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Loki, Scarlet Witch Shows In The Works For Disney Streaming Service

September 18, 2018 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Disney has some ambitious plans for their streaming service, including standalone series centered on the MCU’s Loki and Scarlet Witch. Variety reports that the company is in early development on a number of limited series centered on Marvel Cinematic Universe characters, with the Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olson-played characters specifically mentioned as being in the works.

The report, for which Marvel and Disney had no comment, says that other popular superheroes who have yet to appear in their own solo movies will also likely get limited series. The shows will feature budgets rivalling those of major studio productions and run six to eight episodes. Marvel Studios will produce the shows, with Kevin Feige involved in a hands-on capacity. The films will focus more on the characters who have not received their own films, with Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the rest not featured.

At this time, it isn’t known what the stories will be, or where in the MCU timeline they will air.

These will represent a big shift from Marvel’s other MCU efforts, which have generally not featured stars from the films. There have been exceptions, mostly on Agents of SHIELD where Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill) and Jamie Alexander (Sif) all appeared, albeit early in the shows’ run. In addition, Dominic Cooper and Hayley Atwell reprised their roles as Howard Start and Peggy Carter in the Atwell-led Agent Carter.

The site adds that Disney is in the process of extricating itself from licensing deals in order to get as much premium content on the service as possible. It will launch next year and is expected to include a Star Wars live-action series overseen by Jon Favreau that will cost $100 million along with movies like a live-action Lady and the Tramp film.