A Definitive Guide to Marvel’s Upcoming TV Series from ‘Legion’ to ‘Scarlet’
“It’s all connected” became a rallying chant for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but the comic book movie giant had a rocky start in expanding to television.
After launching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, the network set up Agent Carter that ran for two seasons before cancellation, and multiple attempts to spin off their flagship series fell through. That was, shall we say, Phase 1. Then Marvel found a new niche in Hell’s Kitchen, thanks to an unprecedented partnership with Netflix that spawned the contained but still “all connected” world of The Defenders. Now, as heroes like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage continue to bolster viewers, the comic book giant has plenty more in the works.
With flags planted across numerous platforms, including Hulu and IMAX, a treasure trove of series have been touted at varying stages of development — and not all of them are set within the MCU. Here’s a complete list of everything Marvel has in the works…that we know about.
Premiere: March 17, 2017
Showrunner: Scott Buck
Cast: Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Rosario Dawson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jessica Stroup, David Wenham, Tom Pelphrey, Simone Missick
In Iron Fist, Daniel Rand (Jones) has been missing for 10 years, and when he finally returns to New York City he arrives as a barefoot vagabond with little on his person except for a bag and first generation iPod. His family company has been taken over by the Meachums, who are hellbent on keeping Danny in the shadows. But he has a different plan: with a mastery of kung-fu and the ability to channel the fiery Iron Fist, he’s a living weapon prepared to fight against evil and corruption in the city. Familiar faces of the Defenders series will pop up: Claire Temple (Dawson) is learning martial arts from Colleen Wing (Henwick), while lawyer Jeri Hogarth is an old friend of Danny’s and detective Misty Knight (Missick) returns after her encounter with Luke Cage in Harlem.
Premiere: February 8, 2017
Showrunner: Noah Hawley
Cast: Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Jean Smart, Aubrey Plaza, Jeremie Harris, Katie Aselton, Amber Midthunder, Bill Irwin
Marvel television head Jeph Loeb is producing this series, as part of an agreement with Fox. Bryan Singer, Lauren Schuler Donner, and Simon Kinberg of the X-Men films are on board as executive producers for a story that promises to connect with the larger franchise. Legion centers on David Haller, a diagnosed schizophrenic who struggles to separate his hallucinations from reality in a psychiatric hospital. He soon realizes, however, that the visions he sees and voices he hears may not be an illness at all. He may just be the most powerful mutant the world has ever seen, and there’s a government agency looking to tap his abilities to their advantage. In the comics, David is the son of Professor Charles Xavier, and Hawley confirmed at New York Comic Con this will be impossible to ignore in the series.
Showrunners: Douglas Petrie, Marco Ramirez
Cast: Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Rosario Dawson, Deborah Ann Woll, Simone Missick, Elden Henson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Eka Darville, Rachael Taylor, Scott Glenn, Jessica Henwick, Elodie Yung
Plot details are still unknown about the Avengers-like eight-episode miniseries event on Netflix, but there are some clues. We know the heroes of New York will have to team up to fight a threat — to be played by Weaver — and many of the supporting characters surrounding each are coming along for the ride. Perhaps the most telling of them is the return of Elektra, whom was last seen being resurrected by The Hand in the hopes of fulfilling some nefarious prophecy. Considering The Hand continuously pops up, if only in name, throughout the various series, it seems like a safe bet they’ll return again. Plus, The Defenders is headed by Petrie and Ramirez from Daredevil, which heavily featured the Man without Fear facing The Hand.
Premiere: September 2017
Marvel officially announced The Inhumans to debut as a movie in theaters after Avengers: Infinity War, but those plans have since been pushed indefinitely as the characters became more present on TV with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Now, Marvel found a way to reconfigure the property again for their established universe: Inhumans will be a new series that will tell the untold story of Black Bolt and the royal family. Able to wield the vibrations of his voice as a destructive weapon, Black Bolt ruled over the Inhuman race in the city of Attilan with his queen, Medusa. The story reportedly won’t have an impact on S.H.I.E.L.D., and the eight-episode series will be shot using IMAX cameras. The first two will screen in IMAX theaters for two weeks beginning in September before debuting the remainder in the fall.
Showrunner: Steve Lightfoot
Cast: Jon Bernthal, Deborah Ann Woll, Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Amber Rose Revah
After making his debut in Daredevil Season 2, Frank Castle (a.k.a. The Punisher) is getting his own series that began filming shortly before the announcement panel at New York Comic Con earlier this year. The Punisher series will see the return of Karen Page, who’s learning the journalistic ropes, alongside new characters. Frank’s best friend from the Special Forces, Billy Russo (Barnes), now runs a successful private military corporation called Anvil, while Dinah Madani (Revah) is a highly trained agent for Homeland Security who is “vexed” by Punisher. Then there’s Micor (Moss-Bachrach), a former NSA analyst with secrets that may be of use to Frank and everyone around them.
