For the longest time now we’ve been hearing that Marvel Studios’ upcoming Disney+ shows will each run for six-hour-long episodes – but now it appears that might not be the case! Thanks to Lizzie Hill over at Murphy’s Multiverse, we may have evidence that WandaVision may boast a slightly larger episode count.
According to the site, the resume for a stuntperson who worked on WandaVision – whose name has been withheld to protect the source – details them as having worked on ‘Ep. 109’, suggesting the series may well run for nine episodes, instead of six. This doesn’t confirm if the ninth episode is the finale but as the site notes, this could also be a mistake, but given they worked on the show, chances of that seem slim.
It’s also worth noting that the longer episode count doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll be getting nine hour-long episodes – The Mandalorian typically ran for between 30 and 45 minutes – but it’d be nice to see the shows have somewhat extended runs, particularly after the recent dry-spell! This also confirms that Disney+ won’t restrict shows by episode count, offering the showrunners more flexibility in how they approach each season.
Interestingly, in a recent interview with Variety, Anthony Mackie said that shooting The Falcon and the Winter Soldier felt like shooting an “a six or eight-hour movie” – I’m reaching here, but maybe the length of each show isn’t quite as set in stone as we once thought? This is probably nothing, but its fun to speculate regardless.
With the shows due to start up production again soon, with any luck we should be hearing more about the release schedules of Marvel’s upcoming Disney Plus output soon.