Here’s a round-up of all the fresh footage, confirmed titles and new release dates in Marvel Studios’ packed new MCU trailer. In the era of Disney+, fans would be forgiving for forgetting the MCU has actually been a movie franchise for the past decade. Avengers: Endgame neatly tied off the Infinity saga that comprised Phases 1-3, and Spider-Man: Far From Home acted as an epilogue of sorts. Then COVID-19 hit and kept Marvel from theaters for an entire year, necessitating a procession of push-backs and knock-on delays. In the meantime, Disney+ has enjoyed hits with WandaVision and Falcon & The Winter Soldier, and a raft of new streaming projects from Moon Knight to She-Hulk are currently in the pipeline.
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But for those who thought the MCU’s future was confined to Disney+, a brand new official compilation trailer proves emphatically otherwise. Playing on the notion of family and featuring a heartfelt voiceover from the legendary Stan Lee, the first half of Marvel’s new trailer celebrates the past with inspiring moments from previous releases such as Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, and Avengers: Infinity War. The footage then goes real-world with an especially enthusiastic theater audience experiencing Avengers: Endgame‘s “on your left” moment for the very first time.
There’s barely enough space for the chills to settle before the Marvel trailer turns its attention toward the MCU’s future on the big screen. Included in the reel are new scenes from upcoming releases, never-before-seen titles, and several dates for superhero fans to mark on their calendars (if you buy your calendars years in advance). Here’s everything revealed and teased in the bumper Marvel Studios trailer.
Black Widow – David Harbour’s Red Guardian Goes To Battle
Stranger Things‘ David Harbour will play Red Guardian in Black Widow – a father figure to Natasha Romanov and the Russian equivalent of Captain America. Previous trailer footage showed Harbour’s character squeezing back into his superhero costume and doing battle with the film’s antagonist, Taskmaster. This scene offers a slightly different perspective, with the super-soviet putting up a tiger-like stance in what appears to be his fight with Taskmaster.
Florence Pugh’s Yelena Belova
Florence Pugh portrays Yelena Belova, another of Natasha’s Black Widow family, taking the position of an adopted younger sister. Marvel’s new trailer offers a shot of Yelena running away from an explosion in her combat gear. The Black Widow sisters will team up against the Red Room that trained them in the delayed MCU venture, and Yelena confirms their joint-mission in a voiceover, jokingly responding to Natasha’s “unfinished business” remark with “who’s ‘we?’“
Battling The Red Room
Previous Black Widow trailers have shown glimpses of the infamous Red Room in training – the secret KGB assassin factory responsible for turning Natasha Romanov and her adopted family into weapons of war. The latest Marvel reel shows more scenes of Red Room agents pursuing Natasha and Yelena through the city streets, and trading gunfire on the staircases of an Eastern European locale.
Continuing Natasha and Yelena’s sprint through the city, we see the pair sliding across rooftops in dramatic fashion, promising a thrilling chase sequence that incorporates vehicles, gunfights and above-street-level shenanigans . The new trailer also gives a slightly extended shot of the sisters riding a motorcycle, speeding away from Red Room operatives.
In one of the more intriguing shots from the Black Widow section of Marvel’s reel, Natasha and Yelena are accompanied by Red Guardian in his civilian getup, strolling through farmland. Rachel Weisz’s character turns a silenced rifle away from the group in surprise, suggesting this could potentially be the moment Natasha returns to her family home for the first time since taking a break from Avengers duty. Based on trailer footage, the movie’s sequencing could take Natasha from a reunion with Yelena, to running from Red Room agents, to disrupting the quiet life of Harbour and Weisz before the final battle.
Black Widow Explosions
The Black Widow footage closes out with Natasha herself emerging from an explosion while blasting twin pistols, making the Avenger look every inch the badass in her first solo movie.
