Marvel Studios won Comic Con on Saturday night with a reveal of their Phase 4 slate and confirmation that Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali will take on the iconic role of Blade who will join the MCU.
There were, however, some lingering questions in the wake of that panel and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has spoken with a few outlets about the presentation and offered some more details.
First up, he confirmed to Collider that the five films and five shows announced are the entire full Phase 4 line-up. Whilst some changes could still happen, that’s all there is:
“It is the complete Phase Four the way I announced the complete Phase Three five years ago – things can move, things can change as they did if you go back and look at what we talked about five years ago for Phase Three, but we’ve been working on this for quite a while and it’s pretty set. But there are always changes possible.”
Unlike previous ‘phases’, there is no major crossover event like an “Avengers” film closing it out, but it’s also a shorter run than previous phases – a two year plan as opposed to the four-year plan announced for Phase 3. This particular phase is all about “beginnings” he tells IGN, saying:
“We had a movie this year called Avengers: Endgame, and it is very much an ending, as you saw, to so many of those characters. So Phase 4 is about beginnings, and Phase 4 is about learning new things about characters you already think you know like Black Widow, meeting incredible new characters like The Eternals and Shang-Chi, going on new adventures with Doctor Strange and Thor, and these Disney+ shows which I promise will be spectacular and not what anybody’s expecting..”
Feige also confirmed that Blade would not be in Phase 4, meaning that we effectively know at least four films that are going to be a part of that fifth phase which won’t kick off until 2022 – “Black Panther 2,” “Blade,” “Captain Marvel 2,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”.
Indeed, he tells MTV News that much of what comes after is already mapped out:
“We debated what we should announce today. Should we announce 4 and 5? We’ve planned them out, we’ve got five years down the road and I was like, I think eleven projects in two years is plenty. Having not mentioned anything for two or three years.”
He also teased that a new “Avengers” in some form will be back someday, just don’t expect the same team:
“[It’ll be a] very different team than we’ve seen before. 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 people you haven’t met yet.”
Finally, he also briefly discussed “Blade” with THR, saying it was Mahershala Ali himself who called Marvel where he was very upfront about his desire to make a new Blade movie. Feige added: “When Marhershala calls, you answer.”
Ali, of course, played the villain Cottonmouth in the first season of “Marvel’s Luke Cage” on Netflix. Whilst this doesn’t rule out Marvel Television productions like that show and “Daredevil” actually taking place in the MCU – it does suggest the possibility.