The past decade will be remembered for many reasons- the digital revolution, YouTube becoming a job market, globalization at its peak, Instagram, Snapchat, the rise of Elon Musk, Trump, and many more. But one thing that will define pop culture for eternity is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Iron Man, Captain America, Thor became a household names across the globe. People have become obsessed with the MCU. So much so that audience actually wait throughout the credits to watch a 5 seconds clip.
But as the saying goes, “Change is the only constant in the world”. The crowd witnessed 10 epic years of cinema showcasing the best characters and stories. Now it’s time to move on to the next phase. And the MCU is prepared to blow our minds with its upcoming projects.
Thor: Love And Thunder
The last remaining member of the original Trinity of the MCU makes his last appearance as Thor (probably). The movie will also feature the Guardians of the Galaxy. Meanwhile, Natalie Portman also returns to be crowned the new Thor. The movie is currently in production in Australia where Chris Hemsworth looks jacked up for the role. And the events of Loki will certainly affect the storyline of the film. Further the Charismatic Christian Bale is playing the villain Gorr the God Butcher in the Taika Waititi movie. It is expected to hit the theaters next May.
Spiderman: No Way Home
One of the most anticipated movies under production. The third part of the Tom Holland-led Spiderman comes this December. The plot of the movie is rooted in the last part. Peter was framed for the death of Quentin Beck. Now he has to clear his name. The mention of “multiverse” in the last film has raised many speculations. One of them is the return of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield as Spiderman. Jamie Foxx’s Electro also made the news. While the movie will definitely do well at the box office but Peter’s role in the MCU Phase 4 is still unclear. Well, the shoes of Tony Stark are big to fit , anyway.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
The September bound film will feature the real Mandarin. The trailer of the movie is already out and the movie looks decent. Iron Man 3 actually hinted at the plot. The Ten Rings is a crime syndicate spread across the world. Meanwhile, Martial arts trained Shang – Chi will fight the opponents in the movie. The director of the movie is Destin Daniel Cretton (Just Mercy) and stars Simu Liu as Shang-Chi.
The movie will showcase some of the powerful beings in the multiverse. Eternals are a group of super-powered individuals harvesting celestial vitality. They will battle their generation-long enemies, The Deviants .The Celestials created these two rival groups. This is where the connection with the MCU comes in. Peter Quill’s father is also a Celestial. So the energy we are dealing with is ungodly. However, how this storyline fits in with the mainstream MCU remains to be seen.
Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness
The movie will be a direct follow-up of Loki, Wanda Vision, and the third Spiderman. It will be a wild ride, as the name suggests. Doctor Strange is expected to solve the problems with the multiverse. Press photos of Spiderman 3 are hinting at Peter, MJ, and Ned finding a way to the Sanctum Sanctorum. The film features Sam Raimi as a director while Bruce has hinted at playing a role. The movie will hit theaters in March 2022.
The trailer of the animated series is out. And to be honest, it looks nothing special. According to what we have seen, the series involves a set of alternate timelines of major characters. Like what if Peggy Carter injected the super serum, not Steve Rogers and T’Challa was actually the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy, not the king of Wakanda? These alternate scenarios may link to the multiverse later. However, the chances of that are grim. Remember the show Agents of Shield which is still going on with absolutely no relation to the rest of the MCU. This series is next in line with the many shows airing this year.
Captain America, Thor, and even Hawkeye. The passing of baton continues in the MCU phase 4. Clint Barton returns to the screen one last time to train his successor. The series will feature Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop training to be the next Hawkeye of the “Avengers”. Further, Yelena will probably make her first appearance as a Black Widow in the Disney show. Barton will battle a mafia group, Tracksuit Draculas. This gang fights to recover their territories from Barton. Meanwhile, a lot of young heroes will play a part in the series too.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Chadwick Boseman’s tragic and untimely death shook the entire world last year. But the marvel fans in particular. The filmmakers were overwhelmed by the thought of recasting. So they decided not to bring in another actor in honor of Boseman. So another battle for the throne is on the cards in the sequel. Shuri is the front-runner for the throne of Wakanda. While she faces a stiff challenge from M’Baku. The rumors regarding the role of villain have been going for years. Finally Namor the Submariner is going to make his debut in the marvel cinematic universe. The aftermath of the Infinity War and Endgame have far-reaching implications for the kingdom of Wakanda. Their secret existence is now for the world to see.
The movie will release in July 2022.
Despite Carol Danvers being the “strongest Avenger”, the Captain Marvel franchise is probably the weakest in the Marvel. But the sequel releases next year to turn things around. Carol, Fury, and Talos return but they are not alone. Wandavision’s Monica Rambeau will join the cast as she will go up again to see her mother’s friend. The sequel will follow up on the developments of Guardians of the Galaxy and Eternals. It will air as part of Phase 5 of the MCU.
Ant Man and The Wasp: Quantumania
Following the events of the Endgame Scott will try to put his life back together. As will Hope, Hank and Janet. But Kang the Conqueror disrupts their attempt at a normal life. Kang is a time traveler with a connection to the Fantastic Four movies. So Marvel is planning to introduce the space-traveling Richards/Storm family to the universe. However, the Ant-Man movies have always been on the funnier side of the MCU. How they connect time travelers without breaking away its uniqueness remains unknown.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is planning to keep making these movies for many years to come. Various other shows and web series include The Hulk, Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, Ms. Marvel, Deadpool, Blade, and many more. And this long list has still excluded the comics written over the last five decades. The content for binging is never-ending. Hope we can get some sleep.
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