Marvel Studios Brings Hope To Moviegoers In MCU Phase IV Promo Reel
'Black Widow,' 'Spider-Man,' 'Thor,' and more get theatrical release dates
Marvel Studios has given its global base of MCU fans hope in the future of movies in an exciting 3:10 teaser reel that begins with a poignant voiceover from the franchise’s late great leader, Stan Lee.
Lee’s words fittingly reflect only some of what we, as a collective body of humans, have endured under the deadly and devastating wake the Covid-19 pandemic has wrought upon us. "I love being with people. It’s the most incredible thing in the world," the world-renowned comic book mogul states. "That world may change and evolve, but the one thing that will never change: we’re all part of one big family. That man next to you, he’s your brother. That woman over there, she’s your sister. We’re all part of one universe that moves ever upward and onward to greater glory.”
Lee's words hail from an anti-hate message he delivered in 2017. They take on new meaning when coupled with the movie scenes that open this clip – especially as young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) hugs his friend and mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) and says, “Oh, this is nice.”
No cinematic sci-fi apocalyptic Thanos-style destruction can match the true devastation that families have felt around the world as millions of lives were cut short by the novel coronavirus. And we can’t yet understand how the mental and emotional toll from experiencing mass loss and prolonged isolation will affect us next month, next year, or in the years to come.
Throughout the chaos, one fact is clear: medical professionals are real-life superheroes, and those who have battled on the frontlines, risking their lives to save others, deserve high honors.
For millions of people, every aspect of daily life has flipped upside down. Families are working and going to school side-by-side at home. Hugs are in short supply because they pose a great health risk for vulnerable people.
Stan Lee couldn’t have predicted global destruction on a global scale when he delivered those words that opened the MCU Phase IV trailer. But his call for unity rings so true.
If the Marvel movies teach us anything, it's that making great sacrifices for the greater good and banding together in times of crisis pull us through the darkest of days.
In the real world, hope has arrived in the form of Covid vaccines. Now, fully vaccinated people can dare to think about returning to some sense of normalcy -at the top of some wish lists are just giving and receiving a hug. On others, it's sitting inside a darkened movie theater to watch a huge Marvel movie unfold.
The pandemic created a huge void in the arts and entertainment field – including the blockbuster film industry. We’ve turned to streaming and binging movies and TV shows from the couch at home.
Another clear fact: Immersing ourselves in stories in all their forms – books, movies, and television have allowed us to dream of the world “before” and a future “after” the Covid crisis.
Sadly, MCU fans mourned the loss of Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman, last year. His groundbreaking work as Marvel's black superhero lead (filmed while he was battling cancer) touched millions of hearts. It also gave black and brown children a big screen superhero who looks like them to root for. He will be sorely missed.
Moviegoers have not felt the excitement of a Marvel Studios movie’s opening theatrical release day since the record-busting “Avengers: Endgame” premiere in 2019. The “Spider-Man: Far From Home” premiere that summer ended the MCU Phase III slate of films.
Now, Marvel Studios serves up “Celebrates the Movies” – a fantastic MCU Phase IV sizzle reel. Given the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, movie release dates, of course, are subject to change. But we have hope, for the first time in a long time, that on July 9, 2021 we will see Scarlett Johansson light up the big screen as only “Black Widow” can.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) Phase IV movie release dates are as follows:
“Black Widow”– July 9, 2021
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” - September 3, 2021
“Eternals” - November 5, 2021
“Spiderman: No Way Home” - December 17, 2021
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” - March 25, 2022
“Thor: Love and Thunder” - May 6, 2022
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” - July 8, 2022
“The Marvels” - November 11, 2022
“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” – February 17, 2023
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” - May 5, 2023
A secret wish from a diehard Marvel fan: That Robert Downey, Jr. will grace us with an occasional Tony Stark cameo as these films hit screens around the world. Either way, though, we will always love you 3000.
*Gif credits: Tenor