Scarlet Witch to get standalone series on new Disney+


While Netflix has canceled the Marvel series’ Daredevil, Iron Fist and Luke Cage, the new Disney+ streaming service is keeping the Marvel television train rolling with a series about Scarlet Witch.

Disney+, the new Disney streaming service set to launch in 2019, adds Scarlet Witch to a growing slate of Marvel characters. So far the entertainment giant has only officially confirmed Loki, starring Tom Hiddleston.

But according to Deadline, Scarlet Witch will be bringing Elizabeth Olsen and giving her the character’s first shot at being a title character. It’s also speculated that Paul Bettany’s Vision will be joining the show.

Back in September, Variety reported that Disney was in the early stages of development on some limited series focusing on characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe who didn’t have any standalone movies.

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Variety has also previously reported that a buddy series between Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) with Malcolm Spellman signed on to write. Spellman has previously written on Empire.

Each series is expected to be six to eight episodes and have budgets that rival that of major movies. This kind of commitment from Disney adds to some already lofty goals for the new streaming service. (There’s already a $100 million Star Wars series from Jon Favreau in the works.)

Chief orchestrator of the MCU, Kevin Feige, is reportedly leading the charge on these series.

His involvement could open the door for even more MCU characters to make their way to the small screen. This could become even more interesting once the impending Disney/Fox merger goes through in 2019. Screen Rant speculates that it could even lead to an inclusion of Magneto in the Scarlet Witch series.

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Now, there’s a lot of talk about the title and release date, but since Deadline removed mention of a title from their article, it’s best to hold off on your Vision and the Scarlet Witch title excitement until the mouse gives the official word. After all, we still don’t even have a title for Avengers 4.

How are you feeling about the next phase of the Marvel television universe? What characters from the movies deserve their chance at a series? Let us know in the comments.