Here are all the future Marvel shows coming to Disney Plus
Starting with Phase 4, Marvel Studios is producing multiple TV shows on Disney Plus. These are not only set in the Marvel universe, but tied to what's happening on the big screen. So while previous series like Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Daredevil acknowledged the goings-on in the movies every now and then, these shows intersect with the narrative of the blockbusters, making them pretty much mandatory viewing for any serious Marvel fan.
First up, a recap of what's happened so far. The first to arrive on Disney Plus was WandaVision in January 2021. The inventive series sees Wanda and Vision in a post-Endgame world living a seemingly perfect life, only to turn the tables and dazzle viewers with a thoughtful exploration of grief. The show earned almost universal praise, introduced a compelling character in Agatha Harkness and was nominated for 5 Emmy awards.
Then came The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in March 2021, following the 2 characters as they deal with a global threat (and bicker doing it). Loki arrived in May, sending the God of Mischief on a time-bending adventure with repercussions for the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
To continue to mess with our heads, Marvel then released What If...? in August, an animated series which imagined what would have happened if certain scenarios in the Marvel universe played out differently. We never thought we would see zombies face off with our favourite superheroes on screen. We were wrong.
Thankfully, even more exciting stuff has arrived. Disney released a Marvel special on 12 November 2021 to celebrate Disney Plus Day, along with other splashy titles such as Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Dopesick and Olaf Presents. The special shared a first glimpse at upcoming series Moon Knight, She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel. Plus, Disney opened up a bit more about the slate of shows currently in development.
For a quick cheat sheet, here's what we know so far about the upcoming Marvel TV shows for Disney Plus. Some are based around established characters, while others are set to introduce new ones. One thing's for sure: given the company's track record, there's great stuff ahead.
The Hawkeye limited series will see Jeremy Renner reprise his role of Hawkeye and will also star Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop, Young Avenger extraordinaire. Set around the holidays, the action sees Hawkeye team up with Kate to defend New York and (fingers crossed!) make it home in time for Christmas. You've read that right: this is a Marvel holiday event!
The cast also includes Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Zahn McClarnon and Brian d'Arcy James. Alaqua Cox will star as Maya Lopez/Echo, a deaf character able to replicate another person's movements. A spin-off series centred on Echo is already in early development.
Viewers should keep an eye out for Florence Pugh as Yelena Belova/Black Widow. We know from the Black Widow post-credits scene that Valentina Allegra de Fontaine basically sent her on a mission to kill Clint, implying that he is the one to blame for Natasha's death. We can almost guarantee that Yelena's path will cross with Clint's in the upcoming series.
Hawkeye premieres on Disney Plus on 24 November with a double episode. After that, episodes will come out weekly until the finale, which drops on 22 December.
In the comics, Ms. Marvel is the superhero alter-ego of Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American teen with shapeshifting abilities who discovers that she has Inhuman genes. In the show, Iman Vellani stars as Kamala Khan AKA Ms. Marvel. The cast also includes Aramis Knight, Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Laith Naki, Azher Usman, Travina Springer and Nimra Bucha.
According to the official synopsis, Kamala is a great student, an avid gamer and a voracious fan-fiction scribe, with a special affinity for superheroes, particularly Captain Marvel. But Kamala struggles to fit in at home and at school – that is, until she gets super powers like the heroes she's always looked up to. The series will premiere in winter 2022.
Not a lot of details about Moon Knight are available just yet, but we do know that the series will be based on the comic book character of the same name. A former mercenary, he has a vast fortune and a multiple-personality disorder. The multiple identities who live inside him are distinct characters who appear against a backdrop of Egyptian iconography.
Oscar Isaac will star, with May Calamawy and Ethan Hawke also cast in undisclosed roles. Mohamed Diab will direct 4 episodes, with the other 2 directed by duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.
Moon Knight is often referred to as Marvel's answer to Batman, so it will be interesting to get a feel for the show's tone. A premiere date for the series hasn't been announced yet, but Moon Knight will come out sometime in 2022.
In the comics, She-Hulk is the alter ego of Jennifer Walters, Bruce Banner's cousin. She ends up with abilities of her own after needing a blood transfusion from Bruce. Consequently, Walters becomes a large, powerful green-hued version of herself, while still maintaining her personality.
Disney confirmed that Tatiana Maslany will star as She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters and that the show will be a legal comedy. Turns out, Walters is a lawyer who specialises in cases involving superhumans.
Additionally, She-Hulk will welcome a host of Marvel characters to the series, including the Hulk played by Mark Ruffalo and the Abomination played by Tim Roth. Jameela Jamil will play Titania, a rival of She-Hulk's, with Ginger Gonzaga and Renée Elise Goldsberry completing the main cast. The series will come out in 2022.
Secret Invasion will star Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn as the Skrull Talos, 2 characters fans first met in Captain Marvel.
The series will revolve around a faction of shape-shifting Skrulls who have been infiltrating Earth for years. Emilia Clarke, Olivia Colman and Kingsley Ben-Adir will also appear. The series will come out in 2022.
Ironheart will star Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams, a genius inventor who creates the most advanced suit of armour since Iron Man. Unfortunately, that's all the official information available so far.
Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
As the title suggests, this will be a holiday special, but no other details are available. We can confirm that Guardians of the Galaxy veteran James Gunn will write and direct the special, which is slated to premiere in December 2022.
I Am Groot
I Am Groot will star everyone's favourite baby tree in a series of original shorts. We're guessing the shorts will be… short on dialogue, but otherwise there's nothing we know for sure about the upcoming series just yet. According to Disney, these shorts will explore "Baby Groot's glory days growing up, and getting into trouble, among the stars."
As we've already mentioned, the character of Echo, which will be introduced in Hawkeye, will get a spin-off series.
Agatha: House of Harkness
WandaVision's Agatha Harkness clearly made a solid first impression, especially given Kathryn Hahn's flawless performance in the role. A spin-off centred on Agatha is now the works, with Hahn reprising her role. Jac Schaeffer will return as executive producer and head writer.
This upcoming animated show explores new stories in the iconic 90s timeline of the original X-Men: The Animated Series. Beau DeMayo is executive producer and head writer.
Spider-Man: Freshman Year
An animated series that centres on Peter Parker on his way to becoming Spider-Man in the MCU. That's pretty much all that has been confirmed as of yet.
If you didn't get enough zombies in What If...?, prepare for more. This animated series reimagines the Marvel Universe as a new generation of heroes battle against the zombie epidemic. There's no news on when the show might come out.
Based on the classic Marvel comic series, Armor Wars will centre on James Rhodes AKA War Machine, played by Don Cheadle. The show will follow the character as he deals with the fallout of Tony Stark's tech falling into the wrong hands.
Untitled Wakanda series
Danai Gurira will reprise her role as Okoye, the head of the Dora Milaje, in this upcoming series. Plot details remain under wraps for now.
Disney Plus details
Disney Plus became available in Australia in November 2019, offering a vast library of both TV shows and movies. Subscribers can watch classic titles from the Disney Vault and enjoy programming from the Disney Channel.
The platform also hosts titles from Disney's subsidiaries: Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and Lucasfilm. Most of the content is family-friendly, but titles targeted for a more adult audience are also available via the platform's Star channel.
Other highlights on Disney Plus include The Mandalorian, Only Murders in the Building, Nomadland, Free Guy and The Simpsons. Check out our Disney Plus review for more information. Subscriptions in Australia cost $11.99 a month.