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Marvel Phase 4: Every MCU release date from Black Widow to Eternals

Published: 11/Nov/2020 19:10 Updated: 13/Nov/2020 12:11

by Daniel Megarry

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Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is fast approaching, and we’ve got every release date you need for the movies and Disney+ series coming your way.

With Phase 3 of the MCU drawn to a close following the defeat of their most fearsome villain yet, Thanos, fans are looking ahead to Phase 4’s biggest releases like Black Widow, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and the currently-untitled Spider-Man 3.

There have been plenty of delays thanks to the ongoing global health crisis, and what was expected to be a busy 2020 has since become a year without any new MCU content. Despite that disappointment, we’re happy to report that 2021 is looking much more exciting.

Below you’ll find the full list of upcoming entries into Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including both movies and Disney+ series, and what to expect when they arrive.

WandaVision: January 15, 2021

We still don’t know too much about the plot of WandaVision – or why Vision is still alive after the events of Avengers: Endgame – but there’s plenty of hype surrounding the new Disney+ show, which takes inspiration from classic sitcoms and was even filmed in front of a live studio audience.

The six-episode miniseries will follow Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda and Paul Bettany’s Vision as they live ideal suburban lives – but soon realize that not everything is as it seems. The show will also “directly set up” Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, according to Marvel boss Kevin Feige.

After months of waiting, we finally know that WandaVision will debut on January 15, 2021.

Black Widow: May 7, 2021

Black Widow

Black Widow’s long-awaited solo movie was originally scheduled for release on May 1, 2020, but clearly that didn’t happen. Thanks to the ongoing global health crisis, it’s now been pushed back by a whole year and will hit cinemas on May 7, 2021.

Set between the events of Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, the prequel movie will see Natasha Romanoff confront a conspiracy tied to her past in Russia and take on the Taskmaster. It will also introduce Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova, who’s expected to take over as Black Widow in the MCU.

You can find out everything we know about Black Widow including cast, storylines, and leaks right here.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: July 9, 2021

Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings logo

Much like Black Panther before it, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be a history-making movie for Marvel, as it will be their first to feature an Asian lead, as well as an all-Asian cast and predominantly Asian crew.

Based on the 1970s comic book character of the same name, the movie will star Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, a talented martial artist who takes on the mysterious Ten Rings organization that’s appeared throughout the MCU. Tony Leung will play Mandarin, the villainous leader of the Ten Rings.

Not much is known about the movie at the moment, but we do know that it will also star Awkwafina, Michelle Yeoh, and Ronnie Chieng in unspecified roles. It’s due out July 9, 2021.

Eternals: November 5, 2021

Marvel's Eternals logo

Directed by Chloé Zhao, Eternals tells the story of the powerful, almost-immortal titular celestial beings who have existed for thousands of years. With a star-studded cast and a cosmic story that has endless potential, it’s arguably the most exciting addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in years.

The highly-anticipated entry into Phase 4 of the MCU was supposed to be released in cinemas on November 6, 2020. Like many other movies scheduled to premiere this year, it’s been pushed back – first to February 12, 2021, and then once again to November 5, 2021.

While frustrating, the delays have given way to some leaks including promo artwork that shows off Richard Madden and his team of Eternals in their superhero outfits, which you can check out here.

Spider-Man 3: December 17, 2021

Spider-Man Far From Home

Spider-Man: Far From Home left the franchise on a particularly juicy cliffhanger; in the mid-credits scene, The Daily Bugle’s J. Jonah Jameson revealed Peter Parker’s identity to the world, the consequences of which are currently unknown. So naturally, excitement for Spider-Man 3 is pretty darn high.

What we know: Jamie Foxx will once again play villain Electro, while Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange is set to make an appearance. Both of these have fueled speculation over a multiverse plotline that could introduce Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s historic portrayals of Spider-Man to the MCU.

There’s plenty to be unveiled when Spider-Man 3 hits cinemas on December 17, 2021. Here’s hoping it doesn’t fall victim to more MCU delays.

Thor: Love and Thunder: February 11, 2022

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After he went through a reinvention of sorts in Taika Waititi’s Ragnarok, Thor has become one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most universally beloved characters. Love and Thunder looks set to continue the zany, over-the-top action with Waititi returning to direct the God of Thunder’s adventures once again.

