I’m back with another post, and my first film and television themed one at that. I love, love, love cinema and all things entertainment related. But, recently (as in the past decade) I’ve developed a soft spot for Marvel comic books, films, and television (We’ll ignore the disaster that’s known as The Inhumans).
For the past 11 years, Marvel has absolutely dominated the box office with their slew of comic book movies. So much so, that Kevin Feige and his crew have set a precedent for comic book/superhero movies and defined the standard for the “Cinematic Universe”. Many a studio has tried to recreate what Marvel has done but none have quite captured the magic that Marvel has, starting with the risky, yet hyper-successful live-action film debut of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man in 2008.
Fast-forward 11 years, 20-something movies and billions of dollars later, Disney; Marvel; and Feige are about to embark on what they call Phase 4 of the overarching MCU storyline. At this point, it’s no surprise to any hardcore Marvel fan or cinephile that now is as good a time as ever to really delve deep into the character catalogue created by the legendary Stan Lee decades ago.
In July at San Diego Comic Con (SDCC), Marvel hosted a flagstone panel at the coveted Hall H, where Executive Producer and head honcho of all things Marvel Films Kevin Feige revealed some major news: The OFFICIAL slate for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The next step, the next big, multi-film (AND Disney+ tv show — more on that later), overarching story if you will. The post-Infinity Saga direction we’re heading in. While overarching details are slim (read: non-existent), the official slate of film and tv was released and created a hell of a lot of buzz. And it was buzz I got caught up in, and I’m still in because I like where the direction is going. I can’t freakin’ wait for 2020 and beyond:
The Announcement: Part I
July 20th, 2019: San Diego Comic Con
So, there’s a lot to be excited about. An Asian superhero, a gothic horror flick, a female Thor, and lots of awesome Disney+ content are all included in Phase 4. I love that at this point, the track record is so clean that we can expect more obscure characters included, rightfully so, on the silver screen. I mean, look at 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy; no one knew who they were or what to expect out of a foul-mouthed raccoon and a talking tree, but here we are. And that doesn’t even cover the streaming content we’re getting. Loki, alone, has become one of the most beloved characters in the whole franchise.
I’m excited to see Asian representation finally happening in the MCU, in the form of Shang-Chi. I know little to nothing about the character or world and I’m very excited to see it.
We’re also getting JANE FOSTER AS THOR. I got really excited originally when that storyline was revealed in the recent comic book run, and I’m pleasantly surprised that Marvel is incorporating said storyline into the MCU… starring Natalie Portman! I never thought she would make a comeback to the blockbuster franchise, and I was incredibly shocked when she graced the Hall H stage wielding the famous hammer.
Another biiiig bit of news was the release of details, pictures, and footage of the incoming (and long overdue) Black Widow film. I’m saying… this damn movie needed to be made right after Iron Man 2. I know we got some BS backstory in Age of Ultron back in 2012, but for a character as important and as seen as Natasha has been this last decade, it’s a shock it took so long. Regardless, we’re finally getting our Black Widow movie
There were an abundant amount of announcements in Hall H this past July. But, the most exciting announcement for me? FANTASTIC 4. It’s happening. Fantastic 4 is what arguably initially intrigued me and was my intro into comic books and comic book movies. No news was revealed as to the approximate release date, nor were cast/crew details released. But the sheer announcement of a plan to include the F4 is enough for me at this point. I know Kevin Feige and crew will treat the IP with the utmost love and care.
“But Wait, There’s MORE?” –The Announcement: Part II
D23 Expo, Anaheim California; August 23rd, 2019
On Friday, August 23rd, Disney released a bevy of information regarding their brand spanking new streaming service: Disney+. After going into detail about what to expect, the mega-company dropped a huge bomb: What content we’re guaranteed to have access to.
And shoot, is it a whole damn lot. Among a lot of retro Disney Channel shows and films, Star Wars content (another Disney facet I’m fangirling hard about) and new IP’s and films (like the highly anticipated live-action adaptation of Lady and the Tramp), we’re getting plenty of original Marvel content. On top of the shows announced at SDCC, we got the news that Marvel will be creating and producing the following shows: Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, and… wait for it… SHE-HULK.
I shed actual, real tears (of pure happiness) when I caught wind of the She-Hulk announcement. I’m not kidding. I’ve been asking for and wanting Jennifer Walters’ inclusion in the MCU for LITERAL YEARS. If you follow me on Twitter, you know how much I’ve been hoping for this. She’s bad-ass, super strong, and a dope-ass Lawyer. I’m so excited to see where they go with Queen Jennifer (who just so happens to be a member of the Avengers, A-Force, and Fantastic 4 and is the cousin of one Bruce Banner).
All these announcements combined has really gotten more than excited for the next few years. As announcements roll in, I’ll be sure to talk more about them and what they could mean.
If you want more Marvel-centric content from me, don’t hesitate to leave a comment! I apologize for the long, rambly post. But, if you stuck around this long– I’m grateful!
I’m signing out for now, I’ll see you all in the next one.