Marvel learns from DC's mistakes: Studio plans Loki, Scarlet Witch TV shows with OG stars
Superhero franchise is retaining all the original actors who have portrayed the fan-favorite characters - Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) - in MCU movies.
Unless you are living under a rock, news of Marvel's prospect shows - centered on superheroes and villains like Loki and Scarlet Witch - must have reached you. It's safe to say that the superhero franchise is going all out as it prepares for the launch of Disney's upcoming streaming service, enlisting the help of Earth's mightiest heroes in fact to further the cause.
That said, Marvel is treading with caution. Even borrowing a page off DC's book of mistakes, as fans closely following the development of both the franchises would say.
If latest reports are any indication, Marvel, in its efforts to establish their presence on the small screen, seems to have introduced a major change. As it goes full steam into the prospect shows for streaming, the superhero franchise is retaining all the original actors who have portrayed the fan-favorite characters - Tom Hiddleston (Loki) and Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) - in the MCU movies, Variety reports.
LOKI AND SCARLET WITCH GETTING THEIR OWN SHOWS IS THE HIGHLIGHT OF 2018— 🍂🎃 (@royalwheelers) September 19, 2018
A major departure from the style adopted by DC, who had a completely different set of actors filling in the shoes of popular comic book heroes like Flash, Deathstroke, Deadshot, (and possibly Supergirl). In fact, when Ezra Miller was cast as the speedster in 'Justice League,' there was quite a furor from fans' end who were already habituated (and quite satisfied) with the TV portrayal of the character by Grant Gustin.
Manu Bennett, who is known for starring as Arrow villain Deathstroke, had also expressed disappointment on the casting of a different actor - Joe Manganiello - for the role in the movies. “Of course, I was a little bit disappointed that I wouldn’t get to do such a wonderful opportunity of getting onto that big screen with Deathstroke," he had said, before finally giving his approval to Manganiello.
And now with rumors about an upcoming Supergirl solo movie, once again concerns have surfaced over the replacement of Melissa Benoist (star of the CW series) in the movie version. While comic book format does allow multiple portrayals of iconic characters, fans have mostly been divided over the idea of having more than one actor play the same superhero (or villain).
okay I have zero clue how this would fit in any timelines, or how they could potentially exist from movie to movie. but a Scarlet Witch series? yeah Disney take my money https://t.co/D9dqGX72Bo— Kuavo (@_AssassinCreed) September 19, 2018
Thankfully for Disney/Marvel, they have a history of instances to learn from, especially the times DC went wrong with their casting choices, as the mouse house moves ahead with its plans for the streaming service.