Marvel Teases Phases 5, 6, Avengers, Black Panther 2, Guardians, More – The Hollywood Reporter

Welcome to the Multiverse Saga.

Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige made a triumphant return to Comic-Con Saturday and got a hero’s welcome. The executive announced a pair of Avengers movies and revealed the official title for the next saga he’s been building. The Infinity Saga, which concluded with Avengers: Endgame, helped make Marvel the biggest brand in Hollywood. The new batch of projects fall under the title the Multiverse Saga.

“I’m unbelievably excited,” Feige said, noting there were times he wondered if he’d ever get back to the -Con, which was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021.

The big news was a pair of Avengers films to come out just months apart. Avengers: The Kang Dynasty will arrive May 2, 2025, with another Avengers movie following months later. Avengers: Secret Wars hits Nov. 7, 2025. (Scroll to the bottom of this story for the full list of projects unveiled Saturday night.) No directors were revealed, but Endgame filmmakers the Russo brothers have long stated they would like to helm a Secret Wars film. After the panel, Feige noted to Deadline that the Russos were not involved in Secret Wars.

In typical Feige fashion, he began his panel with some news right away. Feige revealed that Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Nov. 11) will conclude the studio’s Phase 4 projects, with Ant-Man And the Wasp: Quantumania (Feb. 17, 2023) beginning Phase 5.

Feige shared a number of release dates (or in the case of his Disney+ shows, approximate dates), with Loki season two due out in summer 2022; the Hawkeye spinoff Echo debuting on Disney+ in summer 2023; Ironheart streaming in the fall of 2023; Mahershala Ali’s Blade movie opening in theaters Nov. 3, 2023; and the newly titled Kathryn Hahn/WandaVision spinoff Agatha: Coven of Chaos Bowing on Disney+ in Winter 2023.

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What’s more, he gave a title and date for Anthony Mackie’s Captain America film, revealing the title is Captain America: New World Order. It opens May 3, 2024. He also shared the title for Charlie Cox’s return to Daredevil, with Daredevil: Born Again being an 18-episode series on Disney+. Also starring Vincent D’Onofrio as Kingpin, the new Daredevil is expected in spring 2024. Meanwhile, the villain-focused film Thunderbolts will close Phase 5 with a date of July 26, 2024. Feige announced that Fantastic Four would kick off Phase 6 on Nov. 8, 2024.

Phase 4 was about “about resetting the MCU and meeting all these new characters,” post-EndgameFeige said.

The world looked very different the last time Feige faced the 6,500-person Hall H. In July 2019, the executive laid out the studio’s Phase 4, post-Avengers: Endgame plans, which included robust theatrical and streaming releases. Then the coronavirus hit, shuttering movie theaters and disrupting Marvel’s release calendar. There were no Marvel movies for nearly two years, but now things are back on track and Marvel is busier than ever.

Feige trotted out filmmakers such as Ryan Coogler, James Gunn and Peyton Reed to look at their upcoming films. Read on for a recap of every project teased.


Early in the panel, Feige welcomed the team behind the Disney+ series She-Hulk to share a new trailer and to reveal that Cox’s Matt Murdock will appear in the series as an attorney. Although She-Hulk was described as a half-hour comedy, Feige noted the MCU “can make a tonal shift.” It can go from funny to “something dark, something gritty, something political thriller.”

Cobie Smulders

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Next, Feige introduced Secret Invasion, the Skrull-focused project starring Samuel L. Jackson and Cobie Smulders. “You’re never going to know who people really are. Are they Skrulls? Are they human?” Smulders said introducing a trailer that features Nick Fury (Jackson) returning to Earth after the events of Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019).

Paul Rudd

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Ant-Man 3 director Peyton Reed was next up, and touted that in his film, “We finally get to spend time in the Quantum Realm.” Star Paul Rudd noted that his character, Scott Lang, feels pretty happy with himself for helping save the universe Endgame — and footage showed Lang reading from his memoir, which his loved ones think is a little overblown.

Later, Scott is sucked into the Quantum Realm, where he comes in contact with the villain Kang (Jonathan Majors). “There might have been a shot of MODOK,” Reed said of the footage, which also included Bill Murray in a mystery role. Majors, who joined the MCU with Loki as the big bad He Who Remains, noted the version in Loki is not the same character in Ant-Man 3 — he’s a different variant.

James Gunn, Chris Pratt, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sean Gunn, Will Poulter and Maria Bakalova.

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“This is about the end.” That’s how filmmaker James Gunn described Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, the conclusion to a story he started with the 2014 film. In footage shown to the crowd, audiences learn that Gamora (Zoe Saldana), who disappeared at the end of Endgame, is now leading the Ravagers — the band of shady space people seen in previous films. The trailer, set to The Flaming Lips’ “Do You Realize?” sets up a doomed love story between Gamora and Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), who is sad to confirm she has no memories of her time with the Guardians. The footage also brought in new character Adam Warlock (Will Poulter) to cheers from the crowd and revealed that Rocket (Bradley Cooper) and his origin story would be a focus of the movie.

“He’s got to be the saddest creature in the universe. And that’s what this is partly about,” Gunn said of exploring Rocket’s origins.

The Guardians portion of the panel also revealed that Maria Bakalova is playing Cosmo the space dog, while Peacemaker Actor Chukwudi Iwuji will portray the High Evolutionary.


Wakanda Forever filmmaker Ryan Coogler noted that the impact of late Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman, who died of colon cancer in 2020, remains present. Coogler then brought actor Tenoch Huerta to the stage, confirming that he will play Namor in the film. Dominique Thorne, the star of the upcoming Ironheart series, will debut in Wakanda Forever and also made an appearance.

Coogler showed off the first trailer and shared a touching memory of being with Boseman five years ago for Comic-Con, when they promoted the first Panther. “His passion, his genius, his pride, his culture and the impact he made on this industry will be felt forever,” said Coogler.

Ryan Coogler

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Read on for the full list of Marvel’s upcoming TV series and films, including those newly announced.

She-Hulk (Aug. 17)
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (Nov. 11, 2022)
Ant-Man And the Wasp: Quantumania (Feb. 17, 2023)
Secret Invasion (spring 2023 — Disney+)
What If… season two (early 2023 — Disney+)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (May 5, 2023)
Echo (summer 2023 — Disney+)
The Marvels (July 28, 2023)
Loki season two (summer 2023 — Disney+)
Blade (Nov. 3, 2023)
Daredevil: Born Again (spring 2024 — Disney+)
Captain America: New World Order (May 3, 2024)
Thunderbolts (July 26, 2024)
Ironheart (fall 2023 — Disney+)
Agatha: Coven of Chaos (Winter 2023 — Disney+)
Fantastic Four (Nov. 8, 2024)
Avengers: The Kang Dynasty (May 2, 2025)
Avengers: Secret Wars (Nov. 7, 2025)

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