Only two short years after Marvel Studios kicked off Phase 4 of the MCU, it’s already time to talk about Phase 5.
The Marvel team took San Diego Comic-Con 2022 by storm, shocking fans with one new announcement after another about where the franchise is going. This included setting an end date for Phase 4, laying out everything in Phase 5, teasing where Phase 6 starts and ends, and even grouping it all together in what is now known as The Multiverse Saga.
After She-Hulk: Attorney at Law and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever close out Phase 4, six movies and six will push Phase 5 forward between early 2023 and mid-2024. But how do the entries in this new slate stack up against one another in terms of anticipation and excitement?
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6.) Secret Invasion (Spring 2023)
Secret Invasion could become the MCU’s biggest and most impactful Disney+ story to date, as Nick Fury and Talos learn about the Skrull invasion infiltrating Earth. Following the events of Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Far From Home, the shapeshifting race will be out to conquer a new world in a series that brings one of the best casts in MCU history, including Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke.
5.) Captain America: New World Order (May 3, 2024)
Anthony Mackie will take on his first solo outing in the MCU as Sam Wilson fully embraces his role as Captain America, marking his eighth appearance with Marvel Studios since 2014. While no story details are known yet, this looks to bring yet another political thriller-style story into the Marvel narrative, with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier writer Malcolm Spellman and The Cloverfield Paradox director Julius Onah joining the team.
Although this is Sam Wilson’s adventure first and foremost, many are wondering whether Chris Evans could make an appearance as Steve Rogers in some fashion.
4.) Loki Season 2 (Summer 2023)
Tom Hiddleston has the honor of leading the first live-action Season 2 of any MCU Disney+ series to date in Loki, with all of his fellow cast members returning for more. After Jonathan Majors’ He Who Remains sent the Multiverse and the “Sacred Timeline” into pure chaos, who knows who and what the God of Mischief will have to deal with next season, or even where and when it will take place?
3.) Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (February 17, 2023)
After being teased in two solo movies and utilized to save the universe in Avengers: Endgame, the Quantum Realm will finally have its shining moment in Phase 5’s first movie. With Kang the Conqueror set to make his first true impact on the franchise after one of his Variants set up the Multiversal chaos in Loki, the Ant-Man crew and the rest of the MCU are about to be in some serious trouble.
2.) Daredevil: Born Again (Spring 2024)
Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio finally have the opportunity to revisit their iconic roles in the MCU’s first Disney+ show of 2024 in Daredevil: Born Again, the top Disney+ entry on this list. Coming with an unprecedented 18-episode first season, the Daredevil vs. Kingpin battle will finally become a reality within the MCU, bringing the first Defenders-centric show into the fold for Marvel Studios.
1.) Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (May 5, 2023)
Director James Gunn will bring arguably the biggest MCU project of his career next summer with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, The Direct’s most anticipated Phase 5 project. Chukwudi Iwuji’s High Evolutionary will serve as the team’s most terrifying villain to date in a movie that brings Rocket’s long-awaited backstory and the highly-anticipated debut of Will Poulter’s Adam Warlock.
Find out some of what happened in the first trailer for the movie that premiered at San Diego Comic-Con 2022.