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Phase 6: Fantastic Four, Two Avengers Films

Fantastic Four, Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, and Avengers: Secret Wars coming in Phase 6

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Marvel surprised fans on Saturday night at the San Diego Comic-Con when they announced the end of Phase 4, all of Phase 5, and three films in Phase 6. Things kick-off with Fantastic Four in 2024.

In addition to the Fantastic Four reboot, Kevin Feige, President at Marvel Studios and Chief Creative Officer at Marvel, announced Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars in 2025. Two additional unknown films will take part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 6, more information to come in the future.

Marvel named Phases 4-6 as “The Multiverse Saga” on Saturday night, confirming rumors from earlier in the week.

During The Multiverse Saga Marvel will introduce many of the characters we will see culminate in the two Avengers films in 2025 with Secret Wars being the final film in Phase 6. The Kang Dynasty, landing in the middle of the phase, will no doubtably feature Kang the Conqueror who we first met in Loki season one as “He Who Remains.” Feige confirmed the character is officially Kang, played by Jonathan Majors. Kang will star in Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania to kick-off the fifth phase in February 2023.

With Secret Wars the target and the multiverse the overarching storyline, many different threads are going to take place over the next three years to impact the MCU. The story will likely pull from the 2015 Jonathan Hickman comic book run simply titled “Secret Wars.” However, it’s possible Marvel pulls from the original run in 1984.

It is entirely possible Marvel uses the name, only a few comic book stories, and creates their own film story as they have tended to do over the past few years.

Things will get started with the long-awaited Fantastic Four film on November 8, 2024. No word on if this will be the first appearances of Sue Storm, Reed Richards, Ben Grim, and Johnny Storm or if they will all be featured in other films as supporting actors or cameos before the main film.

The MCU is heading in such an amazing direction with what should be some of the biggest and most impactful comic book movies to ever be made. Avengers: The Kang Dynasty will hit theaters on May 2, 2025 with Avengers: Secret Wars coming on November 7, 2025 to close out Phase 6.

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#56: What’s New in the MCU – SDCC Updates

This week on the Capes and Tights Podcast Justin Soderberg discusses what’s new in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) after the updates from the San Diego Comic-Con 2022 in July.

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This week on the Capes and Tights Podcast Justin Soderberg discusses what’s new in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) after the updates from the San Diego Comic-Con 2022 in July.

Co-host Adam Morrisette has taken a small sabbatical from the podcast as he is starting a new full-time gig in Illinois and wants to focus on the job. Until he returns Justin will welcome guests as well as go solo on a few episodes. This episode is a solo one.

Kevin Feige, President at Marvel Studios and Chief Creative Officer at Marvel, made many outstanding announcements at this year’s SDCC and now that the dust has settled a bit, we take a look at this news. The fourth phase will end in November with Black Panther, we got a ton of the fifth phase announcements, and was surprised with some of the major films of Phase 6.

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Marvel Characters Confirmed For What If…? Season 2

The studio has given us an idea of which Marvel characters are expected to appear in the sophomore season.

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Marvel Studios announced at the San Diego Comic-Con what is in-store for the the second season of the hit animated series What If…?. The studio also announced the series has been renewed for a third season.

What If…? doesn’t referenced much in the main Marvel Cinematic Universe, but did serve as the introduction to Captain Carter and gave us glimpses of the multiverse. Kevin Feige, President at Marvel Studios and Chief Creative Officer at Marvel, does recommend watching the series to get a grip on the entire MCU. This could just be him promoting all their content.

Season two is set to air early 2023 on Disney+ and the studio has now given us an idea of which Marvel characters are expected to appear in the sophomore season.

