It was a big day for Marvel fans: the Marvel Studios and Disney shared some new trailers, announced some new Disney+ shows and some new films. Perhaps the biggest surprise was the announcement of the Fantastic Four film.
Jon Watts will direct the new feature film for Marvel's First Family, Fantastic Four! pic.twitter.com/Eu26ghxbGT— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) December 11, 2020
This was a particularly interesting announcement, as Marvel fans have been wondering when some of the franchises that were previously owned by Fox, and now are owned by Disney, would be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That includes the X-Men (including Wolverine and Deadpool), and also the Fantastic Four. They didn’t announce any casting or a release date for the Fantastic Four movie, but mentioned that Jon Watts — who directed the two most recent Spider-Man films, is directing. It’s noteworthy that, in the comic books, Spider-Man is close friends with the Fantastic Four’s Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch.
They also shared trailers from the first four series coming to Disney+, all of which have been previously announced: Wandavision (premiering January 15, 2021), The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (premiering March 19, 2021) and Loki (coming in May 2021). All three appear to take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame.
They also shared the trailer for the animated series, What If? The series looks at what would have happened if major moments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe had gone differently. The series will debut in summer 2022.
Other info about more Disney+ shows : Ms. Marvel will be out in late 2021. Jeremy Renner will return in the Hawkeye series, which also features Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop. Tatiana Maslany, who starred in Orphan Black, was confirmed for the lead role in She-Hulk, which will also feature Mark Ruffalo returning as Bruce Banner/the Hulk, and Tim Roth will reprise his role as the Abomination from 2008’s movie The Incredible Hulk. Samuel L. Jackson will return once again as Nick Fury, alongside Ben Mendelsohn as the Skrull Talos from Captain Marvel in Secret Invasion. Don Cheadle will return as James Rhodes in Armor Wars.
Ms. Marvel, a newer character to Marvel comics has grabbed the world's imagination and we are excited to announce Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan.— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) December 11, 2020
Ms. Marvel, an Original Series from Marvel Studios, is coming late 2021 to #DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/ArHe8vMCXd
Original Avenger Jeremy Renner returns to star as Hawkeye, teaming up with well-known archer from Marvel comics, Kate Bishop played by the amazing Hailee Steinfeld. pic.twitter.com/vqxlEdHQWs— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) December 11, 2020
She-Hulk arrives to the MCU! Tatiana Maslany will portray Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk and Tim Roth returns as the Abomination and Hulk himself, Mark Ruffalo, will appear in the series. Directed Kat Coiro and Anu Valia, She-Hulk is coming to #DisneyPlus pic.twitter.com/z4OlQJhrlr— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) December 11, 2020
Samuel L. Jackson is back as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn from Captain Marvel returns as the Skrull Talos in Marvel Studios' Original Series Secret Invasion. Coming to #DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/AuInHMuBRW— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) December 11, 2020
Don Cheadle returns as James Rhodes aka War Machine in Armor Wars, an Original Series coming to #DisneyPlus. A classic Marvel story about Tony Stark’s worst fear coming true: what happens when his tech falls into the wrong hands? pic.twitter.com/K6M0q9mcNM— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) December 11, 2020
They also announced that production has wrapped on the next Marvel film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and that it will open on July 9, 2021.
Production has just wrapped for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings and we are excited to share the fantastic cast bringing the film to life.#ShangChi and the Legend of the Ten Rings is in theaters July 9th, 2021. pic.twitter.com/fnmNP94nrA— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) December 11, 2020
Other characters from the films will continue their stories: Captain Marvel 2 is due in theaters on November 11, 2022 and will feature the adult Monica Rambeau (Monica was a child in the first Captain Marvel film; the adult character will debut in in Wandavision) and also Ms. Marvel (who will debut in the aforementioned Disney+ show). Ant-Man and the Wasp will continue their story in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantummania.
Additionally, they announced some release dates: Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness (which will take place after Wandavision and which will co-star Elizabeth Olson’s Wanda) is due out March 25, 2022. Thor: Love and Thunder is due out May 6, 2022.
Brie Larson returns as Carol Danvers in Marvel Studios' Captain Marvel 2, directed by Nia DaCosta. Joining the cast are recently announced Ms. Marvel, Iman Vellani, and Monica Rambeau played by WandaVision's Teyonah Parris.— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) December 11, 2020
Captain Marvel 2 flies into theaters Nov. 11, 2022 ???? pic.twitter.com/DiYzod2EBj
Peyton Reed is back to direct the third Ant-Man film, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, and Michelle Pfeiffer all return. Kathryn Newton joins the cast as Cassie Lang and Jonathan Majors as Kang the Conqueror. pic.twitter.com/opXw1cmpFj— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) December 11, 2020
They also announced Black Panther II, noting that T’Challa will not be recast in the wake of Chadwick Boseman’s death, but that the film will explore the world of Wakanda. That film is due out July 8, 2022.
Black Panther 2, opening July 8, 2022, is being written & directed by Ryan Coogler. Honoring Chadwick Boseman’s legacy & portrayal of T’Challa, @MarvelStudios will not recast the character, but will explore the world of Wakanda & the rich characters introduced in the first film.— Disney (@Disney) December 11, 2020
The Guardians of the Galaxy haven’t been left out either: before 2022’s Guardians of the Galaxy 3, they’ll appear on Disney+’s Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special in 2021. And Baby Groot will have his own series of animated shorts as well.
Everyone’s favorite little tree, Baby Groot, will star in a series of shorts on Disney+ featuring several new and unusual characters.— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) December 11, 2020
I Am Groot, an Original Series from Marvel Studios, is coming to #DisneyPlus. pic.twitter.com/U5nfDkFKjW
Suffice to say, Marvel fans will not have to have long waits between movies and tv shows; there’s going to be new adventures in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for a long time.