Marvel Studios has been upping their productions with each year. As of now, we finally reached a point where we get three films per year that take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Still, they started off as a small independent production company that grew alongside their success. Now, they are expanding their ventures even further with the coming of Disney+. The only officially confirmed show is the Loki production and they might still be brainstorming whatever stories they want to tell.
There have been a lot that was rumored up until now but the only actual show in production for Disney+ is The Mandalorians that features a lot of high-name directors. The new streaming service may start off slow with only a few original productions in the beginning as we still know very little of its upcoming release, pricing model or regional distribution. Still, it seems that Kevin Feige and his team have some big plans moving forward for the streaming service.
“When we announced ten movies and people asked ‘Well what about these other things?’ the previous stance would be ‘We only have a certain number of slots to make movies per year.’ That’s still true but we have another outlet that I think will be very unique and very special. 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, which is our bread and butter, and the lines around the block, if you’re lucky.”
It is always great to see that they are not losing sight of their theatrical releases. We might see a general shift for the company splitting up its production between the theatrical releases and streaming service productions. Disney+ might take the route that DC’s own streaming service is doing, DC Universe. They produce their shows in a way that they have a continuous stream of content throughout the year, which is a great way to keep people using your service for new content and limiting the output for the first year. It allows them to test out how well the service does before pushing out too much content.
Feige‘s view on longer-form narrative is rather interesting as it is something that Marvel TV has already started so they have a good foundation. It will be interesting to see if they’ll cooperate moving forward or we might see a shift for Marvel’s TV ventures. What will be interesting is if we will also get brand new shows focusing on brand new characters, especially going by Feige‘s comment about people asking them on characters that have yet to appear in the MCU.
What do you think? Which show are you most looking forward to for Disney+?