HIGHLIGHTS FROM MARVEL STUDIOS’ LIVE-ACTION PRESENTATION AT SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON Include Daredevil: Born Again
By now, we should all be familiar with how Hall H at the San Diego Comic-Con ends with a an exciting Marvel Studios panel. And this one lived up to our expectations. Not only did Marvel Studios’ president Kevin Feige announce Phase Four ends with “Wakanda Forever,” he also announced that Phase 5 begins with “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” and concludes with “Thunderbolts,” a Marvel version of the Suicide Squad.
Now that we know that Marvel Studios has no problem integrating their Disney+ streaming series into the MCU films and vice-versa. And with “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” scratching the surface of the multiverse, we are starting to get a better sense of the Marvel Studios has in store for us as we go further into “The Multiverse Saga.”
One thing that these streaming shows have done so well is that the individual episodes explore the characters in ways that the films never could. Whether or not that’s a good thing, is a matter for debate, especially since the common criticism is that six episodes aren’t enough to flesh out the characters.
And one of the biggest announcements is that “Daredevil: Born Again,” has an 18-episode order and releases Spring of 2024. The 18-episode order the largest by far for any Disney+ series to date, which had an average of six.
Charlie Cox will be back to reprise the role he made famous when he played it during the Netflix era. The actor then made a surprise appearance once again in “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” with Vincent D’nofrio appearing as Kingpin in “Hawkeye.” Both are set to reprise their respective roles in “Echo” which debuts in 2023.
Meanwhile, Ironheart, an all-new original series starring Dominique Thorn as Kiki Heart, the titular character, streams in 2023. It comes shortly after the character makes her debut in “Wakanda Forever.”
Agatha Harkness will return for her own show that’s been newly retitled as “Agatha: Coven of Chaos,” which makes its debut in Winter 2023.
In “Secret Invasion,” actor Colbie Smulders confirmed that the Disney+ show will have a political thriller tone to it, as we start to question who is human and who is a Skrull. The show also sees the return of Rhodey aka War Machine (Don Cheadle), and Talos (Ben Mendelsohn). Olivia Coleman and Emilia Clarke also star.
Season 2 of Loki will release in summer 2023.