Original programing that harks back to beloved franchises or characters has proven to be key to luring subscribers.
In addition, the new series will also feature other popular characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe who have yet to be featured in their own standalone films.
Good news for anyone anxious that Infinity War - spoiler alert for the three people and Clarence the movie-shy badger who hasn't seen the movie yet - might mean the true end of Loki, or who thought Scarlet Witch didn't have enough to do. Variety says "budgets are expected to be hefty rivaling those of a major studio production" - which makes sense, because both Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen are likely to play their respective characters. The idea is to allow characters who haven't yet gotten their own standalone movies the chance to shine, and it's not expected that characters like Captain America or Iron Man would appear. Marvel Studios will produce the shows and Kevin Feige, the guru of all things MCU, is expected to take a hands-on role in their development.
Very few of the Marvel TV series have featured characters from the films despite the shared MCU landscape. But the trade mag has heard that the series would effectively be miniseries of around six to eight hours, running exclusively on the new Disney service.
According to Variety, the scope and budget of these new shows could be significantly larger than what we've seen before. While other Marvel-based TV shows produced by Disney, including Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
At this time, it isn't known what the stories will be, or where in the MCU timeline they will air. Will Loki and Scarlet Witch shows carry enough weight to hook viewers?