Disney Is Reportedly Planning Several Limited Series Starring Your Favorite Marvel Characters

Disney Is Reportedly Planning Several Limited Series Starring Your Favorite Marvel Characters

But the trade mag has heard that the series would effectively be miniseries of around six to eight hours, running exclusively on the new Disney service. According to the site, this roster includes "beloved superheroes who have yet to appear in their own standalone movies" in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but two planned shows revolve around Loki and Wanda Maximoff, the Scarlet Witch - with Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen reprising their roles from the films. Marvel Studios will produce the standalone series with Kevin Feige expected to have a high level of involvement.

Marvel and Disney have confirmed exactly none of this, but plans will begin to leak out more and more as Disney's late 2019 launch date approaches. They've got plenty of other series and original movies lined up, as well, but the big question has been where Marvel fits in. There's no word on the budget for each show, but according to Variety, sources close to the production indicate "the budgets are expected to be hefty, rivaling those of a major studio production", since we're guessing that Hiddleston and Olsen wouldn't come cheap.

Next year, Disney is launching a new streaming service to compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime. That's meant that the company is forfeiting billions of dollars in profit, as well as shouldering the cost of developing the technology. However, Disney has to spend big to make an impression. MCU overlord Kevin Feige is also reportedly very involved with the projects, which still don't have writers or directors attached as they are still in early development.

This is big news, and only bolsters Disney Play's power. They will likely remain, produced under the Marvel TV brand, while the Disney Play shows will be considered the property of Marvel Studios. As though that weren't enough, the report claims the streaming service will serve as a home to series for other MCU characters that have yet to appear in their own solo films. Most important, it gives the service something that will attract comic book fans and represents the type of content Netflix would love to get its hands on.