What If…? Voice Actors Confirmed

Of course What If…? wouldn’t be the same without Jeffrey Wright‘s The Watcher, as the character acts as the narrator of the series. Returning from the first season is Hayley Atwell‘s Peggy Carter, Josh Keaton‘s Steve Rogers / Hydra Stomper, Mick Winger‘s Iron Man, Jeff Goldblum‘s Grandmaster, Taka Waititi‘s Korg, and Lake Bell‘s Black Widow. Joining the fray is Rachel Weisz as Melina Vostokoff, and Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch. Cynthia McWilliams will voice Gamora in an episode original slated for the first season which was moved to season two due to the pandemic.

Hela, Valkyrie, Bucky Barnes, Wenwu, Ying Li, Odin, The Great Protector, Ant-Man, Yondu, Young Peter Parker, Young Peter Quill, Ego, Shang-Chi, and Red Guardian will also appear in season two with unconfirmed voice actors.

What If…? originally boasted the inclusion of the main MCU characters reprising their roles in the animated series, but only a few ended up signing up. However, it is nice to see some voices will remain the same from season-to-season.

Marvel’s What If…? has also spun out a series title Marvel Zombies. The first season will air sometime in the future and will pick up where the fifth episode of the first season left off. The show will be loosely based on the comic book limited series with the same name by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Invincible) and Sean Phillips (Pulp, Reckless).

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She-Hulk: Attorney at Law Season 1 Preview

The final television series of the MCU Phase 4 hits Disney+ on August 17.

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe gets a tiny bit bigger this August with the addition of She-Hulk in her own comedy television show She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.

In the nine-episode first season, Jennifer Walters navigates the complicated life of a single, 30-something attorney who also happens to be a green 6-foot-7-inch superpowered Hulk.

Created by Jessica Gao, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law is the eighth television series in the MCU and will premiere on August 17, 2022. Gao serves as head writer and is joined by Kat Coiro leading the directing team. Tatiana Maslany stars as Jennifer Walters / She-Hulk, alongside Jameela Jamil as Titania, Ginger Gonzaga as Nikki Ramos, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Amelia, Tim Roth as Emil Blonsky / Abomination, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner / Smart Hulk, and Benedict Wong as Wong.

Roth hasn’t been seen in the MCU since his debut in the 2008 The Incredible Hulk film, while Wong seems to be making an appearance in every MCU project. Not that it is a bad thing.

Additionally, Josh Segarra, Jon Bass, Anais Almonte, Nicholas Cirillo, and Griffin Matthews have been cast in undisclosed roles. Charlie Cox reprises his role as Matt Murdock / Daredevil prior to the release of his own new show, Daredevil: Born Again, coming in 2024.

The comedy series runs nine-episodes from August 18-October 13 and is the second to last Phase 4 project in the MCU, leaving only the feature film Black Panther: Wakanda before the start of Phase 5.

Who Is She-Hulk?

Jennifer Walters, also known as She-Hulk, was created for Marvel Comics by writer Stan Lee and artist John Buscema. Her first comic book appearance was in The Savage She-Hulk #1 (February 1980). Walters is a lawyer who, after an injury, received an emergency blood transfusion from her cousin, Bruce Banner, and acquired a milder version of his Hulk condition. As such, Walters becomes a large, powerful, green-hued version of herself.

Unlike the original Banner she largely retains her personality, in particular the majority of her intelligence and emotional control. Like Hulk, she is still susceptible to outbursts of anger and becomes much stronger when enraged. In later series, her transformation is permanent, and she often breaks the fourth wall for humorous effect and running gags. Of course with the addition of Smart Hulk to the comic book and cinematic universe, Banner also has retained some of his personality.

She has been a member of the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Heroes for Hire, the Defenders, Fantastic Force and S.H.I.E.L.D. As a highly skilled lawyer who became a superhero by accident, she frequently leverages her legal and personal experience to serve as legal counsel to various superheroes and other metahumans.

Her MCU origin will vary slightly compared to the comics. Walters gets into a serious car accident with her cousin Banner in the car. Somehow Walters gets Banner’s blood into her system by accident, causing her to hulk out. Difference being in the comics it was a blood transfusion in a hospital versus accidental contamination.

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