With the future of entertainment consisting of streaming, streaming, streaming, and streaming, every major company in Hollywood is trying to figure out a way to convert their content to the cloud, including Disney.
Despite making almost a billion dollars on seemingly every Star Wars, Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Pixar film they release, Mickey Mouse isn’t resting on his laurels, as Disney announced in August 2017 that they would be launching their own streaming service in 2019.
That’s right, Disney is launching their very own version Netflix that will be filled approximately 7000 episodes of television and 500 movies, as well as developing their own original shows and movies And two of those original shows are going to be about two of the biggest Avengers in the MCU: Loki and Scarlet Witch.
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. 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. Marvel and Disney had no comment.
There’s an important distinction from other Marvel small-screen efforts, however. The actors who portrayed these heroes and villains in the Avengers films and their spin-offs, such as Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen, are expected to play them in the streaming shows.
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. Each series is expected to include six to eight episodes. Marvel Studios will produce the shows and Kevin Feige, the guru of all things MCU, is expected to take a hands-on role in their development.
The news of the MCU spin-offs come after Disney previously announced “multiple” Star Wars shows (with one being helmed by Iron Man director Jon Favreau), a TV show based on High School Musical and a live-action adaptation of Lady and the Tramp film.
All of this original programming plus Disney’s massive library of original content is making this service seem like a no-brainer.