In addition to new costume designs for The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Marvel Studios has also provided some new looks at What If?, the studio’s first animated series for Disney+ which will explore ernate realities inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Check out several new clips from the upcoming series below, including Bucky Barnes facing off against a zombified Captain America, Peggy Carter as a shield-wielding super soldier known as Captain Carter, T’Challa as Star-Lord, and more.
An intrepid Twitter user via The Playlist has made several gifs from footage revealed on Expanding the Universe, a new Marvel Studios special that debuted today on Disney+. The 12-minute special looks ahead to the new content that’s heading to the streaming platform, and incorporates footage of Kevin Feige and the actors on the stages at Comic-Con and D23 Expo with concept art and, in this case, brief snippets of actual footage from the series. Check these out:
T'Challa as Star-Lord in "Marvel's WHAT IF" pic.twitter.com/MYdJXg9cua
— Balvin "PORTER" Bridges @LordBalvin November 12, 2019
The Winter Soldier going against Zombie Cap in Marvel's WHAT IF. #DisneyPlus pic.twitter.com/nF2BCG9vBt
— Balvin "PORTER" Bridges @LordBalvin November 12, 2019
Last but not least, narrating the WHAT IF animated series will be The Watcher, voiced by Jeffrey Wright. #DisneyPlus pic.twitter.com/jVObgVeFyG
— Balvin "PORTER" Bridges @LordBalvin November 12, 2019
Earlier this year, /Film broke the news that Marvel Studios was developing What If?, an animated show based on the comic series, which offers a look at the ripple effects of a small change in Marvel lore, like “what if Loki found Thor’s hammer?”, “what if Thanos had joined the Avengers?”, or “what if J. Jonah Jameson adopted Spider-Man?” It’s a super fun premise and a way for fans to answer some niche arguments they might have had while discussing these characters with friends. Plus, it’s an opportunity to dive into some bizarre interactions and storylines that would never happen in the live-action MCU movies.
As we learned at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the show will bring back more than two dozen MCU actors to lend their voices to their familiar characters, with Westworld‘s Jeffrey Wright looming over the series as The Watcher, an alien being who keeps an eye on the multiverse and may or may not intervene with the happenings of Earthlings. “We’ll see where we take it,” Wright said. “We could take it anywhere.”
What If? is written by Ashley Bradley and directed by Bryan Andrews. Andrews called the show “incredibly cinematic, adventurous, exciting, funny – basically everything you get in the Marvel movies, but in animated form.” The show is scheduled to hit Disney+ in the summer of 2021.
The Avengers might have beaten Thanos, but that hasn't put a stop to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The world's largest film franchise has already announced a slew of Phase 4 projects, but television fans will also be getting their superhero fill on the small screen, too, especially now that Disney+ is live.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe is no stranger to television shows, and although the Disney-Netflix partnership that delivered hits such as “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones” has ended, there are a multitude of other television shows in the franchise that will be popping up in the next few years.
Many of these were first unveiled during a massive presentation at Comic-Con in 2019, and in the months since then details have been trickling out about each of the projects as the upper level management overseeing Marvel television projects has changed. In October, Kevin Feige, who revitalized comic book fandom with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has been named Chief Creative Officer of Marvel, in addition to his current status as president ofMarvel Studios. The move means that all of the company's key film and television executives will report to Feige.
Here's a rundown on all the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero action that will be making its way to television in the near future:
“Runaways” Season 3 Hulu, December 13
“Runaways” started as a handful of superpowered kids facing off against their villainous, similarly powerful parents, but as with all things Marvel, the plot has become more esoteric and high-stakes as the show continues to evolve on Hulu. Season 3 will follow the Runaways as they search for their lost friends, a quest that will eventually see them face off against the dark sorceress Morgan le Fay Elizabeth Hurley. The show has also teased a crossover with the “Cloak & Dagger” cast even though that Freeform series has yet to be renewed for a third season, but specific details about a potential convergence of casts have been kept under wraps.
