Marvel Studios has been on a winning streak with its latest story additions to the MCU. The production has fallen into a habit of selling out enthusiasm to its fans following the success of all its movies.
While still promoting its online Disney+ release of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Eternals’ theatrical release, and the upcoming Disney+ release of Hawkeye, Marvel Studios is doing a dedicated and impressive job at getting the audiences’ attention by announcing all its MCU projects about to release in the next few years to come. If Marvel Studio’s upcoming Disney+ shows have any connection whatsoever to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, this is all we know about all the new ones.
Marvel Studios fell into the habit of announcing its upcoming MCU projects a couple of years back, through multiple conventions. The San Diego Comic-Con is one such convention that became the production’s go-to for every huge, groundbreaking announcement regarding the future of MCU movies and shows. In the years that followed, however, Marvel extended its successful strategy to D23, as well as started holding out its exclusive events.
Disney’s Investor Day 2020 was the latest event that Marvel used to draw the audiences towards its new movie releases, TV shows, as well as all other news related to the studio. With this, the MCU Phase 4 extended itself wide enough to include more than two dozen officially confirmed upcoming projects.
Apart from this, social media is always indulging in sharing news regarding upcoming movies and shows. Thus, Marvel fans were looking forward to Disney+ Day providing a big platform to Marvel Studios and its boss Kevin Feige to announce new stories or reveal teasers to its forthcoming Disney+ shows.
As expected, Disney+ Day was flooding with a lot of mind-blowing content for MCU fans. Because the event was centered around Disney+ shows, it did not mention anything about the large number of MCU movies that are reportedly under the works. Marvel Studios’ offered the audiences the first official clippings from She-Hulk, Moon Knight, and Secret Invasion, as well as additional footage from Ms. Marvel.
The event did not feature any updates regarding other under development shows like Armor Wars or Ironheart. However, Marvel put Disney+ Day to use at its full potential by announcing not one, not two, but five new shows. The shows are fun and varied and jam-packed with thrill. They include a variety of live-action spinoffs as well as animated prequels. Here is everything we know about the aforementioned Marvel Disney+ shows, which are to be out soon.
Echo is the first show announced by Marvel Studios at Disney+ Day. The series is supposed to be a Hawkeye spin-off and will feature Alaqua Cox in the lead role as Maya Lopez aka Echo. Cox will first make her MCU appearance in Hawkeye with Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton and Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop.
The first news about Echo’s production came out in 2021 when rumors confirmed that Etan Cohen and his wife Emily Cohen were writing and producing the show. However, whether or not they will be a part of the show is not yet certain. Echo’s announcement did not give an official release date for Disney+. But it will likely make its way to the audience in a couple of years.
Giving Alaqua Cox’s MCU character her own standalone Disney+ show is a huge step taken by Marvel. Popular for her role in the Daredevil stories, Echo’s character is that of a deaf Native American hero. The comics have shown her being taught to become an assassin following her father’s death. It was her father’s bloodstained hand mark that inspired Maya’s handprint face painting.
She is an exceptional person, possessing photographic reflexes that helped her with her training to be an assassin under Wilson Fisk’s observant eye. He wrongfully framed Daredevil for Echo’s father’s death. This was what formerly made her chase him down. If Marvel Studios decides to follow her original comic arc as Maya Lopez after Hawkeye, then it is likely that the show will also include Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin and Charlie Cox’s Daredevil.
Another upcoming show in Marvel’s lineup that received an official thumbs-up was Agatha: House of Harkness. Unsurprisingly, the show is a spin-off from WandaVision. It will feature Kathryn Hahn as a powerful and fearsome witch. WadnaVision’s Jac Schaeffer is the creator of Agatha: House of Harkness. Earlier this year, there was news regarding the show being under the works.
After Kathryn Hahn won an Emmy nomination for her superb performance in WandaVision, giving her a solo series was understandable. MCU has a high potential to incorporate Agatha Harkness into the franchise. However, we are still left wondering what era of her life as a witch will the show put on display.
What we can tell from the title of the show Agatha: House of Harkness, though, is that it would probably tell the tale of the witch’s origin. This could take us back in time, explore the Salem Witch Trials more closely, as well as make us familiar with the other witches in the coven and their magical powers. The title House of Harkness could mean this coven of said witches.
WandaVision proved that Agatha’s character was one filled with pique and power. And Marvel’s show has paved the path for audiences to delve into her life intently. Agatha’s reappearance into the MCU also leaves room for Elizabeth Olsen to return as Scarlet Witch. Her involvement would answer some long-standing questions from WandaVision’s finale.
News has already reached us before regarding Marvel Studios’ plans about rebooting X-Men: The Animated Series. While running separately from the MCU timeline, Disney+ day has confirmed that this new and thrilling TV series is scheduled to arrive on Disney+ sometime in 2023. The show will be called X-Men ’97 and it is continuing after the events of X-Men: The Animated Series after its cancellation.
In addition to that, Marvel is bringing back some of its best original voice actors. These include Cal Dodd (Wolverine), Lenore Zann (Rogue), George Buza (Beast), Adrian Hough (Nightcrawler), Christopher Britton (Mr. Sinister), Catherine Disher (Jean Grey), Chris Potter (Gambit), Alison Sealy-Smith (Storm), and Alyson Court (Jubilee).
While the announcement did not disclose much about the plot surrounding X-Men ’97, the fact that it will be in continuation to X-Men: The Animated Series does give us a lot to speculate. In the show’s finale, we saw Professor X say goodbye to Earth to join the Shi’ar empire and Lilandra. Although Cedric Smith is alive, he will not be coming back for his character. Which means that Charles Xavier will not be a part of the story.
There is also a possibility that X-Men ’97 will continue without the contribution of Magneto or Cyclops since David Hamblen and Norm Spencer have both passed away. Finally, the show can opt to take inspiration from the classic X-Men comics arc. This might lead the creators to add more modern scenarios, as well as incorporate new characters into the world.
Expanding into the world of Tom Holland starrer Spider-Man series, Marvel has announced yet another animated series. The Disney+ feature is called Spider-Man: Freshman Year and it will tell Peter Parker’s journey to become Spider-Man. Jess Trammel will be writing Spider-Man: Freshman Year. Jeff also created Craig the Creek. There is still no certainty as to when the show is released.
However, we can tell that the show will serve as a prequel to Peter’s journey in the MCU so far. Since his freshman year happened a little before the events of Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming. Also, the announcement did not reveal anything about who will be voicing Spider-Man in the series. Will Marvel bring back Tom Holland to make it seem more authentic? Or will it be Hudson Thames, who voiced Peter/Spider-Man in Marvel’s What If… ? making a return? We will find out.
Last but not the least, during Disney+ Day, Marvel announced the show Marvel Zombies. The impending animated series is reportedly being developed by two names that have already seen light with Marvel’s What If…?. Bryan Andrews will be directing the show. And Zeb Wells is the writer for the series. The two will also be serving as Executive Producers on Marvel Zombies.
Whether or not the show will have any association with Marvel’s What If…? has not yet been disclosed. However, the final description of the show says that it revolves around “a new generation of heroes battle against an ever-spreading zombie scourge.” This does lead us to believe that it could have a light connection to What If…? episode 5 were Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Ant-Man’s journey towards finding a cure to this plague. If this is the story that Marvel decides to follow, we could see MCU exploring the teaser of Thanos conquering Wakanda in closer detail.