Marvel Cinematic Universe: what we know so far about Phases 5 and 6

Thanks to the San Diego Comic-Con, here is the information we have on Phases 5 and 6 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which complete The Multiverse Saga.

As promised by Kevin Feige, San Diego Comic-Con was an important moment to understand where the Marvel Studios with what is now known as the Multiverse Saga (Phases 4, 5 and 6). A name that could easily be guessed from the clues seen so far (the concept of the Multiverse and the introduction of Kang the Conqueror as the next Big Bad), and which is now official, with an arrival point set for 2025 (although, as we will try to explain in this article, there will probably be a shift to 2026). Some information is still missing, presumably in view of another dedicated panel at D23, an event dedicated to the various production units of Disney, but the picture we have for now is already quite intriguing. Here, in detail, is what awaits us in the coming years.

Phase 4

She Hulk First Look

She-Hulk: A scene from the series

It is now official that Phase 4, which began last year with WandaVision, will end this year, with the last remaining titles: Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in theaters, and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, a Halloween special again. untitled and another dedicated to the Guardians of the Galaxy on Disney +, with the addition – also in streaming – of a series of short films focused on Groot. It was the Transition Phase, with the inhabitants of the MCU recovering from the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, and the introduction of new characters such as Yelena Belova, Shang-Chi, Kate Bishop, Kamala Khan and the Eternal. At the macrocosmic level, the films and series have laid the foundations for at least three elements that will be important in the coming years: the Multiverse, the Thunderbolts and the conflict between the Eternals and the Celestials.

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Step 5

Ant-Man and the Wasp: a photo of the Marvel sequel

Ant-Man and the Wasp: a photo of the Marvel sequel

There Step 5 will begin in early 2023: for the series there is still no precise date (but in the first two quarters, Secret Invasion should arrive, on the conflict with the Skrulls, and the second season of the animated series Marvel’s What If …?) , but we know that on February 17 Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will be released in American theaters, with the official debut of Kang the Conqueror, villain linked to the Multiverse. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (May) will also be released later this year, closing the team’s storyline; The Marvels (July), with Carol Danvers flanked by Monica Rambeau and Kamala Khan; And Blade (November), with the MCU debut of the famous vampire hunter, played by Mahershala Ali. On the streaming side we will see the second season of Loki, also linked to the Multiverse, and three new features: Echo, with the adventures of the homonymous character seen in Hawkeye; Ironheart, about the young Riri Williams; and Agatha: House of Harkness, with the return of the witch Agatha Harkness.

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier Anthony Mackie

The Falcon And The Winter Soldier: Anthony Mackie in front of Captain America’s shield

In 2024, however, there are only two films related to Phase 4: the May slot will go to Captain America: New World Order, with Sam Wilson becoming the official heir of Steve Rogers, while that of July will contain the film debut of the Thunderbolts, a team made up of supervillains in the service of the government (some potential members we saw them in Black Widow and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier). On the streaming side, the only confirmed title, and probably the only one of Phase 5 for a simple matter of duration (18 episodes), is Daredevil: Born Againwith the return of Matt Murdock and his conflict with Wilson Fisk following the closure of Daredevil produced by Marvel Television for Netflix.

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Step 6

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Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: a scene from the film

There Step 6, which will conclude the Multiverse Saga, will begin in late 2024 with the anticipated MCU debut of the Fantastic Four. The film was to be directed by Jon Watts, who preferred to focus on other smaller projects. At the moment the cast is unknown, and most likely Reed Richards will not have the face of John Krasinski, who played a variant of the character in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. And then, in 2025, in May and November (but the second date is likely to postpone for purely practical reasons related to post-production), Avengers: The Kang Dynasty And Avengers: Secret Wars, with the conclusion of the multiversal question. We already know, through a statement by Kevin Feige, that the direction will not be by the Russo brothers, engaged elsewhere.

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What if …?: Iron Man zombie in a scene from the fifth episode

In the streaming area, however, it was announced that 2024 will be the debut year of two animated series: the first is Marvel Zombies, which continues to explore the alternate reality introduced in the first season of What If …? and it will be forbidden to minors; the other is Spider-Man: Freshman Year, that is the origin story of Peter Parker. Initially announced as part of the main continuity of the MCU, with what happened to Peter before Captain America: Civil War, the series will actually be set in a parallel universe, where the young man’s mentor is not Tony Stark, but Norman Osborn. Tom Holland will not be voicing Peter, due to the complicated clauses of his double contract with Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures.

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Missing dates

Deadpool: Ryan Reynolds in action as Wade Wilson

Deadpool: Ryan Reynolds in action as Wade Wilson

More details should arrive on the occasion of D23, which will be held from 9 to 11 September. In particular, some series already announced and in production are currently undated, and there are movie slots without assigned titles, both in 2024 (February) and in 2025 (February and July). Three possibilities for those dates are the third Deadpool film, whose particular nature lends itself well to the stories related to the Multiverse, the sequel to the adventures of Shang-Chi, and the MCU debut of the Mutants, whose presence has already been suggested in the sixth. episode of Ms. Marvel. The X-Men will also star in a revival of the 1990s animated series, but it’s not considered part of the continuity of the Marvel franchise.

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