This year’s San Diego’s Comic-Con was a huge treasure trove of information. Trailers dropped for The Walking Dead Season 10, The Witcher, Westworld Season 3 and more. There was an inkling, but we didn’t expect Marvel to reveal all the new MCU Phase 4 movies. 2020 and beyond’s going to be a great year!
With that said, it’s going to take some time to chow through the entirety of SDCC 2019, but don’t you worry. We took the juicy bits and compiled it into a nice handy list you can refer to.
- Black Widow (May 1, 2020): Scarlett Johansson returns as Natasha Romanoff and footage from SDCC confirms she’ll be facing off against the villain Taskmaster. This is second Marvel film after Captain Marvel to have a female lead, to which Johansson says “the future is female for Marvel.” Other casts include David Harbour (from Stranger Things) as Alexei the Red Guardian, Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova, Romanoff’s successor in the Red Room and Rachel Weisz (from The Favourite) as Melina.
- Eternals (Nov 6, 2020): Directed by Chloe Zhao, The Eternals (a powerful, semi-immortal race of cosmic beings) have confirmed that Angelina Jolie will star as Thena. “I’m gonna work 10 times harder because what it means to be part of the MCU, to be part of this family, we know what the task ahead is, what you all deserve, and we’re all gonna work very hard,” Jolie said. She’ll be acting alongside Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Salma Hayek as Ajak and Lia McHugh as Sprite.
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Feb 21, 2021): Marvel’s first Chinese hero Shang-Chi will be played by Canadia-Chinese actor Simu Liu (Jung from Kim’s Convenience). Liu told the audience at Marvel’s panel that he auditioned for the role less than a week before he was hired. “I feel like I was kind of this social experiment,” Liu said. “Let’s just take this guy, an ordinary guy, living in Toronto. Let’s tell him he’s going to be in the next Marvel movie and give him four days to prep for it.” Hong Kong actor Tony Leung will play Marvel villain, The Mandarin. The real Mandarin. Rapper Awkwafina has also been confirmed to have a role as well.
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 7, 2021): MCU’s first horror film? Apparently so. Direct Scott Derrickson has confirmed it but provided no other information. Benedict Cumberbatch believes Derrickson will be able to add in the element of horror while still maintaining the Marvel’s brand of fun. “I’m really excited to be at the dawn of this project, and I think it’s important to maintain the integrity and the humor but with this twist of horror,” Cumberbatch said. Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) makes a reappearance and the movie will tie in with her upcoming TV series, WandaVision.
- Thor: Love and Thunder (Nov 5, 2021): Confirmed: Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) becomes worthy and wields Mjolnir. Fans were giddy with excitement after Chris Hemsworth handed Mjolinir to Portman on stage. “I always had hammer envy,” Portman said cheekily. Also, Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) is MCU’s first LGBTQ hero. “First of all, as a new king, she needs to find her queen,” said Thompson during Marvel’s panel.
- Blade (TBA): Thank you Wesley Snipes, but it’s time to step aside for Mahershala Ali (Green Book, Moon Light. Also, did you also know his full name is Mahershalalhashbaz Ali?).
- The Falcon and Winter Soldier (Late 2020): This upcoming Disney+ TV show will pair Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes together in their fight against evil after the events of Endgame.
- Loki (Spring 2021): Besides Tom Hiddleston returning as Loki, not much is known about the show’s plot. Not even Hiddleston could say anything about it. “And just about the last thing that happened to him was that he got Hulk-smashed, so there’s a lot of psychological evolution that hasn’t happened yet, but Kevin has generously showed me what his plans are — I can’t tell you any of them — but it’s is one of the most exciting creative opportunities I think I’ve ever come across.” But sources from The Hollywood Reporter says the series “will follow Loki as the trickster and shape-shifter pops up throughout human history as an unlikely influencer on historical events.”
