Which Marvel Disney+ Shows Are Fans Most Excited About?

Disney+ has made its long-awaited premiere. Marvel fans won’t be able to feast as much as they had hoped, because less than half of the MCU movies are there at launch, and the highly touted Marvel series don’t start rolling out until next year. 

They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, but in this case, it’s more like anticipation makes the appetite grow stronger. Since they have to wait for about a year, Marvel fans will be chomping at the bit.

But which show are they chomping for most? Here are the three that look the most promising. You can find the complete list here

‘WandaVision’

The cast of WandaVision onstage at D23
Cast and producers of WandaVision | Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney

A sitcom/rom-com in the style of Leave it to Beaver but with supe powers? Just what IS this show, anyway?

Not even people directly connected to the show, coming in early 2021, seem sure how to describe it. In addition to being bound by the Marvel Code of Silence, Paul Bettany at least, seems baffled as to how to sum it up.

With Elizabeth Olsen by his side at Comic-Con, Bettany said, “‘It’s definitely the oddest of all the Marvel endeavors so far. … It’s super avant-garde and weird. I don’t think either of us could have expected to be going in this “

For some viewers, avant-garde and weird are positives, not negatives. Even those who like Marvel movies will admit they tend to adhere to a house style and play it safe.

This show appears to be breaking the mold and taking risks, something that big players like Marvel don’t do often enough. Adding to the intrigue is the notion that this will lead into the trippy Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, which comes out in May of 2021. 

‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’

This one gets tapped for most anticipated simply because it’s the first one out of the gate, hitting screens in the fall of 2020. 

Now that Marvel President Kevin Feige and his team have conquered the big screen, everyone from Disney CEO Bob Iger to the next-door-neighbor is curious to see how this one goes.  

The other reason this show is so highly touted is that it continues one of the most intriguing story threads left dangling by Avengers: Endgame. Many people were surprised when the aging Steve Rogers handed over his iconic shield to Sam rather than Bucky, but the simplest explanation for that was that Sam was more ready to take on that mantel, with Bucky still coping with having once been a villain. 

Sam promised to do his best, but it has become apparent that Sam himself feels conflicted about whether he’s really worthy to take Steve Rogers’ place.

That’s why the show is called The Falcon and the Winter Soldier rather than The New Captain America and the Winter Soldier, which, let’s face it, would be confusing and repetitive. 

‘What If …?’

The remaining shows to pick from in the first batch were Loki and Hawkeye. Those are promising too, but they seem a little more straight-arrow, so to speak, than this promising series. The fact that it’s the first animated series produced within the MCU is intriguing all by itself. 

What makes it even more intriguing is its speculative nature. This show, also out in early 2021, is based on a line of alternate reality comic books, asking questions like “What if Peggy Carter had taken the super-soldier serum instead of Steve Rogers?”

Animated or not, it’s good to see Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter get to be front and center for at least one episode.

Reportedly, the series will have 23 episodes, which is equal to the amount of MCU movies released between 2008 and 2019. We’re not sure if this means each movie gets its own “What If,” but Marvel gave many promising hints, such as Bucky fighting a zombie on that fateful moving train, or somebody besides Peter Quill being Star-Lord. Color fans intrigued.