2020 has been a disaster for Marvel. The Marvel movies that were planned have been delayed. Marvel TV shows that were due to be released have been pushed back. They’ve all been pushed back to 2021. That means 2021 is set to be the best year ever for Marvel fans.
Get ready, get set, because 2021 is going to be the year of Marvel and it starts in January. Here’s everything coming in the way of Marvel movies and Marvel TV shows in 2021.
DISNEY+ SERIES: WANDAVISION
RELEASE DATE – JANUARY 15, 2021
How many times have we thought, finally? Marvel’s first big Disney Plus TV show, WandaVision has been delayed time and again. Now it looks like Disney has “finally” settled on a date and indications are strong that they plan on sticking to it.
WandaVision stars Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch and Paul Bettany as Vision. This mind-bending, time-tripping Marvel TV series follows our heroes after the events of The Avengers: Endgame. Their story is laid out in sometimes black and white sit-com fashion, sometimes fill colorized fashion, but always with an interesting spin. As Wanda and Vision try to live their lives in anonymity, they start to realize that things around them aren’t what they appear to be. Disney+ will be streaming the six-episode series.
MARVEL MOVIE: BLACK WIDOW
RELEASE DATE – MAY 7, 2021
Black Widow has seen multiple delays and multiple concerns about whether the movie would be a feature film release or if the Disney+ streaming service would eventually take it. As of today, plans for the Marvel movie’s release remain with movie theaters. That could change at any time.
Black Widow is a prequel. Again, based on the events from The Avengers: Endgame, bringing back Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanova (aka Black Widow). She is joined in this Marvel solo movie by Florence Pugh, David Harbour, Rachel Weisz, and in a poorly guarded secret, Robert Downey Jr. will be on hand as Tony Stark.
ANIMATED SERIES: WHAT IF…?
RELEASE DATE – SUMMER 2021
What If…? is an animated Marvel TV series going straight to Disney+. The premise is interesting, telling familiar Marvel stories with a twist, which are all based on the comic book series of the same name. What If takes major storylines from its past and turns them on their head asking the “What if” question to ideas such as, what if it was Loki who could wield Thor’s hammer?
The best thing about this animated series, besides the crazy What-If scenarios, is that the voice actors are the same as the actual Marvel movies. Samuel L. Jackson will provide the voice for Nick Fury. Chris Hemsworth will be Thor. Paul Rudd will be Scott Lang. You get the picture. No specific 2021 date has been given other than the summer timeframe.
MARVEL MOVIE: SHANG-CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS
RELEASE DATE – JULY 9, 2021
Shang-Chi is beginning to build some momentum. Long in development (since 2001), the thought of seeing the martial artist on the big screen is catching on and we should be hearing a lot more about this Marvel movie soon.
The story tells of Shang Chi and his battle with members of the Ten Rings. Not only that, but he will also have the Mandarin to deal with. It will be interesting to see how Shang Chi (played by Simu Liu) is portrayed. When introduced, Shang Chi did not possess any superpowers but throughout the years, he has been given a few. July 2021 can’t come soon enough for this martial arts Marvel movie.
MARVEL MOVIE: ETERNALS
RELEASE DATE – NOVEMBER 5, 2021
Eternals is another Phase 4 Marvel movie entry that has been delayed, this one by almost one full year. The plan is for Eternals still to be seen on the big screen and so far, that still seems to be in place.
If you aren’t familiar with who the Eternals are, you are not alone. By comic book lore, the Eternals are an immortal race of aliens who were created by the Celestials. These Eternals have lived on Earth for thousands of years and after the events of Avengers: Endgame, they must reunite so they can protect Earth from their evil enemies, the Deviants.
MARVLE MOVIE: SPIDER-MAN 3
RELEASE DATE – DECEMBER 17, 2021
So many rumors are swirling around Spider-Man 3. Will it be a multiverse Marvel movie? Will Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield really be joining Tom Holland in what would be the Spider-verse?
We do know that some sort of “verse” will be happening because Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange will be all present and accounted for as will Jamie Foxx, who returns as Max Dillon (aka Electro) and who first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which was led by Andrew Garfield.
There is not much information on the plot of this Marvel movie yet, but one thing that will most definitely need to be cleared up is the fact that the world now knows that Peter Parker is Spider-Man. Good luck, Pete.
DISNEY+ SERIES: THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER
RELEASE DATE – 2021
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has been on the books for a long time. It was due to hit Disney+ in August of this year but we all know how that goes. Now the Marvel TV series has a release planned in 2021.
The story picks up shortly after The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) has been given Captain America’s shield by Cap himself. Reluctant to take over that role, Falcon eventually does so, aided by the helpful convincing from one Bucky Barnes, the Winter Soldier. Unfortunately, the US government has other plans and does not wish Falcon to take on that mantle. They would like John Walker (Wyatt Russell) to become the next Captain America, which he does in the guise of U.S. Agent.
Emily VanCamp is set to return to her Marvel roots as Sharon Carter. No exact date in 2021 has been given.
MARVEL TV SERIES: LOKI
RELEASE DATE – 2021
But didn’t Loki die in Avengers: Infinity War? Yes, he did. But in the Marvel movie Endgame, we got to travel back in time to see fan-favorite Loki (who will again be played by Tom Hiddleston) steal the Tesseract and venture off. Supposedly this new Marvel TV series will show Loki and how he bounces through time to alter human history.
The Marvel TV series is also set to star Owen Wilson, Sophia Di Martino, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Sasha Lane. While WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier are both set for a six-episode run, Loki is already on the books for a second season on Disney+.
With 8 Marvel movie and TV titles on the books, 2021 looks like it will make up for 2020.