Big things have been happening in the MCU, even though a new movie hasn’t come out since July 2019. These “super” things have simply been happening on the smaller screen, via Disney+s slate of live-action Marvel series.
Produced by the movie people themselves, Marvel Studios, as opposed to the now-shuttered and once-removed Marvel TV arm that gave us Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, Runaways and the like — Disney+’s WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier have both cast MCU vets (such as Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan and Emily VanCamp) as well as continued canonical storylines.
What’s more, each and every Disney+/Marvel series is “moving the football” when it comes to the MCU, directly connected as they are to the movies.
But hey, maybe you aren’t a “TV person,” or you have not had time to binge Wanda and/or Falcon ahead of Black Widow‘s July 9 premiere (in theaters and via Disney+ Premiere Access).
Black Widow, starring Scarlett Johansson, is of course a prequel (or at least mostly so), so you might not be lost at all if you haven’t ponied up for Disney+. But if you do need a “primer” on what exactly Disney+’s Marvel series have accomplished thus far, here is a handy guide (complete with even handier, easier-to-read MCU CHEAT SHEET notes at the bottom of each entry).