Marvel is now in the same place as Star Wars. It just isn’t special anymore. It has saturated its own marketplace. Marvel movies are no longer “must-see” cinematic experiences. With three per year hitting theaters it’s simply now cinematic fast food. Stir in a great big helping of usual Hollywood year zero and current thing thinking, and nobody can be bothered to make it an appointment any longer.
The television shows are simply background noise. We watch while we surf on other devices. Many shows we skipped entirely. Ms Marvel, anyone?
We wrote last week about some big changes at Marvel Television, including running things less like the movie studio, trusting showrunners, and completely retooling Daredevil: Born Again.
Over the weekend, some more news started to emerge from Disney. It looks as if Disney CEO Bob Iger’s very real need to take cost out of his business is intersecting with Marvel’s quality vs. quantity issues.
Echo, Agatha: Darkhold Diaries, and Ironheart are all shot and ready to go, with filming completed before the strikes. Echo is set for January, but Agatha: Darkhold Diaries and Ironheart have vanished from upcoming schedules. A copyright filing for Ironheart suggested moving out to a 2025 release. That could mean a show overhaul.
Reducing that quantity may have claimed another victim. Writer Joanna Robinson, author of MCU: The Reign Of Marvel Studios, appeared on The Ringer’s The Watch podcast and she mentioned the Yahya Abdul-Mateen II-led Wonder Man event series. According to rumors she is hearing, the show is dead:
“Even after we heard about Daredevil, I’ve also heard again, The Watch scoop… that they are trashing the Wonder Man project like there is a lot of stuff that is going to go in the can.”
She stresses this is just a rumor at the moment. Filming on the series began on April 5th but was shut down by the end of May and is yet to restart.
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