Everything Marvel Studio’s announced in hall H at SDCC and what this means for phase four of the studio.
If you weren’t sleeping under a rock, you may have noticed a bunch of newly announced films and TV shows coming from Marvel Studios for the next 2 years.
President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige announced their new projects for their phase 4 production slate at San Diego Comic-Con this past weekend. This time around TV shows has been included in the roster.
Now before you get upset, these TV shows will be immensely interconnected to the MCU we’ve grown to love over the past 11 years. This means the ramifications of Avengers Endgame and the films that come after will still be connected to the TV shows.
If you don’t know by now, the Marvel Studio shows will be streaming on Disney Plus streaming service when the service debuts later this year, and it will only cost $5.99 per month at launch.
This was a smart decision for Marvel Studios because TV series typically provides more time for character development and more in-depth storytelling, something movies can’t do with in the time frame.
As of right now the Disney Plus Marvel shows will each have 6 episodes. Each will be about 1 hour long according to the details we received during Comic-Con.
As of right now, these are the series coming out to Marvel’s Disney Plus section.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier – Spring 2020
Wanda Vision – Spring 2021
Loki – Spring 2021
What If…? – Summer 2021 (An Animated Anthology Series)
Hawkeye – Fall 2021
We should know by now that these may or may not be actual titles for the coming series, and in the past changes were made to phase 3 that wasn’t announced until much later. Release dates can also change as we get closer to 2020.
Also, with the right budget, the Marvel Studio series could be as cinematic as the films, and if you don’t believe me watch an episode of Star Trek Discovery on CBS All Access, its possible and they have the money.
Since phase 4 only spans over 2 years and TV series are included within the lineup, Marvel Studios will only be releasing 2 films in 2020.
Here are the upcoming phase 4 theatrical releases.
Black Widow – May 1st, 2020
Eternals – November 6th, 2020
Shang-Chi – February 12th, 2021
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – May 7th, 2021
Thor: Love and Thunder – November 5th, 2021
But wait there’s more! You may have learned that Disney now owns Fox since this happened Marvel Studios now owns the rights to Fantastic Four, X-Men and Deadpool.
While Deadpool will be continuing under Disney/Marvel’s care, there was no announcement for that character’s films yet. However, Kevin Feige announced that they will be starting production for the Fantastic Four and Mutants (X-Men) in their phase 5 slate, adding Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, and of course Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.
There was one additional announcement that was unexpected. Kevin Feige called Mahershala Ali to the stage to announce that he will take the role of Blade. That’s right! Mahershala Ali will be the MCU’s Blade in an upcoming film possibly in phase 5. As of now, there are no writers or directors announced for “Blade” so Kevin Feige and Mahershala have a lot of work to do to get the project started.
It was mentioned that Mahershala called Kevin Feige after winning his award for Green Book to arrange a meeting. When Ali met with Feige he straight out told him he wants to do Blade, and Feige agreed. That’s how it went down.
It looks like phase 5 could take place sometime between 2022 and 2025, so there is a lot of time for changes to the line-up and new shows could still be added to the phase 5 line up.
Details about each project will be released in separate blogs later this week so check back here later.