Marvel unveils “Black Panther 2”, new “Avengers” at Comic-Con

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Marvel Studios has a history of announcing big plans at San Diego Comic-Con during their Hall H panels — and bringing out unexpected stars.

With this level of anticipation, aided by a two-year hiatus, it’s no surprise that the Hall H line returned to its usual monstrous dimensions on Saturday, stretching around the building, winding through a tent and down the marina by the boats moored at the back. from the San Diego Convention Center. Those who braved it — along with a slight increase in California’s COVID cases and new entry requirements — might have wished they could have Infinity-Gauntlet kept the crowds away, but they were generously rewarded with news of the stage 4, 5 and 6 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Highlights include emotional appearances from the cast of ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’, confirmation that Daredevil is returning to a small screen near you, and dates for new ‘Captain America’ movies. and “Avengers”.

Here are our live updates from Marvel’s Hall H mega-panel, as they arrive.

6:26 p.m. Coogler and the cast kiss afterwards the trailer for “Wakanda Forever” – which immediately gets a callback for the Hall H crowd. There’s no mention of a new Panther, only an image of the back of a character in a Panther costume. But the trailer, marked by tears and dark tones, offers hints of an acknowledgment of Boseman’s death: there’s what appears to be a funeral procession, and at one point the camera lingers on a spray painted picture of Boseman (as T’Challa) on a wall that could be an in memoriam.

6:07 p.m. “Wakanda Forever”! An African singer and drummer walks through the Hall H crowd to the stage while performing – joined by many drummers and dancers.

Director Ryan Coogler takes the stage after the performance to an emotional standing ovation and pays tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman, praising his impact on the industry and saying he can feel Boseman’s hand on him even now. He is joined by cast members Lupita Nyong’o, Letitia Wright, Danai Gurira, Winston Duke and Michaela Coel, among others.

6:04 p.m. Feige returns to confirm a release date – November 8, 2024 – for the latest “Fantastic Four” and moves on to the end of Phase 6, which he says will end with two new “Avengers” projects: “The Kang Dynasty and “Secret Wars,” slated for November 2025.

5:43 p.m. In an emotional appearance from the cast of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” director James Gunn talks about the storyline’s conclusion in Vol. 3 – but just because it’s going to end doesn’t mean the characters are going to die, he assures the crowd. The film stars Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan, Klementieff and the director’s brother, Sean Gunn, with Will Poulter as Adam Warlock and breakout “Borat” Maria Bakalova as Cosmo the Space Dog.

Another teaser: The High Evolutionary (to be played in the film by Chukwudi Iwuji), appears – in all his purple glory – to walk from the back of Hall H forward and insults us humans and threatens to dissect us all. Then leaves.

5:32 p.m. “Ant-Man” director Peyton Reed arrives on stage, bringing with him Katherine Newton, who plays Cassie; Evangeline Lilly, who plays Janet Van Dyne/Wasp; and Ant-Man himself, Paul Rudd. The trailer reintroduces Jonathan Majors as Kang from “Loki” and confirms that MODOK will appear.

5:29 p.m. Cobie Smulders is coming for “Secret Invasion.” She and Kevin Feige tease it as a darker series after “She-Hulk” fun. Samuel L. Jackson will figure prominently.

5:26 p.m. Tatiana Maslany and Jameela Jamil present “She-Hulk: Attorney-at-Law,” Marvel’s upcoming Disney+ series, which premieres August 17. A quick flash at the end of the trailer suggests that Daredevil — alluded to throughout “Hawkeye” — will be reintroduced in “She-Hulk.”

5:20 p.m. Phase 5 is on the horizon: “Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantummania” will begin the next phase on February 17, 2023. Other Phase 5 titles include “Secret Invasion”, “Guardians of the Galaxy” Vol. 3, “Echo”, Season 2 of “Loki”, “The Marvels”, “Blade”, “Ironheart”, “WandaVision” followed by “Agatha: Coven of Chaos”, “Thunderbolts” and the fourth “Captain America” ​​film” New world order”. But the biggest acclaim can be reserved for the anticipated “Daredevil: Born Again,” which brings back Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio from Netflix’s canceled “Daredevil” series.

5:14 p.m. Finally underway, the panel kicks off with an ambitious trailer narrated by comic book legend Stan Lee, focusing on surviving “together”. Miss Minutes (“Loki”) features Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. On screen is an image of the Phase 4 movies and TV shows, as the Phase will end with the sequel to “Black Panther” “Wakanda Forever.”

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