Marvel Expected to Announce MCU Phase 4 Really Soon, Maybe at Comic-Con

Fans will know the future by September at the latest.

Taking a gap year did Marvel good. Disney’s superhero studio is expected to have a major presence at San Diego Comic-Con 2019 in just a few weeks. Inside the fabled Hall H, Marvel will likely unveil “Phase 4,” the yet unrevealed slate of new Marvel movies to be released after Spider-Man: Far From Home.

On Wednesday, Deadline reported that Marvel will hold a panel, or just have some kind of major presence, at Comic-Con International, set to take place on the weekend of July 18.

While nothing is officially announced, there are already banners hanging for Comic-Con in San Diego’s Gaslamp District, a tourist neighborhood near the convention center, that sport images of Avengers: Endgame. Though it’s possible the promotion is for the Blu-ray release (set for August), it’s still indicative that Marvel will be at Comic-Con this year.

Deadline further reported that Marvel will do something in Hall H, the biggest stage in the San Diego Convention Center where most blockbuster moments at Comic-Con take place. For example: Hall H was where the cast of The Avengers first assembled before the public in 2010, which included the announcement of Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk.

In 2018, Disney/Marvel broke tradition and spent Comic-Con weekend away from San Diego. The move was indicative of larger trends in media, not unlike Sony pulling out of E3 2019, where large brands like Marvel can announce things timed to their own schedules. In recent years, Disney has focused on its own D23 convention, a biennial weekend event in Anaheim right across Disneyland where the studio reveals first-looks at upcoming projects.

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D23 2017, the last D23 in the U.S. (D23 2018 took place in Japan) saw the first public presentation of Avengers: Infinity War as well as Disney films, Wreck-It Ralph: Ralph Breaks the Internet, Mary Poppins Returns, and A Wrinkle in Time. The cast of Disney’s Aladdin was also revealed.

D23 2019 will take place this August just over a month after Marvel’s reported presence at Comic-Con. This means Comic-Con could be a “homecoming” of sorts for Marvel, where it can make its big Phase 4 reveal, potentially with cast announcements, before making smaller announcements at D23. Keep in mind that Marvel will also have shows for Disney’s streaming service, Disney+, which will launch this November. Alternatively, Marvel could have a minimum presence at Comic-Con while saving the big stuff for D23.

Either way, fans will have a far clearer look at Marvel Studios’ future and the MCU’s Phase 4 movie slate by September.