- WandaVision (Spring 2021): Both Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) returns to star in Disney+’s WandaVision. At SDCC, the Marvel Studios Panel revealed that the series will be set after events in Endgame. Last we checked, Vision was very much dead. And since this series revolves around the two, then logically, Vision must’ve been revived somehow. Guess, we’ll have to wait till next year to find out.
- What If..? (Summer 2021): If you read the comics, alternate universes are a common theme. While the MCU has yet to explore this, What If could be Marvel’s foray into it. Marvel’s first animated series first episode will feature an alternate universe where our beloved Cap is Peggy Carter and Steve Rogers becomes Iron Man. If the first episode’s concept is this crazy, who knows what the rest will entail!
- Hawkeye (Fall 2021): Marvel’s TV show Hawkeye will see Jeremy Renner return as Hawkeye and also introduce Kate Bishop to the MCU, Hawkeye’s young protégé. While Bishop’s role has yet to be cast, Renner did have this to say about the show: “What I get to do in the show ultimately is shepherd an amazing character, ultimately a better version of me and the sentiment of that is the fiber of what Hawkeye is, at least what I think Hawkeye is — a superhero without superpowers and I get to teach someone else to be a superhero without super powers.”
- Westworld Season 3 (TBA): From the Wild West to Shogunworld and The Raj, now we have Warworld — a WWII-themed park. At SDCC’s Westworld Panel, show creator Jonathan Nolan gives us some insight into season 3. “When we started, Westworld was a dystopia. And three seasons in, it’s kind of a best-case scenario. The form of AI we have on the show is thoughtful. Murderous, but thoughtful. I think we’re headed into the world of artificial stupidity.” New casts include Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Vincent Cassell, Lena Waithe and Kid Cudi.
- Watchmen (October 2019): Based in the same universe as its comic counterpart, notable casts include: Regina King (The Leftovers), Don Johnson (Miami Vice), Andrew Howard (Agents of SHIELD), Adelaide Clemens (The Great Gatsby) and Louis Gossett Jr. (An Officer And a Gentlemen).
- His Dark Materials (Late 2019): Fans of The Golden Compass should keep their eyes on this one. Based on Philip Pullman’s series of three novels, notable casts include James McAvoy, Dafne Keen, Clarke Peters and Ruth Wilson.
- Game of Thrones Prequel (TBA): According to Entertainment Weekly, GoT has officially begun filming its prequel. While no title has been given yet, George R.R. Martin has suggested it be called The Long Night. Notable cast includes Naomi Watts (from King Kong) with Naomi Ackie, Miranda Richardson, Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Josh Whitehouse, Ivanno Jeremiah, Sheila Atim, Toby Regbo and Alex Sharp. If the series is greenlit, EW states a possible spring of 2021 premiere air date.
- The Walking Dead Season 10 (Oct 6 2019): Just like Game of Thrones, you’ll never know which of your favourite character’s going to be killed off. This season, Danai Gurira confirmed that this will be her last season playing the sword-wielding (or Lucille-wielding?) Michonne. Whether that means she’ll be killed off or the signalling of the final season, we’ll just have to wait three more months to find out.
- The Witcher (Late 2019): Book to game adaptations don’t always work out but for The Witcher 3 it did. It went on to bag multiple Game of the Year awards. Now that it’s being adapted to a Netflix series, let’s hope it can live up to expectations from fans of the game. The series will take on Andrzej Sapkowski (author of the Polish novels that the game and series are based on) as a creative consultant and from the trailer, it seems like Henry Cavill plays a convincing Geralt.
- The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Aug 30, 2019): The prequel to Jim Henson’s 1982 classic The Dark Crystal will feature a list of star-studded voice actors that includes Anya Taylor-Joy (The Witch), Taron Egerton (Robin Hood), Helen Bonham-Carter (The King’s Speech), Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and more. Check out the full list here.
- Batwoman (6 Oct, 2019): Featuring the first lesbian superhero in Batwoman, played by Ruby Rose (Orange is The New Black). Other casts include Rachel Skarsten (Lost Girl), Meagan Tandy (Teen Wolf), Nicole Kang (You), Camrus Johnson (Luke Cage), Elizabeth Anweis (Twin Peaks), and Dougray Scott (Taken 3).
