Upcoming Marvel Films and TV Shows From the End of Phase 4 to the Start of Phase 6
By ETonline Editors
While Avengers: Endgame (and Spider-Man: Far From Home) marked the end of Phase 3 in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was not the end of the MCU. In fact, the ever-expanding world which will continue on in new and exciting directions as it explores the lives familiar faces and introduces new heroes both on film and television.
Phase 4, meanwhile, is set to be closed out by the theatrical debut of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, with She-Hulk coming to Disney+, while Marvel Studios already outlined all of Phase 5, which includes everything from Blade and Echo, and has plans for Phase 6, which will close out what is called the Multiverse Saga with two new Avengers movies.
Below is a breakdown of everything we know about Phase 4 and beyond.
I Am Groot
Aug. 10, 2022 (Disney+)
Directed by: Kirsten Lepore Starring: Vin Diesel
We haven't seen the last of Baby Groot. Though everyone's favorite talking tree is growing up before our very eyes in the MCU proper, this series of short films will showcase a younger Groot (with Vin Diesel reprising his voice role) alongside several "new and unusual" Marvel characters.
According to director Kristen Lepore, the central question of the series was, "How do we make Groot's childhood relatable?...Bath time, arts and crafts, playing dress up... but making it sci-fi." She also teased that the series will feature some old and new faces from the MCU.
She-Hulk: Attorney at Law
Aug. 18, 2022 (Disney+)
Directed by: Kat Coiro and Anu Valia Starring: Tatiana Maslany, Jameela Jamil, Ginger Gonzaga, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Tim Roth and Mark Ruffalo
"Bruce Banner is no longer the only Hulk in the MCU," Feige revealed when he announced that She-Hulk would be coming to the MCU. A fan-favorite character first introduced in the '80s, Jennifer Walters is "a Hulk, she's a lawyer and she's going to star in a show unlike anything we've done before."
The nine-episode series will follow the titular hero as she navigates "the complicated life of a single, 30-something attorney who also happens to be a green 6-foot-7-inch superpowered hulk," Disney and Marvel said in their press release about the series.
The half-hour legal comedy will star Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer, with Mark Ruffalo returning as The Hulk and Tim Roth as Abomination, a character first introduced in one of the MCU's first films, 2008's The Incredible Hulk. Jameela Jamil, meanwhile, joins the MCU as the villainous Titania.
Directed by: Ryan Coogler Starring: Mabel Cadena, Michaela Cole, Winston Duke, Danai Gurira, Tenoch Huerta, Florence Kasumba, Alex Livinalli, Lupita Nyong’o, Dominique Thorne, Letitia Wright, Angela Bassett and Martin Freeman
In the anticipated Black Panther sequel, Queen Ramonda (Bassett), Shuri (Wright), M’Baku (Duke), Okoye (Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Additionally, Huerta stars as Namor, king of a hidden undersea nation.
"The magic of Black Panther is really deeply rooted in the sense of family and the collective," Duke tells ET about the film honoring the Chadwick Boseman's legacy. "And the collective gets to express the individual -- the individual pain, the individual trials, the individual, things that they go through. Art really reflects life here, life really reflects the art. So, you get to see us as a collective, expressing our individual grief over losing one of our cohorts, one of our collaborators and a really great friend."
Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
Christmas 2022 (Disney+)
Directed by: James Gunn Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper
Move over Life Day, the MCU is getting its very own yuletide one-off courtesy of -- who else -- James "Long Elf" Gunn, who will write and direct an "irreverent" live-action special set after the events of Thor: Love and Thunder and before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
"Even seeing this here makes me laugh. One of my favorite stories ever, which I have bugged [Feige] endlessly about over the years. I can’t believe we’re actually doing this. And, yes, I unironically loved the Star Wars Holiday Special as a kid," Gunn tweeted following the announcement. "The story is as crazy & fun as can be, & it’s live-action & in the MCU. OH MAN I WISH I COULD TELL YOU MORE!"
Directed by: Peyton Reed Starring: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathryn Newton, Bill Murray and Jonathan Majors
Starring Rudd as Scott Lang along with Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne and Kathryn Newton as Cassie Lang, the newest installment in the Ant-Man film series will see the entire family exploring the Quantum Realm as they encounter strange creatures and unexpected foes while going on an adventure that will push the limits of what they thought was possible.
"All I can say is that I'm excited to be a part of the Marvel Universe," Newton teased to ET about joining the franchise. "It's a dream come true, and I'm going to do my best to be the best superhero of all time."
As for Majors, who was first introduced as Kang in Loki season 1 before making his film debut in Quantumania as the MCU’s newest big bad, Rudd had nothing but praise. “Jonathan’s a great actor. And what he kind of brings to this role -- there are a lot of people who know about Kang that have read the comics and they know what an intimidating and impressive dude that guy is, so Jonathan kind of really embodies that,” Rudd says. “He brings a whole new dimension to all of this.”
Directed by: James Gunn Starring: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Will Poulter and Maria Bakalova
Guardians 3 was originally meant to kick off Phase 4, but when James Gunn was fired from the franchise in 2018, the threequel was put on hold. That is, until Disney reinstated the director in March, putting the production back on track but with a postponed release date.
