MCU Phase 4 movie list, Disney Plus shows and more

Shuri in Black Panther
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For Marvel Cinematic Universe fans wondering which foes their favorite superheroes will face next, taking a glance at Marvel Studios' Phase 4 plot holds some answers — including which heroes star in new original shows on Disney Plus.

Coronavirus has thrown a giant wrench into the MCU schedule, with Black Widow's release delayed knocking everything else back. New release dates are reflected below.

You don't need to be Uatu to see the entire Marvel future. Here's our complete guide:

MCU Phase 4 Films — what's released and what's still coming

We are almost done with Phase 4, with one show and one movie left. Trying to catch up on Phases 1-3? Check out our How to watch the Marvel movies in order guide. 

These are all the movies that have happened during MCU's Phase 4:

Black Widow (June 29, 2021)

Natasha Romanova’s secrets have remained some of the biggest MCU mysteries since Black Widow’s debut in Marvel’s The Avengers (2012). Now Scarlett Johansson stars in a solo movie alongside David Harbour (a.k.a. Chief Hopper from Stranger Things 3), Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz. 

For now, the plot remains as in the shadows as Black Widow’s backstory. "I think you'll learn about what Natasha is afraid of, and I think you'll learn about what parts of herself she's afraid of," said Johansson at Marvel’s SDCC 2019 Phase 4 event.

Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings (Sept. 3, 2021)

Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings focuses on the Asian and Asian-American characters Marvel has long promised. The protagonist Shang-Chi is known as the master of kung-fu, and will kick off against the Mandarin (the real Mandarin, not the bait-and-switch version we got in Iron Man 3). Tony Leung, Simu Liu, and Awkwafina also star in the film. 

The Eternals (Nov. 5, 2021)

The Eternals are a group of immortal aliens set with the task of protecting the universe and its inhabitants (just not from Thanos, apparently). Richard Madden, Kumail Najiani, Lauren Ridloff, Bryan Tyree Henry, Salma Hayak, Lias McHugh, Don Lee, and Angelina Jolie all star in the upcoming ensemble project. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige described the essence of Eternals as "full Jack Kirby," referring to the famed comic book artist/writer's unique and colorful cosmic art style. 

Spider-Man: No Way Home (December 17, 2021)

Spider-Man and Doctor Strange in marketing material for Spider-Man: No Way Home

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Peter Parker and his friends were shut out of going to college now that the world discovered his secret identity (thanks, Mysterio). So, they went to Doctor Strange for help, but Peter was a bit too needy and so Spider-Man: No Way Home is born out of his mistakes. Many a past Spider-Man villain from the Sony movies, plus two other Spider-Men, all came into the MCU for this one.

Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness (May 6, 2022)

Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson may have revealed Doctor Strange 2’s production when he shared a photo on Instagram from the film’s set in Kathmandu; but Marvel officially announced the sequel, called Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness at SDCC 2019. 

The Sam Raimi-directed film had its fair share of horror, but it's very much an MCU movie. You can now watch Doctor Strange 2 on Disney Plus, as Strange and a mix of new and old allies protect the multiverse.

Thor: Love and Thunder (July 8, 2022)

We knew a Thor 4 was in the works, but it's so much better than we could've hoped. After announcing the title, director Taika Waititi appeared with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson to announce the new project will bring Natalie Portman back to the series -- this time, with a hammer. Waititi explained that the movie will be loosely based on the comic The Mighty Thor. "For those of you that know that story, it's incredible. It's full of emotion. It introduces, for the first time, female Thor," he said. We think we know when Thor: Love and Thunder hits Disney Plus.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Nov. 11, 2022)

The logo for Black Panther 2 Wakanda Forever

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The question of who takes the Throne of Wakanda is up in the air for this one. Letitia Wright's Shuri is a top candidate. M'Baku is getting a bigger role. Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne) debuts in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Tenoch Huerta is a major addition to the cast, as he plays Namor the Submariner.

MCU Phase 4 Disney Plus shows

Phase 4 won't just unfold on the big-screen – Disney Plus, Disney's exclusive streaming platform, played host to a bunch of original MCU shows.

WandaVision (January 15, 2021 – March 5, 2021)

Announced by Marvel as a “mega event” “unlike anything we’ve ever done before,” WandaVision is Marvel's current best-kept secret. We know next to nothing about the project, only that it stars Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and Teyonah Parris. Feige added that the series will act as a set-up to the next Doctor Strange film.

At D23, Feige announced that Kat Dennings and Randall Park will reprise their MCU roles for this show. Katherine Hahn will also join the series, which is said to be half retro-sitcom, half MCU-style epic.

