A “Brief” Recap of the MCU Timeline (Part Six – Phase 4 Vol. 2 – The Universe Expands)

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We’re continuing where we left off last time (Part 5: The Multiverse Saga Begins) with the second half of Phase Four, in chronological order…

Hawkeye (2021)

Another series following the aftermath of “Avengers: Endgame”, this one focuses in on Clint Barton aka Hawkeye. Inspired by the Matt Fraction ‘Hawkeye’ comics – Barton is attempting to move on from his past, and focus on his family, but is pulled back into a fight with the criminal underworld when he crosses paths with another archer, Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld), while in New York for the Christmas holiday. The duo form a bond while they take on the track suit mafia, a deaf martial arts expert named Maya Lopez aka Echo (Alaqua Cox), Yelena Belova – Natasha Romanoff’s sister out for revenge (see: “Black Widow”), and the Kingpin of Crime himself: Wilson Fisk! (Vincent D’Onofrio – from the “Daredevil” Netflix series!)

Moon Knight (2022)

“Moon Knight” is a bizarre psychological thriller starring Oscar Isaac as Steven Grant *and* Marc Spector, two alters of the same man suffering from DID – Dissociative Identity Disorder, who may or may not have mystical powers bestowed by an Egyptian God…

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)

“Wakanda Forever” was a heartfelt and cathartic eulogy to the real life loss of Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther). In the wake of King T’Challa’s loss, Queen Ramonda, Shuri, and the nation of Wakanda are threatened by Talokan an ancient empire from the depths of the sea, led by its ruler: Namor, the Sub-Mariner! (Tenoch Huerta) Shuri must take on the mantle of the Black Panther – with the help of Okoye, M’Baku, and MIT student Riri Williams aka ‘Iron Heart’ (Dominique Thorne).

ECHO (2024)

Picking up where “Hawkeye” left off, “ECHO” follows the story of Maya Lopez (Alaqua Cox) as she returns home to face her past and reconnect with her Native American roots before confronting Wilson Fisk, one last time…

She-Hulk (2022)

“She-Hulk” is a light, fun series following Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany), a lawyer who gains the powers of the Hulk (after an accident involving her cousin, Bruce Banner). While she has a much easier time controlling her Hulk side, she struggles with the societal expectations of a working woman with superpowers in a patriarchal society. (This show gets super meta by the end – seriously, like ‘Deadpool’ levels of breaking the fourth wall.)

Cameos Include: The Abomination (see: “The Incredible Hulk”), Megan Thee Stallion, Wong (Doctor Strange’s sidekick, the current Sorcerer Supreme), Matt Murdock / Daredevil (Charlie Cox – in the original yellow suit from the comics!), Skaar – Son of Hulk, the writing staff of ‘She-Hulk’, and a multiversal AI called “K.E.V.I.N.” – a tongue-in-cheek reference to Kevin Feige, the producer and mastermind of the MCU.

Ms. Marvel (2022)

Kamala Khan (Iman Vellani), a 16-year old Pakistani-American fangirl of Captain Marvel and the Avengers gains the ability to harness cosmic energy from a magical bangle, and (with the help of her friends, family, and community) becomes ‘Ms. Marvel’! (Note: This series sets up “The Marvels”)

Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)

In Taika Waititi’s follow-up to “Thor: Ragnarok”, Thor is struggling to find his place in the universe. After the events of “Avengers: Endgame”, the Asgardian ‘thunder god’ parts ways with the Guardians of the Galaxy after learning about Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale) who is on a single-minded quest to wipe out entire pantheons from existence, blaming the gods for the death of his entire world. Thor enlists the help of Korg, Valkyrie, Zeus (Russel Crowe), and his ex, Dr. Jane Foster, who now wields his old hammer Mjolnir! (Loosely inspired by the excellent “Thor: God of Thunder” comics by Jason Aaron)

Werewolf by Night (2022)

A (mostly) black and white Halloween Special inspired by classic horror B-Movies, directed by Michael Giacchino, and based on the comics imprint that first debuted Moon Knight! Starring: Gael García Bernal as Jack Russell, and Laura Donnelly as Elsa Bloodstone, with an appearance from “The Man-Thing”!?

Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special (2022)

A prelude to “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3” (directed by James Gunn), taking place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame” and “Thor: Love and Thunder” that follows Drax and Mantis as they attempt to kidnap Kevin Bacon from his home in Beverly Hills in order to cheer up Peter Quill – and along the way they learn the true meaning of the Christmas Spirit… or something? It’s a delightful stand alone adventure and essential watching for any fan of the MCU or James Gunn’s Guardians movies!

Next time on Part 7 (Phase 5 Vol. 1): Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Guardians of the Galaxy – Vol 3, Secret Invasion, The Marvels, What If…? (Season 2), Loki (Season 2), and Deadpool & Wolverine!

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Erik Slader

Erik Slader is the creator of “Epik Fails of History” a blog (and podcast) about the most epic fails… of history. With Ben Thompson, Erik is the co-author of the Epic Fails middle grade book series, including The Wright Brothers: Nose-Diving Into History and The Race to Space: Countdown to Liftoff. His latest book, “2299” is a sci-fi / noir novella. Erik is also an editor on Podcasters Assemble and a co-host on 2 Young 4 This Trek, as well as a contributor to Geek to Geek Media and ComicZombie.net! He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Media, once managed a comic book shop, has a weakness for fancy coffee as well as retro video games, and currently lives in Green Cove Springs, Florida with too many cats.

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