Marvel Cinematic Universe – Phase Five

Marvel Cinematic Universe – Phase Five

THE MARVELS (December 20, 2023)

Director: Nia DaCosta
Starring: Brie Larson, Teyonah Parris, Iman Vellani, Samuel L. Jackson, Zawe Ashton, Zenovia Shroff, Saagar Shaikh, Mohan Kapur, Park Seo-joon

Not every Marvel movie has to be a dark heavy hitting space epic. Some can be lighter, family-friendly fare like The Marvels. The Marvels collects three known Marvel characters with Ms. Marvel’s Kamala Khan, WandaVisions Monica Rambeau, and of course, Brie Larson’s, Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel and puts them together for a dazzling adventure. Iman Vellani is super spunky as Kamala, a teenage superhero who dreams of one day saving the day with her hero, Captain Marvel. Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau is working on a space station with a team of experts while Captain Marvel is off elsewhere on a solo expedition. Their worlds collide when they seem to switch places and body swap with each other due to an unstable jump point in the galaxy. There’s a disturbance at play thanks to Dar-Benn (Ashton) who is playing games with the Skrulls and wanting revenge on Captain Marvel who she has deemed the Annihilator after Captain Marvel destroyed the land of Hala.

SECRET INVASION (June 21, 2023

Director: Ali Selim
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, Olivia Colman, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Emilia Clarke, Martin Freeman, Don Cheadle

Samuel L. Jackson has been playing Nick Fury in a supporting role since the early days of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now he’s leading the new series Secret Invasion for Disney+. The series kicks off with Martin Freeman’s Agent Ross receiving a warning that the alien species The Skrulls are behind a recent chain of attacks. MCU fans may remember that the Skrulls were introduced in Captain Marvel which was set in the 90s, but Secret Invasion takes place in modern day. The Skrulls are a group of shapeshifters who can transform into a human body and sneak around without any warning. That’s part of the danger as it begs the question of who can be trusted. Nick Fury is brought back in when Skrull General Talos (Mendelsohn) and the always reliable Maria Hill (Smulders) warn him about the potential dangers of a Skrull Invasion.


Writer/Director: James Gunn
Starring: Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Chukwudi Iwuji, Will Poulter, Sean Gunn, Elizabeth Debicki

James Gunn changed the tone of the Marvel Cinematic Universe when he introduced audiences to the scrappy, but funny Guardians of the Galaxy. He’s now set out to say goodbye with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The Guardians of the Galaxy have been through a lot at this point with the blip leaving a lasting impression. They’re all living on their headquarters called Knowhere with Chris Pratt’s Peter Quill treating his depression by being a drunken mess. Zoe Saldana’s Gamora is now a variant off in another sector of the universe no longer the friend and partner she once was. Their world is rocked again when Adam Warlock (Poulter) comes soaring into Knowhere causing destruction and chaos. He’s an unstoppable force targeting the Guardians leaving Rocket clinging to life. The Guardians set out to save Rocket (Cooper), which is easier said than done after learning his origin story and the connection he has to the High Evolutionary who is playing god in his attempt to create a utopia.


Director: Peyton Reed
Starring: Paul Rudd, Jonathan Majors, Evangeline Lilly, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathryn Newton, Michael Douglas, William Jackson Harper

If you don’t already know Jonathan Majors from Lovecraft Country or Da 5 Bloods. Add him to your list of top Hollywood talent on the verge of superstardom. Before we see him in Creed III, he squares off against Ant-Man in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. We first saw Majors as Kang the Conqueror in the final episode of Loki Season 1. He’s been teased as the next massive Marvel villain rivaling Thanos. In Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, we learn he’s been stuck in the Quantum realm with Michelle Pfeiffer’s character, Janet Van Dyne. To recap, the Quantum realm is a subatomic universe that is full of mystery and power. Back on normal-sized Earth, Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang would like a break from being an Avenger. He’s written a memoir but would rather just spend time being dad to his daughter, Cassie, (Newton). She’s following in the family footsteps by studying Quantum and giving herself powers. That is until her new device sucks herself, Scott, Janet, Hope, and Hank into the Quantum realm. It’s a world unlike anything they would have expected but full of danger once they learn Kang the Conqueror is after Scott and Cassie.