Ranking Marvel’s 2019 San Diego Comic Con Announcements
What’s in store for the MCU in a post-Endgame wold?
Following Avengers: Endgame, many fans (including myself) of the Marvel Cinematic Universe immediately began speculating about what the future of the MCU would have in store, even before the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, just mere months later. Finally, this past weekend we got our answers, and boy did Kevin Feige and pals deliver. Typically, I would want to separate the television/streaming shows from the movies, however it seems like these Disney+ shows are going to tie heavily into the films of the MCU, so everything is on the same level here. Without wasting anymore time, I am here to rank all of the announcements from Marvel Studios’ Hall H panel from San Diego Comic Con this past weekend. Cue the James Brown, don the all black emo get-up, and get ready to dance your way through the streets of New York City in anticipation as we rank Marvel Studios’ SDCC Announcements! Be sure to leave a comment letting me know what you’re the most excited for coming out of Marvel Studios’ SDCC panel, or just of anything from San Diego Comic Con!
13. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Black Panther 2, and Captain Marvel 2
I feel like these three movies are the ones most people expected them to talk about, and then they didn’t, except for Kevin Feige just announcing that they are all happening. Presumably these three entries will be a part of Phase 5 rather than Phase 4 which is why they were left out of the detailed breakdowns during the rest of the Hall H presentation. Either way, all three of these movies are exciting, specifically seeing Ryan Coogler back for Black Panther 2 and James Gunn being rehired for Guardians Vol. 3. Out of these, Captain Marvel 2 is the most in the dark, though they did set some big things up in the second post-credits scene for Spider-Man: Far From Home.
12. Hawkeye — Disney+
Hawkeye is one of the several announced Disney+ shows, and while I like seeing Jermey Renner as Hawkeye/Ronin, this series is not set to debut until Fall of 2021 and it just is not anything I am too interested in. I plan on still watching it obviously, but out of all of the Disney+ shows, this is the one I am least excited for. Oh, Kate Bishop is also set to make her debut in the MCU in this show.
11. What If?
An animated show, voiced by *MOST* of their live action MCU counterparts, exploring alternate scenarios of key moments in the MCU Timeline? Sounds like a fun, if not unnecessary addition. The first episode is said to be What If Peggy Carter became Captain America instead of Steve Rogers, with Hayley Atwell voicing Peggy. It sounds interesting, but does not feel like something that will be too much to get invested in. I just hope the animation style is cool or something unique.
10. The X-Men/Mutants Arrival
I really have never been the biggest X-Men fan, but Days of Future Past and Logan were both absolutely amazing, and I do love the Deadpool movies, so there is potential there. I think the biggest roadblock introducing this team to the MCU is going to be trying to get people to accept a casting of the Wolverine that is not Hugh Jackman. Time will tell, but I stay skeptical on introducing the mutants into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Right, so rumors had this show following a young, non-Tom Hiddleston version of Loki as he goes around influencing famous world events. That does not seem to be the case though following this presentation, with Hiddleston being featured prominently and Feige teasing that the show will follow the alternate timeline Loki that escaped in Avengers: Endgame. We really know nothing about this show, but it is definitely something to keep an eye on. I am also almost certain that the weird logo features some hint or Easter Egg, but that is beyond me.
8. The Falcon and The Winter Solider (TIE)
I am honestly a big fan of Anthony Mackie and wish he got more leading roles (shout-out to the upcoming season 2 of Netflix’s Altered Carbon! If you’re a fan of Cyberpunk stuff, check season 1 out). Sitting in the theater opening night for Avengers: Endgame, I was also genuinely shocked that they chose to have Falcon become the new Captain America, but that being said, I am happy they are keeping he and Bucky linked. Daniel Brühl has also been announced to be returning as Baron Zemo, WITH his iconic purple hood and beard, so that is definitely something to be excited about for any comic book purists.
8. Black Widow (TIE)
When this was first announced, my interest in a Black Widow solo outing was very low, however with news of the growing cast coming out (Florence Pugh, David Harbour, & Rachel Weisz) that has changed a bit. It still feels strange that this movie is taking place after Captain America: Civil War, but before Avengers: Endgame, rather than the rumored 1990’s set prequel, but we shall see how this goes. Taskmaster is also set to debut as the villain here, with rumors circulating that Wesiz may be playing the character.
7. The Eternals
Brian Tyree Henry, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, & Kumail Nanjiani have all been cast as part of the key cast, joining Angelina Jolie in this space-Epic, set to truly introduce the Celestials, while also expanding the cosmic world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If they go full Jack Kirby with the visuals, this could be an absolutely insane movie for that alone! Chloé Zhao is directing, and while I have never seen one of her films before, I have heard good things about Songs My Brother Taught Me, and Marvel’s recent slate of directors have been on point.
6. Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings
I will preface this ranking by saying I know nothing about the character of Shang-Chi, but I am a sucker for good Kung-Fu films, so if this delivers on the martial arts aspect of the action in this movie, I will be sold. It is also just nice to see an Asian hero making their big-screen debut in the MCU following big stepping stones in the form of Captain Marvel & Black Panther being the first female and black MCU solo outings respectively. The Mandarin is set to *actually* show up as the primary villain of this movie, so regardless of your opinions on Iron Man 3, it is genuinely nice to see some long-standing continuity and mysteries returning here. I also would love to see them do a live action adaptation of Fin Fang Foom in this movie, or a sequel somehow, just as long as Marvel steers clear of any racial stereotypes for this series.
5. The Fantastic Four
While I am significantly less excited about the X-Men joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I am eagerly anticipating the Fantastic Four’s arrival as I personally feel they have yet to truly be given their due on the big-screen. I honestly do not hate the original early 2000’s film, though Rise of the Silver Surfer is not good by any means, and I have yet to ever see Fan4stic. That being said, with the right director and proper casting, (which the MCU seems to always nail) this could be something special. John Krasinski & Emily Blunt are my (cliche) picks for Mr. Fantastic & Invisible Woman, though I have not really got any one person in mind for The Thing or Human Torch. The most important aspect of introducing Marvel’s first family is not even the team, it is something else entirely; Doctor Doom. A strong debut for Doctor Doom, as well as a great character actor to portray him could be huge for the overall MCU going forward, leading towards a big team-up film down the line. Overall, there really is a lot riding on getting this right when compared to the X-Men.
Out of all the previously announced projects, this is the one I was most surprised about. We found out that it does officially take place AFTER Avengers: Endgame, and will follow Wanda/Scarlet Witch in the fallout. Paul Bettany is set to return as Vision, and if you have watched the video from the presentation, it is all very hush hush on how he is returning. If he is still dead, I would assume he is back through some nightmare visions for Wanda, as some type of PTSD, though he could just get revived. Kevin Feige also dropped the news that Teyonah Parris will be playing a grown up Monica Rambeau (the daughter of Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel) who in the comics goes under several superhero aliases; Pulsar, Photon, & Spectrum.
3. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
As a big fan of the first Doctor Strange, (minus the wasting of Mads Mikkelsen) I have been patiently awaiting news of a potential sequel, and finally we got some! Doctor Strange in the Multiverse Of Madness is the official title, and while it is a mouthful, it seemingly promises some confirmation that the film will be delving into the multiverse of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which could offer some crazy surprises. Director Scott Derrickson is returning to helm the sequel, as is Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme, though no official confirmation on Chiwetel Ejiofor’s return as Baron Mordo… However, they did drop the bombshell announcement that WandaVision will directly tie into this film, with Elizabeth Olsen starring alongside Cumberbatch in this movie. This genuinely came out of nowhere and feels like a great pairing. Going forward, I am perfectly fine with them doing these mini team-up flicks while they start building towards another Avengers series down the line. Nightmare has also been announced to be the villain of this movie.
Mahershala Ali. He is not Wesley Snipes, but Snipes is also 56 and they should probably be casting actors under the age of 50 for their heroes as they build a new roster up. Again, this came out of nowhere and got a huge reaction from he audience just moments after the presentation seemed to be closing. I really can not think of a better choice to be playing the new Blade, and I also do hope that Wesley Snipes does get to cameo, produce, or have some involvement in these movies. Hell, just have him play Whistler (Kris Kristofferson’s character from the 1998 movie) and we’d be set! Either way, Feige has said that this will not be a Phase 4 movie, so expect it to be arriving alongside Captain Marvel 2, Black Panther 2, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
1. Thor: Love and Thunder
I love Taika Waititi. I love Thor: Ragnarok. I am very happy that Marvel ended up bringing back Taika to write and direct Thor 4, ultimately making Thor the first Marvel solo series to get more than three entries (suck on that Iron Man and Captain America!). All jokes aside, Thor: Ragnarok completely revived the character of Thor, injecting that solo franchise with enough lightening to recapture almost everyone’s interest. On top of the announcement that this is happening we got two other big pieces of news. Firstly, Tessa Thompson will be returning as the new King of Asgard, Valkyrie and will be searching for her queen, making her the first open LGBTQ+ character which is GREAT NEWS (as long as it doesn’t feel forced or insensitive)! The bigger takeaway coming from the Thor: Love and Thunder announcement is… Natalie F’n Portman is back! She made a cameo in Avengers: Endgame, and was apparently originally slated into the role Frigga played in that movie, however this was just so out of left field and not rumored at all. Portman is awesome, and I am incredibly interested to see her work under Taika’s direction, and with Hemsworth and Thompson in this freshly reinvigorated Thor.
I hope you enjoyed reading my opinions on Marvel Studios’ San Diego Comic Con presentation, even if you disagreed on my ranking of them. One thing I think any of us fans can say is that it is a very, VERY exciting time to be an MCU fan with all these upcoming films and shows. For more stories on the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe, be sure to follow me here and over on Twitter & Letterboxd:
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