Marvel Studios Announces EYES OF WAKANDA Animated Series For 2024; SPIDER-MAN: FRESHMAN YEAR Gets Retitled

Marvel Studios Announces EYES OF WAKANDA Animated Series For 2024; SPIDER-MAN: FRESHMAN YEAR Gets Retitled Marvel Studios Announces EYES OF WAKANDA Animated Series For 2024; SPIDER-MAN: FRESHMAN YEAR Gets Retitled

Disney+ is going big in the Marvel Animation department for 2024 with Eyes of Wakanda, X-Men 97' and Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.

By MarkJulian - Dec 11, 2023 11:12 PM EST
Filed Under: What If

Marvel Studios just concluded a special preview event for the release of What If...? season 2 and also confirmed a surprise animation project is on the way. Attendees were treated to the first 2 episodes of the new What If...? season.

After the screening, an animated Black Panther series titled Eyes of Wakanda was revealed and confirmed to be released on Disney+ in 2024. 

It was also revealed that Spider-Man: Freshman Year has been retitled Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man. It will also be released in 2024, along with X-Men 97'. At SDCC 2022, it was announced that a second season of Freshman Year, aptly titled Spider-Man: Sophomore Year was also in development. There's no word on how this title change could impact that previous announcement.

Freshman Year was originally intended to have a clear connection to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  But now that things have shifted, the program will explore a What If...? style concept that reimagines Spider-Man: Homecoming's events in a very different way. Since it's initial announcement, Tom Holland has cut ties with the project.

A sizzle reel with footage from Eyes of Wakanda, Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man and X-Men 97' was revealed so it seems as if all three projects are pretty far into production.

Not much else was revealed about Eyes of Wakanda and the fact that Freshman Year is now taking place on an alternate earth means the same could be true for that show, as well.

The title seems to imply that the show will focus more on the War Dogs, the undercover spies for Wakanda. You'll recall that when we first met Lupita Nyong'o's Nakia in Black Panther, she was in the middle of an undercover mission as a War Dog. Likewise, flashback scenes revealed that Forest Whitaker's Zuri was also a War Dog in his younger days, sent to spy on King T' Chaka's younger brother,  N'Jobu, played by Sterling Brown. 

Back in February 2021, an Untitled Wakanda Series for Disney+ was announced but there's been no details on the show, other than the fact that it was being developed by Ryan Coogler and that it would feature and possibly star Danai Gurira's Okoye. Though to be a live-action series, perhaps it has turned into an animated production?  We're going to tip our hats to The Cosmic Circus  who posted this rumor back in September which now looks to be true.

According to reports, the animation style for Eyes of Wakanda was "hyperstylized" and distinctly different from how the animation in What If...? looks.

Also, at the conclusion of the event, the creative team for What If...? stated that they are currently working on season 3.

With these latest announcement the 2024 MCU slate now features Echo, X-Men 97', Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Deadpool 3, Agatha: Darkhold Diaries and Eyes of Wakanda. 

Are you excited by the prospect of Eyes of Wakanda? Keep it locked to CBM as we continue our coverage on the surprise announcement and look to unearth a few more details. 

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NinnesMBC
NinnesMBC - 12/12/2023, 12:07 AM
Eyes of Wakanda sounds quite interesting. I would like to see that sizzle reel too.
ChrisRed
ChrisRed - 12/12/2023, 12:20 AM
I just want a release date for X-Men 97.
Don't really care for these other animated shows tbh...
dracula
dracula - 12/12/2023, 12:24 AM
At least recast T’ Challa in animation

Most of the animated versions dont have their live action actors
harryba11zack
harryba11zack - 12/12/2023, 12:57 AM
It's about time.

Gabimaru
Gabimaru - 12/12/2023, 1:04 AM
@harryba11zack - finally some progression
dagenspear
dagenspear - 12/12/2023, 2:21 AM
@harryba11zack -
@Gabimaru -

That wouldn't make much real sense.
harryba11zack
harryba11zack - 12/12/2023, 3:06 AM
@dagenspear - What if?
dagenspear
dagenspear - 12/12/2023, 5:55 AM
@harryba11zack - What if having an actual what in the if may be helpful in actually telling a story, not just throwing out a random idea that's nothing but humping the leg of a stupid image for bait. Doctor Strange becoming crazy and a villain, now that was a story.
harryba11zack
harryba11zack - 12/12/2023, 6:22 AM
@dagenspear - What if Steve Rogers didn't land the plane in the ice? What if he landed in Wakanda and became the OG Black Panther and his kindness made world peace. Now That story would be perfect for what if's standard, hell they had T'Challa as starlord and he was able to make thanos change his evil ways. Surely Steve can make world peace.
mountainman
mountainman - 12/12/2023, 7:02 AM
@dagenspear - It makes no less sense than a black female viking leader but Hollywood had the gall to do such a thing recently. Actually they are doing the same thing a second time with the live action how to train your dragon. Another black viking. They made Cleopatra black. Ariel black. We can keep going down this road. If that can happen, then we can have white Wakandans.
dagenspear
dagenspear - 12/12/2023, 4:26 PM
@mountainman - Do you disagree with those things? You certainly seem to think it makes no sense. If so, why would you want this done here? If you think it makes no sense, but you support this? I think that's a showcase of hypocrisy.

