn. Liu had actually tweeted about his interest
in the role back in December of 2018. Using the Shang-Chi hashtag, the actor wrote, “OK Marvel, are we gonna talk or what?” Apparently Marvel and Liu did talk, and he
thanked the studio on Twitter for getting back to him when his role was officially announced. Starring alongside Liu in Shang-Chi and the
Legend of the Ten Rings will be Awkwafina of Crazy Rich Asians fame. We’ll also finally meet the real Mandarin,
as opposed to the fake version played by Ben Kingsley in Iron Man 3. The Mandarin is the leader of the Ten Rings
terrorist organization and will be played by award-winning actor Tony Leung. We’ll see what kind of villain the real Mandarin
is on February 12th, 2021. Rather than focusing solely on big blockbuster
films, the MCU is expanding into the world of television for Phase Four. The next few years will see a group of new
Marvel shows releasing on the streaming platform Disney Plus, which will all tie directly into
the established world of the MCU. Releasing in the summer of 2021, the animated
series What If…? promises to be an especially intriguing look at the world of Marvel. Based on the comic series of the same name,
What If…? will explore alternate versions of the events in the MCU. The show’s voice cast boasts a staggering
number of MCU movie stars, from Michael B. Jordan to Michael Rooker. The series’ first episode will focus on what
would have happened if Hayley Atwell’s character Peggy Carter took the super soldier serum
instead of Steve Rogers in Captain America: The First Avenger. We’ll watch these alternate timelines unfold
through the eyes of the Watcher, voiced by Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright. Steve Rogers’ two best friends, Bucky Barnes
and Sam Wilson, will team up against Captain America: Civil War villain Zemo in The Falcon
and the Winter Soldier, coming to Disney+ in the fall of 2020. The series will star Anthony Mackie and Sebastian
Stan as the Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and will feature the return of Daniel Brühl
as Zemo, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, and Wyatt Russell as new character John Walker. But wait, isn’t Sam Wilson supposed to be
Captain America now? At the end of Avengers: Endgame, an aged Steve
Rogers handed his red, white, and blue shield over to Sam as Bucky looked on approvingly. Never fear; in an interview with MTV News,
Mackie promised that the new Captain America will make his debut at some point during The
Falcon and the Winter Soldier. He’s already been fitted for his new star-spangled
suit, and according to Mackie, “It looks really good.” Where did Loki go when he snatched up the
Tesseract and disappeared from 2012 during Avengers: Endgame’s Time Heist? Apparently we’ll get the chance to find out
in the upcoming Disney+ series Loki. Tom Hiddleston will be reprising his role
as the God of Mischief, and its been confirmed that the series picks up right after Loki
winked out of existence. The actor told San Diego Comic Con that the
Loki series is one of the most exciting creative opportunities he’s ever encountered, saying
that he couldn’t wait to get started. In addition to a new world, Loki may also
take us to a whole new time period. A preview image for the series shows Thor’s
younger brother in front of a promotional sign for the film Jaws, which was released
in 1975. Without the Time Stone, we have no idea how
Loki’s managing his time hopping, but we’ll have to wait until the show releases in the
spring of 2021 to find out. Marvel has been pretty mysterious when it
comes to WandaVision, the third of its new Disney+ shows, especially when it comes to
how the series fits into the current MCU timeline. Vision, played by Paul Bettany, was killed
by Thanos at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. So how is he supposed to star alongside his
girlfriend Wanda in a show that takes place after the events of Avengers: Endgame? In the words of Elizabeth Olsen, who plays
Wanda Maximoff, “It’s gonna get weird.” Also unclear is how Monica Rambeau will factor
into the storyline of WandaVision. The young Monica first charmed audiences with
her mischief in Captain Marvel, and WandaVision will feature the character all grown up. The adult Monica will be played by Teyonah
Parris, who might even get in on the superhero action herself. She’ll be joined by Kat Dennings, reprising
her role as Darcy Lewis from the first two Thor movies, Randall Park as Jimmy Woo from
Ant-Man and the Wasp, and newcomer Kathryn Hahn as Wanda and Vision’s nosy neighbor. We’ll find out how they all come together
when WandaVision arrives on Disney+ in the spring of 2021. Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange is getting
his own sequel in Phase Four, ominously titled Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff will be co-starring
in the film, which will tie directly into the events of WandaVision, and we wouldn’t
be surprised if Multiverse of Madness also crossed over with the alternate universes
