Over the last year, we’ve heard both Disney CEO Bob Iger and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige talk about how they are planning on reducing the amount of Marvel films and shows they release and to spread out its release schedule due to Disney trying to reduce the amount of money it spends, improve quality and more importantly, to combat superhero fatigue.
Back at last year’s San Diego Comic-Con, Kevin Feige outlined its plans for the Marvel’s release schedule, which initially saw over five Disney+ shows and four films to be released in 2023, but the brakes got slammed on, resulting in 2023 delivering just two Disney+ shows and three films. While “Loki” and “Secret Invasion” have arrived on Disney+ as planned, “Echo”, “Agatha: Darkhold Diaries” and “Ironheart” have all slipped back on the release schedule.
The actor’s and writer’s strikes have also been impacting on filming on many projects, such as “Deadpool 3”, “Wonder Man” and “Daredevil: Born Again”, which are all likely to be delayed into the future.
While we know that “Echo” is due to be released on 10th January 2024, it looks like we’ve got some potential updates on the upcoming Marvel Studios Disney+ slate, including “Agatha: Darkhold Diaries”, “Daredevil: Born Again” and “Ironheart” arrive on Disney+.
According to some new listings on the US Copyright Office, which X user has found, @scarletwitchupd, “Agatha: Born Diaries”, previously known as “Coven of Chaos” and “House of Harkness”, is projected to arrive on Disney+ on September 19th 2024. The listing also provides a potential synopsis for the first episode, stating:
“In the first episode, we see Agatha Harkness (Kathryn Hahn) finally break out of a spell she has been trapped in. She can’t wait to go back to her old murderous ways, only to find that she is powerless. The only way forward for her is to embark on a perilous quest to get her powers back with the help of an unlikely friend or two.”
The Cosmic Circus was then able to do some more digging around on the US Copyright Office to find some updates on many other Disney+ releases, including the long-awaited “Ironheart” series is currently listed as potentially coming out on Disney+ in September 2025, which is an almost two-year delay from when it was initially supposed to be released on Disney+, and it will be almost three years from when Ironheart made her debut in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever”. And a new synopsis for the show has also been revealed:
“Marvel Studios presents “Ironheart” in which charming teenage super genius Riri Williams (Dominique Thorne) returns from MIT to her hometown of Chicago in her iron suit and begins to unravel threads that bring danger and adventure right to her doorstep. The adventure begins in episode 101 as Riri is introduced to the audience.”
The listing for the upcoming animated series, “Spider-Man: Freshman Year”, indicates that it will potentially be released on Disney+ on November 2nd 2024. And a new synopsis for the show has also been revealed:
“Marvel Studios presents “Spider-Man: Freshman Year” in which Peter Parker’s life, while getting ready for his High School orientation, is forever changed by events that send him on a journey like none before. In the first episode, we discover that the new era of Spider-Man begins here!”
With filming on “Daredevil: Born Again” being delayed due to the strikes, the US Copyright Office, now has the show listed as a potential release date of January 2025, and a new synopsis for the show has also been revealed:
“Marvel Studios presents “Daredevil” in which longtime rivals Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) and Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) try to leave behind their darker alter-egos to serve the people of New York only to have their pasts catch up to them. In the first episode of the series, we are reintroduced to the world of Daredevil.”
If these listings on the US Copyright Office are correct, it does give us an outline of the upcoming release schedule for Disney+
January 2024 – Echo
Early 2024 – X-Men 97
September 2024 – Agatha: Darkhold Diaries
November 2024 – Spider-Man: Freshman Year
January 2025 – Daredevil: Born Again
November 2025 – Ironheart
This is in addition to releases for its theatrical films such as “Captain America: Brave New World” and “Deadpool 3”.
With this massive slowdown in releases, we see the majority of the initial 2023 Marvel slate spread over three years. This will result in Disney drastically reducing the amount of money it spends on original Marvel programming. It will likely help give audiences more breaks between releases, while still giving fans new shows to enjoy. The additional release schedule changes should also hopefully allow Marvel Studios to spend more time on making these shows better, such as with editing, visual effects and potentially some reshoots to improve the quality of these releases, which has been suffering with Marvel making too many projects at once.
The slowdown in releases should also give Marvel Studios more time to develop its other future films like “Thunderbolts”, “Avengers: Kang Dynasty”, “Blade”, “Fantastic Four”, “X-Men” and “Avengers: Secret Wars”.
It’s important to note that the listings on the US Copyright Office are not official announcements, and it’s extremely likely that these release dates will change.
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Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.