Note: Original article published on June 16th, but we have updated a few with newer information.
For those lucky enough to grab a ticket and attend San Diego Comic-Con, going to panels and walking the floor is cool, but the big event comes during the Hall H presentations. Studios are known for putting on a show and it has been the location for a few notable announcements for Marvel. Last year, they skipped out on the event, much to the displeasure of fans, in favor of revealing some info at Disney’s D23 Expo. This is why the recent developments of Marvel actually attending are a tad surprising. Although they do not have a movie coming out till November, there are still plenty of things that they could announce. We have made a list of announcements that Marvel could realistically make next month.
Confirm Brie Larson
Now that the rumor is out that Brie Larson is the front runner to play Carol Danvers, it is only a matter of time before Marvel has to confirm the news. Between now and the next month, I expect Marvel and Larson’s people to finalize a contract and it has been reported multiple times that Marvel was hoping to make the announcement at Comic-Con. As an added bonus, having Larson be there in person would be great, and if Marvel is feeling extra generous, showing concept art of her in the Captain Marvel costume would definitely make it so that they easily steal the spotlight. Either way, if we come out of Comic-Con and Marvel has not confirmed Larson, I’ll be surprised. They wanted to announce Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther in 2014, as well as Joaquin Phoenix for Doctor Strange prior but neither of those deals were yet finalized. It is time for them to finally give some casting news at SDCC.
Captain Marvel Director
After they confirm Larson as the lead, the next step is getting a director on board. According to recent reports, Marvel has two contenders in mind and over the next month they should have the necessary time to make their choice. The announcement of a director would close out the mystery of Phase 3, with then every film having a lead and director attached. Since the goal at SDCC is to own the weekend, announcing their first female director for their first female led film would certainly help in that department.
Doctor Strange Trailer
The previous two announcements seem likely, but we have yet to be given any indication on how large of presence Marvel will have at SDCC this year. Thanks to director Scott Derrickson‘s tweet, we do know that he will be there and since Doctor Strange is up next, it makes sense for Marvel to give people even further reason to be excited for it. They could make some smaller announcements such as confirming who Rachel McAdams, Scott Adkins, or Amy Landecker are playing, with the biggest casting announcement being who Mads Mikkelsen is. I don’t expect the latter, but what would be great is more footage of the film. This may be unlikely since we are only about two months away from the first (teaser) trailer, but this could be a good time to give a “real” trailer that shows us Benedict Cumberbatch in full costume conjuring up spells.
Update: SDCC has since confirmed that Marvel will indeed hold a panel and Doctor Strange will definitely be featured. It has not yet been announced if any cast members will be in attendance, but with Derrickson and Feige both being involved with the panel, we should get some new information. We’ve already seen the SDCC exclusive poster that will be made available for attendees, and a trailer debuting on Saturday makes all the sense in the world. It would give this unknown property a chance to shine on the biggest nerd stage that also makes it possible for it to be attached to Disney’s upcoming release of Pete’s Dragon – not to mention being in front of fellow superhero movie Suicide Squad next month.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Characters
Similarly to how Derrickson indicated he will be at SDCC, James Gunn did the same in a reply to the fellow director. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is almost done with principal photography and Gunn appearing at SDCC a mere few weeks later is no coincidence. It is far too early to give us a trailer or even a teaser, but one thing they could do that would be exciting is confirm some of the characters that will be appearing. Outside of Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Marvel has not confirmed who any of the new cast is playing. Confirming character’s names that won’t be major spoilers for the film should happen as a way to give us a better understanding of what we can expect from each of them.
Update: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has since wrapped production and in doing so, Gunn confirmed something will be shown. An early teaser makes sense, similar to what they did for the first movie only a few weeks into production, and while it likely will not be released online, it should give us an updated look at our misfit heroes. The first piece of concept art gave us our first glimpse of Mantis, so a live action showing of the character would not be too surprising. The real question remains on whether or not Star-Lords father would be shown and give us the tiniest hint as to who it could be.
New Avengers Titles
If Marvel wants to make really big waves on the internet, there is no bigger franchise they have then the Avengers films. They announced the title for Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2013 at SDCC with a short teaser video and with us now knowing that they plan to re-title both parts of Avengers: Infinity War, announcing the new titles this year would be a big announcement. While I expect one of the films to still have the subtitle of Infinity War, telling us what the other will be would be a welcomed surprise.
Honorable Mention: Black Panther Casting
I do not expect all of this stuff to happen but maybe a few of them, and if there was one other thing Marvel could announce doing something for Black Panther makes sense. He is the breakout star of Captain America: Civil War and there have been plenty of rumors for other cast members recently. If Marvel wanted to keep some of this excitement in people’s minds, officially announcing that Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o have joined the cast and what their roles are would be a nice post-credit scene of sorts to the presentation.
We will probably start to get reports and rumors of what Marvel could unveil in the coming weeks, but those are our suggestions. Let us know what announcements you would like to see Marvel make in the comments below!