Marvel Phase Five: news, movies, series and release dates
The Marvel Universe has now entered Phase Five, the second installment in what Marvel calls the “Multiverse Saga.”
With highly anticipated follow-up films like The Marvels, new cinematic debuts like Blade and the return of Netflix favorite Daredevil, Phase Five has a lot to offer in the world of superheroes. If you want to see how the order of movies and shows evolves, keep reading.
You can also find out how to watch Marvel movies and shows in order, and why Marvel’s Phase 4 narrative suffered, despite achieving its goal.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
Now out in theaters
With: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathryn Newton, Jonathan Majors
The third Ant-Man movie once again follows Scott Lang as he adjusts to his life after Thanos and builds a relationship with his daughter, Cassie. However, he and his family are in way over their heads when they are pulled into the Quantum Realm and come face-to-face with Kang the Conqueror, the MCU’s next big bad.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Cinema release date: May 5, 2023
Starring: Christ Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Chukwudi Iwuji
James Gunn is back in the Marvel fold for his third Guardians movie, long delayed thanks to Disney’s firing and then rehiring. Flight. 3 will directly follow the Guardians Holiday Special and be the gang’s final outing as they take on High Evolutionary.
Disney+ release date: June 21, 2023
With: Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Emilia Clarke
Nick Fury is back and is joined by Ben Mendelsohn’s Skrull Talos from Captain Marvel. This new Disney+ series will explore one of the comics’ iconic arcs: the Skrulls’ secret invasion of Earth, when shapeshifters surreptitiously replaced countless political figures (and superheroes) across the planet in the purpose of supporting it.
What if…? Season 2
Disney+ release date: Early 2023
With: to be confirmed
The animated series What if…? is back for a second season, with more alternate stories from Marvel Universe characters told by The Watcher. In this series we will have stories about Steve Rogers as the Winter Soldier, Iron Man and Gamora teaming up and more.
Disney+ release date: summer 2023
Starring: Alaqua Cox, Devery Jacobs, Zahn McClarnon, Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio
Echo is a character that was introduced in Hawkeye, and she’s getting her own spinoff. She will be joined by Matt Murdock and his so-called uncle, Wilson Fisk. Maya Lopez is the MCU’s first Native American hero and one of the franchise’s few deaf characters.
Loki Season 2
Disney+ release date: summer 2023
With: Tom Hiddleston, Owen Wilson, Sophia Di Martino, Ke Huy Quan, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Loki was the first Disney+ series to get a second season confirmed. The god Trickster will return to TVA, where timelines are upended after Sylvie kills the One Who Remains – freeing Kang to the multiverse.
Cinema release date: November 10, 2023
Starring: Brie Larson, Iman Vellani, Teyonah Parris, Zawe Ashton
Captain Marvel’s second outing will be helmed by Nia DaCosta – the creator behind the 2021 Candyman reboot. Brie Larson will of course be back in the lead role, but she’ll be joined by new Ms. Marvel, Iman Vellani and Monica Rambeau from Teyonah Parris after appearing on WandaVision. The film follows the trio as they switch places. They must team up to find out the reason.
The film was originally scheduled for release in July, but was pushed back to November.
Disney+ Release Date: Fall 2023
Starring: Dominique Thorne
Ironheart follows Riri Williams, a brilliant young inventor who creates her own armor, just like the ones worn in the Iron Man movies. We’ve already met Riri in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, so this series may give us more insight into how she creates her technology and how her new contacts in Wakanda help her on her superhero journey with Tony Stark. out of the picture.
Agatha: Chaos Coven
Disney+ Release Date: Winter 2023
With: Kathryn Hahn
The MCU character with the best theme song of all time is getting his own series. Agatha Harkness was first introduced in WandaVision and has a rich history to explore as a witch – something that will no doubt be detailed in this new original.
Daredevil: Born Again
Disney+ Release Date: Spring 2024
Starring: Charlie Cox, Vincent D’Onofrio
The Netflix Marvel series Daredevil is getting a reboot, with Matt Murdock/Daredevil and Wilson Fisk/Kingpin returning as hero and villain respectively. In the comics, the Born Again arc is one of the lowest parts of Matt’s life, where Fisk discovers his true identity and heavily exploits it.
Captain America: New World Order
Cinema release date: May 3, 2024
Starring: Anthony Mackie
Captain America will get a fourth installment, with Anthony Mackie reprising the shield after his exit in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The subtitle of this movie is interesting, because this organization is led by none other than the Red Skull in the comics. Could we see the return of another iconic villain?
Love at first sight
Cinema release date: July 26, 2024
With: Florence Pugh, Sebastian Stan, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Hannah John-Kamen, David Harbour, Wyatt Russell, Olga Kurylenko
Marvel slowly planted the seeds for a Thunderbolts movie, with the introduction of antagonists such as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine and US Agent John Walker. In the comics, the Thunderbolts are a group of reformed villains and anti-heroes who team up for various missions, similar to DC’s Suicide Squad.
Cinema release date: September 6, 2024
With: Mahershala Ali, Kit Harington
It’s been years since Wesley Snipes put down the katana, and now Mahershala Ali is back for his second Marvel role (he was in Luke Cage on Netflix, remember?) to play the Daywalker. The half-vampire hunter is coming to the big screen, and he’ll be joined by Eternals’ Dane Whitman/Black Knight (Kit Harington).
This film has been delayed from its original November 2023 slot.
What other Marvel projects are in the works?
Marvel has announced a few different shows and movies that we know are on the way, but we don’t have confirmation that they’ll be coming in Phase Five. They are:
- Spider-Man: Year One – Disney+ release date: 2024 (month to be confirmed)
- Marvel Zombies – Disney+ release date: to be confirmed
- Armor Wars – Cinema release date: TBC
- Untitled Spider-Man Trilogy – Cinema release dates: TBC
- Untitled Wakanda Disney+ Series – Disney+ release date: to be confirmed
- Shang-Chi’s Untitled Sequel: Cinema release date : TBC
- Untitled Disney+ Wonder Man Series – Disney+ release date: to be confirmed
Meanwhile, the following movies have been confirmed for Sixth phase:
- Dead Pool 3 – Cinema release date: November 8, 2024
- The Fantastic Four – Cinema release date: February 14, 2025
- Avengers: Kang Dynasty – Cinema release date: May 2, 2025
- Avengers: Secret Wars – Cinema release date: May 1, 2026
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