Disney has revealed plans for multiple live-action Marvel and Star Wars TV shows, which will begin airing on their new streaming service, Disney Plus, in late 2019 - and all of the shows that have been announced so far have one thing in common: they’re only bringing back dead heroes.
The ever-burgeoning slate for Disney Plus involves far more than just Marvel and Star Wars, with everything from live-action remakes of animated classics (Lady and the Tramp, Peter Pan) to reboots of '80s comedies in the works, not to mention TV shows based on Monsters, Inc, High School Musical, and The Mighty Ducks as well.
Star Wars and Marvel represent the crown jewels of the service, though, and they're a big reason many fans will be signing up for Disney Plus when it launches. But rather than introduce all new characters or leading with some of their biggest names, Disney Plus is bringing back supporting characters who are all, well... dead (for now, at least).
Disney Plus' Marvel TV Show Characters
Disney CEO Bob Iger officially confirmed a Loki TV show for Disney Plus, which sees Tom Hiddleston reprise his Marvel Cinematic Universe role as the God of Mischief, but he refrained from acknowledging reports about TV shows centering on Scarlet Witch (possibly with Vision) or Falcon & Bucky, though it's possible that those shows may not go into development until after the Loki one is completed. Each of those characters, of course, have been around in the MCU for quite some time now, and, more importantly, were either killed by Thanos before he got his hands on all of six Infinity Stones or were snapped out of existence afterwards at the end of Avengers: Infinity War.
It’s widely expected that most of them, if not all, will return in the still-untitled Avengers 4 next year, with the remaining heroes using a mix of time travel and the Quantum Realm to reverse Thanos’ actions and defeat the Mad Titan. The streaming shows essentially confirm as much, too: while there’s fertile ground for a Loki prequel series set in just about any era of the MCU, there’s not much to explore in the pasts of Falcon & Bucky (especially without Captain America) or Scarlet Witch.
Of course, they weren’t the only ones to die in Infinity War, but they are in the sweet spot for TV shows: most of the original Avengers - most notably Iron Man and Cap - are on their way out, with their survival in Infinity War setting up a final hurrah in Avengers 4. The other heroes to go, meanwhile, are the ones who’ll be replacing them and serve as the future for the next 5-10 years of movies: Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and Spider-Man (this might've included the Guardians of the Galaxy as well, but James Gunn's firing means plans are now on hold).
Loki, Falcon, Bucky, Scarlet Witch, and Vision, are all different: they’re well-established characters, each with their own fans (especially Loki) but only as supporting players to those original heroes, and none of them would've been headlining their own movies anytime soon. Having these characters lead their streaming shows means Disney can bring them back and continue their journeys, while also explaining why they perhaps are no longer appearing in the movies, though that doesn't mean they can reappear on the big screen down the line.