Well Crunchers, San Diego Comic-Con has reached its conclusion in 2019 and let’s just say that Marvel hit it big with fans. Announcing 10 releases over the next 2 years both in their film and television properties, Hall H hasn’t been this loud since the original Avengers team first donned the stage back in 2010. Let’s take a look at everything that was announced, what wasn’t that we thought would be, and what came as a disappointment when “it” wasn’t announced.
Kicking off Marvels Phase 4 is Black Widow on May 1st, 2020. Black Widow stars Scarlett Johansson reprising her titular role. This movie is under a cloud of secrecy and the SDCC announcement offered a few answers to the rumors we’ve heard the last couple weeks. We know that the film’s cast includes Rachel Weisz (The Mummy), David Harbor (Stranger Things), and the immensely talented Florence Pugh (Fighting with My Family) as Yelena. No one knows how this fits into the Marvel timeline after the events of Avengers: Endgame, but it is rumored that Florence Pugh is taking over the mantle of Black Widow.
Next in line is The Eternals on November 5th, 2020. Starring Angeline Jolie as Thena, not Cersei as previously reported, Salma Hayek as Ajax (Not the Deadpool Ajax, Although I can’t help but think that there could be some fantastic jokes at her expense though!), Richard Madden as Ikaris, and Kumail Nanjiani (Stuber) as Kingo Sunen. This film basically looks like it will be Kevin Feige’s chance to do his Inhumans type story and still give people something new that brings Greek mythology elements into the MCU.
2021 will bring us 3 films starting with the highly anticipated Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The film stars Simu Liu (Kim’s Convenience) in the titular role, Akwafina (Crazy Rich Asians), and perhaps the biggest news regarding this movie, Tony Leung will play the Mandarin, which may fix the disappointment felt by Marvel fans everywhere with Iron Man 3’s fake-out.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 7th, 2021. What’s being called as the first MCU dive into the horror genre (sorry to delusional fans that thought New Mutants was being retooled to fit into the universe), the Doctor Strange sequel will star Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Olsen.
Thor: Love and Thunder 11/5/21. Taika Waititi is back! And so is Natalie Portman? I guess the small job Portman did in Endgame repaired whatever bad blood existed between the studio and the actress. Perhaps the biggest news surrounding this movie is that she will carry Mjolnir and become the first female Thor. Does this mean that time travel is involved because the hammer was sent back with Cap?
Announced projects with no release dates.
Captain Marvel 2
Black Panther 2
Guardians of the Galaxy 3
And perhaps the biggest news of the night, Mahershala Ali surprised the audience to announce he had been cast as Blade. Meanwhile, Wesley Snipes is somewhere crying on a bathroom floor. Now we can understand why Doctor Strange is dipping into the horror genre, it’s widely speculated that this will set the groundwork for our new version of Blade.
Disney+ Series News
The silver screen didn’t get all of the glory at Hall H, there was some love shown to the highly anticipated MCU series as well. Many of us know that these series produced by Kevin Feige have nothing to do with the Netflix, ABC, Freeform, and Hulu series, and if you didn’t you do now.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Fall 2020. New logo, no name changes but we do have a villain! Baron Zemo will return!
WandaVision, Spring 2021. Not much is known about the show except for that it will deal with Scarlet Witch dealing with the loss of Vision and the ramifications the “snap” or “blip” had on her. It’s also been revealed that Teyonah Parris will bring us an adult version of Monica Rambeau who first appeared as a child in Captain Marvel.
Loki, Spring 2021. Set after the events of Endgame but in the time of the original Avengers (confused yet?). Loki will explore the alternate timeline if Loki escaped police custody and ran off with the Tesseract. (I hope this means an RDJ and Chris Evans appearance? We will see.)
What If?, Summer 2021. What if will be the MCU’s first animated series that will explore alternate scenarios of our favorite MCU moments. Jeffrey Wright will star as The Watcher.
Hawkeye, Fall 2021. Focuses on Jeremy Renner training Kate Bishop, who I’m still holding out hope will be Katherine Langford from 13 Reasons Why. My biggest complaint? The logo used is from Matt Fractions Hawkeye and does not fit in with its counterparts. It looks like it fits in with The Runaways on Hulu’s network.
So that’s about everything of note announced by Marvel so let’s dive into what we expected and what we wanted to hear but didn’t.
Keanu Reeves cast in something. When he does join the MCU it just might break the internet. My personal choice? Johnny Blaze as the MCU’s version of Ghost Rider.
More Fantastic 4 or X-Men news, all we got was that they’re coming, but some direction would have been cool. Here’s holding out hope that they are negotiating with John Krasinski as Reed Richards as we speak.
No Deadpool. What are you waiting for Marvel? It sounds like Josh Brolin is not ready to leave the MCU, and Ryan Reynolds needs something more than The Hitman’s Bodyguard to lean on. At least a public handshake between Reynolds and Feige would have calmed many of the doubters.
No Venom / Spiderman news. So much happened at the end of Far From Home that my life will not be complete until I learn more.
No Asgardians of the Galaxy. I’m still waiting to see what the hell that scene at the end of Endgame means? If not a spin-off movie then what?
Speaking of Guardians, no information was given except that it is coming. It’s rumored that this will be heavy on Rocket’s story.
Dark Avengers. I didn’t think we would get an announcement on this because so much has to happen before it can take place. The introduction of Norman Osborn, Wolverine, Bullseye to name a few.
Thunderbolts. Since the evening was seen as a giant middle finger to the DCEU, what’s better than announcing the MCU version of Suicide Squad?
David Morrisey. I really hope this rumor eventually turns out to be true. So far, the Walking Dead actor has been attached to Norman Osbourne and Doctor Doom. I for one would love to see him opposite John Krasinski as Doom.
Zac Efron, many thought this would be the perfect venue to introduce Efron as Adam Warlock. I for one am glad this isn’t the case; I think he would be better suited as Johnny Storm. My thoughts for Adam Warlock? Dacre Montgomery, who is a near-perfect Efron lookalike and hot off his Stranger Things role.
No new Avengers on the docket. No news regarding Falcon as Captain America, nothing.
No announcements regarding the reintroduction or recasting’s or our Netflix heroes. Daredevil and the rest of the defenders will be introduced someday… right?
What do you think about the future of the MCU Crunchers? Is there something you wish you heard but didn’t?