By the time you read this, Marvel’s controversial series Inhumans will probably have premiered on ABC. I encourage you to watch and form your own opinions. Ironically, I also encourage you to check out my recap and review which will be posted here next week.
Marvel Television has a pretty packed slate coming up, so let’s look at some of the series they have on the docket. Spoilers abound for shows entering their second, third or fifth seasons!
Marvel’s Inhumans (Season 1)
Inhumans expands on the mythology of the half-alien race Inhumans from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., focusing on the Inhuman royal family, who is secluded from humanity in a technologically advanced city on the other side of the moon. In the series, the royals must retreat to Earth and regroup after the jealous Prince Maximus overthrows his brother’s rule.
Starring Anson Mount as King Blackagar “Black Bolt” Boltagon, Serinda Swan as Queen Medusalith “Medusa” Amaquelin-Boltagon, Iwan Rheon as Prince Maximus Boltagon, Isabelle Cornish as Lady Crystalia “Crystal” Amaquelin, Eme Ikwuakor as Lord Gorgon Petragon, Ken Leung as Lord Karnak Mander-Azur and Ellen Woglom as a new human character named Louise.
The first two episodes of Inhumans, “Behold… The Inhumans” and “Those Who Would Destroy Us”, will air on ABC on September 29, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET. The miniseries will be 8 episodes long and will be covered at The Game of Nerds by yours truly.
The Gifted (Season 1)
The Gifted is not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as most of the other shows on this list, but is instead the second show to come from the 20th Century Fox Television partnership with Marvel Television after Legion, making it part of the X-Men film universe. Seemingly inspired by comics based on The Exiles and Morlocks, the series focuses on a family going on the run and joining an underground group of mutants to survive.
Starring Stephen Moyer as Reed Strucker, Amy Acker as Caitlin Strucker, Natalie Alyn Lind as Lauren Strucker, Percy Hynes White as Andy Strucker, Emma Dumont as Lorna “Polaris” Dane, Blair Redford as John “Thunderbird” Proudstar, Sean Teale as Marcos “Eclipse” Diaz, Jamie Chung as Clarice “Blink” Fong, and Coby Bell as Jace Turner.
The Gifted will premiere with the put pilot “eXposed”, directed by the X-Men films’ Bryan Singer, on Fox on October 2, 2017 at 9:00 PM ET. It will have a 10 episode run. It will be covered at The Game of Nerds by Marcos Chavez.
Marvel’s Runaways (Season 1)
Runaways may not necessarily be the next on the list, but it’s the next with a confirmed air date. Airing on Hulu, Runaways will tackle the successful comic of the same name (and my personal favorite), focusing on six teenagers who discover their parents are secretly super-villains controlling the streets of Los Angeles.
Starring Rhenzy Feliz as Alex Wilder, Ryan Sands as Geoffrey Wilder, Angel Parker as Catherine Wilder, Lyrica Okano as Nico “Sister Grimm” Minoru, Brittany Ishibashi as Tina Minoru, James Yaegashi as Robert Minoru, Virginia Gardner as Karolina “Lucy in the Sky” Dean, Annie Wersching as Leslie Dean, Kip Pardue as Frank Dean, Ariela Barer as Gertrude “Arsenic” Yorkes, Brigid Brannagh as Stacey Yorkes, Kevin Weisman as Dale Yorkes, Gregg Sulkin as Chase “Talkback” Stein, James Marsters as Victor Stein, Ever Carradine as Janet Stein and Allegra Acosta as Molly “Princess Powerful” Hernandez.
Runaways will appear online on November 21, 2017 on Hulu. It is currently unknown if all 10 episodes will release at once or if they will simply premiere the first episode, “Pilot”. This series will be covered by myself.
Marvel’s The Punisher (Season 1)
The only Netflix show to be born as a spin-off instead of the original Defenders deal, The Punisher will focus on Daredevil’s ex-marine Frank Castle as he further uncovers the government conspiracy that led to the murder of his family.
Starring Jon Bernthal as Frank “Punisher” Castle, Ben Barnes as Billy “Jigsaw” Russo, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Ebon Moss-Bachrach as David “Microchip” Lieberman, Jaime Ray Newman as Sarah Lieberman, Amber Rose Revah as Dinah Madani, Daniel Webber as Lewis Walcott, Jason R. Moore as Curtis Hoyle, Paul Schulze as William Rawlins, and Michael Nathanson as Sam Stein.
Netflix has redacted the release date of The Punisher in all trailers and promotional material. It is believed all 13 episodes will release in early November 2017. The show will be covered here at TGON by Steve Dunk.
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 5)
Picking up where Season 4 left off, the fifth season of Marvel’s flagship series has been kept largely under wraps. It is expected to deal with the team’s apparent transition to an orbital base in space from last season’s finale, and will see the return of Nick Blood as Lance Hunter.
Starring Clark Gregg as Director Phil Coulson, Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May, Chloe Bennet as Agent Daisy “Quake” Johnson, Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons and Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso “Mack” Mackenzie. Iain de Caestecker is believed to return as Agent Leo Fitz, but has not been confirmed.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has not been given a firm release date, but is said to start Fridays at 8:00 PM ET on ABC as soon as Inhumans ends, giving us an estimated mid-November 2017. As usual, the season will last 22 episodes and will be covered by myself.
Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger (Season 1)
Marvel’s first young adult romance, Cloak & Dagger focuses on Ty Johnson and Tandy Bowen, two very different kids from New Orleans who find out that their lives – and newly manifested superpowers – have been closely tangled in many ways.
