Marvel Studios’ full MCU Phase 5 slate of movies and TV shows has just been announced. The MCU Phase 4 kicked off in 2021 with Black Widow and has included a slew of movies and shows across Disney+ and theatrical releases. As MCU Phase 4 comes to a close with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, the franchise is looking forward to the next stage of its storytelling.
After skipping San Diego Comic-Con for a couple of years, the MCU returns to the annual event for the first time since 2019 to lay out what’s next for the universe. As usual, the presentation features a look back at what Phase 4 has already become and a tease of what still remains in it. Beyond that, however, Marvel Studios is also finally talking about Phase 5 as they continue to rebuild the MCU following the culmination of the Infinity Saga via Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
Kevin Feige attended Marvel Studios’ Hall H presentation to talk about what comes next for the franchise. There, he unveiled the full MCU Phase 5 slate, which includes a mix of movies and shows. Kicking off with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania in February 2023, Phase 5 continues with Secret Invasion in Spring 2023, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in May 2023, Echo then Loki in Summer 2023, The Marvels in July 2023, Blade in November 2023 and Ironheart in Fall 2023. Agatha: Coven of Chaos will release in Winter 2023/2024, then Phase 5 continues into 2024 with Daredevil: Born Again in Spring 2024 and Captain America: New World Order in May 2024. Check it out below:
As previously mentioned, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which is slated to release later this year will be the end of MCU Phase 4. Then, 2023 will mark the beginning of Phase 5, interestingly, with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. The Peyton Reed-led sub-franchise is no stranger to bookending an MCU storytelling chapter as the original Ant-Man film wrapped up Phase 2. This time, however, it will kickstart a new one, which makes sense if the franchise’s overall storyline builds on Kang the Conqueror to be its main villain since the time-traveling bad guy will be properly introduced in the threequel. After that, there’s a mix of TV shows and movies that follows as Marvel Studios tries to balance out its storytelling between the big and small screen. Most of these projects have previously been known, but are now only confirmed. Arguably the most exciting announcement from the slate, however, is the 18-episode Daredevil series, titled Daredevil: Born Again.
Interestingly, Marvel Studios continues to hold out on another Avengers outing. In Phase 5, it seems like their culminating film will be focused on villains with Thunderbolts. The much-anticipated Avengers 5 is confirmed to be part of Phase 6 instead. In any case, this makes sense. As seen in some of the Phase 4 projects, Marvel Studios has already started subtly assembling their lineup for this team led by Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. This is a smart move from Feige so as to shake things up for the franchise. The question now is whether or not there are some other projects that have yet to be announced in MCU Phase 5 that they are sitting on. In any case, there’s still D23 Expo where Feige can continue to talk more about their future plans.
- 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