The new Marvel shows (opens in new tab) on the Disney Plus streaming service (opens in new tab) aren't going to do things by halves. According to a new report, the likes of Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, and the Hawkeye series (which may star Hailee Steinfeld as Clint Barton's protege (opens in new tab)) could be getting budgets to rival some MCU movies.
Variety (opens in new tab) states Marvel Studios is going all-in on its Disney Plus productions, with sources indicating budgets "comparable to a Marvel film project." For context, the lowest Phase Three budget was Doctor Strange (opens in new tab), at around $160m. Variety has also thrown around numbers of between $100m-$150m, though nothing has yet been confirmed on that front.
Big money in television budgets isn't new news. 15 years ago, Lost's pilot episode cost a whopping $14m on its own, yet potential runs of "six to eight episodes" could tip the per-episode cost north of $15m for some MCU series if the rumours are true.
However, it is indicative of Marvel (and new Star Wars producer Kevin Feige) making serious waves in the television sphere. So much so, that there are now also suggestions put forward in the report that Marvel Television – the separate wing of Marvel that housed the likes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and the Netflix Marvel shows – will be replaced almost entirely by Marvel Studios' multi-million-dollar operation. That may also clue us in on why Ghost Rider was cancelled last week (opens in new tab).
With several Marvel Phase 4 (opens in new tab) entries to come on Disney Plus, including She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, and Moon Knight (opens in new tab) just over the horizon, we could be entering a new Age of television, one where $100m budgets – and MCU-style, big-screen quality – isn't an outlier, but the new normal.
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