Shang-Chi – Katy Goes Driving
As Marvel’s cinematic celebration melds into the Shang-Chi & The Legend of the Ten Rings section, much of the footage here will be familiar from the full-length trailer released only a few weeks ago. Shots of the neon-lit fight club and Shang-Chi’s tussle with Death Dealer are very slightly extended, but don’t reveal anything more than fans already knew. However, the new shots do include Katy (played by Awkwafina) sliding a red sports car around the streets of San Francisco and loving every second of it. This is the same red car seen in the main trailer pulling up to where Shang-Chi and Katy work as hotel valets, so we can perhaps extrapolate that Awkwafina’s character takes it upon herself to go joy-riding in a customer’s automobile.
Shang-Chi On The Run
In another new shot, Shang-Chi is glimpsed running down a corridor at high speed. Shang-Chi isn’t inherently superhuman – he simply possesses mastery of martial arts and an affinity for chi, allowing him to break normal human limits – but shots such as this get across his supreme physical athleticism perfectly.
Shang-Chi Drops A Guy
Skipping right to the end of Marvel’s big trailer, there’s just enough time to fit in Shang-Chi doing more awesome martial arts stuff, and doing it well. In an extension of the bus fight scene, Shang-Chi punches a guy in the gut and sends him flying across the floor, much to Katy’s amazement. She obviously never saw this side of her pal before, and again, Shang-Chi‘s power is presented through stunning, yet still grounded, visuals.
Eternals – Salma Hayek’s Ajak
Not content with showing a few new shots from MCU movies that already have trailers online, Marvel’s new assembly of footage gives a promising first glimpse at Chloé Zhao’s Eternals, fresh from the director’s Oscars win. First up, Salma Hayek’s Ajak models for the cover of her upcoming country and western album. The leader of the Eternals who communes with Celestials, Ajak has ties to Central America in the Marvel comic books, worshiped by Aztecs in centuries past. This background could possibly explain the character’s presence on a distinctly un-alien plain.
Reports from Marvel Towers suggest that Kevin Feige and co. are extremely impressed with what Zhao has been able to achieve, visually speaking. That certainly comes across in this initial footage, with the Eternals involved in a beach ceremony during a beautiful sunset. Feige previously confirmed that a specific Eternals shot involved Zhao catching natural lightning at a certain time, and this is almost certainly the scene in question. Although the glare of the light obscures their faces, this ceremony seems to revolve around Lia McHugh’s Sprite. On the left, as far as can be made out, stands Barry Keoghan’s Druig.
If their faces weren’t visible in the previous shot, Marvel’s new Eternals footage gives a closer look at the main gang all together looking like a proper superhero team. From left to right, there’s Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Gemma Chan as Sersi, Richard Madden as Ikaris, Angelina Jolie as Thena, and Don Lee as Gilgamesh. The gang are in their plain clothes getup, as they’ve been blending into Earth’s society for the past few thousand years.
Need another reason to get excited? Angelina Jolie twirling and brandishing a glowing, golden sword should cover it. Seemingly constructed from delicate metals and glass and sporting an intricate engraving that crawls across the entire blade, Thena’s sword is directly connected to her power as an Eternal. Each of the group specialize in a specific form of energy manipulation, and Thena is able to construct weapons at will. The glowing sword she wields in Eternals is a product of this energy, and explains the unusual design.
The Eternals In Battle
The Eternals section of the new Marvel sizzle reel climaxes with a shot of the titular group seemingly in a battle situation, and this lineup (the third of the trailer) includes Thena, Gilgamesh, Kingo and Ikaris, but zooming in from the left-hand side, we also see Lauren Ridloff’s Makkari. Although the Walking Dead actress’ face isn’t clear, Makkari’s super-speed ability is the giveaway. The blue structure that serves as the background of this shot is the Ishtar Gate – a Babylonian monument that dates back to before the birth of Christ, and was constructed in the country now known as Iraq. Given that the Ishtar Gate currently sits in a German museum, this Eternals scene must surely be some kind of flashback explaining the group’s past on Earth.
