Marvel. There isn’t a soul who doesn’t know about the famous Marvel multiverse and the superheroes who guard its realms. Starting from comics to movies to the latest enterprise: the Marvel series, it is truly the gift that keeps giving.
But, wait. We seem to have gotten ahead of ourselves. Let’s rewind back to April of 2019. The world was still a year away from the global pandemic, it was spring, and fans everywhere eagerly thronged to watch the ‘Avengers: Endgame.’ After bidding an emotional, tear-filled goodbye to Ironman, played by Robert Downey Jr. and the Avengers, fans wondered what could be next for MCU.
Well, lucky for us, Marvel Studios had a different endgame in mind, after all (pun intended). In 2021, Marvel came back in full swing with new movies and TV series that featured some familiar faces like Tom Holland, Elizabeth Olsen, and Benedict Cumberbatch. Today we’ll be delving into the older Marvel TV shows as well as the upcoming Marvel series to look forward to in 2022. But for now, grab a Time Stone, and let’s dive into the origin story of Marvel itself.
We’re sure you would love to know the origin stories of your favorite superheroes and the occasional villain (Loki, anybody?). Well, we’ve got the juiciest origin story ever. This is the one about how Marvel of today came to be. We hope you’ve brought some snacks for the ride.
Nearly a century ago, Martin Goodman, a pulp magazines mogul, saw an opportunity with the growing popularity of comic books and started Timely Comics in 1939. The first comic book by Timely Comics was called Marvel Comics no. 1, dated October 1939. This comic featured several superheroes as well as the first appearance of the Human Torch and the Sub-Mariner. This heralded the “Golden Age” of the comics in the 1940s. For the next decade or so, comics proved to be really popular and often had story elements that mimicked real events of the time.
Comic books went out of vogue at the close of the 1940s. Timely Comics became Atlas Magazines, which branched out into genres such as humor, science fiction, westerns, and more. DC Comics, the famed rival, started the “Silver Age” by introducing their own superhero comics in the 1950s. Not to be left behind, in the 1960s, Atlas changed its name once again and became Marvel comics. Thus, began a decades-long rivalry, with both DC and Marvel vying to be at the top of the comic industry. After a couple of decades of uncertainty, changes in leadership, and a bout of bankruptcy, Marvel finally emerged from the ashes and pushed the boundaries of comics, offering imprints, digital comics, and even movies under Marvel Studios.
Cut to 2022, and Marvel encompasses over 27000 comics, 27 movies, and 22 TV series and counting! While that may seem like a lot, Marvel fans are far from sated. And that’s why Marvel endures, much like its superheroes.
Marvel Series So Far
MCU, or the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is the highest-grossing film franchise of all time. And going beyond its mega-successful movies, Marvel Television was set up in 2010 in an effort to bring the Marvel Multiverse onto the small screen. In association with ABC, Marvel Television created 12 TV shows that marked the beginning of the Marvel series on TV.
Marvel’s ABC series
The main Marvel series kicked off with ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,’ which followed Agent Phil Coulson (or Son of Coul, as Thor fondly calls him), who puts together a team to handle new cases of the strange variety. ‘Agent Carter’ was the next show set in the 1940s featuring Peggy Carter, a secret agent, who we first saw in ‘Captain America: The First Avenger.’ Another show ‘Inhumans’ was, in fact, the first live-action TV series to enjoy a theatrical debut on the IMAX screens.
Marvel Series on Netflix
Realizing the popularity of on-demand streaming services, Marvel Television produced four drama series and a mini-series. Netflix released the live-action Marvel series, namely ‘Daredevil,’ ‘Jessica Jones,’ ‘Iron Fist,’ ‘Luke Cage’, and the mini-series ‘The Defenders’ from 2015 to 2019. ‘The Punisher’ was subsequently added as a spinoff from the ‘Daredevil.’
Marvel Series for Young Adults
Marvel Studios’ success with the Spiderman franchise inspired Marvel Television’s decision to create shows for young adults. ‘Cloak & Dagger’ on Freeform is based on eponymous characters from the comics. Hulu got ‘Runaways’ a live-action series based on a superhero team of the same name as in the comics.
Marvel’s Adventure into Fear
‘Helstrom’ is a live-action series, initially meant to be part of more series under the ‘Adventure into Fear’ franchise. It narrates a standalone story set in MCU.
While the movies enjoyed widespread popularity, the Marvel series were created with the intention of filling in the gaps between the films while holding their own. Not only that, but Marvel executives wanted them to be independent so that people who didn’t watch the movies could still enjoy the series and vice versa.
Upcoming Marvel Series to Binge
In 2021, a new chapter in Marvel was unveiled with the Disney+ Marvel series. Marvel Studios came up swinging after the lull of 2020 with series like ‘WandaVision’, ‘Loki,’ ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’, ‘What If…?’ and ‘Hawkeye.’ Marvel Studios produced its first animated series with ‘What If…?.’ And that’s not all, we’re four months into 2022, and the first in the five series scheduled for this year has just come out. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We’ll be devoting our attention to each of these in turn.
So, without further ado, let’s look at the most awaited Marvel series that will be streaming on Disney+ in 2022:
This six-episode miniseries was released on 30th March and is already making waves. The stellar cast includes A-lister Oscar Isaac as the lead character who suffers from a dissociative personality disorder. The story features a mercenary drawn into a mystery revolving around Egyptian Gods. And if that isn’t enough to make you want to watch it, let us repeat two words and one name: Oscar Isaac.
‘Ms. Marvel’ is another six-episode miniseries going to release on June 8th, 2022. The plot of Ms. Marvel revolves around a Pakistani-American teenager called Kamala Khan. She discovers that her genes bear markers of the “Inhumans” population from the Marvel Universe, which comes with superpowers like shape-shifting and matter manipulation. This series is important not only for the Marvel connection but also for Asian and Muslim representation on television.
The attorney cousin of Bruce Banner who also turns into, well, the Hulk? That’s an interesting premise for a series. And that is exactly what this ten-episode series is based on. However, it seems like this show might be a tad more lighthearted than its predecessors. She-Hulk will release mid 2022, with no set date as of publishing. But we’re kinda excited for this one, TBH.
Apart from these, there are two holiday specials coming up in October and December of 2022. The Halloween special is still untitled and undetermined. But the ‘The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special’ is going to be a 40-minute special that takes place somewhere between the upcoming movies ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’. It is going to star much of the original Guardians of the Galaxy cast.
Well, we hope that this article gave you a little Marvel fix to tide you over until the most awaited Marvel releases of this year. We can’t wait to see what is in store for our beloved characters or to meet new ones!
If you’re a Marvel fan through and through, let us know in the comments who is your favorite superhero and why?