The year 2021 is set to be a pretty big year for the Marvel Cinematic Universe with no less than four films making its way into cinemas. This is of course great news for fans of the genre, because they will not only get to witness the return of some of their favourite characters but also introduced to new ones as well.
At the turn of the year, Shang-Chi will get the ball rolling for the MCU with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in February 2021. Part of the Phase IV of the MCU, the film is an adaptation of the ‘Master of Kung-Fu’ series with Simu Liu starring in the titular role. Destin Daniel Cretton is directing the project, which will reportedly reveal the real version of The Mandarin.
The Sorcerer Supreme will then go to bat for Marvel with the sequel Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which is set for release in May 2021. The film will not only reunite Benedict Cumberbatch and director Scott Derrickson but also bring Elizabeth Olsen into the fold with her reprisal of the Scarlet Witch. Nightmare is set to be this film’s big bad.
With Sony and Marvel Studios coming to an agreement with the third Spider-Man film, fans will get to witness the fruits of their labour with Spider-Man 3, which occupies a summer slot in July 2021. Tom Holland, naturally, returns to portray the wall-crawler, which will continue his story arc from Far From Home, where he has been exposed as the superhero.
Last but not least, Taika Waititi is bringing his band back together again in Thor: Love and Thunder. Chris Hemsworth returns to portray the God of Thunder with Natalie Portman returning to the franchise to play Jane Foster.
But Marvel’s fortunes are not squarely set within the confines of the cinema. The studios will also line up several projects exclusively for the Disney+ streaming service. This includes shows such as WandaVision, Loki and Hawkeye, featuring Paul Bettany, Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Renner respectively.