Disney CEO Bob Iger has set tongues wagging and Marvel fans’ brains racing in a new earnings call, detailed over at THR this week – it appears that there’s already more Marvel content in the works at Disney+.
Along with news that The Mandalorian’s second season will be along in October and may produce several spinoff series for its characters, Iger confirmed that the first of Disney+’s planned MCU spinoff shows – The Falcon & the Winter Soldier – will land in August, with WandaVision released later in December.
It’s previously been announced that The Falcon & the Winter Soldier and WandaVision aren’t the only series that will tie into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A Loki show, starring Tom Hiddleston, is also kicking off, and projects based on the adventures of Kamala Khan aka Ms Marvel, Hawkeye, She-Hulk and Moon Knight are waiting in the wings, with an animated What If? series also on the cards.
The gooey surprise at the centre of the call, then, is that Iger revealed “There are seven other Marvel series in various stages of development or preproduction” outside of Falcon & Winter Soldier, WandaVision, and Loki. That leaves two series unaccounted for at this stage! We …don’t know what they are (sorry) but we very much want to.
It’s too early to get excited about the possibility that new Hawkeye Kate Bishop, Kamala Khan and She-Hulk’s Jennifer Walters could get their own team-up series on Disney+, or that a Secret Invasion or Young Avengers project could be in the pipeline, but that probably won’t stop us dreaming about these or any other number of possibilities.
Truly, there are an absolute ton of rumors doing the rounds about just how interconnected these upcoming Disney+ series will be with Marvel’s planned slate of MCU movies. Some reports with slightly more weight indicate that filming on Ms Marvel will get underway this July, but also reveal that actors coming aboard the show must make themselves available to shoot for an entire year afterwards.
Putting two and two together (and making four, for now) it looks like a few members of Ms Marvel’s cast will likely join production on Captain Marvel 2, slated to release in 2022. Presumably, if Ms Marvel is a success on the streaming service, a second season may well start filming around the Brie Larson-led sequel, so if Disney+ and Marvel get their ducks in a row, Carol and Kamala could get a huge chance to dominate Marvel’s big and small screen schedules within a few years.
28.6 million people have subscribed to Disney+ since its launch last November, and March will see the platform roll out in the UK and other territories.
We’ll bring you more news on Marvel and Disney+’s more secretive TV plans as soon as we can. Meanwhile, Marvel’s Black Widow solo movie will be our next encounter with the MCU. It’s set for release on May 1.
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