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All the Disney+ MCU rumors and spoilers leaked so far

Ever since the ABC premiere of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the line between the Marvel Studios narrative on the small screen and that of the big screen has been a little blurry. While the events of the films were occasionally referenced on the various shows, the opposite wasn't true. Little, if anything, of the events of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.InhumansDaredevil, Jessica JonesRunaways, or any other Marvel television offerings made a dent in the MCU films. The fact that James D'arcy — who played Edwin Jarvis in Agent Carter — makes a cameo in Avengers: Endgame may be the single biggest narrative contribution Marvel television has been allowed to make to the movies. But with the introduction of Disney's upcoming streaming service, Disney+, that's about to change in a big way.

In August 2017 Disney, which owns Marvel, acquired controlling interest of streaming technology company BAMTech and soon afterward announced its own subscription streaming service in 2019. A month later CEO Bob Iger confirmed film and television offerings from Disney-owned properties — including those produced by Marvel Studios — would eventually leave Netflix and be exclusive to Disney's service. It would be another year before stories circulated about new, original miniseries with much more direct connections to the MCU. Keep reading to learn everything we know about the new MCU series on the upcoming streaming service Disney+.

Early rumors

The first news of original Marvel content appearing on Disney+ dropped in September 2018, when Variety reported Marvel was busy developing limited series for Disney's streaming service. 

Details were scarce in that first report, but what little we learned has since been confirmed. Variety singled out Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) as two Marvel characters set to get their own series on Disney+. They reported each series would be between "six to eight episodes" long and that the budgets for each series would be "hefty rivaling those of a major studio production." Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige was reported to be directly involved in the shows' developments, and the original actors were set to reprise their roles. 

While the article makes it clear Marvel planned for other series, the fact that Loki and Scarlet Witch were the first named characters to be involved was curious. Both characters were killed five months earlier in Avengers: Infinity War. The nature of Scarlet Witch's death led most to correctly believe that she — along with other Marvel heroes already with confirmed post-Infinity War films like Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) — would be resurrected in the follow-up. But Loki was killed, seemingly, with much more brutal finality — his neck broken by Thanos (Josh Brolin), leading some to believe the Loki limited series either was a prequel or that its announcement spoiled the character's resurrection in Avengers: Endgame. Surprisingly, both guesses would be proven wrong.

Loki's return

In November 2018 Disney confirmed a number of the original series in development, including Tom Hiddleston's upcoming Loki series. There were still no details about when the series would be set, or how it was possible considering Loki's death in Avengers: Infinity War

As time passed and the date of Avengers: Endgame's release inched closer, more news about the Disney+ MCU shows was released that likely confused any fans who believed Anthony and Joe Russo's repeated insistences that Loki was dead and would stay that way. In Feb. 2019, Kevin Feige updated Collider about the Disney+ MCU series, saying all the series would be important to "the entire post-Endgame MCU," and it would seem strange for a Loki prequel to have anything to do with post-2019 Marvel. He also described the different Disney+ series as being "intertwined with each other," which again would seem strange with a Loki prequel unless all the series were prequels.

Finally, the events of Avengers: Endgame gave us an answer: When the Avengers go back in time to the events of 2012's Avengers, they inadvertently give Loki the opportunity to steal back the Tesseract and escape from their custody. Joe and Anthony Russo confirmed a few weeks after Endgame's release that the Loki of the past created an alternate timeline when he escaped. It hasn't been confirmed that this will be the version of Loki viewers follow in his upcoming limited series, but it certainly seems like the most likely possibility. 


It took until April 2019 for the Scarlet Witch series to be confirmed, but once it was, we learned it wouldn't be just Scarlet Witch. During a Disney investors meeting, Kevin Feige revealed the show would be called WandaVision, and would feature the return not only of Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, but Paul Bettany as the android Vision as well. 

What we know about WandaVision is both intriguing and a little confusing. Vision died in Avengers: Infinity War and, unlike Scarlet Witch, wasn't revived in Endgame. Olsen's talk with Variety later in April revealed more puzzling details that about the show. Olsen said WandaVision would be six hours long and seemed to indicate that at least part of it will apparently be set in the 1950s. Olsen said the show's story would be pulled from "quite a few other comic books" and pointed out that "at the Disney+ launch chat, they showed a photo of [Scarlet Witch and Vision] in the '50s." 

