Marvel Studios took over the vast Hall H at the San Diego Convention Center on Saturday evening to finally unveil its long-awaited upcoming slate of films and TV shows. Over the course of more than an hour in a panel hosted by Jessica Chobot, studio head Kevin Feige guided fans through ten different movie and streaming projects all set to arrive over the course of 2020 and 2021. Then, just when it seemed the Hall H crowd couldn't take anymore, Feige had a few more teases up his sleeve.
In the final moments of the panel, which SYFY WIRE attended, Feige faux-casually mentioned that he hadn't even had time to bring up other upcoming projects, including previously teased sequels like Black Panther 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Then, he dropped three little words fans have been longing to hear: The first word was "mutants," and the other two were Fantastic Four.
Sadly, Feige didn't offer any release dates or creative details for these projects, but just hearing him confirm in front of Hall H that Marvel is working on the X-Men and the First Family was enough to drive the crowd wild.
But Feige wasn't done. He then brought out two-time Oscar-winning Mahershala Ali to reveal that he's playing Blade. That's right, one of the first Marvel Comics heroes to make it to the big screen is joining the MCU for the first time in a new feature film, though we don't yet know when.
The Blade announcement was the capper on a thrilling evening of new reveals that fans have been waiting months to hear about. We've known for a long time that Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home would close out an era of Marvel Studios storytelling that gave us the Infinity Saga, but Feige and company have been deliberately vague about what's next, particularly when it comes to the big screen. Now we know. Here's the full Phase 4 schedule as it was revealed to us at the panel, with links to all of our detailed coverage.
First up, Feige revealed the MCU's next superteam with Eternals, a film based on the titular being created by Jack Kirby in 1976. Directed by Chloe Zhao, the film will star 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. Eternals hits theaters November 6, 2020.
Next up was a much-anticipated small-screen project that we'd already heard a little bit about before. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will unite the two titular superheroes --played by Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, respectively -- for a new adventure in an original series on the Disney+ streaming service. Both Mackie and Stan were on hand for the panel, which also revealed via video message that the villainous Helmut Zemo from Captain America: Civil War will return, and will once again be played by Daniel Bruhl. The series arrives on Disney+ in the fall of 2020.
After that, it was back to the big screen with another reported but never officially confirmed project, the Shang-Chi movie, which now has an awesome full title: Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Joined onstage by director Destin Daniel Cretton, Feige revealed that the title role, Marvel's Master of Kung-Fu, will be played by Simu Liu, and the film will also feature rapper and actor Awkwafina in a still-mysterious role. As for the villain, as the title suggests, it will be the MCU's real Mandarin, first teased in the "All Hail the King" short film, who will be played by Tony Leung. Shang-Chi is in theaters February 12, 2021.
Next up was WandaVision, the second Disney+ MCU show, which will feature Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany returning to their roles as Scarlet Witch and Vision, respectively. The series will also feature the debut of Teyonah Parris as an adult version of Monica Rambeau, a character who first appeared as a young girl in Captain Marvel earlier this year. WandaVision is expected to land in the spring of 2021.
Speaking of Disney+ content arriving in the spring of 2021, Feige then brought out fan-favorite Tom Hiddleston, who will return to play the title role in Loki, a new streaming series that will answer a key question raised by Avengers: Endgame: “Where did Loki go when he took the Space Stone?”
Then it was time to jump back to the big screen with the long-awaited Doctor Strange sequel, which carries the rather hefty title of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Director Scott Derrickson will return to helm the flick, described as the MCU's first horror film, and Benedict Cumberbatch will return to star with a little surprise help in the form of Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch. Feige confirmed this casting means that Multiverse of Madness will tie directly into the events of WandaVision, and that connection will be helped along by the Doctor Strange sequel's release date of May 7, 2021.
Next up we got to learn a little more about the MCU's first animated series, What If...?, which will explore various alternate realities just like its comic book namesake. We don't know much about the voice cast yet, but Feige surprised the Hall H crowd by bringing out Westworld star Jeffrey Wright and confirming that he will voice The Watcher. What If...? arrives summer 2021.
Stayin on the small screen, Avengers: Endgame star Jeremy Renner made a brief appearance in Hall H to confirm that he will reprise his role as Clint Barton in Hawkeye, a Disney+ streaming that will also introduce Barton's protege, Hawkeye Kate Bishop. We still don't know who will play her, but Kate Bishop and Hawkeye arrive on Disney+ in the fall of 2021.
Back to the big screen for one of the biggest reveals of the night: The fourth Thor film will be titled Thor: Love and Thunder, and will feature the return of director Taika Waititi as well as stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, and one very big surprise: Natalie Portman will return as Jane Foster, and this time she gets to be a version of Thor herself. That's right, a Goddess of Thunder, which Waititi emphasized by handing Portman Mjolnir to massive applause. Thor: Love and Thunder arrives November 5, 2021.
Then, for the final piece of the Phase Four puzzle in terms of films with concrete casts and release dates, Feige and star Scarlett Johansson revealed the long-awaited Black Widow film. Directed by Cate Shortland, the film will also star David Harbour as Alexei aka The Red Guardian, Florence Pugh as Yelena, O-T Fagbenle as Mason and Rachel Weisz as Melina. Black Widow is in theaters May 1, 2020, making it in the next MCU on the slate.
After that, it was time to hand out Black Widow hats to the audience, bring out Ali as Blade, and leave us all hanging on the words "Fantastic Four" as Feige and company took a curtain call and headed out of Hall H having dominated the Comic-Con news cycle yet again.
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