The end of the era that was the Marvel-Netflix collaboration was a terrible blow. The handful of gritty street-level hero shows set in the MCU was a welcome breath of fresh air for mature audiences looking for more than the family-friendly fare from the films.
Viewers looking for more Marvel TV series needn’t fret too much since the soon-to-launch Disney+ streaming platform (ironically a factor in the Marvel-Netflix breakup/cancellation) has its own slate of new Marvel shows currently under production. But while they’re headlined by Marvel characters already seen in the MCU movies, are they really connected to that universe as the Netflix programs were?
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige looks at these misgivings online and figuratively says, “Are you kidding me?” In an interview with ComicBook.com he reiterates that these upcoming Disney+ shows will be Marvel Studios productions, not Marvel Television (still a part of Marvel Entertainment while Studios was made independent by Disney).
“They will be entirely interwoven with…the current MCU, the past MCU, and the future of the MCU,” Feige explained. Though even with the lingering doubts, just looking at the working show titles was quite obvious. Those Marvel series names can only be MCU character names.
Of the three to four Disney+ Marvel shows announced, the largest amount of info so far has been on “Loki” with the lead role reprised by Tom Hiddleston. A report on The Hollywood Reporter posits that this series will see Loki on adventures across human history, where the Asgardian God of Mischief will subtly influence significant past events with his meddling, a la “Doctor Who.” It also has a show-runner now: Michael Waldron, writer/producer for the next season of “Rick and Morty” on Cartoon Network.
While these new series are still up in the air especially with Disney+ still not launch, the audiences’ MCU focus remains on the films. “Captain Marvel” arrives this March, “Avengers: Endgame” in April, and “Spider-Man: Far from Home” in July.