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Everything We Know About MCU Phase 5 Now: Story, Timeline & More



Marvel Studios’ mega-panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2022 delivered a multitude of exciting news and reveals, including a new roadmap for the MCU Phase 5. Surprisingly, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was confirmed to be the final film in the MCU Phase 4. Marvel President Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios are already looking ahead to the future with Phase 5, and even projects slated for Phase 6.

Following the confirmations that She-Hulk: Attorney at Law and Wakanda Forever will be the final chapters of MCU Phase 4, Marvel’s SDCC panel revealed a massive list of films and projects planned from 2023 to the end of 2024 that will make up Phase 5. It was also revealed that Phases 4, 5, and 6 are all part of the newly christened Multiverse Saga (following the first three phases which made up the Infinity Saga).


Marvel Studios could certainly change this new roadmap with additional projects, cancellations, or needing to reschedule release dates, as they’ve had to do in the past. Regardless, it’s still exciting to see the intended vision and bigger picture of what’s in store for the MCU. Here’s everything we know about the MCU Phase 5 including dates, story details, and more.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will be the first MCU film of Marvel’s Phase 5 with a return to the Quantum Realm. Starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lily, who are returning as Ant-Man and the Wasp, they’ll also be joined by Scott’s now older daughter, Cassie, who will be played by MCU newcomer Kathryn Newton. Releasing in February of 2023, Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror will serve as the primary villain and will continue to be a major threat throughout the MCU, culminating in Phase 6’s Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars, which will both release in 2025. It was also confirmed that Bill Murray will have a role in the third Ant-Man film, as will the classic Marvel villain MODOK. In the new film, Scott will be enjoying his new fame as an Avenger, which may get in the way of his family life.

Secret Invasion

Spring of 2023 will see Secret Invasion coming to Disney+. Starring Nick Fury and the Skrull, Talos, in an adventure of paranoia over shapeshifting aliens, the upcoming series will also feature the return of Maria Hill and War Machine–though any one of them could easily be Skrulls in disguise. Revealed that there will be Skrulls on both sides of the upcoming conflict, the MCU’s Secret Invasion promises to be one of the most exciting series slated for Phase 5. It was also confirmed that Emilia Clarke and Olivia Colman will make their Marvel debuts with Colman reportedly playing an old ally of Fury’s.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

According to the SDCC Marvel panel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be the end of the story director James Gunn always envisioned: “When I started telling that story I had sort of an end in sight…This is the end of that story. Some stories have an end, doesn’t mean everybody dies.” According to the footage revealed to attendees, the third Guardians film will largely focus on Star-Lord grappling with the new Gamora from Avengers: Endgame, who doesn’t share their history, as well as the origins of Rocket Raccoon. Chukwudi Iwuji was confirmed to be the film’s villain as the High Evolutionary (debuting on the Hall H stage in full costume). Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is scheduled for release in May of 2023.


Spinning out of the events of Hawkeye, Maya Lopez will return with her own series in Echo, where her life in New York will follow her even as she travels back to her hometown. She must make peace with her past and finally embrace her Native American roots if she’s to move forward in her new life. The series is scheduled for the summer of 2023 and will reportedly feature the return of Vincent D’onofrio’s Kingpin as well as Charlie Cox’s Daredevil.

Loki Season 2

Loki season 2 is also scheduled for a summer release in 2023. The second season will see the God of Mischief dealing with the fallout of the first season and Sylvie breaking the Sacred Timeline, an act that brought forth variants of He Who Remains, one of which is Avengers 5‘s Kang the Conqueror himself. With production already underway, it’s been confirmed that Loki season 2 will see the return of Sylvie and Agent Mobius.

The Marvels

The Marvels is set for July of 2023 and will see Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, and Monica Rambeau’s Spectrum coming together as a dynamic trio. It follows Ms. Marvel’s post-credits scene, where Carol Danvers and Kamala Khan apparently switched places. The Marvels will certainly be an exciting chapter in Phase 5 from director Nia DaCosta.


