“Loki” has wrapped up its run on Disney+, and it was quite a finale. So, naturally, you might be asking yourself — what is the next Marvel Cinematic Universe show to arrive on Disney+?
Here is everything we know about coming up:
What If…? (Aug. 11, 2021 on Disney+)
Marvel Studios’ first animated series, What If…?, is based on an anthology comic series that ask that question, well, what if…? What if Peggy Carter had taken the super soldier serum? What if T’Challa had joined the Ravagers? What if the Avengers were all zombies? Jeffrey Wright voices The Watcher. “He’s watching over the multiverse and occasionally may or may not intervene with the doings of Earthlings.”
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Sept. 3, 2021)
Perhaps this will be the mea culpa Marvel fans need for Iron Fist? Shang-Chi (played by Simu Liu) is known in the comics canon as the “Master of Kung Fu.” In those books, he’s often pitted against his father, immortal crime lord and sorcerer Fu Manchu, but onscreen he will face a familiar adversary: the real Mandarin, not the imposter seen in Iron Man 3.
Eternals (Nov. 5, 2021)
“We have watched and guided. We have helped them progress and seen them accomplish wonders,” An off-screen voice says, “Throughout the years we have never interfered, until now.”
The first trailer for Marvel Studios’ Eternals, which you can watch above, offers a glimpse at the exciting new team of Super Heroes joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The epic story, spanning thousands of years, features a group of immortal heroes forced out of the shadows who reunite against mankind’s oldest enemy, The Deviants.
Hawkeye (Late 2021 on Disney+)
The only details revealed so far are that the show will be an “adventure series in which Clint Barton, a.k.a. Hawkeye, will pass the torch to Kate Bishop,” according to Variety. But for those with an eye for design—and a more-than-passing knowledge of Marvel Comics—there’s reason for further speculation.
Ms. Marvel (Fall 2021 on Disney+)
One of the most anticipated Marvel shows headed to Disney+ is the adaptation of Ms. Marvel. The relaunched comic was groundbreaking by putting a Pakistani teenager in the lead role. From there, her popularity has grown exponentially as she’s also the leading figure in the recent Avengers video game, and so getting her own TV show (which will also cross over into the movies starting with Captain Marvel 2) was only a matter of time.
Spider-Man: No Way Home (Dec. 17, 2021)
Spider-Man: No Way Home is the third of the MCU-based Spider-Man movies starring Tom Holland as Peter Parker. Even though filming was delayed because of COVID-19 restrictions, production was able to begin in October 2020 and ended in March 2021. The movie, slated to arrive December 17 — months ahead of Doctor Strange — is rumored to include several villains from the Spider-Man films prior to Tom Holland‘s MCU version. For months, fans have speculated that this could mean the Peter Parkers that came before Tom Holland’s might also join the fun.
Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness (March 25, 2022)
While Marvel hasn’t revealed any specific details about Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, one synopsis for the film suggests it will deal with Strange’s research into the Time Stone, once housed in the Sorcerer Supreme’s Eye of Agamotto. It seems likely that the time heist in Avengers: Endgame, the manipulation of reality in WandaVision, and the creation of the multiverse in Loki, not to mention whatever Baron Mordo has been up to, will change the game for Doctor Strange.
Thor: Love and Thunder (May 6, 2022)
Trilogies, be damned! After rebranding the god of thunder for Thor: Ragnarok, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor is returning for a fourquel, titled Thor: Love and Thunder, along with director Taika Waititi and the new King of Asgard herself, Tessa Thompson. (Confirming Valkyrie is indeed queer, Thompson revealed that her first order of business as king will be finding a queen.)
Last we saw Thor, he was boarding a ship with the Asgardians of the Galaxy, leaving many to predict he might pop up in the third Guardians of the Galaxy. Instead, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) will pop up here, in an adaptation of Jason Aaron’s The Mighty Thor. “It’s full of emotion and love and thunder and it introduces for the first time female Thor,” Waititi said.
