While WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier are complete, Loki is in full swing on Disney Plus as we speak – but those two are far from the only new Marvel TV shows that we can expect to see in the coming years. What If…? is next on the release slate, and following that there's Hawkeye and Ms. Marvel, both arriving this year. If that wasn't enough, there’s She-Hulk, Moon Knight, Secret Invasion, Armor Wars, and plenty more are on the horizon.
With Marvel continuing to put out big-screen offerings like Eternals and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings alongside their Disney Plus originals, it looks like we'll be busy with the MCU for some time to come. We've rounded up all of the new Marvel TV shows headed our way, along with release dates and what we know about the plots so far. So, without further ado, scroll on to check out what Marvel has in store for us.
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New Marvel TV show release dates and schedule
There are now quite a few new Marvel TV shows to get a handle on. With that in mind, we've recapped every upcoming release date on the small screen though be aware: these are subject to change.
- What… If? – Summer 2021
- Ms. Marvel – Late 2021
- Hawkeye – Late 2021
The following are currently undated.
- Armor Wars – TBA
- Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special – TBA
- I Am Groot – TBA
- Ironheart – TBA
- Moon Knight – TBA
- Secret Invasion – TBA
- She-Hulk – TBA
- Silk – TBA
The MCU is set to take its first steps into animation, alternative history, and the anthology series with Disney+’s What If?, launching in Summer 2021.
If the comics are anything to go by, we'll be getting a series featuring a left-turn down the road less traveled when it comes to iconic MCU moments. Indiewire reports that the first episode will show what would happen if Peggy Carter had been turned into a super soldier instead of Steve Rogers, while the comic book story “what if Loki had found the hammer of Thor?” will reportedly form the basis of one episode.
The cast is, well, incredible: Michael B. Jordan, Sebastian Stan, Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Hemsworth, Hayley Atwell, Karen Gillan, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Neal McDonough, Dominic Cooper, Sean Gunn, Nicole Portman, Stanley Tucci, Taika Waititi, Toby Jones, Djimon Honsou, Michael Rooker, and Jeff Goldblum all return as their MCU characters, while Jeffrey Wright will voice The Watcher. The late Chadwick Boseman was also set to appear, though it's not yet known if he recorded his lines for the project.
The chance to see an alternative view of the Marvel movie timeline sounds intriguing and fun – though the version of MCU history where Tony Stark never escaped from captivity in Afghanistan may be rather brief...
Hawkeye is one of the last of the current batch of new Marvel TV shows from this stage of the MCU to be released. Arriving in Fall 2021, the Hawkeye series will launch on Disney Plus and will see Clint Barton training up Kate Bishop to be his replacement. Bishop is going to be played by Bumblebee actor Hailee Steinfeld.
The cast also features Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon, Brian d’Arcy James, and Alaqua Cox.
Recently, the Hawkeye directors have also been announced. THR states that Bert and Bertie and Rhys Thomas will be helming some episodes. There's even some official concept art to fawn over, showcasing what design Kate Bishop could potentially take in the Hawkeye series when it hits in 2021. We should expect a trailer in the next 3-4 months, too, seeing as how filming has wrapped.
I hear some people are having MCU withdrawals. I feel ya. Waiting is tough I know! Here’s a little something- a concept design illustration I did for the upcoming Hawkeye @disneyplus show. This was seen on the “Expanding the Universe” featurette on Disney+ #hawkeye #katebishop pic.twitter.com/wDPGwJNNBQAugust 3, 2020
Iman Vellani has been cast as Ms. Marvel. The series is currently filming and is expected to launch on Disney Plus in the 'Late 2021' release window. There's even a small sizzle reel that teases what to expect, as well as a sneak peek of Ms. Marvel's costume courtesy of some leaked set photos.
Vellani will be joined in the Ms. Marvel cast by Aramis Knight, Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Laith Naki, Azher Usman, Travina Springer, and Nimra Bucha.
Interestingly, Ms. Marvel is also set to appear in 2022's Captain Marvel sequel.
Well, this suddenly got a whole lot bigger. Tatiana Maslany is She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters, a "lawyer who specializes in superhuman-oriented legal cases." Some already think that gives a way for Daredevil to return to the MCU fold. Kevin Feige, meanwhile, has confirmed that the episodes will last around 30 minutes and described She-Hulk as a "legal comedy."