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“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Season 7 ABC, Mid 2020
It's been a long, winding road for the longest-running Marvel Cinematic Universe television show, full of hostile aliens, time travel, spacefaring, and even a genetic doppleganger of the primary protagonist. Season 7 will wrap up the series and, although not much has been revealed about its plot, the season's teaser-trailer suggests that the Chronicoms — face-stealing quasi-robots, this show has gotten pretty weird over the years — are going to be some of the season's big baddies.
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“Helstrom” Hulu, 2020
“Helstrom” is expected to follow Daimon and Ana Helstrom Tom Austen and Sydney Lemmon, respectively, the children of a supposed serial killer who are haunted by their family legacy. The duo, who have a complicated relationship and are the children of Satan in Marvel lore, will work together to track down the worst criminals who terrorize humanity. Elizabeth Marvel will also star as Victoria Helstrom, who has been institutionalized for 20 years and is plagued by demons. Pictured: Elizabeth Marvel
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“The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” Disney+, Late 2020
Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan are set to reprise their MCU film roles as the Falcon and the Winter Soldier, respectively, in their own Disney+ series. Both characters have close ties to Captain America, who passed his shield on to the Falcon at the end of “Avengers: Endgame.” Although the Falcon and Winter Soldier were occasionally at odds with the other in comic book lore, the duo are on good terms in the MCU canon. Plot details are unclear — which is understandable, as filming is apparently only beginning this month — but as the first MCU television series on Disney+, expectations are undoubtedly high.
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“WandaVision” Disney+, Early 2021
Elizabeth Olsen will reprise her role as the mutant sorceress Scarlet Witch, opposite Paul Bettany as Vision. The latter plot point is curious, considering [spoiler alert] Vision died in “Avengers: Infinity War” and wasn't revived alongside the other fallen superheroes in “Avengers: Endgame.” Regardless, nothing really stays dead in comic book mythos, and the duo are expected to be reunited in some way, be it time travel, resurrection, or some other plot mutation.
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“Loki” Disney+, Early 2021
Loki Tom Hiddleston seemingly died for the third time in “Avengers: Infinity War,” though the character reappeared in the timeline-bending “Avengers: Endgame.” It's unknown if this more villanious version of the character is the one that will be featured in the upcoming Disney+ series, but given the franchise's recent openness to time-traveling shenanigans, it wouldn't be surprising to see Loki trek through time and space throughout his six-episode series.
The original “What If...?” comic book series explored how events would've played out if key Marvel plot points turned out differently. Given the character and universe-shattering events in the Marvel Cinematic Universe thus far, the possibilities for this non-canon series are endless: What would've happened if Killmonger defeated T'Challa/Black Panther? What if Ultron succeeded in his plan to eradicate human civilization? What if Thanos' snap wasn't undone by the Avengers? Will any of these things actually be explored in the series? Time will tell... Pictured: “Avengers: Endgame”
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“Hawkeye” Disney+, Late 2021
Clint Barton/Hawkeye Jeremy Renner became a violent vigilante in “Avengers Endgame,” but is expected to train and pass his superhero mantle to a young Kate Bishop in the expert marksman's own Disney+ series. Given that the series is around two years away, other plot details are unknown, but the show recently tapped Jonathan Igla “Mad Men” to write and executive produce the series.
Disney announced that Disney+ series focused on Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk were all in development during the company's D23 event in August. Details about the three series are scarce and none of them are expected to hit the streaming service in the near future. Regardless, a few facts are known: “Ms. Marvel” will serve as the first time a Marvel Muslim-American superhero gets her own live-action series, “She-Hulk” will follow Bruce Banner's cousin, who becomes empowered with Hulk-like abilities, and “Moon Knight” will portray a CIA agent whose psyche is split into four personalities. Pictured: Ms. Marvel
Marvel's first Muslim superhero to star in her own comic book title will now get her own live-action show on Disney+, with British writer Bisha K. Ali aboard as writer and showrunner. Ali is currently a writer on the Hulu comedy series “Four Weddings and a Funeral.” The protagonist is a Muslim Pakistani teen from Jersey City, who will be introduced in the Disney+ series before launching into the MCU films.
