2020 was supposed to be the year that Marvel Studios kicked off phase four of the MCU. Unfortunately, those plans were halted in March due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic that shut down production for months and kept completed projects such as Black Widow from being shown on the big screen.
Fans will have to cast their minds back all the way to 2009 for the last time that a full calendar year passed without a single MCU film. Thankfully, we won’t have to wait much longer, as the first MCU project of 2021 hits Disney+ in just over a couple of weeks.
Over the past 12 months, it has seemed like the phase four release slate has changed every month. During December’s Disney Investor Day presentation, Kevin Feige provided us with some much-needed clarity.
MCU Films and TV Shows Set to Release in 2021
Marvel Studios: Legends (Disney+, Jan 8th, 2021)
Revisit the epic heroes, villains and moments from across the MCU in preparation for the stories still to come. Each dynamic segment feeds directly into the upcoming series — setting the stage for future events. This series weaves together the many threads that constitute the unparalleled Marvel Cinematic Universe.
WandaVision (Disney+, January 15th, 2021)
Marvel Studios’ captivating new series “WandaVision,” which premieres in early 2021 on Disney+. Starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, “WandaVision” marks the first series from Marvel Studios streaming exclusively on Disney+. The series is a blend of classic television and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff and Vision—two super-powered beings living idealized suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Disney+, March 19th, 2021)
Following the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) team up in a global adventure that tests their abilities—and their patience—in Marvel Studios’ “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.” The all-new series is directed by Kari Skogland; Malcolm Spellman is the head writer.
Black Widow (May 7th, 2021)
Natasha Romanoff, also known as Black Widow, confronts the darker parts of her ledger when a dangerous conspiracy with ties to her past arises. Pursued by a force that will stop at nothing to bring her down, Natasha must deal with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger.
Loki (Disney+, May 2021)
In Marvel Studios’ “Loki,” the mercurial villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) resumes his role as the God of Mischief in a new series that takes place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.” Kate Herron directs and Michael Waldron is head writer.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (July 9th, 2021)
Shang-Chi must confront the past he thought he left behind when he is drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization.
What If…? (Disney+, Summer 2021)
An animates series exploring pivotal moments from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and turning them on their head, leading the audience into uncharted territory.
Eternals (November 5th, 2021)
The Eternals are a team of ancient aliens who have been living on Earth in secret for thousands of years. When an unexpected tragedy forces them out of the shadows, they are forced to reunite against mankind’s most ancient enemy, The Deviants.
Spider-Man 3 (December 17th, 2021)
The untitled Spider-Man: Far From Home sequel is an upcoming American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, co-produced by Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing. It is intended to be the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019), and the 27th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Jon Watts, written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, and stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man, alongside Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Foxx, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Alfred Molina.
Ms. Marvel (Disney+, Late 2021)
Ms. Marvel, a newer character to Marvel comics has grabbed the world’s imagination and we are excited to announce Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan. Ms. Marvel, an Original Series from Marvel Studios.
Hawkeye (Disney+, Late 2021)
Series based on the Marvel Comics superhero Hawkeye, centering on the adventures of Young Avenger, Kate Bishop, who took on the role after the original Avenger, Clint Barton. The production of the series has been put on hold indefinitely.
In addition to the above MCU films and MCU TV Series that are set to release in 2021, Marvel fans will also have the release of Morbius on March 19th, 2021 and Venom: Let There Be Carnage on June 25th, 2021.
Which upcoming MCU project are you looking forward to watching the most in 2021?