Disney Considering Live-Action ‘Loki’ & ‘Scarlet Witch’ Series For New Streaming Service
Disney are looking to capitalise on the MCU with their new streaming service, as they put into development new limited series based around some of the famous big-screen characters it has been announced.
According to Variety, Disney has started to develop two new live-action limited series which will follow Tom Hiddleston as Loki and Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch. Each show would carry a pretty sizable price tag and run for 6 to 8 episodes under the guidance of MCU boss, Kevin Feige. They would also stay under the Marvel Studios banner, who control the films, rather than be under Marvel TV, who control things like ‘Agents Of Shield’ and the Marvel/Netflix shows.
It’s an interesting move by Disney who are looking to cram as much original exclusive premium content on to the new streaming platform as the possibly can. We know they already have a ‘High School Musical’ show in development, along with a ‘Monsters Inc.’ series and Jon Favreau’s live-action ‘Star Wars’ drama. Whilst Disney have used Marvel characters across network tv and Netflix with shows like ‘Runaways’ and ‘Daredevil’, this would be the first time since ‘Agents Of Shield’ they’ve taken characters directly from the MCU and put them in their own show.
However, this would seem like a very different proposal to AoS, with each series only being a limited run, giving more background and depth to some of the bigger MCU stars. They have also stressed that the characters which have their own movies, like ‘Captain America’ and ‘Thor’ won’t be getting their own shows. This would seem to be a nice way of expanding the background of those mid-level characters who might not be able to support an entire film on their own.
Whilst this is still in the very early planning stages, if all goes well, we could see more of the MCU characters land their own mini-series in future. How about a Falcon series, or maybe one following the Winter Solider? A Vision & Scarlet Witch sitcom? We’ll have to wait and see what happens!
The as-yet-untitled Disney Streaming Service will launch “late 2019”, in the USA… It’ll then be rolled out worldwide at a later date. That means we probably won’t see it in the UK until at least 2020…