After Avengers: Endgame many have been wondering what Marvel Studios have been planning next. We’ve since had Spider-Man: Far From Home to kick things off in the aftermath of the Endgame’s events and now Marvel Studios have released their line-up for 2020 and 2021 with a mixture of movies and TV shows that mix into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There are some old favourites and some new additions, but it looks like it’s going to be a busy couple of years for Marvel and the new Disney+ streaming service.
Firstly, a new movie titled The Eternals was announced which is scheduled to release in cinemas on 6th November 2020 and will feature Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden (GOT), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Salma Hayek (Frida), Lauren Ridloff (TWD), Brian Tyree Henry (Into The Spider-Verse), Lia McHugh (The Lodge) and Don Lee (Train To Busan). The movie will be directed by Chloé Zhao.
The Eternals first appeared in 1976 in a comic created by Jack Kirby. They were described as ‘an offshoot of the evolutionary process that created the sentient life on Earth’.
Marvel Studios announced that we will be seeing a first of many Disney+ shows with characters from the MCU. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will see Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan reprising their roles, but with the potential change as *SPOILER ALERT* the Falcon now being the new Captain America, or at least his symbol. Six episodes have been announced so far and the show is scheduled to release in autumn 2020.
Another newly announced movie is Shang-Chi: And The Legend Of The Ten Rings which will feature Simu Liu (Kim’s Convenience), Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) and Tony Leung (Infernal Affairs). The movie is scheduled to release in cinemas on 12th of February 2021 and will be directed by Deston Daniel Cretton. Shang-Chi was first introduced in 1973 by Jim Starlin and Steve Englehart.
Another Disney+ show announced was WandaVision which follows Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) and assuming from the events of Avengers: Infinity War are set before or potentially are a spin off from the standard series. The show will also feature Teyonah Parris (Dear White People).
A Marvel fan favourite will be returning in his own show on Disney+. Loki is set to release in Spring 2021 with Tom Hiddleston reprising the role of the villain. It will be exciting to see what situations the God of Mischief gets himself in and will be interesting to see if the open and expand the Thor universe even more.
A Doctor Strange sequel has finally been announced and will see Benedict Cumberbatch returning on 7th of May 2021 in Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse Of Madness. The movie will also see Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and the two have been seen partnering up before in the comics.
Now this one is exciting. The first animated series in the MCU will launch Summer 2021 on Disney+. The show in question will be called What If…? where judging by comic adaptions sees alternative paths taken by the Marvel heroes such as ‘What if Spider-Man joined The Fantastic Four’ and ‘What If Captain America Hadn’t Vanished During World War II’. It’s an idea with endless possibilities and sees many Marvel talent reprising their characters as voice roles including: Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, Karen Gillan, Josh Brolin, Chadwick Boseman, Mark Ruffalo, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston and many more! Jeffery Wright (Westworld) will play the role as The Watcher who is the narrator in the show.
Hawkeye is a series that will release on Disney+ in Autumn 2021 and sees Jeremy Renner reprising the role as the bowman. The show will also introduce the character Kate Bishop who in the comics is part of the New Avengers as well as being Hawkeye so maybe this is the plan in the MCU and potentially it could be Hawkeye’s daughter?
This will be one that a lot of fans will be happy about: Thor 4, otherwise known as Thor: Love And Thunder has been announced and will release on 5th of November 2021 with Taika Waititi returning as director. Hopefully we will see something similar to Thor Ragnarok and will feature Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson reprising their roles. Rumours are appearing saying Jane Foster who is played by Portman will be the next God of Thunder. I love the art-style to the logo as well, reminds me of classic 80’s cartoons.
One of the more recent movies we will be seeing in the near future is the Black Widow movie starring Scarlett Johansson as the iconic character set for release on 1st May 2020. I would assume this is set in the past, but you never know with Marvel! The movie will also feature David Harbour (Stranger Things), Florence Pugh (Midsommar), O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale) and Rachel Weisz (The Mummy) with Cate Shortland directing.
Finally, and one of the most exciting announcements is that BLADE is returning under a movie of the same name. Wesley Snipes will not be reprising his role, but will see academy award winner Mahershala Ali playing the lead. Ali has played Cottonmouth in Netflix’s Luke Cage, so by this announcement it looks as though the Netflix series’ might not be connected to the main MCU at all. Looking at the title design it would be interesting to see if Marvel are introducing Moon Knight to the series who is a much loved character in the Marvel universe.
There is still Black Panther 2 and Guardian’s Of The Galaxy 3 to come eventually as well and I’m sure we’ll have more information of them soon. What has been your favourite announcement? Let your voice be heard in the comments below.