Marvel Studios went all out at Disney Investor day with some incredible MCU reveals. Here are all the film and TV shows we can expect.
It’s a good time to be a Marvel fan. This Thursday, Disney held its highly-anticipated Investor Day event, offering viewers a sneak peek into its stream of upcoming projects. Of course, no Disney presentation of this magnitude would be complete without Marvel Studios. The House of Ideas had a big presence during the presentation, revealing a number of exciting new chapters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe — both on TV and in theaters.
Let’s delve into the MCU projects coming our way throughout the next few years (warning for eager fans from all of us here at BamSmackPow: have a pillow nearby in case you faint from excitement):
New Marvel and MCU TV Shows revealed during Disney Investor Day:
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige had a lot of surprises for those eager to see the franchise make its mark on the streaming world.
This had been rumored to be in the works for some time now, but it’s finally confirmed: Riri Williams is coming to the MCU. Tony Stark may be dead, but his legacy will live on through Riri. Taking on the role of the young superhero will be Dominique Thorne, a newcomer with an already impressive résumé, having had small roles in If Beale Street Could Talk and the upcoming biographical drama, Judas and the Black Messiah, starring Daniel Kaluuya.
No release date was given, but considering how the show already has its main star, it shouldn’t be long until we know when we should expect it to hit Disney Plus.
Were you ever frustrated that the long-discussed War Machine film never took off? Well, fret not, because Don Cheadle is getting his own show in the form of Armor Wars. Not much is known about the series, but Kevin Feige revealed the story centers around Tony Stark’s impressive tech falling into the wrong hands. Given how much villains were able to accomplish with Tony’s tech in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Age of Ultron (yikes, Tony, bad guy much?), Rhodey won’t have an easy time handling the situation.
We asked for evil Skrulls and they are coming. As Feige explained during the presentation, this upcoming series will deal with a sect of Skrulls infiltrating “every level of life on Earth.” Worry not, though, because Nick Fury himself, played by Samuel L. Jackson, and Talos, played by Ben Mendelsohn, are on the case to save our planet from the green meanies.
“Secret Invasion” is a cornerstone of Marvel Comics’ history, and seeing how connected the MCU Disney Plus shows are expected to be to the theatrical side of the franchise, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Secret Invasion‘s storyline have a significant impact on the MCU across movies and series, similar to Civil War, which had repercussions for multiple films, including Infinity War, Endgame and Black Widow.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
Yep. The galaxy’s (multiverse’s?) biggest heroic jerks are getting their own holiday special, written and directed by James Gunn. Most of us in the superhero-movie-loving sphere are already quite familiar with the Guardians’ irreverent tone, and if “Guardians’ Inferno” —the music video that James Gunn directed for the home media release of Vol. 2— is any indication of the zaniness we should expect from this special, we’re in for a ton of fun.
Feige stated the special would be released the holiday prior to Guardians of the Galaxy 3, which is being released in 2023. That means the special will be with us around late 2022.
I Am Groot
If you miss hearing Groot’s catchphrase, you’re in for a treat, because Baby Groot is getting his own series of shorts on Disney+. Feige revealed the shorts will feature a variety of new characters, so we could probably expect some fun comic book lore to be explored throughout Groot’s journey.