Kevin Feige and his Marvel Studios team are busier than ever. With Avengers: Endgame totally out of the question, the Burbank studio is expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe at an unprecedented pace, partially because Disney+ is added to the mix. The production building is so busy; indeed, it is only 18 months after the first announcement of the Comic-Con 2019 at San Diego that the whole next stage of the Marvel Cinematic Universe could be filmed very well by the end of this year.
As mentioned in a community-based in Marvel Studios, all but two shows were reported to start production by the end of the year. In this way, many are expected to cover principal photography around the period of January 2021.
Marvel’s Phase 4
Beginning at the beginning of Phase 4, Black Widow is now on the verge of shooting — with no significant shoots— while The Eternals are downhill. At the same time, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier and WandaVision also are on successful travels. Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings and Disney+’s Loki will begin production in the next days before spring, marking the start of production at Doctor Strange in the multiverse of Madness and Marvel. Spider-Man 3, Hawkeye, and Thor: Love and Thunder complete the year, each expected to begin shooting in the summer.
That would leave Moon Knight and She-Hulk unaccounted for only Phase 4 projects, but even then, Feige himself claimed that they would be able to boost production by the end of the year. This is a golden age for comic book entertainment, and Marvel Studios seems to be taking full advantage of this.
Marvel’s MCU Phase 4 begins in May with the independent Black Widow film we’ve always wanted to see. The film is a prequel, as Natasha is dead in Endgame and is unlikely to see a return because reviving her would seriously damage Endgame’s reputation. In reality, Phase 4 has prequel stories, as we come closer to today in the 2023 timeline in Avengers. Phase 4 consists of six independent films and several Disney+ TV series, all connected to the action.
Scott Derrickson Moves Away
However, three of these films are critical for the accumulation of Marvel’s next massive crossover, such as Endgame, and one of them has just lost its director.
This November, Eternals will unveil a new form of superhero and have a significant impact on the MCU. Spider-Man 3 will show us in July 2021 a Spider-Man whose identity is famous worldwide, a first for Spider-Man films, and will possibly set up events to help Marvel get rid of Peter Parker in the case of the new Disney-Sony deal.
Yet, at least according to what we know about it so far, the most critical phase 4 movie might be Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Marvel first announced that both WandaVision and Loki are attached to the film. These are Disney+ TV series with the same characters as in previous Marvel films–Wanda, Vision, and Loki–we have grown to love. The latter is all the more impressive as we look at a different version of Loki, who fled in Endgame with Tesseract.
Furthermore, Marvel announced already, as Feige said recently, that Dr Strange 2 will introduce a Marvel hero that we do not foresee and can’t predict. There are rumours that the movie will feature the first X-Men appearance of the MCU, including Wolverine and Deadpool if this isn’t enough to make you want to watch strange 2.
Unfortunately, Scott Derrickson, the director who delivered the first film, will not be in charge of the sequel.
We don’t have any idea of these creative differences, but the director told Twitter that he would stay with the project as an executive producer.
Marvel and I have mutually agreed to part ways on Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness due to creative differences. I am thankful for our collaboration and will remain on as EP.
— N O S ⋊ Ɔ I ᴚ ᴚ Ǝ ᗡ ⊥ ⊥ O Ɔ S (@scottderrickson) January 10, 2020