The future of the MCU beyond the outrageously anticipated Avengers: Endgame remains shrouded in mystery, but that hasn’t dampened the excitement of the rabid Marvel fanbase in the slightest. The public only knows a fraction of the Marvel “Phase 4” lineup, but fans have latched onto those sparse details and fed them into the ever-churning internet speculation machine. Despite the frequent fan theorizing, nobody knows what's coming in Phase 4 - except, of course, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and the higher-ups at Disney.
If the first three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe prove anything, though, it’s that whatever Marvel Studios delivers in Phase 4 will be nothing short of incredible.
January 11, 2021 - 'Deadpool 3' Will Be Set In The MCUPhoto: Deadpool 2 / 20th Century Fox
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has confirmed that Deadpool 3 will take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Feige told Collider:
[Deadpool 3] will be rated R and we are working on a script right now, and Ryan’s overseeing a script right now.... It will not be [filming] this year. Ryan is a very busy, very successful actor. We’ve got a number of things we’ve already announced that we now have to make, but it’s exciting for it to have begun. Again, a very different type of character in the MCU, and Ryan is a force of nature, which is just awesome to see him bring that character to life.
As Collider notes, the production slate for the MCU is currently packed, with Thor 4, Spider-Man 3, Doctor Strange 2, Black Panther 2, and Captain Marvel 2, all on the docket. The news outlet speculates the next Deadpool outing probably won't begin filming until 2022.
December 10, 2020: Disney+ Releases Show Updates, Plus Trailers For 'Loki,' 'WandaVision,' 'What If...?' And 'The Falcon and the Winter Soldier'Video: YouTube
On December 10, 2020, during The Walt Disney Co.'s Investor Day, Disney+ released a slew of updates about upcoming projects, including trailers for its MCU shows. The following trailers were included:
• The first trailer for Loki, starring Tom Hiddleston as the Marvel villain, with a release date of May 2021. The yet-to-be-named character played by Owen Wilson is seen in the trailer.
• The second trailer for WandaVision, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and Vision, set for release January 15, 2021.
• The first trailer for What If...?, an animated series that "flips the script on the Marvel Cinematic Universe and reimagines famous events from the films in unexpected ways," set to debut in summer 2021.
Disney also announced that Hawkeye would debut in late 2021, with Hailee Steinfeld joining the cast as archer Kate Bishop. Other casting announcements included Tatiana Maslany playing the title role in She-Hulk.
December 10, 2020: Disney+ Announces New MCU Series And A 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Holiday Special
As part of the windfall of updates at The Walt Disney Co.'s annual Investor Day in December 2020, Disney+ and Marvel Studios announced several new MCU-related projects for the streaming service:
• The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, written and directed by James Gunn, is set to air during the holiday season in 2022 before the 2023 release of the feature film Guardians of the Galaxy 3.
• Secret Invasion will star Samuel L. Jackson as S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn as Skrull (no release date announced).
• Ironheart will star Dominique Thorne as inventor Riri Williams, AKA Ironheart (no release date announced).
• Armor Wars will star Don Cheadle as James Rhodes, AKA War Machine (no release date announced).
December 10, 2020: Marvel Announces A 'Fantastic Four' Feature FilmPhoto: Marvel Comics
One of Marvel Studios's biggest announcements at The Walt Disney Co.'s 2020 Investor Day was that it is developing a Fantastic Four feature film to be directed by Jon Watts, director of Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far from Home.
No release date or cast members were included in the announcement, so fans will have to wait to find out who will play Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic, Sue Storm/Invisible Woman, Johnny Storm/Human Torch, and Ben Grimm/The Thing. Three previous versions of films featuring the foursome (in 2005, 2007, and 2015) had mixed success with audiences and critics.