The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) television series are American superhero television shows based on characters that appear in publications by Marvel Comics. The shows have been in production since 2013, and in that time Marvel Television and ABC Studios, along with its production division ABC Signature Studios, have premiered 11 series across broadcast, streaming, and cable television on ABC, Netflix and Hulu, and Freeform, respectively. They have at least four more series in various stages of development, with Marvel Studios—the production studio behind the MCU films—having at least five series in development for Disney+.
The first series in the MCU, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., began airing on ABC during the 2013–14 television season, and was joined by Agent Carter in the 2014–15 television season. Marvel later formed a unique partnership with IMAX Corporation to premiere Inhumans in select IMAX theaters in September 2017 before airing it on ABC during the 2017–18 television season. Netflix's Marvel series began in 2015 with Daredevil and Jessica Jones, followed by Luke Cage in 2016. Iron Fist, the crossover miniseries The Defenders, and The Punisher were released in 2017. Hulu's series began in 2017 with Runaways, and will continue with Ghost Rider and Helstrom, both set for 2020. Additionally, the MCU expanded to Freeform with Cloak & Dagger in 2018. New Warriors, originally developed for Freeform, is currently awaiting a new broadcaster. The first series for Disney+ will be The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, set to premiere in 2020, followed by the animated What If…? between 2019–20, WandaVision and Loki, both set for 2020–21, and an untitled Hawkeye series.
Starring in the series are Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter in Agent Carter, both reprising their roles from the MCU films, while Anson Mount headlines Inhumans as Black Bolt. Daredevil introduces Charlie Cox in the titular role of Matt Murdock / Daredevil, as well as Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle / Punisher in its second season, who reprises his role as the star of The Punisher. Jessica Jones introduces Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones and Mike Colter as Luke Cage, with the latter also headlining Luke Cage. Finn Jones stars as Danny Rand / Iron Fist in Iron Fist, and joins Cox, Ritter, and Colter for The Defenders. Runaways consists of the titular group, including Rhenzy Feliz as Alex Wilder, and their parents, including Ryan Sands as Geoffrey Wilder. Ghost Rider will see Gabriel Luna reprise his role as Robbie Reyes / Ghost Rider from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph headline Cloak & Dagger as Tandy Bowen / Dagger and Tyrone Johnson / Cloak, respectively, while Milana Vayntrub and Derek Theler lead New Warriors as Doreen Green / Squirrel Girl and Craig Hollis / Mister Immortal, respectively. Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Tom Hiddleston and Jeremy Renner will reprise their roles as Sam Wilson / Falcon, Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier, Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, Vision, Loki and Clint Barton / Hawkeye, from the MCU films, in their Disney+ series.