At the time of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s start, it benefitted from being simpler and more systematic compared to the comics; it was inspired by. That made things easy for new audiences to become fans of superheroes such as Iron-Man and Captain America without a need to get updated by diving into the numerous old comic books.
With tremendous success, great expansion comes along and barely a year into its existence; the MCU is now comprising of an apparently endless range of films and TV shows. In more ways than one, things have come back to where they were at the start, and it might not be easy for casual fans or even loyalists to stay in the know about what is happening or what comes up next. Luckily, we don’t need either the Eye of Agamotto or a crystal ball to see whatever Marvel is planning for the future. The only thing that you need to do is to check this fantastic compilation of the various films and TV series being developed by Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Jessica Jones Season Two
In a number of ways, the debut season of Jessica Jones revealed the first genuine anti-hero in the MCU. A lot of superheroes become reluctant vigilantes. However, Jones had experienced extreme trauma during her attempts to become a superhero; after enduring everything, she tried living a comparatively normal life as a private detective. This unique perspective made Jessica Jones a great show full of well-rounded story and emotional impact.
On March 8, we will get to see the next episode of Jessica Jones when the season two will be unveiled on Netflix. The earlier season ended when Jessica and her ally Malcolm once again committed to protecting the world albeit a client at a time via Alias, the private investigation firm run by her. In season two, we will see Jessica grapple with the emotional impact of (SPOILER) murdering Kilgrave, the psychic rapist who has a penchant for purple suits. As per Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, the upcoming season will focus more on other characters as well and not just on Jessica Jones.
But, the biggest revelation is that David Tennant is making a comeback to the show. We are not sure if he is going to be revived, or he will be seen in flashbacks, but, what is certain is that Kilgrave has not yet left Jones alone.
Avengers: Infinity War
Scheduled to release on May 4, Avengers: Infinity War is being billed as the ultimate conclusion of ten years of Marvel Cinematic Universe’s development. The movie’s exact details are not known, but, it is about Thanos embarking on a mission to get hold of all the Infinity Stones to complete his Infinity Gauntlet and wield incredible powers. He is a villain like no other ever seen in MCU history. Therefore, this film is bound to feature almost every Marvel Cinematic Universe hero seen so far, whether it is Black Panther, Spider-Man or the Guardians of the Galaxy.
But, a few of the popular Avengers are going to sport a different look. Captain America is sporting a beard, and Black Widow has become a platinum blonde. Apart from meeting all the heroes, we will also meet some new villains. Thanos is going to bring along the Black Order, a team of alien mercenaries known as his children, just like Nebula and Gamora. It is all set to be a mind-blowing battle, a live-action version of the childhood action figure battles and it is expected to shatter the incredibly insane box office records set by the earlier Avengers films. The chances are that the Avengers: Infinity War will leave fans gasping for more because Marvel has already announced a release date for its next part, which will release a year after it.
Ant-Man and the Wasp
The debut Ant-Man film ushered in many surprises for comic book fans and Marvel Cinematic Universe lovers. The first of those was to highlight the Scott Lang version of Ant-Man instead of Hank Pym, who was shown in the movie as a Cold War-era hero, living his retirement years in the apprehension of people indulging in the wrong usage of his technology. Assisted by his daughter Hope and an unexpected hero in Scott Lang, Pym managed to save the day once more. We can’t say what the sequel holds in store for us as Marvel has kept the details secret till now, but, a few things are clear.
To begin with, Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) will wear a prototype armor built by Pym’s wife Janet (Michelle Pfeiffer), which implies that the Wasp will finally arrive in the MCU. Talking about Janet, it is possible that the movie will undertake the mission to locate her and bring her back from the Quantum Realm. Also, the movie releases on July 6 which is slightly more than two months after Infinity War, and it won’t be surprising that the entire concept of the MCU might change by then. Therefore, it will be left up to Ant-Man and the Wasp to step into the shoes of the fallen (probably slain) heroes in the battle against Thanos.
Daredevil Season Three
Daredevil ushered in MCU on Netflix by captivating everyone with a solid plot and great casting which includes a memorable portrayal by Vincent D’onofrio as Kingpin. Daredevil season two kept the pace going and added other popular characters such as Elektra and Punisher, the latter becoming so popular that he is now set to get a solo series. So what will Daredevil season three unleash?
