As we learn more and more news about the upcoming Marvel shows on Disney+, Fangirlish wants to make it easier for fans of the franchise to get up to date on all the things they need to know. This biweekly round-up includes some of the biggest and most fun news from the last week or so about all of our upcoming favorite Marvel shows, like WandaVision, The Falcon and The Winter Solider and Loki.
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
We’re still a ways out from The Falcon and the Winter Soldier‘s premiere, but news regarding the series is starting to pick up. It’s exciting that in a recent interview with Collider, Kevin Feige confirmed that TFATWS will be six 40-50 minute episodes. Plus, Georges St-Pierre spoke with Inspired Traveler about the show. Here’s some of what he said: “It’s a huge budget. It’s the biggest thing I’ve done in my life. It’s really big.” St-Pierre was last seen in Captain America: The Winter Soldier as Georges Batroc.
Plus, Anthony Mackie shared some information on The Jess Cagle Show on SiriusXM that adds context to the series. Mackie said: “So the show walks the line of who is going to take up the shield and who’s going to be Captain America if Steve isn’t coming back.” This comes after he clarified that Sam, at point in time, said he would be Captain America. This leads into the little information we do know about TFATWS, specifically that Wyatt Russell‘s John Walker wears a suit similar to Cap’s in the trailer.
Mackie doubled down on this sentiment on Lights, Camera Pod. Despite talking about what it means to him to take on the mantle of Captain America, Mackie sticks to playing coy about the future of Captain America. This is probably because so much of TFATWS is still a secret. We don’t even know the depths of the plot yet, let alone where the series picks up with these characters. It’s not like Marvel would let Mackie spill all the secrets anyway. It does make sense that the show would tackle Sam’s journey to accepting or denying the shield and the responsibility that comes with it. The series is called The Falcon and the Winter Soldier after all.
As for WandaVision, it’s premiere week; it’s finally here. That means it’s virtually impossible to link and quote every single interview that has been released. The following is some of the biggest and most notable WandaVision news from the last two weeks. There are plenty of new TV Spots you can check out on Marvel Entertainment’s YouTube page. Beyond that, some of the new WandaVision premiered a theme song (!) from Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. The duo previously worked on Disney’s Frozen. Plus, there’s new character posters on WandaVision‘s Twitter page.
There’s also a great article written by Dave Itzkoff at the The New York Times about the relevance of a show like WandaVision at this point in time. It also stresses the importance of Wanda’s personal journey. ComicBook.com detailed a recent press conference that has lots of fun sneak peeks. Similarly, Angélique Roché hosted a Virtual Launch Event for the series.
Hot Topic released a SWORD symbol pendant necklace. Monica Rambeau can be seen wearing this necklace in the WandaVision trailer, and it seems to trigger something in Wanda. You can also pick up a 2-pack of retro WandaVision plastic cups from Amazon. As for some casting news, Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Emma Caulfield Ford took to Twitter to express her excitement about being involved with the show. It’s unknown who Caulfield will portray, but that’s part of the fun at this point.
Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live recently. Olsen debuted the first clip from WandaVision, presumably from the first episode of the series. Although, WandaVision will have a two-episode premiere so it could be from either part. In a recent interview with Black Girl Nerds, Bettany teased a guest star “that’s going to be a surprise for everybody.” The possibilities are endless with this guest star. It could be someone from the MCU like Aaron Taylor-Johnson returning as Pietro. It could also be Evan Peters making his MCU debut as Peter Maximoff — adding fuel to the Multiverse flame. Maybe it’s a sitcom legend, like Dick Van Dyke. All are great options, to be honest.
Plus, Kevin Feige told Collider that WandaVision‘s episode lengths can be blurred because of the new rules of streaming. He specifically said, “Some can be 23 minutes. Some can be much longer than that.” It would make sense for WandaVision episodes to get longer as the season progresses and the sinister undertones begin to reach the surface. Furthermore, Variety reports that WandaVision will have commercial breaks. They will be fictional commercials that are a direct nod to the MCU’s past — much of which Wanda and Vision have lived through.
“And if this is the very first Marvel MCU thing you’re watching, it’s just a strange version of a ’50s commercial or a ’60s commercial that you’ll have to keep watching the series to understand. If you have been watching the movies, you might be able to start connecting what those things mean to the past.”Kevin Feige on WandaVision commercials
As for the God of Mischief, Feige confirmed that Loki is being developed as six 40-50 minute episodes, like TFATWS. We also know that Season 2 of Loki is already in development at Marvel Studios. It’s hard to tell if this is Marvel Studios developing a pattern with shows that follow a certain format. It’s still too early to know for sure.
Hailee Steinfeld has been doing press for Dickinson Season 2, and of course Hawkeye comes up in the conversations. Just like Emily Dickinson, Kate Bishop is a fan-favorite badass lady people are excited to see on TV. She spoke with People about how honored she is to be a part of the MCU family. As a reminder, Variety reported that Hawkeye will be a limited series. Feige later confirmed this news at Disney’s Investor Day 2020.
The Moon Knight news is starting to trickle out. Kevin Feige shared that Moon Knight is being developed as six 40-50 minute episodes. Marvel Studios has yet to confirm the news that Oscar Isaac has been cast as the titular role. Other people who we now know are involved with the show have mentioned Isaac in celebratory posts. Honestly, can you blame them? Oscar Isaac in the MCU is a dream!
For instance, cinematographer Gregory Middleton confirmed via Instagram that he’s working on the show and mentions Isaac by name. Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead join Mohamed Diab to direct the series, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter. That same report says the show is set to start filming this March in Budapest. Moorhead took to Twitter to express his excitement about being a part of the MCU and directing Isaac in the lead role. Plus, THR exclusively reported that May Calamawy (Hulu’s Ramy) is joining Oscar Isaac in the cast. Of course there’s no details about her role yet — other than it’s a “key” one.
Here’s some more news you don’t want to miss! Marvel announced Marvel Must Haves which is described as “52-week campaign features epic new products inspired by the Marvel Studios series on Disney+!” It’s a full year of Marvel merchandise. That’s a lot, we know. Starting January 18th, Marvel.com will reveal new products every Monday for the rest of the year on Marvel Must Have’s landing page. This launch is in collaboration with so many cool brands like LEGO, Loungefly, and Ulta.
Additionally, She-Hulk will be 10 30-minute episodes, according to Feige. He did not, however, specify how long Hawkeye, Ms. Marvel and What If..?‘s episodes will be. Frank Grillo told Collider that Crossbones will return in Marvel Studios’ animated series What If…?.
Feige shared some information about Secret Invasion in an exclusive conversation with ComicBook.com. We know that the series co-stars Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelson as Talos. It doesn’t seem like that series isn’t going to include as many characters as the comic series does. Feige said the TV show “…very much is a showcase for Sam Jackson and Ben Mendelson and tapping into the paranoia elements of the Secret Invasion comic series…,” and we’re here for it. Our fingers are still crossed for Cobie Smulders‘ Maria Hill to join the show.