Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Disney Reportedly Launching Standalone Streaming Shows For Marvel's Loki and Scarlet Witch

Loki Scarlet Witch Loki, Scarlet Witch, Other Marvel Heroes to Get Own TV Series on Disney Streaming Service (EXCLUSIVE)
Freda Brock | 19 September, 2018, 14:53

Disney has chose to include a smattering of superheroes in its upcoming streaming service. These series will likely include shows centered on Loki and the Scarlet Witch, along with other beloved superheroes who have yet to appear in their own standalone movies.

An important distinction made in the report is that these shows are expected to carry massive budgets, on part with blockbuster movie productions. Like with the first season of Agent Carter, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is expected to take a hands-on role in the development of each series, with the budgets expected to be "hefty", not unlike a studio production. Marvel has plans in place for a few more MCU spin-off TV shows involving heroes (and villains, you never know) that don't have their own standalone movies.

Exact details are now a bit scarce, as Marvel and Disney have yet to make a formal announcement and as the story details are now being fleshed out, but it's being reported that these shows will focus on "second-tier" characters.

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Marvel first announced the development of live-action series for its direct to consumer service back along with the announcement of its live-action Star Wars series, which Jon Favreau is producing. Go read Matt Fraction and David Aja's unbelievable run on the character to get a picture of what a Hawkeye show could look and feel like.

Given that the House of M is such a X-Men-centric story, it's quite possible this could be how Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige introduce the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe now that Disney's deal with Fox has been greenlit. And what of Netflix's Marvel shows? Both Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen are lined up to reprise the roles of Loki and Scarlet Witch respectively on the small screen. They will likely remain, produced under the Marvel TV brand, while the Disney Play shows will be considered the property of Marvel Studios. Who would you want to see get their own series?

When Disney eventually launches its forthcoming online streaming platform, they'll be entering an extremely saturated market.

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