Steven graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, focusing on film studies, journalism and theatre arts. Dubbed a "prolific" writer by Hollywood icon Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation), Steven has been honored by the Arkansas College Media Association for his story writing prowess. He has also received recognition for his dramatic writing from the Eerie, Shriekfest and Screamfest horror film festivals. Publications include: Carroll County News, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo and Moroch.
SAN DIEGO — Oh, it is a Marvelous day! You're sun-drenched; it's 72 degrees lead. The conditions lead to some pesky sweat torturing the pores, but it won't dampen spirits as fans around the world clamor excitedly for the Moby Dick of all Comic-Con panels at this year's #SDCC: Marvel Studios.
Comic-Con International pulls out their biggest gun in Hall H this evening. And ladies and gentlemen, it's time to see what comes after Avengers: #Endgame in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. How will the franchise ever survive without Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.)? For those skeptics out there, it will survive because the comic books offer a wealth of characters and source material for the film studio to draw from.
So, what should fans expect Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige to discuss? Well, fans should prepare for Feige to unveil Marvel's plans for Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe through approximately the year 2022, perhaps 2023. In addition, Feige will announce many of the Disney + shows debuting on their new, upcoming streaming service. The website launches on November 12: https://preview.disneyplus.com/
The following is a list of films/programs that should be mentioned tonight along with release dates, possible footage/trailers and appearances by A-List talent.
What we know:
1. The Black Widow solo film (this is likely the MCU installment scheduled for May 2020 since it is the only KNOWN movie project in production).
2. The Loki Disney + limited series in which actor Tom Hiddleston is rumored to reprise the iconic role of the God of Mischief.
3. The Eternals (film) starring Angelina Jolie. Fans should expect to see virtually the entire cast put in a surprise appearance tonight.
4. "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3" (film)
5. "Black Panther" sequel
6. "Doctor Strange" sequel
7. Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu feature film OR Disney + series.
8. "WandaVision" limited series on Disney + starring Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany.
9. The Falcon and Winter Soldier/White Wolf Disney + limited series starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan. Rumors suggest that actors Daniel Bruhl and Emily Van Camp will also appear in the show.
10. A "What If...?" animated series for Disney + is being developed. Feige said actors and actresses from the MCU will provide their voices for the series. Feige also gave an example of a storyline which might appear during the show:
"What if... Peggy Carter was the one who became a super soldier and Steve Rogers still joined the fight, only with a suit made by Howard Stark?"
11. A "Ghost Rider" project is coming to Hulu. Actor Gabriel Luna reprises his role as Ghost Rider/Robbie Reyes after appearing on "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD."
12. An untitled sequel to "Thor: Ragnarok" is greenlit. Actor Chris Hemsworth and director Taika Waititi have both inked deals to return.
13. Another Hulu project will feature Daimon Hellstrom.
14. Hulu renewed "Marvel's Runaways" for Season 3.
15. Tom Holland reportedly signed a contract for three "Spider-Man" standalone films and three "other" appearances in the MCU. This leaves one more #Spidey adventure for Holland which will in all likelihood be announced in the presentation of Marvel's Phase 4 of feature films.
16. With over $1.1 billion at the global box office, rest assured Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) is getting a "Captain Marvel" sequel. With the Skrulls appearing heavily in "Spider-Man: Far From Home," and that seemingly useless post-credit scene, you can bet Marvel is setting the stage for a follow-up. The Skrulls could also point to "Secret Wars."
This is a lot of material to cover in two hours, and there are still the overwhelming questions and mystery surrounding Phase 4.
What we don't know:
1. Who will be the big baddie causing the heroes to unite in another "Avengers" sequel? Is this an opportunity for Dr. Doom or Galactus to step into the MCU and along with them Silver Surfer and the Fantastic Four?
2. Will the MCU explore "Secret Wars" as rumored by the online community? Will this be the debut of Adam Warlock, or is he secretly — get it? — attached to "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3?"
3. Iron Man and Captain America's storylines are complete, and Thor appears to be teaming with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Plus, there's "Thor 4." Of these so-called Core 4 MCU characters, where does this leave the Hulk/Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo)? Is a Red Hulk storyline, a Professor Hulk origin and/or a cameo in "Black Widow" possible? What about a rumored Spidey/Hulk team-up? Is this rumor the "Spider-Man: Far From Home" sequel? More questions than answers for Hulk, unfortunately. Surely, he will appear in Phase 4, right?
4. Where will Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) appear in Phase 4? Will he appear at all? A standalone film is highly unlikely, but a team-up with Black Widow isn't out of the realm of possibility. Don't be surprised if fans see a reunion between Clint and Natasha in 2020 even if it's just a cameo in her standalone movie.
5. "Avengers 5" and beyond. How crafty is Feige? Don't think for two seconds that he hasn't mapped out the journey to the next Avengers' vehicle.
