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All the Marvel-ous Things We Learned from San Diego Comic Con

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August 17, 2022

San Diego Comic Con, or SDCC as abbreviated by the fans, is one of the most important pop culture and entertainment events of the year. With over 100,000 fans in attendance, it is definitively the largest comic convention hosted in the United States. Major studios often announce their upcoming projects during SDCC, which is why so many people anticipate this four-day weekend of comics, film and television. Producers, actors, writers, artists and more host panels in the ballrooms of the San Diego Convention Center, with the most distinguished presentation taking place in the famous Hall H.

On Friday, Marvel Studios announced their first news for the MCU during the Marvel Studios Animation Panel: new animated shows will join the plethora of Marvel content on Disney+, most of which are already slated for another season.

Animated Productions

I Am Groot, which recently released August 10th, is a series of amusing shorts following Baby Groot's adventures growing up in space situated in between the events of the cinematic Guardians of the Galaxy.

Spider-Man: Freshman Year explores Peter Parker's life before his official introduction into MCU as everyone's favorite web-slinger, focusing on his time as a rookie crime-fighter and a high school student in 9th grade. We'll get to see familiar faces such as Daredevil and Norman Osborn in a colorful animated medium, along with underrated characters Amadeus Cho and Pearl Pangan.

What If...?, a show already streaming on Disney+ about the hypothetical realities that could happen in the Marvel universe, will get a second season. Marvel Zombies, which was inspired by Season 1, Episode 5 of What If...? where The Avengers are slowly infected by a nightmarish zombie plague, will dive deeper into the concept of familiar Marvel heroes fighting undead creatures.

X-Men '97 will be a continuation of the beloved cartoon X-Men, which initially premiered in 1992 and ran for an impressive 5 seasons. It will have that same nostalgic 90s art style and beloved classic characters like Jean Grey and Cyclops. The original show also examined how the mutant population were subjected to baseless fear and prejudice by humans because of their differences, a theme that continues to hold significant relevance in today's society, so perhaps future episodes will convey the same allegories.

Live-Action Productions

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige returned to Hall H the following Saturday to share the future of the MCU to a massive crowd of passionate fans who were awaiting incredible news after three years without an in-person SDCC panel. While most of the plot details are still under wraps, Marvel did provide attendees with exclusive special footage and a rough timeline for the future of the MCU so at least we know when we should expect to see these projects.

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (August 17, 2022) is a legal-comedy about lawyer Jennifer Walters as she deals with her new green alter-ego intervening in her romantic, professional and new superhero life.

The following shows will also be released on Disney+: Secret Invasion (Spring 2023), Echo (Summer 2023), season 2 of Loki (Summer 2023), Ironheart (Fall 2023) and Agatha: Coven of Chaos (Winter 2023). I'm personally looking forward to Daredevil: Born Again (Spring 2024) where Charlie Cox will reprise his role as Matt Murdock from the acclaimed Netflix series Daredevil.

Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania (Feburary 17, 2023) pits Scott Lang and company against the time-traveling supervillain Kang. Scott's daughter Cassie Lang, who has been recast to Kathryn Newton, will follow in her father's footsteps and debut as her own resizing superhero-introducing yet another member of the Young Avengers to the MCU.

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3 will release in theaters on May 5, 2023.

A powerful, emotional teaser trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (November 11, 2022) was released during SDCC and hints at a new character (seemingly Shuri?) carrying on T'Challa's legacy as Black Panther while the rest of Wakanda honors their fallen king. After an invigorating traditional musical performance by African musicians, director Ryan Coogler entered onstage to pay tribute to Chadwick Boseman and was soon joined by the rest of the cast, all of whom spoke of their gratitude and pride to be a part of such a special project.

Blade will release in theaters on November 3, 2023. If that sounds familiar, Marvel already produced a separate Blade film in 1998 starring Wesley Snipes, but the titular vampire has been recasted by Mahershala Ali.

Captain America: New World Order will release in theaters on May 3, 2024 and will be Sam Wilson's first theatrical appearance as Captain America. There appears to be some unusual discrepancy over the fact, but it's clear that Sam has rightfully taken on the mantle from Steve Rogers and is now Captain America.

Sam Wilson is Captain America

— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) July 9, 2022

Thunderbolts will release in theaters on July 26, 2024.

I'm also really optimistic about Fantastic Four (November 8, 2024). Hopefully, Marvel Studios can restore the name of their most iconic superhero family after the last two disappointing Fox iterations.

Conversely, I'm not so optimistic about Marvel's plan to release Avengers: The Kang Dynasty (May 2, 2025) and Avengers: Secret Wars (November 7, 2025) in the same year: with only a 6 month buffer period in between. Usually, Avengers movies are released a couple of years apart to accumulate hype and suspense for the next, since the team is widely recognized as the faces of the MCU.

However, Avengers: Endgame was released only around a year after Avengers: Infinity War because their plots were so interconnected, so we can assume The Kang Dynasty and Secret Wars will feature a similarly repleted storyline that necessitates 2 entire full-length movies to be effectively unpacked.

Marvel fans have a lot to look forward to in the next two years with a loaded list of both animated projects, live-action Disney+ shows, and big theatrical releases. Although we don't know exactly what or who to expect from some of these productions yet, there's one thing left to ask: what are you most excited for?

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