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SDCC 2022: Marvel Studios Multiverse Saga News Coming Out of Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con

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The panel for Marvel Studios kicked off with a bang last night during its Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con. And they certainly brought their Avengers A-Game as it was packed full of announcements regarding their upcoming projects with new release dates, trailers, and exclusive sneak peeks for those attending. Here at Coastal House Media were up all night with anticipation so continue reading on as we delve into the Studio/Comic giant’s future plans.

It’s impossible to sum it all up in one document so definitely stay tuned for more Marvel SDCC coverage and breakdowns throughout the week. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige truly put on the greatest show as he leads those in the room through a walkthrough of what’s coming next for the MCU- Phase Five and beyond. He delighted the audience with surprises around every corner of the ever-expanding Universe.

Marvel Studios welcomes you to the Multiverse Saga.

The news started to trickle in last night hours before the panel even started as Andy Park, Director of Visual Development At Marvel Studios released an official first-look SDCC illustrated poster for Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania. Showcasing Kang, played by Jonathan Majors looming large in the background behind the Ant family consisting of Scott Lang aka Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) , Hope Van Dyne aka The Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) and Cassie Lang who’s known in the comics as Stinger (Kathryn Newton).

The Panel began with an emotional sizzle reel with narration from the late, great Stan Lee. As Kevin Feige takes to the Hall H stage by recapping Phase Four which now to our shock and surprise of knowledge is swiftly finished and comes to an end this year with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Phase Four to me focuses on Grief and loss, it’s about resetting everything in the MCU and introducing new people. Then came the Phase Five announcements which will officially begin with Ant-Man and the Wasp Quantumania on February 17th, 2023. Super Hero partners Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) return to continue their adventures as Ant-Man and The Wasp. Together, with Hope’s parents Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer), the family finds themselves exploring the Quantum Realm, interacting with strange new creatures, and embarking on an adventure that will push them beyond the limits of what they thought was possible. The footage was screened for the audience only and from what I’ve heard it’s totally bonkers. Kang The Conqueror (Jonathan Majors) features and so do Billy Murray and MODOK. 

The Cast were tight-lipped about offering any more information about the next outing with the Ant-Fam but Rudd did mention that “Scott is pretty pleased with himself in his role with saving the universe” — he even wrote a book about it titled LOOK OUT FOR THE LITTLE GUY! (Everyone else, though, loves to tease him about it.)

Family’s a big theme for the movie, as the whole cast teased, but when asked about the Scott-Cassie dynamic, considering he was gone for so much of her life, both stars are mum. “Cassie is becoming who she’s supposed to be,” Newton offered up. “And I don’t want to say anything else!”

During Springtime in 2023, the Secret Invasion series will also land on Disney+. Its based on the highly successful comic book run which details the story of Skrulls infiltrating Earth leaving Nick Fury and others questioning allegiances to who is a human and who is a Skrull. Cobie Smulders, who reprises her role of Maria Hill — a decorated spy and Nick Fury’s loyal #2— was on hand to talk about the new show. “This is a darker show,” Smulders told the crowd. “We’re going to get deeper into the characters. We’re going to see them in new ways, and it’s going to be an exciting thriller, and you’re never going to know who people are. Are they a Skrull? Are they human? It’s going to be a bit of a guessing game.”

The footage was screened for those in attendance which highlighted this darker tone for the MCU, with the opening of the clip showing a conversation between Hill and Fury — he’s been off-world for years ignoring her calls, but he’s finally come back because he knows the threat is too great. But just how bad is it? In another scene, Fury is seen asking James “Rhodey” Rhodes — aka War Machine — just how well he knows his assigned protection as things between the two men get tense. Secret Invasion stars Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn as the Skrull Talos—characters who first met in Captain Marvel. They are joined by Kingsley Ben-Adir, Emilia Clarke, and Olivia Colman. The crossover event series showcases a faction of shapeshifting Skrulls who have been infiltrating Earth for years. This is a series and story I’ve been waiting for Marvel to adapt. 

Following Quantumania in Spring 2023 is Guardians of The Galaxy: Volume 3 which will release in Theatres on May 5th, 2023. There were a lot of Guardians on hand to dish about the highly anticipated third instalment of “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

With director James Gunn taking the lead, cast members Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, Will Poulter, and Maria Bakalova (who is playing Cosmo the dog) took part in an engaging discussion. Chukwudi Iwuji arrived on stage in costume, revealing to excited fans that he’ll be portraying High Evolutionary in the film. 

