With Far From Home closing the lid on Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, eager fans are looking ahead to the future for what could be coming down the line.
Throughout this article, I’ll be breaking down everything that we know so far about Phase 4 of film franchise as well as giving my theories on what could happen in the movies going forward.
This is full spoilers ahead, so if you don’t want any of the big surprises ruined then I highly suggest that you turn off now.
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Phase 4 Aesthetic
Ok so firstly let’s look at what phase four will be about thematically. Whilst Endgame would have been the perfect closing chapter on this section of the Marvel Universe, studio heads have for one reason or another appointed Spider-Man: Far From Home to be the final film.
Whilst this may have some fans scratching their heads, we’ve actually seen something similar in the MCU already that showcases why this is the case. Though many think that Phase Two closed with Age Of Ultron, it was actually Ant-Man that was the final film and Kevin Feige stated that this was done on purpose because of how things that it set up paid off down the line.
Ant-Man, of course, introduced The Quantum Realm as well as extra dimensions and these had a huge effect on Phase 3. Extra Dimensions played a big part of Doctor Strange and The Quantum Realm was probably the most important plot device in Avengers Endgame that allowed the titular heroes to save the universe.
Going forward we know that Spider-Man: Far From Home will introduce the multiverse, with Mysterio being from another dimension, and thus it’s a safe assumption to make that things in Phase Three will centre around this.
So, what movies are slated to release during this phase?
We know for definite that Black Widow is due to be released next year and this prequel film will tell her origin story. The film will star Rachel Weisz, most likely as Widows mentor, as well as Florence Pugh who is playing a rival assassin and will likely be the big villain of the piece. She is reportedly Yelena Belova, who has been described as a moral opposite to Widow and will likely be the reason that the character decides to vacate her position and join SHIELD.
In addition to this, David Harbor and OT Fagbenle are also set to star in the film, though details of their casting are still unknown. We will likely learn Widow’s father’s name which was teased in Endgame and the movie is set to be release in June next year followed by an unknown project in November.
So that’s the confirmed one out the way but what about the rumoured films?
Well, Marvel Mega fan Roger Wardell, who leaked several major plot elements of Endgame to Twitter, recently discussed the film’s already in development.
Guardians of The Galaxy Volume 3
So Guardians Of The Galaxy picks up with Thor as a member of the crew and it centres around them searching for Gamora. There have been several rumours that Beta Ray Bill will make an appearance in the film too which would set up Asgardians Of The Galaxy as well as the following plot elements which Wardell tweeted:
Rocket’s creator is the High Evolutionary, Drax is in for a big surprise when he discovers his daughter is alive. Rocket also gets a love interest in the form of Lylla. Nebula and Star-Lord will grow into closer friends.
The High Evolutionary is reportedly the main villain and apparently was the creator of Beta Ray Bill. Zac Efron is rumored to be playing Adam Warlock who due to the events of Endgame, will have had five years to mature in his pod that was teased in the post-credits scene of the prior film. James Gunn has written and is directing the film and it’s set to make a big mark on the Marvel Universe, with Gamora gradually introducing the idea of alternate timelines and realities.
Black Panther 2
Springboarding off this is Black Panther 2. Ryan Coogler has signed on to return to write and direct it and there has also been confirmed by the cast and crew that Michael B. Jordan will be returning, though this will likely be on the spiritual plane. This film will follow Wakanda introducing their technology to the rest of the world and probably showcase that this may have dire consequences with it falling into the wrong hands.
Doctor Strange 2
After this comes Doctor Strange 2 directed by Scott Derrickson who was at the helm of the first film. This movie will centre around the battle between Strange and Mordo, who, at the end of the prior film had begun hunting wizards. Lord Nightmare will also make an appearance and try and play the two off against each other. Marvel Execs have reported that Strange is set up to become one of the new anchors of the MCU and he will likely be drafted into working with the Avengers at the end of this film.
Following Doctor Strange 2 is The Eternals, starring Angelina Jolie and directed by Chloé Zhao. The film is reported to push further into the cosmic side of the MCU.
For those who don’t know, The Eternals are a race of extremely powerful beings. Think of Superman times 100 and you get the idea. They’re primarily used to fight their foes the deviants and they’ll massively open up the scope of the MCU, perhaps introducing Galactus. Richard Madden has been rumoured to be involved and this film could be playing Ikaris, the group’s leader. This will definitely add another layer to the already expansive dimensions that the MCU deals with and opens up endless possibilities.
In addition to this, other films apparently part of the slate are Shang-Chi, mystical martial artists that’s bound to get the bad taste of Iron-Fist out of everyone’s mouth. The Mandarin is rumoured to be his father and this will of course tie back to Iron-Man 3. Thor 4 which will centre around more adventures between the character and Beta Ray Bill after he is introduced in Guardians 3, Ant-Man 3, Captain Marvel, New Avengers, Young Avengers and Dark Avengers.
The characters that have been confirmed for Disney + Shows, such as Loki, Vision, Scarlett Witch, Bucky, and Falcon are too said to be interacting with the movies and these television offshoots will massively play into the universe too.
Leaked reports say that whilst we aren’t getting another Infinity Saga, we are getting several mini-arcs that will span three to six films thus allowing more Marvel Big Names to be introduced such as Doctor Doom and more. However, the big bad of the MCU is expected to take the form of Norman Osborn who will firstly be teased in the post-credits scene of Far From Home.
In the wake of Tony Stark’s death and the five-year gap that is now in the film franchise, Osborn has risen to power and he will become the main antagonist that basically works as Tony Stark did for the Avengers but for Super villains. Osborn will be arming them and thus create a wealth of new enemies for the characters to face off against.
The character has reportedly purchased Avengers Tower and will use this as his base of operations.
Whilst this sounds amazing, unfortunately, Deadpool will not be making an appearance in Spider-Man 3 and this was announced by Wardell as false.
After Phase 4 we will reportedly finally get the X-men and Fantastic Four in the universe and whilst I’d love to see these in the next phase of Marvel Movies, studio execs are reportedly holding off to put some distance between themselves and the fox incarnations.
This is probably the smart thing to do and there’s still a hell of a lot to look forward to in the upcoming films.
Obviously, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this news and if it’s gotten you hyped for Phase 4. Comment below and let me know!