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Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Coming (Part 2)

This is part two of my predictions on the upcoming slate of the MCU. If you missed part one, you can click here to read it. We’ll continue phase 4 with the November 2020 release, which will be:

November 6, 2020 – Doctor Strange sequel

After the first Doctor Strange grossed over $650 million worldwide, it’s quite surprising that Marvel hasn’t officially green-lit a sequel to smash success. So far, Feige and co. have been mum on potential sequels for the sorcerer supreme. However, it’s very likely that Benedict Cumberbatch will suit up for another solo film, along with possibly another Avenger. Doctor Strange director, Scott Derrickson, has suggested that Nightmare will be the main antagonist in a sequel.

May 7, 2021 – Ant-Man and the Wasp sequel

As stated in the first part of this post, traditionally the May film slot has been occupied by Marvel’s surefire hits. While the name “Ant-Man” might’ve left people scratching their heads in 2015, the titular hero would have since appeared in four or five films by 2021, and will be increasingly recognized by the general audiences. The increased clout of Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne will reassure Marvel to place Ant-Man 3 in the May slot.

A Thor, Iron Man, or Captain America sequel could very well also be scheduled here. However, it’s probable that the original “big 3” will take a backseat to other upcoming Avengers. Without knowing who doesn’t survive the Infinity War saga, it’s all up to speculation to predict on which hero gets a solo outing on this May date. With that said, if this was a bet, my money would be on Ant-Man 3, as opposed to Iron Man 4 or Thor 4.

July 2, 2021 – Spider-Man 3

Audiences will say hello the wall-crawling hero for the third time in four years. Sony scheduled the first Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel only two years after the first one, so there’s no question that they’d do it again for Spider-Man 3. After all, Tom Holland is 21 years old, and can pass for a high schooler for only so long. Well, actually, if the Spider-Man series is going along in real time, Peter would be a second year college student in this film. Either way, the wall-crawler rakes in cash, and Sony will want to churn out as many of these films as possible.

November 5, 2021 – Namor 

Kevin Feige has stayed committed to releasing a new character on the big screen every year. While it may seem that the current film universe is already stuffed with characters, the Marvel comics universe is ripe with potential big-screen adaptations. One that’s never seen the light of day is Namor, a comics antihero who can physically challenge the strongest of the Marvel heroes. Audiences would flock to see an epic journey about the Sub-Mariner.

Other potential films in this slot include a Black Widow solo flick. With Scarlett Johansson’s profile on the rise, Marvel could capitalize on the popularity of her character, and create a compelling story about the super-spy.

Another possibility is that Marvel secures the rights to a Fantastic Four adaptation at this point. The first family will return to the big screen since the disappointing 2015 film. It’s certainly a pipe dream, but we’ve seen Marvel work with Sony to share Spider-Man, and perhaps the success of their relationship will entice Fox to implement a similar arrangement.

May 6, 2022 – Avengers 5

We cap off Marvel’s phase 4 with another team-up film in Avengers 5. By this point, the team is drastically different from the original film in 2012. Ten years has since passed since the original 6 Avengers have battled it with Loki. Since then, they’ve faced off against foes like Ultron, Baron Zemo, and Thanos. So what would be the storyline in a planned Avengers 5? One possible arc that the films can build up to is the Secret Wars storyline. If Marvel attains the aforementioned Fantastic Four rights, then Galactus will very likely be the follow-up big bad from Thanos.

Phase 4 seems to be ultimate resolution from the chaotic events of phase 3. Now that some time has passed since the reign of Thanos, the comic book heroes will have to work together to make sure such a threat never shows up again. The lineup of heroes here will probably include the likes of Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, and Black Panther. Long gone are the days when Cap or Iron Man lead the team, as the two will likely be deceased, or working in an advisory role at this point. Everything considered, we can’t wait to see what the future of the Marvel universe will bring.

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