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SDCC2016: Marvel Cinematic Universe roundup

Marvel’s SDCC2016 roundup

As expected Marvel had a big showing at SDCC2016. Every year now has become an event for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and 2016 was no exception. This is all the more impressive as this year’s slate didn’t revolve around the next big Avengers project. With so much news coming from San Diego, here’s a roundup of all the big news.

Doctor Strange (Nov. 4)

Doctor Strange cast - Madds Mikkelson, Tilda Swinton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Scott Derrickson and Rachel McAdamsThe Doctor will be in come November. With the second trailer released, all eyes turn to the Benedict Cumberbatch film.

Here’s the synopsis:

After his career is destroyed, a brilliant but arrogant and conceited surgeon gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer takes him under her wing and trains him to defend the world against evil.

I’m excited about the potential for this one. Again Marvel is taking a chance, but it certainly looks like the risk will pay off. We’ll see come November.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (May 5, 2017)

Guardians of the Galaxy vol. 2 cast - Dave Bautista, Michael Rooker, James Gunn, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Elizabeth Dibicki, Kurt Russell and Karen Gillam

Vol. 2 promises to be a major event. Not only does it have the prime MCU release May date — Free Comic Book Day weekend — but it’s packed with a slew of fan favorite characters and actors. Karen Gillan’s Nebula is back as an ally to the Guardians while Michael Rooker’s Yondu goes from hunting down Star-Lord and the Guardians to joining them.

Pom Klementieff also joins the team as Mantis, a former Avenger in the comics who later joins up with the Guardians. Kurt Russell will be playing Ego, which seems tricky considering his status in the comic books as the living planet. The Great Gatsby’s Elizabeth Debicki is joining as Ayesha the leader of the Sovereign People.


At the risk of spoiling too much, I’m very excited about the MCU character Nathan Fillion is playing. I’m hopeful his character isn’t treated like a joke as he could play a significant role come the Avengers: Infinity War saga. And Sylvester Stallone’s character has yet to be announced.

I’m pumped for this one and hoping to see if this MCU sequel follows the trend and improves on the first film

Spider-Man Homecoming (July 7, 2017)

Concept art confirmed The Vulture will be the primary villain in the film, played by Michael Keaton.

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Here’s the film synopsis:

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging superhero in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

The main cast is Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya as Michelle, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine with Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.

Fans in attendance got to see a teaser trailer that might find its way online soon. Since shooting just began it’s not a whole lot just yet. I’m intrigued about Glover’s character and if Marvel will make him Miles Morales to introduce him in the MCU. Miles is the current ‘main’ Spider-Man in the comics and has been a popular trailblazing new addition to the Marvel comics realm.

Thor: Raganarok (Nov. 3, 2017)

Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) is joining Thor in what is sounding more like a Planet Hulk adaptation than a Thor movie. Thor is a flexible character who can work in numerous settings. Logistics aside it should be kind of fun seeing Thor in that setting. Marvel revealed Hulk’s Gladiator armor.

Gladiator #Hulk Armor from #Thor Ragnarok now on the #MarvelSDCC stage! #SDCC #Marvel

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Black Panther (Feb. 16, 2018)

Black Panther cast - Ryan Coogler, Danai Gurira, Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o and Michael B. Jordan

Dania Gurira (The Walking Dead) is playing Okoye, head of the Dora Milaje. They are the personal bodyguards/potential bride for the single King of Wakanda. Also confirmed to join the film starring Chadwick Boseman are Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o.

Captain Marvel (March 8, 2019)

Captain Marvel - Brie Larson

Brie Larson was finally confirmed as Carol Danvers for Marvel’s first film with a female headliner. Rival Warner Bros. beats Marvel to the punch with Wonder Woman arriving in theaters next year. Look for Captain Marvel to make her MCU debut during Infinity Wars.

That’s it for the roundup. What film are you most excited about for this upcoming Marvel slate?

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