San Diego Comic Con: Marvel’s Hall H
Marvel Studios made an exciting comeback to Hall H, after skipping last year to keep Phase Four under wraps until after Avengers: Endgame premiered. They announced ten films and Disney+ shows that would complete Phase Four, plus some extra surprises that we can concur will be part of Phase Five. While, they didn’t have much footage to show, they included a lot of exciting casting announcements and a small tease of Black Widow.
Fiege started off strong by bringing out the Eternals The star studded cast came on stage including Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh and Angelina Jolie as Thena. The diverse cast including Marvel’s first deaf superhero, set the tone for the good changes to come in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fiege also introduced Eternals director, Chloe Zhao, who is a Chinese director and screenwriter.
Not much was said about the film, but they teased that there will be some cosmic elements.
Eternals is set to come out on November 6, 2020.
Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie took the stage to talk about The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, the MCU’s first Disney+ show to premiere. Falcon will dawn the Captain America name after the events of Endgame and Mackie teased he has already had a fitting for the suit. They also showed a look at Daniel Brühl reprising his role as Zemo.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will premiere on Disney+ in Fall 2020.
The official title of the Shang-Chi film was announced during the panel to be Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Marvel showed a clip of all the times the Ten Rings had been mentioned in past Marvel movies, which some of you may have or may have not noticed. Fiege announced that the real Mandarin would play a major part in the film, which will be played by Tony Leung. They also finally announced Simu Liu of the TV show, Kim’s Convenience, to be Shang-Chi. Awkafina will also play a role and Destin Daniel Cretton, who directed Short Term 12, will be directing.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is set to come out February 12, 2021.
WandaVision is the MCU’s second Disney+ show to premiere. Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany took the stage to introduce the show, but they couldn’t say much other than that the show will be “weird”.
Fiege announced that grown up Monica Rambeau, Maria Rambeau’s daughter in Captain Marvel, will play a part in the show, which leads us to believe time travel will be involved since the show will be set in the 50’s. Teyonah Parris will play Monica Rambeau.
WandaVision is set to come out on Disney+ in Spring of 2021.
Tom Hiddleston will reprise his role as Loki in this Disney+ show. Fiege announced that the show would be about what happens to Loki after he takes the tesseract in Avengers: Endgame.
Loki is set to come out on Disney+ in Spring of 2021.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be the MCU’s first horror film. Fiege announced that while the multiverse was faked in Spider-Man: Far From Home, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist. There will also be a Wanda and Steven Strange team up, since the film will be affected by the events in WandaVision.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to come out May 7, 2021.
The MCU’s first animated series will be What If…?, a show narrated by The Watcher, Jeffrey Wright. Many MCU actors will reprise their roles in this series and the first episode will follow a What If story on if Peggy became Captain America instead of Steve Rogers.
What If…? is set to premiere on Disney+ in Summer of 2021.
Hawkeye will finally be the center of attention in his Disney+ show called, Hawkeye. Jeremy Renner surprised the audience by walking through the crowd and shaking hands with fans. Fiege did confirm that Hawkeye’s alias, Ronin, will be part of the show and that Kate Bishop, a fan favorite comic book character, will also be a main character.
Hawkeye is set to come out on Disney+ in Fall 2021.
Fiege announced that Taika Watiti is coming back for Thor 4, Thor: Love and Thunder. Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson made an appearance and Thompson officially announced that Valkyrie is LGBT and looking for her queen in the next film. To everyone’s surprise, Taika brought out Natalie Portman, reprising her role as Jane Foster and taking on the role of Female Thor for the film.
Thor: Love and Thunder is set to come out November 5, 2021.
Finally, Fiege brought out the cast for Black Widow which included, Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O.T. Fagbenle, and Rachel Weisz. They showed a clip that confirmed that the film would take us to Budapest and gave us a look at an insane fight scene between Johansson and Pugh. The film seems to show a sense of maturity that past MCU films lack. They also teased the big bad, Taskmaster, which from the clip looks to be an unidentified woman due to Taskmaster’s mask.
Black Widow is the MCU’s next project to come out on May 1, 2020.
Finally, when everyone thought the panel was over, Fiege announced that they have plans for Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 3, Fantastic Four, Mutants and something that hasn’t been rumoured about yet… Blade with two-time Academy Award winner, Mahershala Ali.
While I’m excited for everything coming to Phase Four of the MCU, I can’t help but be a teeny bit more excited Phase Five. I mean… we’ve been waiting for a good Fantastic Four movie for a couple decades now.
What were you guys’ favorite announcement from the Marvel Hall H panel?