Ranking the 10 projects coming to Phase 4 of the MCU

In lieu of another Terrible Movie Thursday (don’t worry, just for one week), I wanted to talk about something I am sure is near and dear to all the wonderful readers here at The Clockout: ComicCon. That’s right, the biggest pop culture event ever, San Diego ComicCon, took place last weekend. We got to see a teaser of the next season of Rick and Morty, got info on Netflix’s attempt to scoop up disheartened Game of Thrones fans with The Witcher, and got new trailers for IT: Chapter Two and Cats.

And that’s it, it was honestly a pretty quiet year at SDCC–oh who am I kidding we all know what the main event was!

That’s right, in one glorious hour, my one true Lord and savior Kevin Feige came out and gave us sheep what we’ve been bleating about ever since Avengers: Endgame (aka the biggest movie ever, suck it James Cameron), news about what is coming next. Yeah, sure we got Spiderman: Far From Home to tide us over, but Comic Con was going to the our menu for what comes post Snap/Blip.

I was expecting that maybe Feige would tease the projects that have been largely rumored/known to be coming. But tease us he did not. Instead, Feige and everyone else at Marvel gave us the orgasmic experience we desperately wanted but dared not hope to get. If you missed it I’m sorry, but I’ll do my best to break down everything that got announced in the order of my excitement for it.

10. WandaVision

I’ll be honest, I really have no interest in a show about Scarlet Witch and Vision. Neither character is particularly interesting or dynamic and I’ve always found their relationship to be kind of creepy and not believable. I mean, I’ll still watch it but in the same way I watched all of Iron Fist season 1, because if I don’t then I’ll be behind later on.

The one intriguing thing about this show is that it takes place after Endgame meaning they’re going to have to figure out how to bring back Vision after the Snap/Blip. And if they can do that, who else might be coming back.

9. Black Widow

I love ScarJo and am obviously a fan anytime she gets put back in that catsuit, but I’m not looking forward to this because we already know how her story turns out. This movie will take place before Infinity War/Endgame, so what happens in it feels like it has no consequence. I’m hopeful that Marvel will prove me wrong with some big twist or something, but I suspect this is just going to be an origin story we should have gotten a while ago.

8. Loki

This is pretty much the same reason I don’t have much interest in Loki’s own show. His will follow an alternate version of Loki (I won’t say much else in case anyone hasn’t seen Endgame) in another timeline/dimension so it kind of feels removed from the “main” version of the MCU we occupy. Sure, it could be fun, but we’ve seen Loki in a bunch of MCU movies already. Do we really need more of him?

7. Hawkeye

Similar to Loki and Black Widow, Clint has pretty much run through his full arc in the MCU. The reason, then, that this is higher than those two is that this show might not be focusing on Jeremy Renner, but rather the actual Hawkeye aka Kate Bishop. Having him be a potential mentor to Bishop and have her kind of introduce the next wave of Avengers will be kind of cool.

6. The Eternals

This is potentially the next Guardians of the Galaxy-type property for Marvel. It’s an ensemble cast with some really talented actors including Angelina Jolie, Kumal Nanjiani, Richard Madden, and Salma Hayek. The Eternals are basically Gods on Earth so they’re going to be dealing with a lot of the inter-dimensional crap. The only reason I’m not higher on this is that I just don’t know enough about them as a group.

5. …What if?

Kind of breaking my rule about not liking shows that have nothing to do with the main MCU timeline, …What if? is a show about alternate realities in the MCU. What if Bucky got the Captain America serum instead of Steve Rogers? What if The Avengers lost the Battle of New York? What if Terrance Howard was still playing Rhodey? It’s cool to get to see these re-imaginings of events we’ve already seen. It’s a very comic book thing to do.

4. Shang-Chi and the Legend of 1,000 Rings

This movie is going be the Black Panther for Asians. It’s gonna make a billion dollars in China alone and (if it’s done right) it’s going to be the next great Kung Fu movie that we haven’t seen since The Siege. On top of that, this movie is going to pay off a few hints from the Iron Man movies including the 1,000 Rings (the organization that captured Tony Stark and made him create Iron Man) and the Mandarin (the bad guy from Iron Man 3 that supposedly died). I’m super hyped.

3. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Doctor Strange is one of the blander MCU heroes, but I am suuuuuuper hyped to see this movie potentially introduce the multiverse that got teased in Spiderman: Homecoming. Also, the villain to be introduced is going to be fucking Nightmare, aka an interdimensional being that inhabits our dreams. I am so ready to see another really unique villain come to the MCU.

2. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

100% the best of the MCU TV shows that are coming out, I love Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s bromance, first introduced in Winter Soldier. I don’t want to say any more about what is coming because of possible spoilers for Endgame, but they’re bringing back the great villain from Civil War, Baron Zemo. I loved seeing a villain who fought the Avengers more through planning and manipulation than just directly fighting them and I want to see more of it.

1. Thor: Love and Thunder

Taika Watiti, aka the man who Made Thor Great Again, is back. Chris Hemsworth is a treasure and back. Tessa Thompson is back. There’s probably going to be more Korg and a montage of Thor getting back into shape after Endgame. And then, the cherry on top, NATALIE PORTMAN IS COMING BACK! I don’t care that Jane Foster was one of the more vanilla MCU female leads, Portman is a great actress and I trust Taika to write some good shit for her. With the revelation she is going to become the female Thor and wield Thor’s hammer…fuck man I am all in.

And that’s just the stuff that’s coming in Phase 4. Feige and the other Marvel folks dropped some other bombs at ComicCon, including sequels to Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy 3, bringing the Fantastic 4 and X-Men into the MCU, and Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali taking the mantle from Wesley Snipes as the MCU’s version of fucking Blade! Sorry all you non-nerds, you’re gonna be seeing people gush about these movies for another few years.

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