Want to see the first teaser for Crisis on Infinite Earths? How did the Marvel vs Martin Scorsese debate infiltrate the Hollywood Film Awards? When is DC’s Legends of Tomorrow coming back? Are you happy for Titans to get a third season? Will Inhumans be in the Ms. Marvel series? Will you watch a Crisis on Infinite Earths after show hosted by Kevin Smith? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.
Here’s a short first teaser for the Arrowverse’s Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover that starts later this year.
Mark Ruffalo indirectly weighed in on Marvel versus Martin Scorsese battle at the Hollywood Film Awards.
The #DCUTITANS are just getting started. Season 3 coming in 2020. pic.twitter.com/YPstXPVKMW
— DCUTitans @DCUTitans November 11, 2019
DC Universe announced that Titans is officially getting a third season, and those are Nightwing colors.
Smallville star Tom Welling apparently only shot one scene for the Crisis On Infinite Earths crossover.
Here’s the promo for “Prochnost,” the fifth episode of the eighth and final season of The CW’s Arrow series.
A leaked audition tape for Ms. Marvel namedrops Inhumans and New Avengers, but are they in the show?
Teen Titans Go! will poke fun at the backlash to the reboot of Thundercats and also Teen Titans Go! itself.
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow will return at 9pm on Tuesday, January 21, following an episode of Arrow.
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Chris Evans is done playing Captain America. You know this, I know this, and he knows this. Still, the actor is bound to be asked about returning to the MCU for the rest of his days, because that’s the world we live in now. Sure enough, during a recent conversation with fellow MCU star Scarlett Johansson, the subject of Evans coming back to play Captain America again came up. Evans’ answer might surprise you! No it won’t. Meanwhile, Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus, the writers who wrapped-up Cap’s story in Avengers: Endgame, are vehemently against the suggestion of more Steve Rogers, and with good reason.
Chris Evans’ Captain America/Steve Rogers was given a big, emotional send-off in Avengers: Endgame, signaling the end of Evans’ run as the character. But is he really done with Marvel? Most likely. During a conversation with Scarlett Johansson for Variety‘s Actor on Actors issue, the topic of Evans’ possible return was broached.
“Would you come back?” Johansson asks. At first, Evans seems to be somewhat uncertain with his reply: “You never say never. I love the character. I don’t know.” However, the actor follows it up with:
“It’s not a hard no, but it’s not an eager yes either. There are other things that I’m working on right now. I think Cap had such a tricky act to stick the landing, and I think they did a really nice job letting him complete his journey. If you’re going to revisit it, it can’t be a cash grab. It can’t be just because the audience wants to be excited. What are we revealing? What are we adding to the story? A lot of things would have to come together.”
In other words, while Evans doesn’t say “never!” to this idea, he makes it pretty clear that there would have to be a really good reason for Cap to return.
Avengers: Endgame writers Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus are less hesitant to voice their displeasure with the idea. Speaking with Screen Rant, the duos stated they felt that bringing back Cap would cheapen his final moments in Endgame. “I love writing for Cap, I love Evans,” Markus says. “But I really feel, much like Tony, we got them to a place where they don’t need to do it anymore. I’d hate to gin up something hokey to get them back.”
Despite Martin Scorsese’s well-written and argued New York Times opinion column, the director of Netflix’s The Irishman just can’t seem to shake the constant back-and-forth his initial comments about the Marvel Cinematic Universe have stirred. Countless filmmakers and industry veterans have defended and criticized Scorsese for equating the Marvel movies to “theme parks” and declaring them to be “not cinema,” and all these weeks later, they’re all still at it. Others are joining in the fray too, like actor Bruce Campbell, who starred in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films.
