Disney Is Developing Loki and Scarlet Witch Spin-Offs For Its Streaming Service
Warning! If you're one of the seven people that haven't seen Avengers Infinity War, then there be spoilers ahead.
If you were worried that you'd seen the last of Loki after Thanos got neck snappy with him, you could be in for more of the God of Mischief than you can handle.
In addition to the roster of exclusive content that Disney is readying for their streaming service, Variety reports that Loki and Scarlet Witch are getting the limited series treatment. Before you start thinking that this announcement is a spoiler for Avengers 4, there are no details on when in the characters' respective timelines the proposed shows will take place. One popular theory is that Loki's spin-off will be set after The Dark World when Loki was masquerading as Odin on Asgard.
Unlike the Netflix arm of Marvel, Disney's original offerings will be directly connected to the movies with Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olson set to reprise their roles. Instead of being set in the outskirts of the MCU, the new shows will unfold in the heart of the established worlds we know and love. Excitingly, this proposition could offer a chance for previously sidelined characters to take center stage. Could the Black Widow Movie be better served with a limited series? The vast world of Doctor Strange would benefit from having six-eight hours to explore the mystical, and the MCU has to do more with the formidable women of Black Panther.
When it comes to streaming platforms, there is no escaping that the market leaders are Netflix and Amazon. Disney knows only too well that they are playing catch-up with these titans of direct to consumer content. However, Disney is mounting an imposing assault by ending its partnership with Netflix at the end of the year and developing new shows and films from their back catalog to temp subscribers. Movie reboots include Three Men and a Baby, Lady and the Tramp, Parent Trap, and Honey I Shrunk The Kids. Meanwhile, their TV projects include a live-action Star Wars series from Jon Favreau, a revival of The Clone Wars, The Muppets, Monsters Inc, and at least three Marvel based shows.
The as yet untitled Disney streaming service is set to launch in America sometime late 2019; there are currently no details on when it will roll out to the rest of the world. All we know is that Disney has pledged that the cost will be less than a basic Netflix package, but nothing official has been announced. More on the Loki and Scarlet Witch spin-offs as it breaks.