Marvel Studios held its first theatrical showcase presentation since 2019 at a packed Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center for San Diego Comic-Con. Avid fans and critics had a few assumptions about what we could expect with a focus on upcoming projects, including the Disney+ series, She-Hulk, and the next theatrical release, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Unfortunately, before the start of Marvel Studios’ showcase, a fire alarm was triggered, which caused a slight delay, but the matter was quickly resolved. Many didn’t anticipate what studio head Kevin Feige unveiled as plans for the MCU’s Phases 4 and 5 were announced with Phase 6 teases, culminating in what was confirmed to be the Multiverse Saga.
MCU Phase 6 - Fantastic Four, Two Avengers Films
Phase 6 was mainly left unannounced except for three confirmed projects. Feige announced that Marvel’s “first family,” the Fantastic Four, will start Phase 6 on 8th November 2024.
Furthermore, he dropped a massive bombshell that two Avengers projects will be slated for the phase with Avengers: The Kang Dynasty arriving in cinemas on 2nd May 2025; later that year, the phase will end with Avengers: Secret Wars on 7th November 2025.
Putting everything into perspective, the Multiverse Saga will be completed in five years, while the Infinity Saga took Marvel Studios 11 years. Many have begun teasing what the next saga will center around, with the Mutants being a top contender.
The rest of the showcase focused heavily on what’s ahead in the MCU’s Phases 4 and 5 with a few new announcements. At the start of the showcase, Feige detailed the remaining projects rounding out Phase 4, which concludes with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever scheduled for release on 11th November 2022.
Phase 5 of the MCU will start in 2023, with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania being the film to start proceedings on 17th February 2023. Most importantly, audiences will officially be introduced to the Multiverse Saga’s new villain, Kang the Conquerer, played by Lovecraft Country’s Jonathan Majors.
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This will be Majors’ second MCU appearance after his debut in Loki Season 1 as Kang’s variant, He Who Remains, who met his demise in the hands of a Loki variant. It’s unclear if majors will return for Loki Season 2, which is currently in production and is expected to release sometime during Phase 5.
The MCU’s first Disney+ series for Phase 5 is the much-anticipated Secret Invasion, which will release in Spring 2023. Delving into the past of former SHIELD director Nick Fury, the series is reported to be a thriller series, echoing the tone first introduced in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
A fourth Captain America film is slated for Phase 5 on 3rd May 2024, which follows the events of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The Marvels, the sequel to 2019’s Captain Marvel, will finally have Carol Dancers/Captain Marvel, Photon, and the recently introduced Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel shares the screen in this highly anticipated sequel on 28th July 2023.
The most significant announcement for Phase 5 is Daredevil making a massive return, with his standalone series, Daredevil: Born Again, arriving in Spring 2024. Charlie Cox portrayed Matt Murdock and his eponymous counterpart for three seasons on the self-titled Netflix series and The Defenders crossover event before it got canceled.
He returned briefly as the “really good lawyer” in Spider-Man: No Way Home, and he’s expected to appear in the ECHO series in the Summer of 2023. However, we may get to see the character in action in She-Hulk next month as the latest trailer may or may not have an appearance by The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, but audiences will need to wait until 17th August 2022.
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