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Everything We Know About The 12 New Marvel Shows

today15 December 2020

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Gone are the days we’d have to wait years to see our favourite superhero come to life on screen – no more months-long waits to see if their story arch follows that of the comics. If anything, 2020 has proven that streaming sites are heavyweight champions when it comes to viewing consumption. And as if they’d seen this coming, Disney+ has cashed in on the popularity of both superhero and streaming from home. Intertwining their movie counterparts with the direction of the TV shows, Marvel and Disney+ have announced a slew of new Marvel shows that will borrow from, provide backstory to or pick up from stories and characters that we’ve spent the past 12 years seeing on the big screen.

 

So what exactly can we expect?

 

WandaVision

 

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Marvel Studios’ ‘WandaVision’ blends the style of classic sitcoms with the Marvel Cinematic Universe in which Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch) and Vision (Paul Bettany)—two super-powered beings living their ideal suburban lives—begin to suspect that everything is not as it seems. The new series is directed by Matt Shakman; Jac Schaeffer is head writer.” The series will pick up after 2019’s ‘Avengers: End Game’ with Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany reprising their roles as Wanda Maximoff and Vision, respectively. As the first premiere of Phase Four of the MCU, the series will consist of six episodes.

 

? Premiere date: 15th January, 2021

 

 

The Falcon and Winter Soldier

 

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“Following the events of ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ Sam Wilson (Falcon) and Bucky Barnes (Winter Soldier ) team up in a global adventure that tests their abilities—and their patience—in Marvel Studios’ ‘The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.'” The series will see Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan reprise their big-screen roles as Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes. Also consisting of six episodes, the series will see Wilson on his journey to take up the ‘Captain America’ mantle while Bucky is once again faced with Baron Zemo (was captured after killing Black Panther’s father in a bomb blast in ‘Captain America: Civil War’). A new villain – Flag-Smasher – is also said to make an appearance.

 

? Premiere date: 19th March, 2021

 

 

Loki

 

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“The mercurial villain Loki resumes his role as the God of Mischief.” Tom Hiddleston is Loki once again – although, as this series also takes place after ‘Endgame’, we will be seeing the alternate version of Loki in a new timeline (post-Tesseract theft Loki will be travelling through time altering human history with it).

 

? Premiere date: May 2021

 

 

Hawkeye

 

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While not much is known about the series, what we do know is that singer/actress Hailee Steinfeld (‘Bumblebee’, ‘True Grit’, Pitch Perfect’) will be Hawkeye’s mentee Kate Bishop, as Clint Barton (played by Jeremy Renner) gets ready to retire the name to her.

 

? Premiere date: Late 2021

 

 

Ms Marvel

 

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The fourth character to take the name Ms. Marvel is a 16-year-old Pakistani-American girl growing up in Jersey City. She is described as “a great student, an avid gamer and a voracious fan-fiction scribe”. Nothing out of the ordinary – until she too finds that she has powers like the superheroes she loves. Now, while Khan’s Ms. Marvel has not been introduced to the MCU (we have Carol Denvers holding the title there), it is expected that Khan’s Ms. Marvel will slowly make her way over to the movie-MCU. Thus far, ScreenRant has reported that while ‘Captain Marvel 2’ will see Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Ms. Marvel will also join her. The character will be played by Iman Vellani, an 18-year-old Canadian-Muslim actress.

 

? Premiere date: Late 2021

 

 

Secret Invasion

 

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“Secret Invasion stars Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, whom fans first met in Captain Marvel. The crossover comic event series showcases a faction of shape-shifting Skrulls who have been infiltrating Earth for years.” The title for the series comes from a 2008 comic book crossover storyline, with the show’s direction having been set up through ‘Captain Marvel’ and the post-credits scene from ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’. Marvel’s promotional tagline for the event was “Who do you trust?”

 

? Premiere date: TBC

 

 

Ironheart

 

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The comic ‘Ironheart’ follows the story of teenager Riri Williams, a 15-year-old genius who attends the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and eventually creates her own Iron Man suit. Riri receives official sponsorship from Tony Stark himself, which establishes her as the superhero Ironheart. While we won’t be seeing the interaction between Williams and OG Iron Man Tony Stark (or will we???), Marvel has commented that Riri Williams “creates the most advanced suit of armour since Iron Man himself, Tony Stark.” The series will star Dominique Thorne, who made her film debut in Barry Jenkins’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’.

 

? Premiere date: TBC

 

 

She-Hulk

 

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In the MCU, ‘She-Hulk’ is a lawyer named Jennifer Walters. Walters is cousins with THE Hulk, Bruce Banner. Walters end’s up becoming She-Hulk after a Banner was forced to give her a life-saving blood transfusion. But, unlike her cousin, she “keeps her calm and her smarts” even as She-Hulk, as the blood transfusion contained a diluted version of Hulk’s gamma-filled blood. She eventually goes on to work with The Avengers and the Fantastic Four. She-Hulk stars Tatiana Maslany and will welcome a host of Marvel characters to the series, including the Hulk, played by Mark Ruffalo, and the Abomination, played by Tim Roth.

 

? Premiere date: TBC

 

 

Moon Knight

 

‘Moon Knight’ debuted in the pages of WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #32 in 1975 before eventually getting his own solo series in 1980.  The character is sometimes compared to DC’s ‘Batman’ (for reason that will soon be explained) but in short, ‘Moon Knight’ is one of the Marvel Universe’s most visible heroes to live with mental illness, a vessel for an ancient Egyptian God and, when needed, a killer. ‘Moon Kight’ has also had moments with the Avengers, including one storyline that paints ‘Moon Knight’ as a major villain in the MCU. Rumour has it that ‘Dune’ star Oscar Isaac may be taking up the role of the complicated character, although no official announcement has been made yet. What has been confirmed is that Egyptian writer-director Mohamed Diab will direct the six-episode series.

? Premiere date: TBC

 

 

Armour Wars

 

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The other Iron Man series is Armor Wars, which stars Don Cheadle as James Rhodes aka War Machine. The description provided by Feige is that it explores “what happens when his tech falls into the wrong hands?”.

 

? Premiere date: TBC

 

 

I Am Groot

 

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‘I Am Groot looks’ back to Vol. 2’s Baby Groot and will see him in a series of adorable misadventures.

 

? Premiere date: TBC

 

 

Marvel’s What If…?

 

Not live-action, however, this animated show promises to answer some of the more controversial questions in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Amongst the stories shown in the Marvel Studios’ special ‘Expanding The Universe’ are:

 

“Agent Carter as Captain Carter in action”

“Captain Carter with pre-serum Steve Rogers who is Iron Man”

“T’Challa as Star-Lord”

 

It is said that there will be one episode of the ‘WHAT IF…?’ series for each of the 23 films in the MCU.  Each episode will feature an iconic moment from the MCU – just not the way we’ve seen, much less have expected. Jeffrey Wright will voice Uatu The Watcher, a cosmic entity who shows up in moments of extreme crisis to record important events for future generations.

 

? Premiere date: TBC

Written by: Marissa Anne


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