D23 Expo 2019: Every movie and TV series announcements made by Marvel Studios at the confab
From Black Widow's new suit to Kit Harington joining the MCU, here's a roundup of all the MCU announcements
Marvel's soured deal with Sony just before the D23 Expo 2019 was saddening and maddening. However, the studio gave fans more than enough reasons to celebrate with a slew of announcements. The expo was quite an important one for Disney considering they were launching their streaming service Disney+ this November. Marvel had a strong presence this year at the expo as always, and here's a list of every announcement that was made.
'Black Panther 2' gets a release date
The King of Wakanda will be back and it's official. 'Black Panther 2' will release on May 6, 2022 and will be helmed by Ryan Coogler again. The sequel, like Thanos would say, was inevitable. 'Black Panther' was a BO success grossing well over $1.3 billion, and, not to mention, a cultural milestone. Production for the film will begin in 2021.
Here's everything you need to know about 'Black Panther 2'.
'She-Hulk', 'Moon Knight' and 'Ms. Marvel' foray into the MCU
'She-Hulk', 'Ms. Marvel' and 'Moon Knight' will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. At the Disney 23 annual conventions, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced that these three live-action series are in development, and all of them are derived from the comics. In what comes as a heartening piece of news, 'Ms. Marvel' will also be featured in the movies
The TV side of Phase 4 already boasts some impressive shows in 'The Falcon and The Winter Soldier', 'Loki', 'Hawkeye', and 'WandaVision'. Plus, the animated 'What If' that presents some outlandish spins on the MCU movies.
'Game of Thrones' star Kit Harington joins the MCU
He may have not taken the stage with the cast of 'Eternals', but the man will be seen as MCU's Black Knight. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed Harington will make his debut in Eternals. According to the comics, Dane Whitman aka Black Knight wields a mystical sword called the Ebony Blade, granting him supernatural abilities.
Gemma Chan stars in 'Eternals' as Sersi
Most fans speculated Chan's character as Sersi ever since 'Eternals' was confirmed and that theory was proved right during the expo. In addition, 'Dunkirk' star Barry Keoghan plays Druig, a rogue eternal. Sersi, as per comics, is a leading character and that means Chan will have a crucial role to play in the movie. Druig is a villain with psychic abilities and is a man in power in a fictional country, Vorozheika.
'Eternals' cast take the stage and their concept costumes are revealed
In one word: incredible. Each character's concept costume looks so much closer to the characters they play from the comics. The designs look like they are inspired by the comics by Neil Gaiman and John Romita Jr. run from 2006.
Here's everything you need to know about 'Eternals'.
When 'Black Widow' actually had a white costume
D23 attendees saw Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow donning a new suit. Except, it was all white. There were new clips shown from the movie and the most notable was David Harbour's Red Guardian, Russia's version of Captain America. The attendees also got a look at the villain, Taskmaster. The full costume and the masked face meant we still have no idea of his identity. Guess we'll have to wait and find out.
Meanwhile, you can read up everything that we have so far on 'Black Widow' here.
'The Falcon and The Winter Soldier' casts John Walker aka the U.S. Agent
Wyatt Russell is all set to suit up as the newest version of Captain America in 'The Falcon and The Winter Soldier', except, he does so for the purpose of serving the U.S. Government. According to the comics, he makes his debut as Super-Patriot, a supervillain. At this stage, it's yet to be confirmed if Russell will be Sam Wilson aka Falcon's (Anthony Mackie) friend or foe. As with most things at this stage in development, Marvel remains mum on the storyline.
Russell joins the show along with Emily Van Camp, who reprises her role as Agent Sharon Carter from 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and 'Captain America: Civil War'.
Peggy Carter suits up as Captain Carter
This is exactly what can be expected from Marvel's 'What If...?' The attendees got a glimpse of what to expect when they saw Hayley Atwell‘s Peggy Carter receiving the Super Soldier Serum instead of Steve Rogers. She goes on to become Captain Carter and dons a Union Jack-themed costume and a shield. There are shades of Captain Britain in it and is a subtle hint of the superhero making an appearance in the MCU at some stage.
The clip also showed a Bucky Barnes vs Zombie Steve Rogers stand-off. How's that for branched timelines and parallel realities? You can read all about 'What If...?' here.
Kat Dennings and Randall Park return to the MCU
As Darcy from 'Thor: The Dark World', and Jimmy Woo from 'And-Man and the Wasp' respectively. The pair will join the upcoming mini-series, 'WandaVision' starring Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany as Vision. We're yet to receive more clarity on the two actor's roles in the series.
You can read all about 'WandaVision' here.