Comic-Con Update: Marvel announces Phase Five and Six, two Avengers movies & more

Chris Tilly
An image of the Fantastic Four comics, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever's poster and the first look at Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quauntumania

San Diego Comic-Con 2022 is upon us, with the big studios bringing their movies and shows to this celebration of all things geeky and fun.

We’ll be covering the convention by posting news stories and reactions to the most exciting announcements as well as the best clips and trailers that debut.

And you don’t have to hunt for those pieces, as we’ll gather them all together here, splitting the stories into TV and Movies. So bookmark this page and return for the very best of Comic-Con.

TV trailers and announcements at Comic-Con 2022

First to drop is a House of the Dragon trailer that promises political intrigue comparable to the show from which it’s spinning off, Game of Thrones.

We also got a National Treasure: Edge of History teaser. Though our first look at this sequel to the Nicolas Cage movie doesn’t reveal much.

We also learned more about a smattering of MCU animated shows. Notably, we learned some casting details about Spider-Man: Freshman Year; best of all, Charlie Cox as Daredevil.

There was also news of a Walking Dead spin-off for Rick and Michonne, alongside details of when the last episodes of TWD would air.

While Amazon’s wildly expensive Lord of the Rings series The Rings of Power debuted a trailer and introduced the show’s huge cast onstage.

There wasn’t any new footage from House of the Dragon during the show’s panel, but George R.R. Martin revealed he’s seen nine episodes of the new series, and he’s “very happy” so far.

The Simpsons announced a double Treehouse of Horror as part of the 34th season, with parodies of It and Death Note.

Batwheels, DC’s first preschool animated series, showcased a teaser trailer with a catchy tune. However, one of the biggest takeaways was hearing Ethan Hawke’s Batman voice for the first time.

There was loads of Star Trek news during the franchise’s panel: we’re getting the original Next Generation cast back for Star Trek: Picard Season 3; and the worlds of Lower Decks and Strange New Worlds are colliding in a live-action crossover.

The Sandman panel closed with a new trailer, daring Netflix viewers to “dream dangerously” in the long-awaited adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s comic book.

Movie trailers and announcements at Comic-Con 2022

Dwayne Johnson introduced a new Black Adam trailer, dressed as Black Adam. On being asked if the character could defeat Superman in a fight, he said “depends on who’s playing Superman.”

On the same panel, Zachary Levi introduced the first Shazam! Fury of the Gods trailer, which features Helen Mirren and Lucy Liu as the villainous Daughters of Atlas.

Eagerly anticipated sequel John Wick 4 debuted an action-packed trailer finds the title character having something of an existential crisis.

Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Amongst Thieves debuted a first trailer which has definite Guardians of the Galaxy vibes. The film stars Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez and Hugh Grant.

The new Predator movie Prey played for fans. Before the screening, director Dan Trachtenberg compared it to Mad Max: Fury Road. While afterwards, the film received a standing ovation.

We’ve seen Prey too, and while we can’t write a review until the embargo lifts on August 4, I was able to Tweet my reaction…

Ahead of Marvel’s Hall H panel, there has been a small reveal: the first look at Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror, the villain of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.

Kevin Feige dove in at the deep end: right from the off, he declared that Phase Four is ending with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, before announcing the entirety of the Phase Five timeline.

This includes Captain America 4, which got a release date and official title, and the Thunderbolts villain movie, which will be the last film in Phase Five.

She-Hulk: Attorney at Law showed a new trailer ahead of its August release on Disney+, which featured Charlie Cox back in his Daredevil suit after four years.

Then came some serious announcements: first up was the confirmation of Fantastic Four and its release date. Not only that, but it’s the first film of Phase Six of the MCU.

What’s next, I hear you ask? Nothing too big, just two Avengers movies – Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars, both hitting cinemas in the same year, Matrix Reloaded/Revolutions style.

Before the panel ended, fans got to see the first trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Trailers for Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 were also shown, but they haven’t yet been released to the public.

What is San Diego Comic-Con?

San Diego Comic-Con is the biggest comic/tv/film convention in the world. The show kicked off in 1969, but officially become the San Diego Comic-Con – or SDCC – in 1973.

An early home for the convention was the El Cortez Hotel in downtown San Diego. The show then moved to the Convention and Performing Arts Center, before rooting itself at the newly opened San Diego Convention Center in 1991.

Attendance has topped 130,000 in recent years, with SDCC filling that Convention Center as well as scores of satellite locations like hotels, bars, and even parks.

When is San Diego Comic-Con?

San Diego Comic-Con is at the end of July every year. Meaning the 2022 edition has already started thanks to “Preview Night” on Wednesday, July 20.

But the convention proper begins today – July 21 – and runs until Sunday – July 24.

As previously mentioned, there are hundreds of panels and events all over town for the duration of the show, but if you check out our San Diego Comic-Con schedule, you can see that most of the big TV and Movie announcements happen on Saturday. Which well then get posted here as-and-when they happen.