It wasn’t even that long ago when Disney was excitedly pushing its slate of streaming shows that would undoubtedly capture the public’s attention all throughout 2023. With regards to Marvel specifically, that meant bracing ourselves for “Loki” season 2, “Secret Invasion,” the next round of the animated “What If…?” series, the “Hawkeye” spin-off show “Echo” starring Alaqua Cox as the deaf superhero, the “WandaVision” spin-off “Agatha: Coven of Chaos,” and “Ironheart,” following Dominique Thorne’s Riri Williams after her introduction in “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” Well, plans change in a hurry and it now it seems as if those series won’t all premiere in 2023 as originally scheduled.
THR reports that, out of those shows, only “Loki” and “Secret Invasion” are locks to debut as expected later in 2023. Describing the others as “unlikely” to premiere this year, the trade’s sources single out highly-anticipated projects like “Echo” and “Ironheart” in particular as destined to be pushed back, despite wrapping production months ago. This aligns with Feige’s recent quotes about spacing Phase 5 and 6 out a bit more, in which he outright stated the concerns that now seem to be plaguing the upper levels of management in Disney:
“I think one of the powerful aspects of being at Marvel Studios is having these films and shows hit the zeitgeist. It is harder to hit the zeitgeist when there’s so much product out there — and so much ‘content,’ as they say, which is a word that I hate. [Laughs] We want Marvel Studios and the MCU projects to stand out. So, people will see that as we get further into Phases 5 and 6. The pace at which we’re putting out the Disney+ shows will change so they can each get a chance to shine.”