Disney plans to launch Marvel Cinematic Universe streaming spin-offs

Cristina Cross
September 20, 2018

While the company hasn't released much information about its plans, it has said it hopes to launch a streaming service in late 2019.

Even so, it's clear Disney is well aware of the stiff competition, and now it's looking like they're gearing up to make it harder for fans of superheroes to resist signing up for their new streaming platform!

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According to Variety, Disney will be digging into their MCU catalog to create exclusive television shows based around popular comic book characters. What's more, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige is expected to have a direct hand in developing these series, both of which will have budgets "rivaling those of a major studio production".

If Loki is no more, would a series focus on the villain with a good side be set further in the past?

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But the big "get" of the story is that these limited series will star the same actors who portray those characters on the big screen, meaning Tom Hiddleston stars as Loki in "Loki" and Elizabeth Olsen would reprise her role as the Scarlet Witch. Marvel TV is run by Jeph Loeb, who reports to Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter. This possibly puts Netflix's Marvel shows at a disadvantage - all the might of the Marvel/Disney empire could be going towards the Disney Play Marvel shows, leaving the Marvel Netflix titles out in the cold.

And if you're anxious 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. Add in the fact that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is about to air its final season and Inhumans was D.O.A., and the writing seems to be on the wall. That means Tom Hiddleston is lined up to play Loki and Elizabeth Olsen tapped to play Scarlet Witch.

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She went on to play the character in Avengers: Age of Ultron in 2015, Captain America: Civil War in 2016, Avengers: Infinity War this year and will be back for next year's as yet untitled fourth Avengers movie. Not to mention newly announced Star Wars and High School Musical TV shows. Let us know down in the comments.

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