What to Expect from Marvel at SDCC 2022
Follow along as we predict the most likely announcements (and a few off our wish lists).
Conventions like the San Diego Comic-Con have returned to their long-running tradition of meeting physically, in-person, for the first time since the pandemic hit America in early 2020. This year, SDCC starts on Thursday, July 21, and runs until Sunday, July 24.
The last in-person SDCC, from 2019, gave us information on Shang-Chi, WandaVision, and Thor: Love and Thunder, and with all those titles finally out, we’re anxious to see what Marvel Studios have in store next. But it’s been so long since new announcements happened in a physical room. How are Marvel fans supposed to get their news?
The answer is, of course, social media. It’s a good idea to refresh the #SDCC2022 Twitter hashtag periodically if you want to keep up, or keep an eye on trending topics in general. When you see Beta Ray Bill or Ugly Sonic trending, you know something big has happened to make pop culture waves.
Keep an eye on the @MarvelStudios and @disneyplus Twitter pages in particular. Both branches of the company have a habit of posting new titles and logos pretty quickly after their in-person announcements.
Here’s a list of every MCU installment we think will be discussed at SDCC, as well as a few titles we hope will be confirmed.
The big panel to watch out for is Marvel Studios’ slot on Saturday, July 23, at 5 p.m. Pacific. We know Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige will be there, but not which future installments he’ll bring with him.
The most likely candidate is Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which comes to theaters on November 11, 2022. We haven’t seen any footage from this sequel, and it’s only a few months away, so it’s a safe bet to expect some promo images and a trailer this weekend. We’re interested to see whether Letitia Wright’s Princess Shuri or Winston Duke’s M’baku will step into the vibranium-infused shoes of the Black Panther following Chadwick Boseman’s death.
The next Phase 4 film after that is Ant-Man: Quantummania, which has to do the work of continuing the plot of Ant-Man and the Wasp, Avengers: Endgame, and Loki. We haven’t seen a lot of this movie so far, but we’re hoping for a glimpse of Kang, the film’s villain. Our biggest question? Whether his costume will look as silly as it does in the comics.
(The silliness is a vital part of his character, we’ve just decided).
We’re not exactly sure about the plot of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, considering how weird the Guardians’ appearance in Love and Thunder was. But it’s coming in May 2023, and we’re getting a Christmas special at the end of this year, so we’ll probably learn more about where everyone’s favorite ragtag band of space adventurers end up soon.
Considering it’s a full year out, we probably won’t get too many details about The Marvels, but it is a hot topic right now after the Ms. Marvel finale on Disney+. If you haven’t watched that show yet, go do it right now. Not only does it hint at things to come for the MCU, but it’s also the best Disney+ original series so far.
There’s also a number of confirmed titles without release dates, so we might get dates for Captain America 4: Sam Wilson is Captain America Now (working title) or Blade. We’d be surprised if we saw anything more than a costume or snappy logo for each, though.
With all the other titles to get through first, probably won’t hear much about any upcoming X-Men movies, as much as we’d love that. We’d settle for some casting announcements, though. Listen, we’re just putting it out there: Stranger Things’ Natalia Dyer as Kitty Pryde?
Upcoming Disney+ shows
Ms. Marvel just ended, so we’ve got a tiny break before She-Hulk premieres in August. (Technically I Am Groot is first, but that’s a series of shorts). We can expect to hear more about She-Hulk at SDCC, and hopefully with some better CGI than we saw in the initial trailer. Jen deserves better!
We’re especially eager to hear details about Echo, the Hawkeye spinoff starring Alaqua Cox. There’s been lots of rumors online that the show might introduce fan favorite X-Men character Gambit to the MCU, and while Echo isn’t traditionally a mutant, she does have ties to the Phoenix in the comics.
Probably the most-anticipated upcoming show is Agatha: House of Harkness, the spiritual successor to WandaVision. We always love seeing Kathryn Hahn, and since we don’t know a lot about the show’s plot, it gives us room to do our favorite thing: speculate. Will we see Wanda’s sons return? Is Marvel going to age them up and turn them into superheroes? Will we ever find out what was up with Ralph Bohner?
There are also a lot of other upcoming TV shows that Disney has confirmed at previous events. We don’t know which ones we’ll hear about this week, but we’re hoping for more insight into Ironheart and Secret Invasion. It’d also be nice to get confirmation on a second season for Moon Knight or Hawkeye.
Marvel’s been trying to bring the Defenders (you know, Daredevil and the gang) back into the MCU lately, so we might hear about them. Sadly, no such plans exist to bring Agents of Shield back into the fray. We miss Agent Coulson.
Also, some eagle-eyed fans recently spotted the stars of Loki filming season 2 at a McDonald’s, and we’re dying to know the context.
Marvel is hosting a special panel Friday afternoon, separate from the other announcements, to discuss their animated programming. The fact that they have enough adult animated shows in the works to separate them into their own panel is super promising.
The shows we know about right now are X-Men ‘97 (a continuation of the 1992 animated series), the Emmy-nominated What If…? (currently in production for its second season), and Marvel Zombies (a spinoff from What If…?’s first season).
So we can expect to see new content from each of those three shows, especially What If…?, which is supposed to come out this year. We can also definitely expect new footage of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, a Disney Channel show that has its own event this Thursday.
It’s entirely possible that Marvel will stick to previewing previously announced titles at this year’s SDCC; over the last few years, they’ve kept a lot of big announcements for D23, their own convention in September. But September 9 feels like such a long way away, and it’d be great to get some new teasers now.
One announcement would especially make sense, right off the heels of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. MoM introduced America Chavez but didn’t confirm when we’d see her next, so we’d like them to tease her next appearance, either in a solo Disney+ series or even, dare we ask, a Young Avengers title?
The MCU has introduced a lot of other Young Avengers members at this point, including Kate Bishop, Kid Loki, Eli Bradley, Cassie Lang, and Wanda’s sons Billy and Tommy. There’s also a growing number of other young characters, like Kamala Khan, Morgan Stark, or Axl from Thor: Love and Thunder, who could pretty easily join a Young Avengers project. Hurry up, Marvel, before your actors get too old to play teens!
Speaking of Love and Thunder, it’s still in theaters, so we won’t spoil everything. But the ending left the door open for an adaptation of The Mighty Valkyries, or at least something Valhalla-adjacent. And we’re not going to stop hoping for a big-screen adaptation of Angela: Queen of Hel, if we’re talking about the Marvel afterlife.
Maybe there’s even still hope for our favorite obscure comics character, Mr. Horse.
Our final called shot? If they’re going to revive any more beloved X-Men animated series, we just hope they consider X-Men: Evolution. Y2K is in right now, after all.