Top 5 on The Strip: Marvel stuff we’re anticipating edition

Loki series sea­son 2

We’re huge fans of Loki around here, and the God of Mischief’s first sea­son of his Dis­ney Plus show­case was fan­tas­tic. Sus­pense­ful and weird, Tom Hiddleston’s delight­ful Asgar­dian prince steals the Space Stone dur­ing the time heist as depicted in Avengers: Endgame and essen­tially learns there are vari­ants of him­self, and that the mul­ti­verse exists. The char­ac­ter devel­op­ment and growth are what did it for us, and we can’t wait to see where the flawed-but-redeemed god goes in the follow-up.

 

Shang-Chi and the Leg­end of the Ten Rings

The upcom­ing film focus­ing on Mar­vel super­hero Shang-Chi has the poten­tial to be huge. Fea­tur­ing wuxia and a comic book cor­rect ver­sion of the Man­darin, Shang-Chi looks to be a great mix of action and story, with our beloved Michelle Yeoh in yet another MCU role. We’re inter­ested to see how the Ten Rings plays into the larger MCU and their power and scope as com­pared to other arti­facts we’ve seen. Also, lead actor Simu Liu is hot, as is the esteemed leg­end Tony Leung.

 

Black Pan­ther: Wakanda Forever

The sequel to our top-three Mar­vel movie con­tender is shap­ing up nicely. We were ini­tially unsure how the film would move for­ward with the death of Chad­wick Bose­man, but it seems that it will be addressed in the open­ing scenes. Con­firm­ing that he will not be recast is a great start, because we wouldn’t watch it if Mar­vel did. There will be a new Black Pan­ther mantle-holder, and we expect this follow-up will be glorious.

 

Doc­tor Strange and the Mul­ti­verse of Madness

We like Dr. Strange around here, and he’s impor­tant enough to war­rant another few movies. With the end of Wan­daVi­sion, Dr. Strange’s sequel film will be impor­tant in the grand scheme of Marvel’s machine for Phase Four. The events of the first MCU show and Loki made it plain that Dr. Strange will be needed to tra­verse the mad­ness unleashed by the intro­duc­tion of the mul­ti­verse and Kang the Con­queror, so this is film has quickly become impor­tant to the future of the MCU.

 

New squads introduced

It did not escape notice that there were sev­eral char­ac­ters intro­duced recently that could poten­tially form other groups out­side of the Avengers. Wan­daVi­sion intro­duced Wic­can and Speed, Wanda’s kids in Young Avengers; Mon­ica Ram­beau, who is a Cap­tain Mar­vel title­holder; and, Agatha Hark­ness, who could join any num­ber of vil­lain groups. Cap­tain Amer­ica and the Win­ter Sol­dier intro­duced Eli Bradley, who is Patriot of the Young Avengers; Val, who is Madame Hydra at some point; and, U.S. Agent, a mem­ber of Dark Avengers and Thun­der­bolts. Loki gave us a hybrid Lady Loki/Enchantress in Sylvie and Kid Loki, who is part of Young Avengers. Black Widow pro­vided Yelena Belova, who becomes Black Widow II, and Shang-Chi’s trailer con­firmed Abom­i­na­tion is still around.

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