/Major Marvel and Star Wars announcements on Disney Investor Day

Major Marvel and Star Wars announcements on Disney Investor Day

On Dec. 10, Disney held a livestream on their website for “Disney Investor Day” in which they revealed many upcoming titles for their streaming service Disney Plus. 

Marvel 

“Wandavision” 

Although it was not the initial plan, “Wandavision” will be the opening Marvel show to hit Disney Plus. Elizabeth Olsen will reprise her role as Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany will return as Vision. The series pays homage to old style television shows similar to in the 50’s. The six-episode show will start “Phase Four” of the “Marvel Cinematic Universe” when it releases on Jan. 15. 

“The Falcon and Winter Soldier” 

“The Falcon and Winter Soldier” got a first-look trailer and a premiere release date of March 19. It will also have six episodes and will focus on continuing the story of Falcon and Winter Soldier after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.” 

“Loki” 

A trailer was shown for the series “Loki” and features the return of Tom Hiddleston as the titular character. Like the others, this series will feature six episodes and focus on events that happened after “Avengers: Endgame.” In particular, there is an encounter with an organization known as “TVA.” This may be in reference to the Time variance Authority which may connect to the other possible hints at the multiverse in “Wandavision” and the upcoming “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.” 

“Hawkeye” 

Announced for 2022, this series has Jeremy Renner reprise his role as Clint Barton and Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop, a character who becomes the new Hawkeye in the comic series. The cast will also feature the talents of Vera Farmiga, Tony Dalton, Brian d’Arcy James and Fra Free. Bert, Bertie and Rhys Thomas are currently listed as directors in the series. 

“What If…?” 

The Marvel animated series “What If…?” received a new trailer and is set to premier next summer. The show will focus on alternate scenarios within the “MCU” and will have a length of 23 episodes. 

Other Upcoming Marvel Series 

“Secret Invasion” is a series that will feature the return of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsohn as Talos. 

 In the series “Ironheart,” a teenage girl named Riri Williams invents the most advanced suit of armor since Iron man. 

“Armor Wars” has Don Cheadle returning as James Rhodes and explores  
what happens when Tony Stark’s tech is in the wrong hands. 

The “Guardians of the Galaxy” spin-off show “I am Groot” will be produced by James Gunn and have the character Groot running into various new characters. 

There will be a “Ms. Marvel” series featuring Iman Vellani as Kamala Khan coming in late 2021.   

Tatiana Maslany will play the lead-role in the series “She-Hulk” alongside Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner. 

New film announcements 

There will be a third Ant-man film titled “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.” A New “Fantastic Four” film was announced for the “MCU” and will be directed by Jon Watts. “Black Panther 2” was confirmed to not recast the late Chadwick Boseman’s character T’Challa. 

Star Wars 

Obi-Wan Kenobi 

Ewan McGregor reprises his role as Obi-Wan in an upcoming series titled “Obi-Wan Kenobi.” The series takes place 10 years after the events of “Revenge of the Sith.” It will also feature a controversial return of Hayden Christensen as Darth Vader.  

Andor 

In 2022 Diego Luna will reprise his role as Cassian Andor from “Rogue One” in a show titled “Andor.” The series will have 12 episodes and there is a making-of teaser currently released that shows Diego Luna and the crew behind the scenes. 

“The Mandalorian” spin-off series 

Rosario Dawson will reprise her role as Ahsoka Tano in a series titled “Ahsoka.” It is part of two “The Mandalorian” spin-off series the other being titled “Rangers of the New Republic.” 

Star Wars: The Bad Batch 

A new animated series titled “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” will focus on a group of clones known as the Bad Batch and will also feature a character from “The Mandalorian,” Fennec Shand. 

Other Star Wars Series 

Disney also announced a few other series with fewer details. They announced an anime style show titled “Star Wars: Visions.” A Sith-focused series helmed by Leslye Headland called “The Acolyte.” The character Lando is set to receive his own “brand-new event series” titled “Lando.” It will be directed by Justin Simien known for his work on “Dear White People.” C-3PO and R2D2 will be in a new animated project called “A Droid Story.” 

New Films 

The next “Star Wars” film is called “Rogue Squadron” and will be directed by Patty Jenkins, best known as the director of the “Wonder Woman” films. Taika Waititi, director of “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Jojo Rabbit,” is directing his own “Star Wars” film, but the details have not yet been announced. 

Noah Wortham is the top Lifestyles reporter for the Alabamian. He is a fourth year English Major with a passion for music, video games and film.