Marvel fans: assemble!
If you weren’t quite ready to go back to the movie theaters just yet, Marvel’s new Phase 4 teaser should get everyone stoked to reunite at their local multiplexes as if being summoned to a climactic Thanos showdown.
Fueled by highlights from the most popular film franchise of the past decade, “Marvel Celebrates The Movies” evokes the spirit of what going to the movies in a packed theater is all about — a singular, meaningful experience that can never be replicated at home. (One clip from a live audience on opening night of Avengers: Endgame drives that point home especially well.)
Then, after the first half of this promo primes that pump, the second half downshifts into teasing Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even for someone who isn’t particularly enamored by the MCU (me!), this conjures all the feels about why we love going to the movies.
It’s also exciting to see how much of Phase 4 is so fresh and original (Eternals, Shang Chi) even as a good chunk of it relies on existing character IPs (Guardians, Spider-Man, Thor). The two are connected, of course, by Marvel’s transitional heroes between the eras (Black Panther, Dr. Strange, Captain Marvel).
Certainly the most exciting reveal is the first look footage of Eternals, the dormant supergroup from the Marvel catalogue that re-emerges from hiding due to the fallout of events from Endgame. It comes from the newly crowned Academy Award winner for Best Director, Chloé Zhao (Nomadland).
In a close second to that, there’s also hype in seeing the actual titles to all of these sequels, most of which to this point have just had the requisite number assignments. (You can see the title logos in the gallery below.)
Bonus tease: there’s even a hint at Fantastic Four!
Phase 4 begins this July with Black Widow and continues in the fall with Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (September 3) and Eternals (November 5). It then expands apace into 2022 and 2023. Phase 4 is all laid out in the exciting teaser above.
For Marvel diehards (especially those who’ve been left a bit ambivalent by Marvel series WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on Disney Plus), July 9 can’t get here fast enough.
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