From Loki to She-Hulk to Moon Knight and beyond, here’s why you should get excited for the MANY Marvel TV series coming to Disney+.
Disney+ has given Marvel fans lots of reasons to be excited about what’s coming up in the televison corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. WandaVision paved the way for many more MCU TV series to come, setting the bar pretty high with its avant garde storytelling.
The upcoming Marvel, and there are a lot, will take the MCU in a new direction where inclusion and diversity take center stage. From characters in diverse backgrounds to characters struggling with personal challenges and setbacks, these Disney+ shows are breaking new ground, and may bring a whole new group of fans into the Marvel family.
With each new series comes new opportunities for expansion. It’s the possibility of crossovers and connections to other Marvel projects that make the Disney+ Marvel series so alluring.
Most of this article is concerned with the Marvel shows we have yet to see, but let’s start with what’s already out there:
Release Date: January 15, 2021
Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Teyonah Parris, Kathryn Hahn, Evan Peters, Kat Dennings, Randall Park
Though it’s already aired, there are lots of reasons to be excited for what WandaVision sets up in the larger Marvel Universe.
- Wanda’s story will continue in the movie Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which is coming in 2022. Now that the full extent of her powers have been realized, Wanda could take that movie in any number of unexpected directions. Will she find her alternate reality kids somewhere? Will she be a hero? A villain? Her future is wide open.
- Monica Rambeau becomes Photon. Her transformation in WandaVision allows her to make an impact in Captain Marvel 2, which will further explore her new powers and what they mean.
- Evan Peters’ appearance as Wanda’s brother Pietro shattered the brick wall between 20th Century FOX and Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe, setting up possible crossovers in future shows and movies.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Release Date: March 19, 2021
Cast: Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Wyatt Russell, Daniel Bruhl
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is a massive hit. If you’re not already watching, here’s why you should be:
- This is a chance for two characters to come out of the background and into the spotlight. Anthony Mackie’s Falcon has long been integral to the story of Steve Rogers’ Captain America, but the old “always a bridesmaid and never a bride” bit was getting kind of old for a character who brings so much to the MCU.
- Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes aren’t natural teammates. They fought against each other the first time they met, and now they’re on the same side. Though The Falcon and the Winter Soldier isn’t a comedy, there are some brilliant comedic moments that demonstrate that these two characters work incredibly well when paired together.
- The scenes of these characters dealing with their home lives are just as important as the big global threat they’re fighting. Seeing Sam with his family and dealing with issues of racial prejudice while Bucky struggles with his mental health are important for viewers to see because these real-life issues impact everyone.
Okay, those are the Marvel shows we’ve already seen. Now here’s why you should be excited about what’s to come: