Marvel Studios came out swinging and never stopped for almost 90 minutes inside Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. Studio chief Kevin Feige announced the Phase Four slate through 2021, including movies and Disney+ event series. That would have been enough, but Feige dropped the mic on Comic-Con’s hallowed hall by introducing two-time Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali as Blade!
Marvel Studios News was present for the presentation, which ranks among the studio’s all-time best. Kevin Feige formally announced 2020 and 2021 films Black Widow, The Eternals, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and Thor: Love and Thunder.
On the Disney+ side, Feige confirmed new details on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Loki, and What If. Jeremy Renner also came out to officially announce Hawkeye, in which his Clint Barton will train Kate Bishop, for the streaming service.
You can see our live reactions throughout the entire Marvel Studios presentation via the embedded Twitter thread below.
Let’s go through each of the productions Marvel Studios announced, in order of release.
Black Widow went last, but it is the first film of Phase Four, set for release May 1, 2020. Cate Shortland will direct star Scarlett Johansson in the title role. The prequel film features David Harbour as Alexei/The Red Guardians, Florence Pugh as Yelena, O-T Fagbenle as Mason, and Rachel Weisz as Melina.
The first-ever footage from Black Widow was shown, featuring an intense, visceral fight between Natasha and Yelena in Budapest. A sizzle reel showed Natasha out for a jog, a motorcycle chase, what appeared to be other graduates of the Red Room, and ended with a showdown between Black Widow and Taskmaster, the film’s antagonist!
Everything we saw from Black Widow looked incredible. May 2020 is going to be fantastic, and it’s just the beginning.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will be the first Marvel Studios event series on Disney+. It will arrive next fall and star, as we already knew, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan, reprising their movie roles.
Mackie walked out with a Captain America shield before sharing it with Stan. Then, Zemo (Daniel Brühl) interrupted the festivities (via the Hall H screen) to threaten the heroes and show off his iconic mask (in just a flash).
The Eternals is the second feature film of Phase Four, due out November 6, 2020! Following the announcement, Feige introduced the director, Chloé Zhao. They were soon joined by stars 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.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will reignite the film slate on February 12, 2021. Director Destin Daniel Cretton joined Kevin Feige to introduce Simu Liu, who stars in the title role. Liu was officially cast just four days before the panel.
Liu’s Shang-Chi will take on the real Mandarin, to be played by Tony Leung.
Spring 2021 will bring us a pair of Disney+ series. WandaVision will be first, starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany. Teyonah Parris will also join the cast as the grown-up Monica Rambeau (the character we met as a little girl in 1995 in Captain Marvel). Olsen suggested that the series will show Wanda Maximoff as the Scarlet Witch like never before.
Loki, starring Tom Hiddleston will also be on the streaming service soon after. Feige and Hiddleston, who received a “Loki” chant from the Hall H crowd, confirmed that the series will feature the version of the character who escaped with the Tesseract in Avengers: Endgame. Mentally and emotionally, Hiddleston said this is the same guy we saw in 2012’s The Avengers since he hasn’t been through the experiences that followed that film, including his death in Infinity War.
Audiences will have a great reason to go from the couch to the cinema on May 7, 2021. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will bring back director Scott Derrickson and Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme. Derrickson and Cumberbatch were there and the latter received a “Happy Birthday” song from the crowd (his birthday was Friday).
Derrickson described the Doctor Strange sequel as Marvel’s first scary movie. In other exciting news, Scarlet Witch (Olsen), fresh off of her adventure in WandaVision, will also be in the film.
Summer 2021 will take the MCU back to Disney+ for the animated series What If… ? The show will feature stories outside of the MCU canon, but include the voices of the actors from the live-action films. Jeffrey Wright will also lend his voice to the series as The Watcher.
Hawkeye arrives on Disney+ in the fall of 2021. The series had previously been reported, but was not confirmed until Feige and star Jeremy Renner said so in Hall H on Saturday. Clint Barton will train Kate Bishop to be a better version of Hawkeye, according to Renner.
The last Marvel Studios release of 2021 will be Thor: Love and Thunder, due November 5 that year. The feature film will be written and directed by Taika Waititi and reunite Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Tessa Thompson (Valkyrie). Thompson said the as the new King of Asgard, Valkyrie’s first job will be to find a queen.
Waititi said the movie is inspired by Jason Aaron’s The Mighty Thor comics, which featured a female God of Thunder, Jane Foster. Yes, that means Natalie Portman will be back as Jane/Thor! Portman hit the stage to receive her Mjolnir from Waititi.
Feige also acknowledged Black Panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and Fantastic Four as projects on the way from Marvel Studios. He also said there will be adventures featuring mutants.
If all of that wasn’t enough (it would have been), Feige ended with the bombshell announcement that Mahershala Ali will star in the feature film Blade!
Overall, Marvel Studios put on a phenomenal presentation that fits right alongside the legendary panels of the studio’s past.
You can see over 100 official photos from the Marvel Studios presentation in the gallery below.
We will be updating this article with additional photos and discussing Marvel Studios’ Hall H presentation on our next podcast, available this Monday night on our Patreon and this Tuesday night everywhere else!