- Arrow (15 Oct, 2019): The eighth and final season of Arrow will launch in October.
- Supergirl (6 Oct, 2019): Two new characters will be joining the fray in the upcoming season 5 of Supergirl: Adrea Rojas played by Julie Gonzalo (Veronica Mars, Dallas) and William Dey played by Staz Nair (Game of Thrones).
- Black Lightning (21 Oct, 2019): If you’re wondering what Black Lightning’s about, it’s “a family drama with superpowers sprinkled on top,” according to Cress Williams who plays Black Lightning. The third season returns in October.
- The Flash (8 Oct, 2019): Season 6 features a new villain Dr Ramsey aka Bloodwork, played by Sendhil Ramamurthy (Heroes).
- Supernatural Season 15 (15 Oct, 2019): After 14 years, 14 seasons and over 320 episodes, Supernatural will air its final season in October.
- Doom Patrol (Early 2020): Season 2 of Doom Patrol will air on DC Universe and HBO Max early next year.
- Titans Season 2 (6 Sep. 2019): Season 2 will feature a host of new characters that include Superboy, Deathstroke, Jericho, Ravager, Mercy Graves and Aqualad. Jason Todd, Donna Troy, Hawk and Dove will also make a return.
- Young Justice: Outsiders (TBA): No specific air date was given but information from the panel revealed that there are currently seven episodes on hand with 26 slated for the upcoming season.
- Harley Quinn (6 Sep, 2019): Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) will star as Harley Quinn alongside Lake Bell (Children’s Hospital) as Poison Ivy, Alan Tudyk (Firefly) as the Joker and Tony Hale (Arrested Development) as Doctor Psycho.
- Star Trek: Picard (Early 2020): Returning once again to play Jean-Luc Picard is the legendary Patrick Stewart. Other casts include Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine and Jonathan Del Arco as Hugh Borg.
- Star Trek Discovery Season 3 (TBA): Not much details were given besides the fact that season 3 is set nearly 1,000 years in the future. Other than that, new cast David Ajala (Supergirl) will play Cleveland “Book” Booker.
- Star Trek: The Lower Decks (2020): According to executive producer Mike McMahan, the animated half-hour comedy series will be set in 2380, a year after events of Star Trek: Nemesis.
- Terminator: Dark Fate (1 Nov, 2019): Well, he did say he’ll be back. Executive producer James Cameron teams up with Deadpool’s director Time Miller in the sixth installment of Terminator. Notable casts include Linda Hamilton as Sarah Conner, Arnold Schwarzenegger as T-800, Edward Furlong as John Connor, Gabriel Luna as REV-9 Android and Mckenzie Davis as Grace the hybrid cyborg.
- Top Gun: Maverick (26 June, 2020): The sequel stars none other than Tom Cruise alongside Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell and Lewis Pullman, in which “Pete ‘Maverick’ Mitchell mentors a new generation of U.S. Navy fighter pilots” according to the official plot synopsis.
- Rick and Morty Season 4 (Nov, 2019): It’s been two long years since Rick and Morty last aired but now it’s back for a fourth season that’s ten episodes long. In the trailer, an alien named Glootie is harassed by Morty and his father. And if he sounds familiar, you’re right. He’s voiced by Thor: Rangnarok director Taika Waititi who also voiced Korg in Ragnarok. Also, more good news. Even with the fourth season, it’s still only a fraction of the 70 episodes Adult Swim has ordered for this series. They’re definitely not going anywhere any time soon.
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- It Chapter 2 (6 Sep, 2019): 4,500 gallons. That’s just about how much on-screen blood was used in the film according to actress Jessica Chastain who plays Beverley. Bill Skarsgård returns as Pennywise the Clown, James McAvoy as Bill, Bill Hader as Richie, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, Jay Ryan as Ben, James Ransone as Eddie and Andy Bean as Stan.