New Marvel Phase 4 Release Dates
Let's start with the movies. Black Widow, Eternals, and Shang-Chi have all be shifted thanks to the current global situation. Thor Love and Thunder, Spider-Man 3, and Doctor Strange have not been updated at this time. As always, I will keep you updated.
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Black Widow: May 7, 2021
Black Widow will be the first movie released for Phase 4.
The film will focus on Black Widow's past. Scarlett Johansson will be back as Black Widow with David Harbour as Alexi aka The Red Guardian, Rachel Weisz as Melina, O-T Fagbenle, and Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, a sister figure to Natasha. Cate Shortland will direct.
Black Widow will take place after the events of Captain America Civil War. Taskmaster has been confirmed as the villain, footage at SDCC showed Natasha fighting him.
For more on the Black Widow film:
Eternals: November 5, 2021
Chloe Zhao will be the director of Eternals. The Eternals will star Richard Madden as Ikaris, Angelina Jolie as Thena, Don Lee as Gilgamesh also known as The Forgotten One, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, and Lia McHugh as Sprite.
Kit Harrington and Gemma Chan will also star in the film. Gemma plays Minerva in Captain Marvel. There are a total of 11 Eternals in the MCU.
Shang-Chi: And the Legend of the Ten Rings: July 9, 2021
Shang-Chi will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and star Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, Awkwafina, as well as Tony Leung who will be playing the Mandarin.
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Disney Plus Marvel Shows Release Dates
WandaVision: December 2020
Wandavision is inspired by the classic Dick Van Dyke show, so think sitcom meets MCU adventure. Kat Dennings and Randall Park will also be joining the show reprising their roles from Thor and Ant-Man and The Wasp. A grown-up Monica Rambeau will also feature in the series.
WandaVision just released its first trailer. From West Coast Avengers, Secret Invasion, to Dark Avengers, and Mephisto a lot was teased in this one.
Read more: WandaVision Trailer Breakdown
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier: Early 2021
The show will center on Falcon and the Winter Soldier teaming up after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Emily VanCamp will reprise her role as Sharon Carter. Wyatt Russell is joining the show playing John Walker aka U.S. Agent. Look for the show on Disney+ in 2021.
Loki: Spring 2021
Loki answers the questions where did Loki go after he took the tesseract? Can he make a friend? and Will the sun shine on him again?
So far this wasn't hasn't been pushed back. Filming has resumed on all shows and films.
Marvel's What If?: Summer 2021
23 animated episodes exploring an alternate reality to each of the 23 MCU films. Original MCU actors will reprise their roles for this show.
Hawkeye: Fall 2022
Hawkeye will introduce Kate Bishop's character and star Jeremy Renner. Currently (and before any virus related delays) this show was put on hold due to scheduling conflicts.
Ms. Marvel: 2022
Kevin Feige has stated that Kamala Khan will also appear in the MCU films. Being a big Captain Marvel fan, I see her showing up in Captain Marvel 2. Bisha K. Ali has been tapped as showrunner, while Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Meera Menon are set to direct.
Moon Knight: TBA
Moon Knight will follow a former criminal who becomes “The Fist of Kohnshu” and evolves multiple personalities. Jeremy Slater (The Umbrella Academy, The Exorcist) has been pegged as the showrunner.
Tatiana Maslany has been cast as She-Hulk. Mark Ruffalo hasn't ruled out appearing and the show runner will be Jessica Gao of Rick and Morty.
WandaVision Trailer Breakdown
Just Married, An Abnormal End
We open on a newly-married, very much alive couple driving into the quaint town of Westview. Everything is in black-and-white giving it that 1950s sitcom feel. It seems from later in the trailer, that the black-and-white moments are the fiction Wanda has created, with the color being the reality.
Their license plate says 0102 which in computer code means an “abnormal end.” Nothing about this situation is normal.
The Mind Stone
Thanos destroyed the Infinity Stones (and Vision), with the Avengers time traveling back to locate them all in order to undo The Snap in Endgame. Despite the mostly happy ending of Avengers Endgame, Vision is not alive and certainly is not rocking the mind stone. However, here we see it front and center on his head.
Whether this is somehow the real one or one she has manifested using her powers remains to be seen. The window on their door also looks like the mind stone.
