Disney’s Bob Iger Officially Confirms Marvel’s New Yearly Output Plan

Sorry, Marvel fans!

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Disney CEO Bob Iger announced more changes to Marvel’s release strategy, focusing on enhancing quality over quantity.

During Disney’s recent quarterly earnings call, CEO Bob Iger revealed some of his plans for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, emphasizing a reduction in output. According to Iger, Disney plans to decrease the number of Marvel TV series to two per year, down from as many as four, and to limit film releases to a maximum of three annually, a reduction from the previous four.

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“We’re slowly going to decrease volume and go to probably about two TV series a year instead of what had become four and reduce our film output from maybe four a year to two, or a maximum of three,” the Disney CEO said during the company’s quarterly earnings call Tuesday. “And we’re working hard on what that path is.”

Iger elaborated on the future direction for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, noting the development of a couple of promising films slated for 2025, followed by more entries in the Avengers series. “Overall, I feel great about the slate. It’s something that I’ve committed to spending more and more time on,” Iger stated, reflecting his confidence in Marvel’s Kevin Feige and his team.

On the television front, Iger acknowledged that the current lineup, which includes shows like the Kathryn Hahn-led WandaVision spin-off Agatha and Dominique Thorne’s Ironheart, represents “a vestige of basically a desire in the past to increase volume.”

Addressing Disney’s broader content strategy, Iger highlighted a renewed emphasis on balancing sequels with original content, particularly in animation. He pointed out that while Disney and Pixar have historically excelled with original films, there has been a shift towards leveraging the potential of sequels. “We’re gonna balance sequels with originals,” Iger teased.

Stay tuned for the latest news about the future of Disney and the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Rick Lemoine

Rick Lemoine

Raised on a hearty dose of Marvel and DC comics, Rick combines his love for superheroes with a knack for writing about Hollywood's brightest.