With Avengers: Endgame in theaters and Spider-Man: Far From Home on the way, fans are wanting to know when the Phase 4 movies we already know about will officially be announced. Just last week Disney CEO Bob Iger said on the company’s earnings call that he expected Kevin Feige to announce their slate this summer. And most people have a very good idea when that’ll be, but others may not know that Kevin Feige revealed where and when it’ll be last year.
In April of 2018, when Avengers: Infinity War was just opening in theaters, everyone was asking Kevin Feige when they’d announce new movies. He stated in several interviews that since the movies they promised at the Phase 3 announcement event weren’t out yet, it wouldn’t be right to promise more movies on top of that; so they skipped San Diego Comic Con last summer and did not do Hall H. However, Feige explained to Den of Geek last year that they planned to do Hall H at SDCC this year:
“That’s one of the main reasons we’re not going to Hall H this year,” he continues, “is because Ant Man & the Wasp will have just been released, Infinity War will be out, Captain Marvel will have just finished filming, Spider-Man will have just started filming, and we’re not gonna be making any other announcements. So we’re gonna wait until Comic-Con next year.”
Some people are trying to claim that since there’s a D23 Expo this year that Marvel won’t do Hall H to announce the movies, when that actually hasn’t really happened at previous D23 Expos. At most, Marvel will bring an exclusive clip or some kind of footage for the D23 Expo crowed; while saving the big reveals of new movies for Hall H at San Diego Comic Con.
This year SDCC goes first in July, while D23 Expo will follow the month after in August. Also, at least for Star Wars, it seems like SDCC will be focused on the movies and D23 will have more of a Disney+ point of view according to MakingStarWars.net. It’s possible the same will be true for Marvel; reveal the movies at SDCC while saving some of the Disney+ stuff to sell the most hardcore Disney fans on the streaming service at D23 Expo.
Traditionally, Star Wars at SDCC is done on Fridays in Hall H, which means the Marvel Studios panel is likely on Saturday July 20th. That’s when we’ll likely learn what movies will kick off Phase 4, but we’re probably not going to learn everything. Kevin Feige recently said they probably won’t reveal five years worth of movies. But we’ll at least learn some titles, and movies such as Doctor Strange 2 and Black Panther 2 will likely not be titled that, as both seem to have subtitles coming.
We’re just over two months away from when we’ll learn, officially, what the first couple years of Phase 4 will look like.