When Disney launches its streaming service next year, it could feature news series with some familiar faces from the MCU, including Loki and The Scarlet Witch.
According to Variety, there are exclusive shows in development right now that will feature stars from the Avengers films including Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) among others.
While the MCU is no stranger to the small screen with shows like Daredevil and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., these projects would be overseen by Marvel Studios head Kevin Fiege himself and would feature prominent superheroes from the Marvel films.
But there is concern about how much these shows will cost the company.
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. As companies such as Netflix and Amazon continue to grow their user base, Disney is trying to find a way to establish a toehold in the streaming revolution upending Hollywood. The company has kept the details of the service close to the vest, beyond saying that it will likely cost less than Netflix and will launch at some point in late 2019.
And its not just the Marvel shows that could run the streaming service into the red. Disney is also developing several other high-dollar shows like a live-action Star Wars series, original movies and more.
Plus there’s the cost of the service itself, which is considerable.
Disney has already started to unwind its licensing deals in order to put as much premium content on the platform as possible. That’s meant that the company is forfeiting billions of dollars in profit, as well as shouldering the cost of developing the technology.
Now, for those of you expecting a Captain America or Black Panther series, don’t hold your breath. According to source, Marvel Studios will be holding back on the A-list characters who’ve already had their own movie franchises. Instead, the streaming series will focus on B-list fan favorites, like Hiddleston’s Loki.
Still, it’s an exciting prospect for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Let’s just hope that Disney doesn’t break the bank on this one.