Following her upcoming debut in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Riri Williams’ Ironheart will be getting her own series in the fall of 2023. Played by Dominique Thorne, Riri is an incredibly gifted engineer who developed her own Iron Man suit in the comics. It seems she’ll already be friends with Wakanda’s lead scientist, Shuri, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see Riri already armored and ready for action by the time her own series rolls around.


Marvel’s new Blade film is scheduled for a November release in 2023. Starring Mahershala Ali as the titular vampire hunter, Blade was teased at the end of Eternals alongside Dane Whitman’s Black Knight. While the SDCC panel didn’t reveal much in the way of story details, the upcoming film promises to showcase the more frightening side of the MCU.

Agatha: Coven of Chaos

When it was first announced, WandaVision’s spin-off series starring Kathryn Hahn’s Agatha was titled Agatha: House of Harkness. Now, Marvel’s SDCC panel has confirmed that it has been retitled to be Agatha: Coven of Chaos. Releasing in the winter of 2023the series will likely see the powerful witch breaking free from the spell she was placed under by Wanda Maximoff at the end of WandaVision. Considering Scarlet Witch’s potential death following Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, perhaps the spell was broken or weakened.

Daredevil: Born Again

Coming in the spring of 2024, Daredevil: Born Again will see Charlie Cox’s return as the Man Without Fear following his first three seasons on Netflix. Having appearances in Spider-Man: No Way Home as well as the upcoming She-Hulk and Echo series, Marvel Studios has been in the process of integrating the character into the greater MCU before his own Disney+ series. It was also confirmed that Daredevil: Born Again will consist of 18 episodes, the highest episode count yet for any Marvel series (though that number could be split up into 6-episode seasons).

Captain America: New World Order

Picking up where The Falcon and The Winter Soldier left off, Captain America: New World Order will feature Sam Wilson more established as the MCU’s next Captain America. Wielding the iconic shield, the next Captain America movie will likely see Wilson continuing to grapple with the constantly-changing world as he’ll likely be positioned as the next leader of the Avengers. “New World Order” could also be a reference to the Red Skull’s organization of supervillains of the same name. Coming from director Julius Onah, the fourth Captain America film is slated for release in May of 2024.


The MCU Phase 5 will close out with Thunderbolts coming in July of 2024. Confirming several theories and teases that the MCU has been building toward its own team of antiheroes, this upcoming project is definitely going to be one of Phase 5’s most anticipated films. While characters such as Winter Soldier, Baron Zemo, Yelena Belova, U.S Agent, Abomination, and Ghost are all potential candidates hoped for by audiences, Marvel Studios declined to offer any teases for an official roster. However, they did say the film would introduce brand new characters to the MCU. Either way, Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ character Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine will likely be the one to assemble this darker team to end the MCU Phase 5.

  • Black Panther: Wakanda Forever/Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: Feb 17, 2023
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
  • The Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2023)Release date: Jul 28, 2023

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‘Mobile 101, a Nokia Story’ Lands on Disney+, Walter Presents in Multiple Territories (EXCLUSIVE)



“Mobile 101, a Nokia Story,” a series about the dramatic rise and fall of the Finnish phone company, has been acquired by Disney+ and Walter Presents in multiple territories. The series was produced by Finland’s Rabbit Films and is represented in international markets by the outfit.

The six-part series, which sheds light on how a small Finnish company specializing in rubber boots became the world’s biggest mobile manufacturer at the turn of the 21st century, has been picked by Disney+ Italy, Netherlands and Belgium. Walter Presents, meanwhile, bought it for the UK & Ireland. RUV Iceland has also acquired season one of the series.

“Mobile 101” was originally commissioned by Finnish broadcaster MTV3 Finland and streamer CMore for Sweden, Denmark and Norway. It premiered in 2022 to both critical and commercial acclaim.

Directed and written by Maarit Lalli, the series zooms in on how Nokia switched from rubber boots to mobiles in the 1990s and is told through the perspectives of the lawyers, engineers and executive management.

