Marvel Studios dropped the mic during Disney’s Investor Day presentation with a slew of new announcements, trailers, and castings. Marvel President Kevin Feige used the opportunity to show off its upcoming slate of 10 shows coming to Disney+ in the next few years, as well as updates on several feature film projects coming in the next few years.
The presentation was very Disney+ centric across the board, but Feige still managed to provide an impressive amount of information about its upcoming series of films. Feige emphasized throughout the presentation that its Disney+ shows will be fully integrated into the continuity of the movies and will be required viewing to invest fully in the future of the MCU.
Feige brought so many announcements that it’s tough to keep track of every one. To make the information more palatable and organized, here is a list of every Marvel film project coming up with the updates that Feige graciously provided during the presentation.
Starting with a smaller announcement, which is more of a non-announcement. Feige confirmed that Black Widow is still slated to release exclusively in theaters on May 7, 2021. This comes after months of speculation that the film may be moved to Disney+ under Premier Access, much like Mulan and Raya and the Last Dragon. The film stars Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanov) and Florence Pugh (Yelena Belova).
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Feige gave a quick update on the status of a project that’s just around the corner. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings recently wrapped production, and Feige had nothing but good things to say about Simu Liu’s portrayal of the title character. Filling out the cast is Akwafina (Katy), Tony Leung (Wenwu), and Michelle Yeoh (Niang Nan). Nothing yet on those supporting characters except for their names. Feige says that the film will be among the first in its slate of phase 4 films, and will open on July 9, 2021
Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness
During Feige’s presentation on WandaVision (more on that here), he took a detour to mention that Elizabeth Olsen (The Scarlett Witch) is currently on set in London to shoot the Doctor Strange sequel. In addition to that tidbit of news, Feige also announced a good chunk of the film’s cast.
Returning for the sequel is Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Benedict Wong (Wong), Rachel McAdams (Dr. Christine Palmer), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Baron Mordo). Sam Raimi (Spider-Man) is confirmed to direct. To close out the cast, Feige announced that Xochitl Gomez would indeed play America Chavez. Chavez is a prominent LGBT Latina superhero that goes by the moniker Ms. America.
Feige refers to the film as a “scary, thrilling, and mind-bending adventure.” He also says that the film will tie directly into the events of WandaVision and the events of the upcoming Spider-Man film that is set for release in December 2021. Check out down below how the two films are reportedly linking up. Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness is set to release on March 25, 2022.
The third film in Tom Holland’s Spider-Man franchise looks to be a multiverse mashup of Spider-Men past and present.
Thor: Love and Thunder
Marvel’s first-ever expansion beyond a trilogy (not counting the Avengers movies) began to fill out a bit. During a quick announcement in the final stages of the Marvel Studios presentation, Feige confirmed that Christian Bale will join the cast as Gorr the God Butcher, a relatively obscure yet deadly villain in Marvel lore. Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Natalie Portman (Jane Foster), and Tessa Thompson (Valkarie) return for the film along with director Taika Waititi. The film is set to release on May 6, 2022.
Black Panther 2
After the tragic passing of T’Challa actor Chadwick Boseman, fans began to speculate what Marvel Studios might do with his titanic franchise moving forward. Feige took a minute to confirm that T’Challa will not be recast to honor Boseman’s legacy. Writer/Director Ryan Coogler is currently working on the sequel set to release on July 8, 2022.
Captain Marvel 2
Feige confirmed the long-reported rumors that Nia Decosta (Candyman) will take over as director of the upcoming Captain Marvel 2 starring Brie Larson. Joining the cast is Teyonah Parris as a grownup version of Monica Rambeau from the first film. Parris will first make her debut in next year’s WandaVision.
To emphasize the deep connection that Marvel wants to establish between the movies and the Disney+ series, Feige announced that Iman Vellani AKA. Ms. Marvel will join the cast of Captain Marvel 2. Vellani’s solo show, aptly titled Ms. Marvel, will debut on Disney+ later next year.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
Feige threw in the announcement of the official title of the third Ant-Man film: Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Michelle Pfeiffer all return for the threequel.
In addition to the returning cast, Kathryn Newton (Big Little Lies) joins the cast as a grownup Cassie Lang. Newton replaces Emma Fuhrman, who portrayed the older version of Lang in Avengers: Endgame. Johnathan Majors is confirmed to play Kang the Conqueror, a major villain from Marvel comics. The film does not have an official release date.
The night’s big film announcement was one that fans have been waiting for for a long time. Ever since Disney acquired the rights to Fantastic Four, fans have wondered when Marvel’s first family would take its rightful place in the MCU. Fiege officially announced that the film is currently in production with Spider-Man Homecoming and Far From Home director Jon Watts. No word yet on an official release date.
What do you think about Marvel’s upcoming set of theatrical films? Stay tuned for more coverage on Disney’s Investor Day presentation.