Disney is going to lean on the Marvel Cinematic Universe to give its upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service a superhero-sized jolt when it launches next year.
Disney and Marvel Studios are in early development to give some of Marvel’s secondary characters their own limited series, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Characters who could star in their own series include the likes of Loki and the Scarlet Witch, and Disney is planning on Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen, who play the characters on the big screen, to reprise their roles. No writers are attached for the series.
As it ramps up competition against Netflix, Disney is planning on making its upcoming ad-free service the only place to stream its movies as well as those from its subsidiaries Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm.
Last year, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that the studio will produce four to five original films for exclusive use on the planned Disney app, mostly live action. And around 500 films from the Disney library will show up on the direct-to-consumer platform, in addition to around 7,000 episodes of Disney TV fare.
Aside from its ambitious Marvel plans, Disney’s streaming service will become a prime hub for remakes and reboots of familiar IP. In February, the company announced that The Muppets would be rebooted for the streaming service.
Variety was first to report the news.