Marvel Studios shows no hesitation in rolling out its own red carpet. Ahead of its return to theaters by way of the long-awaited Black Widow, Marvel has dropped a new promotional video. And this three-minute ad dives headfirst into the sentimentality of the occasion. The video begins with the words of Stan Lee lain over misty-eyed moments of the past 10 years of Avenging. But then comes the real meat: the yet-to-come. Marvel shows off teases of its big Phase 4 entries before revealing the titles for some eagerly anticipated upcoming movies.
Promising new looks at Black Widow and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings show off the expected high-flying action. Black Widow will mark the MCU’s first new movie since 2019; Natasha’s years-in-the-making flick will hit theaters and Disney+ concurrently on July 9. Later this year, we’ll get Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings; though release strategy remains TBD, we know we’ll be seeing the film on September 3.
The video’s peek at Eternals may be quick, but manages an air of wonderment. (You can take your first look at Chloe Zhao’s forthcoming film right around the 2:20 mark.) Given the Nomadland director’s recent victories at the Oscars, this should be one of Marvel’s hottest new properties. Eternals will be 2021’s third (and not even final!) Marvel release, coming out on November 5. On its tail, we’ll get Spider-Man: No Way Home on December 17; no footage for that one yet.
Frankly, the biggest moments in the video don’t take the form of footage, but of simple text. The back half of the ad shows off the erstwhile unknown titles for the sequels of Black Panther and Captain Marvel. The former—whose mention is especially evocative given the world’s loss of Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman—dons the subtitle Wakanda Forever, and will release on July 8, 2022. Captain Marvel’s follow-up appears to go simply by The Marvels (intriguing), and will come out on November 11, 2022. And then, of course, there’s the briefest of tease for Jon Watts’ upcoming Fantastic Four film. Marvel has yet to reveal just about anything from the upcoming film, from cast to release date, but even the blink and you’ll miss it flash of the logo is enough to have fans hyped. (And speculating as to how exactly the quartet will make their MCU entrance.)
Find the rest of Marvel’s Phase 4 titles and release dates below:
Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness — March 25, 2022
Thor: Love and Thunder — May 6, 2022
Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania — February 17, 2023
Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 — May 5, 2023