Some pretty big news on the Disney/Marvel front.
Disney is gearing up to launch its ambitious streaming service next year, and they’re going to be capitalising on the Marvel Cinematic Universe to ensure they get as many eyes on it as possible. Get ready for a number of shows centered on MCU characters, including Loki and Scarlet Witch.
Yep, Variety is reporting that Disney is currently in the process of developing limited live-action series focusing on “second tier” MCU characters that haven’t had standalone films. Loki and Scarlet Witch are among them, and what’s more, Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen are expected to reprise their big-screen roles in these shows.
Marvel movies head Kevin Feige will reportedly be taking a “hands-on role” in the creation of these shows, which are expected to hold around six to eight episodes each. Of course, if they do extremely well, don’t be surprised to see more seasons rise up down the road.
The studio giant is aiming big to disrupt streaming kings, particularly Netflix. Disney is reportedly lining up massive budgets for these Marvel shows, with costs expected to rival the amount other major studios are forking out for features. $US100 million is expected to be spent on producing the Disney streaming network’s live-action Star Wars series, which Iron Man and Jungle Book director Jon Favreau was attached to in March this year.
The streaming service will also be bringing a live-action Lady and the Tramp movie and a High School Musical series, as well as holding streaming dibs on releases like Dumbo and Captain Marvel. You better enjoy seeing MCU films on Netflix while you can, because Disney won’t be sharing when they have their own platform.
It’s not just companies like Netflix and Amazon that Disney is looking to compete with. DC just launched its streaming service, DC Universe, in the US on September 15 (Batman day), with a $US7.99 per month price tag. It’s just getting started so apparently the line-up of content isn’t all too impressive at this time, but there’s plenty to come, including original shows like Titans.
The as yet unnamed Disney streaming service will be arriving in late 2019. We wait with bated breath.