Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe is heading back to San Diego Comic-Con after sitting out Hall H last year. It was important to know that during last year’s SDCC, Infinity War had been released and all that was left was Ant-Man and the Wasp and 2019’s Captain Marvel. So, their absence made sense.
While there haven’t been any concrete plans made yet in regards to the lineup, it’s an important year for the MCU in the wake of Avengers: Endgame wrapping up a number of storylines, plus the gains made in the expansion of Marvel with the Disney-Fox merger.
Among this year’s MCU cliffhangers in San Diego: What are the next Marvel releases post Avengers: Endgame for 2020? The studio has the first weekend in May and November reserved for MCU product. It would come as no surprise to see Black Widow footage and an appearance by Scarlett Johansson and director Cate Shortland. Buzz is that production is underway in Norway.
Then there’s the feature adaptation of the God-beings comic 1976 Jack Kirby comic The Eternals which has filled out the cast in recent months with Angelina Jolie, Kumail Nanjiani, and Richard Madden under the direction of Chloe Zhao. Other productions in the pipeline include director Destin Daniel Cretton’s Shang-Chi and Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange 2.
Also, what about those Disney+ streaming series? At Disney Investor Day back in April, a logo for the new Tom Hiddleston streaming series Loki was unveiled while Feige confirmed upcoming streaming series for Falcon, Vision, and Scarlet Witch. Despite there being buzz about a Hawkeye streaming series, no details were confirmed.
This being a D23 year, there’s always concern whether the Disney fan confab will eat up all the teasers and spoilers and steal all the fun away from San Diego. Not necessarily so. First of all, Disney’s film session on Saturday, Aug. 24 is devoted to everything live-action including the toon feature adaptations, Star Wars, etc.
As Kevin Feige announced before the release of Avenger: Endgame, they will make their next phase announcement during the summer. Hall H seems like the kind of venue that they would want to make a splash and get the hype. Especially since Warner Bros. is abandoning the con altogether, it will be primetime Disney time!