Marvel Reveals New Films and TV Shows
Marvel was on hand at this past weekend’s Disney Investor Day to reveal their plans. With Avengers: Endgame now in the rearview mirror and no releases done this year, the MCU is on a precipice. After the glut of Star Wars news before it, showrunner Kevin Feige had a tough act to follow. He, however, did not disappoint, as he revealed the upcoming slate of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And the future might be more streaming than on film.
Feige dropped trailers for several upcoming series. These include the announced Falcon and Winter Soldier and Loki series. These will be airing on the Disney+ streaming service along with the upcoming Hawkeye, What If?, and other series. It was also announced that Mark Ruffalo and Tim Roth will reprise their MCU roles as Hulk and Abomination for the She-Hulk series. Marvel also dropped a final trailer for the upcoming WandaVision series.
Marvel’s Requiem for a King
There were numerous movie announcements, as well. Feige announced filming had wrapped on Shang-Chi and Eternals. Black Widow was, unfortunately, pushed back further until next spring. However, Feige stunned the audience by announcing that Black Panther will not be recast for the sequel. This comes shortly after the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman. Feige said the film will instead “explore the world” built in the hit 2018 film. This set off a flurry of speculation of whether Shuri will take over the mantle.
The Fantastic Future of Marvel
However, Feige saved the biggest news for last. He announced that the First Family of Marvel will finally make their MCU debut. A new Fantastic 4 movie is now in development, with Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts at the helm. No details have been revealed yet. This would be the fourth movie starring the characters, after two movies in the early 2000s and a dreadful reboot a few years ago. This also comes after Disney had bought 20th Century Fox, which had the film rights to the characters, and to the X-Men, until the buyout.
Word of the Nerd will continue to keep an eye on these developments.