Marvel's MCU Phase 4 plans revealed: Black Widow, Shang-Chi, Thor: Love and Thunder, new Doctor Strange and more
Thor 4, a Doctor Strange sequel and a new Blade are in the works. Marvel went huge at Comic-Con this year.
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Feb. 12, 2021: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Spring 2021: WandaVision Disney Plus series
May 7, 2021: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Spring 2021: Loki Disney Plus series
Summer 2021: What If...?
Fall 2021: Hawkeye
Nov. 5, 2021: Thor 4: Love and Thunder
The long-rumored Black Widow is definitely happening and will star Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle and Rachel Weisz. Cate Shortland will direct the movie, which is set to hit theaters May 1, 2020. The movie will take place shortly after Captain America: Civil War, Harbour told IGN, making it a prequel to the more recent Avengers films.
We even got a bit of footage.
Meanwhile, Thor: Love and Thunder is coming Nov. 5, 2021. It's the fourth in the series, starring Chris Hemsworth, with Taika Waititi on for writing and directing. Perhaps the biggest news: Waititi announced that Natalie Portman will be Lady Thor in Thor 4.
WandaVision, a Marvel original TV series starring Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, wasthe next big news: Marvel confirmed it will arrive in spring 2021.
And we have confirmation that Loki, the Marvel TV series starring Tom Hiddleston as the titular antihero, is coming to Disney Plus in spring 2021.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness was also announced. We know very little about that one, though the title does tease the kind of multiverse madness that reared its head in Spider-Man: Far From Home. The Doctor Strange sequel arrives May 7, 2021.
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