The 6 Most Important New Characters Set To Be Introduced In Marvel's Disney Plus Series
A whole new phase of the MCU is about to begin on Disney +. Series such as WandaVision, Loki, Hawkeye, and Ms. Marvel are all set to debut in the next year, bringing with them a host of brand new characters.
Here are some of the most important characters set to make their debuts in Marvel's Disney + TV series.
1. Monica Rambeau, 'WandaVision'
Audiences were first introduced to Monica Rambeau, the daughter of Carol Danvers best friend, Maria Rambeau, as a child in Captain Marvel. WandaVision will reintroduce the character as an adult, now played by Teyonah Paris. Given the character's comic history, she will likely be a very different character to the one we were introduced to as child. Monica has most likely grown up idolising her 'Aunt Carol', with fans speculating that she may have joined S.W.O.R.D as a way to insert herself into the world of heroes. At some point, she enters Wanda's idyllic sitcom world, but things don't seem to go well for her.
In the comics, Monica gains the power to convert her body into energy after an accident while trying to stop the creation of a dangerous weapon. She has used the codenames of Captain Marvel, Photon, Pulsar, and Spectrum, and at one point, even leads The Avengers.
Teyonah Paris is also set to reprise the role of Monica in Captain Marvel 2, with many fans theorising that we will see her gain her powers in the film.
2. Agnes/Agatha Harkness, 'WandaVision'
Kathryn Hahn is set to star in WandaVision as Agnes, Wanda and Vision's nosy neighbour. However, she is likely much more than that. While some believed Agnes may be a villain, the latest trailer suggests she might simply be more aware of what is going on than most of the 'characters' in WandaVision's world. Many fans are almost certain that Agnes is actually Agatha Harkness, a character from the comics.
In the comics, Agatha is an elderly witch who mentors Wanda Maximoff as she explores the more magical side of her abilities. For a time, she served as a nanny to Wanda's twin sons, Thomas and William, and when the twins' souls are absorbed into the demon Mephisto, Agatha attempts to erase Wanda's memory to spare her from the grief of losing her children, although it later emerges that she was not entirely successful.
For the most part, Agatha is a positive influence in Wanda's life, but she is not beyond sometimes manipulating the younger witch to suit her own ends.
3. Wiccan and Speed, 'WandaVision'
For many fans, some of the most exciting moments of each WandaVision trailer involve the brief snippets of the couple's twin sons, Tommy and Billy. As fans of the comics will be well aware, the twins grow up to become the heroes Speed and Wiccan.
Billy, aka Wiccan, has powers similar to Wanda, while Tommy, known as Speed, favours his uncle, Quicksilver. Both boys are founding members of the Young Avengers. While it isn't certain whether we will see the twins hero personas in WandaVision, having them present at all is a big hint towards the Young Avengers one day coming to the MCU.
4. Kate Bishop, 'Hawkeye'
Kate Bishop will make her MCU debut in the upcoming Hawkeye series, played by actress Hailee Steinfeld. The series will see her taken under the wing of Clint Barton, as he trains her to succeed him as the next Hawkeye. Kate's arrival in the MCU comes as a relief to some fans, who feared the character may be replaced by Clint's daughter, Lila.
Kate's origins in the comics are a little different than what the series will show. Self-taught in multiple forms of combat, Kate joined the Young Avengers soon after the team's formation, and bank-rolled many of their early exploits. Her relationship with Clint Barton is more that of equals, as Kate has already proven herself a hero in her own right by the time Clint becomes a significant presence in her life.
5. Uatu The Watcher, 'What If?'
While Marvel's What If? series is mostly a way to explore various 'what might have been' scenarios in the MCU, it may introduce one potentially important character: Uatu The Watcher, voiced by Jeffrey Wright. In the comics, The Watchers, while massively powerful cosmic beings, exist only to observe goings on in the universe, never intervening.
Uatu is the Watcher most commonly assigned to Earth, and will serve as the narrator of What If? There was once a fan theory, long before What If? was announced, that Stan Lee would be revealed as the MCU's Watcher as an explanation for his cameos. His Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol.2 cameo was a fun nod to this theory.
6. Kamala Khan, 'Ms. Marvel'
Later in the year, we will see the introduction of Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, played by newcomer Iman Vellani. In the comics, Kamala is an Inhuman possessing a power she calls 'embiggenning'. She can grow, extend, and in some cases, entirely reshape parts of her body. Kamala idolises Captain Marvel, hence her choice of Ms. Marvel as a superhero alias.
Since her official introduction in 2014, Ms. Marvel has become one of the most popular and beloved of Marvel's next generation of heroes. She is also Marvel's first major Muslim superhero, and the company has been praised for how organically they have incorporated the character's culture into stories featuring her. Ms. Marvel's jump from page to screen is a big win for diversity in the superhero genre, and fans are hoping her upcoming show is handled as well as the comics.
2021 will be a big year for the MCU. Bring on the new characters!