Updated: Feb 14, 2020
In the last 12 years, Marvel Studios has taken the world by storm becoming the highest-grossing film franchise of all time raking in over $22.585 billion at the global box office and Avengers: Endgame is the highest-grossing movie of all time. In the 23 movies of the Infinity Saga, 9 have reached the billion-dollar mark. From Iron Man to Spiderman: Far From Home, Marvel has become a global phenomenon and is showing no signs of slowing down.
Tony Stark was the heart of the MCU appearing in 10 MCU movies and is set to cameo in the Black Widow movie. Tony made the ultimate sacrifice to save the universe. Natasha Rominoff gave her life during Avengers: Endgame for the soul stone. Steve Rogers was tasked with putting the stones back and decided to stay back in his time. When he returned as an old man he handed off the shield to Sam Wilson (Falcon). Thor Odinson handed the mantle of Ruler of New Asgard to Queen Valkyrie and set off with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Clint Barton went home with his family and in the series coming out next year he is rumored to be training Kate Bishop. With the original Avengers out of commission phase 4 will begin a rise of new heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Phase 4 of Marvel will be the biggest phase yet with 11 new additions to the MCU. Six of them are set to be released theatrically which include Black Widow(2020), The Eternals (2020), Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021), Spiderman Far From Home sequel (2021) and Thor Love and Thunder (2021).
If you do not own Disney+ now maybe the time to get it ($6.99/month or $69.99/ year) as the universe is set to expand in the fall.
The shows slated for phase 4 are The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (2020), WandaVision (2020), Loki (2021), Marvel’s What If?...(2021), and Hawkeye (2021).
While much is not confirmed about phase 5, Kevin Feige announced Ms. Marvel, Moonknight and She-Hulk at the 2019 D23 Expo. Feige also announced Blade at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. He also said there was no time to talk about Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, Fantastic 4 and mutants. Black Panther 2 did receive a release date afterward of February 2022. James Gunn is also back to write and direct the third installment of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Many people have expressed concern that the future of the MCU is shaky due to the massive success of The Infinity Saga and moving on from the characters who built it. However, with the slate of new characters, films and the recently launched Disney+ the future of the MCU promises to bring more content and excitement for fans around the globe. Phase 4 begins this May with the release of Black Widow and we will see it on Disney+ this August with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision releasing this December.