Disney revealed at its recent investor presentation even more details about the future of its Marvel Cinematic Universe-connected series coming to Disney+. The streaming sequels to Avengers: Endgame will kick off with WandaVision on January 15, 2021, and be followed by The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in March and Loki in May. Hawkeye is currently in production and several more new series are in various stages of production, including:
The man who first appeared in an end-credits scene in Iron Man that ushered in the “shared universe” concept connecting all Marvel Studios movies to date, Samuel L. Jackson, will make the leap to Disney+ in Secret Invasion, inspired by the seminal comic book series of the same name by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Leinil Francis Yu. Jackson last portrayed Nick Fury in Spider-Man: Far From Home, in which we learned that he had been portrayed on Earth by the shape-shifting alien Talos (Ben Mendelsohn) while he was actually aboard a Skrull ship in outer space. Mendelsohn will also be reprising the role of Talos, though it’s unclear whether he will be returning as an ally, or as an enemy of Earth. The comic book series revolved around a plot by super-powered Skrulls to infiltrate the Avengers and other super-teams in a bid to take over the world from within.
Another character that has been around since the birth of the MCU, James Rhodes, will finally be getting the respect he feels due in his own streaming series, Armor Wars. Don Cheadle reprises the role of War Machine in a story about “Tony Stark’s worst fear coming true: what happens when his tech falls into the wrong hands?” The series is adapted from the comic book storyline of the same name in which Justin Hammer acquired Iron Man technology sold it to heroes and villains alike, prompting Stark to hunt down all suits of armor based on his designs. With Stark having died in Avengers: Endgame, it appears that it will be up to Rhodey as War Machine to safeguard Iron Man’s legacy in the series. There has been no official confirmation of his involvement, but we can’t imagine anyone other than Sam Rockwell reprising his Iron Man 2 role as Hammer in the series.
Kamala Khan, a newer Marvel Comics creation with a rabid fanbase, is headlining the new streaming series Ms. Marvel. A teenage Pakistani-American character who first appeared a mere seven years ago in the pages of Captain Marvel, Khan is an Inhuman with “morphogenetic” powers that allow her to stretch and deform her body. Modeling herself after her idol, she became Ms. Marvel, the same moniker once owned by Carol Danvers in the comic books before she took on the Captain Marvel name. Newcomer Iman Vellani will star as Khan, who “struggles to fit in at home and at school — that is, until she gets super powers like the heroes she’s always looked up to.” Hopefully, a cameo by Brie Larson as Captain Marvel will help launch the series, but there’s no word on her involvement at this time.
The cast of Ms. Marvel includes Aramis Knight, Zenobia Shroff, Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Mohan Kapur, Matt Lintz, Laith Naki, Azher Usman, Yasmeen Fletcher, Travina Springer and Nimra Bucha. The series is slated to debut in late-2021.
And the freshest Marvel character to earn her own streaming service is Riri Williams, who first appeared only five years ago in the Invincible Iron Man series. After family members became victims of a drive-by shooting, In the comics, 13-year-old Riri put her genius-level intellect to work reverse-engineering an Iron Man suit of armor after family members fell victim to a senseless drive-by shooting. She so impressed Tony Stark that he endorsed her desire to become a superhero. Dominique Thorne will play Riri in the series, which will likely tie in to the Armor Wars series starring Don Cheadle.