2022 is filled with surprising news about Marvel's upcoming movies and TV shows. A look back at the biggest MCU news of the year.
In addition to being a year full of new MCU content, 2022 also saw a long string of memorable reveals related to Marvel movies and shows. It's been an exciting year for MCU fans with a flurry of casting news, movie announcements, and shocking returns. Some of these reveals have already come to fruition, while others relate to projects released in 2023, 2024 and 2025.
Going into 2022, there is already a lot to look forward to in the coming years. In addition to the three movies coming out and the Marvel Disney+ show coming out in 2022, it's no secret that movies like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum Mania" and "Marvel" are on the way. But there's still a lot of uncertainty about Marvel's plans for 2024 and beyond. But after 2022, the future of the MCU is significantly brighter. A look back at the best Marvel news of the year.
8/8 Professor X's Doctor Strange 2 Cameo
Marvel kicks off a strong year with the release of the first full trailer for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Its biggest highlight, without a doubt, is a line by Patrick Stewart that ruined his Cameo Professor X. By using the character, Marvel essentially proved that Fox's X-Men franchise had a place in the MCU's multiverse, and built up various theories that the X-Men character could join the MCU canon next.
7/8 Charlie Cox Returns As Daredevil In She-Hulk (& Beyond)
As it turns out, Charlie Cox's cameo as Daredevil in Spider-Man: No Way Home was just the beginning of Cox's presence in the MCU itself. At SDCC 2022, the release of the trailer for She-Hulk: The Lawyer confirmed that not only will Cox appear in the series as a character, but that he'll also be disguised as Daredevil, which is where No Way Out came from. Something that wasn't delivered. On the same day, speculation surrounding a potential fourth season of Daredevil on Disney+ ended with Marvel's Daredevil: Rebirth. Exactly how much the new show will tie into the events of the original remains to be seen, but the Dauntless taking an active role in the MCU (and becoming the protagonist of his own series again) is a scenario that has been discussed for years this point.
6/8 Ms. Marvel Is A Mutant In The MCU
Despite being the MCU's lowest-rated Disney+ show to date, Ms. Marvel dropped a bomb when its season finale revealed Kamala Khan's powers to stop From "mutation". Because of its connotations, the word alone has generated a huge backlash. By adding to the line, the MCU officially introduced its first-ever mutant, thus setting the stage for the X-Men at Marvel's leisure. Considering Ms. Marvel is an Inhuman in the comic books, making her a mutant wasn't an obvious choice for Marvel, which is why this moment is so surprising.
5/8 The Avengers Are Returning TWICE
Before SDCC 2022, it was hoped that Marvel would finally announce the fifth installment in the Avengers series. The studio went above and beyond when it announced not one but two films centered on Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Avengers: Dynasty Kang and Avengers: Secret Wars expect. Years after saving the world from Thanos, the heroes will reunite to take on Kang the Conqueror in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantum of Fury. A year later, the Avengers will return to the big screen for the sixth time in Avengers: Secret War, fighting an undisclosed threat.
Marvel has yet to reveal the team lineup for the two films, but confirms that both films are in the works A roadmap for its current franchise. Before this announcement, it was unclear where Marvel would take its characters in Phase 4. Now, it looks like these two movies will be the culmination of everything that happened in the multiverse saga, not unlike the way Avengers: Endgame was packaged in the Infinity saga.
4/8 Hugh Jackman's Wolverine Joins Deadpool 3
Of all the characters who have yet to appear in the MCU, arguably the most talked about character is Wolverine. However, there have long been concerns that, if and when Marvel uses him, it won't be able to best portray the character beyond Fox's Hugh Jackman rendition of the character in Fox's X-Men series. Those fears were at least partially assuaged when a video released by Ryan Reynolds confirmed that Jackman would play Wolverine in the MCU's Deadpool 3. Whether his character is with Stewart in Doctor Strange 2 or not, Jackman's foray into the MCU is sure to be memorable, especially since it will incorporate a pair of heroes popular in Marvel Comics via Deadpool and Wolverine.
3/8 Harrison Ford Is Joining The MCU As Thunderbolt Ross
Marvel adds to list of high-profile iconic characters The cast of the MCU settled on Harrison Ford as Captain America: The New World Order. In the Phase 5 film, Ford will replace William Hurt as General Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross. Hurt's death in March puts Ross' continued MCU connection in question, but with Ford playing the role in a movie with The Leader (the Hulk's main villain), it's possible he could follow in the footsteps of his comic counterpart. Footsteps, and being the Red Hulk is greater than ever.
2/8 After 16 Years, Tim Blake Nelson Will Return As The Leader
For Sam Wilson's first Captain America villain, Marvel chose a rogue-like gallery of unexpected heroes. Not only that, but the specific role it chose for this role is one that many have embraced and will never return to the big screen. At the end of The Incredible Hulk, Marvel introduced the Hulk's greatest villain by teasing Samuel Stearns' transformation into leader. That was more than a decade ago, but what happened to him has never been explained. At the D23 Expo, Marvel Studios announced that Tim Blake Nelson will return to the MCU as the leader of Captain America: The New World Order. this Being the leader of the film's main villain makes it possible for Marvel to finally do justice to the character and expose what he's been up to over the years.
1/8 Marvel's Thunderbolts Cast
Thunderbolts is one of several Marvel properties that have been subject to numerous rumors over the years. Shortly after confirming that Thunderbolts is in development for its Phase 5 slate, the studio released a cast list at D23. This photo shows the anti-hero's all-star cast, with every member of the team being an existing MCU character. Since there isn't much reason to doubt that Ghost and Taskmaster still have a place in the MCU, their inclusion is great news. As far as MCU fan favorites like The Winter Soldier and Yelena Belova are concerned, future MCU appearances are expected, but exactly where they'll end up remains unknown. The idea that several of these characters will appear in one movie has generated a lot of hype for the film, making Thunderbolts one of the most anticipated titles of Phase 5.