Disney has announced a slew of Marvel superhero movies, including two new “avengersmovies Saturday at Comic-Con, as it offered screaming fans an emotional first look at the upcoming “Black Panther” continuation.
The record-breaking Marvel movies have dominated Hollywood and global box offices in recent years, with 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame” briefly became the highest-grossing film of all time at over $2.79 billion.
“I wonder if you guys don’t mind looking a little ahead?” studio president Kevin Feige asked the cheering crowd of die-hard superhero fans towards the end of a raucous over an hour presentation at a San Diego convention center.
“Avengers: The Kang Dynasty” and “Avengers: Secret Wars” will hit theaters in 2025, he announced at the time.
The films will follow in the footsteps of “Avengers: Endgame,” which built unprecedented hype by completing the storylines of all previous Marvel films.
The two new “Avengers” titles will conclude the next “saga” of more than a dozen interconnected movies and TV shows in the “Marvel Cinematic Universe,” Kevin Feige said.
“That completes the second saga of the MCU, which of course”The Multiverse Saga,’” he said.
The Marvel franchise in recent movies and shows has explored the “multiverse” concept popularized by superhero comic books, in which infinite universes — and infinite versions of every hero and villain — exist in parallel realities.
– ‘Black Panther’ returns –
The Marvel presentation closed out the biggest day at Comic-Con, drawing the loudest and craziest cheers of the week in the 6,000-capacity hall H, where many had camped in line for days to gain entry.
It ended with the first trailer for “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” a sequel to the first comic book film to win an Oscar nomination for best picture, which premieres November 11.
Returning director Ryan Coogler, who took the San Diego stage with a colorful group of African drummers and dancers, paid an emotional tribute to the star of the first film, the “late, great Chadwick Boseman.”
Chadwick Boseman died of cancer in 2020 and his role will not be taken over by another actor in the new film.
“I promise I can feel his hand on me now,” Ryan Coogler said.
“Chad is no longer with us physically, but his spirit, his passion, his brilliance, his pride in his culture and the impact he has made on this industry will be felt forever.”
Ryan Coogler then presented new characters in the franchise, played by Michaela Coel and Tenoch Huerta.
Emmy winner Michaela Coel for “I May Destroy You” praised the unique “energy” of the first “Black Panther” movie, widely seen as a breakthrough for black representation in mainstream Hollywood movies.
“I think it has something to do with being a black superhero, filling up a clan of black superheroes and what that does to black people,” she said.
– Marvel A Listers –
Other Marvel movies announced by Disney on Saturday at the world’s most famous pop culture gathering “Thunderclaps” and “Fantastic Four,” both in 2024.
Kevin Feige has also set out dates for “Blade” – in theaters November 2023 – and its new title “Captain America: New World Order” next May 2024.
Bill Murray and Olivia Colman join the Hollywood A-listers who flock to the Marvel franchise and appear in first-look footage of the film “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” and Disney+ series “Secret Invasion” respectively.
Chris Pratt, Paul Rudd and Lupita Nyong’o also took the stage on Saturday along with Jonathan Majors, whose “Kang the Conqueror” character looks poised to become a major new supervillain for the franchise.