But that's not all. The cast has Hulked up in a big way. Mark Ruffalo is back as the Jade Giant, while Tim Roth's Abomination returns from The Incredible Hulk, while Ginger Gonzaga and Renée Elise Goldsberry have also joined the cast. Jessica Gao is on board as head writer with Kat Coiro and Anu Valia directing.
One of the Marvel series we know the least about, Moon Knight, will center on Warren Spector, a "complex vigilante who suffers from dissociative identity disorder."
Oscar Isaac will be playing the lead role, while an unnamed villain will be played by Ethan Hawke. May Calamawy has also been cast in an unknown part. Meanwhile, behind the camera, Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, and Mohamed Diab are on board to direct.
The most prolific MCU actor returns! Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role as the ex-director of S.H.I.E.L.D Nick Fury. Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) is back also, while Olivia Colman and Emilia Clarke have both joined the MCU as part of the Secret Invasion series.
Sound familiar? Secret Invasion is a comic book storyline that saw several members of the Skrulls infiltrate Earth and impersonate some of Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
Don't expect it to be quite as expansive as that, however. Tempering expectations in an interview with Comic Book, Feige said when asked if it would have the same amount of characters as its comic book counterpart, "Well, there were more characters in the Secret Invasion comic series than there were in Endgame so, no"
He added: "It's not that but it very much is a showcase for Sam Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn and tapping into the paranoia elements of the Secret Invasion comic series that was great with the twists and turns that that took. So, that's certainly our focus more than, 'Can we cram in more characters than Endgame?'"
Not much is known about Ironheart outside of the lead casting: Ironheart (aka Riri Williams) will be played by up-and-coming actor Dominique Thorne. Snowpiercer screenwriter Chinaka Hodge has also been brought on board as head writer.
In the comics, she's very much the heir apparent to Iron Man and, in effect, could be a replacement for Robert Downey Jr. in the MCU. We should low-key be very, very excited about this one.
As announced by Marvel, Armor Wars is based on the comic series that saw several Marvel villains attempt to take control of Tony Stark's technology.
Don Cheadle is back as War Machine and he "must face what happens when Tony Stark’s tech falls into the wrong hands."
I Am Groot
Finally, two Guardians projects are in the works. The first is "I Am Groot," a series of animated shorts featuring everyone's favorite currently-teenage twig. There's also a Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special coming in 2022, written and directed by James Gunn.
Hulu animated shows
On Hulu, there were originally four new Marvel TV shows, one devoted to M.O.D.O.K. (AKA Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing), and others for Hit-Monkey and Tigra & Dazzler. The plan was for them to all come together to form a supergroup called – wait for it – The Offenders.
However, Howard the Duck and Tigra & Dazzler have been canceled, while little has been heard about Hit-Monkey. There is some good news, though, in the shape of M.O.D.O.K – which is streaming on Hulu now.
Sony's Spider-Man shows
This one is still in the early stages, yet could be among the most exciting of all the new Marvel TV shows, the Disney Plus offerings included. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller are working on a couple of projects. That includes “a handful of live-action shows using Sony’s Marvel characters, of which there are like 900 characters” according to Miller (via Deadline). “We’re figuring out a way to develop the shows so that each are their own unique experience but also related.”
Among the characters that Sony definitely has access to are the stable of Spider-Man heroes and villains that roam everywhere from New York City and beyond. An interconnected web of shows spinning out of Lord and Miller’s undoubtedly great track record with licensed characters (let’s not talk about Solo) could mean that Sony has the next mini-MCU on its hands.
The first of which could be Silk, with Amazon reportedly in talks to land the series. Silk will follow Cindy Moon, who ended up getting bitten by the same radioactive spider as Peter Parker. What are the odds?
Elsewhere, Sony Pictures chairman Tony Vinciquerra has confirmed that there are "five or six" Spider-Man shows currently in the works. Phew. That's a lot of Spidey.
Will Netflix's Marvel shows ever make a return?
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it doesn’t look like Netflix’s Marvel shows will be making a comeback, at least not on Netflix. Jessica Jones being canceled, that marked the end of MCU-related shows on the streaming service, with Luke Cage, The Punisher, Daredevil, and Iron Fist having already been canned.
Will these characters have a future elsewhere? Daredevil actor Charlie Cox has reportedly been spotted on the set of Spider-Man 3. Will the multiverse offer up a way to bring in Netflix's stable of street-level superheroes? Watch this space.