SDCC ’19: Marvel Studios Unveils Phase 4

By | July 20th, 2019
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Marvel Studios announced a number of movies, new details and casting announcements for the next phase of movies and televisions shows in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Saturday night at San Diego Comic-Con. The Marvel Studios panel first showcased footage from the 22 movies of the first three phases, and thanked fans for their support, and also that Avengers: Endgame has now become the highest grossing film of all time.

The panel then officially announced the rumored Eternals film which will be going “full Jack Kirby” and debut in theaters November 6, 2020. Director Chloe Zhao came out to talk about the film, and the entire cast was revealed. We have Richard Madden as Ikaris, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Angelina Jolie as Thena, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Salma Hajek as Ajak, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lia McHugh as Sprite, and Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos.

Next up, the official logo for The Falcon and The Winter Solider debuted with the news that the show will be available on the Disney+ streaming service in fall 2020 and that Daniel Brühl as Baron Zemo would be back as a villain.

The next film that was officially announced was the rumored Shang-Chi film titled Shang-Chi: The Legend of the Ten Rings. Simu Liu has been cast as the titular character just this week on Tuesday after screen-testing for the role over the weekend. Tony Leung has been cast as the Mandarin (the real one after the fakeout from Iron Man 3. Awkwafina has also been cast in an unspecifed role.

Next up is the Disney+ show WandaVision, which has been set for a spring 2021 release on the platform. The show will take place after Avengers: Endgame and star other MCU characters, including a now-grown-up Monica Rambeau who will played by Teyonah Parris. Also debuting in spring 2021 will be the Loki Disney+ series starring Tom Hiddleston as the titular character, and following alternate timeline Loki from Avengers: Endgame.

May 7, 2021 sees the sequel to Doctor Strange with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The film is being billed as the first horror movie in the MCU, and will feature Nightmare ruler of the Dream Dimension as the main villain. Elizabeth Olsen will also reprise her role as Scarlet Witch and WandaVision will lead into the film.

In the summer of 2021, the previously announced, animated What If? series will debut on Disney+ and feature almost all of the MCU actors and actresses return to voice their characters. The show will also star actor Jeffrey Wright as the voice of The Watcher. Hawkeye will also be coming to Disney+ later in the fall of 2021, and will star Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton. Young Avenger character Kate Bishop has also been confirmed to be appearing on the show. The logo for the series looks to be taken straight from the most recent comic books.

A fourth Thor film was announced next called Thor: Love and Thunder which will hit theaters November 5, 2021. Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is returning to direct this fourth instalmment, and Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson are onboard as well and present in Hall H. The film is going to be pulling from recent “The Mighty Thor” comics which have starred Jane Foster as Thor, which will see Natalie Portman return to the role of Jane.

Black Widow was officially announced for May 1, 2020 with Scarlet Johansen in the starring role. The film will look into the past of the character and take place right after the events of Captain America: Civil War. David Harbour is set to play a character named Alexei, while Florence Pugh will star as Yelena Bolova, a former Black Widow in the comics. The panel showed early footage from the film with Black Widow fighting her siste, and revealed that Taskmaster would be the main villain.

At the end of the panel Kevin Feige confirmed Black Panther 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 3, and Captain Marvel 2 before leaving saying “I didn’t even have time to talk about the Fantastic Four. I didn’t even have time to talk about mutants.” The last act of the panel was to reveal a Blade solo film with Mahershala Ali as the titular vampire, but no release date was given.

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