Several new images have teased some of the new MCU Phase 4 TV shows headed to Disney+. Disney's new streaming service has just launched, but it will be quite a while before the platform receives its first original Marvel show, despite the fact the studio currently has eight TV shows confirmed to be in development for Disney+.
Disney+ already has its fist live-action Star Wars show, The Mandalorian, as a part of its lineup, but the service won't receive its first Marvel show until late 2020 with the release of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, which will feature multiple characters from the Captain America trilogy. The series stars Anthony Mackie as the Falcon and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will pit the titular heroes against Captain America: Civil War villain and one of Captain America's two biggest enemies in the comic books, Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl). In the following year, Marvel Studios will release WandaVision, Loki, What If...?, and Hawkeye. It's not clear when audiences can expect Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight, and She-Hulk to premiere.
Disney+ launched with a 12-minute Marvel special, Marvel Studios: Expanding the Universe. The short documentary featured numerous teases about Marvel's plans for its Disney+ titles. A batch of images from What If...?, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Hawkeye show off what Marvel Studios has in store for some its existing characters and new heroes from Phase 4 of the MCU
The Falcon And The Winter Soldier
Images from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier show off the new costumes for the main characters, including a comic book accurate Falcon, with his red and white color scheme. The suit has a lot in common with with what Falcon wore in the early to mid-2000s. The costume is an indication that instead of immediately becoming the new Captain America, Sam Wilson will continue suiting up as Falcon, at least temporarily.
The Winter Soldier will receive an updated look as well. For the Disney+ series, Bucky is losing his long hair, while getting a blue uniform and a new bionic arm. Winter Soldier looks radically different from his previous MCU appearances.
Emily VanCamp, who hasn't appeared in the MCU since Captain America: Civil War, is finally back in the MCU as Sharon Carter, Captain America's former love interest. It's not clear what Sharon's new job is in the Falcon and the Winter Soldier, but concept art from the series shows Sharon wearing some new tactical gear.
Another image gives fans a close look at Baron Zemo's purple mask. The mask was notably missing in Captain America: Civil War, which came as a disappointment to fans who wanted to see the classic villain resemble his comic book counterpart. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is now making that happen, which is made clear by the pattern and color of his new mask.
Concept art reveals what Wyatt Russell will look like as John Walker aka U.S. Agent. The image of Walker confirms that the Marvel Comics anti-hero will indeed suit up as a new version of Captain America. The artwork closely resembles his classic "U.S. Agent" outfit. In the comics, Walker replaced Captain America for a brief period, and eventually developed a reputation as a hero in his own right. It's been speculated that Walker will be selected by the government - over Falcon - to replace Steve Rogers in the MCU as the new Captain America.
The special included clips from various episodes of Marvel Studios' new animated series, What If...?. Glimpses were shown from the Peggy Carter episode, zombie Captain America episode, and the episode where T'Challa is Star-Lord. These clips revealed a skinny Steve Rogers as Iron Man, Winter Solider fighting the zombified Cap, and Peggy Carter in action as a costumed, shield-slinging super soldier.
T'Challa as Star-Lord in "Marvel's WHAT IF" pic.twitter.com/MYdJXg9cua— Balvin "PORTER" Bridges (@LordBalvin) November 12, 2019
Perhaps most importantly, Expanding the Universe provided viewers with their first look at Uatu the Watcher, an iconic Marvel Comics character known for his ability to see everything that happens in the universe. The Watchers were introduced to the MCU in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 via a cameo from Stan lee, but the most recognizable Watcher from the comics has yet to be seen -- until now.
In the comics, Uatu has a reputation for breaking the rules of the Watchers by interfering in human affairs and warning heroes like the Fantastic Four when a new danger is on the horizon. The MCU's Uatu will be voiced by Jeffrey Wright. In the show, Uatu is expected to introduce alternate scenarios that will take a look at specific events in the MCU, and examine what would happen if circumstances were different. The series will be comprised of 23 episodes, which is the same number of movies in the MCU.
Three new images preview what to expect from Hawkeye, a series that will team Clint Barton's Earth's Mightiest Marksman with his protégé, Kate Bishop, who has yet to make her MCU debut. The first image shows Kate Bishop wearing a purple suit that looks nearly identical to her look from the comics.
Concept art features both Clint and Kate doing some target practice in casual clothing. Hawkeye's comic book dog, Pizza Dog, can be spotted in the background. The art and tone is reminiscent of Matt Fraction and David Aja's critically-acclaimed Hawkeye comic.
The third image depicts an action-packed scene of Clint Barton and Kate Bishop shooting arrows while driving a car. It looks like the sort of scene that could have been pulled directly from one of the duo's team-ups in the comics, as these kinds of situations have become regular occurrences for the two Hawkeyes. This is also strikingly similar to certain Hawkeye comic book covers. Interestingly, it previews a new costume for Clint Barton. In the Avengers movies, Clint has worn mostly dark colors. The MCU has strayed away from his original comic book design, but the upcoming Disney+ series seems to be embracing his classic purple color scheme more than ever.
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