It’s quite clear that we’ll get more Marvel series on Disney+ this year — potentially more than Star Wars series.
March 5 marks the end of Season 1 of WandaVision. Then on March 19, The Falcon and the Winter Solider is debuting. That will run six episodes, with a speculated season end date (if Disney doesn’t skip weeks) of April 23.
The next big event set to happen in the MCU after Falcon and the Winter Soldier is the feature release of Black Widow on May 7. However, it’s not clear if all global markets will be open by then as Covid-19 quells and vaccinations swell. Disney will know in the next month whether it will move the Scarlett Johansson movie. It’s not just about New York and Los Angeles re-opening and the hope of capacity restrictions easing, but see that in the rest of the world as well. Rival distributors guess that the next date Black Widow would move to is July 9, where Shang-Chi and the Legend of Ten Rings is slotted. Disney CEO Bob Chapek has said the studio’s intention is to keep Black Widow as a theatrical release, and not moving it to a Disney+/theatrical day-and-date or strictly streaming release. Feige mentioned nothing today about Black Widow going to the streaming service, nor did he talk about the Avengers femme superhero movie rescheduling its theatrical release date.
At the top of the TCA session, Feige updated the press corps with the following Disney+/Marvel series today:
“Soon after Loki, we’ll have our first animated serie, which is What If?, and I’m here on set where we are finishing up Ms. Marvel,” he said. “We’re also shooting Hawkeye currently, and in a few weeks we start She-Hulk, a week or so after that we start Moon Knight in addition to our features for the MCU thanks to Disney+.”
Not every Marvel/Disney+ series will get a Season 2 or 3. Some will, and Feige didn’t show his hand on which of those that would be. Sometimes a series will segue into a big-screen feature. A WandaVision Season 2 is not imminent, rather Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch storyline will head straight into the Sam Raimi-directed sequel Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness (scheduled for March 25, 2022). Ditto for the Ms. Marvel series, which is planned to drop on Disney+ later this year; that series will bleed into Captain Marvel 2, (theatrical date Nov. 11, 2022).
Eternals will hit the big screen on November 5, and then Sony/Disney/Marvel’s Spider-Man: No Way Home is scheduled to go on Dec. 17. And that’s your 2021 Marvel year.
Other 2022 Marvel theatrical releases include Thor: Love & Thunder on May 6 and Black Panther 2 on July 8. There’s also an MCU series Wakanda planned, as Deadline first reported.
“The fun of the MCU is obviously all the crossover we can do between series, between films,” Feige said, “so it will vary based on the story. Sometimes it will go into a Season 2, sometimes it will go into a feature and back into a series.”
He added: “Sometimes, and yet to be announced, we’re thinking of and planning second and third seasons for some of the upcoming series.”
As for that other Disney-owned franchise, all we know about Star Wars this year so far is that The Book of Boba Fett series is coming this fall to Disney+, and the animated series Star Wars: The Bad Batch drops on May 4 — Star Wars Day.