Starring Olivia Holt as Tandy “Dagger” Bowen, Aubrey Joseph as Tyrone “Cloak” Johnson, Andrea Roth as Melissa Bowen, Gloria Reuben as Adina Johnson, Miles Mussenden as Michael Johnson, James Saito as Bernard Sanjo, Carl Lundstedt as Liam, and J.D. Evermore as Detective Connors.
We have only been given the vague release date of Winter 2018 on Freeform for Cloak & Dagger, with rumors placing it around late January or early February 2018. The series will last 10 episodes. As with many shows on the list, I will be covering Cloak & Dagger for The Game of Nerds.
Legion (Season 2)
The popular mind-bending X-Men FX series returns for a second season. What captured David? What is Oliver up to? Will the Shadow King ever be defeated entirely? Watch it once for the visuals and again for the story and find out.
Starring Dan Stevens as David “Legion” Haller and Aubrey Plaza as Lenny Busker. Though not confirmed, Rachel Keller is expected to return as Syd Barrett along Bill Irwin as Cary Loudermilk, Amber Midthunder as Kerry Loudermilk, Jeremie Harris as Ptonomy Wallace, Katie Aselton as Amy Haller and Jean Smart as Melanie Bird.
The second season of Legion is planned for February 2018, and is expected to retain it’s timeslot of Wednesdays at 10:00 PM ET on FX. This season has been extended to 10 episodes from last season’s 8. As with the first season, The Game of Nerds coverage will be provided by Tiffany W. Smith.
Marvel’s Jessica Jones (Season 2)
My personal favorite of the Netflix series comes back after a long hiatus (and Jessica’s appearance in The Defenders). Hard-drinking private eye Jessica Jones can never truly escape her past, and can never stop getting roped into saving the city from people with worse mental issues than she has.
Starring Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker, Carrie-Ann Moss as Jeri Hogarth, Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse, Leah Gibson as “Ingrid” and J.R. Ramirez as “Oscar”.
Jessica Jones has no set release date to return, but is expected for early 2018. All 13 episodes will release simultaneously on Netflix. As is Defenders tradition, Jessica Jones will be live-tweeted on @TheGameOfNerds by Marcos Chavez.
Marvel’s Luke Cage (Season 2)
Returning to Harlem after The Defenders, unbreakable ex-con Luke Cage finds himself against new faces trying to manipulate the streets of Harlem – and the same ugly old ones cropping up, too.
Starring Mike Colter as Carl “Luke Cage” Lucas, Simone Missick as Mercedes “Misty” Knight, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, Alfre Woodard as “Black” Mariah Dillard, Theo Rossi as Hernan “Shades” Alvarez, Mustafa Shakir as John “Bushmaster” McIver and Gabrielle Dennis as Tilda “Nightshade” Johnson.
Luke Cage has no set release date to return, but is expected for early-to-mid 2018. All 13 episodes will release simultaneously on Netflix. As is Defenders tradition, Luke Cage will be live-tweeted on @TheGameOfNerds by Marcos Chavez.
Marvel’s Daredevil (Season 3)
Seriously injured after events of The Defenders, Matt Murdock needs to take a break and recover. But with Hell’s Kitchen as bad as it’s ever been, can the city afford to take a break from Daredevil?
No cast has been announced, but Charlie Cox is expected to return as Matt “Daredevil” Murdock alongside Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Franklin “Foggy” Nelson, Stephen Rider as Blake Tower, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple and Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson “Kingpin” Fisk.
Daredevil has no set release date to return, but is expected for mid-to-late 2018. All 13 episodes will release simultaneously on Netflix. As is Defenders tradition, Daredevil will be live-tweeted on @TheGameOfNerds by Marcos Chavez.
Marvel’s Iron Fist (Season 2)
Finally on his path to becoming the Iron Fist he was always meant to be, Danny Rand begins to learn what it truly means to be a hero. (Masks. It means wearing a mask.) Joined by the Daughters of the Dragon Misty Knight and Colleen Wing, Iron Fist faces his old friends Davos and Joy, out for revenge.
Starring Finn Jones as Danny “Iron Fist” Rand, Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, Simone Missick as Mercedes “Misty” Knight, and Sacha Dhawan as the “Steel Serpent” Davos. Though not confirmed, Tom Pelphrey is expected to return as Ward Meachum alongside Jessica Stroup as Joy Meachum.
Iron Fist has no set release date to return, but is expected for late 2018. All 13 episodes will release simultaneously on Netflix. As is Defenders tradition, Iron Fist will be live-tweeted on @TheGameOfNerds by Marcos Chavez.
Marvel’s New Warriors (Season 1)
The power to talk to squirrels or bacteria. Immortality. Bouncing. Not every superpower is a winner when it comes to saving the world, but it doesn’t stop these young adults from trying. New Warriors will be Marvel’s first half-hour comedy, and will feature the on-screen debut of fan favorite Squirrel Girl!
Starring Milana Vayntrub as Doreen “Squirrel Girl” Green, Derek Theler as Craig “Mister Immortal” Hollis, Calum Worthy as Robbie “Speedball” Baldwin, Jeremy Tardy as Dwayne “Night Thrasher” Taylor, Kate Comer as Deborah “Debrii” Fields and Matthew Moy as Zack “Microbe” Smith.
No release date is set for New Warriors, but it is expected to last 10 episodes and air on Freeform sometime in 2018. I will be covering New Warriors for The Game of Nerds.
Marvel has a lot of projects that are in the ether. With a put pilot for Marvel’s Damage Control seemingly in limbo, the filmed Marvel’s Most Wanted pilot being passed on by ABC and unsuccessfully shopped around to networks, rumors of an Agent Carter revival, and multiple new unannounced shows on the horizon (including one by John Ridley), Marvel Television shows no signs of slowing soon.