While a tentative release window has been set – sometime in 2019 – information and details regarding Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming service couldn’t be seeping through any slower. Thankfully, though, the House of Mouse has been picking up the pace as of late and tonight, they dropped an absolute bombshell on us.
Disney Play, as it’s being called, is apparently the “biggest priority of the company during calendar [year] 2019” and to prove it, they’ve just announced that they’ll be bringing some of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes onto the streaming service. And no, we don’t mean via the MCU films. Though those will be available on there, too.
Instead, we’re talking about solo TV shows for some of the franchise’s most popular heroes/villains. That’s right, Variety is reporting that characters like Loki, Scarlet Witch and more are all in line to receive their own vehicles on Disney Play, with the Marvel actors (Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, etc.) set to reprise their roles. Additional projects haven’t been confirmed, but the outlet says that the God of Mischief and Wanda Maximoff won’t be the only ones getting shows on the streaming service.
From what we understand, the characters who have yet to receive their own movies are the ones being discussed for this new initiative. So, don’t expect to see Iron Man, Cap, Thor or any of the other heavy hitters appearing. Still, this is hugely exciting news and better yet, Variety’s reporting that each show will have a large budget that rivals a major studio production and consist of one season made up of six to eight episodes. In other words, they’ll be limited series.
And if you’re worried about quality suffering like we’ve seen with so many of Marvel’s other small screen efforts, don’t, because Kevin Feige’s said to be taking a hands-on role in each project, with Marvel Studios producing them for Disney. Further details beyond that haven’t been revealed, and it’s unclear as yet when these shows will take place, but again, this is big, big news and makes it very clear just how serious the Mouse House is about their new streaming service.
While we wait to learn more, tell us, aside from Loki and Scarlet Witch, which characters would you like to see with their own limited series? As always, be sure to let us know down below.