We have your full rundown of everything Marvel revealed at Comic Con this year, including some details you may have missed!
The biggest event of this year’s San Diego Comic Con was the Marvel Studios Panel which took place last Saturday. Hosted by Jessica Chobot and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, the panel revealed dates and titles for 11 upcoming films and TV shows. The panel began with Feige introducing some of the production team for Marvel, who were all brought on stage and celebrated for their hard work. Feige then announced that within the next few days Avengers: Endgame will surpass Avatar as the highest grossing film worldwide. After that it was time to announce the upcoming projects.
The first project up was Eternals. Feige described it as something they hadn’t done before with the MCU, a group of immortals who have lived on earth for 35 thousand years. He stated the film would be full Jack Kirby before introducing director Chloé Zhao (The Rider). She said her draw beyond wanting to make a Marvel film was the idea of exploring what it means to be a human through the eyes of the Eternals. They then brought out the cast. Richard Madden (Rocketman) will portray Ikaris, Kumail Nanjani (Stuber) will portray Kingo, Lauren Ridloff (The Walking Dead) will portray Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) will portray Phastos, Salma Hayek (Frida) will portray Ajak, Lia McHugh (The Lodge) will portray Sprite, Don Lee (Paboos) will portray Gilgamesh, and finally Angelina Jolie (Maleficent) will portray Thena.
Richard Madden explained that the Eternals are a race of immortal aliens sent to earth by the celestials to protect humankind from the deviants. Lauren Ridloff stated she’s honored to play the first deaf hero in the MCU. Kumail Nanjani stated this was his first time getting into Hall H after eight comic cons, before commenting on the fact that Marvel films are a throwback to older films that had a bit of everything and weren’t just one genre. Brian Tyree Henry was asked how it felt to play a character who is known for his intelligence, that most of the geniuses in the MCU move from their hearts and he thinks Phastos does the same thing. Salma Hayek stated that she approaches leadership (as the Eternals leader) as a family thing. Since the Eternals aren’t supposed to have children, they are each others family. Angelina Jolie said she’s going to work ten times harder than she has on any other action film. Lia McHugh said the whole experience doesn’t feel real as she’s grown up watching these Marvel movies. Don Lee (aka Dong-seok Ma) stated he was excited to show the power of Gilgamesh and that he would win in a fight with the Hulk.
The next project up was The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Feige stated that the series will premiere on Disney+ in the fall of 2020, and will show what Falcon and Winter Soldier are up to post Endgame. Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan then came on stage, with Mackie carrying the Captain America shield. They joked about wanting to understand each others’ characters more, and Mackie stated that this is the best job in the world. Feige then led into a video that revealed that Daniel Brühl would be returning as Baron Zemo within the series.
Brühl released the above images of his character from the series earlier this week.
Feige then introduced the first film of 2021, Shang-Chi and the Legend of The 10 Rings on February 12th 2021. He went on to detail how the Ten Rings have been around since Iron Man, having kidnapped Tony for Obediah Stane. A video played as he explained their continued influence through helping Whiplash in Iron Man 2, the Mandarin imposter in Iron Man 3, the Ten Rings member in Ant-Man, and finally the Ten Rings coming for the Mandarin imposter in the short film All Hail the King. He stated that the real Mandarin is in this film and Tony Leung (Europe Raiders) is portraying him. Feige revealed that Awkwafina (The Farewell) is in the film as well before introducing director Destin Cretton (Short Term 12).
Cretton came on stage and said that he grew up on such island with a population that was roughly the same size as the amount of people in Hall H, so this experience is a little crazy. He then explained that it’s really special to him that he gets to be part of making the MCU more diverse. Cretton also stated that it’s been amazing to see how much planning has gone into bringing the MCU to this point with the Ten Rings. He went on to say they went through an in depth search to find the right actor to portray Shang-Chi before bringing out Simu Liu. Liu said he screen tested on Sunday and was cast on Tuesday and this whole experience was the craziest dream. He explained that his parents immigrated to Canada from China 25 years ago with the hope of making a good life for their family, and he’s happy he’s not a doctor.
Feige then announced that the Disney+ series WandaVision would debut in the spring of 2021 before bringing out Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany. Olsen explained that we will see what makes Wanda Maximoff the Scarlet Witch. Bettany joked that he had no idea how Vision is in the show, but said that as they keep doing Marvel projects the stories get richer, and this is the best yet. Feige then confirmed it take place after Endgame, and that some other MCU characters we know will be in the series before announcing that Teyonah Parris (Point Blank) will portray a grown up version of Monica Rambeau from Captain Marvel. Parris came on stage and said that this is a dream come true, not only to be part of the MCU but to portray Monica.
