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Disney Announces the New Phase 4 MCU Slate Including Captain Marvel 2’s Release Date

This morning Disney has updated their release dates following the chaos that the coronavirus pandemic has caused at the box office, and it includes new release dates for every announced movie:

  • Black Widow – November 6th, 2020
  • Eternals – February 12, 2021
  • Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings – May 7, 2021
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness – November 5, 2021
  • Thor: Love and Thunder – February 18, 2022
  • Black Panther 2 – May 8, 2022
  • Captain Marvel 2 – July 8, 2022

NOTE: The Black Panther 2 date is likely a typo as the 8th is a Sunday. It’s most likely still May 6, 2022.

Spider-Man 3 isn’t listed as that’s a Sony release. With Thor: Love and Thunder now taking the February 2022 date, that means the speculated Ant-Man 3 may have been pushed until 2023 or it could still arrive in the October 2022 slot.

Kevin Feige Confirms No Phase 4 Reveal Until San Diego Comic Con 2019

Earlier in the week we found out that Marvel Studios would be skipping San Diego Comic Con this July and won’t have a big panel in Hall H. While there will be a presence there, and a 10th anniversary panel, you won’t have to worry about braving the Hall H line for Marvel Studios this year. When that announcement was made, some people assumed Marvel Studios would do their own event this year to reveal Phase 4, but that also doesn’t appear to be the case.

Speaking to The Playlist, Kevin Feige says why they aren’t going to announce any Phase 4 stuff this year:

“Ideally, I think that’s what we’d like to do. We did a big event a couple of years ago where we announced like ten movies between 2014 and 2019 and we haven’t delivered all of those yet and we haven’t delivered the promise when we made that really big deal of announcing all those movies. And so now to make a big deal of ‘even more movies, before the movies that we already announced!’ doesn’t seem like the right thing to do.”

And then he confirmed to Den of Geek that they will be waiting until Comic Con next July for the reveals:

“That’s one of the main reasons we’re not going to Hall H this year,” he continues, “is because Ant Man & the Wasp will have just been released, Infinity War will be out, Captain Marvel will have just finished filming, Spider-Man will have just started filming, and we’re not gonna be making any other announcements. So we’re gonna wait until Comic-Con next year.”

That is probably disappointing for some, and it’s kind of funny how people are blasting DC for not releasing their slate of films when Marvel is taking the same approach. We won’t know what Phase 4 looks like until the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters…

Scoop Confirmed! Feige Says ‘The Eternals’ is in Development!

The big scoop this site launched with has been confirmed! The Eternals are headed to the MCU!

Umberto at The Wrap spoke to Feige today, and he’s confirmed that they’ve begun early work on The Eternals:

“‘Eternals’ is one of many many many things that we are actively beginning to have creative discussions about to see if we believe in them enough to put them on a slate,” Feige said Sunday while promoting this week’s “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Umberto goes on to confirm the previous news that Marvel is meeting with writers, adding that it looks like Sersi will be the lead Eternal in the movie.

So there you have it, from Feige himself, The Eternals are headed to the MCU.

Marvel Studios is Not Currently Working on X-Men in Any Way

This past week a rumor came out that claimed that the X-Men was a “done deal” for the MCU. I explained on this weekend’s podcast how that would be impossible to do until the Fox merger closes, and now there’s official word from Kevin Feige himself that they aren’t working on the Mutants yet.

ComingSoon spoke to Feige at the Avengers: Infinity War press junket this weekend, and he said:

You’re right, it’s too far out to talk about whether it will happen of not. We’re not working on it in any way, shape or form. We’ve got five films on the docket we’ve already announced that are taking a big percent of our time. But I will say to your very good question that if you look back to Phase 1 and after “Iron Man” was released and we announced our upcoming films, one of which was “Thor,” people said, “How in the WORLD can you bring in a Norse god who flies with a hammer into the world you’ve established of Tony Stark and Stark Industries?” That was sort of the reason we made the “Thor” film the way we did, was to ease character into a world together, even though they might not understand each other and might have trouble getting along at first, that’s the fun of it. But tonally there’s always a way, and as you said the comics have been navigating it quite well for half a century.

Anyone expecting any hint of the X-Men in the MCU within the next two years will probably be disappointed. We’re looking at 2021 or 2022 until the first appearance of the Mutants in the MCU…

New Information Confirming ‘The Eternals’ Are Coming!

Last week when I first launched this site, I dropped a scoop saying that The Eternals were what Marvel hopes to make their new franchise in whatever will become “Phase 4”. Today, a big Hollywood Trade has confirmed that The Eternals are on the way to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

BleedingCool confirmed with their sources yesterday (although didn’t credit this site for breaking the scoop last week) that Marvel is in fact working on an Eternals movie and is currently meeting with writers about it. This explains why Marvel is rushing to reprint Neil Gaiman’s trade paperback from about thirteen years ago. That trade is also now available digitally. Marvel wouldn’t be putting The Eternals back in print if they didn’t have plans for the team. They generally start a pre-film comic push about 18 months out, so I wouldn’t be shocked if we see a new Eternals comic coming from them within a year.

