This morning, Marvel Studios released a video celebrating the history of the MCU–and, more importantly, looking to its future.
As you can probably tell if you’ve read this blog for a while, the MCU is a big deal to me. I’ve always loved comics, and getting to see these characters and stories on the big screen has been an incredible part of the last thirteen years of my life. It’s exciting every single time.
I’m not a very social person, and even before the pandemic hit last year, I was transitioning to working from home. The ‘isolation’ part of quarantine didn’t hit me very hard, is what I’m getting at. But you know what was kind of a bummer? Not getting to go to the movies. And Marvel movies topped the list of films I was wishing I could see in theaters.
Seeing that video really brought home to me how much I care about these films. Hearing Stan Lee’s speech about family reminded me of the important messages these stories carry; seeing the reaction to the climax of Endgame brought to mind all the fun I’ve had going to these movies with family and friends. I’m not going to lie–I got genuinely emotional watching that thing.
Of course, all the mushy stuff up front is just the lead-up to the awesome preview of the upcoming Marvel slate. Let’s run through everything on the way:
We’ve got Black Widow on July 9, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on September 3, Eternals on November 5, and Spider-Man: No Way Home on December 17 (a nice little birthday present for yours truly)… and that’s just this year. In 2022, we’re getting Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on March 25, Thor: Love and Thunder on May 6, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever on July 8, and The Marvels on November 11. Oh, and let’s not forget about Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania on February 17, 2023, followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 on May 5 of the same year. And after that, Fantastic Four on an undisclosed date.
Holy cow. I… I don’t even know where to start with all that.
Personally, The Marvels tops my ‘most anticipated’ list, since it promises not only Carol Danvers, but Monica Rambeau and Kamala Khan as well. Wakanda Forever and Quantumania are high on my list as well, and what Marvel fan isn’t excited at the possibility of finally getting a decent Fantastic Four movie?
And none of that is even getting into the excitement around Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, with both look to be introducing the multiverse. That’s going to be huge! I mean, what’s next after that? Could the multiverse lead to some Captain Britain stories? If so, does that mean we might get Excalibur on the big screen some day? God, I hope so.
There’s so much to look forward to with Marvel, and best of all, I’ve got my second vaccine shot scheduled. I might actually get to watch these in a theater. I can’t wait!