Superhero and movie fans were treated to a slew of good news on Saturday as Marvel Studios and DC Comics both announced new titles at Comic-Con in San Diego.
Everything from the long-awaited Dwayne Johnson movie black adam to Black Panther sequel released new trailers, previews and premiere dates during the star-studded event, while others – including Aquaman and the elephant in the room that is the flash – were obviously ignored.
Johnson took a few steps beyond just teasing black adam, which has been in development with DC for over a decade. Ever the showman, Johnson brought a new trailer for the superhero movie and some and lit up the biggest hall at the annual fan convention – complete with a screen of smoke and flashy lights – all in costume.
Slated for a theatrical release on October 21, black adam reunites Johnson with his Jungle Cruise director Jaume Collet-Serra. It also stars Aldis Hodge as Hawkman, Noah Centineo as Atom Smasher, and Quintessa Swindell as Cyclone, all of whom joined Johnson and Collet-Serra for the panel.
New stars for Shazam!
black adam was just part of the DC/Warner Bros. comeback. at Comic-Con, where audiences also got a glimpse of a new trailer for Shazam! Fury of the gods. Stars Zachary Levi and Lucy Liu were on hand to promote the sequel, which is set to hit theaters on December 21 and continues the story of a teen-turned-superhero who feels a bit like an impostor.
The film sees the return of Asher Angel, Jack Dylan Grazer and Adam Brody and adds Helen Mirren and Rachel Zegler from West Side Story to the mixture.
Zegler’s role was only confirmed by the trailer, with the actor later revealing that she will be playing the younger sister of Liu and Mirren’s characters.
WATCH | Shazam! trailer features Mirren, Zegler:
Netflix’s first trailer The sand man also projected. The big-budget adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s award-winning Hugo and Eisner comic book series has spent decades in development and will star David Thewlis, Tom Sturridge, Jenna Coleman, Patton Oswalt and Stephen Fry.
All ten episodes will be released on Netflix on August 5.
DC’s presentation stuck to its 2022 releases, foregoing previews of films due next year. One of them is the flashwhose star Ezra Miller has been arrested in Hawaii twice this year.
The Andy Muschietti-directed film has wrapped production and is set to open in June 2023. Miller has been credited as the first LGBTQ+ person to star in a major superhero film.
It was also missing from the DC Comics storefront Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, bat girl and any updates on new installments of wonder woman Where The Batman. A sequel to Robert Pattinson The Batman was confirmed earlier this year at CinemaCon, while Rachel Zegler has previously hinted that Gal Gadot would make a cameo appearance in Shazam 2 as Wonder Woman.
Meanwhile, Marvel Studios has unveiled the first trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever — set to a version of No woman No Cry mixed with Kendrick Lamar Very well – to fans on Saturday. The sequel is currently set to release on November 11.
WATCH | Black Panther: Wakanda Forever trailer released:
It was just part of the studio’s massive presentation, which – unlike DC – was looking way beyond this year.
The media juggernaut gave a first glimpse of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and new information about Phase 6 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which will conclude with two Avengers films in 2025: Avengers: Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars.
Phase 5, said Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, will begin in February with Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and conclude with Love at first sight in July 2024. The new Bladestarring Oscar winner Mahershala Ali also got a November 3, 2023 release date, and Captain America and the New World Orderstarring Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson, will be released in theaters on May 3, 2024.
The guardians of the galaxy will also end in the middle of phase 5 in May. Director James Gunn showed up in San Diego to confirm that Flight. 3 would be the last for space rogues. Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillian and Dave Bautista are all back for the film. New cast members include Will Poulter, as Guardians adversary Adam Warlock, and Maria Bakalova.
Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Jonathan Majors and director Peyton Reed traveled to San Diego to show footage of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
Phase 6 will be launched with a new The Fantastic Four film on November 8, 2024 and end with Avengers: Kang Dynastyset for May 2, 2025, followed by Avengers: Secret Warson November 7, 2025.
Marvel also showed trailers for Disney+ series such as Secret Invasionstarring Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, due in the spring, and the half-hour comedy She-Hulk: Lawyer, starring Tatiana Maslany, which debuts in August. The second season of Loki is also planned for next summer.