Marvel's Comic-Con 2019 Schedule: Phase 4 Release Dates, Blade, X-Men/Fantastic Four Tease
What's your SDCC gameplan?
San Diego Comic-Con 2019 is officially underway, and it runs all weekend. Marvel is set to have a major presence after last year went by without a meaningful MCU showing, we're looking at a much busier this year as Marvel and Disney prepare to unveil Phase 4, the first details of which were shared at SDCC. We've assembled a complete schedule for Marvel's panels and happenings at the show, but for the MCU, the biggest thing was Saturday night's Marvel Studios panel, which certainly delivered.
Feige acknowledged much of the unseen talent behind Marvel's movies before saying he could talk about what they've done or what they plan to do. He did not that Avengers: Endgame has now apparently overtaken Avatar to become the biggest movie of all-time (albeit without adjusting for inflation), and that in turn led to the unveiling of Marvel's Phase 4 and its release dates. The first movie discussed is The Eternals, releasing on November 6, 2020.
Next up was Falcon and Winter Soldier, which debuts in Fall 2020, followed by details on Shang Chi, which releases on February 12, 2021. Loki's Disney+ show--as set up in Endgame--comes in Spring 2021, followed by Doctor Strange 2 on May 7. The What If project debuts in Summer 2021, followed by the Hawkeye series in the fall. Thor 4, known as Thor: Love and Thunder, arrives on November 5, 2021 (with Natalie Portman returning). Before all of this, the Black Widow movie hits on May 1, 2020.
We got a long list of Marvel Phase 4 movie and TV release dates. Feige notes that they didn't get to talk about Captain Marvel 2, Black Panther 2, or Guardians of the Galaxy 3, but he also made reference to mutants (X-Men) and Fantastic Four. At the end of the panel, actor Mahershala Ali appeared for the surprise reveal that he'll star in a new Blade movie. It was quite the jam-packed panel.
Endgame writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely took part in a panel where they discussed the making of the movie. That includes the decision to kill Thanos early on, mapping out the acquisition of the Infinity Stones, and how Smart Hulk was originally going to show up at the end of Infinity War. One of the more eye-grabbing reveals was the idea to have Thanos decapitate the 2014 version of Captain America.
Even before Marvel could host any of its panels, we got some major news for fans of the company's key TV series, Agents of SHIELD. The long-running ABC series will end after Season 7. The show's panel followed later on Friday, after the one dedicated to Marvel's games, where we learned about new Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 DLC characters and more details on Marvel's Avengers, the first since its E3 debut.
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Comic-Con is an event that can easily become overwhelming whether you're attending or watching from afar. It's not only the biggest pop culture convention in the world; it's also packed to the absolute brim with panels, events, activations--you name it--for just about every major franchise under the sun. Sorting it all out to find what's happening with for your favorite shows, movies, games, and comics can be a nightmare. But never fear, the team here at GameSpot is comprised of SDCC veterans who are happy to help!
If you're a Marvel fan who is San Diego bound--or simply someone who is wondering what to keep an eye out for while following along from home--you're in luck. We've combed through all the announcements and schedules that have been made available so far to sort everything out into a nice, easy-to-read list to help you plan your week-long Marvel-focused extravaganza.
Marvel Panels At San Diego Comic-Con 2019
Thursday, July 18
Marvel Games, Hall H, 1:30 PM. "Get an inside look at the latest and greatest from Marvel Games! Attendees will see exciting new content from Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, Marvel's Iron Man VR, and Marvel's Avengers, with many unannounced surprises and panel exclusives. Host Greg Miller (of KindaFunny.com) will be joined by Bill Rosemann (VP & Creative Director, Marvel Games) and other special guests from titles throughout the Marvel Games family!"
Marvel's Agents of Shield, Hall H, 3:30 PM "The cast and producers of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. will return to San Diego Comic-Con in epic fashion as they take over Hall H for the first time ever! Be the first to hear the scoop about the show-stopping conclusion for season six and what awaits in season seven of Marvel’s flagship television show. With your favorite stars in attendance, including Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Henry Simmons, Natalia Cordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward, along with executive producers Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Jeff Bell, and Jeph Loeb, this is a must-see panel to celebrate seven seasons with the world’s greatest fans! This action-packed series from Marvel Television and ABC Studios airs Fridays at 8/7c on ABC. *Please note: talent is subject to change."
Friday, July 19
A Conversation With The Russo Brothers, Hall H, 11:00 AM "For the Russo Brothers, Avengers: Endgame was the culmination of an unprecedented four-film, seven-year journey through the Marvel Cinematic Universe that has included some of the most iconic experiences in modern cinema. Come hear directors Joe and Anthony Russo reflect on Endgame and their epic road to it as they segue into life beyond Marvel with their new company, AGBO, which happens to include an exciting array of new and old creative friends. This new independent studio develops and finances filmed projects in any medium while keeping creative control within the hands of artists. This discussion will be moderated by Collider’s Editor-in-Chief Steven Weintraub." (Note: this is not an "official" Marvel panel.)
A Conversation With Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, Hall H, 12:00 PM* "The two writers — who also wrote Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Thor: The Dark World for Marvel Studios — are set to appear Friday, July 19, on a morning panel moderated by Jeff Goldsmith, publisher of Backstory Magazine and host of The Q&A With Jeff Goldsmith podcast." (Note: official panel time and description not yet confirmed, announcement via THR.)
