The Lineup for Marvel Phase 4 Was Revealed This Weekend
Fans expected the list for Marvel Phase 4 to drop during SDCC—and they were right. What is slightly less expected is the other news that went with it. The Disney+ Marvel shows are going to be included in the phase.
Disney has been working on their own streaming service for a while now. There’s no secret about that! We already knew that Marvel shows would be included in their exclusive content. However, many fans expected it to be similar to the Netflix series, where they would be fun, but don’t expect any confirmation on if they’ll fit in with the MCU.
But we were wrong. The news from SDCC tells us that Marvel is actively including shows on the Disney+ streaming service as part of the phase. This means that if you want to stay up to date on what’s happening in the MCU, you’re going to want to follow the series. (We’ll talk more about this after the lineup.)
This is probably a bit of a bummer to those that were hoping to cut down on their subscription services. But you’ve got to admit, it’s a smart move for the Disney+ service. Now Marvel fans are going to feel compelled to sign up.
Marvel Phase 4
Marvel Phase 4 is currently looking like this:
- May 1, 2020: Black Widow
- Fall 2020: Untitled
- Nov. 5, 2020: The Eternals Movie
- Feb. 12, 2021: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
- Spring 2021: WandaVision Disney+ Series
- May 7, 2021: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
- Spring 2021: Loki Disney+ Series
- Summer 2021: Untitled
- Fall 2021: The Falcon and Winter Soldier Disney+ Series
- Nov. 5, 2021: Thor 4: Love and Thunder
You’ll notice that there are two movies in this list that are currently untitled. Odds are that one of these two movies is one that we already know is in the works: Blade. The reboot was announced, but as of yet has no release date. So unless Marvel is planning on adding even more to this lineup, this seems like a safe guess.
Tying It Together
But what does it mean, having the Disney+ series tie back to the MCU? Well, for starters, you’re going to have to follow the movies in order the understand events in the shows, and vice versa. For example, in order to understand some of what is happening in the Doctor Strange movie, you’re going to have to watch WandaVision—because they’ve already confirmed that it’ll have pertinent information. Likewise, if you want to understand what is happening to Loki, Falcon, or Winter Soldier, you’re going to need to see up through Endgame (and possibly beyond).