With the return of San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios’ legendary Hall H panel was back for SDCC 2022. Back in 2019, Marvel Studios laid out the first part of the outline for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 4. Now, in 2022, the mega panel closed out the day in Hall H in style with major revelations and exciting information and footage for fans. If you missed our live coverage of the event, or if you are looking for all the Marvel Studios SDCC news in one place, we’ve got you covered. This article contains a summary of the panel and hits all the newsworthy highlights.
While some wondered if Marvel Studios would truly bring major surprises to SDCC, President Kevin Feige immediately shocked fans by announcing that Phase 4 of the MCU has almost nearly already come to an end. Phase 4 officially ends with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which is only months away. Phase 5, which has previously barely been discussed, is now officially set to begin with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania in early 2023 and end with Thunderbolts, a newly announced title, in the summer of 2024. Not only that, but Marvel Studios released the first information about Phase 6. Phases 4 through 6 will indeed be titled, the “Multiverse Saga”, and will end in a two-part Avengers event. Check out everything—in release order—below.
Marvel Studios made the shocking reveal that only two projects are left in Phase 4 of the MCU. Both She-Hulk and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever revealed new posters and trailers.
She-Hulk — August 17, 2022
As the next project to be released in the MCU, it comes as no surprise that Marvel Studios spent a little time on She-Hulk. Set to debut on Disney+ on August 17, the cast of the series arrived in Hall H:
A poster and final trailer for the series dropped at SDCC, which includes training montages and 4th wall breaks. It also confirms that Charlie Cox’s Daredevil will be in She-Hulk. Check it out below:
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever — November 11, 2022
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was certainly one of the most predictable inclusions in Marvel Studios’ SDCC panel considering it is the MCU’s next feature film. Still, the sequel to the Academy Award-winning Black Panther closed out the Hall H presentation. Feige was joined on stage by director Ryan Coogler and cast members Mabel Cadena, Michaela Cole, Winston Duke, Danai Gurira, Tenoch Huerta, Florence Kasumba, Alex Livinalli, Lupita Nyong’o, Dominique Thorne and Letitia Wright.
The confirmation has finally arrived that Namor the Submariner is indeed going to appear in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Ryan Coogler, director of the upcoming sequel, took to the stage to not only confirm his appearance but also that the long-rumored Tenoch Huerta will be playing him in the sequel set to release later this year.
Also as anticipated, SDCC brought the first trailer for Wakanda Forever:
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania — February 17, 2023
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, though previously announced, will now officially serve as the beginning of the MCU’s Phase 5. Peyton Reed, Kathryn Newton, Evangeline Lily, Jonathan Majors, and Paul Rudd were in attendance at SDCC, and those in Hall H were treated to some exclusive footage. The footage reportedly showed the film’s first look at Majors’ Kang the Conquerer, Bill Murray, and a confirmation that villain M.O.D.O.K. will appear in the Ant-Man threequel.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania will hit theaters February 17, 2023.
Secret Invasion — Spring 2023
The upcoming Disney+ series Secret Invasion got some time to shine at SDCC as well, with the in-person audience getting a first look at some footage. Kevin Feige announced that Secret Invasion will hit Disney+ in the Spring of 2023. Secret Invasion will be the second project of the now-announced Phase 5, which will kick off with Ant-Man and Wasp: Quantummania. It will star Samuel L. Jackson, Emilia Clarke, and the legend known only as Talos, Ben Mendelson, as they fend off an invasion from the villainous Skrulls. It is said that Secret Invasion will feed right into The Marvels, the sequel of the billion-dollar hit Captain Marvel. Actress Cobie Smolders, who plays Maria Hill, was in attendance. The show was described as a dark thriller, and Don Cheadle’s James Rhoades aka War Machine was confirmed to be in the series.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 — May 5, 2023
Director James Gunn appeared in person to tease the first footage for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 for the Hall H audience. The footage reportedly included Zoe Saldana’s Gamora as a Ravager, a first look at Will Poulter’s Adam Warlock, and confirms Peacemaker star Chukwudi Iwuji as the villain, the High Evolutionary. Borat Subsequent Moviefilm’s breakout star Maria Bakalova will be voicing Cosmo the Spacedog. The cast was reportedly very emotional after seeing the footage–check out the GotG cast below:
The film was described as the end of an era for the Guardians in the MCU. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will hit theaters May 5, 2023.
