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Disney and Marvel apparently aren't quite done with Loki just yet

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Hannah Rogers | 19 September, 2018, 14:53

Jon Favreau is directing a live-action Star Wars series and there's a TV series adaptation of Monsters Inc. in the works, but Marvel launched a partnership with Netflix years ago and has its own interconnected universe of shows running on that streaming service, including Daredevil and Jessica Jones.

The studio is apparently planning a number of limited series likely centered on the characters of Loki and Scarlet Witch, Variety reported in an exclusive Tuesday.

Unlike the Netflix shows, which go for street-level action with affordable names and eschew performers from the movies showing up, the aim for these new series would be to have the likes of Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen starring, with Marvel Studios retaining creative control and not handing them off to the TV department, with movie boss Kevin Feige having more say. Other shows will feature superheroes who have yet to be given their own standalone movies. Marvel TV is run by Jeph Loeb, who reports to Marvel Entertainment CEO Ike Perlmutter. Films created after this move include the ambitious and successful Thor: Ragnarok and Black Panther.

And much like Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. that saw Clark Gregg's Agent Phil Coulson make the jump from the big screen to the small screen, Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen are expected to reprise their roles in these forthcoming streaming shows. However, the report indicates that heroes like Iron Man and Captain America who have already had their own stand alone films will not be featured in the television shows. Right now, that includes the likes of Hulk, Hawkeye, and Shuri.

This is all part of Disney's effort to rival the giant that is Netflix. That shows just how committed Disney is to getting this streaming service beefed up with big content in order to attract subscribers. While these projects are still in the early stages, each series is expected to receive between six to eight episodes.

There could be plenty more to come, too. And what of Netflix's Marvel shows? The Star Wars series will reportedly cost $100 million and the movies are expected to carry budgets north of $25 million.

So what do you think folks?

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