The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (March 19, 2021 – April 23, 2021)

The first Marvel Phase 4 series to hit Disney+ will be The Falcon And the Winter Soldier. Sam Wilson, played by Anthony Mackie, becomes Captain America after Steve handed the star-spangled shield off to him in Endgame. He teams up with Bucky, played by Sebastian Stan, to create a crime-fighting team. In addition, Daniel Bruhl returns as Baron Zemo, the villain from Captain America: Civil War who brainwashed the Winter Soldier.

At the 2019 D23 Expo, we found out that Sharon Van Camp will be playing Sharon Carter, and Wyatt Russell will join the series to play John Walker (who is suspected to be US Agent).

Loki (June 9, 2021 – July 14, 2021)

Did you catch the blink-and-miss-it moment in Avengers: Endgame that explains Loki’s return after his demise in Infinity War? Tom Hiddleston reprises his role as the Norse god of mischief and magic in a story that succeeds Endgame. "It is one of the most exciting creative opportunities I've ever come across," Hiddleston said "A new world. New challenges. And I cannot wait to get started.”

What If...? (August 11, 2021 – October 6, 2021)

Animated series fans rejoice! MCU is getting its first animated show, starring Jeffrey Wright as the voice of The Watcher. What If...? will be an alternate realities saga that reveals different outcomes and setups with famous characters we thought we knew. The first episode will ask what if Peggy Carter had taken the Super Soldier Serum instead of Steve Rogers.

Disney confirmed that What If...? will be an animated series at the D23 Expo, and revealed there will be one episode per MCU film. Also, expect your favorite MCU actors, as Michael B. Jordan, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Karen Gillian, Paul Rudd, Natalie Portman, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Jeff Goldblum and many many more were announced as a part of the voice-actor cast.

At D23, we saw footage of Sharon Carter as a hero that appeared to be part-Captain America and part-Captain Britain.

Hawkeye (November 24, 2021 – December 22, 2021)

Hawkeye will finally clue us into what Jeremy Renner's character did during his “Ronin” phase in the midst of Avengers: Endgame. We also know an un-cast Kate Bishop will take on the role of Hawkeye from Clint Barton. Providing this close-up on the archer could set up a new Hawkeye for future Avengers or team-up films.

Renner provided more proof of Kate Bishop's significant role in the series in a tweet, sharing show art that has the character front and center.

Moon Knight (March 30, 2022 - May 4, 2022)

Moon Knight, in caped armor, stands in a street with pennants in the background

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Oscar Isaac played double duty as both Steven Grant and Marc Spector in Moon Knight's MCU debut. A bit too complicated for some, Moon Knight wasn't exactly loved. But Isaac's performances are unquestionably strong.

Ms. Marvel (June 8, 2022 - July 13, 2022)

Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan, with Rish Shah as Kamran and Saagar Shaikh as Aamir Khan in key art for Ms. Marvel

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Iman Vellani's debut in the MCU as Kamala Khan is one of our favorite pieces of Phase 4 of the MCU, and just plain fun. Watch it. Trust us. 

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (August 17, 2022 - October 12, 2022)

Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters in the She-Hulk trailer

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Already under fire for questionable CGI as seen in its trailers, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is said to be the first half-hour comedy of the MCU. Charlie Cox will return as Daredevil. 

 MCU Phases 1, 2 and 3 Explained

For reference, Phase 1 started with Iron Man (2008). It included The Incredible Hulk (2008),

Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). Phase 1 ended with Marvel’s The Avengers (2012).

Phase 2 commenced with Iron Man 3 (2009), closing the first individual hero franchise of the modern MCU. It also featured Thor: The Dark World (2013), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015), and wrapped up with Ant-Man (2015).

Though it’s easy to assume Phase 3 covered everything from Ant-Man to Endgame, it actually ended with Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019). It also contained Captain America: Civil War (2016), Doctor Strange (2016), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Thor: Ragnarok (2017), Black Panther (2018), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018), and Captain Marvel (2019).

Now if you’re counting, you’ll notice Phase 3 had double the amount of films as Phase 1 and 2. Whether this was entirely intentional or a product of Marvel buying some planning time is unknown, but we’re not mad about it. And neither was the box office—Marvel earned over $13 billion between the 12 terrific movies. Ever since 2017, Marvel is steadily churning out 3 quality action films a year, and there’s no signs of losing pace. 

We loved Phase 3's final film so much that we're already waiting on Spider-Man: Far From Home's digital release details to drop.

Kate Kozuch

Kate Kozuch is the managing editor of social and video at Tom’s Guide. She covers smartwatches, TVs and audio devices, too. Kate appears on Fox News to talk tech trends and runs the Tom's Guide TikTok account, which you should be following. When she’s not filming tech videos, you can find her taking up a new sport, mastering the NYT Crossword or channeling her inner celebrity chef. 

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