Marvel Comics #1000 Revealed: A This Week In Marvel Special Event, Room 5AB, 12:30 PM "Marvel’s flagship podcast comes to Comic-Con loaded with secrets, giveaways, reveals, news, guests, and more! And, if you think you’ve got the stuff and want some swag, you can challenge the Marvel crew in a special House of Ideas Throwdown! Join host Ryan Penagos (aka Agent M, VP & Creative Exec, Marvel) along with CB Cebulski (Marvel Comics Editor in Chief) and an array of Marvel creators as they dig into Marvel Comics #1,000, one of the biggest Marvel Comics projects ever assembled, and celebrate Marvel’s 80th Anniversary!"
Marvel Comics: Spider-Man, Room 5AB, 1:30 PM "Get caught in Spider-Man’s tangled web along with Executive Editor Nick Lowe, Assistant Editor Kathleen Wisneski, as well as writers Nick Spencer (Amazing Spider-Man), Seanan McGuire (Ghost-Spider), and Frank Tieri (Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool, Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors) to find out what’s on the horizon for all of your wall-crawling favorites! Spider-Man’s mysterious new foe sets his plan into motion! Ghost-Spider joins the Marvel Universe! And New York experiences Absolute Carnage! PLUS – Don’t miss an exclusive giveaway variant comic of Spider-Man: City At War #5! The stunning rendering by Skan depicts an homage to the classic Amazing Spider-Man #3 cover by Steve Ditko! "
Marvel's Agents of Shield Signing Event, Marvel Booth #2329, 3:30 PM. Please note this is a ticketed autograph signing event. You will need to get a ticket to participate. They're distributed via first-come-first-served lottery on Friday morning when the exhibit hall opens.
Marvel Animation Celebrates Marvel’s 80th Anniversary, Room 6A, 3:30 PM "Join Cort Lane (SVP, Animation and Family Entertainment), Kalia Ramirez (Director, Family Entertainment – Development & Partnerships), writers Mark Hoffmeier (Spider-Man: The Animated Series) and Marty Isenberg (X-Men: The Animated Series), and fan-favorite voice actors Josh Keaton (Spectacular Spider-Man, Marvel’s Avengers Assemble) and Jennifer Hale (Wolverine & the X-Men, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy) as they take a journey through highlights of over five decades of Marvel cartoons. Including behind-the-scenes dish on the making of classic shows, a run-down of all ten of Spider-Man’s series, and a 10th anniversary retrospective of Marvel’s Animation division, this is a panel you don’t want to miss! Plus a special in-memoriam look at Stan Lee’s greatest animation moments."
Saturday, July 20
Women of Marvel: 10 Years and 200 Episodes, Room 5AB, 10:00 AM "Celebrate ten years of Women of Marvel panels and 200 podcast episodes! Join hosts Sana Amanat (VP of Content & Character Development, Marvel) and Judy Stephens (Producer, Marvel) and special guests to talk 80 years of Marvel history, what it's like working as a woman in comics, and the future of the industry."
- "We Love You 3000" Tour, IMDBoat, 1:15-2:15. "Calling all Avengers fans! Join Marvel Studios' Avengers: Endgamedirectors Anthony and Joe Russo and special MCU guest(s) at the IMDboat as they celebrate the in-home release of the film. Costumed guests will be welcomed aboard to participate in a special Marvel Studios Cosplay photo with the Russo Brothers and their special guest(s)."
Marvel Comics: Next Big Thing, Room 6A, 1:45 PM "Legendary writer Jonathan Hickman is joined by Editor in Chief C.B. Cebulski and other Mighty Marvel Guests to bring you all the latest and greatest news straight from the House of Ideas! Learn what comes next for the X-Men after the senses-shattering revelations of the House of X and Powers of X!! Plus, stick around for a few things we can’t even hint at yet!"
Marvel Comics: Marvel Fanfare with C.B. Cebulski, Room 6A, 3:00 PM "This is your chance to meet the head of editorial at Marvel! In an exclusive and intimate panel experience, Editor in Chief C.B. Cebulski, along with superstar talents including Rob Liefeld and Skottie Young, will talk about anything and everything involved with Marvel Comics. What secrets are held in the House of X? Can Venom prove himself a true hero in Absolute Carnage? When is Dazzler’s next album coming out? What were C.B., Rob and Skottie’s favorite Marvel characters as kids, and how do they feel about those characters now? Ask these questions and more in the Q&A! Plus, don’t miss an exclusive giveaway variant of Silver Surfer Black #2, Giuseppe Camuncoli’s take on Carnage soaring the spaceways on Silver Surfer’s board!"
- Marvel Studios, Hall H, 5:15 PM "Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige and surprise panelists provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe."
Sunday, July 21
Making Comics The Marvel Way, Room 5AB, 11:15 AM "A slew of Mighty Marvel guests take you behind-the-scenes and show you how a Marvel comic book is made! Learn about every aspect of production including writing, penciling, inking, coloring, editing, and more - with creators on hand to offer personal insights and anecdotes. If you’re interested in the ins-and-outs of the comic book industry, this is the one panel you can’t miss!"
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