On Saturday evening, Marvel Studios took over Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center for their San Diego Comic-Con panel. This year, the event is referred to as a "mega panel," as the slate of films and shows coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe are up for previews. Expected to be shown are Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, She-Hulk, and more. Below is a live recap throughout the panel which was scheduled to begin at 5:00pm PT.
The panel begins with a sizzle reel narrated by Stan Lee. "Marvel has always been and always will be a reflection of the world right side our window." Footage from previous films plays. It goes back to The Avengers. It includes Infinity War, Black Panther, and claims, "Today is our time." Phase 4 titles start to b e included. "Welcome home," Vision declared. All three Spider-Man land together. Disney+ shows cut by with new heroes being included. MIt culminates with Clea opening a portal, Professor X, Thor landing, Matt Murdock catfhing a brick, Kingpin, more shots from Phase 4 movies and shows. The Illuminati, the Eternals, more.
Miss Minutes jump scares the crowd. She introduces moderator Ash Crossan and Marvel president Kevin Feige. Feige runs through the highlights of Phase 4. She-Hulk and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever will be the final titles in Phase 4. Feige unveils the Phase 5 slate, which includes new titles: Captain America: New World Order, Daredevil: Born Again (an 18-episode series), Agatha: Coven of Chaos, and it will all culminate with Thunderbolts in July of 2024. Thunderbolts will have a roster which include characters we haven't met yet.
She-Hulk is the first title on stage. The series will include cameos and characters that have not yet been revealed. it is labeled as a half-hour comedy series. The group wants to see "some members of the A-Force," in the series. The panel concludes with a look the final trailer for She-Hulk.
In the trailer, the Hulk trains she-Hulk and starts by suggesting balance. They train on an island and ultimately fight each other sometimes. She breaks the fourth wall to talk to the audience and Bruce Banner is caught off guard.
Secret Invasion is next. Cobie Smulders promises it is going to be "darker" than we're used to. "It's gonna be an exciting thriller and you're never really gonna know who people are. Are they are Skrull? Are they human? It's been so much fun to shoot and I cannot wait to see it." She goes on to compliment Samuel L. Jackson and loved her time working with him. She compliments the rest of the cast, as well.
Secret Invasion footage plays. Nick Fury emerges from the light of a ship. He is returning to Earth and not answered Maria Hill's calls for help. He tells her this is different. War Machine is questioned about his security detail. Talos encounters evil Skulls who suddenly emerge. Fury is ready to fight but Olivia Coleman tells him he is in "no shape" to take on the fight. Fury wants to take "them" on aline. A motorcade is flipped. A look at Emilia Clarke. Talos wants to know what the Skulls want from Nick Fury and it is not revealed in the trailer.
Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania is up next. "We finally get to spend some time in the quantum realm," Peyton Reed says. The movie will introduce new characters and explore the quantum realm, "which is not really what you think it is."
Rudd is ask about Scott Lang's current status. "Scott is pretty pleased with himself and his role in saving the universe," Rudd said. "So, Scott's been kinda coolin' out. He's been busy at work-ish with a little book. I don't know what else I'm supposed to say."
Lilly is asked about Hope. "I think what's really run about having her on screen in the suit for the second film...now we get to explore her vulnerabilities and her fragilities and the ways that she has to face those things and deal with those things. Being a powerful woman is only impressive if you do it against really difficult odds os that's gonna be really fun."
Kathryn Newtown is welcome to Hall H, the new Cassie Lang. "Cassie's just becoming who she is supposed to be," she said. "You get to see that in this and I don't want to say anything.
Footage from the third Ant-Man films. Scott Lang is reading excepts from his bvook to a crowd. He hasn't been in action in a while. Jail calls his phone. He picks up Cassie Lang from prison/ He wants her help but he doesn't want her wasting her life. He talks about saving the world and Hank Pym calls him out for constantly pointing that out, which Janet and Hope also chime in on. "You're an interesting man, Scott Lang," Kang says. ""You've lost a lot of time but time, it isn't what you think. It's not a straight line." Something in a lab explodes and starts sucking them all into the quantum realm. They all end up ini the other world, navigating it in new suits. Bill Murray shows up and he knows Janet. MODOK flashes across the screen. "Everything you are holding onto, everything you call life, I know how it ends," Kang says. Scott tells him he made a mistake because he's an Avengers. "You're an Avenger?" Kang asks. "Have I killed you before?"
Feige ends the Ant-Man portion by saying this movie is the first movie of Phase 5 for a reason, "and his name is Jonathan Majors."