Natalie Portman will return to the Thor franchise as Jane Foster, who will become the superhero Mighty Thor. It will be her first proper MCU appearance since 2013. Tessa Thompson will also reprise her role as Valkyrie, the leader of New Asgard who will be looking for her Queen as the MCU’s first openly bisexual superhero.

How powerful will Mighty Thor be? Does this mean Chris Hemsworth’s Thor will retire? Who will be Valkyrie’s queen? All these questions will be answered when Thor: Love and Thunder hits cinemas on February 11, 2022.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: March 25, 2022

Doctor Strang in the Multiverse of Madness logo

As always, Marvel are remaining tight-lipped about the plot of the upcoming Doctor Strange sequel. The title gives one thing away though: Benedict Cumberbatch’s caped superhero will be exploring the MCU multiverse.

It’s also been confirmed that Scarlet Witch will appear in the sequel, and Kevin Feige has teased that the Disney+ miniseries WandaVision (expected to release before the end of 2020) will “directly set up” the movie. Given that Doctor Strange is set to appear in Spider-Man 3, we wouldn’t be surprised if the web-slinger makes an appearance, too.

Whatever the Marvel team have in store for Doctor Strange, we’ll find out when it hits cinemas on March 25, 2022.

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, What If, Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, She-Hulk: Currently unknown

A number of promising Disney+ series that will join the MCU canon have been announced, but none of them currently have official release dates.

It’s expected that The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, and What If…? will all arrive at some point in 2021. Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight and She-Hulk are more likely to arrive in 2022.

However, it’s worth remembering that even these rough estimates have the potential to move around, especially as Marvel’s movie releases have faced numerous delays and reshuffling as a result of the ongoing global health crisis.

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Bizarre Pokemon Journeys episode goes viral for “cruel” Blaziken scene

Published: 2/Dec/2020 0:57

by Brent Koepp

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A November episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime went viral after fans discovered it included a bizarre scene featuring Blaziken. The strange sequences force the Gen III ‘mon into a “cruel” situation that has left some viewers disturbed.

Pokemon Journeys made its debut in Japan in November 2019. The latest anime in the long-running series follows protagonist Ash Ketchum and new character Goh as they travel across the game’s eight regions.

An episode that aired in November 2020 has made waves online after a scene featuring a bizarre food contest went viral. Fans of the Nintendo property were left unsettled after a Blaziken is forced to eat his own species – well, sort of.

Screenshot from Pokemon Journeys anime.
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The Pokemon Journeys episode featured unusual food in it.

Bizarre Pokemon Journeys scene goes viral

In the November 27 episode of the Pokemon Journeys anime, Ash and Goh both participate in an eating contest. The competition has Trainers seeing whose ‘mon can consume the most food in the shortest time possible.

However, things took a cruel turn when the final dish served was a cuisine in the shape of Torchic. Blaziken’s appetite quickly turned sour at the thought of eating something shaped like his own species.

The Gen III character then stood up and quit the contest after shedding a tear. The incredibly strange cannibalism-like dilemma went viral after being uploaded to Reddit on November 30.

Blaziken was dominating the food eating contest but then.. from pokemon

While the Torchic are technically a dessert item, the scene left some fans feeling disturbed or sympathetic towards the Pokemon’s plight. “I feel you Blaziken, being forced to eat your kind is cruel,” one fan wrote. Another user exclaimed “Who’s the sick b****rd that decided to try to make a Blaziken eat Torchics?”

Pokemon fans react to the disturbing anime scene on Reddit.

Despite only having aired in Japan, the scene quickly spread online as the community found it both be hilarious and creepy. Popular artist ‘popemadara‘ made a comedic drawing that went viral on Twitter that depicts other Pokemon in the same dilemma as Blaziken.

While it’s true that people eat human-shaped edibles called gingerbread men, the Torchic food item was disturbingly detailed. If nothing else, the situation showed that the Fire-type monster has a softer side.

Pokemon Journeys is currently still airing in Japan, however North American viewers can catch the first half of the series now on Netflix which is broken up into Part 1 and 2.