Last night was the night we’ve all been waiting for! Marvel Studios held their big announcement panel at San Diego Comic-Con and Kevin Feige finally shed light on what comes next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe! I’m excited. You’re excited. How about we just run these down?
First up is confirmation of the Black Widow movie!
Black Widow comes out on May 1, 2020.
Black Widow is the next Marvel movie. It’s something of a prequel, I think. Should be a lot of fun. No trailer yet.
Next up is Eternals.
Eternals comes out on Nov. 5, 2020.
I don’t know much about the Eternals, either the movie or the comic. An all-star cast was announced last night, starring Salma Hayek and Angelina Jolie as the leads. There’s also the great Kumail Nanjiani and the awesome Bryan Tyree Henry, plus a bunch of others I don’t really know. The Eternals are like the Inhumans in that they’re an ancient race of super-powered people, based around the Greek Gods. Could be fun! No word on the gay lead character though.
Then we’ve got Shang-Chi and the Legends of the Ten Rings.
Shang-Chi arrives in theaters on Feb. 12, 2021.
I’m excited for this one because it’s something new. Granted, Eternals is something new, but I don’t care about them on a deeper level. Shang-Chi could be fun. Especially since it’s going to include the Mandarin, the real one, with a possible tie-in to the Ten Rings that were first introduced all the way back in the first Iron Man. That could be some awesome lore to explore!
Also, actor Simu Liu was cast as Shang-Chi. I don’t know anything about him, but I trust Marvel and their casting. This will also, obviously, be the first Asian-led Marvel Studios movie!
The next movie is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Doctor Strange 2 comes out on May 7, 2021.
This could be good! The director said they’re going for more of a horror movie this time around, which is a genre Marvel hasn’t done yet. I liked the first Doctor Strange film, enjoyed his cameos in the Infinity War films, so this could be a lot of fun.
Last we have Thor: Love and Thunder!
Thor 4 drops on Nov. 5, 2021.
Director Taika Waititi is coming back for Love and Thunder, so I am very happy. Ragnarok was amazing. Chris Hemsworth is returning as Thor, but the biggest surprise of the night was Natalie Portman walking out on stage and revealing that she’ll be playing the Jane Foster version of Thor as well! That’s pretty darn cool! Glad to see that fences were mended and she decided to come back!
Also, Marvel and Tessa Thompson are going to be way more open about Valkyrie being LGBTQ, so that’s awesome.
That’s it for the movie slate, as far as was revealed. But the Marvel panel also touched on a bunch of their upcoming TV shows for the Disney+ streaming service. They confirmed The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which will feature Baron Zemo as the villain. There’s going to be a Loki show starring the Loki that escaped with the Tesseract in Avengers: Endgame. Could be fun. WandaVision is going to focus on the Scarlet Witch after the death of the Vision, which could be nuts. She’s also going to cameo in Doctor Strange 2, and an adult Monica Rambeau has been cast to appear, so yay!
What If…? is getting a cartoon playing around with alternate takes on the Marvel movies. Sounds hilarious. And a Hawkeye TV show was confirmed for several years out, in which Jeremy Renner will be training Kate Bishop. So doubly awesome.
The last surprise of the night was announcing actor Mahershala Ali has been cast as a new Blade, possibly for a new Blade movie somewhere down the line! So if, like me, you were disappointed in how he was killed off as Cottonmouth, this is cool news!
Also, Feige announced that they are working on Guardians of the Galaxy 3, Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2 and the Fantastic Four, so awesome! No Ant-Man 3 announced, which is too bad. But perhaps Scott Lang deserves his retirement from superheroics, and his daughter can take over in Young Avengers!
The Marvel Studios panel was hype in its purest form. I am excited for all of this news and cannot wait to enjoy my entertainments for years to come! I’m also definitely signing up for Disney+ when it comes out later this year.
What were your thoughts about all the announcements? Let me know in the comments!
I am a big fan of the DuckTales revival cartoon. I am an especially big fan of the Expanded Disney Cartoon Universe the showrunners seem to be building. I was worried when they made Darkwing Duck a TV show instead of a superhero…but the most recent episode reversed course, introducing Drake Mallard and making him a real superhero inspired by the show.
Well guess what, folks: all my dreams are coming true! Announced at Comic-Con, there’s going to be a whole party bus full of characters joining the fun!
A lot of them appear on my list of characters I wanted to see on DuckTales.
Let’s run them down:
We’ve got Daisy Duck!
Chip & Dale’s Rescue Rangers!
TaleSpin is confirmed there in the upper right corner. Only we’re getting Kit Cloudkicker and Molly Cunningham as older characters than their young selves from the original. That could be neat.
Darkwing Duck is coming back, and alongside him is a new Gosalyn!
Bubba the Caveduck!
Gene the Genie!
And it’s hard to make out in the upper right, but to the left of Bubba is a more realistic looking Butterbear the Wuzzle! The Wuzzles are coming!
So yeah, essentially everything I want from the DuckTales cartoon is coming true. Check out Entertainment Weekly for some close-up shots of some of the characters. And this Reddit thread for even more.
You can also check out this nifty trailer, though not all the characters are featured.
This is turning out to be a very fun Comic-Con for me and all my geeky hopes and dreams!
Mulan is probably my second favorite of the classic Disney animated movies, so I’m excited for the live action adaptation. There’s just something purely heroic about Mulan that I really enjoy. The first teaser trailer is here and it looks good!
It looks so good that I’m probably willing to ignore the fact that the song “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” probably won’t actually be sung. That’s fine. If they want to make a legit movie about the Mulan story instead of a direct live action adaptation that’s fine by me.
So far, the live action Disney movies are hit or miss for me. I never saw Cinderella. Beauty and the Beast was forgettable. Dumbo was terrible. Aladdin was fine. Huh, maybe they haven’t been hits at all for me…
Still, I’m excited for live action Mulan.
I really enjoy the Urban Fantasy trope — the idea of taking all those classic elements like elves, dragons, unicorns and more and putting them in a modern setting. The new film is Onward, about two elf brothers on a quest!
Looks neat to me! I think we’re past the age where Pixar movies are all wonderful works of art and are now just traditional animated films, but whatever. Should still be fun and well-made.
A couple new movie trailers arrived yesterday to wow us with how cool animals look in CGI these days! Animals and Pokemon!
Oh man, look how cool those Pokemon are! I’m pretty sure that trailer only exists because the world has gone crazy for the Detective Pikachu critters! I know I have. And those are some real greats buried in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-them montage. All this movie has to do to advertise is show more of the Pokemon!
And all the live action Lion King remake has to do is exist, honestly. Just show the animals and play the classic songs and scenes and you’ve got yourself a trailer!
Looks great! I really enjoyed the live action Jungle Book, so I have high hopes for this film. Dumbo was a dud, but the Lion King has hope.
Though am I the only one disappointed that Scar isn’t a different color? I realize his cartoon color probably wasn’t natural for lions, but he looks too…normal in this trailer.