By Stephen Ippolito | December 11, 2020
On Thursday Disney held it’s Investor Day presentation to showcase what the company has in store for the next couple of years. Marvel Studios was very much part of the event and boy did they not disappoint. Studio head Kevin Feige announced so many things that it was almost impossible for me to keep up on my live blog. Something new was being announced or confirmed every 30 seconds, it was absolutely insane. After the year everyone has had, it was good to see that the future still looks good for the MCU.
For those that may have missed anything, I’ve listed everything that Marvel announced that is coming to Disney+ or theaters. Enjoy!
MCU shows for Disney+
A new trailer for the first Marvel Studios produced show WandaVision was shown. The 90 second spot showed new shots of Wanda and Vision in their strange new reality. Like the first one, it was quite different than anything we’ve seen in the MCU before.
The Falcon and Winter Soldier
We finally got a trailer for the second MCU show coming to the Disney streaming service. Not only that, we also found out when it will drop, which will be March 19. The action packed trailer gave the feel that the show was more like a MCU film than a series. It ended with a series of shots of Sam Wilson (AKA Falcon) flying through what looked the Grand Canyon and evading an enemy helicopter.
We also got a trailer and release date for the third MCU series Loki. Starring Tom Hiddleston, the series will hit Disney+ in May. Feige also confirmed supporting casting that had been previously reported like Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, and Richard E. Grant.
Feige officially announced the casting of Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan (AKA Ms. Marvel). Shockingly we also got a sizzle reel of what had already been shot. Since it’s only been in production for less than a month, most of the footage was behind the scenes shots. The best part of the video was when Feige and the show’s four directors called Iman to tell her she got the part.
Some big things were reveled about She-Hulk during the presentation. First Feige confirmed that Tatiana Maslany will play Jennifer Walters (AKA She-Hulk), despite her recently trying to fool people and say she wasn’t. Than he announced the directors, Kat Coiro and Anu Valia. Finally he dropped a bomb on us all and said that Tim Roth would be returning to play the Abomination. Oh, and he also mentioned the Hulk’s Mark Ruffalo would be in it.
One other thing Feige did say about the series is that “since Walters is a lawyer that specializes in super hero legal cases, you never know what Marvel characters could pop up”. Some have speculated that this could open the door for Daredevil to get into the MCU.
Next Feige talked about Hawkeye, a series that recently started filming. He confirmed that Hailee Steinfeld will in fact be playing Kate Bishop. We also got our first official shots of Steinfeld playing Bishop.
Feige also confirmed supporting cast addition that had previously been reported.
Not alot was announced about Moon Knight. Feige did confirm that Mohamed Diab would direct the series and that it would have a “Indiana Jones like story”. He didn’t however confirm recent reports that Oscar Isaac will play Marc Spector (AKA Moon Knight). Hopefully it was because his contract is not finalized yet.
Next Feige moved to shows that had yet to be announced. First he started with the Nick Fury series, that was previous reported, called Secret Invasion. Based off the popular crossover event from the comics, the story will resolve around how shape-shifting Skrulls are over taking over and impersonating high level roles within governments all over the globe.
Samuel L. Jackson will of course return as Fury. He will be joined by Ben Mendelsohn who will reprise his role as Talos from Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Next up was Ironheart, who in the comics is a genius inventor named Riri Williams. She goes on to design a suit that’s similar to Iron Man’s. Playing her will be actress Dominique Thorne. No timetable for it’s release was given.
Next Feige announced Armor Wars. Based off an Iron Man comic storyline from the 1980s, the series will see the return of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes (aka War Machine).
Like in the comics, it seems the series will resolve around Stark’s Armor Tech falling into the wrong hands. Since it’s announcement, I’ve been wondering if this show will be how Marvel Studios brings back Sam Rockwell’s Justin Hammer character from Iron Man 2. Will just have to wait and see.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
Well here’s something you didn’t think was going to be announced. Before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 comes out, the Guardians will be in their own Holiday special. Feige announced that James Gunn will write and direct the special that’s expected to hit Disney+ in 2022, assuming around the holidays. The project will be shot at the same time as Vol. 3.
