Last year, when the coronavirus outbreak started, the movie industry was pushed to a halt and was forced to temporarily shut down major film operations— leaving cinephiles a gut punch that would remain for almost a year.
One of the major enterprises that received a huge blow due to the lockdowns was Marvel Studios. The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) took an unexpected hiatus throughout the year due to the delay of film productions. But finally, with 2021 upon us, a new and fresh start awaits in what figures to be the biggest year ever for Marvel Studios. (Read: Disney+ to Release Baymax, Moana, Zootopia Animated TV Series)
Here is a rundown of the Marvel Studios films and TV shows that will stream or hit theaters this year!
Marvel TV Series in 2021: WandaVision
The first Marvel Studios project that will grace the year will be the much-awaited miniseries based on the Marvel Comics characters Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch and Vision, WandaVision. Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany will reprise their MCU characters in the Disney+ special series. Marvel will launch the first episode on Disney’s streaming service on January 15. (LIST: Movies Set for International Release in 2021)
There is not much information about the series, but according to sources, Marvel Studios’ WandaVision blends the style of several classic sitcoms. It will also feature the MCU returns of Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings), Jimmy Woo (Randall Park), and adult Monica Rambeau (Teyonah Parris), as well as the introduction of Agnes (Kathryn Hahn).
Marvel TV Series in 2021: Loki
Our love-hate relationship with Thor’s mischievous brother continues as Tom Hiddleston returns as the god of mischief in the Disney+ series, Loki. This series follows Loki, who used the Space Stone to disappear during the Avengers’ Time Heist. The show’s story remains a bit of a mystery, but it will see Loki team up with the Time Variance Authority and visit multiple alternate MCU timelines. (Read: Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Chadwick Boseman)
Loki will premiere on Disney+ in May.
Marvel Movies in 2021: Black Widow
After almost 2 years of waiting, Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff is finally set for a return on the big screen this 2021. The teaser for Black Widow was first released back in 2019 and was expected to be released last year, but that did not happen. The movie is a prequel/sequel in the MCU timeline that takes place after Captain America: Civil War and before Avengers: Infinity War.
Black Widow is scheduled to be released in theaters on May 7, 2021.