Marvel fans got several surprises at the Marvel Cinematic Universe panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2022, including the confirmation that the upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, will mark the official ending of Phase 4.
Though the current phase has only a handful of canon projects left in its run, there are still several comic characters that have been confirmed to be introduced into the Marvel Cinematic Universe before the beginning of Phase 5.
Tatiana Maslany’s Marvel Cinematic Universe debut as Jennifer Walters, the She-Hulk is on the horizon. This August, the character will be receiving her own nine-episode legal procedural series on Disney+ entitled She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, which will feature her superhero origin and will explore Jennifer’s relationship with her cousin Bruce.
She-Hulk’s introduction portends major things to come in the franchise with her character, who is a major member of the Avengers in the comics. As such, fans are already getting excited to see her interact with several MCU heroes in her solo series and beyond in what is sure to be a long and successful tenure in the franchise.
Jameela Jamil will soon debut as the primary antagonist of the upcoming She-Hulk Disney+ series, Titania. Audiences have gotten brief looks at Jamil’s supervillain in the show’s two trailers and, though initial reactions have mocked her look, the actress and the producers behind the show promise that the MCU’s Titania will not disappoint.
Though not an A-list supervillain from Marvel comics, Titania’s debut is noteworthy for the character of She-Hulk, who has had frequent scuffles with the supervillain throughout their comics history. While it is yet unclear whether Titania will appear in any projects outside of She-Hulk, fans can rest assured that she will provide a sufficient threat against Maslany’s superhero.
Namor The Sub-Mariner
A recent trailer for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever revealed that Tenoch Huerta will indeed be playing the king of Atlantis, Namor the Sub-Mariner, in the film. Namor has been long rumored to be the villain of Wakanda Forever and is expected to be set up for a major role moving forward in the MCU.
Namor is a major character from Marvel Comics who debuted early in the company’s history. He is considered to be Marvel’s “first mutant” in terms of publication, making his debut shortly after the revelation of the MCU’s first mutant, Kamala Khan, quite timely. Fans can likely expect to see plenty more from Huerta in the franchise after the events of Wakanda Forever.
Taking the form of a legal procedural, She-Hulk will feature several superheroes and supervillains that, for one reason or another, have trouble with the law. One such hero is Frog-Man, who is briefly seen during a recent trailer shot and will be played by an as-yet undisclosed actor.
Frog-Man is a largely comedic character that has acted as both a hero and a villain in Marvel Comics. His presence in She-Hulk highlights one of the show’s most exciting qualities in that it promises to bring even the most obscure Marvel characters into the limelight. Fans can continue to get excited about what other characters will join Frog-Man for their MCU debut.
Marvel recently confirmed that the Namor villain Attuma will be making his first MCU appearance in Wakanda Forever, where he will be portrayed by Alex Livinalli. The actor made an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con 2022 to confirm his casting.
The appearance of Attuma in Wakanda Forever could indicate the direction of the film’s plot, which sees Namor engage in war against the nation of Wakanda. However, given Attuma’s reputation in Marvel comics as a villain far worse than Namor has ever been, it may be that Wakanda Forever ends with an alliance between Atlantis and Wakanda to take down a common enemy.
The Wrecking Crew
A recent trailer for She-Hulk: Attorney at Law seems to confirm the first live-action appearance of the supervillain team known as the Wrecking Crew. In Marvel Comics, this group most often consists of four criminals: Wrecker, Bulldozer, Thunderball, and Piledriver, who use super-powered construction materials to commit their criminal acts.
The Wrecking Crew is a fun B-list group of supervillains that turn up from time to time in Marvel Comics as a relatively minor threat to whatever hero they may face in any given appearance. They have faced off against the likes of She-Hulk, Spider-Man, and the Defenders over the years, making them quite accomplished villains that could be quite fun when adapted into the MCU.
The latest trailer for She-Hulk depicted the titular superhero in what appears to be a support group for superpowered people. Among this smorgasbord of cameos is a character who closely resembles an obscure antagonist from Marvel Comics, El Aguila, a Zorro-themed villain known for his skirmishes with Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
Though the appearance of El Aguila has not been officially confirmed by Marvel Studios, the mystery character’s resemblance to his comic book counterpart is too spot-on to deny. While the villain appears to be a very low-level threat in a world only increasing in superpowered people, the character has endless comedic potential as a member of this apparent support group.
Among a litany of cameos in She-Hulk‘s superhero/villain support group is another character who appears to be modeled after the low-level villain Man-Bull. Man-Bull is a rarely depicted supervillain who, as his name implies, closely resembles a bull, giving him enhanced strength and the ability to empathize with animals of the bovine species.
While it is likely that Man-Bull will only appear in a cameo during She-Hulk, it is interesting to note that the character made his first appearance as an enemy of Daredevil, who has been confirmed to be appearing in the series. The D-list supervillain may in fact cross paths with Charlie Cox’s Daredevil, who could very well be the one to bring Man-Bull to justice.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever has been confirmed to introduce the Atlantean princess Namora, who will be portrayed by Mabel Cadena in the MCU. While little has been seen of the character in any promotional material, fans can expect to see plenty of Cadena’s new character during the events of the upcoming Black Panther sequel as Atlantis and Wakanda prepare for war.
Marvel fans will immediately recognize Namora as the predecessor to Namorita, a cloned version of the original Atlantean princess that goes on to become a notable superhero in the Marvel Universe. The coming of Namora could herald yet another major addition to the MCU’s superhero ranks as Cadena could prove to be one of Phase 4’s most formative heroes.
After months of speculation regarding Riri Williams’ involvement in Wakanda Forever, it was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con 2022 that Dominique Thorne will indeed be making her MCU debut as the up-and-coming superhero in the highly-anticipated finale to Phase 4.
Fans know that Riri Williams is fated to become her own iron-clad superhero in her spinoff Disney+ series, Ironheart, which will premiere in 2024 as part of the MCU’s Phase 5. Wakanda Forever, however, will set up the character’s backstory and position her to take on the legacy of the late Tony Stark, making Riri Williams one of Phase 4’s most exciting introductions.