Update: December 10, 2020: We have updated this post with new information about the upcoming Disney Plus Marvel shows from Disney’s investor day event. That event revealed three all new shows, along with new info on already announced series:
Disney Plus is already the hottest new streaming service. That’s due in part to a ton of great family-friendly movies and TV shows from its extensive library. That includes the majority of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. However, the MCU will soon become an even bigger part of Disney Plus. Marvel Studios plans to launch the first of several MCU TV series starting in January 2020, and all of them will be heavily tied into both past and future MCU films.
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Here’s a look at everything we know about the upcoming Disney Plus Marvel Cinematic Universe TV shows. You can sign up for Disney Plus right now at the link below:
There are already some MCU-based TV shows out there, right?
Well, not really. Until about a year ago, Marvel Television was actually a separate division, away from Marvel Studios. Marvel Television gave us Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which stars Clark Gregg, who reprised his role as Agent Coulson from several of the MCU movies. It frequently featured cameo roles from other MCU characters, including Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury. The show also referenced events that happened in MCU movies, particularly Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which depicted the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. That movie shook up the entire format of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the middle of its first season. Other Marvel Television TV shows have made oblique references to MCU events, including some of the Marvel Netflix series.
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In the end, however, Marvel Television shows are not considered “canon” in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Disney Plus Marvel shows will be canon, as they are being developed directly by Marvel Studios, lead by the MCU head man Kevin Feige. Indeed, in late 2019, Feige got a bit of a promotion, giving him full control of Marvel’s television division, among other things. Feige has promised that events in the Disney Plus Marvel shows will have a direct impact on the many upcoming MCU feature films.
Disney Plus Marvel Cinematic Universe shows:
With that explanation out of the way, let’s take a look at the MCU shows that are being made for Disney Plus, as well as their approximate release dates.
1. WandaVision (January 15, 2021)
The first Disney Plus MCU series looks like it will be something very different. WandaVision stars Elizabeth Olsen, reprising her role as the magic-based character Wanda Maximoff, also known as the Scarlet Witch. It also stars Paul Bettany, who is back as the super-powered android known as Vision. You may remember that at the end of the movie Avengers: Infinity War (Spoiler Alert), Vision was “killed” by Thanos. Hopefully, we will get an explanation of why Vision is back in this series.
Based on the trailer, it looks like Wanda and Vision are trapped in some kind of constantly shifting reality. The trailer depicts the happy couple in a number of different TV family sitcom cliches, including the 1960s (in black and white) similar to The Dick Van Dyke Show, the 1970s like in All The The Family, the 1980s in a show like Family Ties, and finally in the 1990s in a Rosanne-like sitcom. What’s going on? We will have to wait to find out.
Three more MCU characters will show up in WandaVision. Randall Park is back as FBI agent Jimmy Woo, last seen in Ant-Man and the Wasp. Also, Kat Dennings returns as Darcy Lewis, from both Thor and Thor: The Dark World. Monica Rambeau, last seen as a kid in the 1990s in Captain Marvel, will be in the show as an adult, now played by Teyonah Parris. Actor Kathryn Hahn will also show up as a new character, described as a “nosy neighbor” for Wanda and Vision.
Jac Schaeffer, who co-wrote Captain Marvel and the upcoming Black Widow movie, will be the head writer and showrunner for WandaVision. The show will last six episodes.
Filming of the series was close to completion when the COVID-19 outbreak forced all movies and TV shows to shut down production. It’s expected to finish shooting later this year. Disney Plus will now launch the series on January 15, 2021.
2. The Falcon And The Winter Soldier (March 2021)
This Disney Plus Marvel Cinematic Universe TV show will center on two highly popular MCU characters: Sam Wilson (aka The Falcon, played by Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (aka The Winter Soldier, played by Sebastian Stan). It will follow up directly from the events at the end of the MCU film Avengers: Endgame. Spoiler Alert: At the end of that movie, an aged Steve Rogers gives Wilson Captain America’s shield, and in the recent Disney Plus Marvel trailer, we see Wilson throwing that shield around for practice.
