Superhero and sci-fi fans got a glimpse of the future over the weekend, as a slew of trailers, teasers and in-person panels thrilled the crowds at the annual Comic-Con in San Diego.
Among the highlights: Disney’s
Marvel announced its plans for Phase 5 and 6 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and released the first look at the upcoming “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”; Warner Bros.
showed off Dwayne Johnson as the superhero “Black Adam”; and Lionsgate
teased the next installment of Keanu Reeves’ “John Wick” movies.
Here’s what you might have missed, and what to watch for in the coming months (and years):
‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’
Chadwick Boseman died in 2020, but Ryan Coogler’s massive superhero hit “Black Panther” returns for a sequel coming Nov. 11. Set to a stirring musical mashup featuring Tems covering Bob Marley’s “No Woman, No Cry” sliding into Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright,” the teaser picks up in the aftermath of T’Challa’s death and balances stirring emotions with hints of furious action.
Season 2 of “Loki” and the “Hawkete” spinoff “Echo” are planned for next summer. Disney also announced the next phases of the MCU, with Phase 5 kicking off with “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” on Feb. 17, 2023 and ending with “Thunderbolts” in July 2024. That phase will include the third and final “Guardians of the Galaxy” movie on May 5, 2023; a “Blade” reboot Nov. 3, 2023; and “Captain America and the New World Order,” featuring Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson, on May 3, 2024. There’ll also be a revival of “Daredevil,” with an 18-episodes Season 1 coming in 2024. Phase 6 will include a long-awaited “Fantastic Four” movie in November 2024 and conclude with two movies, “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty,” set for May 2, 2025, followed by “Avengers: Secret Wars,” on Nov. 7, 2025.
‘Black Adam’ and a ‘Shazam!’ sequel
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars as a superhero with god-like powers in the DC Comics adaptation of “Black Adam,” coming Oct. 21. Warner Bros. unveiled another DC movie, the sequel “Shazam! Fury of the Gods,” starring Zachary Levi and Lucy Liu, which will hit theaters Dec. 21.
‘John Wick 4’
Fans got their first look at Keanu Reeves returning as the hitman who can’t help but kill a whole lot of people, coming March 24, 2023.
‘Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’
Amazon’s Prime Video is set to release Season 1 of this eight-episode, epic “Lord of the Rings” prequel Sept. 2. With a second season already planned and an overall price tag (including licensing rights) reportedly topping $1 billion, this is set to be the most expensive TV production ever.
‘House of the Dragon’
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” sequel series “House of the Dragon,” set to premiere Aug. 21, got a final trailer last week, featuring some serious dragon-doings.
‘Dungeons & Dragons’: Honor Among Thieves’
Another epic fantasy story, but Chris Pine, Regé-Jean Page, and Michelle Rodriguez will bring a little comedy to this Paramount
movie coming in March 2023:
‘She-Hulk’ and ‘I Am Groot’
Disney+ teased a pair of new series coming later this month, with a full trailer for the legal superhero comedy “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” (Aug. 17), starring Tatiana Maslany, Tim Roth and Mark Ruffalo, and “I Am Groot” (Aug. 10), a series of five shorts featuring the lovable now-shrub from “Guardians of the Galaxy,” voiced by Vin Diesel: