Comic-Con 2019 was the 50th anniversary for the now-behemoth 4-plus-day event, and Marvel Studios did its best to honor the benchmark by presenting one of its best Hall H panels ever, releasing the titles for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Although there was much to love about the panel, one of our favorite things was the announcement that Jane Foster, played by Natalie Portman, will be wielding Mjolnir in the upcoming fourth Thor movie. But let’s remember something important, as we discuss this with joy amongst our peers. As @inkyubus13 posted on Twitter, “I think we’re all missing the point here. Jane Foster has a PhD in astrophysics. She isn’t ‘female Thor’ or ‘girl Thor.’ She’s DR. Thor.” What followed on @inkybus13’s timeline were a number of people who felt that “DocThor” would be the best nickname for our new hero.
But wait, there’s more! Tessa Thompson, who plays Valkyrie, confirmed during the panel that Valkyrie’s status as an openly LGBTQ superhero will be included in the new Thor film.
And as you’ll see below, two women (so far) have been announced as directors of the upcoming projects. Well done, Marvel. Well done.
Now here’s the basic info you need, via Marvel.com:
[July 20, 2019]
Today at San Diego Comic-Con 2019, Marvel Studios took to the stage in Hall H to reveal the upcoming movies and TV shows from the studio – including the next chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and what’s planned for Disney+. Here is all the news that came out of Hall H in one place!
Fans can look forward to these titles over the next two years:
To kick things off, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced Marvel Studios’ The Eternals!
Marvel Studios’ The Eternals starring 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. The Eternals, which will be directed by Chloé Zhao, will come to theaters November 6, 2020.
Next up was the first show coming exclusively to Disney+, Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and The Winter Soldier! Anthony Mackie (The Falcon) and Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier) came on stage to greet the fans, and it was revealed that Daniel Brühl will return as the villain, Baron Zemo. Marvel Studios’ The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will come to Disney+ in the fall of 2020.
Next up is a classic Marvel Comics character making his movie debut — Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings starring Simu Liu in the title role. Appearing alongside Liu will be Awkwafina in an undisclosed role and Tony Leung as the (real) Mandarin. Marvel Studios’ Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will be directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. In theaters February 12, 2021.
Marvel Studio’s WandaVision, an original series starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany, reprising their MCU roles as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch and Vision. Costarring with them is Teyonah Parris, whom Feige revealed would be playing the adult Monica Rambeau, who was introduced as a child in Marvel Studios‘ Captain Marvel. Marvel Studios’ WandaVision will arrive on Disney+ in the spring of 2021.
The MCU’s favorite trickster Loki will also make his way to Disney+! Marvel Studios’ Loki, an original series starring Tom Hiddleston, will see the god of mischief causing even more trouble starting in the spring of 2021.
Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange with Scott Derrickson returning as director. But joining Doctor Strange this time around will be the Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen. In another twist, the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will connect with the Disney+ series Marvel Studios‘ WandaVision. Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will cast its spell in theaters May 7, 2021.
The legacy of the WHAT IF…? comics will be adapted for the screen! Marvel Studios’ What If…?, the first animated series in the MCU, will star Jeffrey Wright as the voice of The Watcher — many actors from across the MCU will reprise their roles as voice talent. What If…? will present alternate realities in the Marvel Universe that are set to warp your world in the summer of 2021, exclusively on Disney+.
Another character from the MCU will appear on the small screen: Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye starring Jeremy Renner, who joined Kevin Feige onstage share more details about the show, which will introduce Kate Bishop, who has been hitting her mark in Marvel Comics. Marvel Studios’ Hawkeye will come to Disney+ in the fall of 2021.
It was also revealed that someone from Thor’s story will return to the MCU — Natalie Portman will return for Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder, joining stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson. Taika Waititi returns as director, and he confirmed that Jane Foster will become the Mighty Thor, goddess of Thunder. Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder will arrive in theaters November 5, 2021.
It looks like we’re going to find out a lot more about Natasha Romanoff! Marvel Studios’ Black Widow starring Scarlett Johansson reprising her MCU role. She will be joined by David Harbour as Alexei AKA The Red Guardian, Florence Pugh as Yelena, O-T Fagbenle as Mason, and Rachel Weisz as Melina. Cate Shortland is directing. Marvel Studios’ Black Widow will come to theaters May 1, 2020.
This is just the beginning! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more details!