While the MCU has conquered all before it on the big screen, Marvel’s not been quite so successful on TV – for every brilliant season of Jessica Jones or Daredevil, there’s been the disappointment of an Inhumans or an Iron Fist. And no-one wants that. All that looks set to change, however, with a spectacular slate of new Marvel TV shows.
While the Marvel Television division has been responsible for new Marvel TV shows up to now, Marvel Studios (the team responsible for the MCU on the big screen) is getting in on the act with a succession of high-profile spin-offs featuring characters from the movies. There’s been small screen crossover with the MCU before, of course (Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter and the Netflix Defenders shows all referenced events in the movies), but never on this scale, with such big-name stars attached. With WandaVision, Loki, and Falcon & Winter Soldier joining the new Star Wars: The Mandalorian TV show on the new Disney+ streaming service, a subscription is looking very tempting indeed.
But they’re not the only new Marvel TV shows in the pipeline. With the Netflix/Marvel universe of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and The Punisher wrapping up, Marvel Television has found a new home on rival streaming service Hulu, with a mix of live-action and animated shows.
Read on to find out about the new Marvel TV shows you’ll be watching while you’re waiting for all the exciting roster of new Marvel movies to appear on the big screen
Spoiler warning! The events of Avengers: Endgame are so important to the future of Marvel TV that numerous spoilers lie ahead.
Falcon & Winter Soldier
Marvel and Disney are taking their new MCU spin-offs on Disney+ very seriously indeed. Just to prove it, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige told Variety, “These episodes will intersect with the movies in a very big way, It’s a totally new form of storytelling that we get to play with and explore.” Having also confirmed at the Disney+ launch that there’ll be “ramifications” for other TV shows and movies and that “post-Endgame the MCU will be extremely different, it looks like they aren’t just going to be cynical cash-ins.
Falcon & Winter Soldier will unite Captain America’s two BFFs, as played by Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan. With Steve Rogers having departed to get old with Peggy Carter at the end of Avengers: Endgame, he left his shield and the Captain America mantle with Sam “Falcon” Wilson, so we’re guessing this will focus on Wilson’s struggles to follow in his predecessor’s footsteps. If the show echoes the espionage movie tone of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, they won’t have any complaints here.
Seeing as Marvel has already released a title logo (as revealed by Sebastian Stan on Instagram), It looks Falcon & Winter Soldier could be the first new Marvel TV show out of the Disney+ gate – it may even be part of the streaming service’s line-up when it launches on November 12, 2019.
Like the upcoming Black Widow movie, this new Marvel TV show is one to file in the “Hang on a sec, aren’t they dead?” column.
Focusing on Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany’s Vision, the Disney+ series will revisit a romance that was doomed in the most unlikely of circumstances when a boy had a stone with the power to destroy the universe forcibly removed from his forehead. That sort of thing’s going to put a downer on any relationship, but Wanda Maximoff and her Synthezoid beau will find a way back in this 1950s-set story. How they manage it remains something of a mystery, however – Marvel comics that feature Viz creating an android family in a ’50s-style neighbourhood may offer some clues but, this being Marvel, could just be a red herring.
Feige has described the series as “something unexpected and surprising, as well as something we can only do in a long-form series.” Marvel’s currency is now so high that it’s earned the right to experiment, so this is definitely one to look out for when Disney+ launches.
Just when you thought this new Marvel TV show had to be a prequel series detailing the god of mischief’s history as a thorn in his brother’s side, Avengers: Endgame changed the rules again. Having been unceremoniously executed by Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War, Loki’s earlier incarnation found a Tesseract-shaped escape route during Captain America, Iron Man and Ant-Man’s trip back to the timeline of the first Avengers movie. We’re guessing Loki (Tom Hiddleston reprising his role from the movies) will spend this Disney+ show adventuring through time and space being a bit naughty – which sounds like a TV show we want to watch.
Unlike Falcon & Winter Soldier, WandaVision and Loki, this Disney+ show hasn’t been officially confirmed yet. It is, however, heavily rumoured.
Variety reports that that the show would follow Jeremy Renner’s uber-archer (and member of the original Avengers movie line-up) as he trains protégée Kate Bishop in the ways of the bow. Presumably he’ll also have to come to terms with spending most of Endgame as a brutal vigilante – it's the stuff brooding antiheroes are made of…
The MCU is set to make its first leaps into animation, alternative history and the anthology series with Disney+’s What If?. According to Slashfilm, the Disney+ show is inspired by a long-running Marvel Comics series that has asked questions like, “What if Captain America hadn’t vanished during World War Two?” or “What if the X-Men died on their first mission?”
There’s no official confirmation on talent as yet, but the fact this show would be animated creates the intriguing opportunity to put original MCU stars in unconventional scenarios for a fraction of the price of a live-action production. 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 comic book tale “What if Loki had found the hammer of Thor?” will reportedly form the basis of one episode.
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...
Marvel seems to have a real thing for bringing vigilante motorcyclists with flaming skulls for heads to the screen. So now, following in the tyre tracks of Nicolas Cage’s two Johnny Blaze movies (one of them a reboot) and the Robbie Reyes version of the character being part of Agents of SHIELD, comes a new Hulu series.
Reyes will also be the Ghost Rider in the new show (no word yet on whether it’s a spin-off from Agents of SHIELD or an entirely new continuity) and Marvel says that he’s “the quintessential antihero, who lives on the Texas/Mexico border, consumed by hellfire and supernaturally bound to a demon. When he unleashes the Rider, Robbie brings vengeance for the innocents he encounters, but struggles controlling the power he wields.”
Showrunner Ingrid Escajeda adds that, “This story hits every note for me – my love for grounded yet conflicted characters and my desire to scare the $&!# out of people!” We’ll see if she manages to give us the willies some time in 2020…
Marvel’s also dealing with the occult in Helstrom – though this new Marvel TV show is based on characters who’ll only be familiar to the comic book faithful. The show will focus on Daimon and Ana Helstrom, the children of a “mysterious and powerful serial killer” who may just have connections to, well, hell. “Marvel’s known for all the heart, humour, and action they put into every series, but this time around we’re adding some scares to that mix,” boasts showrunner Paul Zbyszewski. “I think we’ve found a compelling way to dissect some of our deepest fears through the experiences of our two lead characters.”
Sounds spooky. Like Ghost Rider, Helstrom is due in 2020.
Hulu animated shows
Howard the Duck is coming to TV – and he’s not alone. Indeed, it looks like Hulu is the new Netflix in terms of Marvel Television shows, as the US streaming network has four – technically five – new animated series in the works.
As well as the Howard-fronted series, there’ll be new Marvel TV shows devoted to M.O.D.O.K. (aka Mechanized Organism Designed Only for Killing), Hit-Monkey, and Tigra & Dazzler. And they’ll all come together to form a supergroup called – wait for it – The Offenders. Even if the team-up show is a disaster, you’ve gotta love that title…
With creative teams boasting Patton Oswalt and Kevin Smith, these shows look likely to be more overtly comedic than other new Marvel TV shows. “A giant head. A monkey. A tiger lady and a disco queen. And the duck. Brought together because no one else could but Marvel Television on Hulu. M.O.D.O.K., Hit Monkey, Tigra & Dazzler, and Howard the Duck will form a team no one asked for – The Offenders. (And wait until you see who the Team Leader is!)” teases executive producer Jeph Loeb.
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