Marvel Studios may have once again whipped the fans at Comic-Con’s Hall H into a mind-melting fervor by laying out a timeline of movies and shows until the close of 2025, but there was no time for a victory lap or even a breather. Multiverse sagas don’t build themselves, you know? So the day after Comic-Con wrapped, Marvel head Kevin Feige was bound for the sets of projects currently shooting, including season two of multi-Emmy-nominated series Loki and additional photography on The Marvels, both due out in summer 2023.
The company, which is in prep to begin shooting Blade in Atlanta in October and will release Black Panther: Wakanda Forever in November, is now setting up the generals to implement the plans across its giant chessboard. Destin Daniel Cretton, who helmed Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings for the studio, has been enlisted to helm Avengers: The Kang Dynasty, one of two Avengers movies that will help close out Phase 6 in 2025.
Marvel also confirmed that Bassam Tariq is directing Blade, scheduled for a Nov. 3, 2023, release; Julius Onah is set for Captain America: New World Order, which will star Anthony Mackie as Captain America and open May 3, 2024; and Jake Schreier (Paper Towns) is directing villain team-up Thunderbolts, which will close out Phase 5 with a July 26, 2024, release. The studio is actively hunting for a filmmaker for Fantastic Four, which in April lost Spider-Man helmer Jon Watts and kicks off Phase 6 on Nov. 8, 2024.
One film not discussed during the Hall H panel was Deadpool 3, which will be the first R-rated film in the MCU’s history and follows star Ryan Reynolds’ previous projects at Fox. Feige noted the studio historically takes big swings with part threes. “How do we elevate it in the way we’ve been able to with Civil War, and Infinity War and Ragnarok?” asked Feige. “It’s very fun to be in the world of the Ryan Reynolds show.”