Marvel rolled out their Phase 4 plans at Disney’s Investors’ Day presentation by unveiling so many large projects, including new series and specials, as well as new films.
Marvel’s first comic, Fantastic Four, will be getting the film treatment once again. This time it will be directed by Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far from Home’s Jon Watts. This news is coming in just five years after Josh Trank’s reboot of the beloved comic was widely panned by critics and audiences alike, many of whom are hoping Watts can bring the same level of charm to Fantastic Four as he did to the first two MCU Spider-Man films. Watts will also be returning to direct the third Spidey installment.
Other big MCU film details were announced today as well. It’s been revealed tha Christian Bale has been cast as the villain Gorr the God Butcher in Thor: Love and Thunder, now set to hit theaters May 6, 2022. The third Ant-Man film has received a title, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, and will have Jonathan Majors and Kathryn Newton joining Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Michelle Pfeiffer. Marvel has also set a release date for Captain Marvel 2, directed by Nia DaCosta, which will be November 11, 2022. It has also been announced that Black Panther II will instead focus on the kingdom of Wakanda and the characters established in the first film, rather than recasting the role of T’Challa/Black Panther after the passing of Chadwick Boseman this August.
Marvel also unveiled some big projects for their platform on Disney+. They released a second trailer for WandaVision, coming January 15, 2021. First looks were also released for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, coming March 19, for Loki, coming in May, and What If…?, coming Summer 2021. They also released a behind-the-scenes sizzle for Ms. Marvel, set to be released in late 2021.
In addition to those developments, Marvel also unveiled some new Disney+ series in the works. The upcoming Secret Invasion will feature the return of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Captain Marvel’s Ben Mendelsohn as Talos the Skrull. It was also announced that Dominique Thorne would be heading the new series Ironheart, as well as Don Cheadle reprising his role as James Rhodes in Armor Wars. James Gunn is back to write and direct The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, set to hit the streaming platform in late 2022. Featured will also be a new series of Guardians inspired shorts following everybody’s favorite mutant tree, Groot, simply called I Am Groot.
For more information on Marvel’s massive news, from Fantastic Four on down, visit The Hollywood Reporter here.