Marvel reveals its casting and upcoming movies for MCU Phase 4

San Diego Comic Con served as the perfect venue to announce what to expect in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 4, including superstar actors and its first animated series

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Tessa Thompson, Chris Hemsworth, Taika Waititi, Angelina Jolie, Lia McHugh, Natalie Portman, Richard Madden, Dong-seok Ma and Chloe Zhao speak at the Marvel Studios Panel during 2019 Comic-Con International at San Diego Convention Center on July 20, 2019.

At this year’s Comic Con in San Diego, Marvel Studios revealed exciting new plans for Phase Four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which consists of 11 films, all slated for release in the next two years.

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Asian power is in full swing, as Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, announced the confirmed casting of Chinese-Canadian actor Simu Liu in the title role of Shang-chi in Shang-chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Awkwafina in a yet-to-be-disclosed role, as well as celebrated Chinese actor Tony Leung as Real Mandarin. 

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In addition to A-listers like Angelina Jolie, The Eternals also stars Pakistani actor Kumail Nanjiani and Korean actor Don Lee. The film will be directed by Beijing-born Chinese filmmaker, screenwriter and producer Chloé Zhao.

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In the fourth instalment of Thor, Thor: Love and Thunder, Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman, will become the Mighty Thor, the goddess of Thunder.


Elizabeth Olsen, who’s previously appeared in the Avenger series and other MCU films, will reprise her role as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch in the second Doctor Strange film, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

In WandaVision, a Disney+ original series, MCU newcomer Teyonah Parris will play the grown-up version of Monica Rambeau, who was introduced to audiences in Captain Marvel.

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David Harbour, known for his role as Jim Hopper in the hit Netflix series Stranger Things, will play Alexei aka The Red Guardian in Black Widow - the first film of Phase Four to hit the big screen.

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“What If…?,” the first animated series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, will feature stories that present alternate realities in the Marvel universe. Actors from across the Marvel Cinematic Universe will reprise their roles as voice talents in the series.