A month before the six-year anniversary of the PlayStation 4, Sony Interactive Entertainment gave an announcement today with the console’s release date and some information on the PlayStation 5.
The details entailing the PS5 comes from the company’s blog and what SIE CEO Jim Ryan told Wired. Most of the upgrades being made will be hardware focused rather than software which was initially rumored.
A solid-state drive (SSD) to make for a faster working device. Games will have little to no load times. Buying a title on disc will be a 100 GB.
For physical media users, the PS5 will read DVDs and 4K Blu-ray discs.
Installing games will continue as it has become a standard for this current generation of consoles. Sony did confirm users will have more control on which aspects of a game installs or uninstalls like a campaign or multiplayer mode.
A new user interface allows for players to see more information on the games. An example would be seeing the availability of online matches.
Wired got a prototype controller and compared to its features being closely related to the controller for the PS4. The triggers will be “‘adaptive triggers’ that can offer varying levels of resistance to make shooting a bow and arrow feel like the real thing.”
They also commented on its rumble features when playing a demo from the developers of the PS VR game Astrobot Rescue Mission: “On ice, a high-frequency response made the thumbsticks really feel like my character was gliding. Jumping into a pool, I got a sense of the resistance of the water; on a wooden bridge, a bouncy sensation.”
Micro USB wires are now obsolete as the PS5 is switching to USB-C to charge its controllers.
That is all that the world knows about for Sony’s next console. Xbox has its next release slated for the same time frame, holiday 2020, with the code-named Project Scarlett. Save up your money, 2020 will be a big year for gaming.
Two years of silence, and now Naughty Dog gave the world some information on the sequel to the 2013 release, The Last of Us. Physical goods, a release date, a trailer, and more has been announced in the past few days between State of Play on the 20 and today, Outbreak Day, the day in which the developer celebrates anything related to the zombie infested world.
The latest trailer gives some insight into the journey that Joel and Ellie will embark on. Neil Druckmann, creative director of the games, stated that the first was about “love” and this sequel will be about “hate.”Now the meaning behind his words are revealed as Ellie gets kidnapped by a new faction of bandits and witness her new girlfriend die, so it is time to start killing in this revenge story.
The video shows off gameplay and locations. Snowy rural areas to dilapidated cities will give the same variety of environments as the first adventure the two protagonists experienced.
Journalists got some hands on time with The Last of Us Part 2. They got to play three hours through two levels. I won’t walk through the demo since I did not play, but you can read Kotaku’s article on the gameplay along with the snippets of story and characters that were shown.
Last year Anthony Newman, the game’s co-director, told Polygon the new title would have multiplayer like its predecessor, but that changed to opt out of having an online mode. Newman said, “I know we had kind of announced that [it would have multiplayer], but as the game has developed, it’s become so ambitious, so grand in scope, and so intricate in its complexity, that it really required the full focus of the studio to deliver this single-player experience.”
Pre-order editions have been announced:
Standard comes with the base game for $59.99. Some in-game goods are given like an ammo capacity upgrade, crafting training manual, and digital pre-orders get an avatar of Ellie’s new tattoo.
Special Edition for $79.99. You get what the standard offers plus a PS4 dynamic theme, six PSN avatars, a steelbook, and a 48 page art book.
Collector’s is priced at $169.99. Anyone who gets this will get what is listed in the $79.99 edition along with an Amray case, 12″ statue of Ellie, Ellie’s bracelet, five stickers, six pins, digital soundtrack, digital version of the art book, lithograph art print, a behind the scenes documentary and a thank you letter.
Ellie Edition is a sold out product, but it did cost $229.99 and came with everything from the Collector’s plus Ellie’s backpack, logo patch, a vinyl record, and a keychain.
The Last of Us Part 2 releases on Feb. 21, 2020 exclusively for PlayStation.
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After some teasers and leaks, Capcom releases a trailer for the next Resident Evil game, Project Resistance. It appears the title from the previous hints the studio was handing out will be the actual name for the new spin-off.
Project Resistance is called a “brand-new team-based survival horror experience,” where players will fight off the undead and a robotic foe who looks like Mr. X from Resident Evil 2.
