Marvel Phase 5 Movies, Shows, Release Dates, 'Avengers 5,' and More

Everything MCU heading into the mid-2020s.

Marvel Studios exceeded expectations at San Diego Comic-Con, and after announcing a full lineup of Phase Four movies and shows leading to the end of 2021, the studio confirmed a few scant details about what fans can expect from Phase Five.

For movies, Phase Four will include Black Widow, The Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Thor: Love and Thunder. For Disney+ shows, there’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, What If…?, and Hawkeye.

Speaking with MTV News, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige implied that the 11 projects revealed during the panel comprised everything in Phase Four, meaning anything coming after will be Phase Five.

“We debated what we should announce today,” Feige said. “Should we announce [Phase] Four and Five? We’ve planned them out, we’ve got five years down the road and I was like, I think 11 projects in two years is plenty, having not mentioned anything for two or three years.”

Of course, Feige did end up teasing some Phase 5 plans at the very end of Marvel’s Comic-Con panel, providing a roadmap for the years ahead. Combined with everything we already knew about the studio’s plans, here are all the details we have so far about Marvel Phase 5, which could take us right up to 2025.


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Hulk, Ant-Man, Rocket, and War Machine in the final battle of 'Avengers: Endgame'.

What Movies Will Be Part of Marvel’s Phase 5?

Towards the end of the SDCC Marvel Studios panel, Feige introduced Mahershala Ali as the new Blade, who’ll star in an upcoming movie that may or may not count as Phase Four. (Feige refers to “11 projects in two years” despite only 10 shows and movies appearing on the official timeline, so Blade must be the 11th).

Feige also name-dropped a handful of obvious film sequels in the works, mentioned something about “mutants,” and admitted that a Fantastic Four movie was being planned. Based on all of that, here’s every movie we can expect in Phase Five:

In light of the Disney-Sony dispute over Spider-Man, it looks like whatever movies comes after Spider-Man: Far From Home will take place in a separate cinematic universe, one that Tom Holland’s Peter Parker will share with Venom.

So long, Peter.

But back in the MCU, it’s possible that we might see an X-Men movie by the end of Phase Five. Integrating mutants into the MCU is definitely an eventual goal for Marvel Studios, but how exactly that might happen is unclear.

Paul Rudd and Peyton Reed — star and director of the Ant-Man movies, respectively — have spoken about wanting to do Ant-Man 3, but so far there are no official plans in the works. Marvel Studios might make plans in several year’s time, however.

Avengers 5 also isn’t even confirmed, but we can all take that as an inevitability.

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Smart Hulk eats big breakfast burritos, and he knows a lot of science stuff.

What Are the Phase 5 Release Dates?

Thanks to Disney blocking off release dates far in advance, we know that the House of Mouse has the following dates on the books for Marvel films:

  • February 18, 2022
  • May 6, 2022
  • July 29, 2022

At Disney’s D23 expo in August 2019, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed that Black Panther II would be released on May 6, 2022.

This defies expectations a bit; The first Black Panther came out in the middle of February, so it was expected that the sequel would follow suit. Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 was released in May 2017, so that same time of year in 2022 originally seemed like a good fit. Could hey be switching months? James Gunn is surely further along writing the third Guardians movie than Ryan Coogler is with Black Panther II.

Marvel usually reserves July for releasing Ant-Man or Spider-Man movies, so it’s possible that July 29, 2022 was originally intended for the Far From Home sequel. Now, we really have no way of knowing. Could that be Captain Marvel 2?

All of this is pure speculation, however. Phase Four includes three movies in 2020 and three movies in 2021, so it seems likely that Phase Five should follow suit with three movies in 2022 and three more in 2023 — at least.

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A show about Winter Soldier and Falcon will be the first Marvel Studios Disney+ series.

What Shows Will Be a Part of Marvel’s Phase 5?

Phase Four’s Disney+ lineup of television shows is far from kicking things off with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in fall 2020, but even if the relationship between shows like WandaVision and Marvel movies seems unclear, we do know that they’ll all overlap in a major way — certainly far more than the Marvel Netflix shows ever did.

Speaking with Screen Rant in March 2019, Kevin Feige said that all of these Disney+ shows will “stand right alongside the MCU films and will be completely intertwined.” He also noted that the “the story and the characters will go back and forth between Disney Plus programming and the films.”

The Phase Four shows could be integral in setting up the Phase Five story arc, and there’s the obvious assumption that Phase Five could involve follow-up seasons of Phase Four shows. Could that mean The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will get a Season 2? That remains to be seen, but the anthology series What If…? — which explores alternate universes with different versions of familiar characters — could conceivably go on forever.

In an interview with ComicBook.com, Captain Marvel producer Mary Livanos did note how the medium will allow Marvel Studios to explore multi-issue story arcs from the comics, saying, “You can really tell, like a full comic-book event, like a multi-issue story, from the point of storytelling.”

If we one day get Avengers vs. X-Men, will it come in the form of a six-hour limited Disney+ series? Maybe!

Also worth noting: Marvel Studios announced Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight series for Disney+ at D23 in August 2019. It seems likely that they’ll release as part of Phase Five instead of Four.

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Spider-Man, Valkyrie, Scarlet Witch, and Captain Marvel in 'Avengers: Endgame'.

Will Avengers 5 Happen in Marvel’s Phase Five?

By the time Phase Five wraps up, we’ll have sequels for all the major solo heroes, and a new status quo for the Avengers will be established. The Avengers lineup will likely include a mix of these heroes: Sam Wilson’s Captain America, Winter Soldier, Jane Foster’s Mighty Thor, Valkyrie, Black Panther, Professor Hulk, Kate Bishop’s Hawkeye, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Shang-Chi, Blade, Scarlet Witch, a resurrected Vision (maybe), the Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Eternals. There might even be a Black Widow replacement. And don’t forget Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight.

Will groups like the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Eternals even fraternize with the Avengers enough? In the first Avengers and in Age of Ultron, being an Avenger was pretty exclusive. It’s possible that we’ll see a few different superhero groups.

Speaking with MTV News, Feige confirmed that a new Avengers team-up was on the horizon. “It will be a very different team than we’ve seen before,” he said. “That’s what Endgame was all about. It will be a very different incarnation of the team with some people you’ve already met and some you haven’t met yet.”

Does that mean a New Avengers, a Dark Avengers, or a Young Avengers group? Possibly. For now, all we can do is speculate.


Marvel’s Phase Five is expected to begin in 2022.

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