Bewitched, Baby June, And The Dark Avengers
She looks to be using hand gestures that typically correlate with her powers. Later on she levitates the House of M bottle of wine (more on that in a minute). This scene, and the overall feel of the show seems to draw heavy influence from the classic sitcom Bewitched where a witch is married to a regular guy and hides her powers from everyone.
“LITTLE BABY JUNE'S FIRST WORD TICKLES MOTHER” is the headline on the newspaper. In the comic books June Covington is a part of the Dark Avengers, using the alias Scarlet Witch.
Vision's Human Disguise
This isn't a new trick. Vision first showed his human look off in Avengers Infinity War. This is the first time it is accompanied by sparkles, sound effects, and a Bewitched style head jiggle to complete the transformation.
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The Nosy Neighbor
When we first see Kathryn Hahn‘s character she comes across as a friendly, albeit nosy neighbor. However, as the trailer goes on she shifts into something else. Which leads me, and others, to believe that she is in fact an important character (more on that below) and will be the antagonist (or at least one of them) in this series.
House of M
As I mentioned above, Wanda is still using her powers in this new world of hers. At the table, we see her levitating a bottle of “Maison du Mepris” wine. That's French for House of Contempt. House of M is a popular comic run that features Scarlet Witch grieving so deeply the loss of her children, that she alters reality to bring them back. Unfortunately it brought about dire consequences that caused the Avengers and X-Men to team up to stop her.
Although we see children in this series, it's clear she is grieving the loss of Vision. WandaVision is likely to be loosely based on House of M, which could mean we would see Secret Invasion coming sometime down the Marvel Phase 4/5 line.
Classic Sitcom Easter Egg
Debra Jo Rupp is another nosy neighbor of Wanda's but at least she doesn't appear to be an evil one. You can't have a sitcom based alternate reality without a queen of sitcoms. I wonder if Wanda binged That 70s Show while grounded at the Avengers' Compound?
Wanda Begins To Become Unhinged
During that dinner as they are being bombarded by questions from Rupp's character, Wanda seems to struggle to keep her “reality” going. She starts to make hand gestures that correlate with her magic. By her face though, you can see that the real reality, the one she is running from, is creeping back into the forefront of her thoughts.
Vision: So Many Questions
Also during this same dinner, Vision begins to realize that something isn't quite right in his universe. He hesitates when going to answer a question and as the audio seems to skip like an old record, he looks up at Wanda with a questioning gaze.
A New Reality
Following that dinner scene, Wanda creates a new reality, this time in color in the 1980s. Even the aspect ratio changes, I love little details like that. Vision seems confused as he watches the color seep into this hand and Wanda is heard in a VoiceOver saying “is this really happening?”
This could mean that she herself seems to be losing control of what she is creating or that outside forces might be manipulating things as well. Either way, this new reality brings about a Full House vibe complete with kids.
Meet The Twins
As I mentioned in my Disney Plus Marvel TV Spot Breakdown, Wanda and Vision have kids. In the comics, Scarlet Witch creates their children using shards from Mephisto and magic. House of M also occurs when she loses the kids and her grief causes her to create a new reality.
Wanda and Vision's kids are Wiccan and Speed.
The Nosy Neighbor Returns
Although the setting has changed it seems that someone has followed Wanda to her new reality, Kathryn Hahn is back in all her leg warmer glory. The fact that she makes the jump to this new life with them suggests she is more than just a creation of Wanda's. She is a real person.
Classic Scarlet Witch Look
It is Halloween time and Scarlet Witch is showing off her classic comic book look. While Vision takes a flight around the neighborhood, looking concerned.
Vision Takes Flight
During Vision's flight it appears he is his own entity and not a fake creation of Wanda's. The fact that he seems perplexed and curious about what exactly is going on proves that fact. His flight leads him to a car where Kathryn Hahn's character is sitting, looking dazed and confused.
In the comics, Vision is brought back to life and joins the West Coast Avengers. In Avengers Infinity War, Vision is shown wearing his West Coast Avengers garb.
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Using The Mind Stone
When he encounters Kathryn Hahn, Vision touches his fingers to her head. He transfer yellow energy into her, which looks a lot like he is using the Mind Stone. Again, it is curious if she somehow created a Mind Stone like power for Vision or did she time travel to get the real one?
Am I Dead?
