Marvel has announced a bumper crop of 10 new superhero movies at Comic Con.
Marvel studios president Kevin Feige, flanked by dozens of Hollywood stars, revealed the post-Avengers roster of films to a stunned hall in San Diego.
Many attendees at world’s largest pop-culture fan convention had camped out to reserve a seat for the event.
One major surprise was the announcement of Oscar winner Mahershala Ali as Blade the vampire hunter, a role played by Wesley Snipes in the 1998 film.
There was rapturous applause and screams as Ali took to the stage to reveal he would take on the role of the day walker.
Natalie Portman will play a female Thor
Natalie Portman confirmed her return to a fourth Thor film – Thor: Love and Thunder – reprising her role as Jane Foster, but this time wielding the power of the Thor hammer.
“Feels pretty good. I’ve always had a little hammer envy,” Portman told the delighted crowd after being handed the hammer by director Taika Watiti.
Portman’s role is based on Jason Aaron’s comic book series that sees Jane Foster become the mighty lady Thor when Thor Odison finds himself unworthy of picking up the hammer.
Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson will also return for the film.
Earlier the audience were teased with number of new productions and sequels from phase four of the Marvel cinematic universe.
The first film to be announced was The Eternals. The cast includes Angelina Jolie, and Salma Hayek appeared on stage in front of the excited audience to talk about their new roles.
Jolie, who will play Thena, told the crowd: “I’m going to work ten times harder because I think what it means to be a part of the MCU, what it means to be an Eternal, to be part of this family. I know what we all need to do.”
After months of speculation, Marvel finally confirmed the first details of the eagerly anticipated Black Widow starring Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff.
The film has been in production for 30 days with a teaser trailer showing early scenes in Budapest.
Johansson told the panel: “I get to play Natasha as a fully realized woman, in all of her many facets.”
A number of Marvel series were also announced which would be available on the new Disney+ streaming service including Loki and Hawkeye.
Feige ended the panel by telling a cheering audience that he did not have time to talk about a host of other films.
“We didn’t mention that we’re making Black Panther 2, we didn’t mention the fact that Guardian of the Galaxies 3 is coming.
“We didn’t have time to talk about Captain Marvel 2, and I didn’t have time to talk about the Fantastic 4 and there’s no time to talk about Mutants,” he told a delighted crowd.(BBC)