If it seems like there’s a new Marvel film or television project coming at you roughly every couple of hours or so, it’s only because the House of Ideas has become an absolutely dominant force in pop culture. Thanks largely to the Marvel Cinematic Universe — the highest-grossing franchise in film history by about six miles — characters who were once relegated to the C-list in the pages of Marvel Comics have become household names, once-obscure properties are launching multi-billion dollar franchises, and movie and television executives who had never heard the term "shared universe" a decade ago are scrambling to copy Mighty Marvel’s business model.
Even though the film and TV assets of Fox — a studio which, up until very recently, was playing keepaway with the rights to more than a few of Marvel’s characters — were recently absorbed by Marvel Studios parent company Disney, the wealth of Marvel properties being thrust into the spotlight across a ton of different platforms can still get a little confusing. Fortunately, we’re here to sort it all out for you with this handy guide to every Marvel movie and TV show on the horizon for the foreseeable future. As a great man once said: hold on to your hats, true believers!
M.O.D.O.K. — May 21, 2021
Marvel Television, which produced such gems as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, and all of the Marvel Netflix series, is on its way out; this is not in dispute. Marvel Studios, the film branch, has taken over production of nearly every Marvel TV project moving forward, including all of those eagerly-anticipated Disney+ series — but before it fades away completely, the television arm of Mighty Marvel has one last trick up its sleeve.
Originally announced as part of a four-series package for Hulu that included Howard the Duck and The Tigra and Dazzler Show, Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K. — the only of the four series not to be axed before production even began — will be an animated sitcom starring the villainous, huge-headed, tiny-bodied, would-be conqueror of worlds. Producer Patton Oswalt will voice the title role; the rest of the cast includes Aimee Garcia (Lucifer) as his wife Jodie, Melissa Fumero (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) as his daughter Melissa, Ben Schwartz (Sonic the Hedgehog) as his young son Lou, Wendi McClendon-Covey (The Goldbergs) and Beck Bennett (Bill & Ted Face the Music) as a pair of workplace antagonists, and Jon Daly (Big Mouth) as the scheming android Super Adaptoid.
In addition to the regular cast, the guest stars of M.O.D.O.K. will include Jon Hamm as Iron Man, Nathan Fillion as Wonder Man, Whoopi Goldberg as Poundcakes, and Bill Hader as both Angar the Screamer and the Leader. Granted, the series’ survival is a touch bittersweet — we were looking forward to Kevin Smith’s Howard the Duck — but we have a feeling M.O.D.O.K. will be a hilarious final hurrah for Marvel TV. Keep an eye out for the series hitting Hulu on May 21, 2021.
Loki — June 11, 2021
When it was first announced in late 2018 that Marvel Studios would be developing multiple limited series for the Disney+ streaming service, it didn’t take long to get confirmation on the first of these: a show about Loki, which will see Tom Hiddleston returning to portray the beloved trickster god once more. While the character met a grim end at the hands of Thanos in the brutal opening sequence of Avengers: Infinity War, the series will follow the 2012 version of Loki who disappeared with the Tesseract during the bungled time heist in Avengers: Endgame.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series will follow Loki as he "pops up throughout human history as an unlikely influencer on historical events." The official trailer gave some context for this synopsis, showing that Loki has been recruited by the Time Variance Authority (TVA) to help correct the fractured timeline he created when he absconded from Avengers: Endgame with the Tesseract. The project has scored a showrunner who should know his way around this kind of material: Michael Waldron, who has worked as a writer on Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty and will be credited as creator and executive producer, in addition to writing the pilot.
Joining Hiddleston will be fellow cast members Owen Wilson as Mobius M. Mobius, an agent for the TVA, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Judge Renslayer. This may be a new alias for Ravona Renslayer, a time-traveling character from the comics whose story closely intertwined with Kang the Conquerer’s in complex ways. Kang is set to show up as the villain of Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, possibly indicating that Loki may feed into that film’s storyline somehow. Also part of the cast for Loki are Wunmi Mosaku as Hunter B-15 and Sophia Di Martino and Richard E. Grant in yet-undisclosed roles, although rumors point to both potentially playing alternate versions of Loki himself.