As for the footage shown in Hall H, it made everyone — on the stage and in the audience — emotional, as Gunn noted that this is the end of this arc for the Guardians crew. before they can get to the end, this ragtag group has to go back to the beginning. Specifically, Rocket’s beginning. The film will explore his early days, and if you thought Baby Groot was cute, just WAIT until you see Baby Rocket. 

Another sad thing in the movie? Addressing the crowd, Pratt noted that for Star-Lord is still reeling from the events of Avengers: Endgame considering that the love of his life, Gamora, doesn’t know who he is anymore.  Yeah, cue the tears.

In Marvel Studios Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 our beloved band of misfits are looking a bit different these days. Peter Quill, still reeling from the loss of Gamora, must rally his team around him to defend the universe along with protecting one of their own. A mission that, if not completed successfully, could quite possibly lead to the end of the Guardians as we know them.

Summer 2023 will kick off with the debut of Echo, The Hawkeye Spin-Off Streaming exclusively on Disney+ will tell the origin story of Echo revisits Maya Lopez, whose ruthless behaviour in New York City catches up with her in her hometown. She must face her past, reconnect with her Native American roots and embrace the meaning of family and community if she ever hopes to move forward. Also streaming that Summer on Disney+ will be the second season of Loki. And ending the Summer season will be the release of The Marvel’s on July 28, 2023. 

During the presentation, Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios, announced that Marvel Studios’ ‘Blade’ starring Mahershala Ali, which begins shooting this October, opens in theaters on November 3, 2023. Feige also announced that the Disney+ series IronHeart will be debuting in the autumn too though we get to Meet Riri Williams — first in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.  Winter 2023 will see the release of another anticipated series Agatha: Coven of Chaos which was formerly titled Agatha: House of Harkness. 

Huge announcements came for Phase Five and for the beginning of 2024. Spring that year will see the man without fear return with both Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio reprising their roles as Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk, respectively. The 18 episode series titled Daredevil: Born Again debuts on Disney+. Then on May 3rd, 2024 Captain America: New World Order releases as Sam Wilson is the new man with a plan as he returns to headline his own movie after his Disney+ series. 

Phase 5 then draws to a close with Thunderbolts releasing on July 26,2024. Showcasing an exciting new group of heroes. 

To the amazement and surprise of the crowd at Hall H, Feige started to announce the start of Phase 6 which finally begins with Marvel’s first family The Fantastic Four which releases November 8th, 2024. Whilst their are plenty more slots left on Phase six’s timeline but Feige with anticipation unveiled the next Avengers movies titled Avengers: The Kang Dynasty releasing May 2, 2025 and the highly anticipated Avengers: Secret Wars releasing November 7th, 2025. Both huge movies releasing six months apart with Kang being the big villain of the Multiverse saga in this new era of the MCU. 

These two Avenger films culminate what Marvel started in Phase 4 and will continue to build throughout the next three years. 

The Multiverse Saga is taking shape and from what I know its going in an exciting route. though with many blank spaces currently available on the timeline, its looking likely that we may get them filled during D23 in September as there were no mentions of the EternalsShang-Chi, Armor Wars, Thor and Doctor Strange). We’ve certainly been fed so much Marvel content for three years which is definitely exciting.

Which project are you most excited for?

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X-Men ’97 Review | Nostalgic, Epic & Marvelous!

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X-Men '97 (Disney)

Get ready for action-packed adventure, many surprise cameos and a storyline that takes

Plot

A band of mutants use their uncanny gifts to protect a world that hates and fears them; they’re challenged like never before, forced to face a dangerous and unexpected new future.

X-Men ’97 (Disney)

Review

X-Men ’97 is a revival of the classic 1990s animated television series. The storyline picks up directly after the events of the original series, maintaining continuity and preserving the beloved elements that made the original a hit show back in the day. Many of the original voice cast members have returned, including Cal Dodd as Wolverine, Lenore Zann as Rogue, George Buza as Beast, Alison Sealy-Smith as Storm and Adrian Hough as Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler, which adds a layer of originality and contributes to the overall nostalgia of the television show​. Here I’m feeling like a little kid again, watching the show on a Saturday morning. I was 7 years old when it was on television in the early mornings, and it still brings back fond memories.

There were a number of new stars who joined the show such as Ray Chase who replaced Norm Spencer as Cyclops, Jennifer Hale who replaced Catherine Disher as Jean Grey, Holly Chou who replaced Alyson Court as Jubilee, A.J. LoCascio as Gambit, Matthew Waterson as Magneto, J.P. Karliak as Morph, Isaac Robinson-Smith as Bishop, Ross Marquand as Professor Charles Xavier and Gui Agustini as Roberto da Costa/Sunspot.

