Despite the plethora of content Marvel has given us so far, there is still more MCU-related content coming before the year ends.
Phase 4 of the MCU has so far gotten to a great start. WandaVision shook the internet with its reveals and revelations. The Falcon And The Winter Solider introduced us to the new Captain America while talking about important issues like racism. Black Widow was a welcome return to the cinemas for Marvel and introduced a fast-rising fan-favorite character in Yelena. Loki, meanwhile, changed the MCU both figuratively and literally in ways that will be felt for years come. The show’s ending got a lot of people talking and left many questions. If you’re itching for some more Marvel content, there is a lot more coming your way. From new movies to new TV shows, here are seven upcoming Marvel releases to look forward to for the rest of 2021 and beyond.
This will be Marvel’s first-ever animated TV series and is based on the What If…? comic series. The show, like the comics, will revolve around different events in the Marvel universe and shows them through alternate takes or outcomes. The 10 episode series will delve into different what-if scenarios from Peggy Carter being Captain America to T’Challa (voiced by Chadwick Boseman) being Star-Lord instead of Peter Quill and even the Marvel superheroes being turned into zombies. Jeffrey Wright will voice the role of the Watcher, a powerful figure in the Marvel universe who will serve as a “host” of sorts for the viewer as they are taken to different what-if situations. The first episode premieres on Disney+ on August 11, 2021.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Shang-Chi is set to be the next MCU movie and it’s already shaping up to be a promising one. Simu Liu playing Shang-Chi whose life gets turned upside down as his past, the Ten Rings organization, and his father, Wenwu (Tony Leung) aka the real Mandarin, come back into Shang-Chi’s life. Given the events of Phase 4 of the MCU so far, it will be interesting to see how the movie deals with or addresses that. Marvel’s first Asian-led superhero movie is also stacked with Asians both on and off the camera, which makes for some much-needed representation. The movie is set for release on September 3, 2021.
This series will revolve around Clint Barton as he trains his protégé, Kate Bishop, to be the next Hawkeye. Jeremy Renner will return as Hawkeye while Hailee Steinfeld is set to play Kate Bishop. Aside from the show being a way to pass on the baton to the Young Avenger, Hawkeye could also take a look at Clint during the events between Infinity War and Endgame. It’s been rumored that the show will take inspiration from the Hawkeye comic series by Matt Fraction, David Aja, and Javier Pulido, which depicted Clint as down of his luck when away from the Avengers. The fact that Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova is set to appear in the series has gotten us excited considering that she has a score to settle with Clint. It is scheduled to be released on November 24, 2021, on Disney+.
Marvel’s Eternals is shaping up to be one of the more interesting movies of Phase 4 of the MCU. Directed by the Oscar-winning Chloé Zhao, Eternals follows the Eternals, a group of proto-humans who use cosmic energy as the source of their powers. They were created by the Celestials, a group of creatures that are some of the oldest and most powerful in the Marvel universe. The official plot sees the Eternals go out of hiding while living on earth to face the Deviants, a disfigured off-shoot of the human race. The Eternals have been living on earth for a long, long while in secret so we may see them interact with things in the MCU that we didn’t know they had a part in.
Aside from having a talented director, Eternals also has a stacked cast that includes the likes of Gemma Chan, Angelina Jolie, Kit Harrington, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, and Salma Hayek. Makkari, played by deaf actress Lauren Ridloff, will be the MCU’s first deaf superhero while the movie will also feature the MCU’s first gay superhero, rumored to be Phastos (Brian Tyree Henry). The movie is set for release on November 5, 2021.
The Ms. Marvel TV series will follow Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), a Pakistani-born but New Jersey-raised young woman who discovers that she has polymorphous powers which means she can shapeshift her body into different shapes and sizes (think Mr. Fantastic). The series will be based on the Kamala Khan character made by Sana Amanat, Stephen Wacker, G. Wilson Wilson, and Adrian Alphona. Despite the similarities, Ms. Marvel isn’t related to Captain Marvel, she uses the name Ms. Marvel because, in the comics, Kamala Khan idolizes Captain Marvel. But she is set to appear in the Captain Marvel sequel The Marvels in 2022. Ms. Marvel became Marvel’s first-ever Muslim superhero to headline her own comic book and this series will be the first time the MCU will feature this groundbreaking turn. No release date has been given yet though it is scheduled for a late 2021 release on Disney+.
Spider-Man: No Way Home
A lot, and we mean a lot has been said and rumored about the third Spider-Man movie in the MCU. Based on the ending of Far From Home and the movie’s first trailer, No Way Home deals with the fallout of Peter Parker’s identity being revealed to the public and that he’s trying to clear his name.
Rumors have widely suggested that this movie will also introduce the Spiderverse since Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock and Jaime Foxx’s Electro have been confirmed to appear in this movie while Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s versions of Spider-Man are rumored to appear as well. Benedict Cumberbatch is also set to have a role in the movie returning as Doctor Strange so who knows what this movie has in store for us. Spider-Man: No Way Home is set to hit theaters on December 17, 2021.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
If WandaVision and Loki got you agitated to see what happens next, this movie is the one you need to see. All the build-up that these shows and even Spider-Man: No Way Home leads to the Doctor Strange sequel, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. No official plot has been revealed yet, but we can assume from what we know so far that Doctor Strange, Wanda, and maybe even Loki and Spider-Man will team up to fix the multiverse, or at least stop it from overwhelming the original timelines. The film will also see the return of Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, and Rachel McAdams in their respective roles. The possibilities are endless. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness has a release date of March 25, 2022.