Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4 has a five-year plan in place, here's everything you need to know about it

Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4 has a five-year plan in place, here's everything you need to know about it

Marvel did the unthinkable.  It released 21 films over the last decade that seamlessly explain a narrative featuring multiple series and crossover events before culminating in 'Avengers: Endgame', the much-awaited blockbuster of the year. While the internet sees a new theory posted about the movie each day, Marvel Studios have already put their phase 4 plans in motion,  with their President, Kevin Feige, recently confirming that a five-year plan structure is on.




Here is all you need to know about Phase 4:

Tom Holland will be back as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man

'Spider-Man: Far From Home' has been the only confirmed movie that has an official date of release.  The movie is slated to hit the screens on July 5, 2019

Plot: An antagonist ally 

It looks like Peter Parker (Tom Holland) has somehow survived after the 'Avengers: Endgame' and has a whole new bunch of baddies to deal with. The trailer has also given a glimpse of the MCU veterans- Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) and agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) who recruit Parker and he teams up with Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), an antagonist who is an expert designer of special effects devices and stage illusions, a master hypnotist and magician and an amateur chemist and roboticist. Parker and Mysterio need to stop the Elementals, a new breed of supervillains with the power over natural forces.


Black Widow will have her own movie

The prayers of the MCU's devout fans have been answered. And for what it's worth, the various references and previous battle encounter talk between Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) will finally be answered. (Remember this: I've got red in my ledger?) 

According to the DenofGeek, the untitled movie will start filming in June and safe to say, any other details, including the cast, are a well-guarded secret.

Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow will finally get her own  movie (Source: Marvel)

Ryan Coogler's Black Panther will return

'Black Panther' was released in 2018 just before 'Avengers: Infinity War' and the character proved to be a major player in the Infinity Saga. That there will be a second movie goes on to show that not only was the movie commercially and critically successful, it also lends continuity to the fourth phase by ensuring that T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman)  will be a key member of the new Avengers going forward. 


Plot: Hoping for a Doctor Doom vs Black Panther showdown

While there has been no official word on the antagonist,  fans have been speculating if the second movie will follow the comic plot of Doomwar. Will Doctor Doom have a place as a supervillain in the fourth phase? If so, then this would also mean teaming up with Deadpool and the X-men just like in the comics, given that 20th Century Fox is about to be acquired by Disney.

Black Panther will play a key role as part of the new Avengers. (Source: Elastic)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

James Gunn is back and so will be the Guardians. Prior to his firing in 2018, the director has now been re-instated by Disney and is set to give the world the third volume that is sure to leave you floored.

While Gunn is currently working on the 'Suicide Squad', which is slated to release in August 2021, one can expect the Guardians to hit the screens a little later.


Plot: Will we see Adam Warlock?

Well, before the fire-and-back saga, Gunn teased an 'epic ending' to the Guardians talking to Digitalspy.  The story might also introduce Adam Warlock. (Remember the mid-credits scene where Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) looks at a cocoon and says 'Adam'?) Adam Warlock is a  long-standing Marvel cosmic hero with connections to Ayesha (she is his female counterpart in the comics). Gunn said that he was originally intended to feature in Guardians 2, and will instead appear in a later film.

While James Gunn has confirmed a sequel to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2, it remains to be seen if all the characters reprise their role. (Source: Getty Images)

The Master of the Mystic Arts. 'Doctor Strange' gets another film

This was confirmed by Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige himself that the movie is in the works. Talking to Cinemablend, it was noted that there will be a sequel with Benedict Cumberbatch reprising his role as Doctor Strange.


The first movie not just made a ton of money, but also received rave reviews and introduced Strange as one of the key characters in the MCU who will play an instrumental role in 'Avengers: Endgame'.

Scott Derrickson, (we are following the Ryan Coogler pattern here) will return to direct the sequel.

Plot: Will Karl Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor) decide to take matters into his own hands?

When we last saw, the wizard left swearing that he would kill all sorcerers thereby ending the art of wizardry. While that looked more than just a wanton claim, it would be interesting if we get to see a Strange and Mordo face-off, unless the minds at Marvel Studios have something else in mind. Surely.

With a sequel looking definitive, Strange will be one of the key characters to be revived in Avengers: Endgame (Source: Marvel)

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