Phase 1 (2008 to 2012)
• Iron Man
• The Incredible Hulk
• Iron Man 2
• Captain America: The First Avenger
• The Avengers
Marvel Phase 1 refers to the first set of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films, which includes “Iron Man” (2008), “The Incredible Hulk” (2008), “Iron Man 2” (2010), “Thor” (2011), and “Captain America: The First Avenger” (2011). These films were released by Marvel Studios and were designed to introduce the main characters and establish the overall story arc for the MCU. Additionally, the films of Phase 1 are connected by the presence of the organization S.H.I.E.L.D and the secret organization Hydra. Phase 1 culminates with the Avengers assembling together in the 2012 film “The Avengers”.
Phase 2 (2013 to 2015)
• Iron Man 3
• Thor: The Dark World
• Captain America: The Winter Soldier
• Guardians of the Galaxy
• Avengers: Age of Ultron
Marvel Phase 2 refers to the second set of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films, which includes “Iron Man 3” (2013), “Thor: The Dark World” (2013), “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” (2014), “Guardians of the Galaxy” (2014), “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (2015), and “Ant-Man” (2015). These films were released by Marvel Studios and continued to expand the overall story arc for the MCU, following the events of Phase 1.
Phase 2 features the return of the main characters from Phase 1 and introduces new ones, like Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as new villains, like the Mad Titan Thanos who is hinted at in Phase 1 and officially introduced in Phase 2.
Additionally, Phase 2 also introduced the concept of the “Infinity Stones” which are powerful gems that can give immense power to whoever possesses them. They play a key role in the Phase 2 films and become the main focus of the following Phase 3.
The climax of Phase 2 is the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” where the Avengers try to stop Ultron from destroying the world and in the process, the Avengers team is also affected by the events of the battle.
Phase 3 (2016 to 2019)
• Captain America: Civil War
• Doctor Strange
• Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
• Spider-Man: Homecoming
• Thor: Ragnarok
• Black Panther
• Avengers: Infinity War
• Ant-Man and the Wasp
• Captain Marvel
• Avengers: Endgame
• Spider-Man: Far From Home
Marvel Phase 3 refers to the third and final set of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films, which includes “Captain America: Civil War” (2016), “Doctor Strange” (2016), “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (2017), “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017), “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017), “Black Panther” (2018), “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018) and “Avengers: Endgame” (2019).
Phase 3 continued to expand the overall story arc of the MCU, following the events of Phase 1 and 2. It primarily focused on the culmination of the story arc that began in Phase 1, and the main villain of this phase was the Mad Titan Thanos who is seen in Phase 2. The phase also introduced new characters like Doctor Strange and Black Panther.
The Phase 3 films dealt with the concept of the “Infinity Stones” which were introduced in Phase 2. Thanos, the main villain of the phase, is on a mission to collect all the stones so he can use them to wipe out half of all life in the universe. The Avengers and other heroes of the MCU band together to stop Thanos, leading to the ultimate showdown in “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame”.
The climax of Phase 3 is the “Avengers: Endgame” where the Avengers and allies go back in time to collect the Infinity Stones and prevent Thanos from using them. It was the last film of the original Avengers team and is considered as one of the biggest and most ambitious crossover events in the history of cinema.
Phase 4 (2021 to 2022)
Movies and TV shows featured:
Marvel Phase 4 refers to the fourth set of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films, which includes “Black Widow” (2021), “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (2021), “Eternals” (2021), “Spider-Man: No Way Home” (2021), “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” (2022), “Thor: Love and Thunder” (2022) and many other announced projects.
Phase 4 began after the conclusion of Phase 3 with the release of “Black Widow” in 2021. This phase marks a new beginning for the MCU, with the introduction of new characters and storylines, while also featuring the return of some fan-favorite characters. It also brings a new direction for the MCU and will explore new genres, such as horror and comedy.
This phase also brings a new direction for the MCU as it will explore new genres, such as horror and comedy. Additionally, Phase 4 will also introduce the concept of multiverse and it will also explore the aftermath of the events of “Avengers: Endgame” and how it affects the characters and their future.
Phase 4 will also introduce a new era for the MCU with the possibility of the next generation of heroes, who will take the lead in the future films. It will also continue to explore the themes of legacy and family, as well as the idea of redemption and growth.
It is expected that Phase 4 will continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in the MCU, with new characters, new stories, and new worlds to explore.
Phase 5 (2023 to 2024)
Movies and TV shows featured:
• Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
• Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania
• Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3
• The Marvels
• Captain America: New World Order
Marvel Phase 5 is the upcoming set of Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films that have been announced by Marvel Studios but have not been released yet. As of my knowledge cutoff, Phase 5 has not been officially announced by Marvel Studios, and the exact films that will be included in this phase are not yet known. However, Marvel has announced several upcoming films such as “Captain Marvel 2”, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”, “The Marvels“, “Captain America: New World Order”, ” Thunderbolts” and “Blade” that are expected to be included in Phase 5.
It is expected that Phase 5 will continue the story arc of the MCU, following the events of Phase 4. It is likely to introduce new characters and storylines, as well as bring back some fan-favorite characters. It is also possible that Phase 5 will explore new genres and continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in the MCU.
Some rumors suggest that Phase 5 will explore the concept of multiverse and time travel more. It’s also speculated that it will introduce the concept of the “Secret Invasion” storyline where some of the characters the audience have come to know and love, turn out to be shape-shifting Skrulls.
As the exact films and storylines for Phase 5 have not been officially announced by Marvel, it is hard to predict what direction the MCU will take in this phase. However, it is certain that Marvel will continue to surprise and entertain audiences with exciting new stories and characters.
Phase 6 (2024 to 2025)
Movies and TV shows featured:
• Deadpool 3
• Fantastic Four
• Avengers: The Kang Dynasty
• Avengers: Secret Wars
Kevin Feige also revealed four epic films for Phase 6, albeit this won’t be the whole Phase 6 lineup as there are still several opening dates to be determined.
We are aware that one spot will be taken up by the much anticipated “Deadpool 3,” which stars Hugh Jackman once more as Wolverine. Phase 5 may eventually include the threequel, but for now, we’ll refer to it as Phase 6.
Given the upcoming release of Secret Wars, we’d wager heavily that one of those outings will be the eagerly anticipated X-Men film, given the crew is involved in the comic book adaptation of the plot. Your guess is currently as good as ours regarding everything else.