This post contains spoilers about Avengers: Endgame.
With the conclusion of Avengers: Endgame, we've reached the end of this chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- and the next chapter might not play out on the big screen in the immediate future. Thanks to the launch of Disney's streaming service, Disney+, we're going to get a handful of Marvel shows that continue the stories of some of our favorite characters.
Aside from titles and limited casting information, scant details have been released about the new shows. But we do know the events of Endgame, which will more than likely influence some, if not all, of the upcoming shows.
Originally, the stand-alone series about the God of Mischief -- simply titled Loki -- was described as a show about Loki (Tom Hiddleston) popping in and out of time and witnessing (if not influencing) major events in history. Loki died in Avengers: Infinity War, and though he wasn't resurrected in Endgame, we know he is actually alive in some timeline out there. In Endgame, a few of our heroes travel back in time to the Battle of New York (remember The Avengers?) to retrieve the Space Stone, aka the Tesseract. But Loki winds up stealing the Tesseract and disappearing with it. This might actually be what sets up his adventure through time and space in his Disney+ show.
Shouldn't this show now be called "Captain America and the Winter Soldier"? At the end of Endgame, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) passes on his shield to Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), leaving him to carry on the name and mission of Captain America. It's been unclear when this show will take place, because Bucky's (Sebastian Stan) been frozen and/or in Wakanda up until Avengers: Infinity War. With Steve now gone, the Disney+ show could center on these two, who are left to handle things on their own. It remains to be seen how much the Captain America mantle will play into the series, and whether Sam will indeed become Cap, whether he and Bucky will share the role, or whether we're done with Captain America altogether.
Hawkeye might be the series for which our expectations have changed the least following Endgame. The series will be about Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) training a young protégé (Kate Bishop, who hasn't been cast yet nor has appeared in any MCU films). We saw him train his daughter at the beginning of the movie, essentially setting up the idea that he's going to pass the name on to someone else.
Vision (Paul Bettany) is still super dead in the MCU after Endgame. He was not un-dusted at the end of the movie, because Thanos killed him before his snap. Steve returned the Mind Stone to its original timeline along ":"fca9bb2a-6a7a-4686-8865-3f3f805ef1b3"}" target="_blank" rel="follow">with all the other Infinity Stones, which means Vision is actually dead for the foreseeable future. So...when is WandaVision going to take place? It might follow Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision's time together pre-Infinity War. However, just recently, Olsen said that the show might take place in the 1950s. That leads us to even more question, and none of them are answered in Endgame.
Avengers: Endgame is now in theaters.