Fantastic Four come back. Marvel Studios has announced that Jon Watts – director of the MCU’s Spider-Man trilogy, including Homecoming, Far From Home, and the upcoming Spider-Man 3 – is a reboot of the Fantastic Four in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We also have a title for Ant-Man 3 – it’s Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Finally, Marvel has delayed Thor: Love and Thunder, which will now arrive on May 6, 2022, pushing Black Panther II on July 8, 2022 and Captain Marvel 2 on November 11, 2022. And there have been new casting revelations across the board as well.
Further details are not available on Fantastic Four but, except that it will likely arrive after Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. Before these two, Marvel has 10 films on its program, starting with Black widow, which Kevin Feige assured would get on screen. After HBO Max’s groundbreaking announcement, many expected Disney to follow suit and announce daytime premieres for its biggest titles. That didn’t happen. (For now.)
Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings, the next MCU phase 4 film after that Black widowconfirmed Tony Leung as Wenwu / the Mandarin, Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s girlfriend Katy, Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan and Ronny Chieng in an unknown role. Meng’er Zhang, who can be seen in a production wrap photo, was added to the cast, along with Fala Chen and Florian Munteanu.
Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness adds Xochitl Gomez as America Chavez. Gomez joins Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Sam Raimi is directing the sequel Doctor Strange – it will be linked to WandaVision and Spider-Man 3, Disney confirmed – which is currently being filmed in London.
Thor: love and thunder will have Christian Bale as the villain Gorr the God Butcher. We knew Bale was on board to play the bad guy, and now we know who he’s going to play. Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson join Bale. There’s no mention of Chris Pratt, whose recording was reported last month. Thor: Love and Thunder will begin filming in Australia in January 2021. Taika Waititi returns as a director.
Captain Marvel 2 brings Iman Vellani’s wife Marvel / Kamala Khan from her Disney + series. Vellani is accompanied by Teyonah Parris, who will play the adult version of Monica Rambeau – introduced to as a child Captain Marvel – in WandaVision, premiering January 15, 2021 on Disney + and Disney + Hotstar. Of course, Brie Larson will return in the lead role.
Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is the title of the third Ant-Man film. Jonathan Majors was confirmed as Kang the Conqueror and Kathryn Newton as Cassie Lang. Newton succeeds Emma Fuhrmann, who played Scott Aven’s daughter in Avengers: Endgame. The returning stars include Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne / Wasp, Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym and Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne. Peyton Reed is the director.
Marvel’s phase 4 begins with Black widow on May 7, 2021, followed by Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on July 9, 2021, Eternal on November 5, 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on March 25, 2022 and Thor: Love and Thunder on May 6, 2022.
Black Panther II will follow on July 8, 2022 and Captain Marvel 2 on November 11, 2022. Then there is Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.3 and Fantastic Four after that. There is no word on whether these films are also part of phase 4 or form phase 5.
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