Well, Marvel fans, it looks like we’ll have to wait for what’s in store for the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2024.
Today, Marvel Studios has announced that several projects will be pushed back into the early months of 2024. According to The Hollywood Reporter, four upcoming Disney+ shows have been delayed due to the ongoing writer’s and actor’s strikes.
In turn, this has led to only two MCU Disney+ shows being released this year: both second seasons of Loki, set to hit October 6, and another show you’ll see below, which has been set for this Christmas.
Which Projects Are Delayed?
Several anticipated upcoming shows have been pushed back including a handful of live-action projects (two of which you could have guessed already) as well as one animated show every X-Men fan has been waiting for.
The first of these projects is the second season of What If…?. Starring Jeffrey Wright as the omnipresent Watcher, this season continues to explore unique scenarios within the MCU’s multiverse while revisiting old ones such as Captain Carter’s universe.
In addition, this season is set to introduce a new character never seen in the comics: Kahhori, a young Mohawk woman who’s transformed by the energies of the Tesseract. The multiversal-spanning anthology show focusing on different premises and scenarios has been moved closer to Christmas day.
Secondly, fans can expect X-Men ’97, a modern revival of the original 1990s series, to also release in the near future.
This show, not set within the MCU itself, sees the show’s original roster, led by Ray Chase’s Cyclops, facing off new threats like Mister Sinister and the Hellfire Club all while uncovering the mystery behind Professor X’s disappearance.
In addition, iconic characters like Emma Frost and Sunspot, are set to make their first appearances within this universe. The continuation, created by Beau DeMayo, is set to release in early 2024.
Next, the spin-off to 2021’s Hawkeye, Echo has also been moved. Starring Alaqua Cox as the underground vigilante Echo, this show centers around the character’s backstory and journey of self-discovery through her hometown return. It will also have appearances from Charlie Cox’s Daredevil and Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin.
Unfortunately, fans will also have to wait for Echo, Daredevil, and Kingpin to return to the MCU for a while. The series has been pushed back from its date November 29 to January 2024.
Agatha: Coven of Chaos (Darkhold Diaries)
The biggest of these projects is Agatha: Coven of Chaos, which has been retitled Agatha: Darkhold Diaries. Starring Kathryn Hahn as the titular witch Agatha Harkness, this spin-off series serves as a sequel to the Scarlet Witch-reigned WandaVision.
Darkhold Diaries is rumored to be inspired by the ‘Witches’ Road’ storyline around a new dangerous coven in the present day. Fans can also anticipate the new arrivals of Aubrey Plaza and Joe Locke, which have left many ecstatic to finally see.
However, they’ll have to wait as this show is now set to release in Fall 2024, a few months ahead of its original Winter 2023 date
However, with Hollywood in its own state of crisis, the release dates for these shows remain unclear as of now.
Although things may have been halted and inevitably pushed back, fans may hope that the developmental troubles behind Marvel Studios will certainly improve in its next few Phases.
Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait and see as the industry remains at a continuous standstill.