In the third and final film installment in the Guardians series, the beloved band of misfits are looking a bit different these days. Peter Quill (Pratt), still reeling from the loss of Gamora (Saldana), must rally his team around him to defend the universe along with protecting one of their own. A mission that, if not completed successfully, could quite possibly lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them.
"Well, all great things come to an end, and I think we built a really extraordinary family over the past 10 years," Pratt tells ET.
Directed by: Nia DaCosta Starring: Brie Larson, Iman Vellani and Teyonah Parris
When your movie makes a billion dollars at the box office, you make another one. Captain Marvel 2, which will see Candyman director Nia DaCosta assume directing duties, is leaving the '90s behind, as Vellani's Ms. Marvel and Parris' grown-up Monica Rambeau will both co-star alongside Larson in The Marvels.
Nov. 3, 2023
Starring: Mahershala Ali
Mahershala Ali will play Blade within the MCU. ("But he was in Luke Cage!," you scream into the void about the fact that Ali played Cottonmouth on season one of the Netflix series, which purported to take place within the MCU. Turns out it was all less connected than we'd been told, and Daredevil was never going to be in Infinity War.)
For those who never saw the Wesley Snipes trilogy of films, Eric Brooks, aka Blade, is a half-human/half-vampire Daywalker on a quest to rid the world of bloodsucking fiends. How the MCU plans to introduce literal vampires into a largely science-based universe remains to be seen, but we do know one foe from the comics he won't be facing any time soon: Morbius the Living Vampire, who is part of Sony's Marvel-verse and will be played by Jared Leto in a 2020 film.
During 2020's Disney Investor Day, Feige confirmed the movie is still in the works and further announcements would be coming "very, very soon."
The second season of the fan-favorite animated series will see the return of The Watcher (Jeffery Wright) as the series meets new heroes and explores more strange new worlds in the MCU’s ever-expanding Multiverse. Like season 1, many MCU actors are expected to reprise their roles "in very different forms."
Director Bryan Andrews and head writer AC Bradley previewed the second season at SDCC, noting that a third season is already in the works. Season 2 is set to feature Hela, Odin, The Mandarin, Winter Soldier, Valkyrie, Hulk, Tony Stark and the return of Captain Carter.
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Cobie Smulders, Don Cheadle, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Emilia Clarke, Olivia Colman and Regé-Jean Page
The latest MCU spinoff series will explore Nick Fury’s (Samuel L. Jackson) complicated relationship with the Skrulls. Described by Cobie Smulders as a “dark, political thriller,” the crossover event series will show how a faction of shapeshifting Skrulls has been infiltrating the planet for years. Smulders will reprise her role as Maria Hill alongside Jackson as Fury, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes while introducing Kingsley Ben-Adir, Emilia Clarke, Olivia Colman and Regé-Jean Page to the franchise.
Directed by: Sydney Freeland and Catriona McKenzie Starring: Alaqua Cox, Chaske Spencer, Tantoo Cardinal, Devery Jacobs, Cody Lightning, Graham Greene and Zahn McClarnon
After first being introduced in Hawkeye, Alaqua Cox will return as Maya Lopez, the Native American deaf amputee gang leader and fierce fighter, and the star of her own series.
According to Marvel Studios, the Disney+ series will depict Echo’s origin story as Lopez’s ruthless behavior in New York catches up to her and she’s forced to “face her past, reconnect with her Native American roots and embrace the meaning of family and community if she ever hopes to move forward.”
With production reportedly starting in June 2022, just one year after the series debuted on Disney+, Hiddleston is eager to dive back into the world of the character he’s played since first appearing in 2011’s Thor. “We’ll certainly be going in the summer,” he said, adding that he’s “excited to get the band back together.”
Creator Michael Waldron, meanwhile, teased what’s in store for the upcoming season, which he has previously dubbed as “emotional.” “Without getting too specific, it’s just a continued evolution of the character. That’s what was always important to Tom and that’s what was important to me,” he said when asked to elaborate on the emotional element of the new episodes. “If we’re going to continue [the first season story] in a second season, we have to cover new emotional ground.”
Head writer: Chinaka Hodge Starring: Dominique Thorne
Dominique Thorne (If Beale Street Could Talk) will play the titular genius Riri Williams, inventor of the most high-tech supersuit since Iron Man, in a series penned by Snowpiercer writer Chinaka Hodge.
Head writer: Beau DeMayo
The animated series from Marvel Studios explores new stories in the iconic ‘90s timeline of the original series. EP and head writerBeau DeMayo introduced the series at Comic-Con, noting that it's the first X-Men property since Marvel got the rights to the characters back from Fox: "It's an immense legacy, especially since the X-Men are back at the only mansion that counts, Marvel Studios."
The upcoming series brings back the beloved cast of heroes from the '90s series -- Rogue, Gambit, Wolverine, Jubilee, Cyclops, Storm, Jean Grey, and Beast -- while also including some new team members, like Sunspot, Cable, Bishop and Nightcrawler. Villains will include Seb Shaw, Emma Frost, Calypso, Val Cooper and Mister Sinister.