Like in the comics, that female Thor — called Mighty Thor — is none other than Jane Foster, and Natalie Portman is indeed returning to franchise for Love and Thunder. Christian Bale, meanwhile, joins the cast as the villain Gorr the God Butcher, with Russell Crowe appearing as Zeus.
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (July 8, 2022)
We’ve known a Black Panther sequel was in the works with Ryan Coogler returning to write and direct. On Aug. 28, 2021, star Chadwick Boseman passed away at age 43, with Marvel Studios vowing not to recast the character of T’Challa. Instead, Wakanda Forever, as the sequel is subtitled, will “continue to explore the incomparable world of Wakanda and all of the rich and varied characters introduced in the first film.”
The Marvels (Nov. 11, 2022)
When your movie makes a billion dollars at the box office, you make another one. Captain Marvel 2, which will see Candyman director Nia DaCosta assume directing duties, is leaving the ’90s behind, as Vellani’s Ms. Marvel and Parris’ grown-up Monica Rambeau will both co-star alongside Larson in The Marvels.
Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (Late 2022 on Disney+)
Move over Life Day, the MCU is getting its very own yuletide one-off courtesy of — who else — James “Long Elf” Gunn, who will write and direct an “irreverent” live-action special set after the events of Thor: Love and Thunder and before Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3.
“Even seeing this here makes me laugh. One of my favorite stories ever, which I have bugged [Feige] endlessly about over the years. I can’t believe we’re actually doing this. And, yes, I unironically loved the Star Wars Holiday Special as a kid,” Gunn tweeted following the announcement. “The story is as crazy & fun as can be, & it’s live-action & in the MCU. OH MAN I WISH I COULD TELL YOU MORE!”
She-Hulk (2022 on Disney+)
“Bruce Banner is no longer the only Hulk in the MCU,” Feige revealed when he announced that She-Hulk would be coming to the MCU. A fan-favorite character first introduced in the ’80s, Jennifer Walters is “a Hulk, she’s a lawyer and she’s going to star in a show unlike anything we’ve done before.”
In the comics, Jennifer Walters is cousins with Bruce Banner and inherits the ability to Hulk out after receiving an emergency blood transfusion from him. With her newfound powers, she moonlights as a superhero and, by day, works as a lawyer who specializes in superhuman-oriented legal cases, allowing for any number of Marvel characters to pop up during her cases.
The half-hour legal comedy will star Orphan Black‘s Tatiana Maslany as Jennifer, with Mark Ruffalo returning as The Hulk and Tim Roth as Abomination, a character first introduced in one of the MCU’s first films, 2008’s The Incredible Hulk. Jameela Jamil, meanwhile, joins the MCU as the villainous Titania.
Moon Knight (2022 on Disney+)
Moon Knight will be “a new action-adventure series,” Feige announced, likening the property to Indiana Jones. Moon Knight is Marc Spector, a mercenary left for dead in the Egyptian desert who now “may or may not be infused with powers from Khonshu the Moon God — or he might just be crazy.” (Marc suffers from dissociative identity disorder, with each of his multiple identities becoming distinct characters within the series.)
The series stars Oscar Isaac as Moon Knight and Ethan Hawke in a yet-to-be-revealed tole. “We’re all hard at work crafting something special for you,” series creator Jeremy Slater has tweeted. “So stick around and stay tuned. Moon Knight is on the way, and it’s going to be one hell of a ride.”
Secret Invasion (2022 on Disney+)
Marvel Studios will tackle “arguably the biggest crossover comic event” since Civil War in a Secret Invasion series, fronted by Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn as the Skrull Talos. The comic book run on which the series is based concerns a sect of Skrulls who have infiltrated every aspect of life on Earth. Basically, anyone could be a Skrull. Cue the paranoia.
To bring one of Marvel’s most lauded comic stories to the screen, the series has tapped what is shaping up to be one of the MCU’s most lauded casts: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Olivia Colman, Emilia Clarke and Killian Scott are all set to be a part of Secret Invasion.
