If there is one area Disney is not lacking its potential content for their upcoming streaming service. The company owns some of the biggest franchises of popular content ever created, including Star Wars, and Marvel. So it’s no surprise that we see rumors of potential new Star Wars TV shows, and now of new Marvel shows.
Marvel is certainly no stranger to TV shows, there are nearly a dozen current Marvel shows currently being aired, from Daredevil/Jessica Jones/Luke Cage/Iron Fist on Netflix, S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, Legion on FX, and Cloak and Dagger on ABC’s cable channel. Marvel ties most these shows, at least loosely to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), but we may be looking at the first instance of taking the original film actors and putting them to the small screen with Loki and Scarlet Witch films.
It looks like Loki’s Tom Hiddleston, and Scarlet Witch’s Elizabeth Olsen will be getting their own 8-episode series on the new streaming service from Disney, according to Variety. The direct Avenger tie-ins will join other big potentials like the Star Wars and Monsters Inc. shows.
With this level of content, it’s hard to imagine Disney not seeing some early success. Disney’s CEO has been quick to point out that the price will be competitive for the lack of bulk content, so it feels like the service is being treated as more a new type of premium channel on cable than a stand-alone streaming service. People pay for HBO, Showtime, Starz, etc… So it makes sense they’ll pay for Netflix and Disney. It will be left to D.C., CBS, and other companies to make their channel/service compelling enough to compete for a family’s limited budget.