Report: Disney Plus is moving away from limited Marvel TV series (but that’s a good thing for fans)

Report: Disney Plus is moving away from limited Marvel TV series (but that’s a good thing for fans)

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After more than a decade of dominating the big screen, Marvel has begun spending a much larger percentage of its time focused on creating television series. This change happened with the launch of Disney Plus, and has led to an abundance of streaming series in different corners of the MCU. While many of these shows have been strong, and some have been great, recent news suggests that Marvel may be reevaluating its relationship with Disney Plus shows.

Until now, almost every Marvel show was at least initially viewed as a limited series. Marvel shows like hook And Moon Knight They were conceived as individual and only Loki So far it has received a second season. Now I follow the news Daredevil: Born again After getting a tough recast from Marvel, we also learned that Marvel’s entire approach to the limited series may be changing.

Kate Bishop (Hailee Stanfield) and Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in the new Disney+/Marvel Studios miniseries, "hook."
Kate Bishop (Hailee Stanfield) and Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) in the Disney+/Marvel Studios mini-series Hawkeye. Marvel Studios/Disney Plus/Marvel Studios

Marvel is moving away from limited series for its TV shows

As stated in Hollywood ReporterMarvel now plans to move away from limited series and toward more multi-season stories that can run for several years, which will allow characters to develop lasting relationships with the audience. Briefly? Fans will care more about the characters rather than seeing them as chess pieces being put into place for the next big crossover.

This shift makes sense, since the limited number of series has made it difficult to actually keep track of all the shows. WandaVisionwhich was particularly the first of these limited series, received a lot of attention and acclaim, but since then, there has been a noticeable decline in the cultural conversation around these shows and in their reception among critics.

How will this development change the direction of Marvel?

Marvel’s focus on longer-form storytelling suggests they may be realizing they’ve been moving in very different directions with their recent projects. It’s unclear whether this focus on longer stories means some shows that have currently aired as limited series will now get second seasons. hook, Ms. MarvelAnd Moon Knight They all seem to like shows that could potentially get second seasons, but none have been announced as part of an updated strategy.

Regardless, Marvel seems to be spending more time thinking about why people are invested in stories from this universe in the first place. Of course, each of these movies has a lot of action and sarcastic dialogue, but what really made people care were the characters. Creating space for these characters to exist and for fans to understand who they are and how they might fit into the broader universe will only become easier in a multi-season show.

Limited series have become popular in recent years, in part because they can be set up and financed like a movie with a specific ending in mind. However, sometimes, traditional television storytelling requires allowing characters to change and grow over several seasons and allowing audiences to become deeply invested in those stories.

Marvel has made its fortunes on the big screen

At the same time, it’s important to remember that television isn’t what Marvel is known for. Their biggest successes came in the era before they broke into television and tried to compete with other streaming services when all their stories would be told on the big screen. Now, quality seems to be faltering across the board as more and more projects mean each one gets less individual attention.

when Avengers: Endgame First released, one of the most notable things about its both critical and commercial success was the feeling that the Marvel machine had achieved something nearly impossible. It told an interwoven story full of characters that the audience loved and cared about, and it managed to find a way to tell one story with all of those characters that felt emotionally satisfying.

In the years that followed game over, Marvel is trying to recapture the magic it had during the first decade of its run. As we see with the confusion surrounding the TV shows, and with recent reports about the possibility of moving away from Kang the Conqueror as the next big villain, Marvel is less confident in itself than it was in the first decade of its run.

Marvel is undoubtedly the most successful franchise in movie history, but now that its pivot to the small screen appears to be causing problems, it remains to be seen whether this machine will be able to recover enough to continue its massive success.

For years, people have predicted that superhero fatigue was just around the corner. After all, how long can multiple studios keep churning out movie after movie about someone with world-saving powers? This phenomenon has been going on for over a decade, and ultimately, what people seem to care about most is quality. Marvel can spin in any direction it wants, but unless the shows and movies it produces are good and compelling to audiences, it won’t matter at all.

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