After a Marvel-less 2020, the MCU has really arrived in 2021. With three shows and one movie – WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki and Black Widow – debuting in quick succession, the fun times returned for fans as they discussed plot points, theorized, predicted the endings or fates of characters, and so on.
But the fun is just beginning, as six more TV shows and movies are added this year. Here’s the full list.
1. What if…?: August 11
Created by AC Bradley, what if…? animated series will propose alternate scenarios related to some events and characters within the MCU. In short, what would have happened if certain things had happened differently. For example, what if Peggy Carter was injected with the Super Soldier serum and T’Challa became Star-Lord? Incidentally, this series will be the last appearance in the career of the late Chadwick Boseman.
2. Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: September 3rd
Simu Liu plays the role of the Chinese-born superhero Shang-Chi in the film directed by Destin Daniel Cretton. Shang-Chi becomes the first Asian superhero in MCU. Also called the Master of Kung Fu, he was raised by his father as a master of martial arts. Tony Leung plays the Mandarin, the real one this time, and the father of Shang-Chi, who is the head of the terrorist organization Ten Rings.
3. Eternals: November 5
Previously called The Eternals, the multi-starrer is headed up by Oscar winner Chloé Zhao. It would investigate the titular alien immortals who have been in opposition to Deviants for millions of years, equally immortal but disfigured and evil. Written by Matthew and Ryan Firpo, Eternals stars Richard Madden, Gemma Chan, Kumail Nanjiani, Lauren Ridloff, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, Don Lee, Barry Keoghan, Angelina Jolie and Kit Harington.
4. Spider-Man: No Way Home: December 17th
Spider-Man: No Way Home, arguably the most anticipated MCU movie of this year, will tear open the multiverse with Spidey villains from previous wallcrawler cinematic avatars: Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire. Jamie Foxx and Alfred Molina have been confirmed to reprise their roles as Electro and Doctor Octopus, respectively.
5. Mrs. Marvel: End of 2021
This Bisha K. Ali show is based on a relatively newer Marvel superhero and revolves around Kamala Khan, the current Mrs. Marvel in comics. Kamala, a Pakistani-American teenager, discovers in the comics that she has “inhuman” genes that give her shape-shifting abilities and superhuman healing. Iman Vellani fills the titular role. There is no premiere date yet. All we know is that it will be released at the end of 2021.
6. Hawkeye: late 2021
Created by Jonathan Igla, the Hawkeye series brings back Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton, a skilled archer and one of the OG Avengers. In addition, the series will also feature Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop, likely the future Hawkeye. Florence Pugh will also reportedly reprise the role of Yelena (and presumably the next Black Widow) in the series. It is also said to arrive at the end of 2021.