Saturday, January 22, 2022

Marvel’s Upcoming Series In 2022 and Beyond

Contributors: Kaity, LindseyHannah

While the Marvel Cinematic Universe may be ever-changing after the conclusion of the Infinity Saga in 2019, it’s certainly not slowing down. New heroes have been introduced, old ones have gained a larger spotlight, and the level of new content Marvel Studios has on their ever-growing slate continues to get longer. There are supposedly dozens of unannounced projects in the works, along with the multiple already announced. So, here’s what we know is coming on the television side of Marvel in 2022 and beyond.

Curious about Marvel’s upcoming films? Check out our breakdown of those, too!

Ms. Marvel

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Release Date: Summer 2022

Kamala Kahn is set to make her MCU debut this summer on Disney+ in Ms. Marvel. Portrayed by Iman Vellani, Kamala is a 16-year-old Pakistani American from Jersey City. While she’s an aspiring artist, an avid gamer, and a voracious fan-fiction scribe, she’s also a huge fan of the Avengers — particularly Captain Marvel. However, Kamala has always struggled to find her place in the world. But all of that changes when she gets powers like the heroes that she’s always looked up to.

The character Ms. Marvel was created editors Sana Amanat and Stephen Wacker, writer G. Willow Wilson, and artists Adrian Alphona and Jamie McKelvie, first appearing in Marvel Comics in 2013.

The series is directed by Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Meera Menon, and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. A sneak peek was shown during Marvel Studios’ 2021 Disney+ Day Special.

She-Hulk

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Release Date: 2022

Move over, Mark Ruffalo, because there’s a new Hulk in town. She-Hulk will introduce Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer Walters, a lawyer who specializes in superhuman-oriented legal cases. Various Marvel characters are also set to appear, including Ruffalo’s Hulk and Tim Roth as the Abomination. Created by Stan Lee and artist John Buscema, Jennifer Walters’ history with Marvel Comics dates back to 1980.

The series is written by Jessica Gao and directed by Kat Coiro and Anu Valia, and a first look was shown during Marvel Studios’ 2021 Disney+ Day Special.

Moon Knight

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Release Date: 2022

Directed by Mohamed Diab, Moon Knight is set to hit Disney+ this year. Oscar Isaac joins the MCU as Marc Spector, a complex vigilante who suffers from dissociative identity disorder. The globetrotting action-adventure series will see the multiple identities that live inside of Moon Knight thrust into a deadly war of the gods against the backdrop of modern and ancient Egypt. The character Moon Knight was created by writer Doug Moench and artist Don Perlin, first appearing in Marvel Comics in 1975.

The show’s exact release date has yet to be confirmed, but audiences were able to get their first glimpse at the show in Marvel Studios’ 2021 Disney+ Day Special.

What If…? Season 2

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Release Date: 2022

Even before season 1 had debuted, Marvel confirmed that its first animated series What If…? would be getting a second season. The first season was met with mixed but mostly positive reactions, some episodes garnering more excitement than others. What If…? has also now gone MCU live-action canon, with the confirmed appearance of Strange Supreme arriving in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.

What If…? brought back many of our favorite MCU voices, with uncanny replacements for those whose original actors did not return, with the notable final performance of Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa. The full season of What If…? was cut short, Disney citing the COVID-19 pandemic as reasoning, shortening the anticipated 10-episode season to nine. The 10th episode, centered around Gamora who did appear in the season 1 finale, was not included but will be featured in the second season.

Season 2 will explore more “what if” moments in the Marvel universe, bringing with it the same range of emotions felt in the first — some action, some humor, some heartbreak, and a lot of stunning animation.

Secret Invasion

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Release Date: 2022

He’s been around since Iron Man in 2008, and it’s about time Nick Fury got his own story.

