Marvel footage reveals an incredible MCU future, unveiling a movie slate filled to the brim with fresh superhero flicks for years to come. The trailer dropped unexpectedly Monday, bringing with it loads of Marvel spoilers, movie release dates, and film titles.
Marvel is usually keen on keeping secrets, but the blow-out trailer was not holding back. After a sentimental tribute to Marvel creator, Stan Lee, and a stroll through an MCU-themed memory lane, a rush of never-before-seen Marvel footage and movie logos showed off the release dates and titles for several films.
The tribute to the MCU starts with an overlay of footage from previous films and voiceover narration from Stan Lee, who passed away back in 2018. The comic book writer and character-extraordinaire tells the audience that he loved “being with people. It’s the most incredible thing in the world. That world may change and evolve but the one thing that will never change, we’re all part of one big family.”
The Marvel Universe, from comic panels to movie screens, has always been about the interconnection between people – both ordinary and extraordinary. “That man next to you,” Lee continues, “he’s your brother. That woman over there, she’s your sister. We’re all part of one universe that moves ever upward and onward to greater glory.”
The MCU recently came to a stand-still during the Covid-19 pandemic and after 23 films told the story of the “Infinity Saga.” The big ending (Avengers: End Game) and epilogue (Spider-Man: Far From Home) sewed shut over 10 years of superhero storytelling, and now fans are awaiting the next step in the journey.
According to the tribute and trailer released Monday, there will be plenty more stories for Marvel fans to enjoy. Starting with Black Widow (July 9, 2021), the tribute lists off all of the upcoming films slated for release. This includes Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (September 3, 2021), Eternals (November 5, 2021), Spider-Man: No Way Home, (December 17, 2021), Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (March 25, 2022), and Thor: Love and Thunder (May 6, 2022).
Some of the release dates had not previously been unveiled, but the video revealed more Marvel secrets that fans can’t stop talking about. The title for the Black Panther sequel was divulged as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (July 8, 2022), and the next Captain Marvel film has been aptly titled: The Marvels (November 11, 2022). Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (February 17, 2023) and Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3 (May 5, 2023) were also given titles and release dates at the tail end of the video.
There was, however, one more secret that seemed to get by most fans. At the very end, Marvel Studios had its version of a mic drop when it unveiled the logo for the Fantastic Four, a movie franchise heavily speculated to be arriving in the MCU but had not been confirmed. Fantastic Four iterations have been plentiful, but never quite hit the mark on the comic-book icons. Fans can rest assured that the superhero team is in good hands at Marvel Studios.
Among other things revealed in the trailer was the first look at Marvel’s Eternals, a film about a new group of superheroes much older than the Avengers. The Marvel footage doesn’t show much, but it does reveal the star-studded cast (especially Kumail Nanjiani in all his newly muscular glory).
Plenty of familiar Game of Thrones faces are also present in the Eternals footage, including Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) and Richard Madden (Robb Stark). The tribute trailer sparked a fan revolution after almost two years without a new Marvel film. With Black Widow on the way soon and plenty more right after, Marvel fans have a lot to be excited about.