In May 2019 a rumor circulated suggesting Scarlet Witch's powers will become more comic-book-accurate in WandaVision. In the comics, Scarlet Witch has reality-altering abilities which she has sometimes used in spite of globally disastrous consequences — most famously almost wiping out almost all of Marvel's mutants in the 2005 line-wide event House of M. While there's been no confirmation, this would go a long way to explain how Vision is alive in WandaVision and how he and Scarlet Witch are apparently hopping through time. 

The sidekicks take center stage

While they didn't seem to get along very well in Captain America: Civil War, in October 2018 Variety reported Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky (Sebastian Stan), a.k.a. the Winter Soldier, would be partnering up for a limited series on Disney+. The story claimed it would be the first of the Disney+ MCU original series to find a writer, naming Empire producer/writer Martin Spellman. 

The upcoming Falcon and Winter Soldier series was confirmed in April 2019, along with WandaVision, when Kevin Feige addressed Disney investors. Since then we've learned more details about the show than any of the other confirmed Disney+ MCU series. The following month Deadline reported Falcon and Winter Soldier would be six episodes long and that director Kari Skogland — known for her work on The Handmaid's TaleNOS4A2, and The Walking Dead among others — was recruited to direct the entire limited series. At the Jus In Bello comic book convention in Italy, Stan hinted the series would give Bucky the chance "to go out there and have an identity outside of the circumstances that we've met him through." 

Along with naming Skogland as director, Deadline released other details. The site reported Emily Van Camp, who played Sharon Carter in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Civil War, is in talks to appear in the series, as well as Daniel Bruhl who played Civil War's villain Zemo. According to Deadline, the series is scheduled to air on Disney+ in August 2020.

Disney+ asks What If?

A month before the release of Avengers: Endgame, Slashfilm reported that not all of the new Disney+ Marvel series would be live-action. The site claimed a new animated series would borrow the concept of the Marvel comic What If?, which premiered in 1977. Every issue referred to an event in the comics and purported to show how Marvel's world would be different if the events had unfolded differently. For example, in 1963's Amazing Spider-Man #1, Spidey infiltrated the Fantastic Four's Baxter Building in hopes of joining the team, only to learn to his disappointment that joining Marvel's First Family didn't bring with it an extra paycheck. What If? #1 went back to that classic story and asked how the Marvel world might look if Spider-Man had joined the team.

Few details were given regarding which stories were being targeted for the What If? treatment. We don't know if the series will limit itself to adapting specific issues of What If? or if we'll see brand new stories. The site did, however, say one specific story that was being looked at comes from 1984's What If? #47, titled "What If Loki had Found the Hammer of Thor?"

Hawkeye passes the torch

A little over two weeks before the April 2019 release of Avengers: Endgame, Variety reported a Hawkeye series starring Jeremy Renner as the archer was in the works for Disney+.

Few details have been released about the Hawkeye series, but The Hollywood Reporter says the show will work as a "jumping-off point" for Clint Barton to find a replacement archer hero. THR says the upcoming series will revolve around Barton training the younger Kate Bishop to take over the mantle of Hawkeye. In the comics, Bishop initially takes the name after Barton dies in the 2004 event Avengers DisassembledOnce Barton returns to the land of the living — as most Marvel Comics dead eventually do — both heroes keep the Hawkeye name. 

There's no word yet on how Kate Bishop enters Clint Barton's life or who will be playing her in the series. There was speculation for a while that 13 Reasons Why's Katherine Langford, who was cast in Avengers: Endgame but was cut from the finished product, was supposed to play the younger archer in Endgame. But in early May 2019 it was revealed Langford's role was an older version of Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.) daughter Morgan.

Family Ties

In mid-April 2019, a rumor circulated that Marvel was developing a Hulk/She-Hulk series with Mark Ruffalo reprising his role as Bruce Banner/The Hulk. According to the story, She-Hulk would ultimately be the focus of the series.

