Comic book fans will be well aware that the Marvel universe spans far further than the family-friendly fare of the recent movies, with all manner of demons and monsters inhabiting its darker corners.
From that comes the inspiration for Helstrom, the latest – and last – production from Marvel Television, which tells the story of siblings Daimon and Satana, the children of a powerful serial killer.
The series had been intended to kick off a whole new line of darker Marvel shows on US streaming service Hulu, with Gabriel Luna’s Ghost Rider next in line for a solo spin-off.
However, with the closure of Marvel Television and the consolidation of every MCU project under studio head Kevin Feige, these plans were scrapped entirely.
This makes Helstrom something of an anomaly on the release schedule and sheds doubt on its likelihood of a season two renewal, despite significant interest in the first trailer.
Here’s everything you need to know about Marvel’s Helstrom.
When is Helstrom’s release date in the UK?
At the time of writing, Helstrom is yet to secure a broadcaster here in the UK, which means that Marvel fans based there may have to wait longer to binge watch than their friends across the pond.
We’ll update this page with more information on Helstrom’s UK air date as it comes in.
In the US, the series will drop all of its episodes at once on Hulu on Friday 16th October, giving fans a perfect binge watch option for the Halloween season.
What is Helstrom about?
This dark new Marvel series follows siblings Daimon and Satana Helstrom, who are the troubled children of a powerful serial killer.
In the years since their traumatic childhood, Daimon has become a professor intent on banishing demons from our world, while Satana has dedicated her life to hunting down the worst of humanity.
They are reunited as the demon that has possessed their mother’s soul grows increasingly powerful, threatening to wipe out the human race if it cannot be destroyed.
Who is in the cast of Helstrom?
The appropriately named Elizabeth Marvel (Homeland) also stars as their possessed mother, Victoria, who has been held in a psychiatric institution for decades.
Robert Wisdom (Watchmen) will portray fringe comic book character Caretaker, commonly associated with Marvel’s supernatural characters, most notably Ghost Rider.
Is Helstrom set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?
Technically yes, but essentially no.
One of the key reasons why Marvel Television never really took off is that there was a very clear disconnect between the shows in its line-up and the movies dominating the box office.
Therefore, while the show is technically set in the same universe, don’t expect any cameos or significant ties to upcoming storylines – heck, Marvel hasn’t even attached its logo to the trailer.
Is there a Helstrom trailer?
Yes, check out the official trailer below, but beware of some creepy visual effects and scenes of demonic possession.
Helstrom is available to stream on Hulu from Friday 16th October. While you’re waiting, visit our TV Guide to see what’s on tonight, or check out our guide to new TV shows 2020 to find out what’s airing this autumn and beyond.