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Marvel declares the first release date plans for MCU Phase 4

Avengers: Endgame and July’s Spider-Man: Far From Home mark the end of Phase 3 for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). So to what extent until the following Marvel film? Somewhat longer than individuals are utilized to now.

Disney today announced the next several years of Films debut dates — which incorporate another Star Wars trilogy, Avatar spin-offs, another Indiana Jones film, Pixar movies, live-action Disney revamps, and Bob’s Burgers (since Fox is Disney now) — and said that the next untitled Marvel film isn’t expected to hit theaters until May 1, 2020, about 10 months after Far From Home. (The long-delayed, Fox-produced, definitely-not-MCU movie The New Mutants is premiering a month before that, April 3.)

That gap is the longest we’ve gone without a new MCU film since 2013’s Iron Man 3, which debuted a year after 2012’s The Avengers (which finished Phase One). From that point forward, Marvel has released no less than two MCU movies each year, with three in both 2017 and 2018. Filling in the hole for Disney is the following Star Wars film, The Rise of Skywalker, which is coming Dec. 20. (SAvatar sequels and future Star Wars films will be taking every other holiday season starting in 2021.)

Following the “untitled Marvel film” in May 2020, Disney will by and by move to releasing three MCU movies a year:

May 1, 2020

Nov. 6, 2020

Feb. 12, 2021

May 7, 2021

Nov. 5, 2021

Feb. 18, 2022

May 6, 2022

July 29, 2022

As to which Marvel films these are, that is misty — Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has made it unmistakable we won’t get numerous subtleties until after Far From Home. Based on various casting rumors and other public statements, our theory is the independent Black Widow and The Eternals for 2020, while the year after will be Doctor Strange 2, Black Panther 2, and Shang-Chi. With respect to 2022, that is presumably the everything except ensured Captain Marvel spin-off and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which as of late rehired director James Gunn will start after the new Suicide Squad (which itself is planned to debut in 2021). Also, obviously, sooner or later Marvel will be incorporating its recently obtained X-Men characters.

Note that the Disney announcement says “untitled Marvel movies,” not “MCU.” For all we know, one of these could be a non-MCU release (like another Deadpool sequel). Nor does it factor in Sony’s sometimes-MCU-canon Spider-Man films. But at this point it’s safe to assume most, if not all, will ultimately tie in and build up to the next all-hero team-up event.

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