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Now that Marvel has officially kicked off its Phase Four with their latest movie, Black Widow, they’re about to start a new era of their story.

In case you didn’t know already, movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe owned by Disney are grouped into “Phases”. Phase One began with Tony Stark in Iron Man, 2008 and ended with the Avengers’ first get together in The Avengers, 2012. Phase Two picked up from there with Tony Stark AGAIN in Iron Man Three, 2013 and finished off with the world’s smallest superhero, Ant Man in 2015. Phase Three started off on a sour note with the Avengers epic breakup in Captain America: Civil War, 2016 and finished off strong with the second outing of our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man in 2019. All 3 of these Phases and their 23 movies come together to make the Infinity Saga, probably in reference to Thanos and the Infinity Stones being a vital part of the vast majority of the movies.

In the 13 years and 3 Phases since its inception, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has done well for itself, producing the self-proclaimed most ambitious crossover ever and also the highest grossing film of all time, only until James Cameron’s Avatar took the number 1 spot back in March of this year by virtue of rerelease in China. Now they’ve kicked off their Phase Four with Black Widow and have to do their best to oneup their mad titan Thanos in the next series of stories they decide to tell.

Like the multi-billion dollar franchise it is, Marvel Entertainment has already planned and  given us their lineup of movies planned for this Phase that will run from 2021 to 2023. This year alone we’re going to get Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Eternals, Spider-Man: No Way Home and then in 2022 and 2023 a host of other movies like Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will be coming to the big screen. Not to mention the plethora of Disney Plus original shows that it will be giving us that will be part of the main continuity, like Wandavision from earlier this year and Loki with its finale coming out today (by the way you definitely should watch both, highly recommend).

Now with Phase Four in its beginning stage, expanding its universe just a little bit, Marvel can take its world in numerous different ways, a multiverse of ways if you will. We’re all excited to see where it goes from here.

 

By: Joshua Osifo

 

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