Attendees at Capcom’s booth during the Tokyo Game Show will get to see the gameplay in action. The show will start Sept. 12 through Sept. 15.
Project Resistance is set to come out on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Disney is hopping on the streaming train in a few months with Disney+. The streaming service will have fan-favorite movies and shows like Netflix, along with original content. As of now, this everything coming to the new service.
Day One (Nov. 12)
Jon Favreau (Lion King, Iron Man) is creating the first live-action show in the Star Wars universe. Following a bounty hunter played by Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones). It takes place between the fall of the Empire and the upcoming First Order, the original and current trilogies of films.
Favreau produces and writes the series with Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars). Gina Carano (Fast & Furious 6, Deadpool), Carl Weathers (Predator, Rocky), Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad), Emily Swallow (Castlevania, Supernatural), Omid Abtahi (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2), Werner Herzog (Metalocalypse, Jack Reacher), and Nick Nolte (Gracepoint) will also star.
Forky Asks a Question
The Toy Story 4 character Forky is getting his own show. Watch the trash obsessed character answer questions in 10 shorts like “what is love?”
Forky is played by Arrested Development star Tony Hale.
Pixar will deliver a series of short films to find new techniques in storytelling and find new, lesser-known storytellers to give them a voice. Every project is up on Pixar’s YouTube channel.
Marvel’s Hero Project
This reality show will look at how people are making a positive change in their communities. Marvel will celebrate these young people are making as if they are real superheroes.
High School Musical: The Musical
Taking place at East High, the same school from the original films, a group of students get ready for a major production, High School Musical.
Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars, Frozen) is back at producing the reality series where she gathers classmates who once worked on a high school musical to reenact their roles from 20 years ago. The cast will get help from some top-notch people from Broadway to recreate these productions.
Untitled Walt Disney Imagineering Documentary Series
Despite no official title, this launch documentary series will take a behind the scenes look at the history of Walt Disney Imagineering. Including interviews and brand new footage of Disney’s various parks.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
Follow Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park) to examine basic things like ice cream or clothing to see it through his eyes. He will be going through things he is passionate about like shoes or learning something new like tattoos.
Lady and the Tramp
A reboot of 1955 classic with a mix of live-action and CGI to take this story into the modern world.
The movie will be directed by Charlie Bean (Samurai Jack, Dexter’s Laboratory) along with writers Andrew Bujalski (Support the Girls) and Kari Granlund (Troubleshooters). Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok) plays Lady, Sam Elliot (A Star Is Born) as Trusty, Justin Theroux (The Leftovers) as Tramp, and Janelle Monae (Hidden Figures) as Peg.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Falcon AKA the new Captain America (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky (Sebastian Stan) join forces despite their long lingering differences to fight together against threatening forces. Civil War villain Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) is back with a comic book-inspired look to face against the duo.
According to Variety, Malcolm Spellman (Empire) will pen the series along with a report from The Wrap that John Wick writer Derek Kolstad will join Spellman. According to Deadline, Handmaid’s Tale director Kari Skogland will direct all six episodes.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is aiming for a Fall 2020 release window.
A documentary series that will take a look at Marvel Comics history along with its impact on the real world.
A prequel to show the whereabouts of Bo Peep (Annie Potts). The character appeared in Toy Story 4 but was missing in the third entry. The series will take a look at the toy’s adventures between the second and fourth film.
Monsters at Work
Expanding upon the Monsters Inc. universe with this new animated show. Taking place six months after the first film, Tylor Tuskmon (Ben Feldman) is a mechanic for Monsters Inc. facilities department and wishes to work his way to the Laugh Floor.
Returning creatures Mike(Billy Crystal), Sully (John Goodman), Yeti (John Ratzenberger), Roz (Bob Peterson), and Celia (Jennifer Tilly). Joining Feldman (Mad Men) as a newcomer to this world comes Kelly Marie Tran (Star Wars: The Last Jedi), Henry Winkler (Barry), Lucas Neff (Fear Inc.), Alanna Ubach (Coco), and Stephen Stanton (Star Wars Resistance).
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
The series continues for its seventh season to give fans 12 more episodes. The last season aired March 7, 2014.
Into the Unknown: Making Frozen 2
The highly anticipated sequel to the 2013 animated hit gets a documentary series. The show will give insight on the making for Frozen 2 which is set to hit theaters Nov. 22.