However, it appears that Wilson might have to give up that shield to someone else. We don’t know all the details yet, but it looks like a new Captain America-like superhero called U.S. Agent (played by Wyatt Russell) will get the shield at some point.
Two more MCU characters will show up in The Falcon And The Winter Soldier. One is Helmut Zemo, played again by Daniel Brühl, who portrayed the villainous character in Captain America: Civil War. Emily VanCamp will also return as Sharon Carter, the now-former S.H.I.E.L.D agent that was also last seen in Captain America: Civil War.
The teaser trailer showed a brief action scene of some men in wingsuits flying, with The Falcon in hot pursuit. We also saw U.S. Agent being introduced in some kind of rally, and Bucky pulling a gun on Zemo.
The series will have a total of six episodes. Malcolm Spellman, who was a writer and producer for the Fox show Empire, is the showrunner and head writer for this series. Derek Kolstad, best known as the main screenwriter for the three John Wick films, is also a part of the writing team for The Falcon And The Winter Soldier. Kari Skogland, a veteran TV director, will direct the first episode of the series.
Filming of the series was close to completion when the COVID-19 outbreak forced all movies and TV shows to shut down production. However, production is expected to finish shooting later this year. The series missed its previously announced debut month of August 2020, and now its been pushed back to March 2021.
3. Loki (May 2021)
Tom Hiddleston is coming back as Loki, the Norse god of mischief. The series will follow his adventures after the events of Avengers: Endgame, where (Spoiler Alert) we saw Loki disappear after taking the Tesseract. In the recent trailer, we saw Loki in what looks like some kind of prison uniform, promising to “burn this place to the ground.”
The uniform Loki is wearing in the trailer has the initials “TVA.” Fans of Marvel’s comics know that might stand for “Time Variance Authority,” an organization in the Marvel universe that patrols the timelines and keeps them from going astray. Loki is likely trying to cause some issues with the timeline in this six-episode series.
Actor Owen Wilson will appear in Loki in a currently undisclosed role. Michael Waldron, who wrote for Rick and Morty, is the head writer for this series.
Filming of the series had just started when the COVID-19 outbreak forced all movies and TV shows to shut down production. Shooting has now been completed and the series is scheduled for May 2021.
4. Hawkeye (2021)
Actor Jeremy Renner is scheduled to return as Clint Barton, also known as Hawkeye, in this Disney Plus Marvel series. We know that the show will take place after Avengers: Endgame, and will show Barton training and possibly passing the title of the archer Hawkeye to Kate Bishop, a character that’s already been introduced in the Marvel comic book universe. Jonathan Igla, who wrote a number of episodes of Mad Men, is the head writer for Hawkeye.
Filming for the series recently began, and while Disney has not yet confirmed this news, Variety reports that Hailee Steinfeld has been confirmed as playing Kate Bishop. In addition, Vera Farmiga will play Kate Bishop’s mom Eleanor. Florence Pugh will also appear in the show as Yelena Belova, the “new” Black Widow. Pugh will first appear in that role in the upcoming Black Widow feature film that’s currently due in theaters in May 2021.
5. Ms. Marvel (2021)
Marvel Studios is developing a series based on Ms. Marvel, aka Kamala Khan. In the Marvel comics universe, she’s a teenage Pakistani American who has shapeshifting powers. Bisha K. Ali will be its head writer. Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, and Meera Menon have been hired as directors. Acting newcomer Iman Vellani has been cast as Ms. Marvel, and filming has started.
6. Moon Knight (2021)
Moon Knight, one of the most popular Marvel comic book characters, is also slated to get his own Disney Plus Marvel TV series. His real name in the comics is Marc Spector, who believes he received superior strength and stamina from the Egyptian moon god Khonshu. However, there’s also evidence that Spector might have some mental issues that put his powers into question. Jeremy Slater will be the head writer for Moon Knight.
