Marvel Studios dropped the mic during Disney’s Investor Day presentation with a slew of new announcements, trailers, and castings. Marvel President Kevin Feige used the opportunity to show off its upcoming slate of 10 shows coming to Disney+ in the next few years, as well as updates on several feature film projects coming in the next few years.
The main focus of Feige’s presentation was the upcoming slate of Disney+ shows and the major developments that will come with each. Earlier in the presentation, CEO Bob Chapek announced that Marvel Studios will have 10 projects heading to the service over the next few years.
Feige came with a set of trailers and casting announcements that managed to surpass the level intrigue of the studio’s film slate. This goes to show how, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, streaming is incredibly important to the future of Disney and its brands. Without further ado, here is what Feige had to say about the projects that will head to Disney+ in the next few years.
Kicking off Marvels television takeover is WandaVision. Feige stated the importance of giving two of the most powerful and complex characters in the MCU the proper amount of time to develop this story. Marvel describes WandaVision as a love letter to classic sitcoms, and will feature a mind-bending journey into the multiverse.
Feige brought a trailer to the presentation that showed off the mysterious and ominous tone that is set for the series. WandaVision is quickly approaching and will begin its run on January 15, 2021.
Marvel hopes that ‘WandaVision’ will launch the studio into a new era in television, and there is no better show to kick off this journey.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier was supposed to lead Marvel’s slate of Disney+ shows, but COVID-19 took its toll on the shooting schedule. The series focuses on two recognizable heroes that were last seen at the very end of Avengers: Endgame. This series takes a look at Sam Wilson (The Falcon) and Bucky Barnes’ (The Winter Soldier) journey to live up too, and protect, the legacy of Steve Rodger’s Captain America.
Feige described The Falcon and the Winter Soldier as a cinematic experience. He states that the series is designed as a Marvel Studios movie that plays out over six episodes. Feige released the very first look at the series, which showcases the action, characters, and spectacle that fans have come to expect from a Marvel Studios feature film. The series will debut March 12, 2021.
Tom Hiddleston’s Loki finally gets the opportunity to step out of his brother’s shadow and into his own show. Loki follows the events after the god of mischief warped away with the tesseract in an alternate timeline from Avengers: Endgame. Hiddleston is joined by a supporting cast made up of Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku, and Richard E. Grant.
Feige came with a first look at the series that picks up right where audiences left off with Loki in Avengers: Endgame. The series is described as a crime thriller that pushes the boundaries of genre bending for a character like Loki. Loki will hit Disney+ in May 2021.
What If..? is a slight detour from the rest of the Marvel Disney+ shows. This animated show asks questions like “What if Peggy Carter became a super soldier instead of Steve Rogers?” or “What if T’Challa had been picked up by the Ravagers instead of Peter Quill?”
The series is an anthology of stories gathered from across the multiverse. It’s led by The Watcher (Jeffrey Wright) a malevolent being who narrates the adventures. What If…? will debut next summer on Disney+.
One of the most hotly anticipated shows coming out of Disney+ and Marvel is the upcoming Ms. Marvel, which follows the story of Kamala Khan, a muslim American girl who navigates difficulties of balancing superpowers and a complex family life.
Marvel officially announced the casting of Iman Vellani in the title role, as well as releasing a sizzle reel to accompany the presentation. It was also announced that Vellani will join Brie Larson in the cast of Captain Marvel 2.
Original Avenger Jeremy Renner returns as Clint Barton to lead a show based on the expert archer. The show will feature multiple Hawkeyes, and Feige announced Hailey Steinfeld will portray fan favorite character Kate Bishop.
Rounding out the cast of the show is Vera Farmiga (Elanor Bishop), Frank Fee (Kazi), and Alaqua Cox (Maya Lopez). Rhys Thomas (Saturday Night Live) will direct some episodes and executive produce. Bert & Bertie (Troop Zero) will direct some episodes as well. Hawkeye does not have an official release date as of yet.
Feige gave new information on the upcoming She-Hulk. He confirmed that Tatiana Maslany has been cast in the lead role of Jennifer Walters. The show follows a New York City lawyer who struggles to navigate her professional life as a 7ft tall, green woman.
Major cast announcements included the return of Tim Roth as The Abomination (last seen in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk). The Hulk himself Mark Ruffalo is set to return for the series as well. Kat Coiro and Anu Valia will direct the show. Feige stated that because of She-Hulks position as lawyer to the heroes means that fans can expect a good amount of cameos from across the Marvel universe.
Moon Knight is an action/adventure, Indiana Jones style adventure coming soon to Disney+. The story will follow Marc Spector, a complex vigilante who suffers from dissociative identity disorder. Spector’s multiple personalities will be distinct characters in the series.
Moon Knight will feature Egyptian mythology and iconograophy embedded in the DNA of the show. Mohamed Diab will direct, while Oscar Issac has NOT been confirmed to portray Marc Spector despite the trades reporting that he is in talks.
To kick off a set of three previously unannounced series, Feige officially revealed that Secret Invasion will be coming to the MCU. Secret Invasion is based off of a comic book arc where fan favorite characters from around the Marvel Universe are secretly abducted and replaced with Skulls (the alien race from Captain Marvel).
The cast is led by Samuel L. Jackson who returns as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn from returns as the Skrull, Talos. Nick Fury and Talos were last seen in the end credits of Spider-Man Far From Home where the Secret Invasion concept was first introduced.
Ironheart follows the story of Riri Williams as she creates the most advanced suit of armor since Iron Man. Dominique Thorne (If Beale Street Could Talk) leads the cast as the genius inventor. Riri Williams was introduced to comic book readers in 2015 to excited reception for the characters significance to the future of diversity in comics, and now, television.
The first Iron Man film introduced the concept of weapons and technology falling into the wrong hands back in 2008. Armor Wars explores a world where this has become the reality. The series brings back Don Cheadel as War Machine, and will tell the classic Marvel story of Tony Stark’s ultimate fear coming true.
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