One of the most anticipated events of all comic lovers – the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC), is once again happening this year. The last in-person convention happened back in 2019, after which the event had to go online because of the ongoing pandemic. And of course, fans are super excited.
One of the most anticipated parts of the SDCC is the Marvel panel that happens every year, and this year too won’t be any different. Back in 2019, Marvel had revealed their plans for Phase 4 which was a mix of movies and TV shows.
Movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe and shows from the Disney+ streaming service made up a major block of content that the fans devoured during the pandemic. And if the supposed leaks on Reddit are anything to go by, it will be the same this time around as well.
A major thread on the r/marvelstudiosspoilers subreddit has compiled all the rumored announcements set for Marvel Studios’ presentation at Comic-Con, which is set to take place on Saturday at 8 p.m. within the infamous Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center. There are moreover rumors about what will be announced at Disney’s D23, which takes place on September 5.
Although we have no proof of the authenticity of these rumors; not until Kevin Feige actually comes up to the stage and tells us what’s in his head; we can indulge in some of them until we get more information on the same. And although the list of rumors is pretty long, we have shortened it to bring you some of the best of the lot. Especially ones that see some of the fan-favorites actors (and directors) finally joining the Marvel universe in one way or the other.
Without further dilly-dallying, let’s get to them:
Hell’s Kitchen Got Newly Elektra-fied
We already know Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio are coming back as Daredevil and Kingpin, respectively, for the Disney+ series Echo. What comes as a surprise is there might be a new project on the works centering around Cox’s Daredevil, but with a new Elektra. Actress Eiza Gonzalez is rumored to be replacing Elodie Yung in the latest adaptation, and fan reaction has been a mixed bag of beans so far.
Homelander Comes Out of The Cave
One of the most anticipated rumors that fans have been crossing their fingers to be true, is the casting of The Boys’ Antony Starr as Dracula in the upcoming Blade movie. The Mahershala Ali starring reboot of the anti-hero is supposedly in talks with the Australian actor for the role of Blade’s biggest nemesis – Dracula himself. Fans are, understandably, quite excited about this.
Henry Golding is a Man of Wonder
Actor Henry Golding has been making his name in the industry for the past few years and has become a fan favorite with his charming personality. It is no wonder that Marvel Studios are looking to induct him into their panel of amazing actors. If rumors are to be true, we might get to see Golding in the role of Wonder Man, in their newest TV series that is in the works by Shang-Chi director Destin Daniel Cretton and Brooklyn Nine-Nine writer Andrew Guest.
New Professor X Has His Work Cut Out
The fans have always seen Patrick Stewart as the psychic leader of the X-Men. And even though James McAvoy played the role of a younger Charles Xavier; he was always more of a Charles than a Professor X, if you know what I mean. With Stewart retiring from this enigmatic role since 2017’s Logan (& returning once again for a cameo in Multiverse of Madness), along with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine – the position has been ready for a taker. And if rumors are anything to go by, Giancarlo Esposito is the name that’s making the latest rounds. And allegedly, Top Gun: Maverick star Glen Powell might also be up for the role of Scott Summers aka Cyclops in this newest rendition.
House of Harkness Got New Witches
After the success of the Disney+ series WandaVision, and seeing what a fan favorite Katherine Hahn’s Agatha Harkness became; it might not come as a surprise to most that Marvel is thinking of planning a spin-off with Hahn’s Harkness and her coven of witches at the center of it all. Alongside her, actress Amy Poehler (Parks & Rec), Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso), and Hunter Schafer (Euphoria) are also set to join the series.
The Latest Iteration of Marvel’s First Family
Marvel’s first family has been through many reboots since Marvel Studios first started. And apparently, there might be another one in the works. And rumors are that the First Family has already been cast. According to the rumor mill, Jamie Dornan of Fifty Shades of Grey fame, Amanda Seyfried from Mean Girls, and Stranger Things’ Joe Keery are set to take the roles of Reed Richards, Sue, and Johnny Storm in this iteration. For now, the cast of Ben Grimm/The Thing is yet to be disclosed.
Spielberg Joining Hands with Marvel?
Okay, so we all remember the Marvel vs. Speilberg thing that happened back in the day? Yeah. And now to see Marvel Studios are actually in talks with the famed director to direct one of their movies (Fantastic Four reboot, if rumors are true); then it will be a whole new ball game. The chances of it happening, if you ask, are quite slim. But one should never say never, right? Right!
The San Diego Comic-Con is all set to start on the 21st of July and go on till the 24th of July.