Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is packed with talent across the upcoming slate of movies and Disney+ shows, so here’s every confirmed cast member and character. After eleven years of build-up to Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios is ushering in a new era for the MCU over the next several years. Gone are the days of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Chris Evans’ Captain America leading the shared universe, paving the way for new faces to step up and familiar ones taking on bigger roles.
When originally announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Marvel Studios confirmed ten projects that would make up the two-year Phase 4. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the drastic shifts in the movie industry, plans for the MCU had to constantly change and adapt to the ever-changing circumstances. 2020 became an unexpected but surprisingly beneficial break for Marvel Studios, as it allowed audiences to process the end of the Infinity Saga and build higher expectations for the MCU’s new slate of movies and Disney+ shows. Starting in February 2021, the Emmy-winning WandaVision kicked off a fresh new era to massive success, followed by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, Black Widow, What If…?, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
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Although the question of whether to release Phase 4 movies theatrically, on streaming, or a mix of both has presented some hurdles, Disney and Marvel Studios have decided to stick to the current release date, with Eternals, Hawkeye, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and Ms. Marvel set to wrap up 2021. Beginning in 2022, an onslaught of Marvel projects will come to theaters and Disney+. These include Moon Knight, She-Hulk, Secret Invasion, Ironheart, Armor Wars, and a yet to be titled Wakanda series on the TV front. On the feature films side, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will open 2022, followed by Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and The Marvels. One TV special, the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is reportedly followed by a Halloween special centered around Werewolf by Night. Althouth more movies are bound to be officially added to the list, Phase 4 will continue in 2023 with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 in 2023, followed by Echo and Fantastic Four, which don’t have a release date yet.
With such a colossal amount of titles making up the MCU’s Phase 4, a whole new generation of heroes and villains will fill the gap left by the likes of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, and Chris Evans’ Captain America. This is by no means an easy task, but given the overwhelmingly positive reception characters like Simu Liu’s Shang-Chi, Sophia Di Martino’s Sylvie, and Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova have met, the future looks bright for new and familiar faces alike. Here’s every confirmed Phase 4 actor in upcoming titles and the character they portray.
Kumail Nanjiani as KingoLauren Ridloff as MakkariBarry Keoghan as DruigLia McHugh as SpriteSalma Hayek as AjakGemma Chan as SersiRichard Madden as IkarisDon Lee as GilgameshAngelina Jolie as ThenaBryan Tyree Henry as PhastosKit Harington as Dane Whitman aka Black KnightThe fully-CGI Deviants and the Celestials.
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton aka HawkeyeHailee Steinfeld as Kate BishopAlaqua Cox as Maya Lopez aka EchoFlorence Pugh as Yelena BelovaTony Dalton as Jack Duquesne aka SwordsmanVera Farmiga as Eleanor Bishop, Kate’s motherJolt as Lucky the Pizza DogFra Fee as Kazi aka ClownBen Sakamoto as Cooper BartonAva Russo as Lila BartonCade Woodward as Nathaniel Pietro Barton.
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Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan aka Ms. MarvelAramis Knight as Kareem aka Red DaggerRish Shah as KamranSaagar Shaikh as Aamir KhanMatt Lintz as Bruno CarrelliZenobia Shroff as Muneeba Khan, Kamala’s motherMohan Kapur as Yusuf Khan, Kamala’s father
Spider-Man: No Way Home
Tom Holland as Peter Parker aka Spider-ManBenedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange aka Doctor StrangeZendaya as Michelle JonesMarisa Tomei as Aunt MayBenedict Wong as WongJacob Batalon as Ned LeedsJon Favreau as Happy HoganAlfred Molina as Otto Octavius aka Doctor OctopusJamie Foxx as Max Dillon aka ElectroJ.K. Simmons as J. Jonah JamesonTony Revolori as Eugene “Flash” ThompsonAngourie Rice as Betty BrantHannibal Buress as Coach Wilson.
Teased by the Spider-Man: No Way Home trailer but yet to be confirmed are also the appearances of Willem Dafoe as Norman Osborn aka Green Goblin, Thomas Hayden Church as Sandman, and possibly Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors aka Lizard. Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield are heavily rumored to reprise their roles as their respective Peter Parker from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy and The Amazing Spider-Man movies, with Kristen Dunst and Emma Stone also rumored to return as Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy, respectively. Another Marvel hero rumored to return in the MCU’s Spider-Man sequel is Matt Murdock aka Daredevil, played by Charlie Cox after his performance in Netflix’s Daredevil and Defenders.