“We’re The Ones Who Changed Everything”
Before the Eternals bid farewell (for now), Gemma Chan enigmatically utters “we’re the ones who changed everything,” as Kingo removes his sunglasses. Eternals will reveal exactly how these hidden God-like beings have influenced Earth’s history over the centuries, and why they opted to sit out of key events (cough *Thanos* cough). Sersi’s line here teases that while their impact might’ve gone unseen thus far, the Eternals have had a considerable hand in guiding the history of the MCU.
Spider-Man: No Way Home
Fresh out of new footage, the Marvel reel moves onto announcements for future titles and their release dates, some of which were already known, such as Spider-Man: No Way Home. The logo, date and title have long been out there, but given how long ago the film’s production started, it’s perhaps surprising that no footage for Tom Holland and the gang is included. Could Marvel Studios be hiding some multiverse-flavored secrets?
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness
Next, Benedict Cumberbatch’s second solo outing in Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness. Nothing new in the logo here, and the date remains unchanged, but with the benefit of WandaVision‘s hindsight, that red smoke is looking even more ominous.
Thor: Love & Thunder
Thor: Love & Thunder drops by, confirming the May 6 release date for Taika Waititi‘s upcoming sequel. Interestingly, this trailer opts for the electric blue coloring on the “Love and Thunder” aspect of the logo, whereas Marvel Studios were previously using a design with reddish-orange coloring.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Onto the juicy stuff now. Black Panther 2 had already been given a new July 8, 2022 release date in the wake of Chadwick Boseman’s death, but the official title remained unconfirmed. We now know that Ryan Coogler’s sequel will officially be titled Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Following the first Black Panther, T’Challa’s rallying cry of “Wakanda forever!” became a cultural movement in and of itself, particularly in the ongoing fight against racism. That alone makes it the perfect sequel title, but the loss of Black Panther‘s star adds a more poignant meaning, tacitly promising that Boseman’s legacy lives on.
The second of the new title reveals, while not as emotive, is richer in plot hints. Captain Marvel 2 is officially called The Marvels, and will release on November 11, 2022. The title refers to three separate MCU characters, the most obvious being Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers – the Captain Marvel who fought against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame. Secondly, there’s Monica Rambeau – a friend of Carol’s who was afforded superpowers thanks to Wanda Maximoff in WandaVision, and becomes “Captain Marvel” before Danvers in the Marvel comics. Rounding off the trio is Ms. Marvel, who will be played by Iman Vellani, and debut in her own Disney+ solo series. Notice the “S” in The Marvels‘ logo is a copy of the same letter from the Ms. Marvel logo.
Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania
The title for Ant-Man 3 was already widely known to be Ant-Man & The Wasp: Quantumania, but now we have a date – February 17, 2023. Expect plenty of reality-hopping action, as Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly fragrantly abuse the laws of the Quantum Realm once more.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3
After Disney made James Gunn recreate the Abe Simpson meme in reverse, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 has been made to wait until after the director’s duties on DC’s The Suicide Squad are complete. Star Lord’s mob will return on May 5, 2023. The trailer also reveals an updated logo, with a suitably retro power-up display.
Fantastic Four Tease
Back when Marvel announced Phase 4 of the MCU in front of a live Comic Con crowd, Kevin Feige teased the arrival of the Fantastic Four, but offered no firm details. A streaming service and a global pandemic later, little has changed, as the MCU cinematic trailer ends with the same mysterious “4” logo shown previously. More a reassurance that Marvel’s first family hasn’t been forgotten, the Fantastic Four could be the “Thanos” of Phase 4 – not in a villainous sense, but in terms of each film building toward something big. This time, it’s the arrival of new heroes instead of a genocidal Titan.
- Black Widow (2021)Release date: Jul 09, 2021
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)Release date: Sep 03, 2021
- Eternals (2021)Release date: Nov 05, 2021
- Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)Release date: Dec 17, 2021
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release date: Mar 25, 2022
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release date: May 06, 2022
- Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: Jul 08, 2022
- Captain Marvel 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania (2023)Release date: Feb 17, 2023
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023)Release date: May 05, 2023
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