Disney's streaming service will be the home to new Marvel limited series, and here's who should star in them. Marvel Studios has made billions on the big screen but now they're looking to conquer the streaming world too; they're going to make limited series starring secondary characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe for Disney's upcoming service.
So far, the only series' that are known to be in development center around Scarlet Witch and Loki. These series' will be six to eight episodes apiece with movie-sized budgets, and they'll star the original big screen actors Elizabeth Olsen and Tom Hiddleston. Where Marvel takes these characters is not yet known, but prequels are in play, as are followups to Avengers 4. This concept isn't just going to be used for Scarlet Witch and Loki though. Marvel is confirmed to be developing other projects as well.
Without too many guidelines in terms of what may or may not be in Marvel's plans (the only known stipulation is that the headline Avengers won't appear), it is safe to say that almost any hero (or villain) has the possibility to star in one of these limited series. They offer the ability to explore these characters on a more personal level or give them the solo adventures they never got on the big screen. With that in mind, here's some other MCU characters Marvel should give spinoff shows to.
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Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye may be an original member of the Avengers, but he hasn't gotten the screen time of his teammates. Marvel Studios' new limited series' would be the perfect way to rectify this and give Hawkeye an adventure all his own. Without the demand for a solo movie like Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, Hawkeye has long appeared to be a perfect choice for the small screen. Indeed, there were rumors recently that a Hawkeye project was in development at Marvel Studios, so this very well may be one of the series already in the works.
Renner is a big fan of Hawkeye and has said before he's open to starring in a TV series. At the time, those questions were in regards to him appearing on Netflix, but Disney's streaming service would be a great fit too; something similar to the Matt Fraction run on Hawkeye could easily be adapted as a six to eight-episode series. Renner would receive hours of material to explore the character, while Marvel Studios could even use it to introduce his successor Kate Bishop, setting up her future in the MCU.
The other original Avenger who could use some more screen time is Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner aka Hulk. Edward Norton got a solo movie in 2008 with The Incredible Hulk, but Ruffalo never got that opportunity thanks to Universal owning distribution rights for a Hulk movie. Film and TV rights are different though, so Marvel Studios could potentially have the ability to make a Hulk limited series. But, why should they limit themselves to just one Hulk, when they could also introduce She-Hulk, whose live-action rights are exactly like her cousins.
Ruffalo has recently received significant screen time in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War, but a Hulk series would finally give him the chance to explore the Banner/Hulk dynamic he's so interested in. Although, the back and forth between Banner and Hulk is already being explored, so Marvel could shift the focus to Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk to give this exploration a new twist. She could be the star of the series while Ruffalo only appears for a handful of the episodes in a supporting role. This would establish She-Hulk as the next big female MCU hero, helping Marvel get one step closer to that A-Force movie.
One of the MCU's most recent breakout stars is Letitia Wright as Shuri. She stole every scene she had in Black Panther and fans just can't get enough. A Shuri limited series would give Marvel Studios one starring a young hero of color, but also allow them to continue to explore Wakanda between Black Panther sequels. While there's lots of characters there to explore, Shuri is the smartest person in the MCU, so giving a creator several episodes worth of material to show that and make Shuri an even stronger character seems like too good of an opportunity to pass up.
The end of Black Panther established Shuri as the head of Wakanda's outreach program, so a Shuri series could go in a number of directions. Taking the princess across the globe to help those in need would be an excellent approach, but so would staying in Wakanda. If Marvel takes the latter route, they could bring in additional familiar faces too, like Ramonda (Angela Bassett) or Okoye (Danai Gurira). Depending on when it could be set, they could show what Shuri did between Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, or even what she did for Wakanda after T'Challa disappeared. Since Kevin Feige is producing all of these show, maybe Ryan Coogler can executive produce this one as well - if they make it.
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- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019