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Phase Four: Predicting Marvel’s Six Movies For 2021 and 2022

Phase Four: Predicting Marvel’s Six Movies For 2021 and 2022

Marvel Studios just can’t seem to put a foot wrong. On the heels of last year’s Thor: Ragnarok, there’s even more critical and financial acclaim being reaped now thanks to the outstanding performance of Black Panther. The thing is, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon, with studio president Kevin Feige admitting that there are “another 20 movies on the docket.”

Well, if you thought he was overselling, think again because his claims are being backed up with Disney booking release dates for six new untitled Marvel films: with three set for 2021 and three for 2022.

These films will follow the current slate of movies, which has Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp rounding out 2018, and Captain Marvel and Avengers 4 wrapping Phase Three in 2019. The sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming (also due in 2019) opens the highly mysterious Phase Four, while 2020 will bring Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 and as rumors have it, a Black Widow solo film as well.

While this MCU six-pack may seem a long way off, we do have a rough idea what we should be able too expect when it comes to what these movies could be.

Doctor Strange 2

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 With Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) already having wielded the Time Stone and his Kamar-Taj “librarian” Wong (Benedict Wong) now revealed as an Infinity Stone expert, it’s no wonder they’re front and center when Thanos comes to New York looking to fill his Infinity Gauntlet.

While Wong might be considered expendable (but probably isn’t, judging by his recent Infinity War prelude comic role), it’s safe to assume Strange will survive Infinity War and its mystery sequel. Seeds have already been sown for the Sorcerer Supreme to go exploring the MCU multiverse, following up on director Scott Derrickson’s desire to dive into “alternate dimensions.” The sequel will also likely tackle Strange having to stop his former colleague Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who has become an extremist hunting those he believes abuse the mystical arts.

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Black Panther culminated in King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) revealing the true nature of his people to the world, and come Infinity War, an army of unwanted faces will be arriving in Wakanda in the shape of Thanos’ Outriders — for reasons we still don’t know. This means that damage will be inflicted, and Wakanda will likely need rebuilding when the dust clears, which may be one plot point too many for Avengers 4.

Feige already wants Ryan Coogler to return for a sequel, and who better to continue to guide T’Challa’s journey. A sequel could dive further into his rule after Thanos’ invasion, how his romance with Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) is shaping up, Shuri’s (Letitia Wright) potential as a superhero, the status of Wakanda’s outreach programmes, the fates of traitors like W’Kabi (Daniel Kaluuya) and the War Dogs. We’d also love to learn how the Panther legacy moves forward without the Heart-Shaped Herb.

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Many fans hoped Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel would be in Infinity War, especially considering it will be a sprawling battle spanning the entire galaxy. However, this cosmic-powered hero will instead be joining Avengers 4, on the heels of an origins story set in the ’90s –which will be pitting her against the shape-shifting Skrulls and informs why she’s been missing from the MCU all these years.

Captain Marvel sequel makes sense here, detailing Danvers officially being part of a post-Thanos world filled with superheroes. It can even move past the Kree/Skrull War influences which shaped her, and position the Avenger as a galactic watchdog a la Secret Empire, all in order to protect Earth from future alien threats.

Thor 4

Taika Waititi successfully took the Thor franchise to new heights as an action-comedy, and has hinted that things will only get crazier if he returns, which, honestly, audiences obviously want to see happen. Assuming Thor survives Avengers 4, another chapter in the Odinson’s saga would first perfectly into this newly-announced slate, in order to show Thor ruling Asgard’s survivors after Thanos’ attack drew his people into the Mad Titan’s crosshairs.

Of course, this all depend on whether Chris Hemsworth — whose contract ends after Avengers 4 — signs on. He did admit he’d be interested in working on another Thor flick with Waititi so our fingers are crossed. Story-wise, the possibilities are endless as Thor’s new adventures can take him across the cosmos again, charting even more unknown territory within the Nine Realms and possibly seeking a home for his people.

Avengers 5

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With Avengers 4 being kept in such secrecy, it’s tough to gauge what a fifth film might look like. However, two things are certain: First, the landscape of the MCU will be very different after the Thanos arc is wrapped. Second, the world will still need Avengers because no matter how many heroes exist out there, there’ll always be genocidal villains waiting.