In the comics, She-Hulk is Bruce Banner's cousin Jennifer Walters. Banner inadvertently creates She-Hulk after his cousin is shot. With no other viable donors available, he's forced to perform a blood transfusion and give his own Hulk-infected blood to his cousin. She-Hulk is usually portrayed as not dealing with the same savagery as the Hulk — she's been a valued member of both the Avengers and Fantastic Four. She's a lawyer, and could often be found arguing law in court rooms complete with green skin. More recently however, after suffering trauma during a battle with Thanos in the 2016 line-wide event Civil War II, a different version of She-Hulk emerges who speaks more like the classic "Hulk Smash!" Hulk, and refers to herself as "Hulk" rather than "She-Hulk." 

Since the initial rumor broke, not many details have surfaced about the series. However, since the release of Avengers: Endgame, we now know the Hulk — whose right arm is rendered permanently damaged after using the Infinity Stones — probably won't be doing a lot more superhero stuff. So, if the rumors about the series are true, it could be that Hulk will find himself much in the same position as Hawkeye in his series — teaching a new hero to fill his shoes.

No Defenders just yet

In December 2018, Variety dashed the hopes of any fans mourning the canceled Marvel Netflix series like Daredevil and Luke Cage who thought Disney's streaming service might resurrect them. 

According to Variety's report, Netflix's agreement with Marvel Television makes it impossible for the stories to be revived under the Disney+ banner, at least not upon Disney+'s launch. The original deal for the first four Netflix shows bars Marvel from using the characters in "any non-Netflix series or film for at least two years after cancellation." At the time of the report, DaredevilLuke Cage, and Iron Fist had all been canceled. In February 2019, few were surprised to learn Punisher was canceled shortly after the airing of its second season and that Jessica Jones' upcoming third season would be its last. 

Technically, Marvel could give the characters new series as of late 2021, but there's no way to know in 2019 whether or not bringing the shows back would seem worth it to Marvel, especially after giving fans series with stars from blockbuster movies rather than canceled TV shows.

The Post-Endgame world

In Feb. 2019 while promoting Captain Marvel, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige told Collider the upcoming Disney+ MCU series would be important to the "entire post-Endgame MCU." Feige also said the series were all conceived together, and that they would be "intertwined."

Now that Avengers: Endgame has been released — along with Spider-Man: Far from Home's final trailer — we know some of the things that are different in the MCU since Endgame. Consequently, Feige's words invite some interesting speculation and may have cleared up some puzzling questions.

In particular, we know from Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in the Far from Home trailer that the events of Infinity War and Endgame leads to the MCU's prime Earth being connected to a multiverse full of alternate timelines. Parallel worlds bring up potentially limitless possibilities. It's probably why a supposedly dead Loki will be leading his own Disney+ series, and it's possible it's also why the supposedly dead Vision and the freshly revived Scarlet Witch — neither of whom existed in the '50s — will find themselves in the past in WandaVision

Where Endgame leaves things

Anyone following the various rumors and reports about the Disney+ MCU series was probably relying on the events of Avengers: Endgame to answer most of their questions. Why would Falcon and Bucky be teaming up when they've never gotten along? How are two of the only victims of Avengers: Infinity War – Loki and Vision — who didn't die from Thanos' snap starring in two new series? 

And they were likely all disappointed. At best, Endgame answered some questions while raising brand new ones. The Loki of 2012 grabbing the Tesseract and escaping provided a possible answer to how his death didn't stop him from getting a solo series, but Vision wasn't quite so lucky. Nothing in Endgame revived the android. 

In the meantime, the ending of Captain America's (Chris Evans) story gave us a big hint about the Falcon and Winter Soldier series. Steve Rogers uses his trip to return the Infinity Stones to the past to stay in the past and marry Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell). The much older Steve Rogers hands off his shield to Falcon, who reluctantly accepts it. So it's a reasonable guess Bucky will be by Falcon's side to help him in the impossible task of replacing a legend. Likewise, the injury Hulk sustains when he uses the Stones to undo Thanos' Infinity War snap could explain why the Hulk/She-Hulk series — if rumors prove true — will see Banner step aside for his cousin.