The first movie made $1.2 billion off of a $150 million budget.
TBA 2020 for Into the Unknown.
Be Our Chef
Angela Kinsey (The Office) will host this reality cooking competition. Kinsey will bring in a diverse group of families to Walt Disney World to cook up Disney inspired meals. Each episode pits two families in a particular theme to mix with their own traditions. Finalists will use everything from previous challenges to make a dish that incorporates both their family culture and a Disney inspired twist.
Cinema Relics: Iconic Art of the Movies (Working Title)
An eight-episode series where a movie’s costumes and props will get analyzed. The show will take a look at how things are made, how actors utilize those tools and the collectors who now own those objects or outfits.
Movies that will get attention include Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Mary Poppins, The Muppet Movie, Tron, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Diary of a Female President
Told through her diary, a young Cuban-American girl navigates through life to become the President of the United States.
Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), Emily Gipson (I Can and I Will), and Ilana Peña (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) will run and produce the show.
Magic of Animal Kingdom
A reality show following biologists, animal-care experts, and veterinarians at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park and Epcot’s SeaBase aquarium.
Families with issues like overworking parents, technology addicted children, or secrets that drive everyone apart will have to face their issues head-on in this new reality series. They will disconnect from devices and other outside influences to fix the problem and reconnect.
A travel show following journalist Bob Woodruff and his son Mack as they take a trip to various places that tourist are least likely to visit.
Shop Class (Working Title)
A panel of experts rates various inventions from a group of students. This competition show will have a science and mechanical focus.
Nick Kringle (Bill Hader) is on his way to becoming Santa Clause. Days before Christmas, he disappears. Now it is up to his sister Noelle (Anna Kendrick) to find him to save the holiday.
Other stars for this original Christmas movie includes Kingsley Ben-Adir (World War Z), Billy Eichner (The Lion King), Julie Hagerty (Airplane!), and Shirley MacLaine (Terms of Endearment).
Phineas and Ferb Movie (No Official Title)
Phineas (Vincent Martella), Ferb (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), and Perry the Platypus (Dee Bradley Baker) must go across the galaxy to save Candace (Ashley Tisdale), Phineas, and Ferb’s older sister.
Based on the novel of the same name, Leo Borlock (Graham Verchere), a teenager trying to keep to his own business at school meets a new girl at school named Stargirl (Grace VanderWaal) who shakes things up around campus.
The movie will be directed by Julia Hart (Fast Color, Miss Stevens). The writers include Kristin Hahn (Dumplin’), Jordan Horowitz (Fast Color,Miss Stevens), and Jerry Spinelli, the author of the book.
This movie adapts from the novel Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephen Pastis. The adaption will follow an 11-year-old boy named Timmy who thinks he is a world-class detective alongside his partner, an imaginary polar bear.
Tom McCarthy (Spotlight, Christopher Robin) is set to direct with Stephen Pastis as the writer.
Based on a true story, this film will follow an Alaskan man Leonhard Seppala (Willem Dafoe) and his sled dog Togo are tasked to find a diphtheria antitoxin to save his village.
Ericson Core (Point Break) will sit in the director’s chair along with Tom Flynn (Gifted)to pen the script.
Wanda Maximoff AKA Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) deals with her loss of Vision (Paul Bettany). He will be involved in some way, presumably in a dream state or flashbacks.
The series is setting itself as a sitcom with a lot of 50s influences based on the marketing.
Teyonah Parris (Empire) will play as an adult Monica Rambeau from Captain Marvel. Her involvement is unknown as of now.
The aftermath of this series will connect to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, set for a May 2021 release, which will see Wanda team up with Doctor Strange and whatever threat he ends up facing in the MCU’s first horror film.
WandaVision will come out spring 2021, sometime before the sequel to Doctor Strange.
The time heist in Avengers: Endgame had its bumps, like letting the evil 2012 Loki (Tom Hiddleston) escape with the Tesseract. The series will follow the God of Mischief after those events.
Loki comes out sometime in spring 2021.
Marvel’s What If…?
