Over the course of 2020 leading into 2021, one of the major industries heavily impacted financially due to pandemic protocols (safety first, guys) has been the movie theater industry. Experiencing drastic drops in revenue, many of us have seen the closure of notable chains as well as major PR snafus (cough AMC cough) as we all navigate this situation. With more people getting vaccinated, and with numbers dropping, hope seems to be looming on the horizon. Marvel Studios seeks to remind us of that hope by launching a new video today celebrating the movies we’ve all come to love from the MCU, but also revealing what we can expect from the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Phase 4 begins to take off.
Narrated by the late Stan Lee, the first half of the video reminds us why it is we go to the theaters. Why it is we even watch movies to begin with. We go to escape, to be entertained, to take a breather away from the crushing realities of our daily lives…In films, especially those heavily rooted outside the collective mind as fictional like comic book films, we know that there is something vital there that helps to de-stress us.
Fortunately, Marvel Studios knows this and reminds us of future escapes in the second half of the video.
Transitioning into new footage, we see footage from the much-delayed Black Widow, footage from Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and first-time footage from Marvel’s The Eternals. Then it is revealed the next round of movies arriving at our eyeballs: Spider-Man: No Way Home, Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse of Madness, Thor: Love and Thunder, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, The Marvels, Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, and Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3.
We also got the dates the films are scheduled to be dropped by Marvel Studios and guys, we’re all going to be kept busy when the theaters fully open up.
Marvel’s Black Widow arrives July 9, 2021. Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings arrives on September 3, 2021. Marvel’s The Eternals arrives on November 5, 2021. Marvel’s Spider-Man: No Way Home is slated to arrive on December 17, 2021. Marvel’s Doctor Strange: In The Multiverse of Madness is slated to arrive on March 25, 2022. Marvel’s Thor: Love and Thunder is slated to arrive on May 6, 2022. Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is slated for July 8, 2022. Marvel’s The Marvels is slated to arrive on November 11, 2022. Marvel’s Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania is slated for February 17, 2023. Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3, is slated to arrive on May 5, 2023.
If you’re a fan of the MCU, mark your calendars, and get ready to go to the movies.