Whose "they"?
mountainman
mountainman - 12/12/2023, 4:31 PM
@dagenspear - I’d prefer no race swaps, but if Hollywood is going to do it in current year, they should do it in all directions. But yes, ideally no race swaps. They (Hollywood) seem intent on blackwashing.
dagenspear
dagenspear - 12/12/2023, 4:37 PM
@harryba11zack - If Steve crashed a plane full of bombs into a population of people I think he'd kinda suck. And none of that makes any sense with him becoming Black Panther because he'd have no reason to do that or want to do that.

T'Challa was taken as a child and raised in Quill's place. That was dumb enough as it is that he'd be taken instead with no real explanation, as they're on opposite ends of the planet. You want more things that make little sense for characters and stories?
dagenspear
dagenspear - 12/12/2023, 4:39 PM
@mountainman - So, you're against it, but you want it done?
mountainman
mountainman - 12/12/2023, 4:51 PM
@dagenspear - Oh we can see that you’re being daft. Great job.
dagenspear
dagenspear - 12/12/2023, 8:33 PM
@mountainman - You're one of those arguing for something on one side that you seem to be against on another side. Not much different than how some SJW arguments go to me.
mountainman
mountainman - 12/12/2023, 8:42 PM
@dagenspear - Nope. Just asking for equal treatment. It’s unfortunate you expect privilege for certain groups.
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 12/12/2023, 2:30 AM
I honestly forgot about the Wakanda show, let alone it being animated. And if Zombies also releases next year, that means we get a total of four animated shows between now and next December? Wonder what live-action shows'll join that list
RitoRevolto
RitoRevolto - 12/12/2023, 2:59 AM
@bkmeijer1 - Echo and Agatha.
bkmeijer1
bkmeijer1 - 12/12/2023, 10:01 AM
@RitoRevolto - oh yeah. Already forgot. Guess Ironheart is definitely moved to 2025 then
FireandBlood
FireandBlood - 12/12/2023, 4:05 AM
Show us something then
ModHaterSLADE
ModHaterSLADE - 12/12/2023, 5:06 AM
Nice time to be a BP fan with the game in development as well.
Cleander
Cleander - 12/12/2023, 9:09 AM
@ModHaterSLADE - BP is dead. This is about Wakanda.
ModHaterSLADE
ModHaterSLADE - 12/12/2023, 12:31 PM
@Cleander - BP lore is still part of Wakanda history, and you're gullible AF is you think they'll never revive BP anyway or touch on the lore in some form with this...
Cleander
Cleander - 12/12/2023, 9:13 PM
@ModHaterSLADE - They're not reviving BP, you're the one who is gullible.
ModHaterSLADE
ModHaterSLADE - 12/12/2023, 9:38 PM
@Cleander - The series literally has BP in the title like the article discussed fool, and on top of that BP is still very much alive in the comics, so he's not completely dead. Grow a brain or step your troll game up kid.
GhostDog
GhostDog - 12/12/2023, 8:13 AM
Spider-Man name change is for the better and Eyes of Wakanda sounds interesting
DanFlashesShirt
DanFlashesShirt - 12/12/2023, 8:30 AM
The spider-man show was always going to be set in an alternate universe. That was pretty clear from the first details / visuals that showed Dr Strange, Daredevil and Norman Osborne all playing key roles.

Too bad, when they first announced it i thought it was going tk be an actual prequel to Civil War set on 616 showing Tom Holland’s spidey’s origin, which would have been the *perfect* way to show that without feeling they’re retreading the origin thing. Oh well, hope it’s good.
DocSpock
DocSpock - 12/12/2023, 8:53 AM
Blech!

Cleander
Cleander - 12/12/2023, 9:07 AM
I'm bored with Wakanda. I guess this is another skip for me.
supermanrex
supermanrex - 12/12/2023, 9:28 AM
@Cleander - bye bye
Cleander
Cleander - 12/12/2023, 9:11 PM
@supermanrex - someone is salty. lol! bye

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