Marvel refuses to leave a single Infinity Stone unturned.
Presenting at San Diego Comic-Con late Saturday night, Marvel boss Kevin Feige unveiled the next two years worth of superhero movies — they’ve already dubbed it Phase 4 of the MCU — a laundry list that includes a female Thor, the first openly LGBTQ superhero in a a Marvel film and an Asian lead.
Here’s everything we learned from Hall H:
Natalie Portman, who joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as love interest Jane Foster in the 2011 “Thor” movie, makes a surprise return, but with a bigger role this time: she’s playing Thor.
“Feels pretty good. I’ve always had a little hammer in me,” Portman told the crowd after being presented with the Mjolnir by returning director Taika Waititi.
Tessa Thompson will return as Valkyrie, this time with the lesbian narrative we’ve all been waiting for, and Chris Hemsworth is back, but it’s not quite clear how he plays into things now that Jane has taken control.
Mahershala Ali takes on Wesley Snipes' legendary character in "Blade." (CHRIS DELMAS / AFP/Getty Images)
Ali is here (again)
Oscar winner Mahershala Ali already snuck into the MCU as the villain in season 1 of “Luke Cage,” but we’re just pretending that never happened, because this is far better: he’s taking on “Blade.” There’s not a whole lot of information about the movie, which features the role originated by Wesley Snipes in the 1998 movie, but it’s hard to imagine how this won’t be perfect.
“The Eternals” is going old school
Who better to play a supergroup of immortal warriors than some of Hollywood’s finest? The heroes, originated by Jack Kirby in the 1970s, include Richard Madden as Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, and Angelina Jolie as Thena.
“I’m going to work 10 times harder, because I know what it means to be an Eternal, to be part of this family," Jolie, who will be making her MCU debut, said Saturday. "We all know what the task ahead is and we know what you deserve.”
Chloe Zhao directs and Matthew and Ryan Firpo will write the script.
Simu Liu tweeted his way into a role
Okay, so there was probably a bit more to it than that, but the Chinese-Canadian actor did proposition Marvel online in December: “Are we gonna talk or what."
It worked, and now he’s faced with the first movie appearance of Shang-Chi, the first Asian lead in a Marvel movie so far. Awkwafina, in an unspecified role, will also star alongside Tony Leung’s villain Mandarin.
Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff is finally getting a standalone film. (Jay Maidment/ Marvel / XX)
That Black Widow movie is really happening, we promise
Sure, Marvel has been teasing a Black Widow standalone movie for what feels like centuries, but this time it’s for real!
Scarlett Johansson will reprise her role as Natasha Romanoff to just after “Civil War,” where she heads off to Budapest. David Harbour, Florence Pugh, O-T Fagbenle and Rachel Weisz will co-star and Cate Shortland has been tapped to direct.
Vision isn’t dead, somehow
Paul Bettany’s Vision was snapped out of existence in Thanos, but Marvel has a plan for that. He’s due to return in the Disney+ series “WandaVision,” led by Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch.
Captain America’s B-team is stepping up
Steve Rogers won’t be coming to Disney+, but his besties are. Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) will lead the first Marvel series, “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” which takes place post-"Endgame."
Daniel Brühl will return as the villain, Baron Zemo.
The multiverse is growing
Scott Derrickson, the returning director of “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” promised Comic-Con that his will be the “first scary MCU film,” which will see Benedict Cumberbatch dust off his cloak. Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch will also be around, but that’s about all we know.
Loki (Tom Hiddleston) has some catching up to do in his new Disney+ series. (Marvel / XX)
Loki’s going backwards
The Disney+ series “Loki” won’t be the Loki we know and love today (okay, just know), star Tom Hiddleston promised.
Instead, he’ll be the sneaky Loki who slipped away with the Tesseract in “Endgame,” which will place him several years behind any sort of character growth.
Hawkeye plays second fiddle
Jeremy Renner will pick up his bow and arrow again in “Hawkeye,” but the real prize is a starring role for Kate Bishop, the sharpshooter-in-training who starts out under the wing (no pun intended) of Clint Barton.
“She’ll be the better version of Hawkeye,” Renner said.
The most impressive part of the animated series is, by far, the cast, which will be led by Jeffrey Wright as the voice of The Watcher. The rest include (are you ready?) Michael B. Jordan as Killmonger, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, Josh Brolin as Thanos, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Hayley Atwell as Agent Peggy Carter, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Michael Douglas as Hank Pym, Neal McDonough as Dum Dum Dugan, Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, Sean Gunn as Kraglin, Natalie Portman as Jane Foster, Taika Waititi as Korg, Toby Jones as Arnim Zola, Djimon Hounsou as Korath, Jeff Goldblum as Grandmaster and Michael Rooker as Yondu.
Feige teased that the series will twist “all of those set-in-stone MCU scenes and experiences you’ve seen before” with alternate histories.
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