6. How will the X-Men fit into the MCU? When? Where? Will the Avengers and X-Men unite in "Avengers 5" to thwart the coming threat? Adding Mutants to the MCU can only make things more intriguing. How much fun would a Hulk/Wolverine team-up movie be? And will Sony's cast (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, et cetera, join the fray? Are those actors tired of playing Professor X and Magneto respectively?
7. Have we truly seen the end of Tony Stark and Steve Rogers? Black Widow apparently was whisked away from the clutches of death, courtesy Professor Hulk's determination to bring her back with the snap. Don't believe for two seconds that the standalone Black Widow film is set completely in the past.
Do not drink the Kool-Aid. She's alive, friends. And with all those Infinity Stones and timelines, Tony and Steve can both return. Well, that is if Marvel wants to pony up the cash for Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans. Show them the money!
8. The Mulitverse? Is it or isn't it? According to #Endgame, it exists. If you listen to Mysterio in "Spider-Man: Far From Home," there is a multiverse. Oh, wait, he's a liar! Time for Marvel to address the big, fat, pink elephant in the room. Hall H seems the perfect venue.
9. Will Venom face off and/or team up with Tom Holland's Spider-Man in the MCU? This seems a certainty, but the future is still shrouded in doubt.
10. A glimpse of A-Force — a superhero team composed solely of women — was provided during the final battle in "Endgame." Was that a shock-and-awe moment, or does Feige have the guts to pull the trigger and bring all those talented actresses together for an unforgettable team-up movie?
#Marvel's two-hour panel doesn't start until 5:15 p.m. PDT, but there is still plenty happening the rest of the day in #HallH. Here's today's schedule:
Enter the Star Trek Universe Panel
"Over 50 years ago, the world was first introduced to what would quickly become a cultural phenomenon for the ages. Star Trek broke barriers then and continues to do so now, inspiring people of all generations and walks of life with its celebration of cultural diversity, scientific exploration, and the pursuit of uncharted frontiers.
Today, the Star Trek universe continues to thrive, exploring all new missions for Starfleet. CBS All Access invites you to join the cast and producers of its hit series Star Trek: Discovery and be the first to hear about two new upcoming additions to the Star Trek universe: the highly anticipated new series Star Trek: Picard starring Sir Patrick Stewart, and the animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks.
Star Trek: Discovery cast scheduled to appear include Sonequa Martin-Green alongside executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Michelle Paradise, and Heather Kadin, with series guest star Tig Notaro, who plays Chief Engineer Reno, moderating the conversation.
Star Trek: Lower Decks will feature co-creator and executive producer Mike McMahan and surprise guests sharing an exclusive first look at the upcoming animated series. Star Trek: Picard cast members will come together for the series’ first Comic-Con.
The panel will feature, Sir Patrick Stewart, Alison Pill, Michelle Hurd, Evan Evagora, Isa Briones, Santiago Cabrera, and Harry Treadaway, alongside executive producers Alex Kurtzman, Michael Chabon, Akiva Goldsman, and Heather Kadin."
"HBO's Emmy-winning series Westworld returns for its third season in 2020. Creators, executive producers, and directors Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy and cast members Thandie Newton, Aaron Paul, Tessa Thompson, Evan Rachel Wood, and Jeffrey Wright, will present an early look at the forthcoming third season of the drama series, a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the birth of a new form of life on Earth. Moderated by futurist Amy Webb."
The 20th Anniversary of Animation Show of Shows
"Ron Diamond (Animation Show of Shows curator and producer), Andrew Chesworth, and Bobby Pontillas (directors of the 2019 Oscar nominated One Small Step) discuss their creative journey. Los Angeles Times critic Charles Solomon said that the films in 'the 20th edition demonstrate that in the right hands, animation can be a vehicle for personal expression as powerful and intimate as drawing, painting, or sculpture.'"
Entertainment Weekly: Women Who Kick Ass
"A discussion among fierce, fearless actresses Shohreh Aghdashloo (The Expanse), Freema Agyeman (New Amsterdam, Doctor Who), Betty Gilpin (The Hunt, GLOW), Ruby Rose (Batwoman), and Cobie Smulders (Stumptown) who open up about the power and privilege of playing women that redefine the rules and refuse to yield."
"Marvel Studios president and producer Kevin Feige and surprise panelists provide an inside look at the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe."
Kevin Smith Reboots Hall H
"Like long lines and oversized giveaway bags, Ink Pot Award-winner Kevin Smith has become an inevitable fixture of Comic-Con. But instead of hitting the stage and talking about past glories like he usually does, this year Smitty's bringing a new movie to Hall H-a new flick that's built on . . . past glories. See the world premiere of the Jay & Silent Bob Reboot trailer, followed by a Hall H-only sneak preview of the movie-within-a-movie scene from the reboot Jay and Silent Bob are trying to stop: Bluntman V Chronic ! Joined by star Jason Mewes and other funny folks from the flick, this panel will be far from Silent, Bob!"