Marvel Studios’ panel at San Diego Comic-Con was freakin’ massive to say the least. All in all, President of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige announced 11 projects in Hall H as part of Phase Four of the MCU – five movies, four live-action series, one animated series, and a mysterious reboot.
Feige also teased Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 3, and Fantastic Four but that’s for another time. For now, here’s what you’ll be throwing your money at over the next two years.
After months of rumours, Marvel finally confirmed the cast of The Eternals.
The gist: some five million years ago, godlike entities known as The Celestials created the Eternals and their evil counterparts, the Deviants. As always, war follows.
Bodyguard star Richard Madden will play Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse) as Phastos, Salma Hayek (Frida) as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee (Train to Busan) as Gilgamesh, and Angelina Jolie (take your pick) as Thena.
The Eternals, directed by Chloé Zhao, is slated for release November 6, 2020.
Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ THE ETERNALS with Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, and Don Lee. Directed by Chloé Zhao. In theaters November 6, 2020. pic.twitter.com/inn67bSZiM— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) July 21, 2019
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
Here’s the first show coming to Disney’s new streaming service Disney+. Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will reprise their roles as The Falcon and The Winter Soldier respectively, and quality bloke Daniel Brühl (Avengers: Civil War, The Alienist) will return as villain Baron Zemo.
The series will hit screens in the US in 2020.
Per IGN, Feige says the series will follow “what’s going on with the Falcon and Winter Soldier post-Endgame.”
Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER, an original series with Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan and Daniel Brühl. Streaming exclusively on Disney+, Fall 2020. pic.twitter.com/FmFMKWUrhO— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
MY BOO Simu Liu has been cast as the title role, Shang-Chi – Marvel’s first-ever Asian lead. The stacked bloke is most known for his role as Jung on wholesome Canadian series Kim’s Convenience, which is available on Netflix.
One more and I’ll move on.
Thanks for getting back to me https://t.co/FFRuM03p20— Simu Liu (@SimuLiu) July 21, 2019
Crazy Rich Asians breakout star Awkwafina has also joined the cast in an undisclosed role and Tony Leung will star as the real Mandarin, re: Ben Kingsley pretending to be the Mandarin in Iron Man 3.
Shang-Chi will be in cinemas February 12, 2021.
Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS, with Simu Liu, Awkwafina and Tony Leung, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. In theaters February 12, 2021. pic.twitter.com/VXaqJ5uN6B— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019
This is another original series destined for Disney+. Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany will reprise their roles as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch and Vision respectively. Joining them is Teyonah Parris (Dear White People) as an adult Monica Rambeau (her mother is Maria Rambeau of Captain Marvel, played by Lashana Lynch – the rumoured new 007 agent in Bond 25). Monica was introduced to the MCU as a child in Captain Marvel.
WandaVision will premiere in 2021.
Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios' WANDAVISION, an original series with Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, and Teyonah Parris. Streaming exclusively on Disney+, Spring 2021. pic.twitter.com/mDgxZVW3BF— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) July 21, 2019
Now here’s an interesting one considering what happened in both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. In short, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) died in the former and another version of Loki saved himself during the Avengers’ time heist in the latter when he stole the Tesseract and whisked himself to safety.
“This series will tell you what happened to Loki right after that,” Feige revealed, per IGN.
“You guys saw Avengers, right? He’s still that guy,” Hiddleston explained further. “The last thing that happened to him was he got Hulk smashed.”
So, the Thor: Ragnarok Loki is sadly still dead.
Loki will hit Disney+ in 2021.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
It’s been a good three years since Doctor Strange hit cinemas and a whole lot of shit has gone down between then and now. Benedict Cumberbatch will reprise his role as Stephen Strange and Scott Derrickson will return to direct. This time around, Olsen’s Scarlet Witch will join Doctor Strange as the events of this new movie will connect with the new Disney+ series WanderVision.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will fly into cinemas May 7, 2021.
Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS with Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen. Scott Derrickson returns as director. In theaters May 7, 2021. pic.twitter.com/HtF68htiB1— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019
Marvel’s What If…? comics will be adapted for the screen and will be the MCU’s first-ever animated series. The show, which stars Jeffrey Wright (Westworld) as the voice of The Watcher, will be about alternate realities in the Marvel Universe. Feige confirmed a slew of actors across the MCU will reprise their roles as voice talent too.
What If…? will stream on Disney+ in 2021.
Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ WHAT IF…?, the first animated series in the MCU, with Jeffrey Wright as the voice of The Watcher and many actors from across the MCU reprising their roles as voice talent. Streaming exclusively on Disney+, Summer 2021. pic.twitter.com/el6etc3xZH— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019
Jeremy Renner‘s Hawkeye is yet another MCU character off to the small screen. The series will introduce Kate Bishop to viewers, who is Hawkeye’s counterpart in the Young Avengers.
The Young Avengers also include members Iron Clad, Hulking, Patriot, and Cassandra Lang (Ant-Man‘s daughter).
Hawkeye will come to Disney+ in 2021.
Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ HAWKEYE with Jeremy Renner, an original series that will also introduce Kate Bishop. Streaming exclusively on Disney+, Fall 2021. pic.twitter.com/qPH8M2TQSj— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019
Thor: Love and Thunder
Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi will return to helm the fourth film. It’ll see the return of OG character Natalie Portman as she follows the same path as her comic book counterpart and becomes the new Thor, Goddess of Thunder.
According to the 2014 comics, Thor is weakened and unworthy to wield the great hammer. In his place, a new mighty Thor arises. Her identity is kept a secret at first but she is later revealed to be Jane.
Portman surprised the crowd after she appeared onstage wielding the Mjolnir.
Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson will also reprise their roles as the God of Thunder and Valkyrie.
Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ THOR: LOVE AND THUNDER with Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman. Taika Waititi returns as director. In theaters November 5, 2021. pic.twitter.com/7RRkOYWTQM— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019
After a trillion rumours, the Black Widow movie has officially-officially-officially been announced. Scarlett Johansson will reprise her role as Natasha Romanoff and joining her is Stranger Things dad David Harbour as Alexei (HA) AKA The Red Guardian, Florence Pugh (Lady MacBeth) as Yelena, O-T Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale) as Mason, and Rachel Weisz (The Favourite) as Melina.
Aussie director Cate Shortland is directing.
Black Widow will hit theatres May 1, 2020.
Just announced in Hall H at #SDCC, Marvel Studios’ BLACK WIDOW with Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz. Directed by Cate Shortland. In theaters May 1, 2020. pic.twitter.com/7WGECDIw3t— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) July 21, 2019
In a massive HELL YEAH, Marvel is also rebooting Blade. Mahershala Ali will star as the half-mortal, half-immortal vampire hunter on a mission to avenge his mother who was killed by a vampire.
Feige told The Hollywood Reporter that after Ali won an Oscar for Green Book, the actor just straight up called him and said he wanted to do a reboot. That’s it, that’s how it happened.
There’s yet to be a release date and at this point, it’s unclear if this will be a movie or series.
To conclude: Marvel has too much fucking money.