Later this year Disney will launch its streaming service, Disney+, which is set to feature not only an extensive catalog of their existing work, but new movies and series for some of their major IPs. Among the shows said to be in development are several series under the watchful eye of Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige, including Falcon and The Winter Solider, Vision and The Scarlet Witch and Loki.
It was revealed yesterday that Jac Schaeffer, who wrote the Black Widow script and received a screenwriting credit for her work on Captain Marvel’s final script, would write and showrun Vision and The Scarlet Witch. Later in the day, unverified rumors began to swirl that the series may be inspired, at least in part, by the recent limited Vision comic book series written by Tom King. Lauded critically, the 12-issue series saw King take a Shakespearean approach to the life of Vision and his synthezoid family.
It doesn’t take much imagination to see how King’s series could be tweaked to have Wanda step in as his wife and have their two comic book children replace the synthezoid kiddos. Interestingly enough, King recently indicated that he had stepped away from his duties writing the ongoing Batman comic book to spend a couple of weeks working on a secret television project. While the two may not be related, there’s at least some smoke here that could indicate that Marvel Studios at least consulted with King on how to rework the book into a series. What a fascinating series this would be!
Additionally, I shared a rumor of my own late last night. While I was unable to confirm it with a second source, I was told that Marvel Studios might be taking an interesting approach to their Loki series. It’s been reported that Tom Hiddleston will return to reprise the role of Loki, but it seems that the series may find him narrating the events of his own life, presumably from the afterlife (Valhalla) following his death at the hands of Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. This opens up all sorts of story-telling possibilities and is consistent with the original reporting on the show which indicated it could take place at any time during Loki’s considerably long life.
Fans of the comics will know that Loki has died and come back to life many times in many different forms, among them Kid Loki who interacted with the Young Avengers. Should the studio cast a younger actor or two in the role, it certainly does not preclude Hiddleston from doing more than narrating. Who knows what the God of Mischief has up his sleeve?
It’s a big leap and a lot of speculation, but if we put two and two together on these rumors, it’s hard not to at least think about these two series being potential precursors to some sort of Young Avengers project. Vision and Wanda’s children, Tommy and Billy, became Young Avengers Speed and Wiccan while Kid Loki was a driving force for the team. Add that to Cassie Lang and you certainly have the beginnings of a team of Young Avengers.
This is nothing more than rumors and speculation for now, but its just the kind of stuff that fans love to think and talk about. Let me know what you think in the comments, on Facebook or on Twitter (@CharlesMurphTHS).