A bit of a roller coaster ride, this Marvel trailer, isn’t it? Reminiscences with misty eyes. The clip of a crowded cinema collectively losing its mind at Endgame. And then, the climax – a punishing punch from upcoming MCU releases.
Our first look at Eternals. Confirmation that Marvel is releasing four new films, including the new Spider-Man, before Christmas. Dr Strange 2 next March. Thor 4 next May. Black Panther 2 next July. Captain Marvel 2 next November. Ant-Man 3 the following February. Guardians of the Galaxy 3 three months later. A Fantastic 4 movie at one point. It just kept coming and going. It was like one of those old Steve Jobs ‘One More Thing’ presentations, if Steve Jobs had decided to announce the iPod, iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, a flying car and a machine that could terraform the surface of Mars one after another in the space of 60 seconds.
Obviously, there is a lot to unpack here. There was an authoritative subtext to ‘Now You Can Return To The Movies’ in the trailer, highlighting the idea that Marvel now sees itself as the sole custodian of the theatrical experience, which its critics will likely find distasteful. . And, I don’t know about you, but there was a moment towards the end of the trailer where my excitement gave way to a creeping dread over the relentlessness of its release slate. Marvel is now a monopoly. A juggernaut. There is no point in fighting it. Better to just go slack and let it run over you.
To be honest, I will be going to see all of these movies in theaters. It’s just that there are so many that I don’t know how I’m going to afford it. I might as well move in a babysitter in my house for the next two years and be done with it. I might have to find a second job just to cover the cost of watching another Dr Strange movie.
Still, release dates aside, there are some fun guesses to be made with the titles given to new Marvel films. Some that we already know. Thanks to the WandaVision press tour, we know that Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch will feature prominently in Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. Thanks to a seemingly unstoppable deluge of paparazzi photos from Australia, we know Thor: Love and Thunder will star Matt Damon, Russell Crowe, Most Guardians of the Galaxy, and possibly Rita Ora. And, thanks to Alfred Molina’s big mouth, we’ll know the exact circumstances of Doc Ock’s reappearance in Spider-Man: No Way Home.
But the trailer contained a few new titles. For example, Black Panther 2 – hastily reworked after the death of Chadwick Boseman – will now be called Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. You’ll notice T’Challa’s subtle reframing towards the wider inhabitants of Wakanda. Smart Money is therefore on this film an ensemble piece about a country in mourning that is coming together at a time of enormous flux. It’s also a good old-fashioned demonstration of the power of the MCU, pointing out that no individual character is greater than Marvel’s IP. If a beloved actor dies, he will continue. If the actor’s alleged successor starts tweeting anti-vax propaganda, he will continue.
Likewise, Captain Marvel 2 has now received the official title of The Marvels. This is due to the inclusion of Teyonah Parris’ Monica Rambeau – who in the comics was previously called Captain Marvel – and Iman Vellani’s Ms. Marvel. None of them are related, but they all have the same name, so it makes sense to group them together. That said, Captain Marvel still has a problem with Superman. She’s so absurdly powerful that Endgame exhausted herself figuring out ways to keep her away from the action, so it’s hard to know what Rambeau and Ms. Marvel are going to do in this movie, other than cheer on. passively backstage as Brie Larson explodes. millions of spaceships without breaking a sweat. Maybe one of them will sound a little trumpet when Larson destroys an entire planet just by crossing it. We just don’t know.
Either way, this is just the start. Marvel has obviously failed to set a release date for its reboot of Blade in the trailer. Or anything to do with the X-Men. Or Dr. Strange 3, or Guardians of the Galaxy 4, or one of the Avengers-style team movies. Or one of the other movies he’ll release with brutal regularity until the Earth is dust and the universe is on fire. So this is something to look forward to.