Ironheart (2022 on Disney+)
Dominique Thorne (If Beale Street Could Talk) will play the titular genius Riri Williams, inventor of the most high-tech supersuit since Iron Man, in a series penned by Snowpiercer writer Chinaka Hodge.
Armor Wars (2022 on Disney+)
Don Cheadle’s War Machine (aka James Rhodes) is getting his own series, which is said to explore Tony Stark’s worst fear: What happens when his technology falls into the wrong hands.
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania (Feb. 17, 2023)
Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang and the entire Pym/Van Dyne family are back for a Peyton Reed-directed threequel, which has an official subtitle (Quantumania), a newly recast daughter (Kathryn Newton will take over as Cassie Lang) and a new villain in Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conquerer. All aboard for a trip back into the Quantum Realm.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (May 5, 2023)
Guardians 3 was originally meant to kick off Phase 4, but when James Gunn was fired from the franchise in 2018, the threequel was put on hold. That is, until Disney reinstated the director in March, putting the production back on track but with a postponed release date. (Gunn will first write and direct The Suicide Squad for Warner Bros.)
The entire gang — Peter Quill, Drax, Gamora, Groot, Mantis, Nebula and Rocket Raccoon — is expected to return, though what their continued adventures will entail is to be determined: Will it center on the hunt for Gamora following the events of Endgame? And will Guardians 3 introduce Adam Warlock, as teased in the post-credits scene of Guardians 2? If so, we need to know who’s playing him immediately.
Fantastic Four (TBA)
Disney’s acquisition of 20th Century Fox returned the screen rights to Marvel Comics’ most well-known superheroes to Marvel Studios, which means the Fantastic Four, aka Marvel’s First Family, are now fair game to be introduced into the MCU. During 2020’s Disney Investor Day, Feige made it official: A Fantastic Four film is happening, directed by Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From Home helmer Jon Watts. Might we see the characters pop up even sooner in his next Spidey film?
Mahershala Ali will play Blade within the MCU. (“But he was in Luke Cage!,” you scream into the void about the fact that Ali played Cottonmouth on season one of the Netflix series, which purported to take place within the MCU. Turns out it was all less connected than we’d been told, and Daredevil was never going to be in Infinity War.)
Deadpool 3 (TBA)
The Merc with a Mouth is officially coming to the MCU. Though Deadpool 1 and 2 were made under Fox’s watch, Feige confirmed that Marvel Studios is working on a third installment that will be set within their cinematic universe. Whether this will involve some multiverse hopping from Wade Wilson is to be seen, but him breaking the fourth wall for a joke about Josh Brolin playing both Cable and Thanos is all but guaranteed.
Ryan Reynolds will oversee the script, which is being penned by sisters and Bob’s Burgers writers Lizzie Molyneux-Logelin and Wendy Molyneux, with Deadpool 3 set to be Marvel’s first R-rated film.
I Am Groot (TBA on Disney+)
We haven’t seen the last of Baby Groot. Though everyone’s favorite talking tree is growing up before our very eyes in the MCU proper, this series of short films will showcase a younger Groot alongside feature several “new and unusual” Marvel characters.
Captain America 4 (Reported)
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier ends with Sam Wilson officially picking up the star-spangled shield and an updated title card that acknowledges his new moniker: Captain America and the Winter Soldier. Reports following the finale said Anthony Mackie would next front his own Captain America movie, to be scripted be FAWS’s Malcolm Spellman and staff writer Dalan Musson.
For his part, Mackie says, “They always have some kind of plan. But there’s, like, 30 million projects in production right now, so I just wait for the phone call from Kevin [Feige] and Nate [Moore] to tell me what I’m doing,” while Spellman says, “When Kevin says it, then it is.”
Disney’s Fox acquisition also made it possible for the X-Men to join Marvel Studio’s sandbox. And during Comic-Con 2019, Feige confirmed they will be, eventually, though that was as much as he was willing to say about when, where and how we’ll see the likes of Wolverine and Deadpool and Mystique rub elbows with the Avengers. Asked by ET if he has future plans to discuss introducing mutants into the MCU, Feige simply said, “Yes.”