Yesterday Marvel released a gluttony of information for its MCU projects going forward at the Marvel Comic-Con panel, ranging from animation announcements to two new Avengers films, and it’s safe to say the future of the MCU is looking incredibly strong.
The Rest of Phase 4
The upcoming release of She-Hulk is the penultimate entry, with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever being the final one before we enter Phase 5. The first trailer for the aforementioned film was released, and it looks like it’ll be paying every respect to the late Chadwick Boseman, as well as introducing Namor in his first live-action appearance, as a foil to whoever might be taking up the Black Panther mantle.
Perhaps the biggest surprise at the Marvel Comic-Con panel was the announcement of a Thunderbolts movie, which in the comics is a team of anti-heroes/villains that are forced to undertake missions for the greater good. Think DC’s Suicide Squad but instead of Jared Leto’s Joker, we’ll be getting Florence Pugh’s Yelena, Wyatt Russell’s US Agent, and more.
We were also treated to concrete confirmation another Captain America film was coming! Titled Captain America: New World Order this film looks to follow the events of Falcon and the Winter Soldier, showing Anthony Mackie in the titular role after taking over from Chris Evans at the end of Endgame. Not much storywise is known, but we can assume we’ll be seeing more of Bucky, and finding out what happened with Sharon Carter, now known as the Powerbroker after the events of the show.
Whilst not much was shown at the Marvel Comic-Con panel, we were also gifted a concrete date for the long upcoming Blade movie, due to release on November 3rd, 2023. What does this mean? We’re getting further into the supernatural side of the MCU than we have before, and after the post-credits scene of Eternals, maybe we’ll see Kit Harrington’s Black Knight return too?
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania also featured at the Marvel Comic-Con panel, with the biggest takeaway being the poster and an incredibly comic-accurate looking Kang, played by Jonathan Majors, last seen in Loki Season One, as He Who Remains, a Kang variant.
Fans attending the Marvel Comic-Con panel were also lucky enough to be able to see a few minutes of Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3, and the first episode of the upcoming animated short series I am Groot. There was also plenty of animation news regarding the new X-Men ’97 show, Spider-Man Freshman Year (which’ll include Daredevil voiced by Charlie Cox!), and the newly rated MA Marvel Zombies show.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t any new concrete information offered on the already known about Agatha: Coven of Chaos, Ironheart, Loki Season 2, or the Echo shows, but Daredevil: Born Again was announced, an eighteen-episode series based around the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, with both Charlie Cox returning as Matt Murdock/Daredevil and Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin!
Fantastic 4 will be entering the MCU in November 2024, followed by Avengers: The Kang Dynasty in May of 2025, and then in November 2025, we’ll be getting Avengers: Secret Wars!
Thanks to the Marvel Comic-Con panel, we finally have an indication of the direction, of what is now being called The Multiverse Saga. With the mention of ‘incursions’ in Doctor Strange: Multiverse of Madness, it’s fair to assume they’ll be adapting the most recent Secret Wars run, where multiple universes collide, each time one being destroyed and one being left. This could mean the door is going to be opened for some dead characters returning. Chris Evans as Cap again? Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man one final time?