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From Morbius to Ms. Marvel: The MCU is Expanding

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

By Isabel Pulgarin

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Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU) is introducing new adaptations of characters and new stories this summer. Two Marvel fanatics, sophomore graphic design major Brian Guerrero and junior photography major Maria Garcia, are excited for new characters like Morbius and new installments like “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness."

“I’m actually really excited for all the upcoming releases because after “[SpiderMan:] No Way Home” we could see that everything is in chaos right now,” said Garcia. “I really want to see how it’s going to affect everything in the MCU.”

All new releases will debut in theaters and eventually be streamed on Disney+. Here’s your summer 2022 Marvel lineup:

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“Moon Knight” – now streaming on Disney+

Starring “X-Men: Apocalypse” villain and “Star Wars” actor Oscar Isaac, this series follows Steven Grant, a gift shop employee, as he discovers he has dissociative identity disorder (DID) and shares his mind and body with mercenary Marc Spector. As their enemies come after them, Steven and Marc must unite their personalities to solve a mystery.

Guerrero is intrigued by this film’s comedy-horror approach and is “also excited [about] how trippy it’s going be.”

“Morbius” – Now in Theaters

This thriller follows a biochemist turned vampire on a quest for a cure for a rare blood disease that is plaguing him.

“I’m really excited for ‘Morbius’ because I’ve read theories that it’s in Andrew Garfield’s universe, and I think that’s really cool,” said Garcia, referencing the Sony trilogy, “The Amazing Spider-Man” where Garfield played Spider-Man in two installments.

After the chaos unleashed by Tom Holland and Benedict Cumberbatch in “SpiderMan: No Way Home”–when the multiverse collided–Doctor Strange is faced with a new rival in this sequel: a version of himself with three eyes.

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This second installment of “Doctor Strange” combines “X-Men” and “WandaVision." Cumberbatch plays his Sorcerer Supreme character and versions of himself from other universes. As of Marvel’s April 6 trailer, Wong, played by Benedict Wong, and Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen, both fight against an unknown villain. As an added plot twist, it seems Scarlet Witch becomes a villain.

“Ms. Marvel” – streaming on Disney+ June 8

This long-awaited series is about New Jersey’s Ms. Marvel Kamala Khan, MCU’s first Muslim superhero. Khan is a teenage superhero fan whose role model is Captain Marvel—then she gets her own powers. Khan always felt like an outsider, and it isn’t until she gains her powers does she find out why.

“Thor: Love and Thunder” – in theaters July 8

The fourth Thor installment and sequel to “Thor: Ragnarok” has one of the most star-studded MCU casts with Oscar winners Russell Crowe, Natalie Portman, Christian Bale, and director Taika Waititi, featuring actress and producer Tessa Thompson.

In this potential blockbuster, Thor continues his journey with the Guardians and must defend New Asgard and its people from Gorr the God Butcher. The Asgardians must also find the mighty God of Thunder. This summer, take a trip to the theaters to watch this new influx of Marvel movies or get with your friends for a watch party of the new Disney+ shows. Amazing Spider-Man” where Garfield played Spider-Man in two installments. “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”

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