If you’re a big fan of comic books, the end of every month is always an exciting time; Marvel and their distinguished competition over at DC usually both drop their solicitations for upcoming books which can range from the banal (“Peter Parker runs late for a date with Betty Brant whilst tangling with the Vulture”) to the sublime (an announcement of an honest-to-Pete Justice Society of America title written by James Robinson…Hint, hint DC). To be sure, there is no more of a sacred time than when at the tail-end of the month ye olde scribbler of words sequesters himself fervently in front of his glowing computer screen and makes mental note of future comics to check out or to avoid. My family calls this my “happy-time”; that sacred and honored moment or two where I cease being a middle-aged writer on all-things pop culture and revert to my five year old self waiting outside a Halls, Tennessee Five and Dime with his grandmother for the new comic books to be placed on a creaky – yet beautiful – comic spinner rack. For those few minutes at the end of every month, I’m magically transported to a land where COVID only exists as an evil plot by Dr. Doom and monthly bills don’t even exist except for poor old Peter Parker. I imagine the same sort of sick thrill exists for fans of comic book movies when a new trailer is dropped or an intriguing bit of casting is announced for an upcoming Fantastic Four movie. The kind of anticipation and visceral energy that I speak of must be running quite high on this day as Marvel has pulled back their web-festooned curtain to reveal some major surprises about their upcoming slate of MCU movies, according to our Timely Comics fanatics over at The Hollywood Reporter.
Those rascally Merry Marvel Marching Society Big Wheels unleashed a promotional sizzle-reel this morning heralding all kinds of nifty Top-Secret tchotchkes such as the full screen title for director Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther sequel which is officially known now as Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
Not enough for you? Also revealed is the new title for Captain Marvel II – The Marvels. And if that doesn’t quite sate that thirst for news, Marvel also dropped official release dates for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (February 17, 2023) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (May 25, 2023).
The so-called sizzle reel (which can be seen here, True Believers) also focused on the very first footage from the November 5, 2021 movie The Eternals, a stealthy look at the oft-delayed July 9 Black Widow movie and, if that doesn’t quite do it for you, a peek at Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings which drops in theatres on September 3, 2021.
So there you have it, Marvelites! There’s a lot to look forward to in the coming months and Vents will be there alongside you to drop any and all news about these movies as it becomes known to us! Excelsior!