As per Marvel boss Kevin Feige, we are getting a Disney+ content slow down plus more episodic content in the MCU, Specifically mentioned as being episodic is Daredevil: Born Again. Feige spoke with EW recently about many upcoming projects. I won’t cover them all, but I’ll try and are what I felt were the most important comments Feige made.
First off Feige explained that there is a content slow down coming to Disney+ from his studio, and a focus on quality.
“I do think one of the powerful aspects of being at Marvel Studios is having these films and shows hit the zeitgeist. It is harder to hit the zeitgeist when there’s so much product out there — and so much “content,” as they say, which is a word that I hate. [Laughs] But we want Marvel Studios and the MCU projects to really stand out and stand above. So, people will see that as we get further into Phase 5 and 6. The pace at which we’re putting out the Disney+ shows will change so they can each get a chance to shine.”
Asked if this meant spaced out more or less content per year, Feige said.
“Both, I think.”
Feige then went on to explain why he also wants to have some more episodic content, as opposed to only serialized.
“I guess the learnings have been that you are rewarded creatively and by the audience by going to unexpected places. We always knew that to a certain extent, but it’s fun to see. We want to do shows that can only be shows. I want to continue to make them even more episodic, which may seem counterintuitive. But I do think there is something fun about leaning back and watching an episode that can be relatively self-contained.”
“Lost was an incredibly influential show because it was this serialized story, which was not seen in television much. Now it’s been how long, 20 years? Since then, almost everything has become like that. So now — and I think you’re seeing this not just with our shows, but with many other shows — you’re starting to see the fun of a self-contained, episodic story week to week. We’re going to experiment with that in some of our upcoming things.”
“Yes. I mean, cliffhangers are great, and I like watching a show where you should go to bed, but you see the cliffhanger and you just have to watch the next episode. You certainly want to keep people engaged. But I’m a big Star Trek fan, and I still find it soothing to watch an episode of Next Gen with a beginning and an end. So, I think we’re going to keep experimenting with that going forward.”
Like Daredevil: Born Again
Feige then revealed that Daredevil: Born Again has been designed in this episodic manner. Possibly this is why the series will last for 18 episodes?
“It’s Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio, and they’re amazing actors and storytellers in their own right. That’s sort of what I was talking about with the fun of episodic television: That’s really where we’re experimenting with that, with Daredevil in particular.”
When it comes to Less is more, I kinda agree. I’ve not loved all the Disney+ shows set in the MCU. However can you like everything Marvel does now when it’s being expanded tonally also? As for episodic content I’m all for it. However I also don’t want to go back to pre-Lost when that’s all we had on TV. A mix, depending on the project is a smart approach though.
For me I would look to a show like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which was episodic in general. However that show also had seasonal stories that would be built towards for the finale. I think that was a real sweet spot for me. However, that is purely subjective.
So, as per Marvel boss Kevin Feige, we are getting a Disney+ content slow down plus more episodic content in the MCU like Daredevil: Born Again. What do you think of Feige’s comments and plans? As always leave any thoughts below.