Whereas the Marvel Cinematic Universe has popularized a slew of blockbuster theatrical films and reveals on Disney+, there are just a few different productions value trying into. That’s even outdoors critically acclaimed reveals like Daredevil which were absorbed into Marvel Studios’ catalog on Disney’s streaming service.
A couple of of those reveals vary from each out and in of mainline MCU canon. In the meantime, although not on the size of different animated superhero films, Marvel Animated Options produced a stable adaptation of an iconic storyline from The Unbelievable Hulk comedian e-book collection.
Maybe the most effective of Marvel’s out-of-MCU-continuity reveals is the FX-produced X-Males spinoff Legion. Helmed by praised Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley, this TV collection is about inside a selected and fascinating house within the wider Marvel universe. It’s neither a part of the MCU nor Fox’s theatrical X-Males films pre-Disney acquisition, and it follows the dangerously highly effective mutant son of Charles Xavier.
Legion still stands as Marvel’s most ambitious show, with David Haller providing a captivating and unique perspective for this inventive “superhero” story. Its combination of striking cinematography, use of musical numbers, and engrossing character arcs make for one of the greatest explorations of mental health in the genre.
FX’s Legion is available to stream now on Hulu.
Other than Daredevil, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely’s Agent Carter is one other of the most effective MCU-set reveals to get an unlucky cancellation. The present’s two seasons develop upon the canon established theatrically, particularly from Steve Rodgers’ nook of the world in 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger.
Set in opposition to the backdrop of america within the Forties, Peggy Carter secretly works for Howard Stark in an thrilling spin on the comedian e-book style on TV. Agent Carter options loads of espionage-themed drama that does justice to Peggy by fleshing her out as a well-rounded character outdoors of Captain America’s circle. Simply as properly, this period-piece method was a inventive use of worldbuilding.
ABC’s Agent Carter is on the market to stream now on Disney+.
The Gifted (2017-2019)
Whereas it doesn’t hit the identical highs because the genre-bending Legion, Matt Nix’s The Gifted is one other worthy shoutout for followers wanting extra X-Males content material. Particularly so contemplating it is going to be a while earlier than their MCU debut. Set in one other spin-off timeline from Fox’s main X-Men productions, this TV series is set in a continuity where Charles Xavier’s iconic mutant team is gone.
Though it was canceled after two seasons, the stories that The Gifted told were a refreshing and grounded approach to these kinds of characters. It also allows for some intimate character development and social commentary on the persecution of the perceived “other.” It’s both poignant and keeping in the spirit of X-Men’s most popular themes.
Fox’s The Gifted is available to stream now on Hulu.
Planet Hulk (2010)
Lengthy-time followers are nonetheless ready for the Hulk to get his deserved shot on the highlight in one other solo film. Thor: Ragnarok felt like a wasted opportunity in that regard and, so far, rumblings of the rumored World War Hulk movie haven’t come to fruition. Many veteran comic book readers will likely be hoping for some adaptation of Greg Pak and Carlo Pagulayan’s lauded Planet Hulk story arc.
The source material will likely always be the preferred version of this saga, but Marvel Animated Features’ movie adaptation is an admirable alternative. Planet Hulk centers around the titular hero — after being banished by the Avengers — being sent to a warrior-driven planet ruled by a despotic king, enslaved, and hellbent on making his way back to Earth to exact his revenge.
Marvel Animated Features’ Planet Hulk is available to purchase in Blu-ray and DVD format on Amazon.
Cloak & Dagger (2018-2019)
Launched across the time of the MCU Netflix original TV shows (with some vague shared continuity between them), Cloak & Dagger is the live-action debut of the Marvel Comics characters of the same name. Created by showrunner Joe Posaki for Freeform, the series follows the titular heroes-in-the-making as they gain superpowers from dramatic events and run away from home.
And while these two heroes aren’t especially prolific characters in the source material, it’s arguably part of Cloak & Dagger‘s strength. It doesn’t revolutionize how stories in this genre are told on TV, but it offers a resonating coming-of-age-themed story of two characters coming together from two troubled, yet distinct backgrounds.
Freeform’s Cloak & Dagger is available to stream now on Hulu.