Marvel TV Shows Adjusted Amid Hollywood Strikes
Marvel Studios, the influential studio responsible for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has decided to make modifications to its upcoming lineup of television series. Several titles, including "What If...?," "Echo," and "Agatha: Darkhold Diaries" (formerly known as "Agatha: Coven of Chaos"), have undergone rescheduling. These changes have been attributed to the ongoing strikes within the entertainment industry, according to reports.
The writers' strike commenced on May 2, followed by the actors going on strike on July 14. These strikes have had a significant impact on the production and development processes in Hollywood. Additionally, Marvel has expressed the desire to elevate each of its titles into a special event for fans and viewers. As a result, the studio has opted for a strategy of spacing out its content, deeming it a more sensible approach.
As previously stated, "Loki" Season 2 is the sole show scheduled to premiere this fall, and it will be available on Disney+ starting on October 6. Anticipation remains substantial for this series, which is led by Tom Hiddleston and Owen Wilson and focuses on alternate timelines. The trailer for Season 2 garnered significant attention, achieving the largest digital debut for any Disney+ series trailer, and Season 1 of "Loki" continues to hold the record as the most-watched Marvel series on Disney+.
The second season of the Emmy-winning animated series "What If...?" is scheduled to premiere around Christmas Day. It's worth noting that despite the holiday season timing, the animated show is not holiday-themed. Similar to the comic it draws inspiration from, "What If...?" is an anthology series that explores pivotal moments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and envisions how they might unfold in alternative timelines. Jeffrey Wright will reprise his role as the voice of the Watcher, the alien narrator. Originally, "What If...?" was planned for an early 2023 release.
"Echo," a spin-off from last year's successful series "Hawkeye," was initially slated for a November 29 release but has now been pushed to January 2024. The series stars Alaqua Cox as a former leader of a criminal organization who returns to her hometown in Oklahoma to confront her past. "Echo" focuses on a character who is deaf and of Native American heritage and is characterized by its gritty and down-to-earth tone compared to some other Marvel series. It will also feature appearances by Daredevil and the villain, The Kingpin. It's been previously announced that all episodes of the series will be released simultaneously.
Up next on the schedule is "X-Men '97," an animated series that serves as a spiritual and tonal continuation of the beloved 1990s series that aired on Fox. Initially announced in 2021, the series was originally set for a fall 2023 release but has been rescheduled to premiere in early 2024. Those who have seen it describe the show as retro and a heartfelt tribute to the original. Additionally, a second season of "X-Men '97" is currently in development.
"Agatha," the spinoff of "WandaVision" featuring Kathryn Hahn, was initially announced for a winter 2023 release but has now been rescheduled to premiere in early fall 2024. It will serve as a lead-up to the Halloween holiday. The series, which had finished filming prior to the industry strikes, underwent several title changes, from "Agatha: House of Harkness" to "Agatha: Coven of Chaos" before settling on its current name, "Agatha: Darkhold Diaries."
"Ironheart," a series centered around the genius inventor Riri Williams, portrayed by Dominique Thorne and first introduced in "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever," was originally planned for a fall release. However, it has been removed from the schedule. The series had completed shooting, but its post-production and release have been impacted by the ongoing industry strikes.
"Daredevil: Born Again," a continuation of the Netflix series within the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), was originally anticipated to premiere in the spring of 2024. However, production on the series was halted in the midst of the ongoing strikes. Similarly, "Wonder Man," starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, was also paused during mid-production due to the same circumstances.