This animated anthology series will take a story or character we have seen in one of the 23 MCU entries and add a twist in some capacity to see what happens in that alternate universe. Many current and past cast members will come in for their roles with Jeffery Wright (Westworld) as The Watcher who will be the host of the show. The full cast is listed below:
Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, Josh Brolin as Thanos, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Neal McDonough as Dum Dum Dugan, Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Taika Waititi as Korg, Toby Jones as Arnim Zola, Djimon Hounsou as Korath, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, and Michael Rooker as Yondu.
Marvel’s What If…? comes out summer 2021.
After Endgame, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) decides to spend some quality time with his family. He teaches Kate Bishop, who will take ahold her own bow and arrow.
Hawkeye is shooting for a fall 2021 release.
Untitled Cassian Andor Series
Rebel spy Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) and his droid companion K-2SO (Alan Tudyk) go on missions and adventures after the events of Rogue One.
Stephen Schiff (The Americans) will be the showrunner and an executive producer.
Earthkeepers (Working Title)
An animal-centered documentary series that follows conservationists and the work that they do.
Ink & Paint
Based on the book of the same name, this documentary series will follow unsung women who worked on various animated films from Disney.
Marvel’s dark and gritty rich superhero similar to DC’s Batman gets his first live-action adaption on the small screen. He is has gone through many career paths from a marine, boxer, and finally to a CIA operative. Once he is left for dead in Egypt, he awakens from an ancient Egyptian entity who gives him powers. He is a hero who deals with his multiple personality disorder while battling forces of evil.
Release date TBA.
Kamala Kahn is a Pakastani-American trying to live her life while having superpowers. Her morphing abilities give her a lot of creativity when fighting crime.
Showrunner and writer by Bisha K. Ali (Sex Education) will set sail one of the most diverse characters to enter the MCU.
Release date TBA.
Mark Ruffalo will not be alone as the only Hulk. She-Hulk, is usually his cousin who obtains the angry green superpowers after an emergency blood transfusion with Bruce Banner. She is a known lawyer who has a sense of humor, often breaking the fourth wall in the style of Deadpool.
Release date TBA.
Untitled Obi-Wan Kenobi Series
Ewan McGregor returns as the iconic Jedi for this show. Not much is known but the time of place is set between Solo: A Star Wars Story, Episode III, and Episode IV. Head of the classic franchise Kathleen Kennedy announced the scripts are done and filming will begin sometime next year.
Release date TBA.
Chip ‘n’ Dale
The chipmunk duo return for a short series of 39 seven-minute episodes. The series will maintain the “non-verbal, classic style comedy.” The series is headed by newer talent with Jean Cayrol as the director and produced by Marc Du Pontavice from Floopaloo, Where Are You?
Release Date TBA
A series where anyone at Walt Disney Animation Studios can pitch any idea they desire. So far the revealed short films will include Jing Hua (Flower in the Mirror, conceived by Disney technical director Jerry Huynh, the pre-teen inspired short Just a Thought from animator Brian Menz, and Exchange Student from storyboard artist Natalie Nourigat.
Short Circuit is set for a spring 2020 release date.
What shows or movies are you most excited about? I am surely getting Disney+ for Marvel and Star Wars, what about you?
The MCU is going to get more complicated as its roster of characters and lore expands in phase four. One movie releasing that will change everything is The Eternals, a group of immortal aliens who look after Earth from afar and have been doing so for thousands of years. The big question is, who are they? While the movie adaption might change characteristics or story threads, this is a good basis to get background on this team of heroes.
Azura AKA Thena (Played by Angelina Jolie)
Born Azura, her father Zuras changed her name to Thena, similar to Zeus’ daughter Athena. This Greek warrior is more than her strength. She is as educated as she is fierce.
Her powerset is impressive. Naturally, she is abnormally strong, but honing on her powers gives her even more super strength. Her agility, durability, stamina, and reflexes beat out most superpowered beings on Earth. Flying, self-healing, telepathy, telekinesis, teleportation, and cosmic energy to manipulate the world around her with extreme heat or transforming objects.
Ikaris (Played by Richard Madden)
A Siberian Eternal who has Greek relations as he is the father of Icarus who dies by flying too close to the sun in Greek mythology. During the Great Cataclysm that sank Atlantis, Ikaris guided an ark carrying human and animals to safety. The ark had been created by another Eternal named Utnapishtim.
