Thanos hay have boasted about being inevitable, but he has nothing on the inevitability of of the MCU. The train rolls ever onward. Phase 4 was a highly mixed bag. Spider-Man: No Way Home and Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness were balanced out by the bland, beige nothingness of Eternals and Shang-Chi. Will Marvel Phase 5 be any better? Here are some clapping seals:
We will soon find out as Marvel Studios has announced its Phase 5 plans, and in the process confirmed that Phase 4 is done and closed out with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever later this year.
Phase 5 will consist of six big screen movies and six streaming series on Disney+. Here is the rundown:
Feb 17th 2023: Ant Man & The Wasp: Quantumania
Spring 2023: Secret Invasion
May 5th 2023: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Summer 2023: Echo
Summer 2023: Loki Season 2
July 28th 2023: The Marvels
November 3rd 2023: Blade
Fall 2023: Ironheart
Winter 2023/24: Agatha: Coven of Chaos
Spring 2024: Daredevil: Born Again
May 3rd 2024: Captain America: New World Order
July 28th 2024: Thunderbolts
Still no Fantastic Four or X-Men in this phase. The rumor is that they are courting none other than Steven Spielberg himself for Fantastic Four, but there was no mention of this at Comic-Con. They did reveal the plans for beyond Phase 5 and how Fantastic Four will fit into this.
The unexpected news is Daredevil: Born Again. The eighteen-episode series that will see Charlie Cox return to the role of Daredevil along with Vincent D’Onofrio as Kingpin. Cox was also conformed to be appearing in the upcoming She-Hulk series as Matt Murdoch.
A full trailer for She-Hulk: Attorney At Law was shared at the Con and then released online immediately. The upcoming MCU-set ten-episode half-hour legal comedy series stars Tatiana Maslany in the lead role.
There were a number of Comic-Con exclusive trailers and teasers that are apparently not to be released online. We will see.
First up was Secret Invasion and the footage confirmed that both Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and War Machine (Don Cheadle) will be back for that. Ant Man & The Wasp: Quantumania footage showed Jonathan Majors as big villain Kang, confirmed that MODOK will appear and that Bill Murray is in the cast.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 was teased and James Gunn confirmed this is the last movie for these characters. It was announced that Blade will start filming in October and that the Agatha Harkness series has undergone a name change to Agatha: Coven of Chaos.
Sam Wilson’s Captain America will get a solo outing in Captain America: New World Order before Thunderbolts closes out the phase.
While Phase 1, 2 and 3 were The Infinity Saga, Marvel have revealed that Phases 4, 5 and 6 are The Multiverse Saga and Phase 6 is where the big news is.
Fantastic Four will film next year and launch Phase 6 on November 6th 2024, leading into Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. That will land on May 2nd 2025 with Avengers: Secret Wars coming November 7th 2025.
Deadpool 3, The Mutants (X-Men), Shang-Chi 2, and Spider-Man 4 were all absent.