Marvel slates 'Eternals,' 'Dr. Strange' sequel, Natalie Portman as Lady Thor, 'Blade' reboot for Phase Four
Hollywood Nation: 43-year-old Oscar winner Angelina Jolie is reportedly in talks to star in Marvel's 'The Eternals' about a race of immortal beings who shape history while living on Earth.
At San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, the Disney powerhouse announced several new projects in the works at the blockbusterfactory, which has shown impressive leaps in diversity as well as critical acclaim in its cast: Three upcoming projects will star Oscar winners.
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced plans for the first two years of “Phase Four,” which will include Natalie Portman as Lady Thor in "Thor 4: Love and Thunder," Angelina Jolie as immortal Thena in “The Eternals” and a “Blade” reboot starring Mahershala Ali.
Kumail Nanjiani, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, director Chloe Zhao, Lia McHugh, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, Lauren Ridloff and Don Lee of Marvel Studios' "The Eternals" pose for a photo at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2019 Marvel Studios Panel in Hall H on July 20, 2019. (Getty)
The stars assembled in the San Diego Convention Center’s Hall H as Feige ticked through the release calendar for 2020 and 2021 movie by movie, giving official cast lists, release dates, titles and logos for everything from “Black Widow,” to the Benedict Cumberbatch-led “Doctor Strange” sequel, said to be the first terrifying installment of the mega-franchise.
“I’m so excited to be here,” Jolie gushed, promising to work “10 times harder” than she has on any of her other action roles because she knows what it means to “be part of the MCU” and “part of this family.”
Fellow “Eternals” castmates including Richard Madden (Ikaris), Kumail Nanjiani, Salma Hayek (Ajak), Don Lee (Gilgamesh), Lia McHugh (Sprite) and Brian Tyree Henry, as well as director Chloé Zhao, joined Jolie at the event.
“I just really, really wanted to make a Marvel movie for so long,” Zhao said.
It’s set for release on Nov. 6, 2020, after “Black Widow” kicks things off on May 1 with Scarlett Johansson, as well as “Stranger Things” breakout David Harbour, Rachel Weisz and Florence Pugh. Audiences got a look at some early footage from the Cate Shortland-directed film showing Johansson and Pugh in some "Bourne Identity"-style hand-to-hand combat.
Marvel also revealed that newcomer Simu Liu will be playing the lead role in “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,” directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and coming to theaters on Feb. 12, 2021. He’ll star alongside Awkwafina and Chinese actor Tony Leung, who is playing The Mandarin. A different version of The Mandarin previously appeared in "Iron Man 3."
“This is the craziest, craziest dream,” said Liu, who was literally cast on Tuesday.