The second most powerful Eternal on Earth, first being Zuras, Ikaris has cosmic energy powers like the rest. He has all of the same capabilities as Thena and other Eternals, but more advanced like being the fastest flier. His perspective on how he utilizes his powers is quite different as he has a more modern sense on how to protect humanity like using various devices and gadgets.
On a weirder note, he becomes a professional wrestler names Iceberg, yes comics get bizarre. The wrestling does tie into his excellent ability at various fighting styles that are used by humans.
Kingo (Played by Kumail Nanjiani)
A Japanese Eternal who learns the ways of the Samurai. Over hundreds of years, the Samurai master becomes a movie star in Japan and often portrays the classic warrior.
Despite having God-like powers similar to his fellow Eternals, Kingo mixes his abilities with traditional fighting styles as he sticks to his Samurai roots.
Ajak (Played by Salma Hayek)
A male character in the comics, this female version could still take after aspects of the source material. Ajak is the father (mother in the MCU) figure of the Eternals, a leader who guides them. Most of his time was spent in Central America where the Aztecs thought he was Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent, and the Incas worshiped him as the lord of flight, Tecumotzin. In Greece, he was confused for the hero of the Trojan War, Ajax.
His close relationship with Celestials grants him the ability to communicate with them on top of the other typical powers the Eternals hold.
Phastos (Played by Brian Tyree Henry)
Mistaken for Hephaestus from ancient Greece, Phastos is the genius of the group. He is a weaponsmith who develops various technology. He is the most mysterious as there is little to no information on his background.
Gilgamesh (Played by Don Lee)
The brute of the group, Gilgamesh, is physically the strongest Eternal. After his exile, he took on the title as “The Forgotten One.” He roamed the Earth, helping out humans from tyrants and dangerous beasts until he learned of his true powers as an Eternal.
At one point, he becomes an Avengers. During a demon invasion on New York, Gilgamesh aided Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and became a member of the team.
His powers remain the same as other Eternals, the main difference is he is far more developed than most of his kind. The Forgotten One has knowledge of hand to hand combat and a wide range of weapons throughout history.
Sprite (Played by Lia McHugh)
Essentially a more moral version of Loki, Sprite is full of mischief and trickery. He, a male in the comic books, often gets in trouble due to lack of any concern for human safety. Always wanting to have fun with his powers leads to trouble despite having good intentions.
The central powers that separate him from others are his manipulation of the world around him. Turning objects to whatever he wishes or creating illusions to trick other Eternals or humans.
Makkari (Played by Lauren Ridloff)
Not only does Makkari get gender-swapped like Sprite and Ajak, but the race of his character has also been changed for the MCU. With the casting of Ridloff, this makes for the first deaf superhero in a Marvel movie.
Like Thena, he is born in Greece and shares similar characteristics like his brilliant mind and combative skills. He has taken part in major historical wars like the Trojan War and later in the Battle of the Alamo.
His abilities set himself away from everyone else by his super speed. Not only fast but by running in circles, this Eternal can create cyclones. He is an expert in transportation with his advanced knowledge of vehicles.
Now you have a good idea about the new faces coming to the MCU. The Eternals is scheduled to come out Nov. 6, 2020.
Marvel unveiled all of its plans for the next phase of the MCU after Spider-Man: Far From Home with a hint at phase five with Blade. Not much is known about some of these projects, but the little information available gave me a nerdgasm.
Initially rumored to take place in possibly the 90s, the cast of the upcoming standalone flick told Entertainment Weekly it will set shortly after Captain America: Civil War.
The new faces that will standby or against Black Widow will be never before seen characters she met at this time in her life. David Harbour (Stranger Things) described his character, Alexei, as, “In the Cold War, the Americans were developing weaponry, and the Soviets were responding. The Americans developed Captain America, and the Soviets responded with something called the Red Guardian. In a way, he’s a super-soldier, but he’s also a very complicated guy. He has a lot of flaws, a lot of idiosyncrasies. It’s a very rich character.”
Florence Pugh (Midsommar) tells EW that Yelena is Nat’s “sister figure” and that “it’s quite heightened and heated.” During behind closed doors, a fight scene was shown with Pugh and Johansson in Budapest, Hungary. After a cut, the two are talking things over with a bottle of vodka.
