At Disney's recent presentation for the streaming service, Marvel confirmed a number of planned live-action series, each featuring characters — and actors — popularized in its theatrical blockbusters.The roster includes "WandaVision," with Paul Bettany and Elizabeth Olsen as the Vision and Scarlet Witch; "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier," with Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan; and a show about Thor villain Loki, starring Tom Hiddleston. There are also reports of a planned "Hawkeye" limited series, starring Jeremy Renner."We're extremely enthusiastic about the opportunities that Disney+ supplies," Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige stated at the investor event. "These are new long-form stories in ways we've never done before."Disney has clearly sought to put its best feet forward on behalf of the streaming venture, including the first live-action "Star Wars" series, "The Mandalorian." But Marvel appears to have adopted a new strategy in this space — one that casts a not-very-flattering light on its previous output — after having largely devoted its TV efforts to second-tier characters more peripherally connected to its vaunted "cinematic universe."An early flagship of that, "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD," could at best be described as "Avengers-adjacent." Similarly, the company's Netflix series, including "Daredevil" and "Jessica Jones," operated in their own grittier zone, distinguished in part by more permissive levels of violence and sex than in the big-screen Marvel titles.The question is whether Marvel can sustain that level of TV production without diluting options for its ambitious movie plans. In addition, given how pallid some of those earlier series look compared to the Disney+ projects, will there still be an appetite for lesser fare like "Cloak & Dagger," which Marvel produced for Freeform, a Disney-owned cable network.Notably, a big part of Marvel's plans have turned to animation, including four new series for Hulu — one devoted to Howard the Duck — as well as a "What If?" series for Disney+.The company's current push, however, promises to up the TV superhero ante. That could also have implications for Marvel rival DC, which is using its roster of heroes to service the CW network, DC Universe streamingRead More – Source


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