MCU fans assemble! Earlier today at SDCC, Marvel Studios announced its phase four of films and tv shows. Phase four deals with the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame and several prequels that we surely are excited for. Some of these include the reprisal of fan favourite Blade and the possible reprisal of Fantastic Four and X-Men series.
Here are all the films and tv shows in chronological order as they will be coming out in phase four:
Black Widow (May 1st, 2020)
Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Fall 2020)
The Eternals (November 6th, 2020)
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (February 12, 2021)
WandaVision (Spring 2021)
Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness (May 7th, 2021)
Loki (Spring 2021)
What If (Summer 2021)
Hawkeye (Fall 2021) and
Thor: Love and Thunder (November 5th, 2021)
Phase four has some really interesting stories in the box for us. We will see the origin of Black Widow and Hawkeye and the movies will most likely explore their infamous Budapest mission that they keep mentioning!
We will see Anthony Mackey don his Captain America suit and shield in Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Shang Chi will introduce the real Mandarin. (Yeah, we want to forget Iron Man 3 too)
Thor: Love and Thunder will give us Jane Foster wielding the Mjolnir as the female Thor.
And What If will be a non-canon animated series that will be an alternate take on the MCU universe. Like, what would happen if Loki had found Thor’s Hammer!
Speaking of Loki, we are getting a Loki TV show! Yay.
We eagerly look forward to Disney’s D23 conference next month
for more information!
Before MCU, comic book adaptations on the silver screen were always dissed by the producers. We sure had some darling flicks at the turn of the century such as Sam Raimi’s Spiderman and the X-Men trilogy, but they were deemed as nothing but potboilers. One 20th Century Fox executive even went on to say the genre ends with X-Men: The Last Stand, there is no future for this kind of rubbish. But tables were meant to turn. With the release of Batman Begins in 2005, superhero movies got a wholly new facelift. Chris Nolan aptly destigmatized Batman movies. But something was missing. We were half expecting some messiah would step in to make some superhero flicks featuring our larger than life heroes.
Finally, the messiah came and conquered.
His name is Kevin Feige.
The mastermind behind the monumental success of MCU. He pitched the idea of an inter connected movie franchise spanning decades. The major reason DC could not win in the theaters on par with Marvel because they couldn’t hire someone like Feige.
The big bang
It all started with Iron Man in 2008. The very idea of post-credit scenes in superhero films was entwined in this movie, and I missed it the first time. Nick Fury sneaking inside Stark mansion to approach Tony for a superhero team-up? It felt surreal. Who could have thought the possibility of one behemoth superhero movie like the Avenger (2012)? Four separate franchises were following a pathway to culminate into one historical motion picture.
The summer Avengers was released, I didn’t go to the theatre to have cinematic experience of some sort. I was just so happy to see four of my poster heroes fighting as a team. But the movie made our jaws drop, eyes bulge and hairs on our back raise in respect. It is arguably (one of the) greatest comic book adaptation till this day and years to come. A big hug for director Joss Whedon. I felt sad when he had to deal critically with Disney execs over creative issues. The man wanted Spiderman and other characters to appear in Age of Ultron. Instead, he got Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch. Can we blame him for his exasperation to direct the highly anticipated sequel?
On the darker side
The MCU has its fair share of haters too. Loki is the only grade A villain in the whole universe. I am intentionally excluding Winter Soldier, he doesn’t really count as a foe, does he? Thanos should not be compared with other names whatsoever. So where does it put MCU in the radar?
Cool action movies on steroids with unimpressive baddies? Maybe.
The directors who have worked relentlessly for phase 1-3 deserve a round of applause. The Russo brothers deserve something more, like a gigantic bouquet the size of a hulkbuster suit.
The people who made it happen
MCU succeeded with flying colors. One key reason is the casting. The people who played their respective characters in the movies, were meant to play those parts. Can you imagine Tom Cruise as Tony Stark? He almost bagged the role of this fancy billionaire if former cocaine junkie Downey Jr didn’t show his relentless passion to make a comeback in Hollywood. He gets 50 million per movie now for playing Iron Man.
And last but not least, we want to gleefully remember the masters who drew and wrote about the characters and universe. You guys rock! Stan Lee was fateful to see his creations on the silver screen. I wish other artists were as lucky as Stan the man. Jack Kirby (and many more) creators never got the due money or respect they should have gotten.
Before I manage to survive the adrenaline rush Avengers: Endgame has to offer, this is my token of love for the movies I will re-watch for the rest of my life.
With the hype of not only Marvel fans but also, DC fans, if you have decided to go for the cherry on top which is Avengers: Endgame then we understand your distress upon watching all the movies so far. However, we know how tricky it can get to decide to opt for something that ends the whole saga of Marvel Cinematic Universe series of different superheroes and their endless battles which leads up to the final movie.
If you cannot watch the 22 vastly articulated films which lead to Endgame itself, do not worry because we have a short road map which might help you catch up with the marathon!
