Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 4 kicks into high gear with the release of the 24th film in the MCU – Black Widow.
But Natasha Romanoff’s prequel solo adventure is just the first in six surprising new Marvel superhero films coming your way between now and 2022.
Join us as we preview these Phase 4 Marvel movies in order of their slated release date.
Release Date: 7 May 2021
Black Widow is the 24th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and will be Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow’s first solo adventure.
It’s a prequel, set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War and sees Black Widow on the run and seeking out loved ones to help her take on a new villain, Taskmaster.
BLACK WIDOW Cast
Joining Scarlett Johannsson’s Black Widow on this explosive adventure are Florence Pugh (Midsommar, Little Women) as Natasha’s fellow assassin Yelena Belova, Rachel Weisz (The Favourite, The Constant Gardener) as their mother figure Melina Vostokoff, and David Harbour (Hellboy, TV’s Stranger Things) as their father figure, Alexei Shostakov/Red Guardian. It’s also rumoured that Robert Downey Jr. will make an appearance as Tony Stark/Iron Man.
BLACK WIDOW - What We Know
Release Date: 9 July 2021
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is the 25th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and will introduce cinemagoers to Shang-Chi, The Master of Kung-Fu – a martial arts superhero as he goes up against über-baddy The Mandarin’s Ten Rings terrorist organisation.
Shang-Chi ANd The Legend Of The Ten Rings Cast
Simu Liu is playing Shang-Chi, while the role of The Mandarin (for real this time - Sir Ben Kingsley in Iron Man 3 was just an actor pretending to be the terrorist mastermind) has gone to acting legend, Tony Leung. The last member of the cast we know about for now is Awkwafina, but her role has yet to be revealed.
Shang-Chi ANd The Legend Of The Ten Rings - What We Know
Release Date: 5 November 2021
The Eternals is the 26th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and introduces us to a god-like race of immortal aliens who have secretly lived on earth for over 7,000 years, and who come together again to battle their malevolent counterparts known as The Deviants.
Like Thor and Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 1. before it, expect this super-ensemble introduction to tread new ground for the MCU and open up an unexplored direction for the franchise.
The Eternals Cast
Richard Madden is all-powerful Eternal, Ikaris, while Angelina Jolie is stepping up as fierce-warrior, Thena. Gemma Chan plays the humanity-loving Sersi. Kumail Nanjiani is Kingo, and Salma Hayek is playing Ajak, the Eternals’ wise, spiritual leader.
Lauren Ridloff and Brian Tyree Henry are also part of the heroic ensemble, and are notably playing the first deaf and the first openly gay superhero in the MCU respectively.
The Eternals - What We Know
Release Date: 17 December 2021
Spider-Man: No Way Home is the 27th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and is set to conclude the current Spider-Man ‘Home’ trilogy: begun with Spider-Man Homecoming and followed up by Spider-Man Far From Home.
Jon Watts is directing the world's favourite web-slinger for a third time.
Spider-Man: No Way Home Cast
Somewhat out-of-character, Tom Holland has been pretty tight-lipped about the Spidey threequel. We do know, however, that he’s returning as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, of course, as is Zendaya as MJ. Given his memorable mid-credits cameo as J. Jonah Jameson in Far From Home, JK Simmons looks likely to be a headache for Peter, and how could Marvel leave us hanging around the whole Happy Hogan/Aunt May romance?
Spider-Man: No Way Home - WHat We Know
Release Date: 11 February 2022
Thor: Love and Thunder is the 28th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and will officially make Thor the first Marvel hero to have four solo films.
It reunites Chris Hemsworth with Thor: Ragnorok director Taika Waititi to tell a story inspired by the Marvel Comics series The Mighty Thor, by Jason Aaron and artist Russell Dauterman.
Thor: Love and Thunder Cast
Thor 4 will feature not one but two Thors. Naturally, Chris Hemsworth returns as the hammer-swinging Asgardian but he’ll be joined by Natalie Portman’s Dr Jane Foster who we last saw in 2013’s Thor: The Dark World. In the comic-books, Foster took on Thor’s powers and identity when Thor Odinson found himself unable to lift Mjolnir.
Tessa Thompson is returning as Valkyrie – who’s set on rebuilding Asgard and finding a queen to share the throne. Taika Waititi will return as fan favourite Korg, and Christian Bale is heavily rumoured to be Thor 4’s villain. Who he’ll play remains a mystery for now. Last up are the Guardians of the Galaxy. Vin Diesel has revealed at least some of the Guardians will be making an appearance in Love and Thunder.
Thor: Love and Thunder - WHat We Know
Release Date: 25 March 2022
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is the 29th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and will be the second solo outing for the Sorcerer Supreme, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.
It’s also going to be a departure for the studio – a dark blockbuster with horror elements. We can’t wait.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness Cast
Joining Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange is Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch whose Disney + series WandaVision will apparently intersect with events of Doctor Strange 2 in significant ways. We’re happy to report that Benedict Wong is back as Wong, Doctor Strange’s most trusted ally, as is Chiwetel Ejiofor as the much, much less trustworthy Mordo.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness - WHat We Know