Marvel Studios panel outlines next three phases: From She-Hulk and Wakanda to Avengers and Fantastic Four
Following yesterday’s Marvel Studios Animation panel announcements, there was definitely excitement in the air today at San Diego Comic-Con as the Marvel Studios panel revealed the next three phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel’s highly-anticipated live-action panel began with Miss Minutes from “Loki” introducing Marvel Studios President and Chief Creative Officer Kevin Feige for a presentation of MCU’s upcoming slate that included trailers, sneak peeks, Q&As with talent and filmmakers, major announcements, and an exciting live performance.
Multiverse Saga Culmination
Today fans learned that Phases 4, 5, and 6 are officially part of the Multiverse Saga, which will conclude with two all-new “Avengers” films, including “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty,” releasing May 2, 2025, and “Avengers: Secret Wars,” which is slated for Nov. 7, 2025.
Marvel Studios Panel – Phase 4
“She-Hulk: Attorney at Law”
This nine-episode comedy series stars Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters, an attorney specializing in superhuman-oriented legal cases who must navigate life as a single, 30-something who also happens to be a green six-foot seven-inch superpowered hulk. The series also stars Mark Ruffalo as Smart Hulk, Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky/the Abomination, Benedict Wong as Wong, as well as Jameela Jamil, Ginger Gonzaga, Josh Segarra, Jon Bass, and Renée Elise Goldsberry.
During today’s panel, the audience saw a new trailer (now available to download and share), and Directors Kat Coiro and Anu Valia, and head writer Jessica Gao, were joined by cast members Maslany, Gonzaga, and Jamil for a Q&A.
“She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” debuts exclusively on Disney+ Aug. 17, 2022.
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
In the sequel to “Black Panther” (which Feige shared is the final title in Phase 4), Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira), and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) must band together – with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) – to protect their nation in the wake of King T’Challa’s death. The film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena, Alex Livanalli, and Tenoch Huerta as Namor, the king of a hidden undersea nation.
The auditorium erupted in thunderous applause as Baaba Maal (vocals), Massamba Diop (tama), and dancers and drummers took to the stage for a live performance. Then, Director Ryan Coogler and cast members Cadena, Coel, Duke, Gurira, Huerta, Kasumba, Livinalli, Nyong’o, Thorne, and Wright participated in a Q&A and debuted the film’s first trailer (now available to download and share).
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 11, 2022.
Marvel Studios Panel – Phase 5
“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”
Feige revealed that Phase 5 will kick off in 2023 when Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) continue their adventures as Ant-Man and The Wasp, who, along with Hope’s parents Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer) find themselves on an adventure in the Quantum Realm.
During the panel, Director Peyton Reed and stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Jonathan Majors, and Kathryn Newton engaged in a Q&A and offered a special look at the upcoming film.
“Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” opens on Feb. 17, 2023.
“Secret Invasion” showcases a faction of shapeshifting Skrulls who have been infiltrating Earth for years. The thrilling new crossover event series stars Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn as the Skrull Talos (characters who first met in “Captain Marvel”), along with Kingsley Ben-Adir, Emilia Clarke, Olivia Colman, and Regé-Jean Page. In addition, Cobie Smulders reprises her role as Maria Hill, a decorated spy and Nick Fury’s loyal #2.
During today’s presentation, Smulders was on hand to discuss the new show and share a clip of what’s in store.
“Secret Invasion” launches on Disney+ in Spring 2023.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”
The merry band of misfits looks a little different in the highly-anticipated third installment of “Guardians of the Galaxy” as Peter Quill (still reeling from the loss of Gamora) must rally his team to defend the universe on a mission that could lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them.
The audience was thrilled to get a look at the upcoming feature film and a Q&A with Director James Gunn and cast members Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, Will Poulter, and Maria Bakalova. Fans were also excited to see Chukwudi Iwuji arrive on stage in costume and reveal that he’ll be portraying High Evolutionary in the film.
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” opens in theaters on May 5, 2023.
Marvel Studios Panel – Additional Phase 5 Titles
In addition to the series and feature films highlighted during the Marvel Studios panel, Feige also shared new details about the following previously-announced series and feature films in Phase 5:
- “Echo” – Currently in production; Streaming exclusively on Disney+ in Summer 2023
- “Loki Season 2” – Currently in production; Streaming exclusively on Disney+ in Summer 2023
- “Ironheart” – Currently in production; Streaming exclusively on Disney+ in Fall 2023
- “Agatha: Coven of Chaos” – Begins filming later this year with a debut date in Winter 2023
- “The Marvels” (Directed by Nia DaCosta) – Opens in theaters July 28, 2023
- “Blade” – Begins shooting this October and opens in theaters on Nov. 3, 2023
For the first time, Feige announced that three projects will debut in 2024: “Captain America: New World Order” (opening in theaters on May 3, 2024), “Daredevil: Born Again,” an 18-episode season with Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio (streaming on Disney+ in Spring 2024), and “Thunderbolts,” featuring an exciting new group of heroes (slated for theaters on July 26, 2024).
Marvel Studios Panel – Phase 6
Looking ahead to Phase 6 of the MCU, fans can expect more compelling storytelling and Marvel’s signature adventure style when “Fantastic Four” hits theaters on Nov. 8, 2024.
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