of Marvel’s animated What If…? series. The title for the Strange sequel leads us
to suspect that some Lovecraftian adventures are in store for the Sorcerer Supreme, and
director Scott Derrickson seemed to confirm our suspicions. Speaking to the audience at San Diego Comic
Con about what drew him to the Doctor Strange comics and what his plans were for the film’s
sequel, Derrickson said, “They dipped into the gothic, and the horror
and the horrific, and we’re going to make the first scary MCU film.” We’ll discover the mysteries of the multiverse
when Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is unveiled on May 7th, 2021. It’s been a rocky relationship, but after
a brief trial separation, Sony and Marvel have officially gotten back together for one
more film. Spider-Man 3 will release on July 16th, 2021,
making it a belated addition to the MCU’s Phase Four. No casting has been confirmed yet, but it’s
safe to assume that in addition to Tom Holland, we’ll also be seeing the return of Jacob Batalon
as Ned and Zendaya as MJ, as well as Marissa Tomei as Aunt May and Jon Favreau as Happy
Hogan. And given the cliffhanger at the end of Spider-Man:
Far From Home, we’d be surprised if J.K. Simmons doesn’t make an appearance as J. Jonah Jameson
as well. Like the first two films, the MCU’s Spider-Man
3 will be helmed by director Jon Watts. No plot details have been released for the
third Spider-Man outing yet, including whether or not it will cross over with Venom or any
other part of Sony’s own Spider-Verse. However, since the MCU only has Peter Parker
confirmed for one more movie, we’re prepared for Spider-Man 3 to pave the way for Spidey
to exit the Marvel Cinematic Universe for good. Sony has been pretty eager to get notorious
Spider-Man villains the Sinister Six on screen for a long time, and has in fact already introduced
several of the group’s members, such as the Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Mysterio
in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Spider-Man 3 would be an excellent opportunity
to round out the lineup by bringing in another member of the group, and the most likely candidate
to battle Spidey in his third Marvel outing is Kraven the Hunter. Before he’d officially been tapped to direct
Spider-Man 3, Jon Watts mentioned that if the villain of the third movie was up to him,
it would be Kraven. What’s more, Far From Home scribes Chris McKenna
and Erik Sommers have mentioned Kraven as the next villain they’d like to see Spidey
fight. Additionally, Sony is already working on developing
a Kraven solo film, which means the hunter is already on his way to the big screen. We’ll just have to wait to find out whether
he makes a stop in the MCU first. Set to release in the fall of 2021, the series
logo for Hawkeye is almost an exact replica of the one used for the much-loved comic run
by Matt Fraction and David Aja. Fraction and Aja’s stylish series, which focused
on Clint Barton’s everyday non-superhero life, placed particular emphasis on the archer’s
various relationships, especially between Barton and his protege, Kate Bishop. A master strategist and fighter with deadly
aim, the Kate Bishop of the comics is also the leader of the Young Avengers, but is otherwise
a down-to-earth human like Barton. Bishop is confirmed to have a spot in the
Hawkeye series, and will presumably take over the Hawkeye mantle from Clint at some point,
like she does in the comics. We can’t wait to see the dynamic between Jeremy
Renner’s laid back Hawkeye as he mentors the sharply witty Kate. After the massive success of Thor: Ragnarok,
director Taika Waititi is returning to helm the fourth installment in the Thor series,
Thor: Love and Thunder. But when the film rumbles into theaters on
November 5th, 2021, it’ll be bringing a new god of thunder with it. While Chris Hemsworth will be returning as
Thor, Waititi announced that Natalie Portman’s Jane Foster will take on Mjolnir in Love and
Thunder to become Mighty Thor. In the comics, Jane became Thor when Thor
was no longer worthy of Mjolnir, while Thor renamed himself Odinson and went off to travel
the universe. Tessa Thompson will also return as Valkyrie,
decreed the “King of New Asgard” at the end of Endgame. Thompson already has her own ideas about what
Valkyrie’s first order of business will be in Love and Thunder, telling the audience
at San Diego Comic Con, quote, “She needs to find her queen.” Many will remember Wesley Snipes’ iconic performance
as the sharp-fanged, sharp-witted title character in the original Blade trilogy of films. Now, Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali will
be stepping into the role of the half-vampiric vampire hunter for a new Marvel solo film. Calling the MCU’s new Blade one of our time’s
greatest working actors, Kevin Feige revealed that Ali was already a huge fan of the Marvel
Cinematic Universe, as well as the character of Blade himself, long before he was cast
in the role. Feige went on to say, “He’s going to destroy the part. It’s a dream. It’s the kind of dream casting that you almost