I’ve also spoken to a writer at a large publication who is working on confirming even more information about The Eternals, likely actual names of people involved, so that should be coming soon from them as well.

So there you have it. I can honestly say it feels good to get this confirmed after the last week of people calling it fake. We’re definitely going to get some real awesome cosmic stuff in Phase 4, and I can’t wait!

Exclusive: Marvel’s New ‘Phase 4’ MCU Franchise – The Eternals!

This is the news you’ve been waiting for, and I couldn’t put it out there until now.

It sounds like Marvel is starting to solidify their plans post-Avengers 4, and one of the new franchises they look to launch is very cosmic. Thanos and his “children” are just one part of a much larger Marvel family tree; one that has some actual heroes (and even one-time Avengers) as part of it.

Through confirmation from multiple sources, Marvel is looking to launch The Eternals as a new franchise post-Guardians of the Galaxy 3 and the wheels are already in motion to find Marvel’s new team of heroes. The decision to do them came after the success of the very Kirby-esque Thor: Ragnarok and DC developing their New Gods movie, but they’ve been preparing for them for a while and we’ll see a moon-sized hint at them in Avengers: Infinity War this month. The rumor says the movie is currently on the Phase 4 schedule for 2021 or 2022, and there’s a possibility some of the Eternals could pop up in Guardians of the Galaxy 3 before being spun off into their own franchise. As Guardians 3 is the final outing for this team, introducing new cosmic characters prior spinning them off into their own movie would make a lot of sense.

“But The Eternals? No one knows who they are! This will be Marvel’s first bomb!” Swap “The Eternals” in that sentence with “Guardians of the Galaxy” and you’ll see something people were saying back in 2014 when Marvel decided to bring a different cosmic team to the big screen. The movie went on to be the third highest grossing film of 2014 and established Guardians of the Galaxy as one of Marvel’s top brands next to Avengers. They hope the same thing will happen with another little-known team of cosmic super heroes, and with Marvel Studios’ big screen track record it’d be foolish to doubt what they may be planning.

With Marvel TV kind of running The Inhumans into the ground, and with the big screen version of those characters not happening, The Eternals could be the cosmic replacement for them. They already tie in with the existing MCU lore concerning Celestials, so this is the natural progression for Marvel Cosmic before they gain access to the Fox characters such as Silver Surfer and Galactus. They’re also “cosmic” enough that Fox characters like Silver Surfer, Galactus, and Annihilus can slot right into an Eternals movie once Marvel has them back. This would give Marvel a space-based superhero team, but without the stink of the TV Inhumans attached to them.

Marvel is already building towards this. Aside from comments about how Phase 4 would be more “cosmic” there have also been those reports about how James Gunn is helping Marvel Studios decide what directions to take their cosmic properties. And it sounds as if the groundwork for The Eternals is being put down right now.

Infinity War releases this month and Thanos’ home of Titan appears in the movie, but that’s not even the biggest part of it. In the comics, Thanos was in love with the physical manifestation of death and wanted to balance the universe for her. That’s changed in the MCU where his motivation comes from the decline of the civilization on Titan. When you realize Marvel is planning to introduce The Eternals (some of which are from Titan), the changing of Thanos’ motivation from the comics takes on an even bigger meaning as it gives a big part of Phase 4 a backstory and setup.

After ten years and $14 billion at the box office, nothing Marvel Studios does is by accident now. They have a plan and they lay the foundations for what they’re planning very far out. The Avengers introduced Thanos, Thor: The Dark World first named the Infinity Stones, Captain America: The Winter Soldier gave us Stephen Strange’s name, and Avengers: Age of Ultron introduced Wakanda. Infinity War‘s focus on Titan, with it being a bit set piece in the film and the backstory for Thanos, also isn’t by accident. We’re experiencing the wrath of Thanos right now, and in Phase 4 they’ll pull back to introduce us to some of his family, The Eternals.

A Little Rumor Control Before Next Week…

I felt like I needed to post this prior to the site fully launching next week to try to control some rumors getting out of hand (and manage hype a bit as head canon tends to get people way too excited).

Next Monday will be the official launch for this site. Everything this week is just getting it up and running, although I’m mostly happy with it right now. I may put it under construction later in the week to tweak some things, but right now it’s feeling good.

On Monday morning, likely around 6:00am Pacific/9:00am Eastern I’ll be publishing a huge scoop (unless it leaks from elsewhere before then, at which point I’ll immediately hit “publish”). And these are the things I want out there now to try to keep things under control:

  • This is not an official Marvel announcement.
  • It’s a rumor (scoop) I received from an extremely reliable source who has delivered big things for me in the past. Marvel is focused on Infinity War right now.
  • It’s about one movie in whatever will be “Phase 4”.
  • It has nothing to do with Fox or their characters.
  • It’s an all-new franchise for Marvel.
  • No, not Nova.

Then on Tuesday I plan to reveal when one MCU movie we already know about is expected to come out. Stay tuned…