Biggest Marvel Announcements at D23 2022
Marvel fans were thrilled by all the exciting news from D23 over the weekend, as Marvel Studios dropped plenty of huge announcements at the prestigious trade show. This article contains a full breakdown of all the major news from Marvel Studios which was announced at the event, so fans looking for a handy guide to all the Marvel Studios-related D23 announcements are in the right place. It really is spectacular to know the Marvel Cinematic Universe is constantly expanding, and enthusiasts will no doubt be delighted to learn about the many surprises Marvel has in store as we gradually transition from the end of Phase Four into the start of Phase Five. There are also more than enough Marvel projects to keep us satisfied over the next few years, so we really will never have to worry about running out of Marvel movies and TV shows to enjoy.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania
A trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania shown at D23 featured footage of Kang the Conqueror, so fans will no doubt be intrigued to see how reformed crook turned superhero Scott Lang deals with the extra-dimensional menace. While the trailer has not yet been released online, we can expect it to debut to the public as the marketing campaign hits full swing ahead of the film’s release on February 17, 2023. Peyton Reed returns to direct, and the cast includes Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas, Jonathan Majors, Michelle Pfeiffer, and MCU-newcomer Bill Murray.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
While it has similarly not yet been released online, a new trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was showcased as D23, and it was described as being far more upbeat than the more sombre trailer unveiled at the San Diego Comic-Con. It also gave us our first look at Namor, who will be featured as a villain throughout the film, although there is still no word on who will actually be donning the trademark Black Panther costume. We will just have to wait until the Ryan Coogler-directed film opens on November 11, 2022 to know for sure.
One of the most highly-anticipated upcoming films from Marvel Studios has unquestionably got to be The Marvels, which featured three generations of female heroes as Brie Larson, Kamala Khan, and Monica Rambeau all join forces to combat an Avengers-level threat. The trailer apparently takes place on the SABER Space Station and features all three of the aforementioned heroes finally coming together, although other details are currently scarce. But with less than a year to go until The Marvels flies into cinemas on July 28, 2023, the trailer will no doubt be making its way online soon. Feline fans can also rejoice, because Goose, the super-powered alien being who resembles a cat from Captain Marvel, will return in The Marvels. The film will no doubt contain plenty of Flerken-related action as Goose using his superpowers to vanquish his foes.
Samuel L. Jackson returned as Nick Fury in the first trailer for the upcoming six-part Secret invasion miniseries. Based on the 2008 comic storyline in which the shapeshifting aliens known as the Skrulls. Attempted to take over the Earth, this will be Jackson’s first true leading role in the MCU, and fans are looking forward to seeing how the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. deals with the impending Skull threat. The series will also feature many other regular MCU actors reprising their roles from previous projects, including Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes, and Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross. Similarly, Ben Mendelsohn will return as Talos, the Skrull character from Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Far From Home, who serves as a protector of humanity.
Fittingly, the trailer begins with Fury’s return to Earth, as he had been off-world for the last several years. We then see the embittered Fury and his comrades engaging in various combat situations, in addition to several foreboding, Game of Thrones-esque shots of ravens in trees and even a glimpse of what appears to be a torture sequence. Needless to say, Secret Invasion will be one of Marvel’s hardest-hitting shows to date when it debuts on Disney+ at the start of next year.
Loki season 2
Similarly, a trailer for the second season of Loki was showcased at D23, which also has not yet been released publicly. Either way, we know it shows the God of Mischief travelling through various points in time and reflecting on the various mistakes he made throughout his life. Not many other details are available at this time, but we do know the impending Multiversal War which was set in motion when Sylvie unleashed Kong the Conquerer by murdering He Who Remains in the final episode of season one.
Seeing as Kang will be the primary antagonist in Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, fans will no doubt be looking forward to seeing the villain in action when the second season of Loki drops on Disney+ next year. And in addition to Tom Hiddleston returning as the titular Asgardian God, we also now know that Everything Everywhere All at Once star Ke Huy Quan will appear as a member of the Time Variance Authority, who we are guessing will play a pivotal role throughout the series.
The Ironheart TV series has now started filming, and it was confirmed that Anthony Ramos will be playing fan-favorite villain Parker/The Hood, a crime boss with vast magical abilities. In the comics, Robbins draws his powers from Dormammu, the demonic entity from the Dark Dimension who appeared as the villain in the first Doctor Strange movie, so it will be interesting to see if Dormammu also shows up in Iron Heart. But for now, we know the upcoming series will star Dominique Thorne as the titular inventor who created her own variant of Iron Man’s armor, with the supporting cast also including Jim Rash, Lyric Ross, Manny Montana, and Han Solo himself, Alden Ehrenreich. It will debut at some point towards the end of 2023.
Ironheart will be followed by Armor Wars, an adaption of the comic storyline about villains using stolen blueprints to create their own variations of Iron Man’s armor. James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) will headline the series, which Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed will begin filming next year. Other details are currently scarce, so fans will just have to be patient for now.
Daredevil: Born Again
Some details also emerged about Daredevil: Born Again, the upcoming continuation of the original Daredevil TV series on Netflix. The eighteen-episode series will begin filming next year, with Charlie Cox reprising his role as Matthew Murdock, the blind lawyer who moonlights as a costumed vigilante. Vincent D’Onofrio will also reprise his role as crime lord Wilson Fisk, who Murdock will no doubt be determined to put back behind bars. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige appeared onstage with both actors at the event, and with a total of eighteen episodes, this will also be Marvel Studios’ longest TV season to date. No other details for Born Again were revealed, although we were treated to a very cool new logo for the series, which you can view below courtesy of ComicBook.com.
Fans can also look forward to seeing D’Onofrio returning as Fisk in Echo, another upcoming Marvel Studios series focusing on the deaf assassin known as Maya Lopez who first appeared throughout the Hawkeye miniseries. Fisk will be wearing an eye patch when he shows up in Echo, which seems to clarify that he lost an eye during his offscreen confrontation with Lopez in the final episode of Hawkeye. And he will probably be in no mood to forgive Maya for disfiguring him in such a way, so we can expect Fisk to be a formidable foe for her to contend with when the series arrives on Disney+ next summer. Cox will similarly be returning as Daredevil in Echo, which has now completed filming ahead of its release next year.
Werewolf by Night
There were also some spooky treats in store for fans at D3, as fans were given their first look at the Werewolf by Night TV special. As you can see from the atmospheric black and white trailer below, it looks like Werewolf by Night will be Marvel Studios’ creepiest production to date. It will star Gael García Bernal as Jack Russell, the unfortunate protagonist who is cursed to become a werewolf during the full moon. Additionally, the supporting cast will include Elsa Bloodstone, Kirk Thatcher, Harriet Sansom Harris, and Jaycob Maya. The hour-long Werewolf by Night special was directed by composer Michael Giacchino alongside Jaycob Maya, and it will debut on Disney+ on October 7, 2022. And yes, if you were wondering, that really was Man-Thing who was glimpsed in the trailer at 1:05.
Fans have been speculating about the roster for the upcoming Thunderbolts movie since it was first announced at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, and it was confirmed at D23 that the team of reformed super villains featured in the film will consist of Valentina Allegra de Fontaine (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), US Agent (Wyatt Russell), Taskmaster (Olga Kerleynko), The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), Ghost (Hannah Jon-Kamen), Red Guardian (David Harbour), and Yelena Belova (Florence Pugh). The final entry comes as a particular surprise because aside from her campaign for vengeance against Clint Barton in the Hawkeye TV series, Yelena Belova would hardly be considered a villain from her actions in the MCU thus far.
In any case, Thunderbolts will be directed by Jake Schreier, and it is scheduled to open in wide release on July 26, 2024. And before you say what we were all thinking, the next person who compares this to Suicide Squad can go and stand in the corner.
While no casting announcements were made, it was confirmed at D23 that WandaVision’s Matt Snakman will direct the long-awaited MCU Fantastic Four film, which will be released on November 8, 2024. Seeing as John Krasinski appeared as an alternate universe version of Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, it seems highly likely that he will also play Reed Richards in the upcoming Fantastic Four project, but we will just have to wait for an official announcement on his involvement for now. But for now, the fact that Fantastic Four now has a director onboard means we are finally one step closer to seeing Marvel’s First Family appearing in the MCU.