Marvel has long had a clear connection to Comic-Con for apparent reasons, and this year was no different as Marvel Studios announced theatrical releases through the end of Phase 6. Even as their most significant property, the MCU, grew into the giant it is now, which has still shown signs of extreme growth, especially as the Marvel Cinematic Universe has continued to grow on Disney+. However, while Disney+ has been an exceptional extension of the MCU, the theatrical releases from Marvel Studios have been on a more epic scale. With the latest announcements from Marvel regarding the future of the MCU, that certainly won’t be changing within this decade. Below, we’ve gone into detail on all of the Marvel Studios theatrical releases announced in Hall H of San Diego Comic-Con, as well as go into some detail on what we know about them so far or can assume.
Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania
The beloved age-less funny, the man turned action hero Paul Rudd will return for the third Ant-Man film, “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quatumania,” for the inevitable return of Kang the Conqueror. Kang was first introduced in Loki Season 1 following the multiversal events, in which Loki had created various timelines. Those timelines have now leaked and bled throughout the MCU, as shown with the worlds explored within “Spiderman: No Way Home” and “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” Exactly how Ant-Man will explore Kang remains unknown. Still, as the two have the closest history together in the comics, this will likely explore Kang as a villain further over all else as his variants as set to run rampant. “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania” has a release date of February 17, 2023, making it one of the first Marvel theatrical releases we’ll see from the announcements made in Hall H of San Diego Comic-Con.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” will finally be gracing us with its 80s branded space comedy action from mastermind James Gunn. James Gunn had been busy with D.C.’s “The Suicide Squad” for a while after his brief firing from Disney, but it was confirmed some time ago he would return as the director for the third entry in the series. Unfortunately, it has been established in Hall H of San Diego Comic-Con that “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” will be the final film from James Gunn and the end of this iteration of the team. “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” has a release date for a theatrical release on May 5, 2023, as announced by Marvel in Hall H of San Diego of Comic Con.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” may be the most anticipated film stated to be coming out of the current phase of the MCU as it’ll follow the story after the death of the wonder behind Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman. Boseman not only personified the character in a way that a director could only dream of, but the overall impact that the film had on audiences truly captivated. While characters are written off typically in shows and movies that are as high budget and detailed as MCU films, Boseman’s death was a significant shock and loss to those closest to him and those watching afar from the big screen and at home, so Marvel has every intention of honoring Boseman and his character. “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” has a theatrical release on November 11, 2022, and will be the first film to grace us that was announced in Hall H of San Diego Comic-Con.
After his brief voice appearance in an after-credits scene after Eternals, “Blade” will be a sequel to Earth’s first heroes film. While the character only had a brief vocal appearance in the after-credits scene, the vampire hunter has been teased for a while as minor updates about the film started to roll out over the years. “Blade” has a theatrical release date of November 3, 2023, announced by Marvel Studios in Hall H of San Diego Comic-Con.
Captain America: New World Order
“Captain America: New World Order” will be the first Captain American film to star Sam Wilson as Captain America and will likely follow the events of “Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” While there has been no mention of Bucky, and the Disney+ show ended on a weird note regarding the relationship between the two, Bucky will likely appear here over anywhere else. Events from “Captain America: New World Order” will probably directly be followed up with whatever happens in “Thunderbolts,” which still has a primarily undisclosed cast. “Captain America: New World Order” has a theatrical release date of May 3, 2024.
The Thunderbolts teams within the Marvel comics have always been formed of reformed villains. Unlike DC’s typically darker Suicide Squad teams, they mostly remain to stay reformed, or at least more of an antihero than a villain. What we know so far about this variation of the Thunderbolts is that the team will likely be led by John Walker under his U.S. Agent moniker, as Valentina Allegra de Fontaine recruited him to create a team that will probably be the “Thunderbolts.” “Thunderbolts” has a release date of July 26, 2024, and we’ll have to wait for some more of the MCU to build before we know who will compose this Thunderbolts iteration. Still, it was one of the most exciting pieces of the Marvel theatrical releases from Hall H of Comic Con.
The Fantastic Four has been a critical franchise in the history of Marvel, and the live-action versions are no different. At the same time, the franchise had a somewhat successful run with two various adaptations that consisted of three movies and starred Chris Evans, before he was Captain America, as the Human Torch. The films followed some pretty great success, at least the first had, and the second introduced the Silver Surfer’s legacy, which has been detrimental to the Fantastic Four comics. While we don’t know details of the film yet, John Krasinski was the first teased character from the team, as he appeared in another universe in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” “Fantastic Four” was announced by Marvel in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con to be in Phase 6 of the MCU, with a projected theatrical release date of November 8, 2024.
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty
Kang the Conqueror, as mentioned to have a variant in “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania,” following his somewhat origin story in Season 1 of “Loki,” will likely be a known threat at this point in the MCU, as the film was announced at what has appeared to be a Part 1 of two “Avengers” movies. “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty” has a projected release date of May 2, 2025, and will be the beginning of the end for Phase 6 of the MCU that we will learn to know.
Avengers: Secret Wars
Finally, the movie is marked as the end of Phase 6 of the MCU and the second “Avengers” movie we will be graced with in 2025. The two films will likely be similar to “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame” in terms of being connected, but “Avengers: Secret Wars” has a much different idea in fans’ heads compared to “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.” Secret Wars was a storyline, much like What If..?, that brought some of the craziest ideas to the Marvel comics, but unlike What If..?, Secret Wars had detrimental consequences for the future of Marvel Comics. Overall, Secret Wars teleported the most popular teams and characters from Marvel history, such as the X-Men, Avengers, Fantastic Four, and others such as Spider-Man and villains like Kang, Ultron, Doctor Doom, and others together for an epic battle royale. How Marvel Studios intends to pull all of these existing and upcoming characters into the epic Secret Wars event remains unknown until some more content can be added to the MCU before this event. In Hall H of Comic-Con, Marvel announced that “Avengers: Secret Wars” will have a theatrical release on November 7, 2025.
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