Disney+ is already making a very strong case for fans to spend some more streaming dollars on its service. For its very reasonable $6.99 price tag, the service will offer an entire library of titles ranging from classic animated films to Disney Channel shows from our childhood and just about everything from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. On top of that, Disney is also planning to expand the MCU with at least five brand new shows.
The House of Mouse has announced that a handful of its established MCU characters will continue their journeys from what we've seen of them so far on the big screen. While some of these series will be prequels, others will tell stories we didn't see happen in-between Avengers movies, and there's even going to be an animated series!
While all of these series are being described as "limited" -- don't expect any of these to last for 80+ episodes -- here's what we know about all the upcoming Marvel shows on Disney+:
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Fall 2020
Remember how great it was to watch Falcon (Sam Wilson) and the Winter Soldier (Bucky Barnes) bicker back and forth in Captain America: Civil War? Now, these two are taking their show on the road with Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan reprising their roles. The six-part series will be directed by Kari Skogland, and Daniel Bruhl is confirmed to return for the series as Zemo, while Emily VanCamp will reprise her role as Sharon Carter/Agent 13. Lodge 49's Wyatt Russell has signed on to play the character of John Walker.
While there's not a whole lot to go on for the series, we do know it takes place after Steve Rogers passes his shield over to Sam at the end of Endgame. The title card for the series indicates this, and on stage at San Diego Comic-Con both Mackie and Stan took turns holding the vibranium shield -- possibly suggesting they both could take up the mantel of Cap at some point?
WandaVision, Spring 2021
Teaming up for their own series are the romantically linked duo of Wanda Maximoff and Vision, with Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprising their roles, respectively. She's undoubtedly one of the most powerful Avengers out there, and he's an android with the Mind Stone in his forehead, but hey, they're making it work!
Just like with the Falcon and Bucky series, little is known about this show, as only Wanda returned after the snap in Endgame and Vision was killed during Infinity War. In a huge twist, this series, which is said to be in the vein of a classic sitcom that will morph into a Marvel blockbuster, actually takes place after Endgame, so yeah...Vision's still dead? On stage at San Diego Comic-Con, Bettany joked that he has "never been this confused before in front of this many people in my whole life," regarding the show's timeline.
Not only that, but Teyonah Parris is joining the show as -- wait for it -- adult Monica Rambeau, who was introduced in Captain Marvel. Now an adult, it's unclear how Monica will factor into the show, but in the comics, Monica takes up the title of Captain Marvel along with the moniker Photon. Might we be seeing one, if not both, in WandaVision?
Additional cast members were announced at Disney's D23 Expo 2019. Thor's Kat Dennings will return as Darcy, while Randall Park is reprising his role from Ant-Man and the Wasp. Lastly, Kathryn Hahn will appear as a nosy neighbor.
Also -- and just bear with this because it's a doozy -- somehow WandaVision will factor into the sequel to Doctor Strange, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, as Olsen is set to co-star in that movie alongside Benedict Cumberbatch. How, and why, and what?
Loki, Spring 2021
Everyone's favorite God of Mischief is back and now he's getting his own series. Tom Hiddleston returns as the trickster in a new series that's been described as something like a prequel but also somewhat of a sequel. Before Avengers: Endgame, all we knew was that the six-episode limited series was going to follow Loki as he popped up throughout history and influenced historical events. In the wake of Endgame, the show is going to follow his journey after he steals the Tesseract and disappeared with the Space Stone in 2012. This means he is not the evolved Loki of Thor: Ragnarok, but rather the Loki of The Avengers. That's a big distinction to make.
Rick & Morty's Michael Waldron has been tapped to not only serve as showrunner, but also write the pilot and executive produce. When the series was first announced, back in Nov. 2018, Hiddleston posted about it on Twitter:
Currently, no other cast members have been announced for the series, but Kevin Feige has confirmed that, like WandaVision, Loki will also tie into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.
Marvel's What If...?, Summer 2021
Have you ever wondered what would have happened if Agent Peggy Carter taken the super soldier serum instead of Steve Rogers? If this is a question that keeps you up at night, good news. Marvel's What If...? is not only the first animated series from Marvel Studios, it's also going to tackle these hot topics. The series, which draws from a comic line of the same name, will kick off with an episode focusing on Peggy taking the serum, not Steve. For those still widely upset about the unjust cancellation of Agent Carter on ABC, Hayley Atwell is stepping back into the role she originated in Captain America: The First Avenger to lend her voice to the character.
In fact, just about every Marvel actor is returning to voice their role in the series, and Jeffery Wright will serve as The Watcher, aka the narrator.
Hawkeye, Fall 2021
If you sat out all of Avengers: Infinity War and haven't yet had your own stand-alone film, you get your own series on Disney+. At least, that's what's happening with Clint Barton and the character of Hawkeye. A fan favorite from the start, Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye was first introduced in 2011's Thor, but now he's getting ready to pass his bow and arrow onto someone else. As Varietyfirst reported, the series will show Hawkeye training his young protege, Kate Bishop, who takes on the Hawkeye title after he retires. This was confirmed at San Diego Comic-Con as the title sequence for the series was revealed and it includes images of Kate. No actress has been cast in the role yet, and that news will likely come out of Disney's own convention, D23, taking place in August.
Renner also teased the opening credit sequence himself, so far the only actual footage that's come out of Marvel's Hall H presentation:
Ms. Marvel, TBD
Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, will now be the first Muslim character to lead her own Marvel superhero. While zero details about the show were announced at Disney's D23 Expo (including when we can expect to see the series), Bisha K. Ali of Hulu's Four Weddings and A Funeral will serve as showrunner.
In the comics, Jennifer Walters is a lawyer who works with various Marvel characters (and obviously helps get them out of trouble). Her cousin is Bruce Banner, aka the Hulk, and when she needs a blood transfusion he's around to help out. That's how she ends up with powers of her own and becomes She-Hulk. No concrete details about the series were announced at D23.
Moon Knight, TBD
Have you ever wondered why we don't have a Marvel superhero whose powers are dependent on the lunar cycles? Well good news, because you're in luck! Moon Knight is coming and will be the last series released on Disney+ for the MCU's Phase Four.
Disney+ launches Nov. 12.