The ambitions of Disney and Marvel Studios continues this week with more details revolving around the massive streaming service that Disney plans to roll out to compete with Amazon Prime, Hulu, and of course, Netflix. Although both Marvel and Disney have TV and film titles streaming on all of those platforms, their own streaming service will monopolize all of the series, as well as any ABC shows, giving the other streaming giants a run for their money. The initial start date of this project is sometime in 2019, but the two companies are already brainstorming some big ideas to further entice potential customers to add another streaming service to their rosters.
Although there is certainly no shortage of current material, especially if you include ABC shows, Disney is looking to expand its roster with some fan-favorite characters from the MCU. It has been reported that multiple spin-off TV series’ are in the works, which will revolve around Loki and around Scarlet Witch, respectively.
With both of these characters being in multiple MCU films, it makes sense to use a new platform to expand their material in a more leading role, especially since MCU big-screen endeavors are fewer. The addition of the streaming service would provide a perfect outlet for what would presumably be a wealth of material for both characters.
So far neither Marvel nor Disney has released a statement to elaborate on the original reports by Variety, so a few aspects are still unclear at this time. Most apparently, it is unclear whether or not the shows will take place in the current MCU timeline after Avengers 4, or if they will serve as types of origin stories. This would heavily depend on the fates of both characters in the next film, of course, since both died at the hands of Thanos in Infinity War.
Having said that, the original reports did confirm that Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen would be expected to reprise their roles as the characters, so this would also depend on the fates of the actors (in regards to future MCU films featuring them and non-Marvel projects alike) if this is indeed true.
Right now, there are already multiple shows that are loosely in the same timeline as the MCU, including Cloak and Dagger on Hulu, the four Netflix shows featuring the Defenders (Luke Cage, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Iron Fist,) and ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Although all of these shows relate to the greater MCU, there is a clear caliber difference in budget, C.G.I., and, of course, casting. The most we get is a few references here and there to Stark Industries and “The Incident,” meaning the first Chitauri attack from the first Avengers film.
The addition of spin-off series starring A-Team characters like Loki or Scarlet Witch shows the great promise that the upcoming streaming service is expected to show, come 2019. With the reports of a Black Widow solo film in the works for Phase 4 or 5 of the MCU and the universal praise for the project, it is an ideal time to expand more on interesting and enigmatic characters like Loki, Scarlet Witch, and perhaps others, if these projects go well.