Next year, Disney is launching a new streaming service to compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime. Disney fully intends to win this war, and the company may be bringing a few of Marvel’s cinematic heroes and villains to the battle.
Variety is reporting that Disney is developing multiple limited series featuring characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Most notably, Loki and Scarlet Witch were listed as two of the shows in development. Both Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen are expected to reprise their roles for their respective series. The report also notes that there are plans for other limited series that will feature other Marvel heroes who haven’t gotten their own movies.
Disney and Marvel declined to comment on Variety’s report, which indicated that Marvel Studios would oversee the new limited series. It added that each limited series would only have six to eight episodes, with Kevin Feige taking “a hands-on role in their development.”
Very few of the Marvel TV series have featured characters from the films despite the shared MCU landscape. Marvel TV and Marvel Studios have operated as separate entities. Consequently, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and the rest a very one-sided relationship with the movies. The shows refer to events in the films, while the movies ignore the characters who originated on TV.
Potentially, Marvel’s Disney streaming shows could be a game changer for the MCU. If the original performers like Hiddleston and Olsen are involved then it gives the new Marvel shows a more solidified relationship with the films. Variety’s report also suggests that the Loki and Scarlet Witch limited series would have larger budgets than traditional shows. The potential to bring more Avengers characters to television may also prove to be a big selling point for Disney’s streaming service.
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