Hard to believe but we have yet to see a Marvel movie this year thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. If not for the health crisis, we would have already seen Black Widow and possibly The Eternals in cinemas this year. However with cinemas still shuttered those plans have been shifted to 2021 and beyond.
That said, Disney and Marvel Studios have nevertheless only delayed their plans with their slate of productions slated to shape the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Granted some of their upcoming projects were largely intended specifically for the Disney+ streaming service, the recent Disney Investor Day revealed some interesting news with regards to the future of the MCU.
Marvel Films In 2021
For starters, the films already in the pipeline such as Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and The Eternals will officially arrive in 2021. Black Widow in particular will arrive more than a year after its intended release in May 2021. Shang-Chi will arrive in cinemas in July 2021. The Martial Arts film boast and all-star Asian Simu Liu, Awkwafina, and Tony Leung as well as Michelle Yeoh who has confirmed a part in the production.
The Eternals, featuring Angelina Jolie, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Kit Harington and Salma Hayek will land in cinemas in November 2021. The film, which is based on Jack Kirby’s comic series, revolves around a group of super powered and nearly immortal beings. Both Shang-Chi and The Eternals are currently in post-production so it won’t be long before we get to see the trailers for both films in the weeks or months ahead.
Marvel Films In Production
Arguably the film that has most fans excited about is the next Spider-Man film – set for a December 2021 release – which is heavily rumoured to feature the Spider-Verse. Joining Tom Holland and gang on this new adventure is Jamie Foxx who will portray Electro once again along with Alfred Molina who returns as Doctor Octopus. Both actors previously portrayed those roles in previous Spider-Man films starring Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire. Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange will also feature in the film taking on a mentor-like role.
Speaking of the Master of the Mystic Arts, he will also return in Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness. Set to be released in March 2022, the film will see Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, and Chiwetel Ejiofor return to reprise their roles from the first film. Rachel McAdams has also confirmed her return in the film. Interestingly, Doctor Strange will also get some heavy-duty back-up in the sequel with Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlett Witch as well.
Thor: Love and Thunder will arrive three months later in May 2022 with Chris Hemsworth reprising his role as the God of Thunder. Taika Waititi returns to helm the film following the success of Thor: Ragnarok with Tessa Thompson also returning as Valkyrie. As mentioned previously, Natalie Portman is also returning to the franchise as Jane Foster who will become the new Thor. The film will also see Christian Bale in a villainous turn, as he takes on the mantle of Gorr the God Butcher.
Marvel Films In Development
Following the death of Chadwick Boseman early this year, a lot of questions have been raised by fans with regards to the future of the Black Panther. Well, Kevin Feige has provided an answer stating that the role of T’Challa will not be recast. The Marvel Studios’ head also confirmed Black Panther 2, set for a July 2022 release, with Ryan Coogler returning to direct.
At the Disney Investor Day, Marvel Studios also confirmed Captain Marvel 2 with Brie Larson reprising her role as Carol Danvers. The film, scheduled for release in November 20222, will also feature Iman Vellani as Ms. Marvel.
Also on the cards are Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 with James Gunn returning to direct and Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania, which will introduce Kang the Conqueror to the MCU. Both films are expected to be released sometime in 2023.
Marvel has also announced that a new Fantastic Four film with Jon Watts directing and the new Blade film with Mahershala Ali as the new Day Walker are both currently in the development phase.