O.T. Fagbenle (The Handmaid’s Tale) is a “fixer” named Mason, the man that superheroes or spies go to in need of assistance. Fagbenle goes further by saying, “It’s a bit of a complex relationship with Natasha because obviously, ostensibly we have this kind of business transaction, but I think there’s a little romantic frisson.”
Rachel Weisz plays an experienced assassin and spy. Malena’s description was kept brief because “She’s also deeply involved in a scientific experiment which I cannot tell you about because it’s part of the story we can’t talk about!”
The villain will be the classic Taskmaster, who is kept a secret except for his announcement.
Black Widow is directed by Cate Shortland and will release on May 1, 2020.
By its description, this will be an experimental and important film in Marvel’s grand universe building. The synopsis is that immortal beings are looking after Earth from Deviants. The protagonists are sent by Celestials, beings who have been seen before in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies.
The cast is stacked with Angelina Jolie (Thena), Richard Madden (Icarus), Kumail Nanjiani (Kingo), Lauren Ridloff (Makkari), Brian Tyree Henry (Phastos), Salma Hayek (Ajak), Lia McHugh (Sprite), and Don Lee (Gilgamesh). Eternals will also heavily expand representation in the MCU with a deaf hero (Makkari), some LGBT characters, and more people of color to widen Marvel’s diversity.
Directed by Chloe Zhao, the film will release on Nov. 6, 2020.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
A Disney+ series that will follow Falcon AKA the new Captain America (Anthony Mackie) and original Captain America’s best friend Bucky (Sebastian Stan).
Not much is known about the show’s plot, but Daniel Bruhl’s Baron Zemo from Civil War will return as the villain. Turning Baron towards his comic book origins, he will wear the purple mask from the source material.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will stream on Disney+ sometime during fall 2020.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Rising star Simu Liu will take the mantle as Shang-Chi, a new face to help protect Earth from threats. He will face the Mandarin (Tony Leung) and his legion within the Ten Rings. Yes, this is the Mandarin, not the fake from Iron Man 3.
Destin Daniel Cretton sits in the director’s chain, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings will release on Feb. 12, 2021.
Taking place after Endgame, this series will follow Scarlett Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and her lover/co-Avenger Vision (Paul Bettany). Yes, Vision is dead, and nobody knows how this will work.
When discussing the series, Olsen said, “It’s gonna get weird … and we’re gonna finally understand Wanda Maximoff as the Scarlet Witch.”
Other characters are set to appear like grownup Monica Rambeau from Captain Marvel, who will be played by Teyonah Parris. During the Doctor Strange sequel, Olsen will appear in that film, and this show will have a lot to tie into Benedict Cumberbatch’s next standalone journey.
WandaVision will stream on Disney+ in spring 2021.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
The multiverse is real as confirmed from the first Doctor Strange and Endgame. This sequel will explore aspects in both tone, style, and narrative that has never been touched on in the MCU. Scott Derrickson, who has had plenty of horror experience with Sinister, described this as a horror film. Whether it is straight-up nightmare-inducing or simply darker and creepier will be determined once the world gets a first look at the movie.
This “gothic horror” will hit theaters on May 7, 2021.
One might be dead, but another is alive. That’s right, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is back. In his own show on Disney+, we will see Loki after the Endgame time heist where he takes the Tesseract and teleports away from his captors. This version is the one known in the first Avengers, not the more mature God from Ragnarokor Infinity War.
Loki will be back in spring 2021.
This animated series will go across the endless amount of multiverses to give unique stories that will never follow the main plot of the MCU. The Watcher (Jeffery Wright) will guide audiences through the show that will feature many new and familiar voices. The actors that are coming in to reprise their roles for these what-if scenarios include Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, Josh Brolin as Thanos, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Neal McDonough as Dum Dum Dugan, Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Taika Waititi as Korg, Toby Jones as Arnim Zola, Djimon Hounsou as Korath, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster, and Michael Rooker as Yondu.
“The Watcher is a being, a non-earthly being who observes all things. He’s watching over the multiverse, and occasionally may or may not intervene with the doings of earthlings,” said Wright.
