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All the new Marvel and Star Wars shows coming to Disney+

By Tim Augustin - 22 Feb 2021

The Marvel Cinematic Universe never stops expanding

WandaVision

Marvel Studios released a ton of new trailers for their upcoming slate of Disney+ originals, starting with WandaVision.  This mind-bending series has Wanda Maximoff struggle to adapt to her new Vision-less existence, apparently going so far as to create a new life for herself based on classic black-and-white sitcoms. The series will progress through different decades of American sitcoms - eventually arriving at an Office-style mockumentary episode. 

It’s not all fun and games, though - Monica Rambeau (Teyona Parris), Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings) and Jimmy Woo (Randall Park) all return from previous movies under dire circumstances. 

 

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier

Here’s your first proper trailer for the Falcon and the Winter Soldier! This series takes place after Avengers: Endgame, with Steve Rogers retired and Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) stepping up to the plate as Captain America. Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) teams up with WIlson to fight Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl), who returns from Captain America: Civil War. Emily VanCamp returns as Sharon Carter, and Wyatt Russell joins as John Walker - the military’s successor to Captain America. 

 

Loki

Loki might’ve died in Avengers: Infinity War, but the Loki who escaped with the Cosmic Cube in Avengers: Endgame still lives. Confused? I think you’re supposed to be. This Disney+ series has Tom Hiddleston reprise his role as the titular god of mischief, who has somehow wound up imprisoned by the TVA. In the comics, the TVA are the Time Variance Authority, an organisation that monitors the multiverse for signs of danger. You can see why they might take an interest in a time-travelling god, then. 

It looks like this series will see Loki hopping through different universes, damaging the multiverse and attracting the attention of the TVA. Owen Wilson also stars as a TVA agent. 

 

What If…?

The universe is full of infinite possibilities, and the same is true for the MCU. This animated series has Uatu, AKA The Watcher (Jeffrey Wright) take viewers on an anthological tour through the MCU - if things had been just a little different. What would’ve happened if Peggy Carter was the one to receive the Super Soldier Serum, instead of Steve Rogers? What if Yondu had picked up T’Challa to travel the galaxy with, instead of Peter Quill? What if, what if, what if...?

 

Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel 2

Kamala Khan appeared in Marvel’s Avengers earlier this year as the high-spirited Ms. Marvel, but she’ll also make her live-action debut on Disney+ in 2021! Newcomer Iman Vellani plays Kamala in this series - a 16-year-old Pakistani-American growing up in Jersey City. She’s a huge fan of superheroes, Captain Marvel in particular. This teenager struggles to fit in at home and in school - a matter that only grows complicated when she gets superpowers. 

Vellani will also appear in Captain Marvel 2, joining Brie Larson who returns as the titular Avenger. Teyonah Parris will also reprise her role as Monica Rambeau in the movie, from WandaVision. The movie will be directed by Nia DaCosta (Candyman), to be released on November 11, 2022. 

 

Hawkeye

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After a ton of leaks, it shouldn’t be too surprising - but Marvel Studios has confirmed that Hailee Steinfeld will join Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton as Kate Bishop in this upcoming Disney+ series! The series will take inspiration from Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye comicbook run, which is legendary in the eyes of Hawkeye fans. Kate Bishop initially trained under Barton’s wing as an archer, but quickly became her own version of Hawkeye. The two frequently pair up in the comics, along with Barton’s dog Lucky - who will also appear in the series! The goodest of comicbook boys. 

This series will launch in 2021. 

 

Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings

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Simu Liu stars as Shang-Chi in this action movie. Shang-Chi has to confront the past he thought he’d left behind, when he gets drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organisation. The Mandarin will also appear (the real one, not Iron Man 3’s faux Ben Kingsley version), and he could pose a formidable threat for any Avenger. The movie’s full cast has now been revealed, which you can check out above!

 

She-Hulk

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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has finally cast She-Hulk: Tatiana Maslany! This Marvel Studios comedy series will dive into the world of superhuman-oriented legal cases with Jennifer Walters, a lawyer who specialises in such cases. In the comics, Walters was Bruce Banner’s cousin, gaining a version of his gamma-infused powers after a life-saving blood transfusion. Of course, this means that Mark Ruffalo will appear as the Hulk too. Surprisingly, Tim Roth will also return as the Abomination, a villainous human-turned-monster who first appeared in The Incredible Hulk. Feige teased that more returning characters will guest star!

