Every Single Comic You Need To Read Ahead Of Marvel’s Phase Four
There’s a reason everyone wants to be the smartest person in the room, and when it comes to comics, there’s no greater honour. Why? Because you’ll be that person everyone tags in the latest Marvel news, and have plenty of ‘I told you so’ moments.
Thankfully, to the excitement of future and current Marvel fans, Marvel and Disney revealed their plans for ‘phase four’ at this year’s SDCC, and delivered a host of new film titles as well as a television series. The list seems to introduce a few new members of the MCU in the form of The Eternals and Shang-Chi.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Angelina Jolie is in talks with Disney to step into a new project based around The Eternals, a megapowered-version of the Guardians of the Galaxy who were created as near-perfect beings by makers known as The Celestials, while Shang-Chi made his debut as the son of iconic villain Fu Manchu: an evil doctor and criminal mastermind with plans for global domination.
Black Widow will also hit the big screen once again, in the hopes of exploring Natasha Romanoff’s origin story in more depth, while The Falcon and the Winter Soldier may continue Captain America’s legacy as America’s shining beacon of hope and tight asses (literally).
Another surprise was Disney and Marvel’s move to give Loki his television series; it’s unclear as to why he didn’t land his movie. It may have something to do with Disney’s bold move—entering the streaming game—no doubt the television series will help subscription KPI’s.
When it comes to comics, there are already mass collections that will give audiences a great idea of what to expect. From James Kirby’s 1976, The Eternals to Shang-Chi: Master of Kung-Fu, Marvel’s ability to give audiences perspective and context will always keep their comics relevant. And why not be the go-to-person for everything Phase Four. We’ll help you get there. Here’s a list of comics to read before phase four rocks around.
Below are the scheduled releases that were announced by Disney and Marvel:
- Black Widow: May 1, 2020
- The Falcon and the Winter Soldier: fall 2020
- The Eternals: November 6, 2020
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: February, 12, 2021
- WandaVision: Spring 2021 (Disney Plus)
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness: May 7, 2021
- Loki: Spring 2021 (Disney Plus)
- What if…?: Summer 2021 (Disney Plus)
- Hawkeye: Fall 2021 (Disney Plus)
- Thor: Love and Thunder: November 5, 2021
Spider-Man/Deadpool Vol.1: Isn’t it Bromantic
There has been much speculation over the cross over possibilities in phase four. The loudest seems to be heading in the Deadpool x Spidey direction. Here our beloved Webslinger and the Merc with a Mouth team up for the first time ever. Name a more epic duo. We’ll wait.
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows Vol.1: The Venom Experiment
Here, the Parkers are invited to attend Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, which means another epic crossover between the X-Men and Spider-Man. Only, Venom is in the mix, making this a serious contender for a film if Disney can manage to bring Tom Hardy into the fold.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Guardians of the Galaxy: The Final Gauntlet
Post Infinity War, who is left to answer the call as the universe is at war? Hundreds of worlds colliding and fighting against each other, places the Guardians of the Galaxy in the driver’s seat once again.
Rocket Raccoon: A Chasing Tale
We know very little about Rocket, phase four might delve into his origin’s story for some fun. Have a read.
Captain Marvel: Earth’s Mightiest Hero
A great read for anyone who loved the film as much as we did. A challenge to walk away from her past, Captain Marvel is determined to prove her worth and find out the identity of the mysterious Prowlers.
Captain Marvel Vol.1: Re-Entry
While Carol Danvers has spent months in space protecting Earth from aliens and other space dangers, she finds her way home to New York City.
Doctor Strange: Across the Universe
This began in 2018 by Mark Waid and Jesus Saiz, it may be much for a new reader. However, it will give context to Doctor’s responsibilities and his essential role in the MCU.
Doctor Strange: The Oath
This five-issue series is a must-read for all those who love Strange and his story arcs.
The Mighty Thor: Thunder in Her Veins
Essential reading for anyone wanting to know how Natalie Portman’s Jane becomes Thor.
Thor: The Mighty Avenger
Not a necessary comic, however, it will give some background as to Thor’s Asgard journeys and the first time he fought with Iron Man.
Black Panther Epic Collection: Panther’s Rage
Stan Lee created Black Panther in the 1960s and this collection explores Wakanda’s culture, dangers and various epic snow-topped mountains. It is likely a plot will come out of this series.
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet
A dramatic upheaval in Wakanda forces T’Challa to face a terrorist group known as ‘The People’.
Tomb of Dracula: The Complete Collection
Sink your teeth into this Marvel volume, famed to be some of the most excellent supernatural comics that spawned the leather jacket super-hero Wesley Snipes played on the big screen.
Blade: Blood and Chaos
1998-1999, Blade slashes his way through vampires who have taken over the New Orleans Mafia. Epic! Must read.
Iron Man: The Dragon Seed Saga
In this issue, we get a glimpse of Shang-Chi’s origin story as he Iron Man deals with the Mandarin.
Shan-Chi: Master of Kung-Fu
Written by Steve Englehart, Doug Moench, Len Wein, Jim Starlin and Paul Gulacy, this series gathers his classic stories for you to become familiar.
Scarlet Witch Vol.1: Witches’ Road
Scarlet Witch is on a journey across the globe to fix it.
Avengers: Vision & The Scarlett Witch-A Year in the life
An epic comic bringing Wanda and Vision face to face with Magneto, Quicksilver, the Grim Reaper and Ultron.
The Falcon & The Winter Soldier
Captain America: Sam Wilson: Not My Captain America
Nick Spencer, David Acuna and Paul Renaud show how Sam becomes Captain America after Cap has been de-powered and de-aged.
Captain America Lives!
In this volume, we witness Bucky taking over for Captain America after the death of Captain America.
Black Widow: S.H.I.E.L. D’s Most Wanted
Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s Black Widow series will tell you everything you need to know about Romanoff and her dark past.
Black Widow: The Name of the Rose
When the Avenger’s spy suffers grave injuries after an attempt on her life, Natasha Romanoff sets out to find her killer. (Possible movie plot)
The Eternals: Jack Kirby
This series, written in 1976, will give you the basics to be more than ready for the Eternals. Check out our article on what the Eternals will bring to the MCU.
Eternals: To Slay a God
Written in 2008-2009 by Charles Knauf, Daniel Knauf, Daniel Acuna and Pascal Alixe, this comic will give more context and a great storyline that may be used in the film.