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Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 5: When does it begin, what does it include, where can you watch

Andy Silva breaks down the announcement of the timeline for Phase 5 of the MCU which was announced at San Diego Comic Con on Saturday.


Marvel Studios made its presentation at San Diego Comic Con on Saturday in Hall H and the next phase of the MCU has begun to take shape.

We are currently in the midst of Phase 4 of the MCU, which will continue next with the Disney+ series, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law. A new trailer for that also dropped Saturday, showcasing the show’s more comedic tone along with some key players such as Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk, her cousin Bruce Banner/Hulk, Emil Blonsky/Abomination, Wong from the Doctor Strange franchise and Daredevil.

Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige confirmed that Phase 4 will end with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in November, which also debuted its trailer as it navigates the difficult task of moving on without star Chadwick Boseman, who passed away from colon cancer in 2020. The trailer uses music to help tell its story as Shuri, Ramonda, Nakia, Okoye and M’Baku return as well providing hints to appearance of Riri Williams, aka Ironheart, and Namor, the King of Atlantis.

Phase 5, meanwhile, will begin in February 2023 with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Phase 5 is as follows:

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania - In theaters Feb. 17, 2023
  • Secret Invasion - Debuts on Disney+ Spring 2023
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 - In theaters May 5, 2023
  • Echo - Debuts on Disney+ Summer 2023
  • Loki (Season 2) - Debuts on Disney+ Summer 2023
  • The Marvels - In theaters July 28, 2023
  • Blade - In theaters Nov. 3, 2023
  • Ironheart - Debuts on Disney+ Fall 2023
  • Agatha: Coven of Chaos - Debuts on Disney+ Winter 2023
  • Daredevil: Born Again - Debuts on Disney+ Spring 2024
  • Captain America: New World Order - In theaters May 3, 2024
  • Thunderbolts - In theaters July 26, 2024

There are some notable announcements here. Among them was the title and release date for the next Captain America film, with Sam Wilson continuing to take on the mantle following the events of the Disney+ series, The Falcon and the Winter Solider. Also stemming from that and several other projects is the Thunderbolts film currently slated to close out Phase 5. And for fans of the Netflix MCU universe, which is itself now on Disney+, Daredevil is “Born Again” with Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio both returning to the franchise.

Marvel didn’t stop there, however, announcing that the Fantastic Four will open Phase 6 on Nov. 8, 2024 and that a pair of Avengers movies — Avengers: The Kang Dynasty (set for release on May 2, 2025) and Avengers: Secret Wars (set for release on Nov. 7, 2025) — will close out the Multiverse Saga.

All in all, plenty for Marvel fans to sink their teeth into. What are you most excited for? What has you scratching your head? Hit me up on Twitter where my handle is @a_silva32 to let me know.