If you know anything about me, you probably know I am freaking out right now. I am a HUGE Marvel fan and everything we just got at SDCC has my head spinning. Well you aren’t wrong. I also can barely breath. I am SO EXCITED about what is to come with Marvel Phase 4 and beyond. WOW. Just WOW.
Feige officially announced the feature film “Black Widow,” which is slated for a May 1, 2020 release in U.S. theaters, making it the first film of Phase Four to hit the big screen! I cannot wait for this movie. I am HOPING it is a prequel, and according to the footage Hall H saw, it seems that it is.
Kevin Feige surprised the audience with the first footage from “Black Widow,” which is currently in production. The film is directed by Cate Shortland who was on hand to greet the Hall H audience along with Scarlett Johansson, reprising her role of Natasha Romanoff, as well as newcomers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe David Harbour as Alexei aka The Red Guardian, Florence Pugh as Yelena, O-T Fagbenle as Mason and Rachel Weisz as Melina.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Feige brought news on the Disney+ original series “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,” which pairs up two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most popular heroes – Sam Wilson aka The Falcon and Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier – in a series of action-filled adventures as they fight together against evil after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.”
Anthony Mackie (The Falcon) and Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier) came on stage to greet the fans, and it was revealed that Daniel Brühl will return as the villain, Baron Zemo. I am HYPED about Zemo being in this series because he is a FANTASTIC villain. Totally one to read up on if you haven’t already. Plus, who doesn’t love them some Bucky!
“The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” is set to debut on Disney+ in the fall of 2020.
Feige kicked off the panel with an overview of the feature film “The Eternals,” an exciting new team of Super Heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Feige introduced the director, Chloé Zhao, followed by stars from the film, 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.
If you don’t know much about these guys, they are definitely some heroes to get to know! They can tie in to some pretty amazing story lines. Don’t worry, comic book suggestions to come soon!
“The Eternals” will make their Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in theaters on November 6, 2020.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Feige spoke about the feature film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” and detailed how the legend has been hinted at in the MCU films since the first “Iron Man.”
In an unanticipated surprise for all, Kevin Feige then announced the confirmed casting of Simu Liu in the title role of Shang-Chi and both the actor and the director, Destin Daniel Cretton, came on stage to greet the audience. Kevin also shared with the audience the casting of Awkwafina in a yet-to-be-disclosed role. Then, Kevin revealed to the Hall H audience that the real Mandarin will be played by celebrated Chinese actor Tony Leung.
Honestly, I don’t know too much about Shang-Chi, so I have some reading to do in the next year and a half!
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” will be in theaters on February 12, 2021.
Next, Feige offered the latest on “WandaVision,” a Disney+ original series where Paul Bettany reprises the role of Vision and Elizabeth Olsen returns to her role of Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch. Bettany and Olsen were joined on stage by MCU newcomer Teyonah Parris, and Feige announced that Parris will be playing the grown-up version of Monica Rambeau, who was introduced to audiences in “Captain Marvel.”
I am HYPED about Monica Rambeau being in this series — and I cannot wait to discover how we get Vision back. I am really looking forward to this series, because I love me some Scarlet Witch!
“WandaVision” premieres on Disney+ in the spring of 2021.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Feige introduced the second film in the “Doctor Strange” franchise, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” and called the director, Scott Derrickson, and star Benedict Cumberbatch to the stage to a rousing welcome.
In a surprise twist, Feige brought out Elizabeth Olsen, who also stars in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” and they talked about how “WandaVision” – the Disney+ series that Olsen will star in as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch – connects directly to the feature-film storyline.
This has me thrilled because, as I said above, I LOVE me some Scarlet Witch. She is INSANELY powerful!
“Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” hits theaters on May 7, 2021.
Feige offered news on “Loki,” a Marvel Studios original series streaming on Disney+ in the spring of 2021. Tom Hiddleston – back in his role of the mercurial Loki, the god of mischief and everyone’s favorite villain – received a huge welcome from fans when Feige brought him out on stage.
Then to the delight of the audience, Hiddleston answered the biggest question from “Avengers: Endgame”: “Where did Loki go when he took the Space Stone?”
I am HYPED about this. And I feel like we are going to see Loki get in to a lot of trouble. He is the God of Mischief after all, isn’t he?
Feige offered new information on “What If…?,” the first animated series in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “What If…?” is being created exclusively for Disney+ and features stories that present alternate realities in the Marvel universe.
Feige mentioned that many actors from across the Marvel Cinematic Universe will reprise their roles as voice talent in the series. He then surprised the audience by bringing Jeffrey Wright to the stage and introducing him as the voice of the popular character The Watcher in the new series.
The fact that The Watcher is going to be a part of this has me even more excited. It could mean so many things. The What If? comics are some of my favorites, so this series has me over the moon!
“What If…?” joins the Disney+ lineup in the summer of 2021.
Jeremy Renner came on stage and revealed the previously undisclosed title of the Hawkeye Disney+ original series. He joined Kevin Feige to give exciting news about “Hawkeye,” including details about Kate Bishop, a character well-known in Marvel comics, who will be an integral part of the series.
Is it too early to cross my fingers for a West Coast Avengers story line? I mean… Kate and Clint do join forces on that team. Just saying.
“Hawkeye” launches on Disney+ in the fall of 2021.
Thor: Love and Thunder
Feige talked about the next Thor film, “Thor: Love and Thunder,” which will be the fourth feature film in the “Thor” franchise. It was revealed that Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman, will become the Mighty Thor, the goddess of Thunder.
Director Taika Waititi, Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Natalie Portman all came on stage for the presentation, eliciting a wild response from the Hall H audience who are looking forward to the film’s November 5, 2021 debut in theaters.
So much more to come on this one because…. this is HUGE. I love the Mighty Thor story. So this is REALLY cool.
Following the “Black Widow” presentation, Feige had another big surprise up his sleeve for the enthusiastic Hall H crowd. He was joined on stage by actor Mahershala Ali and then announced the new Marvel Studios feature film “Blade” that Ali will star in.
Yes. Just… YES.