As the Marvel Cinematic Universe wraps up its first decade, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige looks ahead at the studio's future both on the big and small screen.
One of the things that has separated the MCU from other superhero universes over the years is its ability to truly tell solo stories, while also telling interconnecting stories that flow rather seamlessly. Unfortunately, while many heroes have had their time in the spotlight, there are still plenty of characters that have yet to truly receive their due.
This, of course, will change when Disney+ officially launches next year with the inclusion of Loki, starring Tom Hiddleston, which is set to be a part of the overall MCU according to Feige.
In a new interview as part of Variety's Playback podcast, Feige briefly talked about Marvel Studios' future and its plans for Disney's forthcoming streaming service. According to the Marvel president, developing projects for another outlet such as Disney+ will allow Marvel Studios to make more titles than it could produce otherwise.
"When we announced ten movies and people asked, ‘Well what about these other things?’ the previous stance would be 'We only have a certain number of slots to make movies per year,'" he explained. "That’s still true but we have another outlet that I think will be very unique and very special."
So, what led to the decision to bring more titles to life on a platform such as Disney+? According to Feige, Marvel Studios is viewing the platform as a way to tell stories through a long-form narrative -- something it can't do with its limited film slate.
"We are going to tell stories for the streaming service that we wouldn’t be able to tell in a theatrical experience — a longer-form narrative, that’s what comics are, it’s about as long-form a narrative as exists," Feige stated. "But also maintaining that theatrical experience, which is our bread and butter, and the lines around the block, if you’re lucky."
As it stands, the only project Disney has officially announced is the Loki series, which will see Hiddleston return as the titular character. However, also confirmed to be in development for Disney+ is Vision and the Scarlet Witch, which was announced at the same time as the Loki series.
An official launch date for Disney+ has yet to be unveiled; however, reports have stated it will launch sometime in Fall 2019.
(via Variety & ScreenRant.)