With Disney’s acquisition of Fox pretty much a done deal, attention can turn to company’s long-planned streaming service, which will feature at least a few Marvel heroes in starring roles.
Variety reports Loki and Scarlet Witch will likely feature in the first of many limited series the company will develop for its still unnamed platform. Actors Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen are expected to reprise their roles on the small screen. But perhaps the most interesting detail is that Marvel Studios, not Marvel Entertainment, will produce the series.
Previously, television was the purview of Marvel Entertainment and its television president Jeph Loeb. Agents of S.H.I.EL.D., the Netflix shows like Daredevil, Cloak & Dagger, and the ill-fated Inhumans were all developed under his watch. But in stepping into television production, Marvel Studios — a division of The Walt Disney Studios functionally separate from Marvel Entertainment — changes the previously agreed upon terms between the two Marvels. Marvel’s TV division will continue to develop projects, but Marvel Studios will produce material for the streaming service. This change to the status quo also explains why the Netflix series will continue on after 2019, when the rest of Disney’s content disappears from the service.
In addition to Marvel, the service will feature a Star Wars television show from former Marvel director Jon Favreau and a selection of Disney features and programs from its library, which will also include 20th Century Fox by the time it debuts in late 2019. It also marks a major shift in the streaming business as the studios begin to silo off their content in lieu of making licensing deals with services like Netflix. An early precursor to this shift, DC Universe, debuted last week with a more targeted focus — fans of DC Entertainment content — but expect the remaining Hollywood studios like Universal, Paramount and Warner Bros. to eventually announce streaming services of their own.
Meanwhile, if you have a favorite movie you like to stream from any of these companies, by a Blu-ray copy as it will become a lot more complicated and expensive to stream your favorite content in the coming years.
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