Disney’s Investor Day 2020 was packed full of exciting announcements and upcoming projects from across Disney’s brands – including some exciting updates from Marvel Studios as they look to the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
When revealing the upcoming slate of projects in the works at Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios and chief creative officer at Marvel, said, “The Cinematic Universe weaves storylines, heroes and villains across 23 feature films to date. And with Disney+, we’re able to extend this way of storytelling to a new format – creating series that are connected to our theatrical releases, making the MCU more immersive than ever.”
Check out the breakdown of all the Marvel Studios projects coming to Disney+ in chronological order, as well as the feature films set to debut in theaters:
Launching on Disney+ on Jan. 15, 2021, Marvel Studios’ first series will see Wanda Maximoff and Vision living the ideal suburban life… with super powers. But not everything is as it seems! The series stars Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kathryn Hahn, Teyonah Parris, Kat Dennings, and Randall Park. The show is directed by Matt Shakman, with Jac Shaeffer as head writer.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
Kicking off on Disney+ on March 19, 2021, this new series stars Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon, and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes, aka The Winter Soldier. The pair will team up on a global adventure that tests their abilities – and their patience. Directed by Kari Skogland with Malcolm Spellman as head writer, the six-episode series also stars Daniel Brühl as Baron Zemo, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter, and Wyatt Russell as John Walker.
The God of Mischief will get his own show on Disney+ in May 2021, as Tom Hiddleston returns to the role in a series that takes place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.” Hiddleston is joined by Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wunmi Mosaku, and Richard E. Grant. Kate Herron directs and Michael Waldron serves as head writer.
See a twist on the MCU and its famous events with Marvel Studios’ first animated series, coming to Disney+ in summer 2021. This series will focus on different heroes from the MCU, and feature a voice cast that will have many of the stars reprise their original roles. “What If…?” is directed by Bryan Andrews, with Ashley Bradley as head writer.
Launching on Disney+ in late 2021, this new series will introduce Kamala Khan – a 16-year-old Pakistani-American growing up in Jersey City. A great student, an avid gamer and fan-fiction scribe, Kamala has an affinity for superheroes, with Captain Marvel being her favorite. But she struggles to fit in at school and home – that is, until she gets powers of her own. Iman Vellani stars as Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel; other cast members include Aramis Knight, Saagar Shaikh, Rish Shah, Zenobia Shroff, Mohan Kapur, Matt Lintz, Yasmeen Fletcher, Laith Naki, Azher Usman, Travina Springer, and Nimra Bucha. Episodes are directed by Adil El Arbi & Bilal Fallah, Meera Menon and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.
Debuting on Disney+ in late 2021, Jeremy Renner returns as Hawkeye, who teams up with Kate Bishop, played by Hailee Steinfeld. The cast also includes Vera Farmiga, Fra Fee, Tony Dalton, Záhn McClarnon, Brian d’Arcy James, and newcomer Alaqua Cox as Maya Lopez. The series is helmed by Rhys Thomas and directing duo Bert and Bertie.
This new comedy series coming to Disney+ stars Tatiana Maslany as She-Hulk/Jennifer Walters, a lawyer who specializes in superhuman-oriented legal cases. A number of Marvel characters will be featured in the series, including the Hulk, played by Mark Ruffalo, and the Abomination, played by Tim Roth. The series is directed by Kat Coiro and Anu Valia, with Jessica Gao as head writer.
This new action-adventure series created for Disney+, directed by Mohamed Diab, features a complex vigilante who suffers from dissociative identity disorder. His multiple identities who live inside him are distinct characters that will appear against a backdrop of Egyptian iconography.
This newly-announced series heading to Disney+ will star Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn as the Skrull Talos, who first met in “Captain Marvel.” The crossover comic event series will see a faction of shape-shifting Skrulls who have been infiltrating Earth for years.
The second of the newly-announced series coming to Disney+ stars Dominique Thorne as Riri Williams, a genius inventor who creates the most advanced suit of armor since Iron Man.
