Next Stop on the MCU Train–Phase 4

Posted on July 5, 2019

There seems to be no end to the momentum of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Avengers: Endgame has destroyed box office records, raking $1.2 billion in its opening weekend. The movie nearly doubled the sales of its nearest rival, Avengers: Infinity War. The April 2019 release concluded The Infinity Saga by bringing Phase 3 of the MCU to a dramatic end.

After the highly anticipated July 2019 release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, it looks like the MCU will be taking a breather. Don’t worry though, there is plenty of action in the works. Black Widow and The Eternals have filming dates scheduled to begin by year’s end, which would hint at releases dates somewhere in 2020.

Beyond 2020 many of the details need to be hashed out. Storylines, castings, and directors are in the works and need to be finalized. The word on the street is that the line up for the next few years will also include Shang-Chi, Black Panther 2, Doctor Strange 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.

The MCU has a couple of 2022 release dates pending. So far, nothing has been confirmed. Since Disney has added 20th Century Fox to its portfolio, there are several options to fill the open slots for 2022. Purely speculation at this point, but don’t be surprised to see the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Captain Marvel, Blade, and maybe another Avengers movie hitting the theaters in the years to come.

As always, it’s vital to stay abreast of what is coming down the Hollywood pipeline. Being able to anticipate which key issues will be affected make buying at the right time and reaping profits a worthwhile investment.

It’s hard to go wrong with Spider-Man. One of the world’s most consistently popular characters always seems to be on the investor radar. With the latest installment due out this summer take a good look at the market if you’re looking to buy or your long box if you’re looking to sell.

Amazing Spider-Man #13 (1st Mysterio)

The word is out, Mysterio is poised to make his appearance Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Amazing Spider-Man #212 (1st Hydro-Man)

No big secret here either, investors are making moves based on “inside information” that has seeped out the MCU.

A few more issues to keep your eye on:

Tales of Suspense #52 (1st Black Widow)

The Black Widow is sure to be part of several movies down the line, her own feature film notwithstanding. With past roles in Captain America, Avengers, and Black Panther, rest assured you’ll be seeing a lot of her in the years to come. There should be plenty of opportunities for profit.

Fantastic Four #52 (1st Black Panther)

One of the issues that is making it rain. Just like Spider-Man, it’s difficult to make a bad play here. If you bought this a few years ago, or even last year, you’ve watched this comic book take off. Using eBay as a marker, a CGC 9.0 would’ve reaped you a 56% gain over the last year. How many of your other investments can say that?

Strange Tales #110 (1st Doctor Strange)

Relatively speaking, this is another one of those “value stocks” that you’re proud to have in your portfolio. It dips and weaves a bit but has managed to hold its value and show slight prices increases year over year. Even low to mid-grade copies have held their own. This may not be of those issues that is going to pay for kid’s college but holding on to it should show steady growth over the next few years.

Thor #337 (1st Beta Ray Bill)

Some old-timers may not be as familiar with this Bronze Age release. Beta Ray Bill, worthy of wielding Thor’s hammer, is highly speculated to make an appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3. A record CGC 9.9 fetched $1300 but 9.0 & 9.2 issues can be had for under $200. A rarer Canadian Price Variant cover is seeing higher sales figures–when this little secret hits the mainstream market, expect prices to rise quicker than normal.

If you’ve got a few of these stored away, you’re sitting pretty. It’s probably a good idea to hold on to them for at least a little longer to see how things play out in the Universe. If you’ve got them in your cross-hairs, stay on top of any latest news coming out of the MCU. If you’re comfortable with the profits you’ve realized thus far, you’ll have no problem moving them. In the end, you have to follow your gut.

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