Hulu’s new sequence Helstrom has just a few issues going for it. It’s a horror sequence premiering in the spookiest month of the 12 months, for one. The different factor could also be a shock to some: it is a Marvel TV show! Yeah, this horror sequence about the youngsters of a serial killer performing exorcisms and combating again demons is a part of the similar universe as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Runaways (and the Netflix reveals and perhaps even the films and…).
But how related is Helstrom actually? After all, the show went from being titled Marvel’s Helstrom to simply common ol’ Helstrom, and you will be hard-pressed to discover the phrase “Marvel” or “shared universe” in any of the official wording surrounding the sequence! What offers? Is Helstrom nonetheless a Marvel show? Is it related to any of the different Marvel TV reveals? Is it a must-watch for Marvel completists, or is it extra for individuals who need one thing horrific to binge in October?
Is Helstrom related to the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
No. Okay—performed! Moving on!
Okay okay okay—we’ll dig slightly deeper right here. Helstrom is related to the different reveals produced by the now-defunct Marvel Television by one phrase and one phrase solely: Roxxon. There’s a shot of a Roxxon gasoline station in the first episode of Helstrom and eagle-eyed Marvel followers will acknowledge that model from different Marvel reveals, most notably Marvel’s Runways and Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger. The firm has additionally been referenced in Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel’s Agent Carter, and briefly in the Iron Man films.
Overall, that is about it for Marvel references in Helstrom. The show is primarily set in Portland, which is obvious throughout the nation from New York City and Los Angeles, the main two places of most Marvel motion. There are not any mentions of “the huge inexperienced man” or “the satan of Hell’s Kitchen” or “a bunch of children with powers in LA” or something. As far as the characters in Helstrom are involved, they’re the solely characters with any connection to something superhuman, inhuman, or irregular. So which may have you ever questioning…
Why is not Helstrom extra related to the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
I hate to break it to you, however Marvel was mendacity to you—and me!—for years by claiming that every one their reveals had been related. The fact is that the function movies—at all times produced by Marvel Studios—had been by no means going to immediately crossover with any of the TV reveals—produced by Marvel Television, a very totally different firm. Sure, some film actors like Samuel L. Jackson and Jaimie Alexander appeared in early seasons of S.H.I.E.L.D. and two film stars—Clark Gregg and Hayley Atwell—acquired their very own reveals, however the films had been by no means involved with what was taking place on ABC or Netflix. And in the direction of the finish, even S.H.I.E.L.D. ignored what occurred in the films—together with main moments like the Snapture. In the 7 years since Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. debuted, there was exactly one vital connection between Marvel Television and the Marvel Studios films—and it did not occur till Avengers: Endgame in 2019.
All the Marvel TV reveals existed in their very own pockets, normally outlined by the networks they aired on. S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter crossed over, however they by no means went close to the interconnected Netflix reveals. And whereas Hulu’s Runaways and Freeform’s Cloak & Dagger did bounce networks to meet up, neither set of teenagers ever frolicked with Spider-Man or his superb buddies.
So no, Helstrom—even when it was titled Marvel’s Helstrom—was more than likely by no means going to reference Doctor Strange or the Ancient One or Nico Minoru. Even the Marvel a part of its title was dropped over the summer time to distance Helstrom from its comedian e-book roots. It’s presumed that father or mother firm Disney did not need followers to try this horror show anticipating to see the enjoyable quips and colourful superheroic antics of, say, Ant-Man.
Will Helstrom have spinoffs? Are extra Marvel horror reveals on the method?
Well, they had been on the method… however not anymore. After Marvel Television’s relationship with Netflix got here to a moderately abrupt halt, it appeared like Hulu was going to be the subsequent house of a related set of Marvel reveals. This time, all the reveals can be constructed round horror properties, with Helstrom and Ghost Rider as the first in what was going to be a complete slate dubbed Adventure into Fear. That did not occur. The Ghost Rider sequence was nixed by Hulu just a few months later, after which Marvel Television itself fully folded together with the departure of its president, Jeph Loeb. Runaways was canceled, Cloak and Dagger was canceled, Legion ended, The Gifted was canceled, S.H.I.E.L.D. wrapped up its run, and Helstrom is the final live-action sequence standing. It must be famous, there may be nonetheless a M.O.D.O.Ok. animated sequence coming to Hulu in 2021, the final survivor of an in any other case fully scrapped lineup of animated reveals.
Making issues much more grim for Helstrom, the bigger Marvel model has completely moved on. The starting of the finish for Marvel Television got here when Marvel Studios introduced it might be making authentic TV reveals for Disney+ starring the A-list film star superheroes. There are loads of Marvel sequence on the method, with WandaVision debuting on Disney+ later this 12 months and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier coming in 2021.
But these reveals, which truly might be related to the films, don’t have anything to do with Marvel Television or Helstrom in any respect. The firm has moved on.
So no, there might be no extra Adventure into Fear reveals. Helstrom will stand alone—and to be fairly trustworthy, it appears extremely unlikely that there will be a Season 2 contemplating the scorched earth method to all of Marvel Television’s properties. Helstrom is a holdover from a totally totally different period. It has no companion sequence, no friends, not even a manufacturing firm. If you need to see extra Marvel horror, you may more than likely have to wait till Marvel Studios will get again on monitor producing extra function movies. The Doctor Strange sequel and the new Blade cannot come quickly sufficient.