don’t dare to dream that you can actually do it.” The mysterious Twitter user who correctly
predicted a number of key plot points in Avengers Endgame months before the movie came out is
back with a possible Phase Four scoop. According to that account, which goes by the
handle Roger Wardell, “Marvel Studios are a big fan of David Morrissey
and are considering multiple roles for him for Phase 4.” Morrissey gained fame among comic book fans
when he embodied one of The Walking Dead’s biggest and baddest villains, the Governor. He’s been proving his versatility ever since,
playing more than just megalomaniacs, but we wouldn’t mind if he brought another bad
guy to life. We could see Morrissey taking on the role
of Spider-Man villain Norman Osborn, or iconic Fantastic Four antagonist, Doctor Doom. On the other hand, just because Morrissey
has played villains in the past doesn’t mean he can’t play a good guy now. After all, Marvel still has plenty of heroic
roles left to fill. Whether he comes aboard as a hero or a villain,
we’re sure Morrissey will make a fantastic addition to the MCU. Just when we thought we knew everything to
expect in Phase 4 of the MCU, Marvel threw us for a loop by announcing a trio of additional
new MCU shows at the 2019 D23 Expo. Ms. Marvel will follow Pakistani American
teen hero Kamala Khan. In the comics, Kamala is an Inhuman who idolizes
Carol Danvers and takes up her pre-Captain Marvel mantle after discovering that she too
has superpowers. Showrunner Bisha K. Ali hasn’t yet revealed
whether the series will show Kamala’s first days as Ms. Marvel, or whether it will pick
up with the character after she’s already been established, similar to Peter Parker’s
introduction in Captain America: Civil War. Kamala blazed new territory in the comics
as the first Muslim character to headline her own Marvel book, and to see her on screen
in the MCU will be a significant step forward in the battle for more diverse representation
in Hollywood, especially if the character eventually crosses over to the films. We don’t have any idea yet when Ms. Marvel
will hit Disney+, or where it will fit into Marvel’s increasingly crowded schedule. However, since the series was announced as
part of Marvel’s Phase 4 timeline, we can safely assume it’ll be before the end of 2021. The second of the new Disney+ shows announced
at D23 2019, Moon Knight follows former mercenary Marc Spector who gains superpowers from the
god Khonshu during a mission that goes sideways in Egypt. In many ways, Moon Knight has functioned in
the comics as Marvel’s version of Batman, since Spector acts as a vigilante who uses
his substantial fortune to outfit himself with advanced gadgetry that helps him hunt
down bad guys. However, Spector comes with a unique twist
that’s bound to make his transition to screen both interesting, and potentially tricky. In the comics, Spector struggles with dissociative
identity disorder or D.I.D., which gives him three distinct personalities: in addition
to Spector, there’s also wealthy businessman Steven Grant and street-smart cab driver Jake
Lockley. These three personalities all work together
to help Moon Knight to battle evil, and Moon Knight’s creative team will have their work
cut out for them when it comes to avoiding the problematic tropes that often accompany
fictional portrayals of characters with D.I.D. Moon Knight will be helmed by lead writer
Jeremy Slater, who previously developed the Umbrella Academy comics into a successful
series for Netflix. Tweeting about his involvement on Moon Knight,
Slater wrote, “We’ve assembled a room full of brilliant
writers who truly love this character, and we’re all hard at work crafting something
special for you.” The last of the Disney+ shows announced at
D23 was She-Hulk, which will center around Bruce Banner’s cousin, Jennifer Walters. In the comics, Jennifer is an attorney who
receives her Hulk powers from an emergency blood transfusion from Bruce. Most likely, Jennifer will gain her powers
sometime after the “blip” in the Disney+ series, which will hopefully mean we’ll get at least
a Mark Ruffalo cameo in She-Hulk, if not a more extensive role. The She-Hulk series will be helmed by showrunner
Jessica Gao, who won an Emmy for her writing on the Rick and Morty episode “Pickle Rick.” As for who will play Jennifer herself, no
casting has been announced yet, although fans have proposed a variety of talented actresses
for the part including Jameela Jamil, Constance Wu, Stephanie Beatriz, and Blake Lively. Thanks to motion capture technology, whoever
Marvel casts in the role will probably not have to physically portray Jennifer in her
Hulked-out state, but will need to embody her wit, intelligence, strong moral compass,
and ability to snarkily break the fourth wall. As with Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight, we don’t
know exactly when She-Hulk will slot into Marvel’s Phase Four schedule, but expect it
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