As cost-cutting measures affect the entertainment behemoth, Disney aims to reduce its streaming programming. According to reports, Marvel Studios will likely experience the first and largest cuts under CEO Bob Iger’s second term in charge of the business. Kevin Feige, the head of Marvel, agrees, stating that the studio intends to broadcast fewer episodes on Disney+ while spreading them out further. Disney wants “the quality on the screen, but we have to look at what they cost us,” according to Iger.
According to Feige, who spoke to Entertainment Weekly earlier this week, “the rate at which we’re putting out the Disney+ shows will shift so they can each get a chance to shine.” During the past couple of years, Disney has produced an astounding amount of Marvel content.
Following the four films and five television shows it produced in 2021, it released three pictures and three television series in 2022. But, season two of Loki and the upcoming Secret Invasion starring Samuel L. Jackson are apparently the only two that are still “sure bets” to air this year. The firm previously planned five Disney+ programmes for 2023.
Feige stated, “I do believe that one of the strong components of working at Marvel Studios is having these movies and television shows impact the zeitgeist. But we want the MCU projects and Marvel Studios to really stand out and be superior.
When we progress through Phases 5 and 6, people will be able to perceive that. We’ll slow down the Disney+ show release schedule so that each one has a chance to shine. He said, “Both, I guess,” when asked if the new pace would entail spacing them out or releasing fewer episodes.
Disney is planning to bring Star Wars back to the big screen. The Mandalorian, Andor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and The Book of Boba Fett are all live-action Disney+ programmes, but the franchise hasn’t had a movie in theatres since 2019’s The Rise of Skywalker. At the Star Wars Celebration in April, Disney is said to be planning to reveal new movie projects.
The franchise will not, however, be exempt from the company’s increased financial accountability. According to a source who spoke to The Hollywood Reporter, “Lucasfilm may ramp up, but it will have to abide by the same economic discipline as the rest of the firm.”
Following the division’s difficulties in 2022, Disney’s plans for big-screen animation will also be impacted by the cost-cutting. While Disney Animation’s Odd World struggled at the box office, Pixar’s Lightyear did poorly. In order to get families back to theatres, the business is allegedly considering giving its upcoming animated films extended theatrical windows. Elemental and Wish are a couple of the upcoming animated films.
Insiders in the business do not necessarily view the huge cuts as a sign that Disney or its streaming service will soon face more serious problems. One agency partner told The Hollywood Reporter, “You can have ten average shows or you can have five terrific shows.” People will continue to use Disney+.
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