MCU Phase 5: Release Dates and What We Know So Far

With the newest trailer for Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, Phase 5 of the MCU is finally taking flight. Phase 4 ended with the MCU’s 30th film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which will begin streaming on Disney+ on February 1. But what about the next Marvel movies and TV shows?

Here’s a schedule of the MCU Phase 5, organized by order of release date in 2023 plus sections for 2024 movies and TV shows. Phase 5 will be giant-sized (and small-sized), with a dash of the supernatural, nostalgia, and plenty of What Ifs. Let’s get into it!

Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania

February 17, 2023

In the new trailer for Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, we see Scott Lang tempted by Kang’s promise of a chance to start all over again. Back in the finale of Loki, a variant of Kang, called He Who Remains, warned that Kang is exceedingly dangerous to reality. When Scott’s daughter, Cassie Lang, opens a doorway into the Quantum Realm, she unleashes Kang’s influence. Janet Van Dyne, while trapped in the Quantum Realm, appears to know of Kang and his danger.

With Cassie’s increased role, the MCU steps closer to assembling the Young Avengers. The new trailer also shows a first look at M.O.D.O.K., a super-genius villain associated with A.I.M. in the comics. While Scott’s intentions are to gain more time with his family, the repercussions of his trust in Kang are monumental. Kang’s power can “re-write existence and shatter timelines,” according to Janet. And power like that always comes with a high price.

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3

May 5, 2023

Another highly anticipated Marvel movie is the conclusion to James Gunn’s current Guardians of the Galaxy trilogy. When this team first showed up on the big screen, they weren’t well known. They didn’t even really get along with each other. But they quickly won over fans’ hearts with their signature brand of cosmic, warm-hearted comedy.

In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, which will likely be the last outing for the Guardians in their current lineup, the team must once again save the universe — this time from the High Evolutionary. This super-villain is known in the comics for his cruel genetic experiments that create chimeric super-powered people. The movie also brings in Cosmo the Spacedog as well as Adam Warlock, an all-powerful Sovereign creation whose allegiance has yet to be defined. Plus, the team must deal with a time-displaced Gamora and Rocket’s tragic past.

The Marvels

November 10, 2023

The Marvels will bring together three heroes who are all connected by the Marvel moniker: Carol Danvers’ Captain Marvel, Monica Rambeau, and Kamala Khan, AKA Ms. Marvel. In the comics, Monica is currently known as Photon but at the beginning of her career, she went by Captain Marvel. In the MCU, Monica knew Carol as a little girl. With the passing of her mom, Maria, there’s some unresolved tension between Monica and Carol.

In addition to their complicated past, Kamala, Carol, and Monica appear to be switching places with each other, as seen in the post-credits scene of Ms. Marvel‘s finale. It happens every time they use their powers. Along with the return of the Skrulls, this film has the potential to tie in many other new space-based or genetically-enhanced characters but, as of now, details remain scarce about The Marvels plot.

2024 MCU Movies

Captain America: New World Order, Thunderbolts, Blade

Phase 5 continues to lay the groundwork for new legacy heroes, new teams, and even characters who are completely new to the MCU! First up, we have Captain America: New World Order. During the epilogue of Avengers: Endgame, Sam Wilson inherited Steve Rogers’ shield. In The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Sam embraced his new heroic persona and redefined what it means to be Captain America. New World Order will introduce Sabra, an Israeli spy, and bring back Thaddeus Ross as well as Isaiah Bradley, a Black Super Soldier whose grandson, Eli, joins the Young Avengers in the comics.

Next, Thunderbolts will assemble a ragtag team of antiheroes and former counterintelligence operatives, including Yelena Belova, Bucky Barnes, Taskmaster, Red Guardian, Ghost, and U.S. Agent. The team will presumably be directed by Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. And finally, Blade will continue the supernatural MCU element brought in with Werewolf By Night. Blade will introduce the titular vampire hunter and it will be the last film of Phase 5.

MCU Phase 5 TV Shows

In addition to six new movies, the MCU’s Phase 5 is set to include seven new television shows — along with X-Men ’97 in fall 2023 and season 2 of Marvel’s What If…?. A Marvel Zombies television series is also in development, possibly for release in 2024.

The first TV series of Phase 5 that will be released is Secret Invasion. Staying true to its title, not many details are known about this S.H.I.E.L.D.-based series. It will deal with the shape-shifting Skrull’s infiltration of MCU institutions, based on the popular comics event of the same title. The show will include Nick Fury, Maria Hill, and Talos. A new character, Agent Sonya Falsworth (potentially related to Union Jack), will appear, plus new Skrulls named Gravik and Fiz. Finally, an unnamed agent will appear who is heavily rumored to be Abigail Brand, a treacherous S.W.O.R.D. operative.

Remaining MCU Phase 5 TV Series

Along those same lines, not many official details are known about the remaining Marvel TV shows of Phase 5. After Secret Invasion, Phase 5 includes seven more shows. Loki season 2, Maya Lopez’s solo series Echo, and Ironheart are tentatively expected for 2023, followed (most likely) in 2024 by Agatha: Coven of Chaos and Daredevil: Born Again. Down the line, there will also be a War Machine-centered series called Armor Wars and an animated prequel series called Spider-Man: Freshman Year.

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