Happy Monday, kids! This isn’t just any Monday — it’s the Monday after San Diego Comic Con, which means this entire piece is dedicated to the announcements Marvel made at SDCC!
Which were, frankly…a little lackluster. In this age of Twitter and Tumblr and Internet leaks (Could I sound older and more crotchety?) it’s difficult to keep a thing entirely under wraps. So even though SDCC is essentially a gigantic press conference/advertisement, most of what Marvel debuted at their panels was already kind of expected by diligent fans.
In fact, what might have been more noteworthy is that one of the biggest rumors that had
been circling Twitter never came to fruition: Marvel did not announce a Captain Marvel movie. Instead, they announced Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (a week before the release of the first one — that’s confidence!), and that Evangeline Lilly of Lost will be playing Hope Van Dyne in Ant-Man alongside Corey Stoll, who will play the villain Yellowjacket. They showed some new footage from Age of Ultron. That was…pretty much it. Marvel fans took to the Internet to express their disappointment at the lack of Carol Danvers, a Black Widow solo film, Black Panther, and Hulk announcements — the Black Panther and Hulk rumors seemed to be generated entirely from a fake image that was going around Tumblr announcing all of Marvel’s movies through 2019, ending with The Inhumans.
While the movie announcements certainly attracted the most fanfare, Marvel also put out a few blurbs about upcoming books, most notably Star Wars, which they acquired from Dark Horse as a part of their being absorbed into the Disney hivemind.
Marvel will publish three initial Star Wars books: the main Star Wars ongoing will be written by Jason Aaron and drawn by John Cassaday, Star Wars: Darth Vader will be helmed by Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larocca,
and Star Wars: Princess Leia will be written by Mark Waid and drawn by Terry Dodson.
As for your regular ol’ Marvel properties:
Spider-Woman will be getting her own solo book! Don’t get too excited, it’s being drawn by Greg Land (and written by Dennis Hopeless). With this announcement, Marvel continues the proud tradition of female characters being written and drawn by dudes. Plus, Greg Land. Really, you guys? Are you even trying?
The Death of Wolverine just won’t die: expect two spin off books, Death of Wolverine: The Weapon X Program, and Death of Wolverine: Captain America & Deadpool (which will be the first appearance of wrinkly Steve Rogers).
Chew’s John Layman will be taking over writing the new-ish Cyclops book from Greg Rucka, which doesn’t matter at all because it is still a book about Cyclops.
A new S.H.I.E.L.D ongoing will feature mini-arcs to be written by a rotating cast of artists, kicked off by Mark Waid in December.
The Women of Marvel panel happened, and Axel Alonso said some things about “affirmative action” versus good business practice that could have been interpreted as kind of terrible, spawning a premature internet rage briefly, but in the end, he was being pretty much just pleasant and fine. As you were, everyone.
Oh yeah, there is also going to be a Guardians of the Galaxy cartoon. Man, Marvel is really putting a lot of eggs in the talking raccoon/giant tree-dude basket, aren’t they?
Did I forget anything? I was moving apartments this weekend while trying to keep tabs on SDCC announcements, so I may have missed a few things! If I did, let me know!