The marathon essentially starts
with 2008’s Ironman starring Robert
Downey Jr. however, not all the details would help you catch with the drift,
but it is the starting of something beautiful. We see Tony Stark embarking on a
journey of protecting the civilization with this creation and invention of explosives
and weapons for mass destruction. The presentation of the relationship of Tony
Stark and Pepper Pots is just as important for us to notice, as it carries a
significant importance to Ironman himself.
Get ready to be distracted by
Chris Hemsworth’s luscious locks and hard abs because there is no actor better
to play the role of thunder god, the mighty hero from Asgard. What is important
for us to see is the role of Thor, his hammer and him ascending to Earth as it
leads to multiple more parts as weel.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (2011)
This movie is not only known for
a step towards the marathon but it also is very well known for its representation
of the World War II and role of women through the relationship of Steve Rogers
and Peggy Carter, one of the founding agents of SHIELD. In the movie we see a
skinny soldier turned into a hero-like representation of America, thanks to the
‘super-serum solder’ administered by the U.S Government. Why this movie, gets
more attention is because The First Avenger showed the very first Infinity
Stone which is called “The Tesseract”.
MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS (2012)
If you skipped Thor and The Incredible Hulk, this movie will help you to catch up with the
details before they team up to battle a “Tesseract wielding Loki”. The film
also shows us the importance of various main heroes who were previously cameo
characters such as the Black Widow and the Hawkeye himself. However, this movie
shows the core team of Avengers and a glimpse of the famous ‘purple evil alien’
we all know as Thanos.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (2014)
Captain America’s transition from a S.H.E.I.L.D vigilante to a well-known superhero is beautiful transformation. But what is worth noticing is Cap pledges allegiance to his friend to the government, ultimately tearing the Avengers apart.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2014)
The MCU production now jumped
from one planet to the other to bring us closer to Thanos himself. The movie
represents Star Lord’s ability to hold an Infinity Stone as a part of his
lineage. The Power Stone is kept for safekeeping in Xandar which is destroyed off-screen.
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON (2015)
The movie which was hyped in Bangladesh not only for the Marvel fans, but also because it showed a scene of the Chittagong shipyard which quickly stirred more attention on social media. The movie might not be as entertaining as the first but it is important to see the creation of Vision by the power of the Mind Stone in Loki’s scepter. Here we also see one of the important characters known as Scarlet Witch.
CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (2016)
Tony Stark and Steve Roger’s previous
concerns come to a head because of Bucky and people’s unease with the group of
superheroes destroying and creating chaos around the city to demolish problems
they were responsible for. We also get to see introductions of Black Panther
SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (2017)
If you decide to skip the movie because of the bare minimum relation it has with Endgame, you could. However, one of the reasons why this movie is recommended is to see the relationship between Tony Stark and Peter Parker as both of them grow a beautiful bond which extends to one of the most emotional scenes in Avengers: Infinity War.
THOR: RAGNAROK (2017)
Now the story line of Thor might be repetitive leading to a cycle of losing and gaining power of thrones, but what this movie concentrates on, is how Loki gets his hands on Tesseract, the introduction of Doctor Strange and the destruction of Asgard which leads the refugees to run into Thanos.
BLACK PANTHER (2018)
One of the most anticipated
movies last year was Black Panther itself as it was the leading movies in MCU
to represent black empowerment so uniquely. The movie is the introduction of
the superhero T’Challa and his community in Wakanda which we will also see in
the movie Avengers: Infinity Stone.
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR (2018)
If you haven’t watched all the
movies, as a hardcore fan of MCU would, we assume that this movie might have
stirred your interest with the yearlong memes and theories. Now, if you have
not watched this movie, we strongly urge you to get a bowl of popcorn and sit
through it all because both Infinity War
and Endgame were shot and written simultaneously.
We won’t spoil this much for you but it will spark a lot of questions in your mind,
this we can guarantee.
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP (2018)
One of the many reasons why fans speculate this movie came after Infinity War was because he might play a major role in saving the world from Thanos. And the fans were not wrong. The post credit scenes of the movie take place after Thano’s snap and the consequences of Civil War. Do keep in mind that the Ant Man and its sequel plays an important role in the Endgame.
CAPTAIN MARVEL (2018)
Captain Marvel is initially known as Vers, a Star Force Agent from Kree race. She carries some powerful abilities such as super strength, physical endurance and the power to shoot blasts of energy with her fingertips. The Kree previously portrayed as villains before in Guardians of the Galaxy and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. With the strong 90s vibe and complex storyline Captain Marvel will not disappoint you.
The release of Avengers: Endgameis on the 26th of April and get ready to stand in the never-ending line and tackle the hyped fans for popcorn and drinks because this year will be the most awaited year, as the journey comes to an end. So, are you ready for it?
Black Panther has also been nominated for six other categories, such as Best Costume Design, Best Sound Mixing, Best Original Score, Best Original Song and Best Production Design.
“The only way we ever wanted to do this project was the right way and that meant finding a filmmaker who had something personal to say, who had a vision and could take this character into another arena and showcase the power of representation on a canvas of this size,”
Said Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios.
“We’re very, very proud of what this film has done. The movie has made a cultural impact that is just humbling and gratifying to see. And we’re very grateful to the Academy for this recognition.”