Marvel to announce these movies at San Diego Comic-Con, reports say

San Diego Comic-Con is expected to be a big one for Marvel Studios, and rumor has it that these MCU titles could be announced during it.
Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop and Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye in Marvel Studios' HAWKEYE. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. © Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved.
Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop and Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye in Marvel Studios' HAWKEYE. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. © Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved. /

It's that time of year again! You know, the time of year where comic book and superhero fans gather around and watch as Marvel Studios (and sometimes DC) make game-changing announcements that will affect the future of their franchises. We are, of course, talking about San Diego Comic-Con!

Marvel Studios has been confirmed to appear at the convention after skipping it last year, marking what is only their second appearance at it since they went all out in 2019 prior to the pandemic. It's no doubt going to be a big one, with president Kevin Feige expected to take to the stage to give fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe a bit more clarity on the Multiverse Saga, which has largely remained a mystery since its existence was confirmed (both due to the sheer scale of it and the extended gaps between Feige's convention appearances over the last few years).

Rumor has it that the studio plans on going big during its return to Hall H in order to give the fans what they want and reinvigorate excitement in the franchise. That's entirely possible given that Comic-Con weekend coincides with Deadpool and Wolverine, so we should expect some Marvel Mania. And, according to new reports and rumors, we should expect some announcements on these particular movies.

Marvel rumored to announce these four projects at SDCC

According to a new report from social media account Marvel Updates (which has proven to be reliable with scoops before), Kevin Feige's Marvel Studios is expected to announce at least four MCU movies at San Diego Comic-Con. Two of those announcements will reportedly be for movies that have been expected for some time now and have just been waiting official confirmation, while the other two will be for films that have been rumored for years.

Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Stephen Strange in Marvel Studios' DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved. /

Doctor Strange 3

This is a movie that has been expected since the credits rolled on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. In fact, fans have been anticipating a third Doctor Strange movie ever since the second one was confirmed, because Marvel loves to give its major heroes a trilogy of movies. The "Doctor Strange will return" at the end of those aforementioned credits confirmed as much. And yet that official confirmation has not yet come.

Multiverse of Madness might have received mixed reviews but it overperformed at the box office, grossing an incredible $955 million. A sequel was inevitable, especially given its post-credits scene, which saw Stephen Strange confronted by a mysterious sorceress (likely Clea) played by Charlize Theron, who told him she needed his help to stop an incursion that he caused.

We know Benedict Cumberbatch will return for Avengers 5 but we've also been waiting on official confirmation for Doctor Strange 3. It sounds like SDCC will be when we finally get it.

Shang-Chi (Simu Liu) in Marvel Studios' SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS. Photo by Jasin Boland. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved. /

Shang-Chi 2

Shang-Chi And The Legend of the Ten Rings is, by far, one of the biggest success stories of the Multiverse Saga. It was the MCU's return to theatrical-only releases (after Black Widow launched on Disney Plus simultaneously earlier in the year) and ended up making $432 million at the box office. A great performance for the launch of a new hero and a new saga, and this has made a sequel inevitable - again, especially because the post-credits scene implied that the Ten Rings would play an important role in the franchise going forward.

Like Doctor Strange 2, Shang-Chi 2 is one of those movies that has been in development for some time that Marvel just hasn't publicly acknowledged yet (or when it is coming out). San Diego Comic-Con will likely be when they do, finally giving it the spotlight it deserves.

Simu Liu confirmed that it's still happening; now it's up to Marvel to do the same.

Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop in Marvel Studios' HAWKEYE. Photo by Chuck Zlotnick. ©Marvel Studios 2021. All Rights Reserved. /

Young Avengers

It sounds like one of Marvel's longest-rumored projects could finally become a reality at San Diego Comic-Con, as one of the titles rumored to get an official announcement from the studio is Young Avengers.

Early on in Phase Four, it became clear that Marvel was laying the groundwork for a Young Avengers project, as it began introducing younger heroes such as Hawkeye's Kate Bishop, WandaVision's Billy and Tommy Maximoff, Loki's Kid Loki, and Ms. Marvel's Kamala Khan. Fans took this as an indicator that we'd be getting a line-up of young heroes that set out on their own adventure at some point, and even though a multitude of rumors over the past few years have since suggested that it might not happen, the tide has seemingly turned in recent months. It was once expected to be a Disney Plus series, but now it seems that a movie is on the cards.

The post-credits scene of The Marvels certainly teased the project when Kamala crossed paths with Kate Bishop in a bid to recruit her for a new team, so it's going to happen; it's just a matter of when.

(L-R): Oscar Isaac as Moon Knight and Ethan Hawke as Arthur Harrow in Marvel Studios' MOON KNIGHT. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. ©Marvel Studios 2022. All Rights Reserved. /

Midnight Sons

Undoubtedly one of the most mysterious projects, a Midnight Sons movie has been rumored for some time now. Speculation has suggested that it is part of the MCU's journey into more supernatural territory, carrying on the chapter that Disney plus series Moon Knight and Disney Plus special Werewolf by Night kicked off. And as a result of that, fans have been hoping that it will bring back characters such as Moon Knight himself and Man-Thing.

Recent rumors also suggest that this will develop into a way to bring Ghost Rider into the MCU, with one particular report suggesting that it could be titled Ghost Rider and the Midnight Sons. Either way, it would be thrilling to see Ghost Rider and the team of supernatural entities make their presence felt in the MCU - a world that is still relatively unfamiliar with that level of spooky.

Since it's been one of the titles long rumored by fans, it wouldn't be too surprising if Feige officially announced it at SDCC. But it would be an announcement worth waiting for, because fans have been waiting to see the Midnight Sons on the big screen for a long time.

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