Disney formally rolled out its long-awaited streaming service, Disney+, yesterday, and there’s plenty of news for Marvel fans. Namely, that new series, built around more minor members of The Avengers, are coming.
WandaVision will star Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany as Scarlet Witch and Vision, respectively. Falcon & Winter Soldier starring Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan.
And in Loki, Tom Hiddleston will reprise his role as the villain who first appeared onscreen in Thor. Another series will feature Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye training a protege, Kate Bishop, who is well-known to fans of the Marvel Comics Universe.
Falcon & Winter Soldier is expected to debut during the first year of the service, and it sounds like the other shows will come out during year two.
That’s a lot of content for Marvel fans, but the most interesting aspect of these shows is that they are connected to the broader Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“These will be major storylines set in the MCU with ramifications that will be felt both through the other Disney+ series we’ll be producing and the future on the big screen,” Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige announced.
Of course, Loki, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Falcon, and Winter Soldier all died in Infinity War, so the announcements of brand-new shows featuring these characters all but confirms what we’ve long assumed: that Thanos’s destruction will somehow be reversed in Endgame.
Endgame is the final film in the third phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and so far the only film we know about from the fourth is Spider-Man: Far From Home, a film about a character who is also eviscerated at the end of Infinity War.
Endgame is the film that links all of these properties together, and while it’s certainly going to make a boatload of money (indeed, it already has), its ultimate success and failure will rest on how audiences react to how it resurrects the slew of characters who met their end in Infinity War.