Campbell, who made a name for himself with Raimi’s Evil Dead films and the recent Ash vs Evil Dead television series, evidently doesn’t think too highly of Scorsese’s arguments. Instead of appealing to different forms of cinematic greatness, though, the actor went on the offense and assailed what he considered to be the director’s hypocrisy, on account of The Irishman‘s reliance on digital effects. According to Comic Book:
“[Scorsese] was ragging on Marvel movies, right? Martin Scorsese is one of our greatest filmmakers, so when he says stuff like that, it hurts,” Campbell said at horror-centric convention Spooky Empire. “Because it’s not like movies like that are easy to make, and it’s not like The Irishman doesn’t have digital effects out the ass.”
The Irishman has “more digital effects than any Marvel movie, I can tell you right now,” Campbell continued. “To get Robert De Niro to go from nine to 108, that’s a lot of work, that’s a lot of digital work. So he’s kind of full of crap in that respect.”
Seeing as how Avengers: Endgame alone had around 200 aging and de-aging special effects shots, Campbell’s assertion about The Irishman here most likely isn’t true. Even so, the veracity of his complaints about Scorsese’s comments doesn’t necessarily undermine it - especially since, as the actor put it, “all movies are bullsh*t”:
“Every movie is just as fake as the other one. Nothing is real,” he said. “Guess what? You’re doing a real story about Erin Brockovich, that’s not even what Erin Brockovich looks like! It’s not a real story, even though they say it’s a real story, so nobody gets to play, ‘I am a filmmaker, you make silly Marvel movies!’ No, they’re all bullsh*t. Every single bit of every movie is bullsh*t. Good bullsh*t, lousy bullsh*t, boring bullsh*t, they’re all as fake as you can get.”
So, that’s where Campbell stands on the great Scorsese-Marvel debate.
Warning: Hopefully, you’ve seen Avengers: Endgame by now because spoilers will be found below.
Prior to Chris Evans’ formal exit from the MCU - and passing of the shield by an aged Steve Rogers to Sam Wilson’s Falcon in Avengers: Endgame - the actor dodged plenty of questions on the subject, which felt like a poorly kept secret. This was actually something that he danced around for years before finally confirming his plan to the New York Times right before Infinity War hit theaters in 2018. Now that he’s out, can Marvel Studios pull him back in? Evans will reprise his role in voice form for Disney+’s What If…? animated TV series, but as far as physically returning to the role, you’d think that he’d be completely done. Well, not so fast … maybe.
Evans sat down with Variety to co-headline along with Scarlett Johansson the outlet’s Actors on Actors series’ latest season, and they’re both talking about their MCU exits. Of course, they also touch on the whole Scorsese-vs-Marvel conflict they’re each equally diplomatic, but the most standout aspect involves Evans admitting that he’s not 100% closed-off to revisiting Cap someday:
“You never say never. I love the character. I don’t know […] It’s not a hard no, but it’s not an eager yes either. There are other things that I’m working on right now. I think Cap[tain America] had such a tricky act to stick the landing, and I think they did a really nice job letting him complete his journey. If you’re going to revisit it, it can’t be a cash grab. It can’t be just because the audience wants to be excited. What are we revealing? What are we adding to the story? A lot of things would have to come together.”
When Johansson expresses her belief that Cap received a “beautiful cathartic ending,” Evans adds that he’d be “a shame to sour that … I’m very protective of it.” He adds that it might be best “to let this one sit,” but there’s an admittedly silly counterpoint to be made about this. Evans’ final line after nearly a decade of playing Steve Rogers was the “America’s Ass” bit. He called this “really stupid” and sounded like he was doing so in a good-natured way, but there must be a grain of truth to commenting upon said stupidity. In other words, I wouldn’t be entirely surprised if this would be why he revisited Cap, maybe in a decade or so, in a non-glib way, but yeah, it’s gonna be awhile. Also, Evans is currently busy portraying “America’s A**hole” in Rian Johnson’s Knives Out.
We still might get a nice little parting gift from Evans and friends, though. He mentions to Variety that he’s trying to rally the group of actors for an “ Avengers vacation.” If that ever happens, the Instagrams are going to be amazing.