In a video celebrating the return of movie theaters — complete with the late Stan Lee waxing philosophical about the moviegoing experience — Marvel Studios took the opportunity to unveil some titles and release date information for upcoming Phase 5 films.
First up, the premiere Phase 5 feature is the Black Panther sequel, which will be called Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. At least, we’re still under the impression Phase 5 will begin with this film as Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige previously indicated that would be the case. Although, we freely admit the Phases are somewhat fluid and even change retroactively. We’ll keep an eye on those developments while trying to suss out the plot of Wakanda Forever. It’s set for a July 8th, 2022 release.
Next is The Marvels — the new name for Captain Marvel 2 which reflects the presence of both Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris) and Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani) in the film alongside Carol Danvers (Brie Larson). It’s due on November 11th, 2022.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will open Marvel’s 2023 theatrical calendar on February 17th of that year with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 following on May 5th and, seemingly, Fantastic Four that July. We say seemingly because the “Four” title card appears briefly in the sizzle reel and Disney is holding a July 28th, 2023 release date for a Marvel film. Additionally, title cards for the in-development Blade, Deadpool 3, and Captain America 4 did not appears in the video. How Fantastic Four jumped ahead of Blade is anyone’s guess, but the former has a director in the form of Spider-Man: No Way Home‘s Jon Watts while Blade is still in search of a filmmaker to bring the Daywalker into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel’s Phase 4 film calendar begins with Black Widow on July 9th.