When last seen, Matt Murdock was healing after his battle with the Hand, and under the observation of the mysterious Sister Maggie. With such a fascinating ending, some people expect the next season to be loosely inspired by the iconic Born Again comic book story arc. However, details are not available, and all we know is that Vincent D’Onofrio will be back as the main enemy of the Daredevil: Wilson Fisk. Sadly, there is no release date listed yet, but, we are hoping to see Daredevil and Kingpin get going at each other sometime this year.
Luke Cage Season Two
After having featured in Jessica Jones, it is clear that Luke Cage (and his invincible body) were loved by the audiences. The incredible debut season of his solo series has proven that this character is strong enough to carry a full-fledged show on his own. The season was in effect a juggling act between two narratives, one based in the past (a series of flashbacks revealing how Cage received his powers and why he was trying to escape his former self), and the other based in present (depicting Cage as a public figure who takes on dishonest and mighty local personalities such as Cottonmouth and Mariah). The season ended with Cage being in a really bad corner, which creates the base for various plot points which might be explored in season two.
Despite that, we don’t have many details about the season two plot, and the only thing we know is that Misty Knight will be featured with an awesome bionic arm, and the premiere episode will be directed by Lucy Liu. As for the real story, we can expect Luke Cage to undertake a massive clean-up drive in Harlem after exiting the prison, and that would be awesome to see later this year.
If we compile a list of the Marvel characters and teams which are in line to get their solo TV shows, New Warriors would have taken a long time to come on that list. The team’s original comic book which was a success in the 90s has been rebooted several times. However, the basic premise is always based on younger heroes coming together to thwart challenges which they couldn’t tackle individually (a Junior Avengers sort of thing to be more accurate).
The team’ original version included Night Thrasher who is the answer to the question: ”What about a young Batman using the skateboard to combat criminals?” it is one of the most typically 90s things, and it doesn’t even remotely fit in the modern MCU. But, Freeform has different ideas as they are creating a live-action New Warriors TV show, ready with revamped character stories (skateboarding crime fighter becomes a popular YouTuber) and a new leader: the runaway star from comic books Squirrel Girl (to be played by the vet from This is Us, Milana Vayntrub).
It is quite expected that the millennial bunch of superheroes will face some issues in their vigilante career, such as a grumpy bureaucrat, Keith David (The Thing, Platoon, The Flash) who will play Ernest Vigman, “a caustic municipal employee who butts up against the hopeful energy of the new warriors.” In case you haven’t still figured it out, New Warriors won’t be too serious about themselves. Rather, ScreenRant claims that Marvel and Freeform are aiming to make the show an out and out comedy. That would certainly be very exciting, and it will be fascinating to see Squirrel Girl having profound conversations with her squirrel best friend, Tippy Toe.
Cloak and Dagger
Cloak and Dagger are heroes who have never seen likely to get their own TV show, due to their origin story linked to drugs: a criminal chemist gave them synthetic heroin which in turn gave them weird powers. Cloak can become intangible and is able to teleport himself as well as others across the darkforce dimension (hope that the audience won’t keep thinking about Thor: Dark World on seeing it). Dagger, on the other hand, unleashes daggers made of light and wields energy capable of curing people of drug addiction, etc. No doubt, it would be tough to show this on the screen, and none of them has the kind of powers which form a crime-fighting MCU show. Yet, Marvel is confident about Cloak & Dagger, and it is bound to be unique. We are sure that these two would be appealing enough to tune in to Freeform later this year.
Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel has a long comic book history, and not necessarily a joyful one. She began as Ms. Marvel and for a long time she was relegated to the back seat, but, of late, Marvel decided to make her a prominent character, gave her a new image (less flashy and more military), as well as a fresh creative perspective thanks to writer Kelly Sue DeConnick. During her run, DeConnick converted the Captain Marvel title into a remarkable success for the company, making the character an obvious choice to feature in Marvel Cinematic Universe which is looking to have some much needed female participation.
Brie Larson is starring as Captain Marvel, and the movie is jointly directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck. The film is scheduled to release on March 8, 2019; the movie is based in the early 1990s. Apart from introducing Carol Danvers, the movie will also be featuring a young Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and for a change, he will have both his eyes. Jude Law will appear as Mar-vell, the original holder of Captain Marvel title who taught Danvers the ropes of being a superhero. As for the villains, it has been revealed that Captain Marvel will take on the Skrulls, a team of green colored shapeshifters which have been comic book villains since the 1960s.
