A lot of news has come out of last weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con about Disney-related projects, and I have more for you in the form of the upcoming Marvel animated series coming to Disney+.
On stage to talk about all of the projects were panelists Brad Winderbaum, Marvel Studios’ head of streaming television and animation; Ryan Meinerding, head of visual development; Bryan Andrews, director of “What If…?” and executive producer of “Marvel Zombies”; AC Bradley, writer and executive producer of “What If…?”; Beau DeMayo, writer and executive producer of “X-Men ’97”; Kirsten Lepore, writer, director and executive producer of “I Am Groot”; and Jeff Trammell, writer and executive producer of “Spider-Man: Freshman Year.”
Moderator Paul F. Tompkins led them as they discussed these series coming to Disney+ in the next two years:
“SPIDER-MAN: FRESHMAN YEAR”
“Spider-Man: Freshman Year” is an animated series that follows Peter Parker on his way to becoming Spider-Man in the MCU, with a journey unlike we’ve ever seen and a style that celebrates the character’s early comic book roots.
Executive producer and head writer Jeff Trammell teased the show with the cast of characters, and Ryan Meinerding showed off the new Spider-Man suit designed for the series.
His roster of friends include Nico Minoru, Lonnie Lincoln, Amadeus Cho, Harry Osborn, Pearl Pangan, and Jean Foucault.
Villains will include Unicorn, Chameleon, Scorpion, Speed Demon, Tarantula, the Rhino, Butane, Carmela Black, and Otto Octavius.
It was also announced that Charlie Cox will voice Matt Murdock aka Daredevil in the new series. He’s a busy guy, as he’ll also appear in this month’s “She-Hulk: Attorney at Law” series, as well as his own recently announced “Daredevil: Born Again” series.
“Spider-Man: Freshman Year” comes exclusively to Disney+ in 2024. A second season was also announced, aptly titled “Spider-Man: Sophomore Year.”
Bryan Andrews and AC Bradley talked about the Emmy-nominated series and showed the trailer for Season Two.
“What If…?” Season 2 continues the journey with The Watcher (Jeffrey Wright) as our guide through the vast multiverse, introducing brand new and familiar faces throughout the MCU.
The animated series questions, revisits, and twists classic Marvel Cinematic moments with an incredible voice cast that includes a host of stars who reprise their iconic roles.
The panel offered a sneak peek at the first new episode, with Peggy Carter and Natasha Romanoff going up against the Hydra Stomper — and Steve Rogers.
Additional characters for Season 2 include Yondu, Young Peter Parker, Ego, Shang-Chi, Valkyrie, Korg, Tony Stark, Wenwu, Odin, Red Guardian, and more.
Directed by executive producer Bryan Andrews with executive producer AC Bradley as head writer.
The audience went wild when, at the end of the presentation, a surprise screening of one episode of the highly anticipated next season was shown, and a third season was announced.
Season two of “What If…?” launches exclusively on Disney+ in early 2023.
Bryan Andrews offered background on the series and its origins spawning from an episode of “What If…?” Season 1, as well as concept art.
The animated series “Marvel Zombies” from Marvel Studios reimagines the Marvel Universe as a new generation of heroes battle against an ever-spreading zombie scourge.
The panel revealed the first batch of zombies from the show, including Hawkeye, Captain America, Abomination, Ghost, Captain Marvel, Okoye, Ikaris (“Eternals”), and Scarlet Witch.
Fighting against the zombies will be Yelena Belova, Kate Bishop, Red Guardian, Jimmy Woo, Death Dealer, Shang-Chi and Katy from “Shang-Chi,” and Ms. Marvel
Directed by executive producer Bryan Andrews and written by executive producer Zeb Wells.
“Marvel Zombies” will stream exclusively on Disney+, but no release date was given. This one will carry a mature rating and not be for young children.
“X-MEN ’97” is an animated series from Marvel Studios that explores new stories in the iconic ’90s timeline of the original series.
Cheers erupted when Brad Winderbaum spoke fondly of the legacy of “X-Men: The Animated Series” and presented a sizzle reel featuring cast and creatives from the popular ‘90s animated show.
“X-Men ‘97” head writer and executive producer Beau DeMayo then spoke about the new series, shared artwork, and presented an animatic AV piece. DeMayo also mentioned that the show will use the original “X-Men” theme music.
“X-Men ’97”” will begin streaming exclusively on Disney+ Fall 2023. A second season was also announced.
Which of these series are you excited to see come to Disney+? Let us know in the comments.