Marvel TV shows will form a large part of its upcoming Phase 4, following the recent announcement of a whole bunch of new shows. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has dominated the big screen for more than a decade, and whilst there are many movies to come, they are also now turning their attention to television in a major way. Six Marvel TV shows are due on Disney+ in 2021, with plenty more to come beyond that.
So what is there to look forward? Here’s a look at the upcoming Marvel TV shows…
The relationship between Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) was built and developed over several MCU movies and so it makes some sense to explore them more. They will be living a suburban life whilst concealing their powers.
WandaVision will also feature Randall Park, (Jimmy Woo, introduced in Ant-Man and The Wasp), Kat Dennings (Darcy from the Thor movies) and Teyonah Parris as a grown-up Monica Rambeau, the character introduced as a child in Captain Marvel.
This limited series will arrive on Disney+ on January 15 2021 and will set up events that will play out in the movie Dr Strange and the Multiverse of Madness.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
Perhaps not such an obvious pairing with their most obvious common bond being a friendship with Captain America. This six-episode series will see Sam and Bucky take on an anarchist group called Flag-Smashers.
Picking up after Avengers Endgame, we’ll presumably see how Sam gets on wielding the shield, formerly belonging to Captain America. As with WandaVision, there are plenty of actors returning to Marvel. Daniel Bruhl (Helmut Zemo), Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter) and Georges St-Pierre (Georges Batroc) will all be back. Wyatt Russell will appear as John Walker, a successor to Cap, created by the US government.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier will debut on Disney+ on March 19 2021.
The God-of-Mischief has long been one of Marvels best villains and now gets his own show. After stealing the tesseract in Endgame an alternate Loki is brought to the Time Variance Authority (TVA). The TVA are a police organisation that monitors the timeline and multiverse. One of its members, Mobius M. Mobius will be portrayed by Owen Wilson.
Also in the cast are Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Sasha Lane and Wunmi Mosaku. Richard E Grant will appear in a guest role.
Like WandaVision, this series will also tie-in with Dr Strange and the Multiverse of Madness. Loki will be on Disney+ in May.
One of the most interesting of the new Marvel TV shows is What If…? The only animated show on the list. The show will be narrated by the Watcher, voiced by Jeffrey Wright and will ask what would have happened if events in the MCU had turned out differently. Many of the core MCU team are expected to feature as their iconic characters. The first season will consist of 10 episodes, to be released mid-year, and a second season has already been confirmed.
Iman Vellani will play Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel, a Pakistani teen who writes fan-fiction, particularly about Captain Marvel. She develops powers of her own, gaining the ability to shapeshift. A number of roles have been cast including Aramis Knight, Saagar Shaikh and Matt Lintz. Vellani is also confirmed to appear as Ms. Marvel in the upcoming MCU movies Captain Marvel 2.
The last of the Marvel TV shows expected to hit Disney+ in 2021 is Hawkeye. Jeremy Renner continues in the role of the ace archer who will finally get his chance in the spotlight. Hawkeye aka Clint will be mentoring Kate Bishop to take over the role of Hawkeye. Bishop will be played by Haillee Steinfeld with Vera Farmiga starring as Bishop’s mother. Florence Pugh will reprise her role from the Black Widow movie as Yelana Belova, a character who was a sister-like figure to Hawkeye’s good friend Natasha Romanoff.
Tatiana Maslaney (Black Orphan) will play Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk. She is cousin to Bruce Banner and develops superpowers after she receives a blood transfusion from him. Mark Ruffalo will feature as Bruce/Hulk and Tim Roth returns to Marvel after more than a decade. He’ll once more play Emil Blonsky/Abomination.
Set for six episodes in 2022, this Marvel TV show will focus on Marc Spector/Moon Knight. In the comics, Spector is an entrepreneur who uses his wealth to fund the gear he needs for crime-fighting, similar to Batman. Oscar Isaac is reportedly in talks to play Moon Knight.
Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury has been a constant figure throughout the MCU and he’ll take centre stage in this Marvel TV show. Skrulls have infiltrated Earth, so we’ll see how Fury is involved. Ben Mendelsohn will once again play the Skrull Talos.
Dominique Thorne will play Riri Williams/Ironheart. In the comics Riri is a teen with a passion for engineering who develops her own suit. After a good deed she earns the support of Tony Stark. Presumably that sets this one pre-Endgame.
The Marvel TV show we’ve all been waiting for, the one focussing on War Machine! Don Cheadle will star as James Rhodes, dealing with the repercussions from Stark tech falling into the wrong hands.
The Guardian Of The Galaxy Holiday Special
This will hit Disney+ in late 2022 and is set to be filmed during the production of the third Guardians movie. Christmas with Star-Lord, Rocket and the gang should be great fun!
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