Marvel seemed very excited to promote the new series scheduled to launch on Disney+ during the studios’ comic-con panel this weekend. Marvel detailed five new shows that are premiering on the subscription service though 2021, with several of them directly connecting to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel Studios talked about “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” “Wanda Vision,” “What If…?,” “Loki,” and “Hawkeye” at the event, outlining the content releasing on Disney+ over the next few years.
Many of the series will connect with Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which currently includes “Doctor Strange 2,” “Black Widow,” “The Eternals,” “Thor 4,” and “Shang Chi.” Even a “Fantastic Four” movie is in the works, but that project seems farther down the line, alongside the new “Blade” reboot.
“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” is one of the first projects to launch, currently scheduled for Fall 2020. The events in the series take place after “Avengers: Endgame,” so we assume ‘The Falcon’ is testing out his new Captain America shield. Disney+ did state that the story follows Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes aka Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), and the duo will be off on their own adventures. Daniel Brühl is returning to the franchise to play the villain, Baron Zemo, a character from “Captain America: Civil War.”
The series “WandaVision” won’t be ready for streaming until the Spring of 2021. The series follows Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olson) and Vision (Paul Bettany) and adds Teyonah Parris as an adult Monica Rambeau, the daughter of Maria Rambeau from “Captain Marvel.” The series is a prequel to the story in “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” and Elizabeth Olsen appears in both the series and the film.
“Loki” is also launching in Spring 2021, and Tom Hiddleston is reprising his role for the series. The show explores Loki’s actions after taking the Space Stone in “Avengers: Endgame.” The “Hawkeye” series debuts much later and is currently scheduled to premiere in the Fall of 2021. Jeremy Renner returns to the role with Kate Bishop.
Outside of the normal spinoff events is the series “What If…?” which explores alternate possibilities and endings to Marvel stories. “What If…?” is an animated series, and is scheduled to premiere in Summer 2021. Marvel confirmed that Jeffrey Wright is voicing the role of The Watcher, and he will serve as the guide and narrator of the stories. If you remember the Futurama episodes with the “What If” machine, you’ll be all set.
As for Disney+, the service itself launches on November 12, 2019. The platform will host movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and more.
If you have children, Disney+ seems line a perfect solution for worry-free streaming. Unlike YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu, the content will be centered around the G to PG-13 range, with a seemingly endless supply of kid-friendly content whenever you need it. While there are shows within the Marvel and Star Wars franchises that focus more on the teen to YA demo, adults might not want to add another subscription service to their bills. While we don’t know how pivotal these new series will be to Marvel’s Phase 4 slate, it seems that company is making sure that fans feel the need to subscribe to stay ahead of the action.
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