Marvel took to the stage at Comic-Con last night to confirm details of its new slate of Disney+ series.
Marvel’s plans for solo outings from several MCU characters have been the subject of speculation ever since Disney announced its subscription streaming platform. Now, with Disney+ launching on 12th November the USA, the comics giant has unveiled more details about its upcoming line-up, including titles, release dates, logos and more.
First up will be The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, which will premiere on Disney+ in autumn 2020. Anthony Mackie (The Falcon) and Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier) will reprise their big screen roles for the TV show, with Daniel Brühl also returning as the villain, Baron Zemo. The series will see the pair team up for action-filled adventures as they fight together against evil after the events of Avengers: Endgame.
WandaVision will follow, premiering on Disney+ in spring 2021. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige offered the latest on the series, which will see Paul Bettany reprise the role of Vision and Elizabeth Olsen return to the role of Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch.
Bettany and Olsen were joined on stage by MCU newcomer Teyonah Parris. Feige announced that Parris will be playing the grown-up version of Monica Rambeau, who was introduced to audiences in Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel. In the first sign of Marvel tying its Disney+ plans in with the theatrical MCU, the series will connect up to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, released in cinemas in May 2021.
The MCU’s favorite trickster, Loki, will then make his way to Disney+, with Tom Hiddleston’s god of mischief causing even more trouble in the spring of 2021.
Jeremy Renner will also reprise his role of Hawkeye in his own Disney+ series, which premiere in the fall of 2021. Renner joined Kevin Feige to share news about Hawkeye, including details about Kate Bishop, a character well-known in Marvel Comics, who will be an integral part of the series.
Finally, in the summer of 2021, Disney+ will debut What If…?, Marvel’s first animated series in the MCU. Created exclusively for Disney+, it will feature stories that present alternate realities in the Marvel Universe. Feige mentioned that many actors from across the Marvel Cinematic Universe will reprise their roles as voice talent in the series. He then surprised the audience by bringing Jeffrey Wright to the stage and introducing him as the voice of the popular character The Watcher in the new series.
One what-if scenario that won’t need to appear in that series is Natalie Portman playing Thor: Disney also announced that the Black Swan star would return with Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson for Thor: Love and Thunder, directed by Taika Waititi. The film will see Jane Foster will become the Mighty Thor, goddess of Thunder.
As well as news on Doctor Strange’s sequel, the new Black Widow film, the movie Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, and The Eternals starring Richard Madden and Kumail Nanjiani, Disney capped off the day by introducing Mahershala Ali as the new Blade, who will get his own feature film at an unconfirmed date.
Disney+ sets sights on Hawkeye series
10th April 2019
Disney+ has its sights set on a new Hawkeye series, as it continues to expand its line-up of Marvel projects.
The House of Mouse’s new subscription streaming service will be looking to take on Netflix when it launches, and it’s using the full weight of its franchises and brands to do so. Today, it announced a new Monsters, Inc. spin-off series, with both John Goodman and Billy Crystal reprising their vocal performances for the show. That series will join a Loki TV show, with Tom Hiddleston yet another big name jumping to the small screen for Disney. Other Marvel series in the works include The Vision and Scarlet Witch, plus a Falcon series, as Disney looks to give solo outings to some of Marvel’s supporting characters.
It’s a big move for Marvel, which has previously kept its small screen outings separate, under the purview of Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb – including the Netflix Hell’s Kitchen series, which have since been cancelled, save for Jessica Jones. Marvel’s Disney+ series will be overseen by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, coordinating the crossover between the new limited programmes and the heroes’ big screen outings.
Variety reports that Jeremy Renner is the latest member of the Avengers to have a limited series lined up, with sharp-shooting archer Clint Barton said to pass the torch to Kate Bishop in the programme, a character from the comics who took up the Hawkeye mantle after Barton and is a member of the Young Avengers.
Disney and Marvel declined to comment, but the project is in line with the previous MCU series Disney+ has commissioned, with each show expected to be between six and eight episodes. Marvel will also release a string of animated series on Hulu, led by Howard the Duck.