Now that Avengers: Endgame has been given to the masses (a ton of masses), Marvel can begin to reveal their plans for the future. One thing we knew before Endgame had even released was that characters like Loki, Scarlet Witch and Vision, Hawkeye, and Falcon and Winter Soldier were getting miniseries on Disney’s new streaming service.
In a previous interview, Elizabeth Olsen discussed WandaVision (yes that is really the title) and said it would be 6 episodes. A new article from THR which goes into detail about various Marvel contracts and things, confirms that, saying the other shows will be around that length too:
“Part of Marvel’s next phase includes the segueing of many characters to their own series on Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+. Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) negotiated deals that are separate from the movie contracts for what sources say will be six to eight episodes.”
That length will make it feel like it is just one long movie, which is a good thing. Marvel Studios Boss Kevin Feige is directly overseeing these projects. They are not being run by the TV decision that does Agents Of SHIELD, or any of the former Netflix shows. One of the biggest complaints about those Netflix shows was that they had about eight episodes worth of material that they had to stretch to 13. It happened every time, and hurt all of those series. It seems like Netflix didn’t let them have the exact number of episodes needed to tell the story, instead they had to conform to a preset number, and the stories suffered for it.
As for the characters that are involved in the Disney+ series, their involvement does not prevent them from appearing in the movies also. They can do both as they are separate contracts.
Here’s how The Hollywood Reporter describes it:
“Those contracts don’t negate appearances in future Marvel movies, which could result in a separate round of dealmaking. The next few big-screen adventures build on the plot threads of Endgame. Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) and Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange) have one more option apiece, which will result in sequels to their solo movies, say sources.”
I will try to be vague here, but if you’ve seen Endgame, you can understand why one of the subjects of the TV show would also need to appear in further movies. Seeing them in both mediums will allow for deeper – and different – storytelling.
While Marvel has been celebrated for their successful shared universe, the one big criticism was not being able to successfully connect the movie side with the TV side as well as they should have. The Disney+ medium will seemingly solve that problem.
Out of all of the shows announced (and rumored), the one I am looking forward to most is the Hawkeye one. If he finally gets a moment to shine, while also introducing the incredible Kate Bishop into the universe, then it will be a win on many levels.
Avengers: Endgame had a definitive end. But like every comic book, the story will continue. This time, it continues on television too.