Disney's new streaming service to feature Loki and Scarlet Witch shows

Loki, Scarlet Witch, Other Marvel Heroes to Get Own TV Series on Disney Streaming Service (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety notes that plans for the shows are still in early development, but that these likely will be the versions of the characters seen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the actors who have been portraying the characters in the movies reprising their roles. What's more, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige is expected to have a direct hand in developing these series, both of which will have budgets "rivaling those of a major studio production".

It's further stressed the Avengers that have already received their own films, like Iron Man and Captain America, will not be featured in the series with the studios focusing on characters who have served as second tier characters in the MCU.

One of the biggest and most obvious reasons to the success of the MCU has been how they have tied into one another and brought cohesive story threads that have turned the entire eventually 22 films into one big epic story.

There's no word yet on exactly when the streaming service will launch, apart from it being sometime in 2019, but it's aiming to make a big splash: alongside at least two big Marvel series, there's also a live-action Star Wars show - which also has a budget of $100m+ - and a High School Musical series, and a live-action Lady and the Tramp movie.

The Disney streaming service just got a whole lot more appealing for Marvel fans. What the studio hasn't been too willing to do though outside of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, is bring the different threads from their TV series into the mix and make an even bigger connected universe. Marvel TV is run by Jeph Loeb, who reports to Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter.

Instead, we're talking about solo TV shows for some of the franchise's most popular heroes/villains. As companies such as Netflix and Amazon continue to grow their user base, Disney is trying to find a way to establish a toehold in the streaming revolution upending Hollywood. Will Loki and Scarlet Witch shows carry enough weight to hook viewers?

Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Don Cheadle, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Tom Hiddleston, Sebastian Stan, Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Josh Brolin, and Chris Pratt.

The service is expected to launch next fall.

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