We’re just under two months away from the release of “Avengers: Endgame,” where several of the original Avengers cast will retire, die or otherwise leave the MCU, opening the doors for the next generation of superheroes to make their mark in the Marvel universe. While some will get or continue their own lines of solo movies (“Black Panther 2,” “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” that “Black Widow” solo film), others will be taking their stories to Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, in the form of limited TV series. But who will be getting their own show, and who should? Here’s everything we know about the proposed Disney+ series, potential shows in development, and who should get some extra screentime.
Confirmed: Loki Will Rise Again
Thus far, this is the only official series, confirmed by Bob Iger himself. Tom Hiddleston will be reprising his role as Loki in a limited series with Disney+, with a run of at least 6-8 episodes. Those are, literally, the only details that Marvel will release, leaving us to wonder how they’ll even walk back Loki’s death in “Avengers: Infinity War.” Three possibilities work here:
1) Loki is with/in/is the Hulk or Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) in some way (explaining why Bruce can’t Hulk out), and will somehow detach himself and come back to help kill Thanos. Weird theory, but plausible.
2) Loki created a doppelganger to die in his stead, and he scurried off the spaceship with Valkyrie and some other Asgardians in tow, both to save his own behind and form a plan to help the others. So, in “Avengers: Endgame,” he could again swoop in and help kill Thanos. This feels like the most likely resolution for a guy who’s kind of a chicken at times, and it doesn’t even involve the Time Stone, which will already be working overtime trying to undo The Snap.
3) Loki died to save the other Asgardians, buying time by drawing Thanos’ attention to himself. He dies, meets up with all the other killed-off Avengers, and returns with them to kill Thanos. This seems too heroic for Loki, but maybe genocide will make him turn over a new leaf.
This leaves a lot of room for Hiddleston’s Loki to play around post “Avengers: Endgame.” He could always help begin a New Asgard on Earth and lead the Asgardian refugees, but he was a terrible king the last time he tried to play Follow The Leader. If he’s dead, the new series will have to be a prequel, but a lot of Loki’s past has already appeared in previous “Thor” films, so I also doubt that ever happening. Where could Loki go next? Sound off in the comments section with your own theories.
Suspected: “The Vision and Scarlet Witch” Series
Kevin Feige won’t confirm this series because Marvel is secretive as hell, but rumors have been flying since last fall; news broke in early January that the series, called “The Vision and Scarlet Witch” by THR, has already found a writer and showrunner in Jac Schaeffer (“Captain Marvel”), who will write the pilot and executive produce. Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen are also expected to reprise their roles.
Wanda and Vision’s love story was part of “Avengers: Infinity War’s” main storyline, with Vision’s untimely death by Thanos/Wanda’s hands heaping even more drama onto the devastating film. This series could either be a prequel about their romance (a new direction for a mainly-action franchise) or, more likely, an action series with the lovebirds off on new adventures after the MCU rearranges itself in “Avengers: Endgame.” I’m excited to see what Schaeffer, who also wrote the screenplay for the “Black Widow” solo film, will do with Scarlet Witch. Her story arc from traumatized Sokovian experiment to superheroism, even in the face of heartbreak, has been one of the more interesting female characters arcs of the MCU, which is still far too male.
Suspected: The Winter Soldier & Falcon…Perhaps Fighting For Cap’s Shield?
There were also rumors last fall about this team-up, which is a much more obvious choice than a Loki series (Feige won’t confirm this series either, despite the hype). Variety reported that Malcolm Spellman (“Empire”) will write the episodes starring the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie), which would be a not-so-subtle way for the pair to duke it out for the Captain America mantle. Both characters took over for Steve Rogers in the comics, and with Chris Evans’ contract ending after “Avengers: Endgame,” it’s more than likely Stan or Mackie will be asked to play Captain America going forward. Working this transition out in a limited series, rather than taking up precious screentime in “Avengers: Endgame,” is just good sense.
My Pick: Hawkeye…Or Is It Ronin?
I know I’m always yelling about Hawkeye and how dirty the MCU has done Jeremy Renner, but listen: a Hawkeye series could be great. Judging by the recent “Avengers: Endgame” trailer, Clint Barton is gonna go dark and take on Hawkeye’s other form, Ronin. The Clint Barton of the comics actually takes on the Ronin identity just after Civil War, but the random wife, kids, and farm Joss Whedon gave him is hard to move on from. But since Barton is now running around with a hood and some wicked knives, I’m guessing the Bartons (and their farm) crumbled during the Snap.
A series about Barton’s time between “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame” could allow Renner to fully realize Hawkeye/Ronin onscreen and get his own time in the MCU sun. Maybe even regain some of the humor of his character from the comics, and find Pizza Dog? I know this pick is a longshot, but I will stand by Clint Barton until hell freezes over, so…
My Pick: Gamora (If “Guardians of the Galaxy 3” Is a Lost Cause)
Ever since James Gunn’s firing from “Guardians of the Galaxy 3,” the project has been awkwardly stalled, making many wonder if the project will ever come to fruition. Kevin Feige recently confirmed that Marvel will still be using Gunn’s script, despite the firing. But the current lack of a release date and a new director leaves the Guardians in jeopardy.
However, this lack of release date frees up all of the Guardians for their own adventures (if they return to life in “Avengers: Endgame,” of course). So why not a spinoff series for Zoe Saldana’s Gamora? She’s a badass, nuanced character with a mountain of prequel material from her childhood with Thanos, leaving options for a solo journey after the events of “Avengers: Endgame,” where she could travel the galaxy helping other races rebuild while Peter Quill hangs back on Earth to help out the Avengers. Maybe Gamora could take her sister Nebula (Karen Gillian) along, have the pair continue to fix the messed up relationship caused by Thanos’ abuse. More female superheroes need their time in the spotlight, and Gamora’s storyline getting more airtime in “Avengers: Infinity War” bodes well for her. Provided she comes back from the dead, that is.
My Pick: Valkyrie (Please, Please Don’t Be Dead)
Since watching “Avengers: Infinity War,” I’ve been desperately hoping Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) somehow escaped the Asgardian spaceship and ran off (maybe with Loki in tow) to regroup and find some help for her people. It doesn’t really make sense for her character to have been introduced and given a backstory in “Thor: Ragnarok” only to disappear from the MCU, so odds are she’ll be back in “Avengers: Endgame.” And if she survives that, it’s likely she’ll stay on Earth alongside any surviving Asgardians, perhaps training a new group of Valkyrie to protect the people of Earth and Asgard. Please, please let Valkyrie not be floating dead in space somewhere.