In the past few decades, San Diego Comic-Con has become one of the biggest pop culture events in the world, where thousands of fans donned in cosplay swarm the San Diego Convention Center to celebrate their self-proclaimed nerd and geek culture. Besides obtaining autographs and buying exclusive goodies, fans also look forward to a deluge of announcements about the latest films and television shows. Luckily for us, San Diego Comic-Con 2022 was a hotbed of awesome reveals, giving us more than enough content to look forward to in the coming months.
After a two-year virtual hiatus, San Diego Comic-Con returned to its traditional in-person affair this year, with tons of panels packed with celebs and major news. Heavy hitters of the industry like Marvel and DC showed off upcoming projects, while other companies like HBO and Amazon Video provided first looks at highly anticipated shows. Although not a comprehensive guide of everything announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, this is all the major news you’ll want to know!
Marvel Unveils Plans for Phase 5 and 6
With Black Panther: Wakanda Forever set to wrap up “Phase 4” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe this November, fans are eager for solid information on what’s next. Unleashing a torrent of reveals, executive producer and Marvel mastermind Kevin Feige detailed every film and Disney+ show set for “Phase 5”, which will end in mid-2024. For major films, Marvel fans can look forward to Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, The Marvels, and Blade in 2023. Captain America: New World Order and Thunderbolts will arrive in 2024.
Marvel is also doubling down on their Disney+ series, with a hefty list of new shows to check out that tie into the overarching cinematic universe. Things kick off with Secret Invasion in Spring 2023, followed by Marvel’s Echo, Loki: Season 2, Ironheart, and Agatha: Coven of Chaos later in the year. We’re also very excited for Daredevil Born Again, an 18-episode reboot series set for release in Spring 2024. That’s not all, though, as a slew of animated shows like “What If….? Season 2, X-Men ’97, Marvel Zombies, and Spider-Man: Freshman Year will be popping up in 2023 and 2024.
Looking even further in the future, Marvel also detailed three films confirmed for “Phase 6”, including yet another reboot of Fantastic Four in 2024, as well as Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars, both slated for 2025. With over a dozen new movies and shows coming in the next few years, it’ll be interesting to see if the “Multiverse Saga” will be as popular as the “Infinity Saga”, or if Marvel fatigue truly sets in for the masses.
DC Comics and Zombies Galore
Of course, Marvel wasn’t the only company slinging film adaptations of comics, as Warner Bros showed off their two upcoming movies in the DC Universe. This included a new trailer for Black Adam starring Dwayne Johnson, as well as Shazam! Fury of the Gods, a sequel set for release in December of this year. Since Black Adam and Shazam are archenemies in the comics, we’ll also bet that a potential cross-over movie could be coming if these two films are popular.
Swapping out superheroes for undead walkers hungry for brains, we also got some news on everyone’s favourite zombie series, The Walking Dead. The showrunners revealed a brand new trailer for The Walking Dead: Season 11, which will wrap up the long-running series on October 2, 2022. Fans can also look forward to two spin-off series, including the anthological Tales of the Walking Dead, in August 2022. Andrew Lincoln and Danai Gurira, who played beloved characters Rick Grimes and Michonne on the original show, also made a surprise announcement that they would be reprising their roles for a limited series coming to AMC+ sometime next year.
HBO, Amazon Video, and Other Major Announcements
Peeling away from comic adaptations, there were plenty of announcements for other anticipated shows from major television and streaming services like HBO and Amazon Video. George R.R. Martin, writer Ryan Condal, and various cast members gathered for an extended look at the upcoming Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon. Set over 150 years before the events of the original show, this spin-off is set to detail the reign and fall of House Targaryen when it debuts on August 21, 2022. Amazon Video also brought out showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay for discussion on the long-awaited Lord of the Rings prequel series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, which premieres on September 2, 2022.
There was also a slew of announcements for other popular properties and franchises, including a cross-over between Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and the quirky animated spin-off Stark Trek: Lower Decks. Historical secrets abound in National Treasure: Edge of History, a Disney+ series arriving in 2023 that will continue the story of the National Treasure film franchise. Speaking of other streaming shows, Paramount+ announced a spin-off of the Teen Wolf series dubbed Wolf Pack, while some of the original cast will also return for the straight-to-streaming Teen Wolf: The Movie in October 2022.
A few upcoming movies also received first-look trailers, including John Wick: Chapter 4, starring Keanu Reeves, which continues the frenzied story of the world’s most precise and stylish assassin. In a surprising turn, we also saw the debut trailer for Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, which will attempt to adapt the iconic tabletop game into a feature film yet again.
In short, San Diego Comic-Con 2022 was ripe with news for fans of any franchise. Whether you’re a die-hard Marvel or DC fanboy or fangirl, deeply invested in fantasy drama, or simply looking forward to big upcoming movies, there was an announcement for you. We can’t wait to check out all of these exciting projects in the coming years and see if they live up to the hype!
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