 Avengers 5 allows Marvel Studios to expand the concept of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and in a sense, paint the team’s evolution. With the likes of Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans coming to the end of their contracts, we could well be looking at the franchise without Iron Man and Cap, but also at an opportunity for new leaders and fresh faces so as to usher in a new era.

A New MCU Entry

 The MCU should also be looking at new properties to add to its catalog so that it maintains an air of freshness. The likes of Blade and Ghost Rider are a couple of wildcards that pop to mind, but what would really hit home for comic lovers would be the addition of a Fox property.

If all goes according to plan, Disney’s buyout of its now-rival studio will be completed around 2019, which gives Marvel Studios ample time to incorporate and/or reboot the Fox properties. This includes the Fantastic Four and affiliated characters (e.g. Doctor Doom, Silver Surfer), as well as characters from the X-Men universe. It’d be a win-win as fans would now be privy to an MCU roster similar to the comics, while Disney would undoubtedly have yet another cash cow at the box office.

Courtesy CBR.com

The Crow Reboot Gets A Release Date

The Crow Reboot Gets A Release Date

Sony’s Jason Momoa-starring reboot of The Crow has been given an October 11, 2019 theatrical release date, according to Variety.

The film, based on the comic book by J. O’Barr, will be directed by Corin Hardy. The film will mark Momoa’s second superhero role, including starring as Warner Bros.’ Aquaman in Justice League and an upcoming solo film.

DC Comics to Publish Its Own Previews Catalog

DC Comics to Publish Its Own Previews Catalog

In addition to announcing several changes to its primary Previews catalog, Diamond Comic Distributors has revealed plans to distribute a separate Previews Magazine solely dedicated to DC Comics.

The top-selling publisher will no longer be featured in the main Previews catalog — instead, its comics and merchandise will be showcased in a separate magazine, which will come free with the purchase of the central Previews Magazine, in the same way that Marvel’s Previews catalog, and the Image+ magazine, are sold with the purchase of the main Previews Magazine.

“For Previews readers, that means you’ll receive a copy of Previews, DC Previews, Marvel Previews, and the Image+ magazine – all for the price of $3.99,” Diamond’s Previews editor Marty Grosser said in a statement.

As of as May 2018, Diamond will distribute its Previews catalog digitally as part of a “special Previewsworld app.” There will be an option to separately buy the digital Previews catalog, or redeem a digital version with the purchase of a print copy.

Additionally, as of the April 2018 issue of Previews Magazine, prose novels, magazine, and the comics/GN section will be merged into one “Comics, Graphic Novels & Print” category, while manga will get its own section.

Story Anthony Couto at CBR.com

The Greatest Generation Shows There’s No Shame in Loving Star Trek . . . or a Star Trek Podcast

The Greatest Generation Shows There’s No Shame in Loving Star Trek . . . or a Star Trek Podcast

By Aaron Coker

If you love something, it’s worth a little embarrassment. That’s the hook of the Maximum Fun network show The Greatest Generation, a Star Trek: The Next Generation podcast by “two guys who are a little bit embarrassed to have a Star Trek podcast.” The chagrined gentlemen in question are Benjamin Ahr Harrison and Adam Pranica, two 30-something writer-filmmakers who live in not-so-secret shame on opposite coasts. Musician John Roderick—front man for the Long Winters and a mutual friend—paired the two after one of his shows, proclaiming, “You two are the same guy . . . you’re going to be friends.” True to those words, Adam and Ben found themselves down at the other end of the table that night, kibitzing and cracking wise.

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Local Comic Creators Share Their Thoughts on the First Minnesota Fan Fest

Local Comic Creators Share Their Thoughts on the First Minnesota Fan Fest

By Mariah Kaercher | Twin Cities Geek

This past weekend, I happily supported the first ever Minnesota Fan Fest on August 19 and 20 at the St. Paul RiverCentre. Earlier in the month, I wrote about the convention’s cosplay policy, which had been somewhat controversial when it was first announced; in that article, I stressed that Fan Fest organizers were listening to the local community and had demonstrated good intentions to support Minnesota creators and to work with, not invade, the Twin Cities comic-book scene. While wandering the convention and spending my money, I wanted to see how a couple of those creators felt about the event and whether they would attend again.