“We are extremely happy announce this first round of international sales of ‘Mobile 101,’ and to bring this quintessentially Finnish story to audiences outside of the Nordics,” said Jonathan Tuovinen, head of international at Rabbit Films. “We all grew up with a Nokia mobile phone, so this unique series has really resonated with buyers, and we hope that audiences around the world will be both entertained and informed by this amazing nostalgia-evoking series,” Tuovinen continued.

Over at Walter Presents, Walter Iuzzolino praised the series for being a “sharp, incisive and unmissable show infused with nostalgia and vintage pop culture.” “Sharp writing, strong performances by a brilliant ensemble cast and gorgeous direction and photography make this a delicious treat for all lovers of great subtitled drama,” added Iuzzolino. Along with “BlackBerry,” “Mobile 101” is one of the several titles looking back at the rise and fall of tech companies.

The show’s top-notch key crew includes Heather Loeffler, the Oscar-nominated set designer of “Joy,” “Carol” and “American Hustle”; the cinematographer Rauno Ronkainen (“Omerta 12/6”) and costumer Maria Sirén (“The Longest Day”).

The cast includes Sampo Sarkola (“Bordertown,” “Shadow Lines”), Kristo Salminen (“Bordertown”), Rafael Edholm (“Peacemaker”), Aku Sipola (“Secret Lives”), Satu-Tuuli Karhu (“Eden”) and Emil Kihlström. International cast members include Adam Bond (“Maleficent”), Jonathan Harboe (“Darkland”) and Carmen Gloria Pérez (“Young Royals”).

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A Walking Dead Cosplay’s Daryl Mask Is Scarily Life-Like



A talented The Walking Dead cosplayer’s Daryl mask is so accurate to Norman Reedus’ face, it’s scary. One of the longest-running characters in The Walking Dead history, Reedus’ Daryl Dixon first appeared in season 1 of the massively popular zombie TV series, and was one of the few to survive through to the series finale. Though the apocalyptic series came to an end last November, Reedus is set to reprise his role as Daryl in the upcoming spinoff series Daryl Dixon, which is set to be released sometime in 2023.


In a series of photographs posted to Reddit by FeralWorks, the talented mask-maker shows off their Daryl Dixon cosplay, complete with a scarily life-like mask of Reedus’s face.

The cosplay photos, as seen above, are uncannily similar to Reedus’s Dixon, making some shots look like they’re taken right out of The Walking Dead. Though the mask’s eyeholes give the illusion away, FeralWorks says that they won’t be wearing glasses to cover the holes up “to help stay out of the uncanny valley, and also because [they] need prescription glasses.

Daryl Dixon’s Role in the Walking Dead Franchise

While the cosplayer admits that they “dropped the ball” on keeping up with The Walking Dead after season 7, their Daryl costume could still perfectly fit in with later seasons of the series. Daryl is one of the few characters to have starred in all 11 seasons of the show, and is considered to be one of the most popular The Walking Dead characters of all time despite his character only existing in the television series, as opposed to the source comics. It’s Daryl’s popularity that led to Reedus getting a spinoff series of his own, Daryl Dixon.

Though little is known about the plot, it has been confirmed that Daryl Dixon will consist of six episodes, and will follow Daryl as he traverses a post-apocalyptic France sometime after The Walking Dead‘s finale. In February, the full cast list for the spinoff was announced and featured several French stars, including Harry Potter alumni Clémence Poésy. Alongside Daryl Dixon come two further The Walking Dead spinoffs, the Negan and Maggie-centered Dead City, and the eponymous Rick & Michonne.

Since the spinoff announcements, the future of The Walking Dead franchise has been divisive among audiences. While some are eager to see their favorite zombie-killers return to the screen once again, others are concerned that the timeline will get too messy and confusing to follow. Regardless, talented cosplayers like FeralWorks prove that The Walking Dead has serious staying power, and that the franchise has a bright future.

