With the latest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe being the then highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame and having it bring in a total of $2.7 billion worldwide, what’s next for Marvel?
We may have lost some of our favorite heroes in the latest installment of the MCU but life must go on both for us and our remaining beloved heroes who are still left with the ultimate duty to protect Earth and its people.
In the trailer for the upcoming movie Spider-Man: Far From Home, which follows-up after the events that occurred in Endgame, we see Peter Parker/Spider-Man (played by Tom Holland) still visibly upset after the death of mentor and friend Tony Stark/Iron Man (played by Robert Downey Jr.). Therefore, he tries to move on with his life by focusing on more on school-related things and getting back on the ropes of being the smart albeit awkward teenager that he always has been. But, of course, things are never just that easy for anyone who lives a double-life as a superhero, let alone, an Avenger.
Whilst on a Europe trip with his classmates, he is tracked down by Nick Fury (played by Samuel L. Jackson) and asked to partner up with a “hero” called Mysterio (played by Jake Gyllenhaal) in order to defeat a new threat to Earth—the Elementals. Spider-Man: Far From Home is set to be released July 3rd, 2019 in the Philippines and is the final film that wraps up MCU’s Phase 3, before going into Phase 4.
Yet, before progressing onto the future storylines of the cinematic universe, Marvel is finally giving its fans the much-anticipated solo movie of Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson) whom we had to bid an unfortunate farewell back in Endgame. Knowing Marvel’s tendency to keep their film productions as secretive and low-key to both the public and the press as much as possible, not much is currently known on what this Black Widow film will revolve around. What we do know is that, apart from the director and screenwriter being women, Scarlett will also serve as one of the producers for the movie. Filming started in May of this year which will then last until September of the same year.
Finally diving into Phase 4 of MCU, a couple of projects have so far been confirmed by Marvel and one of them is a film focused on the Eternals—immortal beings that were created by the Celestials, another group of Marvel supernatural beings, to protect humanity and Earth overall. So far, the only confirmed cast member has been Angelina Jolie who is set to play an Eternal called Sersi. Filming is set to begin in September of this year and will last until January of 2020.
Shang-Chi, the very first Marvel film to center on an Asian character is also in production with a screenwriter and director already attached to this project. In the comic books, the character is seen to be a master of Kung Fu who eventually joins the Avengers. In one issue, he also gains the ability to project several duplicates of himself after a bomb explodes nearby and he ends up absorbing the “genesis matter” or radiation that it emitted.
Three other confirmed Phase 4 projects are the sequels to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Doctor Strange and Black Panther in which the first two sequels are set to begin filming in 2020.