Secret Invasion was an eight-issue comic series, with multiple tie-ins, from Brian Michael Bendis highlighting a Skrull invasion of Earth, with many posing as Marvel heroes. Skrulls posing as Marvel heroes isn’t something new to the MCU, and may likely be revisited, after Spider-Man: Far From Home saw Skrull-versions of both Maria Hill and Nick Fury aiding Peter Parker in the fight against the Elementals and Mysterio.

Nick Fury has been off-world for a year at this point in the MCU’s timeline, hiding out on a Skrull ship up in space, while Maria’s real whereabouts are currently unknown. In the comics, there is no alliance between Skrull and heroes, so it won’t be following the series exactly as Fury is currently camping out with them as an ally. Why Fury went up into space after returning in the Blip is something we hope Secret Invasion addresses.

Ben Mendelsohn returns as the Skrull Talos and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, with Emilia Clarke, Olivia Colman, and Kinglsey Ben-Adir also starring in unknown roles.

No Confirmed Dates

I Am Groot

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Returning from a fan-favorite performance in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Baby Groot is set to star in his own original Disney+ series. Although we haven’t seen the baby version of audiences’ favorite Flora Colossus since the end of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, I Am Groot, will feature Groot in his baby form once more. The series will be an animated series of shorts, and will feature new and certainly unusual characters that can only be expected of the Guardians franchise. While there is no official release date thus far, the series will be coming to Disney+ sometime in 2022.

Loki Season 2

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The first season of Loki introduced the MCU to the Multiverse, something that is now being very deeply explored.

Loki was the first, and so far only, series to receive a second season (although we’re holding out hope for Hawkeye). Tom Hiddleston returned as the fan-favorite redeemed villain Loki and Sophia DiMartino starred as Sylvie Laufeydottir, a Loki variant hellbent on getting revenge for her traumatic childhood, much like the Loki we know and love. In the end, she did, breaking the Multiverse entirely after killing the Kang variant He Who Remains played flawlessly by Jonathan Majors.

The series left off on a massive cliffhanger, with Loki’s TVA reality as we knew it completely altered. His newest, and probably best, friend Mobius M. Mobius (Owen Wilson) no longer remembers him, and statues of Kang the Conquerer now stand tall in the TVA facilities.

We know Kang the Conquerer’s next appearance will be Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, so expect Loki season 2 to come sometime after its July 28, 2023, as he’s surely tied into season 2 somehow.

Agatha: House of Harkness

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“It was Agatha all along…” Everyone’s favorite new villain is getting her own series. Kathryn Hahn wooed audiences almost instantaneously as the charismatic Agatha Harkness in WandaVision and whether Marvel knew it was coming from the start or is capitalizing on her popularity isn’t known, but they’re correct either way.

Agatha Harkness has a rich comic history, created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, as a witch older than the Salem Witch Trials and Wanda Maximoff’s mentor. While nothing about a plot has been mentioned, expect a dive into her past as one of the most powerful witches to ever grace the Earth (and Underworld). WandaVision‘s Jac Schaeffer returns to pen the script and executive produce.

Will Mephisto finally make his appearance here? That’s a joke. Or maybe it isn’t…

Armor Wars

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In the Armor Wars seven-issue comic series written by David Michelinie and Bob Layton, Tony Stark discovers someone selling his tech to supervillains, and while we know that won’t be how the series itself goes, we can imagine that Rhodey will still be protecting the late Tony Stark’s legacy from someone trying to steal it. (This has big Sharon Carter/Power Broker return vibes …). 

According to a previous chat in October with Rhodey star Don Cheadle, the series is very early in its planning days, so casting rumors and more may start to emerge this year.

Echo

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Hawkeye introduced us to Alaqua Cox’s Maya Lopez, a deaf character who led the Tracksuit Mafia in the wake of her father’s death with her steely demeanor and strong proficiency in hand-to-hand combat. The Hawkeye finale (spoiler alert!) saw Maya leave the Tracksuits after she discovered that Kingpin was the one that orchestrated the death of her father. Before disappearing entirely, Maya shot Fisk.