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Tomohisa Yamashita, Star of ‘Drops of God,’ Takes Over Series Mania as Emotions Run High: ’You Saved My Life!’



Everyone says: “I love you,” at least in Lille, where Japanese star Tomohisa Yamashita – in town to promote “Drops of God” – brought fans to tears. With one admitting that thanks to his 2005 series “Nobuta Wo Produce,” where he played the character of Akira, she decided not to commit suicide 14 years ago. 

“You saved my life,” she said.

In between interacting with a clearly overwhelmed audience, Japanese singer, dancer, talk show host and actor (“Call me Tomo,” he told his fans) discussed his multifaceted career, one that started when he was just 11 years old. 

“When I was a child, there was a series on TV and the main role was played by a teen. I realized there were stars my age and reached out to agencies for auditions.”  

In 2004, he joined boy band NEWS.

“The producers brought us together and said: ‘O.K, you will be in a band. It was so sudden. We were roughly the same age and got on quite well. We would fight, of course, but we had a common goal,” he said, horrified by one of the band’s early videos screened during the masterclass. 

“I am breaking out in a cold sweat. Yes, that’s me as a teenager. Classy,” he laughed. 

“We gave plenty of concerts, saw our fans all the time and that was significant to me. This may be a personal opinion, but [Japanese entertainer] ‘idol’ is someone who instills confidence and hope into other people. That’s how I see it.”

Tomohisa Yamshita fan at the star’s Series Mania masterclass
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 Yamashita also discussed his move into acting, mentioning TV drama “Code Blue” as his favorite role. 

“It was a significant slice of my life. This part has been essential to me, I played it for about 10 years,” he admitted.

“What drives me is curiosity. I have always been curious, even as a child. I am constantly thinking of where I will be in five, 10 years. It’s difficult when you do multiple things, but you learn from it. It fuels your work as an actor. Being here is an important experience too.”

Working outside of Japan was his goal from the start, he said, mentioning Spanish show “The Head,” Kevin Hart starrer “The Man from Toronto” or even later decision to leave his agency in 2020 to work on his own.

“I wanted to broaden my horizons. As I said, I am a curious person.” 

“My goal, wherever I am, is to give hope and a sense of meaning to people watching me. But it was my childhood dream to work abroad. My grandmother’s older sister married an American and her grandchildren would visit us in Japan. She would walk into the house, not taking her shoes off. You always take your shoes off in Japan! It really stuck with me. I thought: ‘I want to see the world and get a feel of what’s accepted in another culture’.”

Netflix’s “Alice in Borderland” marked another important step, although it also forced him to embrace nudity on screen. 

“I had a towel at first, but it was summer, it was hot. In the end, it was quite pleasant,” he laughed upon seeing another embarrassing clip.  

“I had to forget about modesty and shame, but anyway… Since that role, I am not afraid of anything. It sparked something in me. When you play a part, you have to reveal yourself, also metaphorically. You really have to be naked in front of the camera. I learnt a great deal on that show.”

As messages from international fans started to pour in, more international projects followed. Including “Drops of God,” based on a popular manga and premiering at Series Mania, where he plays a wine expert. 

“When I got the part, I started to get to know wine. I tasted plenty of them, so that was a very nice time in my life. Behind a bottle of wine there is history and tradition, it’s all very romantic. I stayed at a vineyard for the shoot and the owner’s dream was to make better wine than his grandfather’s. It’s a deep, spiritual world,” he said, admitting he lost weight for the show. 

“When you lose weight, your sense of smell becomes more acute. There were plenty of little details like that in the show. I think you have to become your character to a certain extent. It’s important to really dedicate a part of your life to this.” 

Teasing an upcoming acting project in Paris, he also reflected on his future.

“I want to be like [baseball player] Shohei Ohtani: I want to do many things. But I started out in music, so it remains important, and so is meeting people. I want to rely on these random meetings.”

Drops Of God
Courtesy of Series Mania – ©Fabien Malot

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