Ok you might be pretty excited about all the wrap-ups for Day One, Two and Three we have been giving you across SDCC with SO MUCH going on it’s hard to keep track but the big event this weekend was no doubt the Marvel Studios panel. And boy did they have a lot to mention the least of which was how Endgame has officially crossed Avatar to be the highest-grossing film of all time.
But you came here for the announcements and we have them right here. These are the Cubans, baby. This is the Cohibas, the Montecristos, so let’s just jump into it…
First up was the Eternals. Confirming the trickle of casting news we have gotten over the last few weeks we can confirm that Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek are joining the MCU along with Richard Madden, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Lia McHugh and Don Lee rounding out the full cast for the Eternals film being directed by Chloé Zhao. Expect to see it next year, around November 6, 2020.
Next, let’s talk Disney+ exclusives because there was a lot of them. While the SDCC panel gave all the scope of Phase 4 more than half of the announcements were series across 2020-2021 for the new US-based streaming service available later this year. With Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier heading to the service late 2020. The limited series will have it’s big bad with Baron Zemo from Civil War.
Next, we get an official title for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Out in February 2021 the Ten Rings have been around since they kidnapped Tony Stark in the desert. Does this mean we are getting a new Mandarin? Will it tie into the final Marvel One-Shot All Hail the King? Maybe we will find out more at SDCC 2020.
Next up we have confirmation of the Scarlet Witch/Vision series heading to Disney+ in early 2021. The SDCC announcement confirmed both Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany will be returning to their roles for the limited series.
Another confirmed Disney+ series was Loki. The live-action series will definitely include Tom Hiddleson as the God of Mischief and will debut on the streaming platform around the same time as WandaVision.
It was confirmed that the Loki for this series will be the one who escaped with the Tesseract in Endgame, meaning he never went through the character growth of events in Thor the Dark World or Ragnarok. Will Loki be a good guy? We will find out in 2021.
Back to the big screen with Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness being the official title for Doctor Strange 2. Both Benedict Cumberbatch and director Scott Derrickson will be returning but the bigger news is the casting also includes Elizabeth Olsen/Scarlett Witch. It will be in cinemas around the same time as Wandavision with May 2021 being its date.
As Kevin Feige said on stage “Just because Quentin Beck lied about the Multiverse, doesn’t mean it isn’t real”.
The new What If…? animated series for Disney+ got a mention too. Based on the Marvel Comic series which gave one shot hypotheticals like What if Gwen Stacy had lived, Rick Jones became the Hulk or Dr. Strange were a disciple of Dormammu. Honestly, if you want to check out some of the What If stories from the 1970-80s run of the series you might see more than a couple of storylines we have gotten since in the main 616 Comic Universe.
But the big announcement was how many of the MCU live-action counterparts will be voicing their own characters on the animated series, it’s a big list and there are no sound-a-likes here when it is released mid-2021.
Another Disney+ series is Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye series. While we had secretly wished for a series based on the Matt Fraction Hawkeye run, this series will introduce the second Hawkeye, Kate Bishop when it comes out in late 2021. We are still holding out for a Pizza Dog casting.
Going with the earlier rumour/announcement Thor 4 got an official title at the Marvel Studios Panel with Thor: Love and Thunder in a very Golden Axe style logo. Taika Waititi is returning as director with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson (the newly anointed King of Asgard who is rumoured to be looking for a Queen in the new film). The big news is Taika is a big fan of the Jason Aaron run of Thor which included Jane Foster as the female Thor given the news that Natalie Portman is also cast in the new film and took to the stage to hold Mjolnir.
Nearly at the end, we had our Black Widow confirmation with those in attendence at Hall H also getting a taste of some Black Widow vs Taskmaster action (completely with Tasky’s Sword and Shield). Black Widow is the first film we can expect to see as part of Phase 4 with it due May 1st 2020 with a cast including Scarlette Johansson, Rachel Weisz and Stranger Thing’s David Harbour.
So was that it for SDCC? No, because as the on-stage cast took a bow and the crowd were applauding Kevin Feige took the opportunity to drop not one but 3 major bombshells including throwing out how they didn’t mention what is going to be happening with Mutants in the MCU and how he did not get to the Fantastic Four. But he did bring out Moonlight/True Detective star Mahershala Ali as the Blade in the MCU. Sorry, Wesley.
And that’s it. Sorta. Well not really, because with more than half of Phase 4 being Disney+ series we are expecting a lot more announcements including those last-minute teases to be part of the Disney D23 event at the end of August given Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2 and Guardians 3 were also confirmed but not appearing on the Phase 4 timeline shown. D23 was originally thought to be the platform for Phase 4 being announced so SDCC announcements were a pretty big bonus but now, we wait.