Marvel’s Return to the Big Screen

Timmy Dillard

News Editor

2020 was the first year in over a decade that Disney’s Marvel Studios did not make an addition to their long list of cinematic releases, which was unsurprisingly caused by the pandemic. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” was the last Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film to be released back in July of 2019, and that was the last installment of their third phase of films.   

After several reimagined release dates, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is set to make a major comeback this year with the first project of phase four (“WandaVision”) being released last January. There are several series in addition to “WandaVision” that will stream exclusively on Disney+, including “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” currently releasing episodes weekly. Here is a brief summary of the upcoming series and movies coming soon, in order:

“Loki” is the next installment that Marvel fans will get to view exclusively on Disney+. Tom Hiddleston will return as the God of Mischief on June 11. The show will also star Owen Wilson, Sophia Di Martino, Jaime Alexander, and Sasha Lane. It will follow Loki in a murder mystery as he becomes a prisoner of the Time Variance Authority.

After many delays, “Black Widow” is set to release in theaters and on Disney+ on July 9. This solo feature film is the long-awaited movie for Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, who has been a part of the MCU since 2010’s “Iron Man 2.” Set after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” “Black Widow” will follow Natasha Romanoff as she returns to the Soviet Bloc and faces her family of spies. The movie also stars Florence Pugh, David Habour, and Rachel Weisz. 

“What If…?” is expected to release on Disney+ this summer. One of Marvel’s first major animated productions, the series will address the hypotheticals that are left to be asked about the MCU. For example, the first episode will cover: What if Peggy Carter took the super soldier serum instead of Steve Rodgers?

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” is set to release on Sept. 3. It is a new storyline for the MCU, with Simu Liu playing the adaptation of Marvel Comics character Shang-Chi. The movie follows Shang-Chi as he is drawn into the Ten Rings Organization, and will also star Awkwafina and Florian Munteanu.

“Eternals” is set to release on Nov. 5, which is another new storyline film for the MCU. It covers the story of immensely powerful proto-humans, and centers around the Eternal named Sersi, played by Gemma Chan. The cast also includes Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, Kit Harrington, and Millie Bobby Brown.

“Spider-Man: No Way Home” is the third Spider-Man film for the MCU and is set to be released on Dec. 17. Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Jacob Batalon will all reprise their roles, but the movie is also reportedly casting former non-MCU Spider-Man film actors such as Tobey Maguire, Jamie Foxx, and Willem Dafoe. 

Expected to release in late 2021, the “Hawkeye” series will be another Disney+ exclusive. Jeremy Renner will be returning as Clint Barton after a decade in the MCU and will be joined by Hailee Steinfeld, Vera Farmiga, and Alaqua Cox. The series will follow Clint as he trains Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop to become the new Hawkeye. 

“Ms. Marvel” is another series expected to release late 2021 on Disney+. It is based on the Marvel Comics character created in 2013 named Kamala Khan, who is a popular teen Inhuman. The show will include multiple Inhumans, which were introduced to the MCU in the 2017 television series “Inhumans,” which garnered little support from the fanbase. The main role will be played by Iman Vellani, who will be joined by Laurel Marsden, Rish Shah, Mohan Kapur, and Zenobia Shroff.

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