Moreover, though sources close to the production are staying mum on the cost of the programming, the budgets are expected to be hefty rivaling those of a major studio productions.
Of course Netflix has its own collection of Marvel properties (including Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and The Punisher), but Disney's current plan calls for both Hiddleston and Olsen to headline these shows, bringing a touch of top-shelf class to the proceedings. While these projects are still in the early stages, each series is expected to receive between six to eight episodes.
Disney wants to beat Netflix at the streaming game, and they know just how to do it: by bringing MCU characters to TV. In other words, any fans hoping for any crossover between these Disney Play shows and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or any of the Netflix properties probably shouldn't hold their breath. That's a huge coup and raises the price of each of these potential limited series quite a bit, so Marvel likely wouldn't confirm anything until it had locked contracts from the potential stars anyway.
Disney is enlisting Earth's Mightiest Heroes as the company prepares to launch its upcoming streaming service. Unlike the Marvel shows over on Netflix, these shows will have Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige heavily involved and they will feature the actors that played the characters in the movies.
The report from Variety also indicates that Loki and Scarlet Witch won't be the only Marvel superheroes getting their own shows. The core heroes of the MCU, such as Captain America and Iron Man, won't be the subjects of these new shows, which will take on a limited series model.
This is big news, and only bolsters Disney Play's power. Anyone who has wanted to see more of these characters will finally get their wish.
While the report didn't reveal any details on possible story lines, Elizabeth Olsen has previously talked about adopting the House of M storyline. Though, if the effects of the snaps are undone in the fourth film, we could still see the Scarlet Witch's story continued in the TV series.
The service is expected to launch next fall.