Marvel Phase 4: Everything You Need to Know About the Future of the MCU

With the inaugural era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, rebranded by Marvel Studios as The Infinity Saga, coming to an end with Avengers: Endgame this month, Marvel has been relatively tight-lipped on details about its upcoming films beyond Endgame -- a sharp contrast to its history of announcing future film projects years before they've even begun principal photography.

However, while details about Endgame's plot and the future of the MCU remain under wraps, intriguing info has managed to surface providing clues about the studio's plans and how the shared cinematic universe looks following the cataclysmic events of the fourth Avengers film. With that in mind, here is a comprehensive look at the films that are reportedly in development and an overview of what has been revealed about each of them so far.

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Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spider-Man Far From Home

The only MCU film beyond Endgame that has been officially announced, the sequel to 2017's Spider-Man: Homecoming has Peter Parker join his classmates on a school trip across Europe during their summer vacation. As well as reuniting much of Homecoming's cast, Spider-Man: Far From Home will see the teenage superhero team up with Nick Fury and Mysterio to tackle a new threat rampaging across major European cities known as the Elementals.

With Jon Watts returning to helm the new film, there has been speculation about when exactly Far From Home takes place, though previous reports placed the upcoming film minutes after the conclusion of Endgame. Spider-Man: Far From Home opens in theaters everywhere on July 5.

Black Widow

Slated to be the next MCU film to begin principal photography, Marvel Studios has quietly been developing a solo Black Widow film for some time. The film is reportedly a prequel, expected to take place before the character's debut in Iron Man 2 as she defects from the KGB to the United States, with Scarlett Johansson reprising her longtime MCU role.

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Filming was originally planned to begin back in February before being pushed to this June while Ned Benson, Johansson's collaborator on the upcoming film My Aryan Princess, performs rewrites on the screenplay. Directed by Cate Shortland, the film is currently in the casting process with filming planned to last this summer in Europe and Miami. While there is no official announced release date, it is rumored to take Disney's spot for an unnamed Marvel Studios film on May 1, 2020.



Following the success of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, Marvel Studios is reportedly expanding their cosmic lineup with a film based on the Eternals. Created by Jack Kirby, the eponymous species are an enhanced form of humanity created by the Celestials to aid them in their ongoing war against the Deviants. The film is expected to feature an ensemble cast, not unlike Guardians of the Galaxy, and have a focus on the characters Ikaris and Sersi.

Casting for the film is currently underway, with Angelina Jolie reportedly in talks with Marvel Studios for a lead role in the movie. The film is also expected to be the first MCU film with an openly gay main character, with rumors indicating Marvel's incarnation of the classic Greek mythological figure Hercules may be the character in question. Directed by Chloé Zhao with a screenplay by Matthew and Ryan Firpo, Eternals is expected to begin principal photography by the end of the year for release sometime in 2020.

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