Loki, Scarlet Witch could get limited series on Disney streaming platform

Loki Scarlet Witch

Loki Scarlet Witch

In a very interesting move for Disney's upcoming streaming service, it's been revealed that Loki, Scarlet Witch and other Marvel Characters are getting their own TV series on the platform. Like with the first season of Agent Carter, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is expected to take a hands-on role in the development of each series, with the budgets expected to be "hefty", not unlike a studio production. That's a huge coup and raises the price of each of these potential limited series quite a bit, so Marvel likely wouldn't confirm anything until it had locked contracts from the potential stars anyway.

Variety notes that plans for the shows are still in early development, but that these likely will be the versions of the characters seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the actors who have been portraying the characters in the movies reprising their roles. Nowadays, eight-episode limited series can rival big studio films in terms of creative expression, starpower, and even production value.

There's an important distinction from other Marvel small screen efforts, however.

The pricey gamble with one of the crown jewels of the Disney film empire is a sign of how much the company has riding on its direct-to-consumer platform. Disney is also developing movies - like a live-action Lady and the Tramp - and a $100 million Star Wars series from Jon Favreau.

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This news also comes as interest in Marvel TV's Netflix shows has waned considerably. Streaming is the future, and Disney is exhausted of letting Netflix get all the glory.

Disney Play is expected to launch sometime in 2019.

Many of these projects are expensive bets. However, Disney has to spend big to make an impression. In other words, any fans hoping for any crossover between these Disney Play shows and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or any of the Netflix properties probably shouldn't hold their breath.

This is big news, and only bolsters Disney Play's power. Insiders stress the Avengers that have gotten their own movies like Iron Man and Captain America will not be featured in the series with the studios focusing on characters who have served as second tier characters in the MCU.

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