Disney launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe into a TV series for Disney+ starting in 2021. While numerous series have aired with familiar movie characters, Disney and Marvel Studios may have been moving too fast. The problems with the shows have led to the studios considering a massive overhaul of how they make Marvel television shows.
Daredevil Gets a Reboot
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney is putting the brakes on their upcoming Marvel television show, Daredevil: Born Again. The series was meant to bring the superhero Matt “Daredevil” Murdock, reprised by Charlie Cox, further into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Charlie Cox had previously played the lawyer-by-day character in the Netflix Daredevil series and made cameos in Spider-Man: No Way Home and She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.
18 episodes were proposed for Daredevil: Born Again, and a handful of episodes have been shot. The show was paused amid the writers’ strikes. When executive producers finally got around to watching the footage shot, they could see that it wasn’t making for good television. The series writers and directors were let go as Marvel Studios sought revisions and a creative reboot.
Marvel Moving Too Fast
The revising of reboots highlights ongoing issues with Disney+ MCU TV shows. At first, this series had plenty of praise and accolades acclaim. 2021’s WandaVision won an Emmy for depicting the character of Wanda “Scarlett Witch” Maximoff going through a trippy adventure of grief.
Even before WandaVision had aired, Disney and Marvel already had more Marvel TV shows in production, ready to air only a few weeks after the next one. These MCU shows included Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki, What If, and Hawkeye, all released in 2021. Most of these shows were posed as one-and-done miniseries, given their usage of characters from and intended for more Marvel movies.
How Much Did This All Cost?
A big problem with making so many of these Marvel Cinematic Universe TV shows is that they are incredibly expensive to produce. Even with WandaVision being the longest series at nine episodes, the budgets have ranged well over $100 million. WandaVision was reported to cost as much as $25 million an episode.
One of the most expensive shows for Marvel to date was Secret Invasion, a side-story of the Skrulls invading Earth with Samuel L. Jackson playing series lead Nick Fury. For this sci-fi thriller miniseries, Marvel Studios spent a total of $212 million on a six-episode show. Given the lackluster response from critics and audiences, the show was a gamble that didn’t pay off well.
Where To Go From Here?
Marvel Studios still has plenty of TV series planned for their current Phase Five. The second season of Loki is currently airing, which will soon be followed by another season of What If. Following those shows will be spin-off for side characters, which will include Echo (from Hawkeye), Agatha: Darkhold Diaries (from WandaVision), Ironheart (from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever), and the aforementioned Daredevil: Born Again.
Disney will not shut these productions down, considering their popularity on Disney+ and having a stake in connecting them with the Marvel movies appearing in theaters. But with the diminishing returns, it’s clear that some big restructuring is required to ensure these expensive shows are worth it. What changes Marvel Studios will make to their future TV series remains to be seen.
The most current Marvel TV series is the second season of Loki, currently airing weekly on Disney+.
- Marvel Studios is rebooting Daredevil: Born Again after having creative differences.
- MCU TV series have expensive budgets and are made too quickly.
- Disney and Marvel may make more internal changes to how they make their shows.
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