Next up Feige introduced the Disney+ series Loki, which will premiere in the spring of 2021. He explained that the series explores where Loki disappeared to after taking the Tesseract in Endgame. Tom Hiddleston then came on stage to the crowd cheering “Loki, Loki, Loki!” Hiddleston explained that this version of the character is the 2012 Loki who had just been “Hulk Smashed” and that there’s “a lot of psychological evolution” that has yet to happen. He stated that Feige has major plans that he’s incredibly excited to be part of.
The next project reveal was Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, set for release on May 7th 2021. Feige introduced director Scott Derrickson. Derrickson stated that he loves that Doctor Strange fights villains from different planets and Universes and that we’ll see that in this film. He said he signed on for the sequel because they’re going into the gothic and horror elements, and that it will be the MCU’s first horror film. They then brought out Benedict Cumberbatch, the entire Hall sang happy birthday to him, as Friday was his birthday. He then stated that he was excited to play into the horror elements and that the story sees things trying to destroy the good Doctor. Feige then revealed that Scarlet Witch would be in the film and brought out Elizabeth Olsen once more. He then stated that WandaVision would lead into the Doctor Strange sequel. Olsen said that she’s excited to help bridge the world of the TV side and the Film side of the MCU.
Feige then revealed the first Animated project for the MCU, set for summer of 2021, the Disney+ series What If? Feige confirmed that the majority of the MCU cast members are reprising their roles in the series, before revealing that Jeffrey Wright will voice The Watcher. Wright was then brought on stage where he said he’s excited to be part of the MCU, and joked that his son will now respond to his texts. He compared the MCU to modern myth making, and explained that the Watcher is a being that watches over the entire multiverse and occasionally intervenes. He commented on the fact that the Watcher appeared first in Fantastic Four on the moon, and that they could take this character anywhere.
Feige stated that they hadn’t talked about any of the original Avengers before bringing up Jeremy Renner from the audience. They revealed a small video introducing the Disney+ Hawkeye series which is set for release in the fall of 2021, which included images of Kate Bishop who Renner stated was “the best version of Hawkeye.” Renner then explained that he gets to shepherd in an amazing character and teach Kate Bishop how to be a “superhero without superpowers.” As Renner left the stage Feige confirmed that the show will explore more of Clint Barton’s time as Ronin, presumably diving into the five year gap that happens during Endgame.
Next up Feige revealed the third film of 2021, set for release on November 5th 2021 would be Thor: Love and Thunder. Feige then brought out director Taika Waititi and stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. Waititi said that “there’s nothing more powerful in the world than love,” to which Hemsworth continued “and Thunder.” Hemsworth confirmed that they haven’t read the script yet. Thompson then stated that the first thing Valkyrie needed to do as King of Asgard is to find her Queen. Then to find refuge for anyone who needs it. Waititi then said that he read the Mighty Thor storyline while filming Ragnarok, and he fell in love with it. He then brought out Natalie Portman, who will be returning to portray Jane Foster as the female Thor. Waititi then handed Portman Mojlnir, who said it felt good to wield the Hammer.
Kevin Feige then revealed the next film set for release, May 1st 2020, Black Widow. He then introduced Director Cate Shortland and cast members David Harbour (Stranger Things) who will portray Alexi, Florence Pugh who will portray Yolena Belova, O-T Fagbenle is portraying Mason, Rachel Weisz is portraying Malena, and finally Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow.
Shortland said she was drawn to the fact that Natasha has so many secrets, and this story sees her put the pieces of her self together to come out as a whole person. Johansson stated she couldn’t have played this version of Natasha 10 years ago, and she loves getting to play her as a fully realized person. She also is looking forward to showing the flawed side of her, and “wiping out the red from her ledger.” Harbour was asked if he was excited to expand his fanbase in the MCU, and joked that it’s the worst question ever because of course he was excited. Harbour was wearing a Captain America shirt and when asked about Cap he said in a Russian accent that he “[had] complicated feelings about this man.” Pugh said that her character is a sister figure to Natasha. Fagbenle’s character is a contact from Natasha’s past, he’s a fixer but there’s a bit of a romantic undercurrent. Weisz stated that she was excited to join the mythology of the MCU and loves being part of a story with a female character at the forefront. Scarlett stated they had only been shooting for 30 days before leading into footage for the film.
After the Black Widow footage, they brought everyone back out onto the stage and took a photo of the entire group. Feige then confirmed that they’re making Black Panther 2, Guardians of the Galaxy 3, Captain Marvel 2, and Fantastic Four before teasing that they didn’t even have time to talk about Mutants. He then said that all of that had been rumored but one thing hadn’t been rumored, and introduced Mahershala Ali to the stage. Feige commented that Ali brought his own hat with him, and he placed it on his head to reveal a Blade logo, officially confirming that he would be playing the character in a film for the MCU.
With that the panel concluded. There’s a lot to take in and plenty more news in store concerning each of these projects. Be sure to keep following Poor Man’s Spoiler for updates on every Marvel film and TV series, and our continuing SDCC 2019 coverage.