Today could only be regarded as an epic day for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Part of the four-hour investors day for Disney, announcements galore were made for both Marvel and Star Wars. First and foremost, trailers for all three of their near done live-action Disney + series (Loki, WandaVision, and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) along with their animated What If...? series have been released which you can check out in that order below. The only one of the four that has a confirmed premiere date is WandaVision which will land on January 15th, 2021. Check out that trailer first below:
Next up, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier:
Next up, What If...?:
In addition, a sizzle reel has been released for the newest addition to the roster, the Ms. Marvel show:
In addition, new shows were announced to join these previously mentioned shows. The first is Secret Invasion, starring Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn as the Skrull Talos. The second is Armor Wars which will see Don Cheadle once again playing James Rhodes/War Machine who goes up against an enemy who has access to Tony Stark's tech. And finally, Ironheart which has confirmed to star Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams who, in comics, took over the the mantle of Iron Man in the comics. Another surprise was, in addition to direct and write Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, James Gunn will write and direct The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special which will hit the service in 2022. Also, I Am Groot, a series of shorts featuring Baby Groot and several new and unusual characters, is also in development. Finally, while the She-Hulk series was confirmed for some time, with Tatiana Maslany playing the part, it's now been confirmed that not only will Mark Ruffalo appear as the Hulk but, in a shocker, Tim Roth will return as Abomination, the role he last played in the 2008 film The Incredible Hulk.
The movie side of the Marvel announcements wasn't slacking either. Minor news included confirmation that Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (July 9th, 2021) has wrapped production. In addition, Rachel McAdams has been confirmed to return as Christine Palmer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (March 25th, 2022). Also, Christian Bale, who was previously confirmed for Thor: Love and Thunder (May 6th 2022), has confirmed to be playing the villain Gorr the God Butcher for that film.
The two previously confirmed sequels to Black Panther and Captain Marvel have also gotten their release dates announced for July 8th, 2022 and November 11th 2022, respectively. Captain Marvel 2 has confirmed to feature not only Brie Larson returning as the titular character, but will also see two characters from the announced Disney+ series join the cast of the film. Teyonah Parris, who is playing the grown up Monica Rambeau in WandaVision, will appear along with Iman Vellani reprising her role as the titular character from the Ms. Marvel series. Also, Coogler confirmed for Black Panther II that T'Challa (Played by the late Chadwick Boseman) will not be recast.
With old business out of the way, several new films were confirmed today. The biggest shocker was the announcement that Jon Watts, who has directed the two MCU Spider-Man films, will be directing a Fantastic Four film that officially brings Marvel's first family into the fold. In addition, Peyton Reed has been confirmed today to return for the third Ant-Man film, officially titled Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. New cast members confirmed are Kathryn Newton as an adult Cassie Lang and Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror.
In conclusion, Marvel has revealed they have big plans for Phase 4. So big some fans might have trouble keeping up. Stay tuned!