On July 20, Kevin Fiege, president of Marvel Studios, took the stage in Hall H at the San Diego Convention Center, and revealed the entire Phase Four plan for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, announcing five new movies over the next two years. But that’s not all that Marvel fans have to look forward to. For the first time ever, Marvel Studios will be creating five new shows to be released on Disney+.
Unlike previous Marvel TV shows, these upcoming series in Phase Four will have much stronger connections to the MCU and feature significant characters from the “Avengers” movies.
“This Disney+, let me tell you something, is giving Marvel Studios the opportunity to tell so many more stories that we haven’t been able to tell before,” Fiege said at Comic-Con.
Not only will there be more stories, but the form these shows will take, the characters they involve and the possible storyline will create things never before seen in the MCU.
“The Falcon and The Winer Soldier”
Steve Rogers might be done with the hero business, but Captain America will live on in the first Marvel series coming to “Disney+” in the fall of 2020. In “Avengers: Endgame,” Rogers passed along his shield and the Captain America mantle on to Sam Wilson, who will now be getting his own show alongside Roger’s other best friend, Bucky Barnes, in “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.”
If the show is anything like their Hall H panel, it is going to be a fun and hilarious ride. Series leads Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie had great commentary on stage at Comic-Con, from lighthearted cockiness to sexual innuendos.
“The Falcon and The Winter Soldier” will follow the two in a post-“Endgame” world, one where Steve Rogers is gone and Sam Wilson is the new Captain America, confirmed after Macie revealed he was fitted for a new suit. However, the government may not like that so much.
Marc Bernardin claims to have read that the US government and Wilson will fight over whether Captain America should be allowed to act independently, a theme explored heavily in “Captain America: Civil War.” Bernardin did not reveal where he got this information though, so be warned, it is not official.
Speaking of “Civil War”, the villain from the film, Baron Zemo, will be making his return. While Stan and Mackie were on stage, they were interrupted by a video of Zemo “hacking” into the giant screen in Hall H, saying “hello to some old friends.” He then put on the signature Zemo purple mask from the comics.
Zemo, portrayed by Daniel Brühl, was last seen at the end of “Civil War” locked up in a counterterrorist center. How he got out is unknown, but anything is possible in a post-Snap world.
In “Captain America: Civil War,” Zemo played puppet master, manipulating the Avengers as he tried to (and successfully) tear them apart. It would make sense for him to do something similar with “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier,” possibly even taking over Barnes’ mind again as Hydra originally did.
Possible other storylines could include Bucky trying to overcome his dark past as the mind-controlled Hydra assassin, and Sam Wilson attempting to live up to the Captain America name and figure out who he is as both he and Barnes deal with the absence of Steve Rogers.
WandaVision, set to release in the spring of 2021, will follow Wanda Maximoff and the Vision. And according to Maximoff actress Elizabeth Olsen, it’s going to be pretty strange.
“It’s gonna get weird, we’re gonna go deep, we’re gonna have lots of surprises, and we’re gonna finally understand Wanda Maximoff as the Scarlet Witch,” Olsen said on stage at Comic-Con.
Not only will we understand Maximoff as the Scarlet Witch, but it will also reveal how she gets the name. While in the comics, Maximoff is known as the Scarlet Witch, and it is understood that this version of her in the MCU is the same, she has yet to be called the Scarlet Witch out loud on screen.
As for Vision, less is known about what he’ll be up to. Last we saw him, he was… well, dead and destroyed by Thanos at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War” in order to retrieve the Soul Stone.
Fiege confirmed though that this series will take place after “Avengers: Endgame,” where Vision was nowhere to be found. So how he will be brought back is up in the air, as even Paul Bettany, the actor for Vision, admitted he has no idea where Vision is and believes him to be dead as the rest of us.
Obviously, though, he will be in the show as his name is in the title. How he comes back and if he will have the same memories or be the same Vision is the question, which I’m sure could bring some drama to the Wanda and Vision romance storyline that was seen in “Infinity War” (which was really weird when you think about it).
Since Vision was an android, rebuilding him is one possibility, which could also be a way to bring in other characters from the MCU, as some pretty smart characters will likely be needed. Professor Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), a cross between Bruce Banner and the Hulk which was beloved by fans in “Endgame,” could make an appearance. Or maybe Shuri (Letitia Wright), who tried to save Vision in “Infinity War” by removing the Soul Stone.
A character that will definitely be returning though is Monica Rambeau. Remember her? The adorable little Lieutenant Trouble in “Captain Marvel,” daughter of Maria Rambeau. Yeah, she is going to be in “WandaVision,” all grown up and played by Teyonah Parris.
