Only two Marvel series expected for Disney Plus this year

Sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that Marvel will be reducing the number of series going to Disney Plus each year, possibly in a cost-cutting measure

Loki

When Kevin Feige laid out Marvel’s Phase 5 and 6 at SDCC in July 2022, a mind-boggling number of movies and Disney Plus Marvel series were proposed for each year. However, sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that this plan may be revised.

Loki season 2 and Secret Invasion (starring Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury) are now the only shows confirmed for 2023 release dates (according to the source). Black Panther spin-off Ironheart (starring Dominique Thorne), Hawkeye spin-off Echo (starring Alaqua Cox), and WandaVision spin-off Agatha: Coven of Chaos (starring Kathryn Hahn) are now all possibly being pushed to 2024 (or even beyond).

Kevin Feige told EW this week; “The pace at which we’re putting out the Disney Plus shows will change, so they can each get a chance to shine.” But the reasons behind the slow down in pace is less to do with concerns regarding oversaturation, and more about cost-cutting measures, according to THR. A ‘company insider’ said; “Numbers matter now, and costs are going to be outlined and enforced.”

In 2021, Marvel released four movies and four live-action TV series went to Disney Plus (WandaVision, Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, and Hawkeye). In 2022, Marvel released three movies and three live-action TV series (Moon Knight, Ms. Marvel, and She-Hulk) as well as the Werewolf by Night and Guardians of the Galaxy specials.

Crucially, they are directly tying the movies to the shows – so you’d have struggled with Doctor Strange 2 if you hadn’t seen WandaVision, and the ‘big bad’ in Ant-Man 3 was introduced in Loki. Daredevil and Kingpin have appeared in Hawkeye and She-Hulk, setting them up for the incoming Daredevil series. The MCU is getting unwieldy, and harder to keep up with – so this move to slow down the content machine is probably a wise one.