With their Disney+ TV shows, Marvel has been able to take previous supporting characters and give them starring roles. In this process, they add greater depth to characters who had less screentime but also get to use a familiar face to help introduce other new heroes who will play key roles in Marvel’s plans for the MCU’s Phase 4 and beyond. When they were first announced, the Disney+ shows might have seemed like extracurricular reading merely intended to supplement the movies. Five seasons later and it is extremely clear that the Disney+ MCU TV shows are just as important to the MCU’s central plotline as the main movies themselves. In Loki alone, the TV show helped to establish the concept of the multiverse in the MCU and introduced Kang the Conqueror who promises to be a major villain, already confirmed to appear in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
Marvel’s upcoming release schedule seems to almost alternate new movies with Disney+ TV shows and there’s definitely a lot of interplay between the two. It can be hard to keep track of what is coming out when and which parts of Marvel’s rich comic history are set to arrive on screen. So, here’s every upcoming Marvel TV show that is confirmed to be in the works for Disney+. The content is expected to be part of the MCU, unless otherwise stated.
Another one of Marvel’s upcoming new characters getting the Disney+ spotlight is Marc Spector in Moon Knight. Marc Spector is a mercenary who was granted powers by the moon god Khonshu and lives with dissociative identity disorder. Oscar Isaac plays the leading role with the first look at him as Moon Knight being released as part of Disney+ Day 2021. Ethan Hawke is playing the series’ villain with speculations suggesting he might be Sun King. Jean-Paul DuChamp, Marlene Arlaune, Eddie Silver, and Willow Silver have also been cast.
Moon Knight will see Jeremy Slater (The Umbrella Academy) serve as the showrunner and he is joined by a variety of writers, including Beau DeMayo (The Witcher). It was reported that the series was targeting November 2020 to start production, but that was pushed back to the spring of 2021. Moon Knight will be released in 2022 with the teaser trailer noting that it would stream soon.
Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel will be one of the first new MCU characters to receive a starring role on Disney+. The Pakistani-American teenage Inhuman has become a fan-favorite comic character in the years since her debut in 2013. As a result, Marvel Studios confirmed at D23 2019 that Kamala will star in Ms. Marvel prior to her appearing in future movies, one of which is confirmed to be Captain Marvel 2. Iman Vellani has been cast to play Kamala in the Disney+ series and future MCU projects, and she’s joined by Aramis Knight, Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Matt Lintz, Zenobia Shroff, and Mohan Kapur in supporting roles.
Although rumors have claimed a rebooted version of the Inhumans could appear, plot details have yet to be confirmed. But it is known that Bisha K. Ali (Four Weddings and a Funeral) will serve as the showrunner on the series. The season will be six episodes long and will tie into the story of the upcoming The Marvels. Ms. Marvel is expected to arrive on Disney+ in mid-2022.
Jennifer Walters is gearing up for her MCU debut too, as she will be the lead character in the She-Hulk Disney+ series. The eventual introduction of She-Hulk comes after Avengers: Endgame left Hulk weakened. Mark Ruffalo is set to return as Bruce Banner, with Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany cast in the titular role. Joining the pair of Hulks are Tim Roth as Abomination, Ginger Gonzaga as She-Hulk’s best friend, and Hamilton star Renée Elise Goldsberry as Amelia. There’s no word yet on what the story will include, but the series will consist of ten half-hour episodes.
Marvel hired Jessica Gao (Rick and Morty) to serve as the showrunner on the series and she assembled a writer’s room to work on the series. Filming was scheduled to begin in the summer of 2020 ahead of a possible 2022 release on Disney+, but it was delayed. She-Hulk has begun filming and is expected to premiere sometime in 2022, and a first look was released as part of Disney+ Day 2021.
Starring Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn as Nick Fury and the Skrull Talos, respectively, Secret Invasion is set to follow the characters as they attempt to prevent a group of shape-shifting Skrulls from taking over the world. As fans will recall, Talos pretended to be Fury in Spider-Man: Far From Home, so this won’t be the first time the pair will be working together. Joining the series are Olivia Colman, Game of Thrones alum Emilia Clarke, One Night in Miami’s Kingsley Ben-Adir. Written by Kyle Bradstreet, Secret Invasion will consist of six episodes also releasing in 2022. As part of Disney+ Day 2021, a first-look of Secret Invasion was released showing an older Nick Fury with a gray beard and missing his iconic eyepatch.
The Guardians Of The Galaxy Holiday Special
Written and directed by James Gunn, The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special is set following Thor: Love and Thunder and before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. The special will include the primary cast of The Guardians of the Galaxy films, including Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillan, and Pom Klementieff. This Holiday Special is currently set for December 2022.
Starring Judas and the Black Messiah actress Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams, Iron Heart is set to follow the titular character, a genius engineering student who creates her own Iron Man suit. There aren’t too many details about Ironheart, but Marvel has hired Snowpiercer’s Chinaka Hodge as head writer. The series is set to consist of six episodes. However, it’s unclear when filming on the series will begin or when it’s expected to premiere on Disney+.
First announced in December 2020, Armor Wars is yet another Disney+ series starring a well-known figure in the MCU. That figure is none other than James Rhodes (aka, War Machine). The series will follow Rhodes as he deals with Tony Stark’s Iron Man technologically falling into the wrong hands. Besides Don Cheadle reprising his role, no one else has been cast in Armor Wars, which is expected to begin filming in Atlanta this year.
I Am Groot
I Am Groot is an animated series that will consist of short stories following the beloved character, who first debuted in Guardians of the Galaxy. Disney+ Day 2021 teased that the series will see the return of Baby Groot, meaning that the series might be a prequel or contain flashbacks. There’s also no word yet on when I Am Groot will premiere on Disney+.