What to expect from Marvel Studios at SDCC

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You’ve probably heard by now that Marvel Studios is heading to San Diego Comic-Con this coming July. Kevin Feige confirmed the news during a Thor: Love and Thunder press conference just a few days ago. So, with San Diego Comic-Con less than a month away, let’s dive deeper into what we can expect from Marvel’s panel at Hall H.

What we know so far

To date, 28 MCU projects are in development, as confirmed by either reputable trades or Marvel Studios themselves. Projects are listed in the image below in no specific order. Unlike in prior years, fans have an idea of the projects that they can expect in the coming years.

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Every MCU Project confirmed to be in development so far.

As with panels in prior years, however, fans don’t know precisely when each of these projects will air. There is also something we need to account for known as the “Kevin Feige” surprise factor. This factor accounts for something unexpected Feige always has up his sleeve during these panels. So with that stated, let’s dive in.

Expanding the MCU timeline

We can expect Marvel to list their upcoming projects and set them on a timeline as they have previously done at SDCC. It is far more likely that Feige will discuss projects currently either in production or post-production rather than projects in pre-production. 

Marvel Studios at SDCC 2019
Marvel Studios at SDCC 2019

How many should we expect Marvel to talk about at SDCC?

In prior announcements, like Marvel’s last SDCC panel in 2019, they disclosed 11 projects to the general public. In 2020, they discussed a whopping 20 projects during Disney Investor’s Day. Later on, they revealed 12 projects during Disney+ Day 2021. So we should expect an average range of 10-20 projects for this coming presentation. 

Black Panther Wakanda Forever
Black Panther Wakanda Forever

Current Marvel Studios Project Updates

Expect updates from projects like She-Hulk, I Am Groot, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 3, The Marvels, Loki season 2, What If…? season 2, Echo, Secret Invasion, and possibly even Ironheart.

It is also more likely that these projects will showcase footage for SDCC attendees rather than the other projects slated. As for Ironheart, although that series started filming only recently, it has been known that Riri Williams (played by Dominique Thorne) will also be a part of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. So there’s a good chance we will have news or footage of her from one project or another. 

Casting/Director announcements

In the case of projects close to kicking off production, expect Kevin Feige to reveal the directors in charge of said projects and several actors joining the MCU. The viable projects in this category are Agatha: House of Harkness, Armor Wars, Bladeand Ironheart.

Kevin Feige and Chloe Zhao at SDCC 2019.
Kevin Feige and Chloe Zhao at SDCC 2019.

Sequel Confirmations

It is very likely that after a rather successful year for Marvel Studios, Marvel could likely confirm sequels for a variety of projects, including Shang-Chi, Eternals, and Moon Knight.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

New Project Reveals

Trades have had a habit of keeping audiences updated with a number of projects that have yet to be acknowledged by Marvel Studios. While there is no guarantee that Marvel will reveal all of these projects at SDCC, some of the projects that could be announced include Captain America 4, Thunderbolts, and Werewolf by Night.

The Fox-Property Question

We know that a Fantastic Four film is in development, as well as the X-Men ’97 Disney+ series and the upcoming Deadpool sequel. Whether or not Feige will tackle these projects at SDCC remains to be seen. But if I had to pick one of these that I think he will discuss, it will most likely be Fantastic Four.

The Kevin Feige surprise factor

Expect at least one out-of-the-blue announcement that no reputable trade or scooper is aware of. Perhaps it can come in the form of discussing any of the projects the trades have reported over the last few months such as Nova, and Wonder Man, or address the rumors regarding the Scarlet Witch solo project. But any of these possibilities at the moment seems highly unlikely.

Kevin Feige at SDCC 2019
Kevin Feige at SDCC 2019

While I’m certain that Kevin Feige will not be able to touch upon the 28 MCU projects in the pipeline so far, it is very likely that they could be divided between the panels at SDCC and D23 in September. Either way, fans are in store for a number of fun updates from Marvel Studios in the coming months.

What are you guys expecting for Marvel Studios’ panel at SDCC? Do you agree with our predictions? Let us know in the comments or on social media! And be sure to check out our coverage of all things MARVEL!

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