Disney’s streaming service is wasting no time lining up its franchise chickens before the platform has even hatched, with two MCU favourites about to get their own series.
The House of Mouse’s subscription service, which aims to take on Netflix, is being launched on an unknown date in an unknown number of territories. What we do know, though, is that Disney has a huge volume of brands to tap into for high-profile content. While Jon Favreau is working on Star Wars series The Mandalorian and casting is underway for a High School Musical reboot, Disney is now turning to Marvel for its next online series – and Falcon and Winter Soldier are first in line.
Variety reports that Malcolm Spellman has been tapped to write a series featuring the two heroes. They are, of course, no stranger to the screen, played by Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan in several MCU films to date, including Avengers: Infinity War. Both have become key players in the Captain America strand of the franchise, as either could be positioned to inherit Cap’s shield for the next Phase of Marvel movies, as Chris Evas bows out of the role. Whether either actor would reprise their part on the small screen, and whether there would be any continuity with the big screen blockbusters, are just some of the factors that Spellman will have to navigate as the project is developed.
Spellman previously worked as a writer and co-executive producer on Empire and penned Our Family Wedding. His hiring marks the first step in Disney’s plans to produce a number of its own Marvel streaming series, separate to its Netflix shows. While Netflix has recently cancelled its Iron Fist and Luke Cage shows, Disney’s is on smaller supporting characters, such as Loki and Scarlet Witch. Any limited series that do make it are expected to be shorter than Netflix’s shows, spanning six to eight episodes.