Marvel announces four new Disney+ series including ‘I Am Groot’ and ‘Secret Invasion’


It’ll be a few more weeks before the first Marvel Cinematic Universe series, WandaVision, debuts on Disney+ — but the studio’s already cooking up even more new shows for the future.

During the Disney Investor Day presentation Thursday, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige announced four new Disney+ series, plus a special, in development.

Secret Invasion, based on a 2008 comic book storyline described by Feige as “arguably the biggest crossover of the last 20 years” besides Civil War, will reunite Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Ben Mendelsoh as Talos, and center on the infiltration of Earth by the Skrulls, an alien race. (If those words have you totally lost, check out 2019’s Captain Marvel for more info.) 

Ironheart will star Dominique Thorne (If Beale Street Could Talk) as Riri Williams, a young genius who’s created the most advanced suit of armor since Iron Man’s. The character has been a fan favorite since her comic book introduction in 2015. 

Feige teased that both Ironheart and Secret Invasion would tie directly into upcoming MCU movies, so diehard fans, take note. 

In other suit-of-armor-related news, Don Cheadle will reprise his role as Rhodey aka War Machine in Armor Wars, said to be about the realization of Tony Stark’s worst fear — his super-advanced tech falling into the wrong hands. 

Based on that description alone, it doesn’t not sound like the plot of 2019’s Spider-Man: Far From Home, but we’ll see, I guess.

Meanwhile, Baby Groot has been set to star in I Am Groot — his own series of shorts for Disney+, alongside “several new and unusual characters.” Hmm, who could those be?

But that’s not all. Groot’s friends, the Guardians of the Galaxy, are set for The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, arriving in 2022. It’ll shoot during production on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, and also be written and directed by James Gunn.

Mind you, those are just the new shows revealed today. Marvel additionally served up updates on some of the other series they’ve been working on.

Hawkeye will, as widely reported but never officially confirmed, star Hailee Steinfeld as Kate Bishop alongside Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton, Vera Farmiga, Fra Free, and Alaqua Cox. The series is shooting now.

She-Hulk, starring Tatiana Maslany as tall green lawyer Jennifer Walters, will feature the returns of Tim Roth as Abomination and Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk. During the presentation, Feige made a point of noting that Jennifer’s law career could open the door for certain other lawyer characters to appear in the series, though he wouldn’t name names. (Yes, we’re still holding out hope for some of the Daredevil characters to show up.) Kat Coiro and Anu Valia will direct the series. 

As for Moon Knight, it’s still in the works…and that’s about all Feige had to say about that.

Also unveiled were trailers for WandaVision, debuting Jan. 15; The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, coming Mar. 19; Loki, arriving in May 2021; What If…?, set for summer 2021, and Ms. Marvel, coming in late 2021.

The newly announced series bring the total number of MCU shows planned for Disney+ to 12. And let’s not forget those are all on top of all the movies coming out of the MCU over the next several years, including Black Widow, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, The Eternals, etc., etc., etc. It’s an exciting, exhausting time to be a Marvel fan.



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