San Diego Comic-Con Brings Surprises for its Return to an In-Person Event


Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios.

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announces the conclusion of Phase six6 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty,” and “Avengers: Secret Wars”, both coming out in 2025.

One of the most significant events in pop culture gave many things to look forward to, making it a great time to be a fan. 

San Diego Comic-Con returned in all its glory for an in-person conference after canceling the event in 2020 due to COVID-19 and having a virtual-hybrid approach last year.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson greets the crowd at the DC Comics panel as his character Black Adam to promote the movie where he plays the titular character, and debuts on Oct. 21 in theaters. (Photo courtesy of Entertainment Weekly.)

This is the time of year when everyone can go and dress up as their favorite characters from their franchises which range from Marvel to DC, but they also attend SDCC for the panels showing what’s coming in the future and surprise reveals. 

The first major reveal shown was “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves”, the newest film adaptation coming on Mar. 3, 2023, and stars Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, and Rege-Jean Page. 

The film is directed by duo Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, best known for “Game Night”. This also comes full circle for Daley as Buzzfeed pointed out that he played Sam Weir in “Freaks and Geeks,” who played D&D on the show, and is now directing a live-action adaptation of the game. 

But the most talked about panels of the conferences were DC and Marvel’s panels on the future of their movies and television series, both current and upcoming.

Fans felt underwhelmed by DC’s panel as they only showcased one previously announced project with “Shazam: Fury of the Gods” and more footage of “Black Adam” coming on Oct. 21 of this year.

Fans were expecting to hear an announcement regarding Superman and Henry Cavill’s return, which was just a rumor, leaving many underwhelmed by their conference. 

But Kevin Feige, the President of Marvel Studios brought the house down with the announcement that the slate of films and shows has been officially titled, “The Multiverse Saga,” and also shared a taste of what’s to come in Phases 5 & 6.

Feige confirmed Phase 4 will conclude with “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The trailer was shown to many and is shaping up to be an emotional entry after the passing of Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed T’Challa. As reported by Variety, the trailer has garnered over 172 million views in its first 24 hours, and the film debuts on Nov. 11 of this year.  

One of the announcements that received high praise was “Daredevil: Born Again,” which will have 18 episodes with Charlie Cox returning as Matt Murdock/Daredevil. Feige calls this “very special,” which hints that it could be a huge hit on Disney+ as reported by The Direct. 

The conference then concluded with a breakdown of Phase 6, which will begin with “Fantastic Four” on Nov. 8, 2024, and in 2025 will have “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty,” and “Avengers: Secret Wars” back to back within that year respectively. 

“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” director Destin Daniel Cretton will direct “Avengers: The Kang Dynasty” as reported by Polygon. For its return to a fully in-person event, it’s safe to say that this year’s Comic-Con didn’t disappoint.