‘Towards the future’: Disney+ Day Marvel special announced, previews of Phase 4 likely
Disney+ is proving to be an incredibly lucrative option for the Mouse House, so much so it got its own day. November 12 is now being celebrated as 'Disney+ Day', with a huge slate of content to be released on the day in 2021. From 'Shang-Chi', to 'Bobba Fett' and 'Season 2 of The World According to Jeff Goldblum' to 'Home Sweet Home Alone', Disney+ subscribers are certainly going to be spoilt for choice. Amongst the many things being released is also an untitled "Special celebrating the Marvel Cinematic Universe'.
MCU fans have had a lot of reasons to celebrate of late. Despite the massive controversy around 'Black Widow' and Scarlett Johansson, Disney+ has proven to be a huge win for fans, and the company alike. Despite being snubbed at the Emmys, 'WandaVision' still went on to score awards at the Hollywood Critics Association TV Awards and MTV Movie & TV Awards amongst others. 'What If?' is also currently making waves, amongst other things for being Chadwick Boseman's final performance.
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The Marvel juggernaut isn't slowing down just yet though. The remainder of the year will see 'Hawkeye', 'The Enternals', and of course 'Spider-Man: No Way Home' all make their debut. Even beyond 2021, there's plenty to look forward to. That appears to be the focus of the Disney+ special, which the company described as "an exciting look towards the future". It's not much, but it does mean were are getting our previews of more Phase 4 content.
Special preview coming November 12
Disney announced the special as part of its plans for Disney+ Day, in a press release on September 21. "On Friday, November 12, The Walt Disney Company will host Disney+ Day, a global celebration that will come to life across all dimensions of the Company. Subscribers to Disney+ will be treated to new content releases across the service’s iconic brands... with sneak peeks into what’s to come," the company said in its release.
The company also hinted at what we could see on the day, saying, "Subscribers to the service will be entertained with an inaugural Disney+ Day fan celebration on Disney+, which will include breaking news, first looks, new trailers, exclusive clips, and appearances from Disney+ creators and stars." For MCU fans, this isn't new. Back in 2019, Kevin Feige led the 'Expanding the Universe' special that gave us concept art for 'WandaVision', 'Falcon and the Winter Soldier', and 'Loki', as well as confirming release dates (before the pandemic) for films like 'Shang-Chi', 'No Way Home', and 'The Eternals'.
So if we take a hint based on history, we could be in for a huge treat on November 12. Here's our best guess for what we could see.
What's coming on November 12?
Marvel has a huge slate of Disney+ shows and films that are either in post-production or have concluded post-production, which means there's a good chance we could get a few trailers. Daniel RPK tweeted "I hear we'll get the second #SpiderManNoWayHome trailer in November." It's possible Marvel could preview it at the special, after all, it is one of their most-anticipated movies. But given that Sony also has the rights to the film, there's a strong possibility 'No Way Home' won't make an appearance. Most likely, we could get a first trailer for 'Ms. Marvel', the only other MCU entry to have confirmed wrapping up filming so far.
It's also worth expecting a first look at 'She Hulk', 'Ironheart', 'Secret Invasion', and 'I Am Groot', which are all currently in production. That includes logos, costumes, and possibly some footage, but don't hold your breath for the footage. On the movie front, only 'No Way Home' is confirmed to have wrapped up production and therefore a possible contestant for previews. We could see concept art from films like 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness', 'Thor: Love and Thunder', 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever', and 'The Marvels'. It's highly unlikely that we will get any footage though since all these films are still early in production. It's also worth expecting concept art from 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3', 'Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania' and 'Blade', all of which have been announced before.
Interestingly, Feige never announced the cast or release date for 'Fantastic Four', so it's a possibility we could see that on November 12. On September 10, it was also reported Marvel had added four untitled films to its slate for 2024, on February 16, May 3, July 26, and November 8. Disney+ Day would be an ideal day to announce what those films are, as well as the cast and crew. Most likely, one of those dates is likely to be 'Fantastic Four', and the much-rumored 'Deadpool' film that Ryan Renolds is working on. As for the other two, I guess we'll have to wait to see.