Whereas the Marvel Cinematic Universe has popularized a slew of blockbuster theatrical motion pictures and exhibits on Disney+, there are a number of different productions value trying into. That’s even exterior critically acclaimed exhibits like Daredevil which have been absorbed into Marvel Studios’ catalog on Disney’s streaming service.
Just a few of those exhibits vary from each out and in of mainline MCU canon. In the meantime, although not on the size of different animated superhero motion pictures, Marvel Animated Options produced a stable adaptation of an iconic storyline from The Unimaginable Hulk comedian ebook collection.
Maybe one of the best of Marvel’s out-of-MCU-continuity exhibits is the FX-produced X-Males spinoff Legion. Helmed by praised Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley, this TV collection is ready inside a selected and attention-grabbing house within the wider Marvel universe. It’s neither a part of the MCU nor Fox’s theatrical X-Males motion pictures pre-Disney acquisition, and it follows the dangerously highly effective mutant son of Charles Xavier.
Legion nonetheless stands as Marvel’s most bold present, with David Haller offering a fascinating and distinctive perspective for this ingenious “superhero” story. Its mixture of putting cinematography, use of musical numbers, and engrossing character arcs make for one of many biggest explorations of psychological well being within the style.
FX’s Legion is obtainable to stream now on Hulu.
Agent Carter (2015-2016)
Other than Daredevil, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely’s Agent Carter is one other of one of the best MCU-set exhibits to get an unlucky cancellation. The present’s two seasons develop upon the canon established theatrically, specifically 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 ebook 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 exterior of Captain America’s circle. Simply as properly, this period-piece strategy was a artistic use of worldbuilding.
ABC’s Agent Carter is obtainable 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 important X-Males productions, this TV collection is ready in a continuity the place Charles Xavier’s iconic mutant crew is gone.
Although it was canceled after two seasons, the tales that The Gifted advised had been a refreshing and grounded strategy to those sorts of characters. It additionally permits for some intimate character growth and social commentary on the persecution of the perceived “different.” It’s each poignant and retaining within the spirit of X-Males’s hottest themes.
Fox’s The Gifted is obtainable 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 alternative in that regard and, thus far, rumblings of the rumored World Battle Hulk film haven’t come to fruition. Many veteran comedian ebook readers will doubtless be hoping for some adaptation of Greg Pak and Carlo Pagulayan’s lauded Planet Hulk story arc.
The supply materials will doubtless at all times be the popular model of this saga, however Marvel Animated Options’ film adaptation is an admirable various. Planet Hulk facilities across the titular hero — after being banished by the Avengers — being despatched to a warrior-driven planet dominated by a despotic king, enslaved, and hellbent on making his means again to Earth to precise his revenge.
Marvel Animated Options’ Planet Hulk is obtainable to buy in Blu-ray and DVD format on Amazon.
Cloak & Dagger (2018-2019)
Launched across the time of the MCU Netflix authentic TV exhibits (with some imprecise shared continuity between them), Cloak & Dagger is the live-action debut of the Marvel Comics characters of the identical identify. Created by showrunner Joe Posaki for Freeform, the collection follows the titular heroes-in-the-making as they achieve superpowers from dramatic occasions and run away from dwelling.
And whereas these two heroes aren’t particularly prolific characters within the supply materials, it’s arguably a part of Cloak & Dagger‘s power. It doesn’t revolutionize how tales on this style are advised on TV, nevertheless it presents a resonating coming-of-age-themed story of two characters coming collectively from two troubled, but distinct backgrounds.
Freeform’s Cloak & Dagger is obtainable to stream now on Hulu.