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 has now become an even bigger part of the service. Starting in January 2021, Disney Plus Marvel Cinematic Universe TV shows started dropping, and so far, all of them have been critical and popular hits.
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Here’s a look at everything we know about the Disney Plus MCU TV shows, both the ones that have been released and the many that are still to come. You can sign up for Disney Plus right now at the link below:
There were already some MCU-based TV shows out there, right?
Well, not really. Until 2020, 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.
WandaVision (All episodes available)
The first Disney Plus MCU series is 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.
Wanda and Vision are trapped in some kind of constantly shifting reality. Trailers have shown 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? You will have to watch to find out.
Three more MCU characters 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, is in the show as an adult, now played by Teyonah Parris. Actor Kathryn Hahn will also show up as a new character, Agnes described as a “nosy neighbor” for Wanda and Vision.
Jac Schaeffer, who co-wrote Captain Marvel and Black Widow movies, was the head writer and showrunner for WandaVision. The show has nine episodes which were all directed by Matt Shakman. WandaVision was nominated for 23 2021 Emmy Awards, including for Outstanding Limited Series. Olson and Bettany were also nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress and Actor in a Limited Series, respectively, and Hahn was also nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series.
The Falcon And The Winter Soldier (All episodes available)
This Disney Plus Marvel Cinematic Universe TV show centers 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). The series follows 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 Sam Captain America’s shield. However, in that first episode, Sam decided to give up the shield, and donate it to the Smithsonian Institution. Meanwhile, Bucky is still dealing with all of the death he caused while under control of Hydra as The Winter Soldier.
The main storyline pf this series shows Sam and Bucky teaming up to fight off the Flag Smashers, a terrorist group who have been boosted by a version of Steve Rogers’ super soldier serum. They also have to deal with a new “Captain America”, played by Wyatt Russell, who has been given Steve Rogers’ shield, along with a new uniform, by the US Government.
Some more MCU characters 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 also returns as Sharon Carter, the now-former S.H.I.E.L.D agent that was also last seen in Captain America: Civil War.
The series has 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, directed all six episodes. It was nominated for five 2021 Emmy Awards.
Loki (All episodes available for season 1)
Tom Hiddleston is back as Loki, the Norse god of mischief. The series follows his adventures after the events of Avengers: Endgame, where (Spoiler Alert) we saw Loki disappear after taking the Tesseract. As it turns out, that action caused a break in the timeline, and Loki is captured as a “variant” of the Time Variance Authority. As we soon learn, the TVA is dealing with someone else who is actively trying to bring down this mysterious organization, and Loki is recruited to “help” find this person. To say anything more would spoil a lot of surprises.
Actor Owen Wilson also appears in Loki as Mobius, one of the TVA’s employees. Michael Waldron, who wrote for Rick and Morty, is the head writer for this series. Kate Herron, who has directed episodes of Netflix’s Sex Education series, among others, directed all six episodes. Other cast members include Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku, Eugene Cordero, Tara Strong, and Sophia Di Martino.
You can watch all six episodes of the first season now, and Loki will be back at some point for a second season.
What If? (Starting August 11)
This Disney Plus MCU series will be different because it will be an animated series, rather than live-action. The 9-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 9 episode series slated for 2022.
Hawkeye (coming November 24, 2021)
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 that debuted in the movie of the same name earlier this summer.
Ms. Marvel (coming in early 2022)
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. The series will lead directly into the MCU feature film The Marvels, due out in late 2022.
Moon Knight (coming in 2022)
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 Oscar Isaac will 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. In addition, Ethan Hawke will also appear in the series in an undisclosed role.
She-Hulk (coming in 2022)
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. Other cast members will include Ginger Gonzaga, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Jameela Jamil.
According to some reports, this show will actually be handled as more of a true sitcom. Walters will reportedly break the fourth wall and talk directly to the camera, similar to how the character was handled in some incarnations of the She-Hulk comic book. The series will reportedly have 10 30 minute episodes.
Secret Invasion (coming in 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.
In addition to those two actors, some other major acting talent will be joining them in this series. Olivia Colman, the Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actor (The Favourite, Broadchurch, The Crown) will be part of the cast in an unnamed role. Emilia Clarke, in her first big TV acting part since her role as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, will also appear in Secret Invasion in a role yet to be revealed. Other cast members in the series will include Kingsley Ben-Adir and Christopher McDonald.
Armor Wars (coming in 2022/2023)
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. This series is scheduled to start filming in 2022.
Ironheart (coming in 2022/2023)
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.
The fictional African nation of Wakanda, first shown in full in the hit 2018 MCU movie Black Panther, will be the center of its own Disney Plus Marvel TV show. Deadline reports that the series will be produced and directed by Ryan Coogler, the co-writer, and director of Black Panther, who will do the same for its upcoming sequel Wakanda Forever. Danai Gurira will return to the role of Okoye, the head of the Dora Milaje warrior group, for the series.
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
This “series” is actually a promotional tool for all the MCU shows on Disney Plus, showing clips from past films. According to Disney, this show looks back at “some of the most iconic moments from the MCU, one character at a time.” You can watch episodes centering on Vision, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Winter Soldier, Loki, and more.
Honorable mention: Marvel Studios Assembled
Here’s another promotional tool cloaked as a new Disney Plus Marvel series. Each episode will show a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Disney Plus Marvel shows, as well as upcoming MCU feature films. You can watch episodes now about the making of WandaVision, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and Loki.
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.