Now that Avengers: Endgame is out of the way, and the wait for Spider-Man: Far From Home sets in, the next MCU entry will be completely different. Disney’s upcoming streaming service, Disney+, will launch on 12 November 2019. While we know of some of the series being planned for the streaming service, like WandaVision, Loki, Hawkeye, and Falcon and the Winter Soldier, what other Marvel characters could we potentially see on Disney+?
Yes, Warner Bros. got out ahead of Marvel with their first live-action adaptation of a supervillain team: Suicide Squad, back in 2016. But the similarity the Thunderbolts have with the Suicide Squad is simply that both teams consist of supervillains. Beyond that, the Thunderbolts are quite a different offering.
In the comics, the team started out as supervillains who pretended to be heroes to gain the public’s trust after the Avengers and Fantastic Four seemingly died in battle against Onslaught (an amalgamation of the consciousnesses of Professor X and Magneto). When the Avengers and Fantastic Four returned, the leader of the Thunderbolts, Helmut Zemo, outed the whole team to the world as super villains to ensure and test their loyalty to him. In a twist, most of them decided they liked being heroes and turned on Zemo. In the MCU, Zemo is currently in prison after the events of Captain America: Civil War. An opportunity, perhaps?
Yes, this may not be the first time you’ve read about Moon Knight being adapted for live-action. With Marvel TV’s deal with Netflix basically dead (after the final season of Jessica Jones), there may be an opportunity for Moon Knight to finally come to life on-screen.
If you don’t know, the character is often compared with Batman, since he operates at night and uses gadgets and detective work to take out his enemies. What makes this character interesting is that he has multiple personalities. Wouldn’t you want to see something different, like a mentally unbalanced masked vigilante fighting crime by night?
With the death of Black Widow, and Nick Fury and Maria Hill back in action, SHIELD’s world of espionage can continue outside the popular ABC series, currently airing its 6th season. The name “Spider-Woman” may make you think of Spider-Man, but the similarity is only in name and in the colours of her costume (the dominant one being red).
Jessica Drew, received her powers at an early age when she fell gravely ill, and her father saved her by injecting her with a serum based on an irradiated spider’s blood. Most of her life has been drawn into the battle between SHIELD and HYDRA. We haven’t truly seen the world of espionage beyond the Agent Carter TV series. In one story, Jessica Drew was operating as a double agent.
She’s one of the other Marvel characters Disney could use in their streaming service. Would you be interested in watching a spy show about a superpowered secret agent?
According to Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, Ms Marvel (Kamala Khan) is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Feige also promised that the Disney+ series will interconnect with future MCU films. With Captain Marvel released earlier this year, and her return to earth in Avengers: Endgame, could the sequel show the fanbase Carol garners and introduce Kamala?
After that, they could explore Kamala’s story in a Disney+ show. Ms Marvel is also an inhuman and, with the MCU already having covered that ground in previous movies and series, the world that Kamala lives in has already been partially established.
With Hulk now in his “Professor Hulk” form, and Secretary Ross surviving to the end of the Infinity Saga, where does that leave the man who was pushing the Sokovia Accords? The Red Hulk began as a villain, then an anti-hero, and eventually became an Avenger. And who was he? Thaddeus Ross! It would be an interesting twist if the MCU turns Ross into his own worst nightmare.
So, once Disney+ releases WandaVision, Loki, Hawkeye, and Falcon and the Winter Soldier, what other Marvel characters should Disney focus on next for their streaming service?