The Marvel Cinematic Universe is increasing following the record-shattering success of “Avengers: Endgame.”
At San Diego Comedian-Con on Saturday, the Disney powerhouse introduced a number of new tasks within the works on the blockbuster manufacturing unit, which has proven spectacular leaps in range in addition to vital acclaim in its forged: Three upcoming tasks will star Oscar winners.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige introduced plans for the primary two years of “Section 4,” which can embody Natalie Portman as Girl Thor in “Thor four: Love and Thunder,” Angelina Jolie as immortal Thena in “The Eternals” and a “Blade” reboot starring Mahershala Ali.
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The celebrities assembled within the San Diego Conference Middle’s Corridor H as Feige ticked via the discharge calendar for 2020 and 2021 film by film, giving official forged lists, launch dates, titles and logos for every part from “Black Widow,” to the Benedict Cumberbatch-led “Physician Unusual” sequel, mentioned to be the primary terrifying installment of the mega-franchise.
“I’m so excited to be right here,” Jolie gushed, promising to work “10 instances tougher” than she has on any of her different motion roles as a result of she is aware of what it means to “be a part of the MCU” and “a part of this household.”
Fellow “Eternals” castmates together with Richard Madden (Ikaris), Kumail Nanjiani, Salma Hayek (Ajak), Don Lee (Gilgamesh), Lia McHugh (Sprite) and Brian Tyree Henry, in addition to director Chloé Zhao, joined Jolie on the occasion.
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“I simply actually, actually wished to make a Marvel film for thus lengthy,” Zhao mentioned.
It’s set for launch on Nov. 6, 2020, after “Black Widow” kicks issues off on Could 1 with Scarlett Johansson, in addition to “Stranger Issues” breakout David Harbour, Rachel Weisz and Florence Pugh. Audiences received a take a look at some early footage from the Cate Shortland-directed movie displaying Johansson and Pugh in some “Bourne Id”-style hand-to-hand fight.
Marvel additionally revealed that newcomer Simu Liu can be enjoying the lead function in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and coming to theaters on Feb. 12, 2021. He’ll star alongside Awkwafina and Chinese language actor Tony Leung, who’s enjoying The Mandarin. A distinct model of The Mandarin beforehand appeared in “Iron Man three.”
“That is the craziest, craziest dream,” mentioned Liu, who was actually forged on Tuesday.
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The third movie of 2021, after “Physician Unusual within the Multiverse of Insanity,” which director Scott Derrickson mentioned can be Marvel’s “first horror film,” is probably probably the most anticipated, nonetheless: “Thor four.”
Portman, who performed Jane within the first two Thor movies, can be remerging as the feminine Thor. She ran out on stage to thunderous applause and accepted the hammer from a kneeling Taika Waititi.
Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, who alluded to her character, Valkyrie, figuring out as LGBTQ, will even be returning for the Waititi-directed “Thor: Love and Thunder,” which is ready for launch on Nov. 2, 2021.
“As new king [of Asgard], she wants to search out her queen,” Thompson instructed the group. “That would be the first order of enterprise!”
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Feige introduced out some acquainted MCU stars from Tom Hiddleston and Sebastian Stan to Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner to tease among the upcoming Disney+ “occasion sequence” together with “Hawkeye,” ″The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” ″WandaVision,” ″Loki” and the animated sequence “What If…?”
Followers have been excited to be taught that the little woman in “Captain Marvel,” Monica Rambeau, can be becoming a member of “WandaVision” as a grown girl performed by MCU newcomer Teyonah Parris.
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The vitality in Corridor H was electrical for what was simply probably the most high-profile and anticipated presentation. The viewers solely knew moving into that Feige could be joined by some “particular company.”
Tense safety guards managing the estimated eight,000 folks within the room even inadvertently snapped at “Endgame” administrators Joe and Anthony Russo, who have been making an attempt to determine the place to go within the melee.
Though the studio took a 12 months off from Comedian-Con final 12 months, it has an extended historical past of saying a few of its greatest plans on the fan conference.
9 years in the past, Marvel wowed Corridor H when the Avengers, together with Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth, appeared on stage for the primary time collectively. It’s additionally the place the studio launched Brie Larson as Captain Marvel three years in the past and introduced the home down with the primary take a look at “Black Panther.”
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And despite the fact that the presentation hardly took a breather, there have been nonetheless various upcoming movies, some rumored and a few confirmed, that they couldn’t get to together with “Black Panther 2,” ″Guardians of the Galaxy three,” ″Captain Marvel 2″ and even, Feige teased, “Improbable 4” and “Mutants.”
“However all that stuff is rumored,” he mentioned with a smile.
He closed out the presentation dropping the “Blade” reboot information and Ali’s casting, which hadn’t but even develop into a rumor to invest about. Wesley Snipes performed the character within the 1998 movie and two sequels.
Ali got here out on stage and placed on a “Blade” baseball cap as the group went wild. No different particulars have been revealed in regards to the mission.
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Marvel’s influence on Hollywood over the previous 11 years is difficult to understate. This 12 months alone, three of the highest 5 films are Marvel properties (“Avengers: Endgame” is No. 1, “Captain Marvel” is No. 2, and “Spider-Man: Far From Residence” is at the moment No. 5 after simply three weeks in theaters).
Additionally they account for 3 of the highest 5 grossing home launch of all time, unadjusted for inflation. “Star Wars: The Power Awakens” holds the primary place spot, however then comes “Avengers: Endgame” at two, “Black Panther” at 4 and “Avengers: Infinity Warfare” at 5.
And mixed, with over $22.three billion in worldwide earnings, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is by far probably the most profitable franchise of all time.
With the current partnership with Sony on Spider-Man and the Walt Disney Co.’s acquisition of Fox, all of the lacking items (together with X-Males, Deadpool and The Improbable 4) are coming collectively too underneath the Marvel Studios banner.
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Feige additionally mentioned Saturday that in only a few days, not accounting for inflation, “Avengers: Endgame” will even surpass “Avatar” because the highest-grossing movie of all time.
He even introduced his high Marvel Studios folks out on stage to have fun the second of getting accomplished the 23-movie “Infinity Saga.”
“We began right here,” Feige instructed the room of screaming followers. “I by no means thought it might occur, and it by no means would have occurred if it wasn’t for you.”
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The total Marvel Section 4 slate (to date) is under.
“Black Widow” (Could 1, 2020)
“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” (Disney+, Fall 2020)
“Eternals” (November 6, 2020)
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” (Feb. 12, 2021)
“WandaVision” (Disney+, Spring 2021)
“Loki” (Disney+, Spring 2021)
“Physician Unusual and the Multiverse of Insanity” (Could 7, 2021)
“What If…?” (Disney+, Summer season 2021)
“Hawkeye” (Disney+, Fall 2021)
“Thor: Love and Thunder” (Nov. 5, 2021)
The Related Press contributed to this report.