What If…? comes to Disney+ in the summer of 2021.
The bow-wielding Avenger is passing down the bow to Kate Bishop and explore the dark path he went as Ronin.
Hawkeye comes to Disney+ in fall 2021.
Thor: Love and Thunder
Natalie Portman returns to the MCU as Jane. She once left due to a negative experience filming Dark World, but now she will play a more significant role. She will wield the hammer and electric powers of Thor. No worries, Chris Hemsworth will remain as the OG God of Thunder.
Since Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) was left to look after New Asgard and said she “needs to find her queen” it gives a good hint at what’s to come that brings Jane into the life of a superhero. Valkyrie is the first LGBT hero in the MCU despite this not being explored yet. When speaking about Valkyrie’s sexuality, Kevin Fiege told io9, “How that impacts the story remains to be seen with that level of representation you’ll see across our films, not in just Thor 4,”
Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is back to direct the fourth installment of Thor’s standalone movies. The film is set to premiere Nov. 5, 2021.
A brief overview of what’s to come after phase four was given by Fiege. He mentioned obvious sequels like Guardians of the Galaxy 3, Black Panther 2, and Captain Marvel 2. Then he says plans for Fantastic Four and X-Men.
Before ending the panel, Moonlight and Luke Cage actor Mahershala Ali came up with a Blade baseball cap. Then the screen behind everyone showed the Blade title. Nothing else was said about the vampire hunter except he will feature alongside the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and other sequels in the following phase.
UPDATE 7/21/19 9:52 a.m. PT: The lineup of movies and TV shows is the entirety of the next phase in the MCU, with one exception. Blade will be in phase five.
Marvel layed out phase four for hungry fans, new trailers for upcoming shows, and a lot more was released yesterday at Comic-Con. Each day gets bigger, and day three might take the cake for the entire convention.
Phase 4 is Coming
To start off, Black Widow showed off some footage while shining light on what to expect. Like the rumors suggested, this prequel will show off the dark side of Scarlett Johansson’s agent who once was not the hero we all have gotten to know. The film is directed by Cate Shortland and stars Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, David Harbour as Alexi, O-T Fagbenle as Mason, Rachel Weisz as Malena, and Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova.
“I don’t think I could have played this iteration of Natasha 10 years ago,” Johansson said at the panel. “It would’ve been a very different film. I get to play Natasha as a fully realized woman and in all of her many facets. I’m excited for fans to see the flawed side of her, what she perceives to be the flawed side of her. And I’m looking to wipe out some of that red in my ledger, so you guys will be seeing a lot of that.”
While the film has been shooting for 30 days, enough was done to show off a clip to the audience at Hall H. A fight scene with Pugh and Johansson shows off the film’s villain, the iconic Taskmaster. Black Widow is set to release on May 1, 2020.
Next up is Eternals. Chloe Zhao sits in the director’s seat along with her extensive roster of characters including Angelina Jolie (Thena), Richard Madden (Icarus), Kumail Nanjiani (Kingo), Lauren Ridloff (Makkari), Brian Tyree Henry (Phastos), Salma Hayek (Ajak), Lia McHugh (Sprite), and Don Lee (Gilgamesh).
“It’s about this group of incredible immortals but through their journey, we really get to explore what it means to be human and humanity on our time on this planet,” Zhao told the crowd.
The characters are a group of immortals who look after Earth from afar. This will set the groundwork that future phases of the MCU will have a cosmic center around upcoming storylines.
Eternals hits theaters Nov. 6, 2020.
Destin Cretton will head Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, starring Simu Liu. Meanwhile, Tony Leung is the Mandarin, the real one, not the fake from Iron Man 3.
Shang-Chi is scheduled for a Feb. 12, 2021 release date.
Taika Waititi returns after the success of Thor: Ragnarok. While Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson will return in their roles, someone from the old days is too, Natalie Portman. She will wield the mighty hammer, yes she will become her own Thor essentially.
Waititi read Jason Aaron’s comics series, The Mighty Thor, which introduces the female version of the electrified God. He told the audience, ” only one person who could play that role,” which lead to Portman coming on stage while holding on Mjolnir and saying, “I’ve always had a little hammer envy.”
Thor: Love and Thunder will come out Nov. 5, 2021.