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Eliot Rahal at his booth at Minnesota Fan Fest. Mariah Kaercher

I first stopped to talk to Eliot Rahal, a local comic writer who hosts New Comic Book Day every week at Day Block Brewing Company (a hilarious show, especially when tipsy on craft beer). Eliot described Minnesota Fan Fest as an incredibly exciting convention that he hopes will grow into a bigger experience, saying that all the con staff were lovely people. He mentioned he’d like to come back again to host his booth while engaging with a live audience at New Comic Book Day. His only mild complaint was that at times the convention felt slower than others where he has tabled. This is somewhat expected, since Minnesota Fan Fest is a first-year convention, so it doesn’t yet have the dedicated fans that other Minnesota shows have.

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DC Reveals First Issue Variant Covers For ‘Justice League Of America & More!

DC Reveals First Issue Variant Covers For ‘Justice League Of America & More!

Story by Elle Collins | ComicsAlliance.com

February is an exciting month for DC Comics, with the launches of Justice League of America by Steve Orlando and Ivan Reis, Super Sons by Peter Tomasi and Jorge Jimenez, and Batwoman by Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV, and Steve Epting, and we have an exclusive first look at variant covers for all three first issues.

Justice League of America features a dynamic group shot by Ryan Ottley. Dustin Nguyen gives us the Super Sons posing in a way that reveals a lot about their characters and relationship. And finally, Jae Lee brings his signature style to Batwoman. Lee makes Kate seem perhaps a little more petite than we’d want her to be in the comic itself, but for a Jae Lee variant cover, it’s a pretty cool look.

Check out the covers and solicitations below:

Variant Cover by Ryan Ottley

 

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: REBIRTH #1

Written by STEVE ORLANDO • Art and cover by IVAN REIS and JOE PRADO • Variant cover by RYAN OTTLEY

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

Batman, Black Canary, Killer Frost, the Ray, Vixen, the Atom, and…Lobo?! Spinning directly out of the events of JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD, join the sensational team of writer Steve Orlando and artists Ivan Reis and Joe Prado and discover how Batman assembled the roughest, toughest Justice League of all time!

One-shot • On sale FEBRUARY 8 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

 

Variant Covers by Dustin Nguyen
Variant Covers by Dustin Nguyen

 

SUPER SONS #1

Written by PETER J. TOMASI • Art and cover by JORGE JIMENEZ • Variant cover by DUSTIN NGUYEN

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

“When I grow up” part one! The sons of Batman and Superman have graduated to their own monthly comic—but if they want to survive, they’re going to have to share it! Writer Peter J. Tomasi (BATMAN & ROBIN, SUPERMAN) teams with rising-star artist Jorge Jimenez (EARTH 2) to bring you the adventures of the World’s Smallest. This debut issue looks at the lives of Robin and Superboy and their destiny to follow in their fathers’ footsteps, while we meet a new villain whose ascension parallels the boys’ own understanding of their powers—except that he believes it’s his right to rule over every being on the planet!

On sale FEBRUARY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T

 

Variant Cover by Jae Lee
Variant Cover by Jae Lee

 

BATWOMAN: REBIRTH #1

Written by MARGUERITE BENNETT and JAMES TYNION IV • Art by BEN OLIVER and STEVE EPTING • Cover by STEVE EPTING • Variant cover by JAE LEE

Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.

The newest chapter of Batwoman’s life begins here! Monster Venom is the hottest new bioweapon on the market…and to break up the syndicate spreading it around the world, Batwoman’s going to have to return to the place where she spent some of her darkest hours! Learn where Batwoman comes from, and where she’s going, in this one-shot prologue to the first big Batwoman epic, “The Many Arms Of Death”!

One-shot • On sale FEBRUARY 15 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+

Read More: DC Reveals First Issue Variant Covers For February | http://comicsalliance.com/dc-first-issue-variant-covers-february/?trackback=tsmclip

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