MCU has plenty of projects planned in the next few years and due to the interconnected nature of these projects, fans are starting to see it as sort of a homework where you need to follow dozens of movies and at least a couple of Disney+ series to really understand all the references, post-credit scenes and the plot of the movie that you’re currently watching.
While that worked when MCU was primarily about a few characters with a couple of movies under its belt, as the MCU expands with several superhero teams, new characters, and new plots, the homework keeps expanding as well. This is why the ‘Marvel Spotlight’ initiative was started. When the series is released under “Spotlight” banner it basically means that it’s grounded, character-driver and most of all standalone, not necessarily connected to the rest of the MCU, or at least, you don’t have to watch any shows or movies to understand what’s going on in the show.
The first project to be released under the “Spotlight” banner was ‘Echo.’ The story follows the antagonist from the ‘Hawkeye’ series, Maya Lopez on her path to redemption and reconciling her family and heritage. “Spotlight” does sound awesome in theory, however in practice it felt kind of, false. ‘Echo’ still made plenty of references to both ‘Daredevil’ show which ran for three seasons on Netflix and ‘Hawkeye’ show.
Now we’ve always known that more “Spotlight” shows are in development, ‘Wonder Man’ being the prime example. Vincent D’Onforio also stated that he believes that ‘Daredevil: Born Again’ will also be released under the “Spotlight” banner with copyright filing for the U.S. Copyright Office confirming as much. Now, Alex Perez of Cosmic Circus stated that ‘Marvel Zombies’ will also be a “Spotlight” show as well as ‘Daredevil: Born Again.’
Many fans pointed out that ‘Daredevil: Born Again’ can’t be a standalone show due to being a sequel to ‘The Defenders’ Saga and a prequel to at least one incoming movie.
‘Marvel Zombies’ is already pretty much a standalone show without much context behind it considering that it’s a spinoff of ‘What If…?’ animated series, which already somewhat broke the canon.
Much of what ‘Marvel Zombies’ will be about is so far unknown, the series won’t adapt the famous ‘Zombies’ storyline but will develop into its own sort of thing, only being influenced by the premise. The show is set to consist of four episodes and is supposed to be out in 2024.
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