Gunn on his Twitter account confirmed the news and said that he can’t believe the show is actually getting made.
MCU films heading to theaters
Black Panther 2
The most emotional news of the presentation was when Feige announced that Chadwick Boseman’s King T’Challa role will not be recast after the actors tragic death in August. Black Panther 2 is still slated to hit theaters and will be written and directed by Ryan Coogler. The film is expected to focus on other characters from the first film. It’s been reported that T’Challa’s sister Shuri will have a bigger role in the movie.
Feige did say that the film will be pushed back a couple months to July 8, 2022. Originally it was slated to come out May 6, 2020.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
We also got supporting casting confirmations for the second MCU film to be released in theaters this year Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. This included Michelle Yeoh, Ronny Chieng, Fala Chen, and Florian Munteanu. With filming being wrapped since late October, I was a little surprised that we didn’t get our first look at the film.
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness
Feige finally confirmed that Sam Raimi will in fact direct the Sorcerer Supreme’s sequel Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness. Filming in fact has already begun and it will hit theaters March 25, 2022.
Also confirmed to return is Chiwetel Ejiofor who will once again play Mordo. America Chavez will also make her MCU debut in the film. She will be played by actress Xochitl Gomez. For those unfamiliar with her, in the comics, Chavez is a fan-favorite whose part of the Young Avengers.
One final thing we learned is that the Doctor Strange follow up will tie directly in with Spider-Man 3, which will be released a couple months prior in December 2021. With all the talks about the Multiverse having a role in that film, it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that they will be connected.
Thor: Love and Thunder
Next up was the fourth film in the Thor series. The biggest reveal made was that Christian Bale had in fact joined the cast and that he will play the villain Gorr The God Butcher. For those that don’t know Gorr, he is relativity new to the world of Marvel Comics. He gained popularity during Jason Aaron’s Thor run during the early 2010s.
Feige also said that the film will now come out on May 6, 2022. Previously it was slated to come out February 11. Filming is expected to begin at the beginning of 2021.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
Feige officially announced the third Ant-Man film, which will once again be directed by Peyton Reed. The title of the film will be Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, so expect the Quantum realm to once again be involved.
He also confirmed that Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Michelle Pfeiffer will be returning. Officially joining them will be Jonathan Majors who will be playing the villain Kang the Conquer. Also added to the cast is Kathryn Newton who will play Cassie Lang (Scott Lang’s daughter). She takes over the role from Emma Fuhrmann, who played the character in Avengers: Endgame. No release date was given but look for it to hit theaters in late 2022.
Captain Marvel 2
Nia DaCosta was officially announced as director for Captain Marvel 2. Of course, Brie Larson will be returning to play Carol Danvers. Joining her will be Iman Vellani’s Ms. Marvel. In the comics Kamala Khan is a big fan of Captain Marvel so it’s only fitting that she’s in the film. Also officially joining the cast is Teyonah Parris who will reprise her WandaVision role as Monica Rambeau. Rambeau was actually in the first Captain Marvel, she was just a child that was played by a young actress named Azari Akbar.
Feige also announced that the film will now come out in theaters on November 11, 2022. Previously the film was slated for July 2022.
At the very end of the presentation, Feige made the shocking announcement that Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts would be directing the MCU’s reboot of the Fantastic Four. This was by far the most surprising thing announced, as I thought we were a year or two out from any news like this about the film.
It seems Marvel may have had there eye on Watts for this project for over a year. Back in August 2019 when Disney and Sony were at a standstill about jointly producing the third Spider-Man film, there was a report that Marvel Studios wanted Watts for another project if he didn’t direct the Spidey film. It appears we now know what that project was