Based on the classic Marvel comic series, “Armor Wars” will star Don Cheadle as James Rhodes, aka War Machine, who must face what happens when Tony Stark’s tech falls into the wrong hands.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
Slated for Disney+ during the 2022 holiday season, this special is written and directed by James Gunn.
I Am Groot
Everyone’s favorite baby tree will get his own series of original shorts on Disney+.
Opening in theaters on May 7, 2021, Scarlett Johansson returns as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow as she deals with her history as a spy and the broken relationships left in her wake long before she became an Avenger. Directed by Cate Shortland, “Black Widow” also stars Florence Pugh as Yelena, David Harbour as Alexei/The Red Guardian, and Rachel Weisz as Melina.
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Opening in theaters on July 9, 2021, Simu Liu stars as Shang-Chi, who must confront the past he thought he left behind when he’s drawn into the web of the mysterious Ten Rings organization. Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton, the film also stars Tony Leung as Wenwu, Awkwafina as Shang-Chi’s friend Katy and Michelle Yeoh as Jiang Nan. The cast also includes Fala Chen, Meng’er Zhang, Florian Munteanu and Ronny Chieng.
Opening in theaters on Nov. 5, 2021, this feature film will introduce audiences to the MCU’s newest Super Hero ensemble in a story that spans thousands of years. Directed by Chloé Zhao, “Eternals” features a group of immortal heroes forced out of the shadows to reunite against mankind’s oldest enemy, The Deviants. The ensemble cast includes Richard Madden as Ikaris, Gemma Chan as Sersi, Kumail Nanjiani as Kingo, Lauren Ridloff as Makkari, Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, Salma Hayek as Ajak, Lia McHugh as Sprite, Don Lee as Gilgamesh, Barry Keoghan as Druig, and Angelina Jolie as Thena. Kit Harrington plays Dane Whitman.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Debuting in theaters on March 25, 2022, this film is currently in production and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Xochitl Gomez joins the cast as America Chavez. Directed by Sam Raimi, this mind-bending adventure will connect to the events of “WandaVision” and the upcoming Spider-Man film.
Thor: Love and Thunder
Opening in theaters on May 6, 2022, the fourth Thor film begins filming next month with director Taika Waititi at the helm. Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson return to their roles, and will be joined by Christian Bale as villain Gorr the God Butcher.
Black Panther 2
Opening in theaters on July 8, 2022, “Black Pather 2” is being written and directed by Ryan Coogler. To honor Chadwick Boseman’s legacy, T’Challa/Black Panther will not be recast. Instead, the new film will explore the world of Wakanda and the characters introduced in the first film.
“Blade” is a new feature film starring Mahershala Ali in the title role.
Captain Marvel 2
Opening on Nov. 11, 2022, “Captain Marvel 2” is directed by Nia DaCosta. Brie Larson stars as Carol Danvers, alongside Iman Vellani, who will make her debut in “Ms. Marvel,” and Teyonah Parris, who portrays grown-up Monica Rambeau – a character introduced as a child in “Captain Marvel” who returns to the MCU as an adult in “WandaVision.”
Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania
Helmed by “Ant-Man” director Peyton Reed, “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania” stars Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, Evangeline Lilly as Hope Van Dyne/Wasp, Michael Douglas as Dr. Hank Pym, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Janet Van Dyne. Kathryn Newton joins the cast as Cassie Lang, with Jonathan Majors portraying Kang the Conqueror.
Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3
The third “Guardians of the Galaxy” film is slated for a 2023 theatrical release with James Gunn directing.
The reboot of the iconic Marvel family of superheroes is now in development with Jon Watts on-board to direct.
Which of these upcoming Marvel Studios projects are you most excited to see come to Disney+ and theaters over the next few years? Share your thoughts with us in the comments, and check out our live-tweet thread breaking down the entirety of Disney’s Investor Day 2020 here.