When Marvel announced that the Cinematic Universe was arriving at Phase 6, everybody that was deep into the MCU was hyping and raving about it. But what about us mortals? The ones that, yes, we like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, know a thing or two about the superheroes and their lore. But! Aren’t that neck-deep into those sort of intricacies? Well, we prepared the article just for you.
Today we are telling you everything you need to know regarding Marvel Phase 6. Or, more exactly, the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 6: Secret Wars. What are these? And what are they all about? Well, for starters, they are a cycle of three years that will encompass the release of several movies that are somehow interconnected to a larger story. So, which movies are these? Come with us and let’s find out!
What Are Marvel’s Phases?
Simply put, every cycle of Marvel Studios’ films refers to a phase in the comic universe’s history. What started in 2008 with Iron Man —directed by Jon Favreau—, The Incredible Hulk—Directed by Louis Leterrier—, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America, and Marvel’s The Avengers was known as Phase One when the heroes “Assembled”. This first phase gave us the ideas and ground base terrain backdrop for the larger stories that would later be told in the upcoming years.
Phase Two Is The Age of Ultron From 2013 to 2015
Then, came the so-called Age of Ultron, or Phase 2, which went from 2013 to 2015, when Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier—directed by Anthony and Joe Russo—, Guardians of the Galaxy—directed by James Gunn—, Avengers: Age of Ultron —directed by Josh Whedon— and Ant-Man came about. The Age of Ultron allowed us to explore the greater Marvel Universe. And it presented furthermore characters that served for purposes of creating a solid story for the Endgame events.
Phase Three Is The Endgame From 2016 to 2019
Phase three was the Endgame, which was the series of events previous to the events shown in Avengers: Endgame. These were a series of movies from 2016 to 2019: Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange—directed by Scott Derrickson—, Guardians of The Galaxy Volume 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man & The Wasp, Captain Marvel, culminating with Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Phase Four Is The Legacy From 2020 to 2021
The fourth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe constitutes movies like Black Widow —directed by Cate Shortland—, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier—directed by Kari Skogland—, Eternals —directed by Chloé Zhao—, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings —directed by Destin Daniel Cretton—, Wandavision, Loki, Spider-Man No Way Home—directed by Jon Watts—, Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness—directed by Sam Raimi—, Moon Knight, She-Hulk, Miss Marvel, Thor: Love and Thunder —directed by Taika Watiti—, and Hawkeye. These are films that take place after the tragic events of Endgame, which was a pivotal event in the Marvel Comics Universe and served as a turning point for all things to come.
This phase is also known as the Legacy phase. Since Thanos is gone, everybody in the world, human, superhuman, and superhero, or alien, was affected by his neo-Malthusian shenanigans of snapping a finger and sending everybody into oblivion, only to have everybody restored. So, in this phase, not only do we see the fallout from that, but we also take a look at other stories from other characters presented to us along the way.
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Phase 5 Encompasses From 2022 To 2024
The fifth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the current phase we’re in. It’s made up of films and television shows, just like its predecessor. This era is post-pandemic, and it means that some of the productions faced a few tweaks because, between 2019 and 2020, everything regarding preproduction stopped thanks to COVID. Now, Phase four includes reboots of great movies and characters like Blade —because Wesley Snipes’ Blade was great!—, another Black Panther movie called “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” scheduled for May 2022, Captain Marvel 2000, Ironheart, scheduled for October 2022, scheduled September 2022. And the third installment of Guardians of the Galaxy is slated for February 2023.
Also, we will see another reboot of The Fantastic Four —this will be the third one after the Jessica Alba one. And that other one starring Kate Mara and Michael B. Jordan, which no one remembers—this movie will premiere in May 2023. Later, in fall 2023, we will see The Wasp and Ant-Man. That will tell how that interdimensional travel went along for the post-credit scenes in the last movie. After that, Bruce Banner will return with Hulk: Future Imperfect in October 2023. And for 2024, we will see Captain America: Serpent Society and yet another Avengers movie called Secret Invasion slated for September 2024.
What Is Marvel Phase 6?
Phase 6, code-named “Secret Wars,” encompasses the most ambitious project yet for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Firstly, it is a three-year movie cycle beginning in 2025 and concluding at the turn of the decade in 2028, which includes a dozen different feature films. The Sixth Phase kicks off with Eternals: Infinity Quest, then A-Force.
X-Men Make A Comeback
After that, we will see a long-awaited fan-favorite franchise. That’s right! The X-Men are making a comeback with “The Uncanny X-Men,” which marks another cycle of X-Men movies for the upcoming decade and a new set of stories from our favorite heroes. Bear in mind that all these movies are far from being completed and are what you’d call in the business “placeholders”. Still, we expect this upcoming X-Men movie to be a great reboot for the franchise and a great opportunity for new generations to get familiar with these action heroes!
A Couple More Sequels
Shang-Chi and the Heroes for Hire will return in 2026, and that’s to tell us what happened after the Legend of The Ten Rings —and maybe a couple of appearances in other films as well. That same year —2026— will bring us another amazing Black Panther movie as the Kingdom of Wakanda stands strong and forever once again in Black Panther: Siege.
For 2027 we will see Captain Marvel: Warbird hit the theaters, as well as another adventure for Doctor Strange. This time it will be called Doctor Strange in The Dark Dimension. And speaking of Dark, we will see a movie called “Dark Avengers,” then one called “Young Avengers” in 2028. Only to round up the phase with Avengers: Secret Wars and a movie called “Nova”.
The upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe films and series are sure to captivate new and veteran fans alike. With these projects, Marvel Studios aims to create a string of films that interconnect that will bring entertainment for the next decade. Thus creating a mark in the world of pop culture and superhero fan lore as we’ve never seen before. What initially began with Jon Favreau’s Iron Man giving a dude like Robert Downey Jr. —an actor that was down on his luck thanks to his bad choices— in a couple of years became a powerhouse of entertainment so big that The Walt Disney Company decided to acquire it.
After the acquisition by Disney, Marvel Studios simply expanded into greater and bigger things. They listed more movies, hired more actors, developed more scripts, and created a brand that engages and is compelling to all ages. You can take your pick from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, and you will surely find a movie and character that you will like, whether it is from Phase One to Phase Six. There’s someone there for you. With this, we conclude our coverage of the upcoming Marvel Phase Six. We hope you enjoy it, and please keep coming back to Otakukart for more daily updates on all your favorite series, movies, and shows.
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