 

Secret Invasion

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Surprise, surprise: we’re getting Marvel Comics’ Secret Invasion storyline in the form of a Disney+ series! In the post-credits scene for Spider-Man: Far From Home, it was revealed that the Nick Fury and Maria Hill featured in that movie had actually been Skrulls all along. The real Nick Fury was sitting pretty on a Skrull spaceship, up to unknown shenanigans. Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role as Fury, while Ben Mendelsohn returns as Talos (from Captain Marvel). 

The comicbook storyline was a huge crossover event focusing on a faction of Skrulls who had been infiltrating Earth for years. Who knows if this series will have the same scope.

 

Ironheart

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Iron Man is gone, and that has had a huge impact on this chaotic universe. Two Disney+ series will deal with the aftermath of his death, the first being Ironheart. Dominique Thorne stars as a young genius inventor, Riri Williams, who creates the most advanced suit of armour since Tony Stark himself. In the comics, Riri suited up with her own Iron Man-like armour, fighting alongside other young superheroes like Ms. Marvel as part of the Champions. 

 

Armor Wars

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Tony Stark is dead, which means that he can’t keep his advanced technology from falling into the wrong hands anymore. This Disney+ series follows Don Cheadle’s James Rhodes, AKA War Machine, who must face the consequences of his best friend’s death. Could we see Sam Rockwell’s Justin Hammer return from Iron Man 2, as well? Who knows. 

 

The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

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In the most on-brand thing to happen to this band of intergalactic misfits, Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon and Groot will return to engage in some, “spirited shenanigans,” in this special created for Disney+. James Gunn returns to write and direct the holiday special, which will come out in the 2022 holiday season - before Guardians of the Galaxy 3 hits theaters in 2023. Don’t forget - these weirdos also starred in a music video with David Hasselhoff. 

 

Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania

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Ant-Man 3 gets a title! This threequel will see Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer reprise their roles as Scott Lang, Hope van Dyne, Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne, respectively. Kathryn Newton also joins the cast as a grown-up version of Cassie Lang, Scott’s daughter. In an exciting twist, Jonathan Majors will also play Kang the Conqueror - a multiverse-obsessed villain. Peyton Reed returns to direct. 

 

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

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We got new information on the Sorcerer Supreme’s next adventure! Rachel McAdams will reprise her role of Dr. Christine Palmer from the first movie, with Benedict Wong and Chiwetel Eijofor also returning as Wong and Mordo. Xochitl Gomez will join the cast as America Chavez, AKA Marvel Comics’ universe-hopping superhero Miss America. The movie will also act as a direct followup to WandaVision, with Elizabeth Olsen also joining the cast as Scarlet Witch. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige even confirmed that Spider-Man 3 would tie into the movie - which makes sense, considering that the movie is rumoured to see multiple Spider-Men return, including Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.

Multiverse shenanigans! The movie will hit theaters on March 25, 2022, directed by Sam Raimi. 

 

Fantastic Four

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It’s happening! Marvel’s First Family - Mister Fantastic, the Invisible Woman, the Human Torch and the Thing - will soon hit the big screen in a movie of their own, set in the MCU! Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts is slated to direct, but not much else is known about this film for now. Hopefully they won’t all be teenagers this time. 

 

Black Panther 2

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After Chadwick Boseman’s tragic passing earlier this year, Marvel Studios has confirmed that they will not be recasting his role as King T’Challa. Instead, the Black Panther sequel will explore the fascinating world of Wakanda and the characters introduced in the first film. Ryan Coogler will return to write and direct the movie, which hits theaters on July 8, 2022. 

In other news, Disney also announced ‘I Am Groot’, a series of shorts featuring everyone’s favourite baby tree coming to Disney+. Marvel Studios also announced the casting of Christian Bale (!) as Gorr the God Butcher in Thor: Love and Thunder. 

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You thought I was done? You’re cute, but Disney had so much more to announce. Skip to the next page for content from Pixar, Disney Animation and… the Alien universe?!

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