On Tuesday of this week, Variety ran a report that dropped some cool details regarding the Marvel Cinematic Universe — that some of the characters would live on in their streaming service. The characters name-dropped in the article were Loki and Scarlet Witch, and another cool detail was the fact that these limited series would feature “hefty” budgets.
But one detail that we didn’t really delve into in our initial reporting had to do with the studio that would be responsible. Unlike all the other TV shows that feature Marvel characters, these miniseries would not be produced by Marvel Television, but by Marvel Studios. In case you don’t know the difference, Marvel Television is the branch of Marvel Entertainment that produces such TV shows as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and all the Netflix shows.
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Marvel Studios is the film production studio that falls directly under Disney (away from Marvel Entertainment) that produces all the live-action films that have hit theaters over the past 10 years. That’s the studio that will be producing these live-action miniseries, meaning that they will retain control over how these higher-profile characters are tackled on screen.
This is also pretty interesting because, as of this point, it doesn’t look like Marvel TV is being factored into the whole Disney Play streaming service. They currently have shows on FOX, ABC, Netflix, FreeForm, and Hulu, and as a result, kind of have their hands full. Will Disney end up canceling some of those shows to free up their resources to produce content for their streaming service, or will Marvel TV become a studio dedicated to content outside of their service? Only time will tell.
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