You might also have noticed I wrote this show will be “pretty strange.” That was some careful word choice on my part because the series will tie directly into “Doctor Strange 2: In the Multiverse of Madness.” Yes, Marvel will finally be diving into the Multiverse after teasing it in “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” and it looks like you’ll be getting a taste of it in “WandaVision” thanks to Disney+.
What happened to Loki? That’s what everyone was wondering after the 2012 version of Loki disappeared with the Tesseract during the time travel events of “Avengers: Endgame”.
But remember, this is Loki from 2012, not the Loki from Infinity War. He hasn’t gone through the events in the MCU after the first “Avengers”. He hasn’t had the emotional growth seen in “Thor: Ragnorak,” nor dealt with the death of his mother and father. He is still the Loki who just led an alien attack on New York City.
“Just about the last thing that happened to him was he got Hulk-smashed. So there’s a lot of psychological evolution that is still yet to happen,” said Tom Hiddleston at Comic-Con, the actor of Loki. “This is a new territory, a new world, new challenges, and I cannot wait to get started.”
Hiddleston later told Entertainment Weekly, “It’s very, very exciting because in many ways it’s the character you know, but in a context you’ve never seen him in before.”
Besides a new version of Loki and seeing how, or if, he turns into something resembling a decent person, other storylines to look for involve good ol’ space and time. Because Loki has the Space Stone, which is located inside the Tesseract, he has the power to transport himself anywhere in the universe. We will likely get to see Loki in some new places, maybe even getting to see the long-awaited multiverse.
Loki getting away with the Tesseract also creates a new timeline different from the original one of the MCU, which could really screw things up. Seeing how he possibly affects the events and characters of the other movies will be interesting due to the freedom allowed to explore the character in the Disney+ series.
Will Thor come after him? Does he steal the Power Stone before Quill does in “Guardians of the Galaxy”? Maybe he shows up during “Doctor Strange” for the Time Stone.
No matter what though, fans are going to get to see one of Marvel’s most interesting and complex characters back in action.
Have you ever left an MCU movie wondering, “What if something different happened?”
What if Iron Man and Captain America were on different sides of the Sokovia accords?
What if Jane Foster was present in “Thor: Ragnarok”?
What if there wasn’t that really awkward romance storyline between Bruce Banner and Natasha Romanov in “Avengers: Age of Ultron?”
Well, those questions could be answered when the series “What If…?” comes to Disney+ in the summer of 2021
“All of those set in stone MCU scenes and experiences you’ve seen before, you will see different versions of them in this,” Fiege said at Comic-Con.
Similar to the comics with the same name, the series will show what would happen if events from the MCU timeline occurred differently, with the first episode to be about what if Peggy Carter took the super-soldier serum instead of Steve Rodgers.
This means you’ll continue to see all of your favorite MCU characters, even the ones whose movie days are done, like Carter and Rogers. They will be in a slightly different form though.
One of the most unique Disney+ projects, “What If…?” is set to be Marvel Studios first animated project. And better yet, almost every major MCU actor will be voicing their characters, from original Avengers like Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo to more recent additions like Chadwick Boseman and Paul Rudd.
And if that weren’t enough, the series will be narrated by none other than The Watcher, a being in the Marvel comics who watches over the multiverse, sometimes interfering if needed. Jeffery Wright will be lending his voice to the character.
With the limitless possibilities of the show and the platform of Disney+, this show is likely to be something never seen before in the MCU.
Out of all the original Avengers, only one is getting their own show on Disney+. Jeremy Renner will be returning as Clint Barton in “Hawkeye,” coming fall of 2021.
Hawkeye getting his own show will finally give him a significant role as he has been underused in the past. It might not be for long though, as Renner shared the teaser clip showed at Comic-Con that hinted Kate Bishop will be part of the show.
“What I get to do in the show ultimately is shepherd an amazing character, ultimately a better version of me and the sentiment of that is the fiber of what Hawkeye is, at least what I think Hawkeye is — a superhero without superpowers — and I get to teach someone else to be a superhero without superpowers,” Renner said at Comic-Con.
Little else is known about the potential plots for the show, but Fiege did say we will get to see Ronin again.
Ronin is a dark, ninja alias used by many characters in the Marvel comics, including Barton. Barton was seen in the Ronin attire briefly at the beginning of “Endgame” while acting as a murderous vigilante.
Seeing Barton wield the signature Ronin swords and the introduction of Kate Bishop is something every Marvel fan should be pretty excited about.