At the recently-concluded Comic-Con, Marvel Studios revealed an interesting slate of films that will make up Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It will be interesting to see how these new films measure up following the events of Avengers: Endgame, now officially the highest grossing movie in the world. Nevertheless, first up to bat is a character, Avengers fans are strongly familiar with.
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Despite her fate in Endgame, Natasha Romanoff will kick-off Phase 4 of the MCU with her own standalone adventure. Scarlett Johansson is returning to reprise the role with newcomers David Harbour, Florence Pugh and Rachel Weisz. The film is said to be a prequel, which will expand the storyline behind the mysterious character.
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The MCU is welcoming a new team of superhero beings into its fold, this time made up by immortal beings. The Eternals will feature an ensemble cast the likes of Richard Madden (Ikaris), Kumail Nanjiani (Kingo), Brian Tyree Henry (Phastos), Salma Hayek (Ajak) and Angelina Jolie (Thena).
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
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The legend of Shang-Chi is getting his first big screen adaptation with Simu Liu starring as the titular character. He will be joined by Awkwafina and legendary Chinese actor, Tony Leung who will apparently channel the real Mandarin, Marvel Comics fans are familiar with.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
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Benedict Cumberbatch will reprise his role as the master of the mystic arts in the sequel to Doctor Strange. The title alone is a giveaway, possibly exploring how Sorcerer Supreme will come to face to face with the Multiverse. Elizabeth Olsen will co-star in the film reprising her role as Scarlet Witch.
Thor: Love and Thunder
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The God of Thunder will return for a fourth adventure with Chris Hemsworth once again back as Thor. The film will be helmed by Taika Waititi with Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman returning as Valkyrie and Jane Foster respectively. The twist to the story is that Foster may be transformed into the new goddess of thunder.
Along with this slate of films, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige also announced plans for Phase 5, which includes a Blade reboot starring Mahershala Ali as well as reboots for the Fantastic Four and X-Men as well. Also on the cards are sequels, Captain Marvel 2, Black Panther 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.