While Marvel's big MCU Phase 5 reveal at San Diego Comic-Con 2022 revealed six shows would likely be arriving on Disney+ in 2023, that number allegedly may drop to only two with Loki Season 2 and Secret Invasion being the only "sure bets" for this year.
As reported by THR, this news follows comments by Disney CEO Bob Iger, in which he said the company needs to be "better at curating" franchise content that is "extraordinarily expensive."
Marvel content obviously doesn't come cheap, and Disney was planning on potentially releasing Loki's second season, Secret Invasion, What If… ?'s second season, Ironheart, Echo, and Agatha: Coven of Chaos in 2023. If these changes are to go through, sources say Loki and Secret Invasion may be the only ones to make it out, even though shows like Echo and Ironheart have wrapped their productions months ago.
“There is going to be a level of rigor on Marvel and across the entire company,” one company insider says. “Numbers matter now, and costs are going to be outlined and enforced.”
For comparison, Marvel Studios released four movies and five shows in 2021 and three movies and three shows in 2022.
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Star Wars, on the other hand, is looking to ramp up its output, especially on the movie front as the last Star Wars project to hit the big screen was 2019's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. We should learn more about Lucasfilm's plans at April's Star Wars Celebration, but it's been confirmed a Taika Waititi film is on the way and it's been reported that another is being led by Lost's Damon Lindelof.
On the TV front, Season 3 of The Mandalorian is arriving on March 1 and Ahsoka and Skeleton Crew could be released later this year.
"Lucasfilm may ramp up, but it will have to abide by the same fiscal discipline as the rest of the company,” says the insider.
At least MCU fans will be able to head to the theaters this weekend to see Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania. In our review, we said it "has just enough entertaining moments and a heartfelt family story, plus knockout performances in Michelle Pfeiffer’s Janet van Dyne and Jonathan Majors’ Kang the Conqueror, to make up for its more underdeveloped aspects."
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