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The Marvel Cinematic Universe is a media franchise and shared universe that is the setting of superhero films produced by Marvel Studios, based on characters that appear in Marvel Comics publications.
Phases One, Two, and Three, were known as “The Infinity Saga”, featuring many franchises and their sequels, and the first four Avengers crossover films. Phase Four is intended to feature four sequels to earlier films and three new film properties, with Phase Five set to include four sequels and two new properties.
As the franchise is composed of films adapted from a variety of Marvel Comics properties, there are multiple lead actors. Chris Hemsworth headlined as Thor in the Thor films in the Infinity Saga and again in Thor: Love and Thunder (2022).
Chris Pratt portrays the lead character, Peter Quill / Star-Lord, in the Guardians of the Galaxy films and will return for its sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023) and joined Hemsworth in Thor: Love and Thunder. Paul Rudd stars as Scott Lang / Ant-Man and Evangeline Lilly co-stars as Hope van Dyne / Wasp in the Ant-Man films, with both actors returning for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023).
Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Stephen Strange and appears again in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022). Tom Holland portrays Peter Parker / Spider-Man in the Spider-Man films and returns in Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) where he is joined by Cumberbatch. Brie Larson portrays Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel and will appear again in The Marvels (2023), along with Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan / Ms. Marvel and Teyonah Parris as Monica Rambeau.
Scarlett Johansson stars as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow in Black Widow (2021), while Anthony Mackie will headline Captain America: New World Order (2024) as Sam Wilson / Captain America, both after appearing in supporting roles in the Infinity Saga.
Simu Liu stars as Shang-Chi in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021), while Gemma Chan headlines as Sersi in the ensemble film Eternals (2021). Mahershala Ali will headline Blade (2023) as Blade. Ryan Reynolds will star in an untitled Deadpool film as Wade Wilson / Deadpool.