It seems that Marvel fans will have to wait a little longer to enjoy several series that have high expectations. This change in plans is due in large part to the current strikes by the Writers Guild and the Screen Actors Guild. In accordance with Varietyvarious series on the Disney+ platform have undergone changes in their release dates, starting with season 2 of What If…? – 84%, which has postponed its release several times, and is now expected to arrive on streaming in December. Its arrival was originally expected in early 2023.
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Another affected program is Threw outspin-off of Hawkeye- 87% (2021). Originally scheduled for November 29, it is now expected to launch in January 2024. This series stars Alaqua Cox, the first deaf Native American superhero of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The series will maintain a full release of episodes, being the first case of “binge-watching” in the Marvel catalog on Disney +.
Besides, X Men ’97revival of the famous animated series from the 90s, has been delayed until early 2024. Likewise, the premiere of Agatha: Coven of Chaos, has been pushed back to Fall 2024, aiming for the Halloween season. The next series on the agenda is still the second season of Loki- 96%, with premiere scheduled for October 6. strings like Daredevil: Born Again and wonder man have been affected by labor strikes, as have ironhearta spin-off of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – 88%whose principal shooting had already concluded.
These changes come at a time when Disney CEO, Bob Iger, has expressed concerns that Marvel’s overproduction of series has “diluted” the overall quality, suggesting that there will be a reduction in the number of annual titles from the company. A few months ago, the executive declared at the Sun Valley Conference (via Variety)
(Marvel) hadn’t been in the TV business at any significant level. Not only did they increase their film output, but they ended up doing several TV series and, frankly, they diluted the focus and attention. I think that is more the cause (of failure) than anything else.
When did Marvel Studios start producing TV series?
Originally, Marvel’s film and television productions were more interconnected, but over time, the two divisions began to operate more independently, leading to a more conspicuous separation. The TV division, Marvel Television, created several series that were theoretically part of the UCM, such as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 100%, Daredevil- 76%, Jessica Jones- 69%, Luke Cage- 78%, Iron Fist – fifty%, The Punisher- 60% and The Defenders – 74%. Although these referenced events and characters from the films, the reciprocity was minimal to non-existent, leading fans to question their canonicity.
This separation became even clearer when Kevin Feige, the architect of the MCU in cinema, was named Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer in 2019, taking control of all divisions of the company, including television. Shortly thereafter, Marvel Television was absorbed into Marvel Studios, marking the reunification of the film and television divisions.
Since this structural change, new television series have been produced directly by Marvel Studios and are firmly anchored in continuity. strings like WandaVision – 95%, Falcon and the Winter Soldier – 97%, Lokiand hawkeye Not only are they canon, but they also have a direct impact on the MCU movies. The reunification of the divisions has allowed for stronger narrative coherence and established future television series as relevant to the overall plot of the franchise as the movies. Now, instead of being an add-on or some kind of ‘parallel universe’, the Marvel Studios TV series are central to understanding the full arc of the MCU.
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