After she awakens from her trance she asks Vision “am I dead?” Taken aback he asks her why she'd think that to which she replies, “because you are.” This proves she is someone from the actual real world and not a figment of Wanda's imagination. The Mind Stone-like powers allowed her to access memories that had somehow become foggy to her.
Which brings me to the fact that I believe Kathryn Hahn's character is in fact Agatha Harkness. Agatha is a powerful witch (hence the costume) who at one point mentored Scarlet Witch in the comics and aided her in creating her children. However after the death of Wanda's children things turn deadly with Scarlet Witch eventually killing her.
In WandaVision it could be that instead of the children, Agatha helped Wanda with the magic needed to bring Vision back to life. Could this also mean we will meet Mephisto? Time will tell.
Classic Vision Look
Although we saw Scarlet Witch's classic look in the teaser for this show, this is the first time we see Vision will be joining in on the retro, classic comic book looks.
Westview Is Locked In A Magical Dome
Towards the end of the trailer, we see a grown-up Monica Rambeau being forcibly pushed out of the dome that surrounds Scarlet Witch's reality. This leads us to believe that she hasn't altered the entire planet but rather a small town.
Further proof of this is shown when the camera zooms out and we see the military surrounding the world of Wanda. It appears as if they are trying to infiltrate her magic and Monica is part of the charge.
It was exciting news when we heard that a grown-up Monica Rambeau would feature in WandaVision. It is important to remember that in the comics at one point, Monica is Captain Marvel with a power-set similar to Carol's.
We don't know what has happened to Monica since the events of Captain Marvel, but she does survive being thrown from Scarlet Witch's reality. And based on the familiar Carol Danvers-esq glow coming off of her as she clears the barrier above, it could be that she already has her powers or this is where she gets them.
WandaVision debuts on Disney Plus in late 2020. My guess is we will see it on the platform after The Mandalorian season 2 concludes.
Thank you to Funko for sending us the game. All opinions are our own. Affiliate links below.
Marvel Battleworld Game
Battleworld is the perfect game for kids to unleash their inner hero. Playing solo or with others, they have to come up with strategies to defeat the villains, rescue the heroes, and ultimately show Thanos who is boss. Choose from the Mega Pack or Battle Balls to get your game on.
The Marvel Battleworld Mega Pack includes everything you need to get started on your mission to defeat Thanos: Hero Cards, Battle Cards, pair of dice, plus your heroes, 6 in all including 2 surprise characters you have to free from the Thanostones. Or grab a Battle Ball with also contains two collectable characters, Hero Cards, Battle Cards, and pair of dice.
One of the exciting aspects of this game is that you're not only collecting MCU heroes, but heroes from all over the pages of the comic books. Characters like Captain America, Groot, and Iron Man are teaming up with Beta Ray Bill, Throg, and Valkyrie Gamora.
Plus Funko Animation Studios has teamed up with Marvel to create Marvel Battleworld, short-form animated content that will be available on Disney XD, Marvel HQ, YouTube, and more. The cartoon series will introduce children to a new plan by villain Thanos to trap Marvel heroes in Battleworld.
We have had a lot of fun playing this game already, with up to 4 players the whole family can join in. I like that this is a cooperative game, which makes the kids work together. Team building, family bonding time, and cool Marvel stuff? What is not to love?
The geek in me is thrilled about the variety of Marvel heroes available in this game. It's opened the door to teach our kids about lesser known characters and how awesome they can be. For added fun, act out your favorite hero's moves. We do this and trust me it brings out all the laughs! Bonus points if you know their catchphrase!
The Funko collector in me has to show off the detail of these micro-pop figures. They look so good! Now if I can only sneak them away to add to my collection…
Okay fine I won't take his toys but I will have to get my own because just look at them. Need!
Marvel Battleworld Game Unboxing
In our house Thanos cannot win! And he won't because, my son is on the job with some of his super friends. Look at what comes inside the Mega Pack, including the ULTRA RARE character we found. But don't be like us, read the directions first because we kinda skipped past the defeating Thanos thing, and went straight to breaking out the heroes. Oops!
Where can you buy the Marvel Battleworld Game?
Funko's Marvel Battleworld Game is available now at Target for a low price. Pick it up now at a Target near you!
