What to Look Forward to with the MCU

When it comes to Comic Book IPs, the talk of the town for the better part of 2 months has been all DC. From the #ReleasetheSnyderCut movement being successful, JJ Abrams Justice League Dark to the upcoming DC FanDome event. DC has made some real noise for the first time in a few years. However, we can’t forget about the studio across the street. While news has been scarce they too have some big projects coming out over the next couple years.

Film

Black Widow (November 6, 2020)

While the exact time period this film takes place has not been confirmed. It is speculated that this takes place among multiple time periods through the life of Natasha Romanoff. While we know we are going to see new characters. Cate Shortland, the films director, has revealed that the film will essentially have Natasha pass the baton to Florence Pugh’s character.

“And we didn’t know how great Florence Pugh would be. We knew she would be great, but we didn’t know how great,” Shorland told Empire. “Scarlett is so gracious, like, ‘Oh, I’m handing her the baton.’ So it’s going to propel another female storyline.”

The Eternals (February 12, 2021)

With a cast of Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani and Brian Tyree Henry it’s hard to fathom this film about a lesser known Marvel characters wont do well. While a short synopsis is all we have about this movie, it will be interesting to see how well this movie actually does.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (May 21, 2021)

In sticking with their hopes in making a cultural impact, as they did with Black Panther, Marvel sets its sights on the Asian market. Shang-Chi, played by Simu Liu, will be the MCU’s first Asian superhero. He will take on the Mandarin, who was originally and poorly portrayed in Iron Man 3 by both Sir Ben Kinglsey and Guy Pearce. The premise of the film is not fully fleshed out and with Covid delaying production this film could be pushed to the end of 2021 if not 2022.

Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness (May 7, 2021)

The Doctor Strange sequel seems to be the bridge to a much larger universe than what we have seen over the last 12 years. At least that is what we can gather from the title ‘The Multiverse of Madness’ . Despite have some pre-production issues and changing their director from bonafide horror film director Scott Derrickson to the aging Sam Raimi. It’s uncertain what to expect from the movie at this point and time. And with the Director change and Covid, a delay in release is all but certain.

Spider-Man – The Third One (August 16, 2021)

While the future of Spider-Man within the MCU is a bit uncertain, the original deal between Marvel and Sony will be completed with the third installment of the Tom Holland led films. Yes a rumored new deal was put in place to see New York’s most famed Web Slinger stick around the MCU a bit longer. But in what capacity is till debated. While the first two films did fantastic and made loads of money. It be foolish to see Sony and Marvel throw that away. Filming is due to start July 2020, but I think it is a safe bet that may not be a priority at this time with what is going on in the World.

Thor: Love and Thunder (November 5, 2021)

Natalie Portman is BACK! This time she wont be a poorly written scientist who is underutilized as she was in Thor: The Dark World. No, now she becomes the God….errr.. Goddess of Thunder as she takes the mantle Hammer of Thor as her own. Taika Waititi returns to Direct after the success of Thor: Ragnarok.

Black Panther 2 (May 6, 2022)

This film is coming and while no information is known on the plot of the movie. There have been many rumors circulating that either Namor or Dr. Doom will be the antagonist of the movie. With Beyonce supposedly signing on for a mysterious role in the film, speculated to be Ororo Munroe. Known to many as her Mutant name….Storm.

Blade (TBA)

Mahershala Ali will be taking the reins of the day walking Vampire known as Blade. While the film is still in development. No release date or additional casting has been announced.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (TBA)

James Gunn, after being fired from the project and then brought back on, will be completing his trilogy of the Galaxy’s most unlikely heroes. It will be interesting to see how he wraps up the story of this incarnation of the group and if it will be left open for new characters to carry on the name in further films.

Captain Marvel 2 (TBA)

Carol Danvers is back and will be OP and kicking ass all over again. So far her introduction into the MCU has been down played quite a bit. Possibly this could be the movie which sets her apart from everyone else and with the rumors that the Mutant Rogue will be showing up in this movie. Well We could be in for quite a showdown.

Television

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Fall 2020)

Exploring the relationship between Bucky and Sam, both have lost their best friend Steve Rogers. While Sam was handed the mantle, shield, of Captain America. The US Govt. has taken it upon themselves to introduce their own replacement of the Super Soldier, U.S. Agent. How will these two handle this and what is in store. Well I guess we will all have to tune into Disney Plus this coming fall to find out!

Wanda Vision (Winter 2020)

After losing her love, Vision, in Avengers: Infinity War. Wanda appears to be utilizing witchcraft to help keep her connection with Vision alive. Rumors state that this show will lead into Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.

Loki (Spring 2021)

Following the Loki that escaped from capture in 2012 from Avengers: Endgame. Its hard not to imagine that this show wont play into the Multiverse aspect just like Wanda Vision.

Hawkeye (Fall 2021)

Still in early development. Very little is known about this show other than the return of Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton and him training his daughter Kate Bishop to be his replacement.

There you have it. While there hasn’t been too much news surrounding Marvel and the MCU there is quite a bit to look forward to over the next couple years.

What Film or show are you most looking forward to?

Author: Robert Slavinsky

Robert Hosts Shootin' The Sith a Star Wars podcast and is a passionate fan of comics books and movies.

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