Aside from the MCU, Marvel is already rocking the TV universe with Netflix shows such as Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Apparently, this isn’t enough for Disney who has announced a host of new Marvel-oriented shows for their new streaming service.
But what characters are the focus of these potential shows? Why none other than the likes of Loki and Scarlet Witch!
Yes, the shows are going to focus on characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But that’s not the only distinction from the Netflix shows – because the characters will be played by the same actors who portray them in the movies.
That’s right. This means that Marvel is enlisting the silver screen talents of Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen for Loki and Scarlet Witch. And to accompany these big-screen actors are budgets closer to a big-screen production.
Indeed, the budgets will reportedly be far higher than those of the Marvel Netflix and TV shows. Perhaps not surprising, as Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige – the mastermind behind the MCU – will be taking a hands-on role in regards to these shows.
These shows are no doubt an attempt by Disney to draw viewers to their streaming platform. In the age of Netflix and Amazon Prime, corporations are duking it out to create compelling content to attract audiences to their respective streaming platforms.
Recently, DC launched their own service, DC Universe, offering DC-related content for $7 USD a month. Currently, it hosts classic content such as the Superman and Batman animated series’. But it will soon be home to original and exclusive content. This will include Season Three of Young Justice and the live-action Titans.
Therefore, it’s only natural that Disney will want to up the ante to challenge their competitors. However, depending on how high they raise the budget of these shows, Disney is taking a massive gamble. Yet, by recruiting big-screen MCU talent, they may have the odds in their favor. After all, thanks to said talent (including Fiege), the MCU has grossed over $17.5 billion in the global box office. This could potentially attract the audience of those films.
Early days yet, so not much else is known at this point. However, it is known that these MCU character shows will last six to eight episodes. Insiders have also stressed that characters who already have their own movies – i.e. Iron Man and Captain America – will not have their own shows. The shows will focus only on second-tier Marvel characters.
There are no doubt plenty of MCU characters and storylines yet to be announced for these proposed shows.
The Disney streaming service launches in late 2019.
What are your thoughts on these MCU shows? Would you be willing to watch Loki and Scarlet Witch shows? What other MCU characters would you like to have starred in their own series’? Let us know in the comments below!