Marvel Studios returned to Comic-Con’s Hall H this weekend to share exciting news about what’s next from the superheroic entertainment powerhouse. President Kevin Feige officially announced the lineup of feature films for the next two years, and revealed new information for the brand-new Disney+ exclusive series. (The new streaming platform launches in the U.S. November 12).
Here’s the 411:
The Eternals will introduce an exciting new team of super heroes to the Marvel Cinematic Universe this fall. Feige introduced the director, Chloé Zhao, followed by stars from the film: 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. November 6, 2020
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is a Disney+ original series which pairs up two of the MCU’s most popular heroes — Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes — to fight against evil in a series of action-filled adventures, 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. Fall 2020
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is a new feature that has been hinted at in the MCU since the first Iron Man, Feige noted. He confirmed the casting of Simu Liu as Shang-Chi, and was joined on stage by actor-director Destin Daniel Cretton. Awkwafina has also been cast in to to-be-disclosed role, while the real Mandarin will be played by celebrated Chinese actor Tony Leung. February 12, 2021
WandaVision joins the Disney+ streaming lineup, with Paul Bettany reprising the role of Vision and Elizabeth Olsen returning as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch. The stars were joined on stage by MCU newcomer Teyonah Parris, who will be playing an adult Monica Rambeau — she was introduced to audiences in Captain Marvel. Spring 2021
Loki, one of the first series announced for Disney+, was celebrated with a visit from star Tom Hiddleston. As the mercurial god of mischief, Hiddleston has become an MCU fan-favorite villain, and he finally answered a burning Endgame question for the SDCC audience: Where did Loki go when he took the Space Stone? Spring 2021
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness director Scott Derrickson and star Benedict Cumberbatch joined Feige on stage to promote the second Doctor Strange franchise film. As a special surprise, star Elizabeth Olsen also came out to talk about how her Disney+ series WandaVision will directly connect to the sequel’s storyline. May 7, 2021
What If…? will be the first animated series in the MCU, created exclusively for Disney+ and featuring stories that present alternate Marvel universe realities. Feige noted that many actors from across the MCU will reprise their roles as voice talent in the series, then brought out Jeffrey Wright to introduce hi as the voice of popular character The Watcher. Summer 2021
Hawkeye star Jeremy Renner hit the stage to reveal the Disney+ original series’ official title, and reveal that the character Kate Bishop will be a key part of the show. Fall 2021
Thor: Love and Thunder, boasting a delightfully sword-and-sandals style logo font, will be the fourth feature in the Norse god’s franchise. In the next installment, Jane Foster (played by Natalie Portman) will don the mantle of the Mighty Thor, Goddess of Thunder. Director Taika Waititi, Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson and Portman were all there for the presentation, getting a wildly enthusiastic response from the crowd. November 5, 2021
Black Widow, a standalone film starring Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, will be the first Phase Four MCU film to his the big screen. Director Cate Shortland was on hand along with Johansson, David Harbour (Alexei/The Red Guardian), Florence Pugh (Yelena), O-T Fagbenle (Mason) and Rechel Weisz (Melina). May 1, 2020
Blade was announced by Feige as the newest Marvel Studios Feature and — one of the most exciting surprises of the presentation — the ultra-cool vampire hunter will be played by Oscar winning actor Mahershala Ali (Green Book, Moonlight), who joined Feige on stage.