With Disney’s streaming service slated to launch in late 2019, very little has been shared with fans regarding price points, and what a full lineup might include. Variety reports that Disney and Marvel will be working on standalone mini-series for some MCU characters.
- According to Variety, Disney and Marvel will reportedly be developing live-action shows for their streaming services that are centered around individual Marvel characters.
- Series could potentially be in development for the shapeshifting Loki and mutant-powered Scarlet Witch.
- Neither Disney or Marvel have commented on the status of either series.
- These shows are expected to have large budgets and would potentially have the actors who brought the big screen versions to life reprising their roles for the streaming service; namely Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen.
- An Avengers series could be the big ticket item that allows Disney to successfully enter the direct to consumer market and compete head-on with Amazon, HBO, Netflix, and Hulu (Disney currently owns a 30% stake in the streaming service).
- Variety also mentions that Disney would likely save the main star power (Iron Man, Black Panther, Thor) for the big screen, and create individual stories for the “second tier” Avengers who haven’t had standalone film in the MCU.
- Disney and Jon Favreau are developing a live-action Star Wars series for the streaming service. The 10 episode run reportedly has a budget upwards of $100 million.
- Casting continues for the Disney original film, Stargirl based on the YA novel by Jerry Spinelli. America’s Got Talent winner Grace Vanderwaal will star as the titular character. Graham Verchere, and Giancarlo Espositio have also been cast in the film.
- The live-action version of Lady and the Tramp that will also be produced for the streaming service has continued to add to its cast, with Community‘s Yvette Nicole Brown playing Aunt Sarah as the latest addition.