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Comic-Con: Marvel’s big night spotlights ‘Doctor Strange,’ ‘Captain Marvel’ and ‘Black Panther’

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Not to be outdone by a spectacular display from DC Comics, Marvel left Hall H buzzing on Saturday night — unfurling the studio’s new trailer for this fall’s “Doctor Strange,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and announcing that Oscar winner Brie Larson has been cast as Captain Marvel.

And because these big announcements are rolled out with precision, another Oscar-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o, announced Saturday that she’ll be in Marvel’s “Black Panther” — playing Nakia, a possible love interest for Chadwick Boseman’s T’Challa/Black Panther. Michael B. Jordan will play the Black Panther foe Erik Killmonger, and “The Walking Dead’s” Danai Gurira will head the Black Panther’s elite all-female bodyguard squad, the Dora Milaje.

Meanwhile, the new “Doctor Strange” trailer offers a deeper look into Doctor Stephen Strange’s transition from surgeon to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Sorcerer Supreme.

Whereas DC Comics used Hall H to assure fans that its cinematic heroes are in good creative hands, Marvel’s sneak peeks appeared intended to tell its audience that it is business as usual, as the studio looks to continue its winning streak.

Comic-Con: DC dazzles with Hall H footage of ‘Justice League, ‘ Wonder Woman’ and ‘Suicide Squad’

Larson’s casting as Captain Marvel — one of Marvel’s most popular female superheroes, and the first to headline her own movie — is the initial big step in the studio catching up in the one category in which DC Comics is pulling ahead: female superheroes getting solo films.

DC Comics will debut its top female superhero next summer: Wonder Woman’s solo debut (starring Gal Gadot) comes a year after “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” began Warner Bros.’s efforts to join its superheroes in a connected movie universe.

By contrast, the MCU has existed for nearly a decade, yet Marvel Studios is still three years away from releasing its first solo female superhero movie. Larson will probably make her Marvel-movie debut in one of the next two Avengers movies, before assuming her solo Captain Marvel mantle in 2019.

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