Diverting away from the movies briefly, these are some of the Disney+ shows that are on the way to expand the universe.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is set for fall 2020. The reveal with Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan got interrupted with a video from Civil War villain Daniel Brühl’s Baron Zemo, wearing a comic accurate costume with his iconic purple mask.
Spring 2021 will deliver WandaVision, with Elizabeth Olsen reprising her role as Scarlett Witch and Paul Bettany returns as the recently deceased Vision. Teyonah Parris will also star as the grown-up version of Monica Rambeau, who last appeared as a child in Captain Marvel.
“We’re going to have a lot of fun,” Olsen said. “It’s going to get weird. We’re going to go deep, we’re going to have lots of surprises, and we’re going to finally understand Wanda Maximoff as the Scarlet Witch.”
“Last thing I knew, I died in Infinity War, so I literally have never been this confused in front of this many people in my whole life,” Bettany said.
The long-awaited and teased Loki series will arrive around the same time. The series will center around Loki as he disappeared with the Tesseract in Endgame.
Next is an animated series titled What If…? which will explore the many multiverses in the MCU. While many familiar voices will come and go in the series, one name that has been attached is Westworld actor Jeffery Wright who will play as The Watcher.
“The Watcher is a being, a non-earthly being who observes all things,” Wright told the audience. “He’s watching over the multiverse and occasionally may or may not intervene with the doings of earthlings. Other than that, he’s off doing his own thing.”
Ending the TV series side of the panel, and there is still more news after this, is Jeremy Renner’s own show, Hawkeye. The show follows him teaching Kate Bishop to take on the bow.
Coming back to the movies, Benedict Cumberbatch’s solo flick finally got an official title. Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness sees director Scott Derrickson return with an eye for a May 7, 2021 release date.
“Just because Quentin Beck makes up lies about the multiverse doesn’t mean it isn’t real,” Feige told the audience, referencing to Spider-Man: Far From Home.
WandaVision will be the first Marvel TV series to play a hand in one of the films as Olsen’s telekinetic hero will appear in Doctor Strange’s next adventure.
“He’ll be facing unexpected things,” Cumberbatch said of his character. “I think he’ll be in a position rather like the audience of not knowing what’s coming at him. There was a lot of authority I thought in the Avengers iterations [of Strange], so we’re going back to kind of destroy him, I think.”
Derrickson will use his experience with Sinister to make Multiverse of Madness be the first scary MCU movie, while Fiege quickly tells everyone it will still be PG-13.
Blade returns with Mahershala Ali as the vampire slayer. On top of that Fiege announced, with no release dates, Captain Marvel 2, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Black Panther 2, and acknowledges that the X-Men and Fantastic Four will be coming in the future.
Westworld Season 3 Trailer
HBO’s wildly trippy sci-fi will return. The trailer shows off a World War 2 park, which means Nazi robots, and hints at what to expect with the story after season two.
Star Trek: Discovery Season 3 Info
Season 2 ended with the crew and their ship diving into a wormhole taking them 950 years into the future. The panel reveals hints at what will happen in the upcoming season.
Watchmen Character Returns
The upcoming HBO series showed the return of Doctor Manhatten who was living on Mars and returns back to Earth.
DC is Bringing Back Shows
Both Doom Patrol and Titans will return for another run. Doom Patrol will arrive on DC’s streaming service and HBO Max sometime in 2020. Titans return Sept. 6 on DC Universe.
The Expanse Returns
Amazon saved the sci-fi series The Expanse from cancellation and now has shown off a trailer on what the series will look like.
The Flash Gets a New Villain
Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes) is facing against Flash in season 6 as Dr. Ramsey Rosso/Bloodwork.
Lex Luther is Back
DC’s baddy returns, Lex Luther played by Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), who will appear on the crossover series Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Arrow Star Set to Direct Episodes on Final Season
Katie Cassidy Rodgers, who plays Laurel on the series, will make her directorial debut with an episode of the show’s final season.
The Goldbergs Go on Vacation
Goldbergs star Troy Gentile told Entertainment Weekly that, ““The first script [of the season], we’re doing Vacation,” and “I’m not going to tell you guys where, but we’re going on vacation.”
The TBS series based on the 2013 movie finally got a trailer.