‘Marvel’ Phase 4: Films Set to Release After the ‘Endgame’!! Check It Out!!

With the release of Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios caps off a 22-film saga. The story began with 2008’s Iron Man, and since that time we’ve seen new heroes introduced, compelling combinations of characters intermingled, and even a few characters bite the dust. And while previous team-up movies like The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron had a sense of finality to them, Avengers: Endgame is being positioned as a true, genuine ending to the 21 movies that have come before it. Nothing will be the same after Endgame.

To that end, Marvel Studios has tried to keep a tight lid on what films might be next. Obviously the MCU will continue. And while the studio has yet to confirm any Marvel movie release dates beyond this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel, behind-the-scenes they’re already hard at work developing the films that will make up the future of the MCU.

Word of many of those projects has already leaked, and official confirmation will come sooner or later, so with that in mind we’ve put together a complete list of all the upcoming Marvel movies that we know are in the works. Check it out below.

Spider-Man: Far from Home

Release Date: July 5, 2019

Status: Post-production

Director: Jon Watts

Writers: Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers

Cast: Tom Holland, Samuel L. Jackson, Zendaya, Jake Gyllenhaal, Cobie Smulders, J.B. Smoove, Martin Starr, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, and Marisa Tomei.

What We Know So Far: The sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming is another collaboration with Sony Pictures, which is distributing the film instead of Disney. Marvel Studios once again took the creative lead on Spider-Man: Far from Home, bringing back Homecoming director Jon Watts to craft a story about Peter Parker heading to Europe on a school trip. While there, villainous beings known as Elementals arise and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury enlists Spider-Man’s help to bring them down. Additionally, iconic comics villain Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) throws his hat in the ring as an ally to Peter Parker. Hmm..

Untitled Black Widow Movie

Release Date: TBA

Status: Pre-production

Director: Cate Shortland

Cast: Scarlett Johansson and possibly Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh, and David Harbour

What We Know So Far: Marvel Studios has been developing a Black Widow spinoff movie for a long time, and they’re finally ready to pull the trigger after Avengers: Endgame. The studio worked with Scarlett Johansson to find the right director, interviewing hundreds of candidates for the job before landing on indie filmmaker Cate Shortland. The plot is under wraps, but the film is said to chronicle Natasha Romanoff’s time as a spy before the events of Marvel’s The Avengers. Production is expected to begin this year.

The Eternals

Release Date: TBA

Status: Pre-production

Director: Chloe Zhao

Cast: Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, and Ma Dong-seok

What We Know So Far: The Eternals is based on a comics series created by Jack Kirby and revolves around a group of superpowered and nearly immortal beings. Marvel enlisted acclaimed The Rider director Chloe Zhao to take the helm, and Angelina Jolie is reportedly in talks to take on a lead role. Nothing’s been confirmed, but the current script is said to revolve around a love story between Ikaris, a man fueled by cosmic energy, and Sersi, who relishes moving amongst humans. With casting already underway, this is expected to start filming before the end of the year.

Shang-Chi

Release Date: TBA

Status: In development

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton

Writer: Dave Callaham

Cast: TBA

What We Know So Far: With Shang-Chi, Marvel is looking to produce its first superhero movie with an Asian lead. The film is based on a comics character created in the early 1970s by writer Steve Englehart and artist Jim Starlin and was born out of Marvel Comics’ desire to acquire the rights to the TV series Kung Fu, which they were denied. Instead, they acquired the rights to the villain Fu Manchu and created Shang-Chi as a son of Fu Manchu. In the comics, Shang-Chi was raised and trained by his father in martial arts, but when he learned his father was actually evil, he turned against him. Marvel intends to fill out the ensemble with a mostly Asian cast, looking towards Black Panther as a template for how this kind of movie should be put together. Short Term 12 director Destin Daniel Cretton won the directing gig over other candidates that included Alan Yang (Master of None) and Deborah Chow (The Mandarin).

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Release Date: TBA

Director/Writer: James Gunn

Cast: TBA

What We Know So Far: The third Guardians of the Galaxy movie was originally supposed to start production in early 2019, but writer/director James Gunn was fired off the film last fall following the resurfacing of some bad jokes he made on Twitter years ago. Unbeknownst to the public, Gunn continued to meet with executives at Disney in the interim period, after he took a job writing and directing The Suicide Squad for DC, and it was announced in March 2019 that Gunn was being re-hired to direct the film. The intended 2020 release date was pushed back, and production won’t begin until after Gunn finishes The Suicide Squad, but through all the turmoil Marvel Studios kept Gunn’s completed script. So he’ll get to close out the trilogy as he originally intended.

Doctor Strange 2

Release Date: TBA

Director: Scott Derrickson

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, and Benedict Wong

What We Know So Far: Very little. While 2016’s Doctor Strange was no doubt intended to start a new franchise, the follow-up was put on the backburner so Benedict Cumberbatch’s character could take a key role in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. In December 2018, it was revealed that Derrickson had quietly closed a deal to return and direct the Doctor Strange sequel, with Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, and Benedict Wong returning.

Black Panther 2

Release Date: TBA

Director/Writer: Ryan Coogler

Cast: Chadwick Boseman

What We Know So Far: There was no way Marvel was going to not make a sequel to the movie that outgrossed Infinity War domestically, and they took their time to ensure that Ryan Coogler would be the one steering Black Panther 2. Few details are known right now, but expect this to be a major film in the post-Endgame plans.

 

via Collider

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