Jessica Jones Season 2
Showrunner: Melissa Rosenberg
Cast: Krysten Ritter
Ritter will start filming Season 2 of Jessica Jones directly after The Defenders. The actress teased, “Kilgrave was her reason for getting up every morning. Saving people gave her purpose. I wonder how emotionally taxed she’s going to be now. That opens a lot of doors as to who will come out and play.” The end of Season 1 also left the door open to explore how Jessica received her powers. Casting is equally unknown, but some safe bets are Rachael Taylor (Trish Walker), Eka Darville (Malcolm Ducasse), and Carrie-Anne Moss (Jeri Hogarth), while Will Simpson (Will Traval) is still out there, and Jessica has some unresolved passion with Luke Cage (Mike Colter).
Daredevil Season 3
Cast: Charlie Cox
It’s hard to even imagine where we’ll find Matt Murdock in Season 3 because we have to first get through The Defenders, which will see the return of his resurrected former love, Elektra. Netflix and Marvel greenlit Daredevil for another run and made the announcement at San Diego Comic-Con, with no other information to go on. Elden Henson and Deborah Ann Woll seem like safe bets for returning cast, but will Drew Goddard return as showrunner?
Showrunners: Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage
An announcement was made in August of this year that a TV adaptation of The Runaways will be coming to Hulu as an original series. In the comics, the story follows six teens who discover their parents are all part of a secret society of villains called The Pride. Going on the run with plans to expose them in a city controlled by their enemies, Alex Wilder, Nico Minoru, Chase Stein, Gertrude Yorkes, Karolina Dean, and Molly Hayes learn they, too, may not be entirely human — or even from this planet.
Cloak & Dagger
Showrunner: Joe Pokaski
Cast: Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph
Freeform is also hopping on the comic book series bandwagon: the network is developing Cloak & Dagger, about the superhero duo Tandy Bowen and Tyronne Johnson, described as “two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened by and awakened to newly acquired super powers while falling in love. Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to engulf others in darkness. They quickly learn that they are better together than apart — but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging.” Jeph Loeb is on board alongside Pokaski as an executive producer.
Here’s the official synopsis and character description:
“Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” is a coming-of-age series based on the beloved Marvel characters. Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson come from starkly different backgrounds, each growing up with a secret they never dared share with another soul.
Once a privileged little girl, Tandy Bowen watched as her family was destroyed by a disastrous storm that uprooted her life. Now in her late teens, an unexpected encounter with a boy named Tyrone sparks a life changing event.
Young Tyrone Johnson wanted nothing more than to prove he was fearless. But when everything he held close was taken away, life taught Tyrone to be afraid. Now older and more sheltered, Tyrone closes himself off. But when he meets a girl named Tandy his life changes forever.
Showrunner: Ben Karlin
Damage Control has been floated as another potential Marvel series , so it’s unclear if it’ll ever see the light of day. But, for now, here’s what we now: Damage Control was meant to be Marvel’s first superhero comedy series about the people who have to clean up the messes left after superheroes come and save the day. According to a description from Variety, “They are the ones who are in charge of returning lost ray guns to their rightful owners, help to reschedule a wedding venue after it has been vaporized in a super hero battle or even track down a missing prize African parrot that’s been turned to stone or goo.” Karlin was developing the project in 2015 with executive producers Jeph Loeb and David Miner, though plans could’ve changed since.
Untitled Marvel Comedy Series
Paul Lee, president of ABC Entertainment Group, let slip on the Television Critics Press Tour at the beginning of this year that the network had plans forbeyond Damage Control. “In the long term, we’d love it to be [on ABC],” he said, later adding, “we definitely want to do Marvel comedies as well as dramas and, of course, as you know, we supply lots of dramas to Netflix.”
Untitled X-Men Series
The planned Hellfire series may no longer be a thing, but we’re still getting another show rooted in the X-Men world. Matt Nix from Burn Notice penned the pilot episode for an untitled series. He also executive produces alongside Bryan Singer, Simon Kinberg, and Lauren Schuler Donner from Fox, and Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory from Marvel. The story centers on “two ordinary parents who discover their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family joins up with an underground network of mutants and must fight to survive.” Earlier this year, FOX put in a put pilot commitment for the series, but it has yet to be confirmed for a full season order.
It was revealed in August that Marvel and ABC Studios wereNew Warriors as a half-hour comedy series, with plans to shop it around to different networks and platforms. Reports described it as a teen version of the Avengers with team member Doreen Green/Squirrel Girl, who’s found her footing in more recent strings of comics. Marvel hasn’t formally announced the project, however, which probably means they want to find a home for it first before publicly committing to it.
Luke Cage Season 2
Cast: Mike Colter
Much like Daredevil Season 3, Netflix confirmed Luke Cage to return for another run with a brief video teaser and nothing more. It’s unclear if Cheo Hodari Coker will return as showrunner, or what’s in store for the Harlem hero, his new love interest Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), and the sleuth detective Misty Knight (Simone Missick). Cage will next be seen in The Defenders, which will help paint a better picture for the character moving forward.
Marvel Comics writer Brian Michael Bendis created a comic book called Scarlet, a violent, Punisher-esque story about a rebellious woman from Portland, Oregon who sparks another American revolution. Bendis himself slipped at the ATX Television Festival in Austin that the property is being developed at HBO, but Variety and Deadline had since confirmed it to be in the early stages at Cinemax. “Scarlet is a list of things you can’t get made,” the creator teased. “Here’s a female lead who’s killing cops because her world is broken.”