What To Binge On Disney Plus Right Now
Disney Plus has a massive library that can help pass the time for whenever you are stuck at home. From classic movies and tv shows to recent mega hits, Disney+ has it all. So the next time the kids get bored and drive you crazy just grab this list, snacks, and you are golden.
The family and I went through the myriad of options to come up with this list. Don't see your favorite listed? Leave us a comment below. Also if there is something you want to see on Disney Plus but it isn't there yet, simply let them know via the help option on the menu.
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Pro Tip: If you are unsure what category a show or film falls under check the search tab. The search section of Disney Plus features “explore” categories that cover various topics and interests.
Best Disney Plus Originals
Disney+ has launched several originals from series to films. Here are our top picks.
Diary of a Future President
Diary of a Future President explores the origin of a future president. This family comedy follows Elena's journey through the ups and downs of middle school, which set her on the path to becoming the president of the United States.
Although the main focus is on a 12 year-old girl, both of my children enjoy the show. It's full of laughs and heart-warming moments that are perfect for family time or you need to go watch something because you're driving me insane time.
Stargirl is based on the New York Times' best-selling young adult novel about an unassuming high schooler who finds himself inexplicably drawn to the free-spirited new girl, whose unconventional ways change how they see themselves and their world. Leo Borlock is an average student that has always been content flying under the radar.
But all that changes when he meets Stargirl Caraway, a confident and colorful new student who stands out in a crowd. She is kind, finds magic in the mundane, and touches the lives of others with the simplest of gestures.
High School Musical The Musical The Series
Once a Wildcat always a Wildcat. I am not ashamed to admit I like this series as much as my kids, if not more because I'm an OG Wildcat.
Lady and the Tramp
The classic is brought to life in this live-action re-imagination. If The Lion King turned you off with it's super realistic (read: lack of) expressions don't worry. Lady and the Tramp is more like Air Bud.
Togo is the untold story of the dog who led the 1925 serum run. He was considered by most to be too small and weak to lead such an intense race but he did it. Although Balto gets all the glory, it was actually Togo who did most of the run, over 300 miles while Balto only did about 30 miles.
Timmy Failure Mistakes Were Made
Based on the best-selling book of the same name, Timmy Failure follows the adventures of deadpan Timmy and his 1,500 pound partner, a polar bear named Total. Together they solve mysteries for their Portland deceptive agency, Total Failure Inc.
Disney Plus Educational Series
Who said you can't learn anything from watching TV? Ok, Boomer there is a lot of educational content on Disney+. My husband and I couldn't believe some of things we learned by watching Jeff Goldblum's curiosity in ordinary life. Did you know there are shoe cons where people buy shoes for more than the cost of a fully-loaded SUV? Mind blowing.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum learning about things we probably haven't thought twice about such as the allure of BBQ and a good pair of jeans. As random as it seems, this show is addicting and fun to watch.
This competition series featuring teams of young builders who are tasked with designing, building, and testing unique creations. Each episode has a new challenge. The end results are awesome.
The Imagineering Story
The DisNerd in me absolutely loved this series. I have my fingers crossed they will make more. If you want to learn the history of the Disney Company and see behind the scenes into the magic of everything they do, this is the show for you.
National Geographic Shows & Disneynature Films
Take a deeper look into our world from animals and plants to habitats and beyond. The nature nerd in me loves having all this content right at my beck and call.
90s Disney Channel Classics on Disney Plus
I'm not going to explain any of these because they are classics and you should know them all by heart. If you can't sing the Kim Possible theme song then we cannot be friends.
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
That's So Raven
Chip ‘n' Dale Rescue Rangers
Boy Meets World
Disney Channel Original Movies on Disney Plus
Descendants 1, 2, and 3
Our house is still obsessed with all things Descendants, just look at this Carlos De Vil DIY Costume I made for my mini VK. Not only can you find the films on Disney+ but also the shorts and animated series.
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Teen Beach Movie 1 and 2
High School Musical 1, 2, 3, and Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure
Disney Movies on Disney Plus
Whew, these suggestions were a tough list to come by. After all we each have our favorites and there are so many more I didn't even get a chance to list. If I did this post would be longer than it already is!
Frozen and Frozen 2
Personally, I like the second one better than the first. Plus I don't find Into the Unknown to be an obnoxious ear worm like Let it Go. Hey Elsa agrees, just look at the Frozen 2 Easter Eggs if you don't believe me.
