The Complete Timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase 4

3:13 PM 9/20/2016

by Aaron Couch

Confused as to what movie is coming out when? Here's a handy guide for Phase 4.

Courtesy of Marvel Studios

In April, Marvel Studios closed out 11 years of storytelling with Avengers: Endgame, a film that served as a swan song for heroes such as Iron Man and Captain America, but which also set the stage for a new chapter.

Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicks off with Black Widow in May 2020 and will run through May 2022's Black Panther sequel. Along the way there will be a slew of new heroes (Eternals), familiar faces (Spider-Man), and Marvel Studios' first foray into longform storytelling thanks to  its upcoming Disney+ streaming series, which will include Marvel's big screen talent.

"These will be both new and continuing stories," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige said of the Disney+ shows in April. "These will be major storylines set in the MCU with ramifications that will be felt both through the other Disney+ series we'll be producing and the future on the big screen."  

Below is the latest list of films and TV shows that have release dates set, though there are certainly more to come. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has no set date, while Feige has remained coy on how the X-Men and Fantastic Four will be integrated into the MCU following Disney's acquisition of 21st Century Fox. That's not to mention a mystery Blade project starring Mahershala Ali, as well as Disney+ series about She-Hulk, Moon Knight and Ms. Marvel (as they have no dates set, they are not listed below).

This will be updated as the news comes in about the MCU's Phase 4 and Marvel's Disney+ plans.

  • 'Black Widow'

    May 1, 2020

    Courtesy of Marvel Studios

    Scarlett Johansson is stepping into her own solo Black Widow movie after first debuting the character in 2010's Iron Man 2. She is expected to collect $15 million for the role in the film that will be a prequel and directed by Australian filmmaker Cate Shorthand and will take place between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. Marvel unveiled footage for the film at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 and later at D23, where fans were treated to an extended fight scene between Natasha (Johansson) and Florence Pugh, who is revealed to be Natasha's sister. 

  • 'Falcon & Winter Soldier' Disney+ Series

    Disney+, Fall 2020

    Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures/Photofest

    Actors Anthony Mackie (Falcon) and Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier) have strong chemistry together, as was evident at the Avengers: Endgame premiere, where they kept crashing each other's interviews.

    "You will see much more of that chemistry and learn much more about both of them," Feige told THR of their upcoming Disney+ series. "There's a reason we chose these two as one of the first ones."

    Other stars include Wyatt Russell as MCU newcomer John Walker, as well as the return of Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) and Zemo (Daniel Bruhl).

  • 'Eternals'

    Nov. 6, 2020

    'Eternals' cover (Inset: Chloe Zhao)
    'Eternals' cover (Inset: Chloe Zhao)
    Courtesy of Marvel Comics; Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

    Director Chloe Zhao is directing the film based on Jack Kirby's The Eternals. The project centers on super-powered and near-immortal beings known as Eternals and a more monstrous off-shoot known as the Deviants that were created by cosmic beings known as Celestials. Matthew and Ryan Firpo penned the script. The sprawling cast includes Angelina Jolie as Thena, Richard Madden as Ikarus, as well as Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek as Ajax, Lia McHugh and Don Lee as Gilgamesh. Kit Harington also stars. 

    "Marvel is a throwback to those old movies," Nanjiani said of the film at Comic-Con. "They have action, romance, comedy. They have everything!"


  • 'Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings'

    Feb. 12, 2021

    George Pimentel/Marvel

    Simu Liu will star as Marvel's first Asian leading man in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The project is from filmmaker Destin Daniel Cretton and also stars Tony Leung as the Mandarin as well as Awkwafina.

  • 'WandaVision'

    Disney+, winter 2020

    Film Frame/Marvel Studios

    The upcoming Disney+ series will see Elizabeth Olsen reprise her role as Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany return as Vision. Captain Marvel character Monica Rambeau, who was a child in that '90s-set film, will appear as an adult and be played by Teyonah Parris. Thor's Kat Dennings will reprise her role as Darcy Lewis and Randall Park is back as his Ant-Man and the Wasp character Jimmy Woo. Kathryn Hahn joins the MCU as a nosy neighbor since.

    "This story is definitely something unexpected and surprising, as well as something we could only do in a longform series," Kevin Feige has said of the project, which has Captain Marvel screenwriter Jac Schaeffer serving as showrunner.

    The series will lead to Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, which also features Olsen.

  • 'Loki' Disney+ Series

    Disney+, spring 2021

    After dying in Avengers: Infinity War, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) will return with a Loki streaming series. The Disney+ show will follow the version of the character who in Endgame stole an Infinity Stone and teleported away. Rick & Morty's Michael Waldron is serving as executive producer. 

    "It's your boundless enthusiasm and your support that means Loki has more story left to tell," Hiddleston said in a video message to fans at D23 in August 2019. "It will never stop surprising and delighting me that you think he is cool."

  • 'Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness'

    May 7, 2021

    Courtesy of Marvel

    In a shock, Doctor Strange filmmaker Scott Derrickson dropped out of directing a sequel to his 2016 film, which starred Benedict Cumberbatch as the comic book sorcerer. Kevin Feige has described it as Marvel's first scary movie. Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda will factor into this film.

  • 'Spider-Man' Sequel

    Jul 16, 2021


    Spider-Man is coming back for another MCU movie after a dramatic summer that saw Disney and Sony end their partnership to make Spidey movies ... only to have a deal come together after all. Tom Holland's Spider-Man will remain in the MCU for at least two more movies (this untitled third solo film, as well as future MCU movie).

  • What If…?

    Disney+, summer 2021

    Paramount Pictures/Photofest

    The animated series will look at classic Marvel moments and ask what if things had gone a different way? One storyline will ask what if Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) had received the super soldier serum? 

  • 'Hawkeye' Disney+ Series

    Disney+, fall 2021

    Jay Maidment

    Jeremy Renner is reprising his role as Clint Barton/Hawkeye in a series that is expected to see him pass the torch to comic book fan-favorite character Kate Bishop, to be played by Hailee Steinfeld.

  • Thor: Love and Thunder

    Nov. 5, 2021

    Courtesy of Marvel Studios

    Thor: Ragnarok filmmaker Taika Waititi and star Chris Hemsworth are returning for Thor: Love and Thunder. One of the biggest surprises about the film is that Natalie Portman, last seen in 2013's Thor: The Dark World, is returning to the MCU as Jane Foster and will take up the mantle of Thor. 

  • 'Black Panther' Sequel

    May 6, 2022

    Courtesy of Marvel Studios

    Filmmaker Ryan Coogler is returning to direct a sequel to 2018's Black Panther, which earned more than $1.3 billion globally. Chadwick Boseman is expected to reprise his role as the King of Wakanda.