Echo — Summer 2023
SDCC revealed that the series Echo will hit Disney+ in Summer 2023.
Loki Season 2 — Summer 2023
The second season of Loki is also slated for Summer 2023, though after Echo.
The Marvels — July 28, 2023
Even though Ms. Marvel just ended to critical acclaim and with a tease to the Captain Marvel sequel, no new information about The Marvels was shared. It is still scheduled for a July 28, 2023 release.
Blade — November 3, 2023
There was no additional information on the upcoming Blade film led by Mahershala Ali. But the film was given a release date of November 3, 2023.
Ironheart — Fall 2023
The Disney+ series following Riri Williams, Ironheart will release in Fall 2023.
Agatha: Coven of Chaos — Winter 2023
Following Marvel Studios’ first streaming project, WandaVision, a spinoff focusing on Kathryn Hahn’s character, Agatha Harkness, was announced. At SDCC ’22, the spinoff was given a new name and a tentative release date. Agatha: Coven of Chaos will start streaming on Disney+ in Winter 2023.
Daredevil: Born Again — Spring 2024
Daredevil’s solo series starring Charlie Cox in the MCU was not a major part of the SDCC panel. Still, not only did we learn that the series would be titled, Daredevil: Born Again, but it will consist of a whopping 18 episodes. It will begin streaming on Disney+ sometime in Spring 2024.
Captain America: New World Order — May 3, 2024
Marvel Studios teased a continuation of Sam Wilson’s journey as Captain America at the end of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier when the title card changed to Captain America and the Winder Soldier. Yet, while plans for a movie were announced shortly thereafter, Marvel Studios never confirmed the project. With the news of a director boarding Captain America 4 earlier this month, it’s not surprising that Marvel Studios has officially announced the project as part of its Hall H presentation at San Diego Comic-Con.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier head writer Malcolm Spellman penned the script with Dalan Musson, a staff writer on the show. Julius Onah, who helmed The Cloverfield Paradox, is on board to direct the film. It will release May 3, 2024.
Thunderbolts — July 26, 2024
It looks like we finally have the official confirmation from Marvel Studios that the villain-focused team-up film, Thunderbolts, is heading our way. It seems that the film will be part of the studio’s next phase and is teasing a promising future direction for Marvel Studios’ creative new future. It is scheduled to release on July 26, 2024.
Not only did Marvel Studios surprise by announcing the entirety of Phase 5, but Kevin Feige kept going, giving audiences a look at what looks to be a massive Phase 6, beginning with Fantastic Four on November 8, 2024. Phase 6 will end in a duo of Avengers films entitled Avengers: Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars. Phases 4 through 6 are officially coined the “Multiverse Saga”.
Fantastic Four — November 8, 2024
In 2019, Kevin Feige blew up SDCC with the announcement that Marvel Studios was set to unleash their own Fantastic Four film after acquiring the property in the merger with Fox. Jon Watts was brought on board to direct the film but recently left the project. While there’s no new director on board, the film does now have a release date.
8 Unannounced Projects
San Diego Comic-Con has been chaotic, to say the least, as we not only got a look at Phase 5 but also the tease for Phase 6, which will all be under the banner of the Multiverse Saga. While they unveiled Fantastic Four alongside not one but two Avengers films releasing in 2025, they also teased 8 other projects that haven’t gotten announced yet either. It’s unclear if those may be projects they will keep a secret until Disney+ Day and D23. Check out the empty dates on the Phase 6 schedule:
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty — May 2, 2025
Avengers: Secret Wars — November 7, 2025
Like Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame did for Phase 3 and the Infinity Saga, the fifth and sixth Avengers films will close out Phase 6 and the Multiverse Saga. Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars release May 2 and November 7, 2025, meaning there are only about six months between the release of the two films. Not much else is known about the two-part event, but it confirms many fans’ speculations that the current saga’s big villain would be Kang the Conquerer and end in a Secret Wars-inspired multiversal event.