Clear your calendars for the next two years, folks – Marvel has just dropped the details for its fourth phase of superhero flicks with the help of their late leader, beloved comic icon, Stan Lee. “I love being with people. It's the most incredible thing in the world,” Lee says amid shots of the on-screen iterations of some of his most iconic characters, including Black Widow, Wanda Maximoff, Captain America, Spider-Man and Iron Man, seemingly alluding to the madness of the past 14-odd months. "That world may change and evolve, but the one thing that will never change, we're all part of one big family. That man next to you, he's your brother. That woman over there, she's your sister. We're all part of one universe that moves ever upward and onward to greater glory."
Intercut with a clip depicting an audience's uproarious opening-night reaction to 2019's Avengers: Endgame, a snippet symbolic of a time before Covid-19, all of its cinematic restrictions, and of course, Marvel's ability to bring people together, the clip leads the announcement of the studio's upcoming offerings, perhaps a bit of wishful thinking of what may be.
First up, hitting theaters this year? Black Widow, set to hit theaters (and Disney+ on July 9), followed by Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings, which comes out on September 23, 2021, the Eternals, directed by Chloe Zhao who recently nabbed an oscar for Nomadland, on November 5, with Spider-Man: No Way Home, the latest installment of our friendly neighborhood web-slinger.
On May 6, 2022, we'll get to see Thor: Love and Thunder, in all its Asgardian glory, Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse of Madness on March 25, 2022, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on July 8, 2022 and The Marvels on November 11, 2022.
Finally, in 2023, Ant-Man And The Wasp: Quantumania, will premiere on February 17, with Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol. 3 coming out just shy of three months later on May 5.
So folks, get your popcorn and rewatch schedule, it's gonna be one wild two years. Excelsior!