In a goosebumps-inducing trailer, Marvel Studios celebrated an anticipated return to the movies, not only recapping some of its greatest moments, but also rolling out tantalizing peeks of its upcoming movie slate.
The snippet featured a voiceover from the late Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee as clips of the previous MCU hits played: "That man next to you, he's your brother," Lee said in the clip, featuring his words from a viral video against intolerance he recorded in 2017. "That woman over there, she's your sister. We're all part of one big universe."
A title card reads, "We go to escape, to get lost in a story, to feel connected, to share moments we will remember forever" before the Marvel montage shows an opening night movie audience going bonkers during the climactic final battle from 2019's "Avengers: Endgame" to prove the point.
The video then switches to Marvel Studios' opening fanfare and snippets of its pandemic-delayed releases -- "Black Widow," opening July 9, and "Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings," opening Sept. 3 -- and then to a never-before-seen peek of "Eternals," opening Nov. 5, from Oscar-winning director Chloé Zhao.
"What the future brings will be worth the wait," a title card promises, teasing the titles and release dates of its "Phase 4" films: "Spider-Man: No Way Home" on Dec. 17; "Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness" on March 25, 2022; "Thor: Love and Thunder" on May 6, 2022; "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever" on July 8, 2022; "The Marvels" on Nov. 11, 2022; "Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania" on Feb. 17, 2023; and "Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3" on May 5, 2023.
And for an added easter egg, a "4" pops up that is reminiscent of the logo for Fantastic Four, another anticipated project.
"See you at the movies," the clip concludes.
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Joe Russo -- one-half of the directing duo behind numerous MCU offerings -- previously opened up about his belief that moviegoing will "swing back hard" when theaters reopen and reflected on the impact of seeing a film like "Endgame," which he directed with brother Anthony Russo, on the big screen.
"'Avengers: Endgame' was unequivocally the most profound experience in our careers because we'd never been in a theater with that much energy, inclusive of the movies that we loved as children like this," he said. "It just seemed that this culmination of this 10-year experience became suddenly a communal event. You know, a global communal event."
"Everyone wanted to vocalize and participate and let everyone in the theater know how they were feeling, and cheer and gasp and jump up and down," Russo added. "We'd never seen anything like that, and I hope we get to experience that again in another film that we haven't directed, that we can just be fans of and sit and enjoy with everyone else."
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