It’s not enough “Avengers: Endgame” is the highest gro$$ing film EVER. (It just passed Avatar with $2.79 billion, so far.) It was also the finish of Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark and Chris Evans’ Captain America (as well as Josh Brolin’s Thanos) But Marvel’s upcoming slate is jam-packed with star-studded superheroes franchises.
At Comic Con this weekend, the company’s Phase 4 slate had a few (hundred) surprising casting announcements:
Not the first movie to hit theaters, it’s about a group of immortals who have be on Planet Earth this whole time.
The cast: Richard Madden as Icarus, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos and Salma Hayek as their leader, Ajak. Also in the cast Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh and Angela Jolie as Thena. (Ridloff the first deaf superhero of the MCU)
Jolie also promised they’re,
“all going to be working very very hard and training.”
It’s out out November 6, 2020.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan comes to Disney’s streaming platform, Disney+. Said Mackie,
“We’re living our dream. Why would you mess that up by not respecting and appreciating the opportunity you’re given? When we go to work, we have a really good time.”
Daniel Brühl reprises his Civil War bad guy Baron Zemo. Appearing in a clip and in character, he warned,
“I simply wanted to say hello to some old friends. Gentlemen, I’ll be seeing you very soon.”
It will take place after the events of Endgame. Out in Fall 2020.
Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
About a group of villains who have appeared throughout the MCU led by The Mandarin (played by Sir Ben Kingsley played an impostor of the bad guy in Iron Man 3) he’ll be played by Tony Leung. Also joining the cast: Awkwafina!
It hits theaters February 12, 2021.
In spring of 2020, Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) to Disney+ as well. Olsen described the show as “weird” and filled with surprises which will make viewers
“understand Wanda Maximoff as the Scarlett Witch.”
The show takes place after Endgame. Bettany (he died in Infinity War) said he had,
“never been this confused in front of this many people in my whole life.”
Also hitting Disney+, starring Tom Hiddleston as Thor’s trickster brother. (We saw him die in Infinity War too.) Hiddleston said the show will follow the version of Loki who escaped with the Tesseract in Endgame.
This series will show what happened to him next. Out in Spring 2021.
Also coming to Disney+, an animated series with Jeffrey Wright joining the show as the voice of The Watcher.
It joins Disney+ in Summer 2021.
Doctor Strange In the Multiverse of Madness
Ys, the the Multiverse is real. Returning director Scott Derrickson promised the movie will be the
“first scary MCU film,”
Benedict Cumberbatch said it will find the sorcerer
“not knowing what’s coming at him.”
Scarlet Witch will appear in the movie, with the events of WandaVision directly tying into the movie. It opens May 7, 2021.
Jeremy Renner‘s Hawkeye gets a show on Disney+ too. Renner said his bowman will,
“shepherd an amazing character to be a better version of me… [he] can teach someone else to be the superhero without super powers. That means everyone’s a damn superhero.”
Thor: Love and Thunder
The return of director Taika Waititi, Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie. Waititi said the movie introduces the first female Thor, goddess of Thunder, played by Natalie Portman. The movie opens November 5, 2021.
Scarlett Johansson‘s solo outing. She said,
“I don’t think I could have played this iteration of Natasha 10 years ago, it would have been a very different film I get to play Natasha as a fully realized woman and in all of her many facets and I’m excited for fans to see the flawed side of her, and I’m looking to wipe out some of that red in my ledger.”
David Harbour (stranger things) joins the cast along with Florence Pugh as Yelena, a “sister figure to Natasha.” and Rachel Weisz.
Fans got to see the first footage from the project (they’ve only been fill-in a month) an amazing fight sequence between Natasha and Yelena.
It opens May 2, 2020, the first project to be released.
(Photo, screen grab; via Too Fab)