Superheroes and sci-fi fans got a glimpse of the future over the weekend, as a slew of trailers, teasers and in-person panels delighted crowds at the Comic- Annual San Diego Con.
Among the highlights: Disney’s DIS,
Marvel has announced plans for Phases 5 and 6 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and released the first look at the upcoming ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’; Warner Bros WBD,
showed Dwayne Johnson as the superhero “Black Adam”; and Lionsgate LGF.B,
teased the next installment of Keanu Reeves’ “John Wick” films.
Here’s what you might have missed and what to watch for in the months (and years) to come:
“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”
Chadwick Boseman passed away in 2020, but Ryan Coogler’s massive superhero hit “Black Panther” returns for an upcoming sequel on November 11. Prepare for a moving musical mashup featuring Tems covering Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” gliding into “Alright,” the teaser picks up from the aftermath of T’Challa’s death and balances the soulful emotions with hints of… furious action.
Disney also announced the next phases of the MCU, with Phase 5 beginning with “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” and ending with “Thunderbolts” in July 2024. This phase will include the third and final “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie. May 5, 2023; a “Blade” reboot on November 3, 2023; and “Captain America and the New World Order,” starring Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson, on May 3, 2024. Phase 6 will include a long-awaited “Fantastic Four” movie in November 2024 and conclude with two movies, “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty,” scheduled for May 2, 2025, followed by “Avengers: Secret Wars,” on November 7, 2025.
‘Black Adam’ and a ‘Shazam!’ after
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars as a superhero with god-like powers in the DC Comics adaptation of “Black Adam,” coming October 21. Warner Bros. unveiled another DC movie, the sequel “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” starring Zachary Levi and Lucy Liu, which hits theaters on December 21.
‘John Wick 4’
Fans got their first glimpse of Keanu Reeves returning as a hitman who can’t help but kill a lot of people on March 24, 2023.
‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’
Amazon’s Prime Video is set to release Season 1 of this epic eight-episode “Lord of the Rings” prequel on September 2. With a second season already slated and an overall price tag (including licensing fees) exceeding $1 billion, it’s to be the most expensive television production of all time.
‘House of the Dragon’
The sequel to HBO’s Game of Thrones series “House of the Dragon,” which is slated to premiere August 21, has received a final trailer, featuring some serious dragon action.
‘Dungeons & Dragons’: Honor Among Thieves’
Another epic fantasy story, but Chris Pine, Regé-Jean Page, and Michelle Rodriguez will bring some comedy to this Paramount PARA,
film to come in March 2023:
‘She-Hulk’ and ‘I am Groot’
Disney+ has teased a pair of new series coming later this month, with a full trailer for legal superhero comedy “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” (August 17), starring Tatiana Maslany, Tim Roth and Mark Ruffalo, and “I Am Groot” (August 10), a series of five shorts featuring the adorable now-shrub from “Guardians of the Galaxy,” voiced by Vin Diesel:
And that’s not even all. Here are some other highlights of Apple AAPL’s upcoming attractions,
TV+, Comcast’s CMCSA,
Peacock, Paramount+ PARA,