Comic book fans will be well aware that the Marvel universe spans far more 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 likely a reason why it failed to score a season two renewal, despite significant interest in the first trailer.
Here’s everything you need to know about Marvel’s Helstrom and its arrival on Star on Disney Plus, the new adult-oriented brand within the streaming service.
When is Helstrom’s release date in the UK?
Helstrom was released as part of the Star on Disney+ launch on 23rd February. Fans of the paranormal and detective dramas alike will also appreciate the inclusion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Castle and The X-Files on Star.
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.
Helstrom cast: Who will star in 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.
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