Agatha: Coven of Chaos
Head writer: Jac Schaeffer Starring: Kathryn Hahn
Everyone's favorite nosy neighbor Agnes-turned-powerful-witch Agatha is set to get her own WandaVision spinoff called Agatha: House of Harkness, which will be centered around Kathryn Hahn's deliciously evil character. According to Variety, the series will be a dark comedy with WandaVision head writer Jac Schaeffer at the helm as the show's writer and executive producer.
When ET caught up with the Emmy-nominated actress, she played coy about the series. "Anything can happen," she said at the time about the rumors. "All I can say is, I love Agatha and, as we know, anything can happen in Marvel. So who knows."
Captain America: New World Order
May 3, 2024
Starring: Anthony Mackie
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier ends with Sam Wilson officially picking up the star-spangled shield and an updated title card that acknowledges his new moniker: Captain America and the Winter Soldier. Following the finale, Anthony Mackie it was reported he would next front his own Captain America movie, to be scripted be FAWS duo Malcolm Spellman and staff writer Dalan Musson.
For his part, Mackie says, "They always have some kind of plan. But there's, like, 30 million projects in production right now, so I just wait for the phone call from Kevin [Feige] and Nate [Moore] to tell me what I'm doing," while Spellman says, "When Kevin says it, then it is."
July 26, 2024
The newest ensemble film will feature an exciting new group of heroes. While Julia Louis-Dreyfus is not confirmed, she is expected to reprise her role as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, who was first introduced in Black Widow and The Falcon and the Winter Solider.
Daredevil: Born Again
Starring: Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio
Cox is returning at the titular superhero opposite D’Onofrio in an all-new, 18-episode season that will continue the saga of Daredevil.
The animated series from Marvel Studios reimagines the Marvel Universe as a new generation of heroes battle against an ever-spreading zombie scourge. Director Bryan Andrews previewed the upcoming series at Comic-Con, confirming that it is a continuation of the zombies episode from What If...? season 1, and sharing that it will be rated TV-MA!
The series is set to include heroes like Shang-Chi, Black Widow's Yelena Belova and Red Guardian, Hawkeye's Kate Bishop, Ant-Man and WandaVision's Jimmy Woo, and Ms. Marvel, as well as zombie-fied versions of Ghost, Abomination, Captain Marvel, Scarlet Witch, Okoye and Captain America.
Spider-Man: Freshman Year
Head writer: Jeff Trammel
This animated installment in the Spider-Man franchise follows Peter Parker on his way to becoming the titular hero in the MCU, with a journey unlike we've ever seen and a style that celebrates the character’s early comic book roots.
The series -- which is set before Peter is recruited by Tony Stark in Captain America: Civil War -- will also include various Spidey suits, and some familiar names from the Marvel canon, including Nico Minuro of Runaways, Lonnie Lincoln, Amadeus Cho, Harry Osborn, and more. Charlie Cox is also set to reprise his Daredevil role and voice the animated version of the character in the show.
Nov. 8, 2024
While John Krasinski portrayed Reed Richards in the Doctor Strange sequel, no official casting for the upcoming film has been announced. Production, however, kicks off in 2023 for the feature film that will formally introduce Marvel’s most iconic family to the MCU.
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty
May 2, 2025
After first being introduced in Loki season 1, the saga of Kang the Conquerer (played by Jonathan Majors) is expected to conclude in the newest Avengers film. However, no official details about plot, cast or crew have been confirmed yet.
Avengers: Secret Wars
Nov. 7, 2025
No official details for the second of the two upcoming Avengers movies have been announced aside from the fact that the two-part story will conclude the Multiverse Saga.
Following his presentation at Comic-Con 2022, Feige spoke to ET about why he wanted to reveal plans for Phase 6 so early in the process. “Well, you know, we’re in a slightly different rhythm now. Phases 1, 2 and 3 were less projects over more years. Now, we’re doing more projects, with all the amazing series we were able to do on Disney+, over less years,” Feige said, noting that not every Phase was ending with an Avengers movie.
“And it felt like we needed to let people know -- people used to have that guide point of when an Avengers would come to cap the Phase -- it felt like announcing today that the Multiverse Saga and two Avengers films would cap that was something that we needed to share,” he continued.
Starring: Don Cheadle
Don Cheadle's War Machine (aka James Rhodes) is getting his own series, which is said to explore Tony Stark's worst fear: What happens when his technology falls into the wrong hands.
Starring: Ryan Reynolds
The Merc with a Mouth is officially coming to the MCU. Though Deadpool 1 and 2 were made under Fox's watch, Feige confirmed that Marvel Studios is working on a third installment that will be set within their cinematic universe. Whether this will involve some multiverse hopping from Wade Wilson is to be seen, but him breaking the fourth wall for a joke about Josh Brolin playing both Cable and Thanos is all but guaranteed.
Ryan Reynolds will oversee the script, which is being penned by sisters and Bob's Burgers writers Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin and Wendy Molyneux, with Deadpool 3 set to be Marvel's first R-rated film.