Thursday, January 10, 2019


While not originally intended perhaps as such, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has expanded from merely a series of interconnected blockbuster films featuring various Marvel superheroes, and into a multiplatform media franchise that just celebrated its first decade. Easily remembered are the various series shown on broadcast TV – “Agents of SHIELD” on ABC – and digital streaming – “Daredevil”, formerly on Netflix. The latter platform however seems intent on cutting ties between themselves and Disney-Marvel on account of the upcoming exclusive streaming service Disney+. Said new platform is shaping up to be a new home for MCU series, like one starring Avengers Vision and Scarlet Witch. And they have just gotten a show-runner.
The Hollywood Reporter has it that Disney+ can soon see their prospective “Vision and Scarlet Witch” MCU spinoff series begin development following the naming of a developer and main writer for the show. And in the Disney and Marvel Studios penchant of keeping talents and production people on from a finished project to work on something else, the proposed show-runner for this streaming series is part of the writing team for the upcoming MCU film “Captain Marvel” starring Brie Larson. Jac Schaeffer will write the pilot episode and overall storyline, and serve as executive producer.
As the series on Scarlet Witch and Vision is connected to the MCU film franchise, that means the roles of the characters, both of which are part of the Avengers, will be reprised by their stars Elizabeth Olsen and Paul Bettany. This is but one of the several Marvel streaming series that are in line to be developed for Disney+. The others are a magic-cosmic series starring Asgardian-Frost Giant trickster Loki to be reprised by MCU darling Tom Hiddleston, and another tandem show with Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), this one to be written by Malcolm Spellman.
Of course, how those shows are going to work is a very important question, seeing as they are supposed to tie closely with the MCU films. But of the Marvel characters detailed above, as of “Avengers: Infinity War” last year two have been killed and another two wiped from existence. Unfortunately, Disney and Marvel Studios are masters of keeping production details secret, so all audiences can do, is wait more.
Jac Schaeffer’s other contributions to the Disney umbrella, aside from “Captain Marvel” and one Disney+ MCU series, are as co-writer of the Disney 2018 short “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” and writer for an MCU “Black Widow” film, one prospective MCU production after the finale of “Avengers: Endgame” this year. “Captain Marvel” premieres this March 8, 2019.
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