According to Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, the upcoming MCU TV shows for the Disney streaming service will feel aesthetically closer to the comics than the movie adaptations. The new shows will offer a unique opportunity for Marvel Studios to explore long-form narratives that will feel comparable to a more traditional comic book structure.
Marvel Studios is currently developing a number of spinoff limited series' for the Disney streaming service. These shows are expected to be produced on budgets that are half the cost of films within the MCU, and they will feature characters straight from the Marvel movies. As of now, the first few announced series' will include Elizabeth Olsen and Tom Hiddleston reprising their roles as Scarlet Witch and Loki, respectively, while another will include Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie reprising their roles together as Winter Soldier and Falcon, respectively. Now, Feige has offered some clearer insight into the grand plan he has for the upcoming shows - from a narrative perspective, at the very least.
Even though Marvel Studios is withholding specific plot details for the upcoming shows, Feige opened up about what audiences ought to expect as far as storytelling goes. During one of THR's producer roundtables, Feige likened the narrative structure of the new TV shows to campfire stories, saying, "As many people as you can get around the campfire and tell stories. Campfires can be different: We are going to tell stories for the streaming service that we wouldn't be able to tell in a theatrical experience." He then added that this new approach would ultimately feel more aligned with the story structure of the comics upon which these series' will be based. He said:
"A longer-form narrative; that's what comics are. It's about as long-form a narrative as exists. But also maintaining that theatrical experience, which is our bread and butter, and the lines around the block, if you're lucky."
According to Feige, the upcoming series' will give Marvel Studios a unique opportunity to bring the MCU closer to its comic book roots. The long-form narrative offers audiences the opportunity to develop a more intimate relationship with the characters, storylines, and overall framework of the upcoming TV shows, expanding on characters that audiences have become familiar with in the film adaptations. Marvel Studios recently toyed with this episodic nature with the cliffhanger ending of Avengers: Infinity War.
As exciting as this news might seem to diehard Marvel comic fans, time will tell whether or not the new Marvel shows live up to the comic book nature that Feige is promising. Given that he mentions the fact that each series will maintain a "theatrical experience," it's anyone's guess as to how exactly this new structure will ultimately play out. That said, this sort of experimental nature is inspiring in this new medium, which may ultimately prove to be creatively successful once the shows are finally released.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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