Hey there, comic book and pop culture fans! The legendary San Diego Comic Con wrapped up its 2022 session over the weekend and, as usual, it came with a whole pile of major comic book movie and TV reveals. A surprising theme we detected? Golden Age characters on the silver screen! Without further ado, here are our five favorite SDCC Reveals.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Trailer
The first official trailer for the second Black Panther flick was undeniably the biggest of this year’s SDCC Reveals! It gives Marvel fans their first glimpse of a Wakanda without Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa and does not appear to shy away from the tremendous loss the film (and the world) suffered with his untimely passing. It also gave a quick glimpse of a new Black Panther! Unless it M’Baku actor Winston Duke is going slim down a lot, it’s probably Letitia Wright’s Shuri or Lupita Nyong’o‘s Nakia under the mask.
Possibly even bigger than that, though, is the official reveal of Namor the Sub-Mariner! Just like the leaked concept art showed a few weeks back, he’s got heavy Mesoamerican influences. Namor was the second Marvel Comics superhero ever, by which we mean his story came second in the pages of Marvel Comics #1 back in 1939. He has major ties to the X-Men and the Fantastic Four in the comics, meaning fans should be very excited to see he’s joining the MCU.
Black Adam’s Second Trailer
Only one month after the first teaser trailer’s release, DC’s next live action superhero project got a second tease. It gives viewers a lil more insight into the origins and motives of the magical anti-hero, who Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s been trying to play since 2007.It’s rare thing that a superhero movie is such a passion project for a megastar like The Rock, and we’re excited to see what’s been able to do.
This quick teaser also gives audiences a more detailed look at the Justice Society of America in action! With a membership including O.G. members like Hawkman and Dr. Fate alongside modern additions like Cyclone and Atom Smasher, this movie is shaping up to be a strong cinematic debut for every character involved. The JSA more than deserves it – they were the first ever superhero team, debuting way back in 1941’s All-Star Comics #3. Without them, neither The Avengers nor The Justice League would have been around to star in movies!
The X-Men ’97 First Look
X-Men: The Animated Series ran from Halloween 1992 to September 20, 1997. A time when comic books were increasingly the domain of specialty stores, this show brought the Marvel Universe to millions of American children. Its mega-hit success for Fox Kids helped fuel 20th Century Studios’ commitment to bringing the X-Men to the big screen. X-Men ’97 is a direct follow-up, rejoining the iconic team right after the original series finale from 1997. The show is set to bring back as many of the original voice actors as possible, though the creative team is mostly new. It was announced last year, and SDCC revealed first looks a whole pile of character designs.That included a look at Magneto’s new costume, based on his short-lived superhero suit from when he first joined the X-Men. Since the original series ended with him joining the X-Men, that seems appropriate.
More importantly, this is Marvel Studios’ first full X-Men project. For the last decade or so, Marvel had been feuding with its own intellectual property. Since 20th Century Studios had licensed the X-Men film rights long before Marvel resolved to independently make movies, let alone were part of the Disney Empire, they were not keen to give them up. Marvel, particularly under the control of former CEO Ike Perlmutter, had no interest in creating or marketing characters for a rival studio. Disney settled the feud by acquiring 20th Century Studios a couple years back, meaning this animated series is the first chance the “modern Marvel” has had to work with the characters – other than Professor X – outside the comics. We eagerly await its debut next year!
She-Hulk’s SDCC Reveals
We are just weeks away from the premiere of She-Hulk: Attorney At Law on Disney+! As the next entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it received a suitably revelatory trailer amidst the SDCC reveals. What did it show? Well, first it showed that the show is a blending of 90s Sensational She-Hulk (in which Shulkie broke the fourth wall) and the 00s She-Hulk title (wherein she was a lawyer for superhuman clients). It gave fans a look at new characters like the Fabulous Frog-Man, The Wrecking Crew, and Titania. And it confirmed that Daredevil is back.
In fact, Daredevil: Born Again was also announced at SDCC this year! Set to air in Spring 2024, the eighteen episode series will follow Matt “Daredevil” Murdock’s adventures in the MCU. How exactly it relates to his fan-favorite Netflix series is currently unknown. What is known, however, is that Charlie Cox returned as the character’s civilian ID in Spider-Man: No Way Home last year. The She-Hulk trailer shows him returning to superheroics in a brand new costume. This one features a yellow-and-red color scheme that hearkens back to his original comic book costume. That alone will get fans tuning in for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law on August 17.
Marvel’s Phase 5 and 6 Line-Up
Marvel Studios has been dominating the comic book movie game for nearly fifteen years, and they show no signs of stopping. They are releasing four movies a year for the next two years, with Fantastic Four officially scheduled for 2024 (appropriately enough). Phases Five and Six, collectively The Multiverse Saga, will conclude in 2025 with Avengers: The Kang Dynasty followed by Avengers: Secret Wars. Also of note, Marvel officially announced a movie based on the villains-trying-to-make-good team The Thunderbolts is due in July 2024. We would expect that this will be the team built by Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Valentina Allegra de Fontaine, but only time will tell.
And that just the movies! Marvel will release five live action Disney+ shows next year, including a second season of Loki. 2024 will see at least two more live action shows plus two new animated shows, Spider-Man: Freshman Year and Marvel Zombies.That’s a truly wild amount of content that the House of Ideas is putting out! And it’s really just a partial look at the next three years. There’s more to come beyond what’s listed here. What a time to be a Marvelite!
Is That it for SDCC Reveals?
HECK NO! We’ve mostly covered one film studio’s revelations and it’s taken us over a thousand words to do it! We didn’t talk about the Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves trailer. Which looks fantastic. Or about the reveals of a new Batman Inc. team, Norman Osborn’s super hero identity of Gold Goblin, a new Batman/Spawn crossover, a Spider-Man/Venom/X-Men crossover entitled “Dark Web”, and so many more bits of comic book news. SDCC is a feast for the pop cultural senses and its big reveals take days to pick through.
But these are ones that have us most jazzed, at the moment! We’re here to tell you that if you’ve got any key issues relating to these big reveals, the time to sell is coming fast. We are standing by to help you make that happen! And if you want a comment or quote on something we’ve written about, we’re always available! We can be found dang near everywhere as @b2pcollect.