Marvel Slowing Down Its Rollout of MCU TV Shows: Is That a Good Thing? Or a Really Great Thing?
When the news broke that ABC wanted to expand the Avengers film franchise with a live-action series, fans champed at the bit, awaiting what would become Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Now, 10-1/2 years later, even the most voracious of us nerds is feeling a bit hammered by what has oft been described as a relentless “firehose” of MCU content spanning screens big and small.
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I did some math (because holiday weekend math!), and since the January 2021 release of WandaVision — the first series to come from Marvel Studios and stream on Disney+ — the longest break between MCU content has been 14 weeks (between the Hawkeye finale and Moon Knight‘s premiere). The next-longest break was the 12 weeks between Disney+’s Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special and this weekend’s release of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania.
The shortest time that MCU fans had to wait between projects? Two whole days, from when Moon Knight streamed its finale to when Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness hit theaters.
And spanning this period that gave us eight movies, eight TV series and two TV specials/”presentations,” the average break between MCU projects has been a little over a month.
But Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige aims to put a crimp in said firehose, saying in a recent EW Q&A, “It is harder to hit the zeitgeist when there’s so much product out there… But we want Marvel Studios and the MCU projects to really stand out and stand above. So, people will see that as we get further into Phase 5 [which launched with Quantumania] and 6. The pace at which we’re putting out the Disney+ shows will change so they can each get a chance to shine.”
Our sister site THR went on to report that the first casualties of this slowdown will likely be the Hawkeye spinoff Echo and the Wakanda Forever offshoot Ironheart — both of which had been officially targeted for 2023 releases, but now likely won’t see the light of day until next year. In fact, THR hears, only Secret Invasion (which was penciled in for Spring 2023) and Loki Season 2 (currently Summer 2023) are sure bets to premiere this year.
Listen, many of us who consider ourselves honorary denizens of the MCU were riding high when in the first half of 2021 we got the 1-2 punch of WandaVision and Loki (with some so-so Sam-and-Bucky nestled in between), especially while still in lockdown mode. But we all learned about the Law of Diminishing Returns in Econ 101. And at some point, more MCU content simply became… more.
Just the other day, when I wrote up a handy “primer” for Quantumania (either for those who never got to Loki or those who plum forgot what happened!), the first commenter groused, “There are so many movies and TV shows now that if you don’t watch one TV show or whatever, and you want to watch a movie, you can’t fully enjoy it.”
So, will you welcome fewer, less-frequent MCU TV show releases? Or were you enjoying that “firehose” drenching you in streamable content of wildly varying quality?
Vote in our fun polls below, then scroll on to review the current release plans for Secret Invasion, Agatha: Coven of Chaos and other MCU TV fare.
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