Marvel Introduces MCU Phase 5 (and Six), ‘Black Panther 2’ in Major Comic-Con Panel

Marvel Introduces MCU Phase 5 (and Six), ‘Black Panther 2’ in Major Comic-Con Panel

Published July 24, 2022
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As to be expected from the single most anticipated event at Comic-Con, Marvel threw the kitchen sink at thousands of attendees during its loaded Saturday evening panel, revealing more on the future of the MCU with a plan for the ending of Phase 4, the start for Phase 5 —  and even teasing Phase 6. Three years after wowing the Comic-Con crowd about the MCU’s fate after Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios delivered again, revealing new trailers and details for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 3. The new Ant Man will kick off Phase 5 and will introduce who is presumably the franchise’s next big bad of the “Multiverse Saga,” Kang the Conqueror. 

Like in 2019, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed a timeline showing the entirety of the MCU’s future movie and TV lineups: After Black Panther ends Phase 4, Phase 5 starts with Quantumania and will continue with a wide slate of movies and Disney+ shows including Secret Invasion, Loki season 2,  and the previously announced Blade reboot starring Mahershala Ali across 2023, as well as a new Captain America film in 2024. 

But let’s fast-forward to where the panel ended: Black Panther. As Marvel President Kevin Feige said at the start of the presentation, we’re already nearing the end of Phase 4, and Wakanda Forever will officially conclude the phase when it’s released this November. Following a dazzling African drum and dance display from over a dozen performers, Ryan Coogler took the stage to introduce his cast and prep the crowd for the next film. 

“Five years ago, I sat about right there and we premiered the first footage from Black Panther. Sitting next to me to my left was our T’challa, the late great Chadwick Boseman,” he said, as fans cheered and applauded in respect. “The cast — including Chad — hadn’t seen [the footage] yet. He grabbed my hand…he had these enormous hands. As the clip went on, he was squeezing my shoulder. By the time I was done I couldn’t lift my arm. I felt his hand on me for hours. Listening to those artists playing, I promise I feel his hand on me now.”