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All Things San Diego Comic Con 2022!

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The 2022 San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) occurred this past weekend, from July 21 to 24 and it was full of announcements related to upcoming movies, shows and comics.

If you feel overwhelmed from all the SDCC panel news, we at The Messenger completely understand and have you covered! Especially Marvel fans, as they now have a clear timeline of what is to come in Phase 5 and 6 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Marvel

The next two phases, including the one we are currently in, will be known as the “Multiverse Saga” and will introduce various characters that haven’t made it to the big screen yet. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige (pictured above) guided all the up-and-coming projects. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will conclude Phase 4 of the MCU. The first trailer was released at SDCC, and it was filled with action-packed stunts and a heart-wrenching tribute to the late Chadwick Boseman, who played Black Panther in the prior movie before succumbing to a battle with colon cancer in August of 2020. The sequel will be released on November 11, 2022.

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will kick-off the Phase 5 slate for the MCU, and will put Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and the Wasp (Evangeline Lilly) up against Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors), who was first introduced into the MCU in the first season of Loki. This will be released on February 17, 2023.

Additional project announcements include: Secret Invasion: 2023; Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3: May 6, 2023; Echo: Summer 2023; Loki season 2: Summer 2023; Marvels: July 28, 2023; Blade: Nov 3, 2023; Ironheart: Fall 2023; Agatha: Coven of Chaos: Winter 2023/24; Daredevil: Spring 2024; Captain America 4: May 3, 2024, and lastly, to end Phase 5, we will be getting a Thunderbolts movie, which will release on July 26, 2024. We also earned a little look into what is to come with Phase 6, which will inevitably mean the end of the MCU’s Multiverse Saga in 2025. The bad news for the Avengers, and the good news for us: Kang the Conqueror will be making his presence known throughout these movies until Phase 6’s conclusion–where we will see him take on the remaining heroes in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, due for theatrical release on May 2, 2025.

DC

As for DC fans, they earned a further look into the vast universe that keeps changing itself due to contract, actor and scheduling issues. The two main projects on display: the Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson-fronted Black Adam, which is expected to release on October 21, 2022; and Shazam! Fury of the Gods, which will hit theaters exactly two months later on December 21, 2022.

Both movies received new trailers to keep the viewers enticed for what’s to come. The Flash movie did not have an expo, but that’s a given, due to the many controversies surrounding The Flash actor Ezra Miller. Aquaman 2 was another movie that went undiscussed, also due to legal fallout – theirs pertaining to the defamation lawsuit proceedings between Aquaman actress Amber Heard and ex-husband, actor Johnny Depp.
It is unsure as to where the direction of the DCEU will go from here, but it seems like they still have plans to fix what has been broken since the now “Snyder Cut”-retconned 2017 Justice League release.