The Lion King
aka the greatest animated movie of all time. I will hear no arguments.
Oliver and Company
The Emperor's New Groove
#1 Underrated Disney film ever
Ralph Breaks The Internet
Pirates of the Caribbean
Mary Poppins Returns
read more: Mary Poppins Returns Easter Eggs
Pixar on Disney Plus
Pixar fans can dive into all sorts of amazing content on Disney+. From classic shorts like Lou and Luxo Jr. to the Pixar film library, there is no shortage of Pixar fun to be had.
All the Cars Movies and Shorts
Finding Nemo and Finding Dory
Forky Asks a Question
Pixar in Real Life
Toy Story 1, 2, 3 and 4
If you're like me and love looking for Pixar Movie Easter eggs, being stuck at home is the perfect time to go on the hunt. The Pizza Planet truck, A113, and so many more are. Make a game of it with the kids to see who can find the most. I won't tell if you use my posts to cheat!
Marvel Movies on Disney Plus
I own all the Marvel movies but laziness can win out and I don't want to get up to find the blu-ray yah know? Not only can I relive my favorite moments, Captain America Elevator Fight Scene hello, but I can watch special featurettes not available on the discs.
Are you emotionally ready to return to Endgame? No lie I still feel so many things when the “Portals” scene/music plays. Cap ready to stand and fight alone, everyone coming back, and AVENGERS ASSEMBLE! Ah such an amazing moment. And yes I'm still salty about all the award season snubs.
Captain America The Winter Soldier
Star Wars on Disney Plus
Sure you've already seen every episode and agonized over Baby Yoda's cuteness but that doesn't mean you can't watch again. For Star Wars super fans, take this as an opportunity to look for easter eggs hidden throughout each episode.
The Clone Wars
One word: Ahsoka. Catch up on the entire series before starting season 7.
Read more: Perfect Star Wars Movie Viewing Order
The *almost* complete Star Wars Skywalker Saga. The only thing missing is Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker. It will be available to own on Digital HD March 17 & Blu-ray and 4k on March 31.
How to get Disney Plus:
You can signup for Disney Plus online or you can purchase a subscription in person at your local Disney Store. Already have Hulu or ESPN+? Grab this bundle deal Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for just $12.99/mo.
What are you binging on Disney+?
Black Widow Final Trailer
Black Widow is set in the two year gap between Captain American: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War. Natasha is on the run and returns to her family to finish some personal business.
In the trailer we get confirmation that Taskmaster is controlling the army of Widows. That's right, Natasha is not the only Widow in the world, and this fight will be a tough one. After all Present Day Captain America had issues fighting past Cap and there was only one of him.
All of these women have been trained like Nat, knowing almost all her moves and outnumbering her by, well, a lot. Lucky for her she is not alone in this fight. Her family is by her side. Melina, Yelena, and Alexei (The Red Guardian) are going to stand by her side. Lets just hope they all make it out alive.
read more: Black Widow Teaser Trailer Breakdown
Who is Taskmaster?
In the comics, Taskmaster is a super-soldier with photographic reflexes. That means he can instantly learn new fighting abilities just by seeing them. In the trailers we see him imitating Hawkeye, Captain America, and Black Panther. The skull-faced Taskmaster first appeared in The Avengers #195-196 as a mercenary with a unique skill set.
Learn more about Taskmaster: Black Widow Comics to Read
In the final trailer, he is also busy studying Natasha's moves. Like Thanos, he is a calculating villain, one that won't jump until he has deciphered all the angles and what could go wrong. Taking him on will be Natasha and her family's biggest challenge yet, especially with an army of Widows by his side.
With the Taskmaster's powers and his known connection to Deadpool in the comics, it would be interesting to see a crossover with both characters. That is assuming they don't kill Taskmaster off, *cough* Hela *cough* Regardless, with the combination of Ross' presence in the film and The Thunderbolt rumors, Black Widow is laying the groundwork for the future of the MCU.
Black Widow might be set in the past but it's the first Phase 4 film for a reason. Time will tell what seeds are being planted here. I don't know about you but I am excited to see where Marvel Studios takes us and who is coming along for the ride.
Black Widow Final Trailer Reaction