Now that Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is out, we have a clearer picture of where Phase Five of the MCU is heading.
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WARNING: Spoilers ahead for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
After an uneven Phase Four, a new era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has begun with the recent release of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, which also serves as the official start to Phase Five. And if you’ve seen the movie, you probably know where the rest of the new phase is going now that certain pillars have been established.
To be an MCU fan these days is interesting, to say the least, both because of how the bigger picture in the MCU is clearer and recent interviews from Kevin Feige and other reports suggesting we’ll be seeing some content curation to deal with franchise fatigue. But regardless, the release of Ant-Man 3 is just the first in what could be an exciting slate for the MCU this year. So, here are the big projects coming this year as the Kang Dynasty officially makes its mark on the MCU.
Up until this point, the shape-shifting Skrulls in the MCU are known to be friendly. That may change once Secret Invasion drops. This series that takes its name from the seminal comic story sees Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) team up once more as they try to stop nefarious forces from undermining the world from within.
The show is described as the MCU’s take on a political thriller, which already has us excited. The inclusion of Emilia Clarke and Olivia Colman in their MCU debut roles is another reason to tune in. And of course, Secret Invasion could be an ambitious crossover event and have far-reaching consequences for the multiverse. The show is slated to drop in Spring 2023.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 3
While James Gunn is the new head honcho over at DC, he still has one more project with Marvel. And fittingly, it’s the swan song of our favorite ragtag team of universe-spanning charismatic aliens with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The trilogy-ending film will see the Guardians go on a mission that may very well be their last with the current lineup. It will also put the spotlight on Rocket Raccoon (Bradley Cooper) in his pre-mutant era with the team coming face-to-face with the man who made Rocket that way, High Evolutionary.
Also coming along in this wild cosmic ride is the telepath Cosmo the space dog, Lylla the anthropomorphic otter, and the debut of Adam Warlock (Will Poulter), who definitely has a bone to pick with the Guardians. Dave Bautista has been vocal about how this movie will be the last time he’ll play Drax on screen. So, as one team says goodbye, a new generation may take their place. The film arrives in theaters on May 5.
LOKI SEASON 2
If you stayed until the end of the credits for Ant-Man 3, then you probably have an idea of what season two is all about. Following that cliffhanger in season one, season two of Loki is set to follow the god of mischief on more time-based adventures as he looks to undo the mess of the multiverse after Sylvie killed He Who Remains at the end of time. Kang the Conqueror looks to play a big part in the new season, so the MCU’s first show to have a second season may shake the multiverse once more. The series is set to stream on Disney+ later this year.
A triple Marvel team-up? That’s what The Marvels is all about. While we don’t know much about the plot yet, we do know the sequel is set to focus on Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Ms. Marvel (Iman Vellani), and Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) teaming up. The film’s tagline of “Higher. Further. Faster. Together” is a direct reflection of that as it is the same tagline as the 2019 original with the inclusion of Together. And for the K-drama fans out there, the sequel will also serve as Park Seo-joon’s debut in the MCU in a yet-to-be-revealed role. Before the movie releases on November 10, we recommend you catch up on Captain Marvel, WandaVision, and Ms. Marvel, in that order.
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