The Marvel Cinematic Universe certainly had a super weekend.
“Avengers: Endgame” finally surpassed “Avatar” at the box office, making it the top-grossing movie of all time. As of Sunday, the comic-book movie grossed $2.79 billion to “Avatar’s” $2.789 billion.
The timing couldn’t have been better. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced the news Saturday from a stage at Comic-Con in San Diego, before detailing the movies comprising Phase 4 of the MCU, which includes a female Thor played by Natalie Portman and a “Blade” reboot helmed by two-time Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali. (Phase 3 ended with “Spider-Man: Far from Home.”)
Here’s everything we learned about Phase 4 of the Marvel franchise, broken down by movie.
• “Black Widow” (May 1, 2020): Scarlett Johansson’s Black Window, a longtime staple of the Avengers films, will finally get a solo movie.
• ”The Eternals” (Nov. 6, 2020): A group of Greek mythology-esque, godlike, humanoid beings created by Jack Kirby in the 1970s.
• “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (Feb. 12, 2021): This movie will be Marvel’s first Asian-led film focuses on Shang-Chi, the “master of kung fu” — another lesser-known character.
• “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness” (May 7, 2021)
One of the few sequels announced so far for Phase 4, “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness” might be the first horror-leaning film in Marvel’s oeuvre.
• “Thor: Love and Thunder” (Nov. 5, 2021): Natalie Portman will portray Thor in the fourth entry of the series.