Talking about movies whose details have been kept under wraps, one such film is the Avengers: Infinity War’s sequel. Since the movies are separated by a year, their stories are bound to be intertwined (contrary to the typical 2-3 years space between other Marvel franchise movies). Taking into account, the fact that Marvel Cinematic Universe has taken drastic steps to introduce newer characters such as Vision, Scarlet Witch, and Falcon. Also, the contracts are soon going to be over for old-time Avengers such as Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr., and either some of our beloved characters will perish in battle or removed in some other way, which will bring forward a fresh batch of heroes. Whether this happens or not, it is certain that Marvel Cinematic Universe is not going to remain the same after May 3, 2019.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
It is always painful to bid goodbye, and we are almost approaching the time when we will have to part with Star-Lord and his bunch of ruffians. Writer/Director James Gunn has stated that the next film in his beloved series “will conclude the story of this iteration of the Guardians of the Galaxy.” Not just that, Gunn also said that the Vol. 3 would “help catapult both old and new Marvel characters into the next ten years and beyond,” therefore, we might get a new group of misfits forming this space team sometime in the future, but, it will be heart-breaking to see Groot and Rocket go away for good.
It is not as if all the news about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 is depressing and negative. About the third film’s soundtrack, Gunn recently shared with fans on Twitter that he has brought down his musical choices down to “181 songs,” and the list “could get longer.” No matter how many songs make it to the film, we are certain of getting some really amazing tunes. We also anticipate the comeback of Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki) and the introduction of Adam Warlock, who is one of the most eagerly awaited characters in the history of Marvel Cinematic Universe. (In fact, there is an official concept art ready for this incredibly repulsive cocoon).
There is still some time left to see the final adventures of Peter Quill and team. On July 17, 2017, Gunn shared on Twitter that he was “working on the second draft of the treatment (story),” and he had announced on Facebook that the film would be hitting the theaters in 2020. However, the wait is worth it because Gunn has promised that the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 would be “an epic conclusion of who the Guardians are and why they were brought together. I can’t wait to tell that story to people.”
Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel
With its incredible actor and the vibe of John Hughes, Spider-Man: Homecoming wowed the audiences all over the world and managed to win critics who are not in love with MCU. If you are desperate for Peter Parker to jump into the theaters, then you should mark the calendar for July 5, 2019. Not much is known about this sequel movie, but, director Jon Watts is returning to team up with original screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers. There is no doubt that Tom Holland, Zendaya, and Marisa Tomei are a part of the film and we just hope that this movie brings Scorpion on board.
The Punisher Season 2
There is no reason to fear for Frank Castle’s fans. However, if you are his rival, then you should sprint away as fast as possible. The Punisher will burst onto Netflix very soon. As per the official Punisher Twitter page, season two is on its way, but, that’s all we know for the time being. Jon Bernthal is back as the veteran converted into a vigilante, but, beyond that, hardly any details are available about the new season. We are eager to see where the show goes because the Punisher has taken his revenge. Let’s just hope that Ben Barnes comes back as Jigsaw.
Marvel’s Runaways Season 2
After eventually facing off with their killer parents, the Runaways will get a chance to redeem themselves from the allegations of a murder that they didn’t commit. The Hulu show has got the second season, which assures more of teenage drama, superhero stuff, and ritual sacrifices. The first season was based on a team of super-powered teenagers who found out that their parents were a part of a criminal cult, and the highly appreciated show had a ten episode run. Now Collider has reported that the second season will have 13 episodes, which guarantees that we will get more time to spend with beloved Deinonychus.
For a long time, Marvel fans have been pinning their hopes on a Black Widow movie. There is no doubt that the red-headed killer has spent ample time in MCU (six films including Avengers: Infinity War), but, she hasn’t yet got a solo movie. Now things seem to be set to change as Scarlett Johansson will play a superhero lead.
Variety says that though the movie hasn’t yet been formally approved, Jac Shaeffer has been tasked with writing the Black Widow screenplay. She is a journalist who made it to the reputed Black List and has written two movies featuring Anne Hathaway: one is an alien invasion comedy movie titled The Shower and the other is a remake of Dirty Rotten Scoundrels titled Nasty Women. Marvel hasn’t responded to the Variety report, but, it is good to know that we are inching closer to see Natasha Romanoff display her martial arts in her own solo movie. We are also hoping to find out what exactly happened in Budapest back in time.