Oscar Isaac as Marc Spector aka Moon KnightMay Calamawy and Ethan Hawke in roles yet to be confirmed.
Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters aka She-HulkMark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner aka HulkTim Roth as Emil Blonsky aka AbominationJameela Jamil as TitaniaRenée Elise Goldsberry as AmeliaGinger Gonzaga as Jennifer’s best friend.
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Samuel L. Jackson as Nick FuryBen Mendelsohn as TalosChristopher McDonald, Killian Scott, Olivia Colman, and Ben Kingsley-Adir will play major characters, although specifics are still under wraps.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange aka Doctor StrangeElizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet WitchXochitl Gomez as America ChavezBenedict Wong as WongRachel McAdams as Christine PalmerChiwetel Ejiofor as Karl MordoTom Hiddleston, Sophia Di Martino, and Owen Wilson are heavily rumored to reprise their roles as Loki Laufeyson, Sylvie Laufeydottir, and Mobius M. Mobius, respectively.
Thor: Love and Thunder
Chris Hemsworth as Thor OdinsonNatalie Portman as Jane Foster aka Mighty ThorTessa Thompson as Brunnhilde aka ValkyrieChristian Bale as Gorr the God ButcherRussell Crowe as ZeusJaimie Alexander as SifTaika Waititi as Korg, accompanied by his loyal friend MiekChris Pratt as Peter Quill aka Star-LordDave Bautista as Drax the DestroyerPom Klementieff as MantisKaren Gillan as NebulaVin Diesel as GrootBradley Cooper as Rocket RaccoonSean Gunn as Kraglin ObfonteriMatt Damon as Asgardian Actor LokiSam Neill as Asgardian Actor OdinLuke Hemsworth as Asgardian Actor ThorMelissa McCarthy as Asgardian Actor HelaJeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster is also rumored to return after his debut in Thor: Ragnarok
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Letitia Wright as ShuriDanai Gurira as OkoyeLupita Nyong’o as NakiaAngela Bassett as RamondaWinston Duke as M’BakuDominique Thorne as Riri Williams aka IronheartMartin Freeman as Everett K. RossTenoch Huerta is rumored to play Namor the Submariner.
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Brie Larson as Carol Danvers aka Captain MarvelTeyonah Parris as Monica RambeauIman Vellani as Kamala Khan aka Ms. MarvelSamuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
Paul Rudd as Scott Lang aka Ant-ManEvangeline Lilly as Hope van Dyne aka WaspMichael Douglas as Hank PymMichelle Pfeiffer as Janet van DyneKathryn Newton as Cassie LangJonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and Holiday Special
Chris Pratt as Peter Quill aka Star-LordDave Bautista as Drax the DestroyerPom Klementieff as MantisKaren Gillan as NebulaVin Diesel as GrootBradley Cooper as Rocket RaccoonZoe Saldana’s Gamora is expected to return after the events of Avengers: Endgame
Other MCU Characters Who Will Appear In Future Phase 4 Titles
While plenty of surprises could be in store when it comes to new characters being introduced, there are a fair number of MCU veterans who will also return. Don Cheadle will headline his own Disney+ series, Armor Wars, as Colonel James Rhodes aka War Machine. Besides Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Danai Gurira will also star in an untitled Wakanda-centered show. Similarly, Dominique Thorne will reprise her role as Riri Williams in Ironheart. Characters like Anthony Mackie’s Captain America, Sebastian Stan’s Bucky Barnes, Simu Liu’s Shang-Chi, Awkwafina’s Katy Chen, Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, and Daniel Brühl’s Baron Zemo are expected to return in some capacity before Phase 5 begins and, although they’re not confirmed to appear yet, there are high hopes to see characters like Hercules, Adam Warlock, Hulkling, Iron Lad, Nova, and Tim Blake Nelson’s Samuel Stern aka The Leader in any of the announced titles.
As all of these MCU Phase 4 projects move forward, it will only be a matter of time before more characters are confirmed. So, even though the confirmed list is huge at the moment, stay tuned for additional confirmations as they roll in.
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Eternals (2021)Release date: Nov 05, 2021
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release date: Mar 25, 2022
Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)Release date: Dec 17, 2021
Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release date: May 06, 2022
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever/Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: Jul 08, 2022
The Marvels/Captain Marvel 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: Feb 17, 2023
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
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