Disney CEO Bob Iger cited too many Marvel Cunematic Universe shows as a reason for diminished interest in Marvel. Iger’s comments came during a recent conversation with CNBC’s David Faber at the Sun Valley Conference, in which the CEO said, “There have been some disappointments. We would have liked better performance from some of our more recent releases. From a staffing perspective, this isn’t a problem, but I think in our quest to basically grow our content significantly to primarily serve our streaming offerings, we ended up stretching our people way beyond that – in terms of their time and their focus far beyond where they had been.”
Per diversityIger continued, “They haven’t been in the TV business at any level to speak of. Not only did they ramp up their film production, but they ended up shooting a number of television series, which honestly diluted the focus and attention. I think that is the cause more than anything else.”
How many MCU shows have there been on Disney+ so far?
Since the launch of Disney Plus in 2019, there have been nine Disney Plus shows in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These are, in order of release: WandaVision (2021), The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021), Loki Season 1 (2021), What If…? Season 1 (2021), Hawkeye (2021), Moon Knight (2022), Ms. Marvel (2022), She-Hulk: Attorney at Law (2022). Most recently, Disney Plus released the six-part episode “Secret Invasion.”
There were also two television specials: Werewolf by Night and The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special, both in 2022.
Moving forward and in Phase 5 of the MCU, Loki Season 2 will be released on October 6th. This is followed by Echo, which will be released in full on November 29th. What happened if…? Season 2, Ironheart, Agatha: Coven of Chaos and Daredevil: Born Again also have tentative release schedules.