SDCC 2019 Marvel Studios: 5 Other Panels to Watch for MCU Phase 4 News
Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will probably know all they need to know about Phase 4 by Saturday, July 20. That’s when Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige hits the prestigious stage of Hall H to “provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe.” But the universe is big, and there are other major panels to pay attention to over the annual nerd extravaganza.
It’s important to note as well that Marvel Comics will be at SDCC this year with a number of panels that reveal what’s happening on the comic book side of the company. They include:
- On Friday, July 19 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 5AB, Marvel’s Ryan Penagos and C.B. Cebulski reveal Marvel Comics #1000, the 80th Anniversary celebration issue.
- On Friday, July 19 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 5AB, there’s a panel for The Amazing Spider-Man with editor Nick Lowe, writers Nick Spencer, Seanan Mcguire, and Frank Tieri who will tease what’s to come with the upcoming crossover Absolute Carnage.
- On Saturday, July 20 at 1:45 p.m. in Room 6A, Jonathan Hickman and C.B. Cebulski reveal what’s to come in Hickman’s anticipated creative control over the X-Men in comics.
Ok, but what about the MCU? For fans hitting up San Diego Comic-Con, or those monitoring from home, here are four more MCU-related panels to keep in mind.
4. THANOS! THANOS! THANOS!
When: Thursday, July 18, 10 a.m.
Where: Room 7AB
Thanos creator Jim Starlin will reflect on Thanos’ best years yet in an intimate conversation with fans. ComicBook editor Jim Viscardi will moderate. Someone, please ask him if he’s seen “Thicc Thanos” by now.
3. Agents of S.H.I.E.LD. Season 7
When: Thursday, July 18, 3:30 p.m.
Where: Hall H
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. marches towards its seventh season, which premieres this fall on ABC. Cast members Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker, Henry Simmons, Natalia Nordova-Buckley, and Jeff Ward will be joined by producers Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Jeff Bell, and Jeph Loeb to recap the Season 6 finale and tase the upcoming Season 7.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. hasn’t tied into the Marvel Cinematic Universe directly for a while now, but there’s still a tenuous connection between the show and the Marvel movies. So it’s possible we could get a sneak peak at the post-Endgame world during this Season 7 preview.
2. The Russo Brothers
When: Friday, July 19, 11:00 a.m.
Where: Hall H
In a panel moderated by Collider’s Steven Weintraub, directors Joe and Anthony Russo recap their time in the MCU, Avengers: Endgame, and tease what’s to come post-Marvel with their new production company, AGBO. This is not an official Marvel panel, but it’s a rare opportunity to hear from some of the most important figures in the MCU to talk candid about the film industry.
For now, the Russos don’t have any more MCU projects on their plate, but they have expressed interested in directing one specific Marvel storyline. So it’s possible that could come up again at SDCC 2019.
1. Marvel Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
When: Friday, July 19, 12:00 p.m.
Where: Hall H
Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely have penned a ton of the MCU, including Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, and both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame. Like the Russos’ panel, the writing duo will be joined by moderator Jeff Goldsmith to talk about the craft of screenwriting some of the biggest superhero movies of all time.
There’s no guarantee these two will reveal anything about the MCU’s Phase 4, but who knows, maybe they’ll let something slip …