Loki, Scarlet Witch TV Series Coming To Disney Play

Rosalie Gross
September 19, 2018

Disney will have an army of big-hitters on its side as the company debuts its streaming service in 2019. Moreover, though sources close to the production are staying mum on the cost of the programming, the budgets are expected to be hefty rivaling those of a major studio productions. The entertainment giant is in early development on an ambitious plan for a number of limited series centered on popular characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A large part of that has been because the series are all run by different networks like ABC, Netflix and Hulu and it would be nearly impossible to connect all those threads together across different creative people.

It's also thought that the limited series will focus on "second-tier" characters and not superheroes that already have their own standalone films. It appears that Marvel's contribution will be in the form of "limited series" adaptations of familiar MCU characters, which is insanely smart. Want another bonus? Each show will apparently have a season comprised of just six to eight episodes, a massive selling point for anyone who feels exhausted just thinking about watching 13 hours of Iron Fist. And with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige at the helm, the quality will be very much up to the standard we've come to expect from the MCU movies. That means big budgets, big production values, and a big bet by Disney on consumer interest in its streaming service. The reluctant hero and sometimes villain has always been one of the most fun characters to watch because of his constant changes in allegiance and unpredictability and should make for some compelling stories in his own TV show.

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More screen time: Variety said the actors who play the superhero characters on the big screen will be tapped to star in the small screen shows.

The Marvel shows certainly make sense as an audience drive to the platform, but it does raise the question of where this will leave Netflix's Marvel universe and shows like Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. What writers and directors would you like to see bring them to life?

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