Check Out All of the Upcoming Marvel Projects In The Disney Pipeline
Last Friday, Disney+’s first Marvel series officially made it’s debut! This is merely the start of Disney & Marvel’s incredible ambitious plans when it comes to releases in the year’s ahead! This year alone, six new Marvel series will be making their debut. There’s also six additional series in the pipeline and a Holiday Special!?
“The opportunities that Disney+ is bringing to the MCU to grow and to evolve and to expand are tremendous,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said at D23 Expo 2019. Echoing those sentiments on Disney Investor Day 2020, Feige added, “The Cinematic Universe weaves storylines, heroes, and villains across 23 feature films to date. And with Disney+, we’re able to extend this way of storytelling to a new format—creating series that are connected to our theatrical releases, making the MCU more immersive than ever.”
Let’s take a look at what’s coming your way:
WandaVision (OUT NOW!)
Marvel Studios’ first series which made it’s debut last Friday follows the adventures of Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Betttany), two super-powered beings whose idealized suburban lives may not reflect reality. Co-starring Kat Dennings, Kathryn Hahn, Randall Park, and Teyonah Parris, WandaVision hails from director Matt Shakman and head writer Jac Shaeffer. “This is going to be a series that Marvel fans have never seen before,” Shaeffer said at D23 Expo 2019. “It is half classic sitcom and half full MCU spectacular.”
Episodes 1 & 2 are available to stream on Disney+ now, Episode 3 comes out this Friday!
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (March 19, 2021)
Coming your way in two month’s time, Sam Wilson aka The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), team up on an adventure that tests their abilities—and their patience. The series is directed by by Kari Skogland and Malcolm Spellman is serving as head writer. We do know that there will be six-episodes in the series. Rounding out the cast will be Daniel Brühl as Baron Zemo, Wyatt Russell as John Walker, and Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter. “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is a cinematic experience,” Feige said during Disney Investor Day 2020, calling it a “Marvel Studios movie played out over six episodes.”
Loki (May 2021)
Coming your way in May, Tom Hiddleston is back as the God of Mischief. Taking place after the events of Avengers: Endgame, other noteworthy cast members include Richard E. Grant, Sophia Di Martino, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Wunmi Mosaku, and Owen Wilson. The series is directed by Kate Herron and Michael Waldron is serving as head writer. “The show is going to explore the questions we all have,” Waldron said onstage at D23 Expo 2019. “Like: Where did Loki go after he picked up the Tesseract in Endgame? Could Loki ever make a friend? And will the sun shine on him again?”
“As with our other shows for Disney+, we want to try something a little different—explore a new genre for Marvel Studios—so we’ve put Loki in the center of his own crime thriller,” said Feige. “If that sounds a little unusual or confusing, don’t worry: Loki is just as confused.”
What If…? (Summer 2021)
Due to debut on Disney+ this Summer, “What If…” holds the distinction of being the first animated series that reimagines events from the MCU in new and unexpected ways. The show will focus on different heroes and features a voice cast that is an MVP list of Marvel awesomeness including: Hayley Atwell, Chadwick Boseman, Josh Brolin, Dominic Cooper, David Dastmalchian, Michael Douglas, Karen Gillan, Sean Gunn, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Djimon Hounsou, Samuel L. Jackson, Toby Jones, Michael B. Jordan, Neal McDonough, Natalie Portman, Jeremy Renner, Michael Rooker, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Sebastian Stan, Chris Sullivan, Stanley Tucci, and Taika Waititi. Jeffrey Wright joins the series as The Watcher, serving as a guide through these vast new realities. What If…? is directed by Bryan Andrews, with Ashley Bradley serving as head writer. “The project is insanely cool,” Andrews said at D23 Expo 2019. “It’s incredibly cinematic, adventurous, exciting, funny—basically, everything you get in the Marvel movies, but in animated form.”
Ms. Marvel (Late 2021)
Kamala Khan is a 16-year old Pakistani-American living in Jersey City. A straight A student and avid gamer Khan writes Super Hero fan fiction as a hobby. Among her favorites are Captain Marvel (Brie Larson.). Kamala is struggling to find her place at home and at school until she gets some super powers of her own. Other members of the cast include Nimra Bucha, Yasmeen Fletcher, Mohan Kapur, Aramis Knight, Matt Lintz, Laith Naki, Rish Shah, Saagar Shaikh, Zenobia Shroff, Travina Springer, and Azher Usman. Episodes are directed by executive producers Adil El Arbi & Bilall Fallah; Meera Menon; and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, with executive producer Bisha K. Ali serving as head writer.
Hawkeye (Late 2021)
Jeremy Renner is back as as the title character. In the series, Hawkeye teams up with another well known archer from the comics- Kate Bishop (Hailee Steinfeld). The cast also includes Tony Dalton, Brian d’Arcy James, Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Zahn McClarnon, and newcomer Alaqua Cox. Rhys Thomas and Bert & Bertie direct.
Being dubbed a “comedy series” She-Hulk stars Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters (aka She-Hulk) She is a lawyer specializing in superhuman-oriented legal cases! Returning to the series will be Mark Ruffalo as Hulk. Tim Roth will also play Abomination. The series is directed by Kat Coiro and Anu Valia, with Jessica Gao serving as head writer. As Feige said on Disney Investor Day 2020, “It’s a series about a woman trying to navigate the world and be taken seriously as a working professional… despite the fact that she is over 6-foot-7 and green.”
Directed by Mohamed Diab, Oscar Isaac plays a complex vigilante who suffers from dissociative identity disorder. The multiple identities that live inside him are distinct characters who appear against a backdrop of Egyptian iconography.. As we reported this week, Ethan Hawke has signed on for the as yet unnamed baddie in the series.
Speaking about the titular character onstage at D23 Expo 2019, Feige said, “He was a mercenary. He was left for dead in an Egyptian desert and he now may or may not be infused with powers from Khonsu the moon god… or he might just be crazy. It is something very unique and exciting.”
Samuel L. Jackson is back as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn plays Talos in a series which like the comic will be a HUGE Marvel crossover event. Feige said in his Disney Investor Day 2020 presentation. “It’s about a sect of Skrulls who have infiltrated every level of life on Earth.”
In this series, Dominique Thorne stars as Riri Williams, an inventor who creates the most advanced suit of armor since Iron Man (Disney Legend Robert Downey Jr.). Feige confirmed both Ironheart and Secret Invasion will tie directly into future MCU feature films.
Based on the classic Marvel comics, this series stars Don Cheadle as James Rhodes aka War Machine. He must rise to action when Tony Stark’s tech falls into sinister hands.
Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (2022)
“One of the best things about expanding the MCU to Disney+ is that our team at Marvel Studios is finally able to do some of the things we’ve always wanted to do but didn’t quite have the right outlet for… like produce our first-ever live-action holiday special,” Feige said on Disney Investor Day 2020. “In irreverent Guardians fashion, the Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is going to be a lot of fun, especially since James Gunn is back to write and direct.” Although the Disney+ holiday special will be filmed during the production of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, it will premiere the holiday season prior to the 2023 movie.
I Am Groot
Everyone’s favorite baby tree will star in a series of original shorts. The series will be on Disney+ though no premiere date has been given yet. . Feige promised they will feature several new and unusual characters.
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