Editor’s Note: ICYMI, this is the second post in an educational three-part series. Enjoy.
At San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel announced their slate for the highly anticipated Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This phase includes a grand total of 10 projects (that we know of), all set to be released within the next two years.
Much to our surprise, half of these projects will be TV shows exclusively released on Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney+.
The most fascinating aspect about these shows is they won’t be their own, contained stories, much like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Netflix Universe. Instead, they will directly impact future MCU movies, making each one a must-watch for Marvel fans.
Here are the Marvel shows heading to Disney+ and reason why you will want to mark your calendars:
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
The scene-stealing duo from Captain America: Civil War is finally getting the spotlight they deserve with their own TV series.
Not much is known about the show other than that it will take place after the events of Avengers: Endgame (each of these shows do). We will follow Falcon who is at odds against the government for taking up the mantle of Captain America. He will eventually team up with The Winter Soldier who team up against Baron Zemo (pictured above) who’s also returning from Civil War.
Release: Fall 2020
Arguably, one of the most powerful characters in the MCU, Scarlet Witch has been very underutilized. She’s had some cool action scenes and her relationship with Vision could be interesting, but her character was never given the proper screen-time to develop sufficiently.
Luckily, all of this is being addressed with WandaVision. The show is solely based around Wanda and her relationship with Vision. What’s even more interesting than that is the fact that it will directly lead into the all-too lengthily entitled Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, perhaps testing the water for how future shows will crossover into the movies.
Release: Spring 2021
Before Endgame, fans were skeptical as to how a Loki show would work. Afterwards, it’s completely clear.
Set in a branching timeline, this series follows Loki after stealing the Tesseract during a failed time-heist in Endgame. According to reports, Loki will be causing mischief throughout history, as hinted at in a leaked image.
Loki might be one of the most interesting shows announced featuring Loki as the true shapeshifting villain, before becoming the anti-hero we all know and love.
Release: Spring 2021
Taking advantage of its returning cast (animated or otherwise), What If… is an anthology series based on the popular comic line of the same name that takes certain Marvel events and shows us how they would play out if something was changed.
The first episode shows us what would have happened had Peggy got the super-human serum and became Cap instead of Steve. As of now, there is no information regarding any of the other episodes, but fans certainly have storylines that they hope to see adapted, one of which being Marvel Zombies.
Anything is possible with this series, and fans are excited to see what Marvel will deliver.
Release: Summer 2021
Along with Black Widow, Hawkeye has been that one Avenger fans have been clamoring to see in a stand-alone movie. While not a real movie, this should definitely suffice.
This show promises to provide fans everything they’ve wanted to see in a Hawkeye movie, as it will explore more of his time as Ronin and pass the torch on to Kate Bishop, who he will be training throughout the series.
Release: Fall 2021
War Machine (Rumored)
A War Machine series doesn’t come as much of a surprise because there have been talks about a War Machine movie that almost happened a while back.
The movie would have supposedly been about Rhodes and the tension that arises from being both a military man and War Machine. It’s certainly an interesting concept, but it does seems like it would be better served as a TV series.
Disney+ isn’t even out yet, but Disney is already mapping out years upon years of content for it. Its a gigantic gamble to put shows of such importance to a franchise like the MCU on an exclusive service like this, but they obviously have complete faith that it’ll be a hit.
Stay tuned to MoviesMatrix to stay up-to-date on the Pixar and Disney originals coming to Disney+.