MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE PHASE 4:
By Kirsten Howard
After Spider-Man: No Way Home and Hawkeye have been released, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will kick off a huge year filled with new TV shows and movies.
It’s been a tumultuous year for the MCU, but Marvel Studios has still managed to deliver a host of new TV shows and films to fans worldwide.
WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, Black Widow, What If…?, Shang-Chi, and Eternals have already arrived in 2021, with Hawkeye and Spider-Man: No Way Home still to come.
But Marvel has big plans for 2022, and there are a lot of massive developments and new additions to the MCU roster on the horizon.
The first MCU movie in 2022 will be Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 6.
Benedict Cumberbatch reprises his role as the Sorcerer Supreme in the sequel, which will find Stephen Strange sharing his imminent destiny with Scarlet Witch during some dark multiversal events.
Ms. Marvel will finally join the MCU on the small screen in 2022, getting her own show on Disney+ ahead of her movie debut in 2023’s The Marvels.
Iman Vellani stars as Kamala Khan, who became the first Muslim character to headline her own Marvel comic book back in 2014. The teen superhero has shapeshifting abilities and a lot of heart.
Moon Knight is another new character joining the MCU via Disney+. Often considered more of an antihero, Marc Spector is a mercenary-turned-crimefighter with dissociative identity disorder.
Beloved Dune and Star Wars actor Oscar Isaac stars as Spector in Moon Knight, with Ethan Hawke co-starring as the rumored big villain of the show.
On July 8, Chris Hemsworth will return as Thor alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy in Thor: Love and Thunder, with Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi returning to helm the summer blockbuster.
Natalie Portman will reprise her role as Jane Foster in the fourquel, becoming worthy of lifting the hammer herself!
Meanwhile, the Marvel Cinematic Universe will expand yet again on TV as She-Hulk joins the fray.
Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany leads the cast as lawyer Jennifer Walters, who in the comics becomes She-Hulk after getting a blood transfusion from her cousin Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo).
The big Marvel event TV series of 2022 is set to be Secret Invasion, as the Skulls - the race of shapeshifting aliens seen in Captain Marvel - infiltrate all aspects of life on Earth.
Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury will be caught up in the Skrull invasion with Oscar-winning The Crown actress Olivia Colman and Game of Thrones breakout Emilia Clarke joining him in the series.
Rounding out the year on the movie side will be Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on November 11, with much of the first film’s cast returning for the sequel, minus the late, great Chadwick Boseman.