We have a lot of superhero stories going on across different mediums. We have books, comics, movies, TV shows, video games, and pretty much any other medium you can concoct in your brain. Each medium has their own strengths and weaknesses, but in terms of mainstream appeal, the one that sits on top is film. The budgets are big, the explosions loud, and when stretched out between multiple films and franchises, it really has the capacity to be epic.
But when all said and done, film still has its limits. Take a look at the stories being told on Netflix. There’s no way you can get that same experience on film, no matter how hard you try. It’s with that in mind that the idea of giving certain film MCU characters life in high-budget limited series on Disney Play is so amazing, and speaking during a THR roundtable, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige highlights the difference in medium from film:
“I think [Disney Play] is something that we’re going to be adding content to, which is exciting. I love your analogy with the campfire, right? As many people as you can get around the campfire and tell stories. Campfires can be different: We are going to tell stories for the streaming service that we wouldn’t be able to tell in a theatrical experience — a longer-form narrative, that’s what comics are, it’s about as longform a narrative as exists. But also maintaining that theatrical experience.”
Let’s hope they’re able to dig into those differences without losing much of what makes those movies great. The last thing they want is for their shows to go the way of the Netflix series…with them being canceled due to decreasing interest.
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