Next up is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. "Exactly 10 years ago this week, I flew to Wilmington, North Carolina, where [Kevin Feige was] shooting Iron Man 3," Gunn said. There, he pitched Guardians of the Galaxy. "It was the beginning of this journey. I fell in love with these characters. They aren't really super heroes...they saved the universe a couple times but really what they do is they save each other...When I started telling that story I had sort of an end in sight...This is the end of that story. Some stories have an end, doesn't mean everybody dies."
Guardians 3 footage sees the Guardians vcaptured by Ravagers and Nebula reveals they have an appointment with Gamora. Peter Quill is caught all the way off guard. Peter reflects on their time together. "You were everything to me," he said. "I tohught you were gone but you're here and I miss you." Gamora tells him that person was not her. We get our first look at Adam Warlock. A grown Groot fights back to back with Quill. Chukwudi shows up. The Guardians float on a space planet. Gamora caps the trailer by calling Quill by the wrong name and turning him down. The Guardians joke on Quill for talking to her so intimately on an open communication line and they've been listening all along. It ends with Mantis asking what we know about Rocket. A shot of a very young Rocket Raccoon takes the screen. Much of the trailer was set to "Do You Realize" by Flaming Lips.
"He was the saddest creature in the universe and that's what this story is about to a great extent," Gunn said of exploring Rocket's origins.
Pratt is asked about where Star-Lord is at. "We're all kind of having a moment to ourselves [watching the trailer],' Pratt said. He gets emotional thanking Gunn. "The pain of [losing Gamora] is a big part of his journey," Pratt said. "I guess it's safe to say, it opens up a vulnerability to the Guardians of the Galaxy to danger. He spends the movie trying to make up for the mistake of being checked out, buried under this enormous amount of pain."
Gillan teases a Nebula with some levity. Thanos being removed from the picture has brought her some peace. Klementieff is asked about Mantis. Sean Gunn is asked about being Kraglin all along. "The truth is is that the most rewarding part of it has been working with my brother," he said, fighting back tears. "It expands over the course of three movies. It's come to a point where it's not just about the joy of working with him. It's about the joy of working with other people. Wee were legitimately choked up watching backstage...We f-cking care. I'm sorry but we do. We care. It extends to all of us. It extends to all of us."
Will Poulter is asked about Warlock. "Pretty surreal to ever even have stepped on the Guardians set," he said. "I was welcomed into the family and couldn't have been treated better...I'm also really grateful that there was an appetite for Adam from the fans. James and everyone at Marvel gave me the opportunity and I'm super, super grateful to be here."
Maria Bakalova will be playing Cosmo the Space Dog. "She's gonna bring lots of laughs and love and a bit of strife, I hope," she said.
Gunn cuts everyone off and calls for the crowd to look to the side of the room. The High Evolutionary is here! Chukwudi Iwuji is entering Hall H fully dressed as the High Evolutionary. "I've had a lot of crazy stuff cheapen to me in those 6 years," Gunn said. "I love you, sincerely...It's just been an incredible act of all of our hearts and I can't wait for you guys to see it."
Phase 6 of the MCU will culminate with Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars.
Ryan Coogler takes the stage after a musical performance. The cast joins him. He also introduces the new cast members, including Mabel Cardena, Aleks Alifirenko, Mchaela Cole, Dominique Thorne, and Tenoch Huerta. The film is introduce Namora, Attuma, Ironheart, and Namor. "We get to see more of Wakanda," Lupita Nyongo said. "The world of Wakanda is expanding and you guys have a lot to look forward to." Wright says it is a blessing to return to Wakanda.
Kasumba says returning to Wakanda, "feels like coming home," and notes how the first film brought them so close to each other. Duke says he is filled with "so much gratitude" to be here and promises the film "came with so much love," both in front of and behind the camera.
"This is kind of like the first moment to process the entire making the movie," Cole said. "Seeing this audience is reminding me of the times I went to see Black Panther...There's something very unique that the movie does to the audience. The energy is so unfamiliar to me. I think it's got something to do wiht a Black super hero cladded out by Black super heroes and what that does...reminds me of what an honor it was to support this cast in the second iteration of Black Panther...to be a supporting role to a very sensitive and delicate process."
Thorne debuts in the MCU with this film. 'I think we all know that the impact that BP1 had on the world is indelible. It's indescribable. It's physical, emotional, and most of all spiritual. I think to be able to be a part of it returning to the screen and to be a part of it showcsing this beautiful new young mind and also do all of that in the midst of highlighting these beautiful stories from this very necessary perspective, it's a blessing, it's a gift."