The 2019 San Diego Comic-Con happened over the weekend and there were some surprises as there always are because it’s an effective “nerd convention” that people pay gross amounts of money to hear what is upcoming.
Two of the biggest surprises was Tom Cruise unveiling the first trailer for “Top Gun: Maverick” and “The Dark Crystal” prequel promises Fizzgigs and surprises with Luke Skywalker himself as a character, Mark Hamill.
But the biggest surprise was Marvel unleashing its 10 upcoming films at the San Diego Comic-Con, but some of them are a little suspect.
Marvel has become the official king of Hollywood as it just dethroned James Cameron’s “Avatar” and also surpassed Cameron’s “Titanic” to be the highest-grossing movie ever made.
They made an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con where they presented a ten-film slate to attendees.
Here’s everything they presented for their Phase Four slate over the next couple of years:
Black Widow (May 1st, 2020)
Falcon and the Winter Soldier (Fall 2020)
The Eternals (November 6th, 2020)
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (February 12, 2021)
WandaVision (Spring 2021)
Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness (May 7th, 2021)
Loki (Spring 2021)
What If…?(Summer 2021)
Hawkeye (Fall 2021)
Thor: Love and Thunder (November 5th, 2021).
It’s important to note that some of these are series, which will be featured on their Disney+ streaming app. That app is set to launch later this year.
But that’s one heck of a list of future films and while it seems like an extreme departure from phases’ 1-3, well, that’s because it is.
A few of these are intriguing like the most obvious being “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness,” which is going to be a horror film. That’s not a joke. This may be the first high-end PG-13 Marvel film or maybe, if the studio feels like being aggressive about it, Rated-R like “Deadpool.” But regardless of the rating, they want to make it horrifically visual.
Also, this wasn’t officially announced as a part of their slate in terms of the dates set, but apparently two-time Academy Award winner Mahershala Ali will be the next “Blade.” You remember Wesley Snipes’ iconic role? Yes, same one.
Outside of that, it’s a little suspect.
A lot of characters that never had their own projects like Black Widow, Loki and Hawkeye will officially get their own projects. That’s a little suspect because if they didn’t feature them in their own movies within the first three phases then why now?
Another one is “The Eternals,’ which will star Angelina Jolie. Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, and Kumail Nanjiani. The story is basically that these characters are ancient humans and eternal living who have altered history throughout time. Does that really seem like an MCU project? It’s a little suspect and also seems like they may be running out of characters.
The last and biggest announcement from Marvel is that Natalie Portman will become “Female Thor,” in “Thor: Love and Thunder.” If you remember, Portman starred alongside Chris Hemsworth in the original “Thor” a decade ago and now suddenly she’s going to be a superhero? Portman made a cameo in “Avengers: Endgame” for about two seconds, but apparently, the human from Earth will magically become an immortal God.
This looks a little weak in comparison of the previous three phases. Also, they left out the third Spider-Man movie? That’s odd.