Disney has been rather tight-lipped about the development of their new streaming platform. Even though it’s well known that the service will host all of Disney’s original content after its rollout in late 2019, what new Marvel content will get developed for the platform was anyone’s guess, until now. Apparently, Tom Hiddleston’s Loki and Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witcher’s both slated to each get their own limited series on the platform.
The secrecy makes some sense. Come 2019, Disney is going to have to try and edge out the likes of Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon with their original content. This seems even more pressing when you consider the upcoming launch of a few smaller and more niche streaming platforms like DC Universe and Nick Splat. The former will carry a bunch of new shows based on characters from the DC Comic Universe, while the latter will revel in the nostalgia of 90’s era Nickelodeon— two things Disney hopes to accomplish with the new shows.
There’s this obvious tether to something familiar as Loki and Scarlet Witch are both well established MCU characters with complicated backstories. But at the same time, there’s a freshness to the idea. While the characters have learned to curb some of their worst impulses, each still has a really complicated and villainous backstory that would make for great television. Still, where in their timeline’s the shows will take place is up in the air until the release of Avengers 4 next year (Hint: both Scarlet Witch and Loki died in Avengers: Infinity War).
Currently, there is no director or writer attached to either series, but Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, will be helping with development. That’s grounds to get hype on top of the fact that these two shows will be the most linked to the MCU. While the Netflix outings like Daredevil and Jessica Jones take place in the same Marvel universe as the movies, the two worlds never use stories that overlap very much. Soon it won’t matter though, they’ll all be side to side on the same platform in time.