Marvel just rolled out the next two years of the MCU roadmap, and boy is Phase 4 off to a great start. Here’s the upcoming schedule:
- May 1, 2020: Black Widow
- Nov. 6, 2020: The Eternals
- Feb. 12, 2021: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
- Spring, 2021: WandaVision (streaming)
- May 7, 2021: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
- Spring, 2021: Loki (streaming)
- Fall, 2021: The Falcon and Winter Soldier (streaming)
- Nov. 5, 2021: Thor 4: Love and Thunder
In addition, we got confirmation that Captain Marvel 2, Black Panther 2, Fantastic Four, and X-Men are in development. And then the cherry on the sundae, Mahershala Ali cast as Blade!
It’s a heck of a lineup, with the details revealed making it all the better. The Eternals have a stacked lineup, including one of my favorite actors right now, Brian Tyree Henry, and who can hate Kumail Nanjiani in anything?
Then we got Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, and he is a gem of an actor on Kim’s Convenience. I also appreciate the increased Canadian representation on the MCU roster (including Ryan Reynolds’s Deadpool), so maybe we will get that Alpha Flight movie at some point.
And goddamn, they got me again for Thor. Just look at that fucking logo. Not enough? How about Valkyrie officially being bi? And Natalie Portman returning to BE motherfucking Thor? Holy shit, Thor just might be my favorite MCU series at this point.
The new Doctor Strange looks precisely built for Patrick Klepek’s brain, so I’m as excited to hear his reactions as I am to see the actual movie. Plus, the first movie has what I would consider one of the vanishingly few good end “fights” in the MCU, so I’m hopeful that this will turn out to be special. As much as I advocated for Canadians in the MCU earlier, can we tone down Rachel McAdams’s role? She’s fine, but her character felt unnecessary to the last movie.
Anyway, I’m rambling, but this lineup is looking great. I am at least mildly interested in all of these projects, and while it is far too long in coming, the increased diversity it absolutely welcome. What do y’all think?