X-Men ’97 (Disney)

The series starts off in a world where the X-Men grapple with the loss of Professor Charles Xavier. Amidst all the chaos and uncertainty, Magneto rises to the occasion and becomes the new leader of the X-Men. This provides additional drama and the team dynamics is frequently tested with the new leadership. While dealing with the new leadership dynamics the X-Men finds themselves still dealing with people who would stop at nothing to end all mutants. The storyline doesn’t hold back on the action sequences and themes such as grief, loss and acceptance are touched on throughout the series.

The trailer of the show doesn’t spoil anything for the viewer, and I highly encourage you to watch every intro and try to spot any new changes. The show provides many cameos and easter eggs, keeping my hopes alive of a potential crossover.

The story ends with a twist, leaving you hungry for the next season, and as any Marvel movie or television show would have it, a mid-credits scene to whet your appetite for what’s to come. If you are new to X-Men you can still jump in and watch the television series, but I highly recommend watching the original series to get you up to date with most of the lore and history of the X-Men.

X-Men ’97 keeps the legacy of our favorite mutants alive with a well-written story that is filled with emotion, surprises and promises of more adventures.

Thank you Beau DeMayo for an eXcellent story! I rate this show a 5 out of 5!

Will we skip the intro song? No! I don’t think we will. Make sure to catch the show on Disney Plus!

https://youtu.be/mp1Pax-QHlA?si=-fFlVYBRIPnLQyVO
X-Men ’97 Final Trailer (Marvel Entertainment)

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Deadpool & Wolverine | Trailer

The irresponsible hero Deadpool will change the history of the MCU with Wolverine!?

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Action, Comedy, Sci-fi

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July 26, 2024

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Shawn Levy

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Ryan Reynolds, Hugh Jackman, Morena Baccarin

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The irresponsible hero Deadpool will change the history of the MCU with Wolverine!?

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Celeste O'Connor, Dakota Johnson, Isabela Merced & Sydney Sweeney (Sony)

Be ready to get caught in the web of Cassandra, our very own Madame Web. Swing by your local cinemas now to catch Madame Web on the big screen!

Plot

Cassandra Webb is a New York City paramedic who starts to show signs of clairvoyance. Forced to confront revelations about her past, she must protect three young women from a mysterious adversary who wants them dead.

Isabela Merced, Dakota Johnson, Sydney Sweeney, Celeste O’Connor (Sony)

Movie Review (no spoiler)

Madame Web, the fourth entry in the Sony’s Spider-Man Universe brings us a different take on a complete new group of heroes in the heart of New York. I need to caution the readers that when going to watch the movie, keep an open mind. This movie is about Madame Web and her role as a protector to three young women who will play a much greater role in future…hopefully. If you are expecting Peter Parker / Spider-Man to swing in and catch a crook, you will sadly be disappointed.

I firmly welcome the new take on the Spider-Women within Marvel. Since Across the Spider-Verse I have pondered the question on whether we will get a chance to see any of the Spider-Women on the big screen and also the ‘How?’. I have always seen Cassandra Webb / Madame Web play a motherlike and protector role. I personally think Dakota Johnson played her part excellently well in that sense.

Sydney Sweeney, Isabela Merced and Celeste O’Connor plays the parts of Julia Cornwall, Anya Corazon and Mattie Franklin and delivers a breath of fresh air. They are teased to play big roles in the future, according to the villain in the movie. The new villain of the movie, played by Tahar Rahim, provides a thrilling experience at first but gets taken down too easily at the end.

Tahar Rahim as Ezekiel Sims (Sony)

Madame Web provided a good introduction to a new character, which is Madame Web, but sadly doesn’t provide any promise of continuity and linkages with any of the existing movies within the current universe. A few easter eggs in the movie point to another beloved Marvel character, but I would have loved to experience more of Cassie’s web and the chance of a teaser for the other heroines of the movie since there are still so much stories left to tell. There is unfortunately no post-credits scene, which was a let down, considering Madame Web is part of the Sony Spider-Man Universe and continuity is what many are hopeful for. I’m curious if we get to see continuity later in the form of a sequel or even a cameo of Cassie, Julia, Mattie and / or Anya in any other production.

I rate this movie 3 out of 5.

The trailer doesn’t spoil too much of the storyline. Make sure to catch at a big screen near you.

Madame Web Official Trailer (Sony Pictures Entertainment)

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