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Marvel’s Big ‘Welcome Back to the Movies’ Sizzle Is Surprisingly Emotional

Ready or not, movies are back and Marvel Studios is prepared to welcome everyone back to theaters by ushering in a new decade of Marvel craziness with a big, surprisingly emotional sizzle reel that looks back with fondness on their past projects before casting an eye to a tantalizing future. In addition to some new footage of this summer’s Black Widow and Marvel’s upcoming kung fu epic Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, we also get our first look at freshly minted Oscar winner Chloe Zhao’s Eternals and some intriguing title reveals about what’s next in 2022 and beyond. The sequel to Black Panther will apparently be called Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and Captain Marvel will return in The Marvels.

You can forgive yourself for a lump in your throat about the Black Panther news for obvious reasons. Black Panther writer/director Ryan Coogler has stayed tight-lipped on where he plans to take his epic saga of the Wakandan royal family without Chadwick Boseman, but the movie has begun filming in Atlanta so expect news on that front soon. We already knew that the Captain Marvel sequel would be adding Iman Vellani (from Disney+’s upcoming Ms. Marvel series) and Teyonah Parris (Monica in WandaVision) to the cast, but the new title suggests that they’ll be actual leads alongside Brie Larson.

And then we’ll get into Spider-Man: No Way Home with Tom Holland and a rumored collection of former Spider-Man actors like Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield; Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, which is currently in the works from OG superhero movie director Sam Raimi; and Thor: Love and Thunder which will reunite Taika Waititi with Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman to take on Christian Bale. And even that’s not all, with Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3 and Ant-Man & the Wasp: Quantumania in the wings, while Marvel continues to tease the official introduction of the Fantastic Four to the MCU.

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That’s quite a bit for a little featurette but don’t sleep on the opening segment, with Marvel’s late longtime frontman Stan Lee waxing on the importance of family, acceptance and tolerance. Earth’s mightiest franchise didn’t get this far by not knowing how to pluck at those heart strings and this featurette absolutely delivers on that front. Nuff said.

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