No, the wait is not over; it has just begun. Comic-Con, San Diego, California, from July 21 to 24, hosted the eagerly awaited MCU scheduled launch event. On Saturday, July 23, Keven Feige, president of Marvel Studios, attended Comic-Con this past weekend with a number of other celebrities. They reveal the slate of upcoming movies under the Marvel Phase 5 and Phase 6.
Usually, MCU fans get excited with one movie release confirmation. But at Comic-Con, they found the jackpot.
Welcome to The Multiverse
Infinity Saga came over at the end of Phase 3. MCU Phases 4 to 6 will now be known as “Multiverse Saga.” It totally makes sense after the first season of Loki and the movie Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness. Many Marvel parallel universes will appear in more and more movies and television shows.
The Secret Wars narrative in the comics ended many multiverse realities, with the exception of fan favorites segments. Thus resetting the Marvel cinematic universe. Could Marvel also undergo a major reboot?
Avengers: Endgame brings an end to the monumental Infinity Saga. Since then, Marvel has produced 12 films and TV episodes. Usually, the MCU movies connect one show with another. But in this span of movies, none of them have felt particularly related to one another.
However, plots are going to have a connection with one another from now on with the introduction of a list of shows and movies. Just like Infinity Saga connects the plots of one film to another, MCU may again connect them to conclude Multiverse Saga.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will Mark the End of MCU Phase 4
Phase 4 has been somewhat chaotic. Marvel was left without several of its most famous characters after Avengers: Endgame, namely Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Chris Evans (Captain America), and Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man).
Moreover, the pandemic messed up the release schedule that Marvel had set. Wandavision was supposed to debut after Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, not before it. However, life turns to normal, so the Marvel Cinematic Universe movie slates.
Kevin Feige at the Comic-Con said that “resetting the MCU and getting to know all these new characters were the focus of phase 4.”
The She-Hulk television series, in which Tatiana Maslany plays Bruce Banner’s cousin, and the eagerly anticipated-sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will mark the end of Phase 4.
Who is the Bad Villian of Marvel Phase 5 and 6?
Who will be the “New Thanos”? Kevin Feige made it very clear that Kang the Conqueror would have a similar role in Marvel Phase 5 and Phase 6 as Thanos in Infinity Saga. At the Comic-Con panel, Jonathan Majors come up to the stage as the evil genius who seeks to rule the multiverse. Kang will be the antagonist in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, but his drive for power will actually just be getting started.
Kang is thus Marvel’s future. Majors’ spectacular acting debut as a Kang variation in the television series Loki, it became evident that Kang would pose a greater existential threat to the MCU than Thanos ever did.
The title of the sixth movie in Phase 6 will be Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. Therefore, it is confirmed that a will be another assembling of the Avengers. It is unknown exactly who will be on that team.
The revelations were far from over. Kevin Feige also revealed the long-awaited Fantastic Four franchise relaunch. Yes, you heard it right! After two launch failures, Fantastic Four will develop under the MCU roof.
Moreover, The Avengers vs. Kang movie and Avengers: Secret Wars are films that would debut in the far-off Phase 6 of the MCU.
Marvel Phase 5 Timeline
Secret Invasion (Disney+)
Fans get to see the Secret Invasion trailer also at Comic-Con. Samuel L. Jackson will again reprise his role as Nick Fury. Secret Invasion will be a thriller spy drama. Ben Mendelsohn, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Emilia Clarke, and Cobie Smulders will also appear in the show.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3
5 May 2023
In the Marvel Phase 5, the third installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy series will be the final one. Director James Gunn releases the teaser of the last part. The story will revolve more around the Rocket and his past. The movie will star Chris Pratt, Sylvester Stallone, Zoe Saldana, and Will Poulter as Adam Warlock.
Hawkeye’s Echo (Alaqua Cox) will have her own spinoff. Being the first deaf superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Echo represents a significant accomplishment.
Loki Season 2 (Disney+)
The popular show with Tom Hiddleston as the lead is back for the second part. Plot-wise, we still don’t know a lot. Marvel gave no hints about Loki, Season 2. Kang will undoubtedly act as a connecting thread between this new Loki season and films like Quantumania.
28 July 2023
It will be the second Captain Marvel movie. At Comic-Con, Kevin Feige didn’t give details regarding the Captain Marvel sequel. But we do know that Iman Vellani’s Ms. Marvel and Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau from WandaVision will appear in the movie alongside Brie Larson.
3 November 2023
The character, who was famously first played by Wesley Snipes, is now revamping. The legendary character of Blade, the vampire hunter, will be played by Mahershala Ali. Fans did get to hear his voice in The Eternals’ end-credits scene. Additionally, the movie seems to allude to a more substantial, darker underside of the MCU.
Riri Williams, aka Ironheart, will make her film debut in Wakanda Forever. Marvel already has plans for the new hero as she will go on to star in her own Disney+ TV show. Besides that, Ironheart seems like a logical choice to take over the Iron Man job if the Marvel Studios team decides to reassemble the Avengers.
Agatha: Coven of Chaos
Agatha Harkness is coming back. The antagonist from WandaVision is getting her own show. The name suggests that viewers will witness more of the witchcraft, though Marvel has been silent on the specifics. It is unclear whether the plot will be set in the future or in the past.
Daredevil: Born Again (Disney+)
This is Big! A brand-new TV show will be produced on Disney+. Moreover, Feige said that the first season would contain 18 episodes which is a huge contrast to Marvel’s shows of 6 episodes series. Also, Kingpin, who made an appearance in the Disney+ Hawkeye, will serve as the primary villain in Born Again.
Captain America: New World Order
3 May 2024
Anthony Mackie’s character Sam Wilson will reprise his role of New Captain America from Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Julius Onah will be serving as director.
6 July 2024
We currently know that Thunderbolts are a group of former supervillains led by Baron Zemo. Moreover, the cast will include Yelena, the Black Widow sister. And also John Walker from Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Finally, Thunderbolts will mark the end of the MCU phase 5.
8 November 2024
Mr. Fantastic, The Thing, Human Torch, and Invisible Woman appear in this comic adaption. Previous movies were unable to put good marks on the fans’ memory. Can this iconic superhero team break the curse this time?
Avenger: The Kang Dynasty
2 May 2025
It is evident from the name that the supervillain of the marvel phases 5 and 6 will take over the multiverse. Well, how things will unfold is still a long way ahead.
Avengers: Secret Wars
5 November 2025
We have no idea who else might be in this movie besides Kang. Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and Captain Marvel are potential additions to an Avengers team that might face Kang to save the universe once again.
Therefore, Phase 6 will undoubtedly be more detailed. Marvel hasn’t utilized this year to make any significant X-Men movie announcements. Ten films and six Disney Plus series have so far been made public. Fans bet the figure will go up. Indeed, there is more to follow. But for the time being, this will undoubtedly be enough to create a significant amount of hype.