Created by David Mack and Joe Quesada and making her first Marvel Comics appearance in 1999, one of Maya’s comic identities is Echo, which reflects her ability to copy other people’s movements. We can assume that in separating herself from her past, the series may depict Maya’s journey to leaving behind a life of crime and putting her abilities to use as a hero instead. And seeing as how Kingpin’s fate was left up in the air, it would be shocking not to see him pop back up. Maya also has ties to Matt Murdock in the comics, which feels quite convenient considering Charlie Cox is now officially Daredevil in the MCU following his portrayal of the character in the 2015 Netflix series.

The writing team for Echo currently includes Shoshannah Stern, Josh Feldman, Rebecca Roanhorse, Bobby Wilson, Steven Paul Judd, Jason Gavin, Ken Kristensen, Dara Resnik, Jessica Mecklenburg, Kaitlyn Jeffers, and head writer Marion Dayre.

Ironheart

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Ironheart is set to star Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams, a genius inventor who creates the most advanced suit of armor since Iron Man. Riri made her Marvel Comics debut in 2016 courtesy of Brian Michael Bendis, Mike Deodato, Eve Ewing and Kevin Libranda. Following Tony Stark’s death in Avengers: Endgame, Riri’s talents are exactly what the future of the MCU needs.

Spider-Man: Freshman Year

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Spider-Man: Freshman Year will follow Peter Parker’s journey to becoming Spider-Man in the MCU. Hopefully, this means Spidey fans will get a look at how the MCU version of Spider-Man got his powers and became the friendly neighborhood hero so many have come to love. The series will, according to the official press release, “celebrate the character’s early comic book roots.” Jeff Trammell (Craig of the Creek) will serve as head writer for the project. It is still currently unknown if Tom Holland will return to voice Peter Parker.

X-Men 97

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First, the popular 90s cartoon X-Men: The Animated Series is getting a reboot from Disney+ under the name X-Men 97X-Men 97 will pick up where the fan-favorite 90s cartoon left off. Beau DeMayo (The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf writer) will serve as head writer for this series. While no official release date has been announced thus far, the series will hit Disney+ sometime in 2023. Recording for the series has already begun.

X-Men ’97 will bring back original voice actors, both in reprised roles and new ones, Cal Dodd, Lenore Zann, George Buza, Alison Sealy-Smith, Chris Potter, Catherine Disher, Adrian Hough, and Christopher Britton. New cast members include Jennifer Hale, Anniwaa Buachie, Ray Chase, Matthew Waterson, JP Karliak, Holly Chou, Jeff Bennett, and AJ LoCascio.

Marvel’s Zombies

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Marvel Zombies will make its way to Disney+ back from the dead with What If…?‘s Bryan Andrews set to direct. Zombies were introduced to Marvel with a limited comic series written by Robert Kirkman with art by Sean Phillips in late 2005. It is currently unclear if the series will be a continuation of the What If…? zombie episode or a separate series entirely.

Untitled Wakanda Series

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This one is still a complete mystery beyond knowing Black Panther‘s Ryan Coogler’s involvement. In early 2021 Coogler signed a deal with Disney for multiple projects, and per his quote, they may have multiple series in the works, although not all will be centered around Wakanda.

“It’s an honor to be partnering with The Walt Disney Company,” Coogler said. “Working with them on “Black Panther” was a dream come true. As avid consumers of television, we couldn’t be happier to be launching our television business with Bob Iger, Dana Walden and all the amazing studios under the Disney umbrella. We look forward to learning, growing, and building a relationship with audiences all over the world through the Disney platforms. We are especially excited that we will be taking our first leap with Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso and their partners at Marvel Studios where we will be working closely with them on select MCU shows for Disney+. We’re already in the mix on some projects that we can’t wait to share.”

Anyone’s guess is good at this point in time, although many have been hoping for a series led by Dora Milaje General Okoye played by Danai Gurira.

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