Marvel's Phase 4 Plans Seem Less Ambitious

Disney announced their plans for Marvel's Phase 4 titles and to be honest, after EndGame, it doesn't look like Disney/Marvel may be dropping as big a production buck on this new phase than the previous three phases.  They seem to be tightening the purse strings.  Then again, after dropping 4 billion on buying Marvel in 2009, and making $18 Billion at the box office with that investment, they may be looking to keep costs down and they may suspect they won't get as big of a return on these new projects, thus, as much profit as possible. Or at least, that's what I'm reading into this new schedule...

Phase Four of the Marvel slate over the next two years will be a combination of TV projects coming out on Disney Plus and a few films. (Wait... now the TV and movie studios will start talking to each other and playing nice, unlike the last ten years?) Though there are a few titles blatantly missing from the schedule.

The titles/dates include

Black Widow (May 1st, 2020),
Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Fall 2020)**,
The Eternals (November 6th, 2020),
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (February 12, 2021),
WandaVision (Spring 2021)**,
Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness (May 7th, 2021),
Loki (Spring 2021)**,
What If...?(Summer 2021)**,
Hawkeye (Fall 2021)**, and
Thor: Love and Thunder (November 5th, 2021)x`.
Plus there could be a Fantastic Four or X-Men project and a new Blade film with Mahershala Ali lined up to play the titular role somewhere and someplace in there.

Of note:

The Thor film will have Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman playing Thor (In the recent comic titles, Jane took over the hammer... so they're going with that premise in this film).

The Black Widow project is a prequel of sorts, taking place just after events in Civil War.

The Mandarin will actually appear in the Ten Rings project.

** (These are TV shows titles appearing on Disney+)

If you've seen Endgame, this version of Loki is one that jumped out of time so he has not changed into the chaotic good character yet that we grew to enjoy. This should be interesting.

The What If title explores things like a director's cut might. For example, what would have happened if Loki ended up with Thor's hammer? And other things like that.

The Eternals will have Angelina Jolie on board.

At this point there's a few obvious missing titles, but I'm sure they're on their way since Marvel's Kevin Feige, while at 2019 Comic-Con, tossed out teaser info about production plans for Black Panther 2, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 3 and Captain Marvel 2. He also tossed out there a mention of the Fantastic Four and now that they are recouping all the rights to the characters Fox owned, he was noted to making a vague allusion to "mutants." (But wait... no Spider-Man 3 news? I'm sure he's in their too!)

The mutants part is legally significant because Fox had all the rights to "mutants" and for Marvel to portray any kind of mutant-like character, they had to have been created by science or magic, like how Scarlet Witch and her brother were made from energies from the Tesseract Cube.


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