The Marvel Cinematic Universe is still proving itself to be one of the most popular current movie franchises, but since 2013, this franchise has been expanding on the small screen as well. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. kicked off the MCU's TV endeavors on ABC, and since then Netflix has become the home for Marvel's street-level heroes. Just as superhero movies are dominating in theaters year round, superhero TV shows are also extremely popular right now, and Marvel is making sure it has plenty to offer fans.
There are a lot of Marvel TV projects that are either already airing, set to air or somewhere in the production stages. It's hard to keep track of everything, which is why we've put together a list of all the officially announced projects that are coming in the future, whether it's a few weeks from now or years away.
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was the first MCU TV series released, and on Tuesday, September 20, it will return for Season 4 on ABC. However, unlike previous season, the show will now be airing in the 10 p.m. timeslot in order to tackle darker material. There's a lot of new elements to look forward to, from Jason Mara playing the new head of S.H.I.E.L.D. to Mallory Jansen playing AIDA, the Life Model Decoy whose voice we heard at the end of the Season 3 finale. However, the biggest debut is without a doubt Robbie Reyes, a.k.a. Ghost Rider (seen above), played by Gabriel Luna. He will be used to introduce magic and mysticism into Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which, of course, is meant to time with the release of Doctor Strange.
Iron Fist Season 1
There are rumors that Danny Rand will make his MCU debut during Luke Cage, but he'll get his first chance to fully shine in Iron Fist. The series, under the leadership of Scott Buck, is still shooting in New York City, and will premiere sometime in early 2017. Fans got their first look at Iron Fist from a short teaser shown at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, but there's still plenty about it that's shrouded in mystery. As the first of the Marvel Netflix shows that directly features a main protagonist with mystical powers, Iron Fist promises to be one of the more unique MCU offerings in recent years. You can check out the first trailer for the project, below.
Much like how Marvel's first batch of big screen superheroes eventually teamed up in The Avengers at the end of Phase One, Marvel's street-level heroes are gearing up to join forces in The Defenders, which will have Daredevil's Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez acting as showrunners. Instead of being a full 13-episode season, this will be a miniseries lasting eight episodes, though there's always the chance a follow-up could be ordered. The Defenders will air sometime in 2017, at least a few months after Iron Fist, and according to Daredevil star Charlie Cox, production will begin near the end of 2016. A release date has ben set for Friday, August 18, 2017.