Marvel is expanding its television presence in a big way over the next year or so. The comic book company is launching a slew of new TV series over the coming months, including the highly anticipated Punisher spinoff and its first ever comedy, New Warriors. Having trouble deciding which series to watch? Here’s your official guide to all of Marvel’s new upcoming shows.
1. The Defenders, Aug. 18
All four of Netflix’s street-level Marvel heroes — Daredevil (played by Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) — will join forces in this team-up series. The miniseries event will follow as the group of heroes is brought together to face their biggest threat yet.
Sigourney Weaver will co-star in a still-unidentified villainous role in the anticipated series, while several Marvel veterans will reprise their roles, including Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Deborah Ann Will as Karen Page, Carrie-Ann Moss as Jeryn Hogarth, and Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker.
2. Inhumans, Sept. 26
Marvel has already introduced some of its Inhuman characters in Agents of SHIELD, but now the superhumans are getting their own eight-episode drama. The show will follow the Inhumans as a military coup forces them to leave their technologically advanced city of Attilan and escape to Hawaii.
The first two episodes of the series will debut in Imax theaters for two weeks in summer 2017 before moving to ABC in September for the remaining six episodes. Fans should note this project is not the same as the once-planned Inhumans feature film, which Marvel has pulled from its release schedule.
3. The Punisher, 2017
Netflix is expanding its Marvel universe with this Daredevil spinoff centering on the Punisher. Jon Bernthal is set to reprise his role as the vengeful military veteran, Frank Castle, who brings his own deadly form of justice to the neighborhood of Hell’s Kitchen. He will be joined by Daredevil co-star Deborah Ann Woll, as well as Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, and Amber Rose Revah.
The show will be available for streaming sometime in fall 2017, although an exact premiere date has yet to be determined.
4. The Gifted, 2017
Marvel TV is pairing with 20th Century Fox for The Gifted, an upcoming Fox series based on Marvel’s X-Men properties. The show stars Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker as two ordinary parents whose lives are turned upside down by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. The family is soon forced to go on the run from a hostile government, joining up with an underground network of mutants in order to survive.
Sean Teale, Jamie Chung, Coby Bell, Emma Dumont, Blair Redford, Natalie Alyn Lind, and Percy Hynes White also star in the show, which is executive produced by X-Men movie director Bryan Singer.
An official premiere date has yet to be announced, but Fox is reportedly aiming to debut the series in fall 2017.
5. Runaways, 2018
Hulu will also join the Marvel family with the upcoming series, Runaways. The show will follow six teenagers who find out that their parents are in an evil organization known as The Pride. Though the group typically can’t stand each other, they must put aside their differences and unite in order to defeat their common enemy: their own parents.
Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Ariela Barer, Gregg Sulkin, and Allegra Acosta will star as the eponymous teens, while Ryan Sands, Angel Parker, Brittany Ishibashi, James Yaegashi, and Kevin Weisman co-star.
The freshman season will consist of 10 episodes and is expected to premiere in early 2018.
6. Cloak & Dagger, 2018
Freeform will take its first step into the Marvel world with the superhero love story, Cloak & Dagger. The live-action interracial romance stars Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph as Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson, two teenagers from very different backgrounds who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers while falling in love. Tandy can emit light daggers while Tyrone has the ability to engulf others in darkness. They quickly learn they are better together than apart, but their feelings for each other make their already complicated world even more challenging.
Andrea Roth, Gloria Reuben, Miles Mussenden, Carl Lundstedt, James Saito, and J.D. Evermore will round out the cast. The teen drama is expected to premiere on the younger-skewing network sometime in winter 2018.
7. Deadpool, 2018
The Merc with a Mouth is coming to TV in a new FXX animated adult comedy. Atlanta star, Donald Glover, and his brother, Stephen Glover will serve as showrunners and writers of the series. The two will also executive produce alongside Marvel’s Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.
The voice cast has yet to be announced, but fans can likely expect to learn more sooner rather than later. The 10-episode freshman season is set to debut sometime in 2018.
8. New Warriors, 2018
In addition to adding Cloak & Dagger to their lineup, Freeform will also debut Marvel’s first ever half-hour action comedy. New Warriors will follow six youngsters who yearn to be the next Captain America or Iron Man, but quickly learn that making superhero dreams come true can be tricky.
Though casting has yet to be announced, the series will reportedly feature the characters of Doreen Green aka Squirrel Girl, who — you guessed it — has squirrel-like acrobatic powers; Craig Hollis aka Mister Immortal, who cannot die (or so he says); Dwayne Taylor aka Night Thrasher, a local hero and YouTube celebrity with no actual superpowers; Robbie Baldwin aka Speedball, who can throw kinetic balls of energy; Zachary Smith aka Microbe, who has the ability to talk to germs; and Deborah Fields aka Debril, a quick-witted trickster with telekinetic gifts.
The 10-episode series is slated to debut sometime in 2018, although a specific date is still TBD.