Deadline reports that Marvel is in talks with Oscar Isaac to take on the lead role. He is best known for his role as Resistance pilot Poe Dameron in the Star Wars sequel trilogy. He also was Apocalypse, the lead villain in the Marvel (but not MCU) X-Men movie X-Men: Apocalypse.
7. She-Hulk (2021)
Another popular Marvel comics character is getting her own show. In the comics, Jennifer Walters got shot and was near death until her cousin Bruce Banner showed up to give Jennifer a transfusion of his gamma-based blood. The transfusion turned Jennifer into another green-skinned super-powered hero. Jessica Gao will be the showrunner for the She-Hulk series. Kat Coiro, who has directed episodes of shows like Shameless, Dead to Me, Modern Family, and more, will direct the pilot and other episodes.
Tatiana Maslany has been cast as Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk. Maslany is best known for her role in the BBC America series Orphan Black, where she played several different characters, all of which were clones of each other. She won an Emmy Award for Best Actress for her performances in the series. She recently was seen in the popular HBO Perry Mason reboot. Marvel has also confirmed that Mark Ruffalo will appear as Bruce Banner/Hulk, and Tim Roth who appeared as The Abomination in The Incredible Hulk movie, will also return in She-Hulk.
8. What If? (Summer 2021)
This Disney Plus MCU series will be different because it will be an animated series, rather than live-action. The 10-episode series will examine what the MCU might be like if some events happened differently. For example, one episode will show how things would have changed if Agent Peggy Carter got the super serum treatment in World War II, rather than Steve Rogers. The premise of the show is based loosely on the Marvel comics series that has been published on and off since the 1970s.
Most of the actors from the MCU movies will reprise their character roles as voice talent in What If?. Jeffrey Wright will introduce each episode as the cosmic character The Watcher. Marvel Studios is so confident in the series that it has already ordered a second 10 episode series slated for 2022.
9. Secret Invasion (2022)
Samuel L. Jackson apparently can’t quit the MCU. Disney has confirmed that he will be back as Nick Fury in Secret Invasion. The series is based on the classic Marvel Comics company-wide comic book crossover series, where the alien shape-shifting Skrulls have infiltrated Earth, and even taking on the forms of some superheroes. Ben Mendelsohn, who starred as the Skrull Talon in the Captain Marvel movie, will return for this upcoming Disney Plus Marvel show.
10. Armor Wars (2022)
This series is based on a classic Iron Man storyline, where we find out that Tony Stark’s Iron Man technology has been leaked to other countries and companies. While Robert Downey Jr. won’t return as Stark, the series will star Don Cheadle, who is returning as James Rhodes and his armored altered ego War Machine.
11. Ironheart (2022)
Speaking of Iron Man, this series will the next generation of inventors in the Marvel Universe. Dominique Thorne has been cast already as Riri Williams, who has created her own high-tech armor suit. Details about this show’s storyline have yet to be released.
Honorable mentions: Guardians of the Galaxy holiday special/I Am Groot shorts (2022)
While not a full-fledged series, Marvel Studios is also planning on launching the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special for late 2022. It will feature the entire cast of the two Guardians of the Galaxy movies, and will be written and directed by James Gunn. Also planned is I Am Groot, a series of animated short subjects centered on our favorite intelligent tree.
Honorable mention: Marvel Studios Legends (January 8)
This “series” looks like it’s designed to be a promotional tool for all the upcoming MCU shows on Disney Plus. According to the first announcement, this show will look back at “some of the most iconic moments from the MCU, one character at a time.” The first two episodes will look at Wanda Maximoff and Vision, and both will debut just one week before WandaVision begins. We suspect we will see future episodes on The Falcon and The Winter Soldier in March before that series begins, and the same will go for Loki just before his series starts in May.
That’s all we know currently about the many Disney Plus Marvel Cinematic Universe TV shows that will be dropping over the next couple of years.