With Comic-Con 2019 underway in San Diego, everyone was looking to see how Marvel Phase 4 would deliver following Avengers: Endgame. Marvel did not disappoint. All of the film and TV series announcements from Comic-Con are featured below.
Thor: Love and Thunder
Let’s start with everyone’s favourite hammer/axe-wielding god Thor. Several days before Comic-Con it was confirmed that Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi would be returning to helm the follow up with Chris Hemsworth once again playing Thor.
During Comic-Con it was revealed that the film is titled Thor: Love and Thunder and is expected to arrive in 2021. The big surprise is that Natalie Portman is returning as Jane Foster, last seen in Thor: The Dark World, with a small cameo in Avengers: Endgame. Also, Jane Foster will become the God of Thunder within the new film.
No, it’s not Hollywood rebooting Thor with a woman like in Ghostbusters. Thor: Love and Thunder will borrow elements from the existing comic storyline – The Mighty Thor, by Jason Aaron. In this comic, Jane Foster has cancer, and the God of Thunder powers keep her alive. No idea whether the story will get that dark, just an indication that’s there’s no reason for outrage like how people reacted to the news that Lashana Lynch is playing 007.
Natasha” Romanoff, aka Black Widow, is scoring her film on May 1, 2020. This will be the first film in Marvel Phase 4, with Scarlet Johansson returning as the titular character, and Australian filmmaker Cate Shortland directing.
Black Widow is expected to be a prequel and possibly tell the origin story of the only original female Avenger. During Comic-Con, it was revealed that Stranger Things’ actor David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, Florence Pugh and O.T. Fagbenle would join the film’s cast.
Comic-Con attendees were lucky enough to see a clip from the film which revealed the villain to be the Marvel Comic’s character Taskmaster.
Those Angelina Jolie rumours were true. Jolie joins the cast of the upcoming Eternals film along with Game of Thrones and Bodyguard actor Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry and Lia McHugh. The Eternals will release November 6, 2020.
So who or what are the Eternals? Wikipedia describes them as an offshoot of the evolutionary process that created sentient life on Earth. The original instigators of this process, the alien Celestials, intended the Eternals to be the defenders of Earth, which leads to the inevitability of war against their destructive counterparts, the Deviants.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Marvel will debut its first Chinese hero-led film in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, releasing in theatres on February 12, 2021,
Simu Liu will play Shang-Chi, and Tony Leung plays the villain The Mandarin. Destin Daniel Cretton directs. Not much else is known about the film. It’s worth noting that Ben Kingsley previously played The Mandarin in Iron Man 3 as a comedic character. Shang-Chi will likely feature the villain in a more serious role.
This is what Wikipedia says about Shang-Chi: “Often referred to as the “Master of Kung Fu”, Shang-Chi is proficient in numerous unarmed and weaponry-based wushu styles, including the use of the gùn, nunchaku, and jian. In later years, he gains the power to create countless duplicates of himself, and joins the Avengers.”
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Let’s begin by saying excellent title! Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be released on May 7, 2021, with director Scott Derrickson returning, as well as star Benedict Cumberbatch.
Scott Derrickson says we can expect gothic horror elements and psychedelic weirdness. Scarlet Witch will also appear in Doctor Strange 2 once again played by Elizabeth Olsen who appeared at Comic-Con and confirmed the role.
Up until this point, we knew in some shape or form that the previous films existed. The upcoming reboot of Blade starring Oscar-winning actor Mahershala Ali came as a total surprise. Unfortunately, no further details were revealed. Blade is, of course, the vampire hunter last seen on the big screen in 2006’s Blade Trinity played by Wesley Snipes.
Mahershala Ali recently appeared in True Detective season 3 as well as the award-winning film Green Book. Ali is no stranger to the Marvel universe, also starring as the villain Cottonmouth in Netflix’s Luke Cage and voicing Uncle Aaron in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
As you may be aware, Disney is entering the streaming service market with Disney+. If the film giant is to compete with Netflix, it will need some premium content. Thankfully, there’s plenty of upcoming exclusive content to appease fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and expand Phase 4 to TV.
Loki is returning in 2021 with a new series that will connect with the events of Avengers: Endgame and Tom Hiddleston is reprising his iconic role.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier TV series will debut in 2020, and Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will once again play the characters. Events are also expected to follow on from Avengers: Endgame.
Both actors were on stage at Comic-Con to discuss the upcoming series. A short video played out which showed Baron Zemo, the villain from Captain America: Civil War in full costume. In Civil War, Baron Zemo was played by Daniel Brühl. We’re not sure if Brühl is back or another actor plays the villain.
Hawkeye is coming to Disney+ in 2021, once again played by Jeremy Renner. The series will also introduce Kate Bishop, a character who first appeared in 2005’s Young Avengers comic.
WandaVision is coming to Disney+ in 2021 and stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as their character’s Scarlet Witch and Vision. WandaVision takes place after Endgame, and the series is expected to ‘get weird and deep.’ The font looks like something pulled from 1950s TV, so we’re not sure what to expect.
Finally, Marvel Studios’ What If…?, is an upcoming animated series starring Westworld’s Jeffrey Wright as the voice of The Watcher and many actors from across the MCU are reprising their roles as voice talent. Expect this one to hit Disney+ in Summer 2021.
During Marvel’s Comic-Con panel, studio head Kevin Feige revealed that Black Panther 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 3 and Captain Marvel 2 are all in the works. Also, the Fantastic Four and X-Men will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the near future.
A rumour doing the rounds is that an upcoming film will focus on Avengers vs X-Men. If it’s true, we may have to wait until Marvel’s Phase 5. It’s worth noting everything mentioned above, except Blade is expected to release in 2020 to 2021, meaning there’s a lot of Marvel content coming over the next two years.