Marvel Studios' Next SPECIAL PRESENTATION May Have Been Revealed (And It Could Be The Last One We Get)

Marvel Studios' Next SPECIAL PRESENTATION May Have Been Revealed (And It Could Be The Last One We Get) Marvel Studios' Next SPECIAL PRESENTATION May Have Been Revealed (And It Could Be The Last One We Get)

With Disney reducing the number of projects it develops for streaming, the end may well be nigh for Marvel Studios' Special Presentations. However, we have some possible details on what the next one is!

By JoshWilding - Jul 13, 2023 06:07 AM EST
Filed Under: Marvel Studios

When Bob Chapek was calling the shots at Disney, his plan appeared to be to fill the company's streaming service with as much content as possible. That goes some way in explaining what many fans feel is Marvel Studios' shift to quantity over quality, though their "Special Presentations" were met with widespread acclaim. 

Werewolf by Night was truly something different for the MCU, while The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special was an undeniable delight. 

Unfortunately, it sounds like Disney+'s recent financial issues and loss of subscribers (the streaming bubble has well and truly burst) means these are no longer set to be a regular occurrence on the platform to flesh out the wider MCU. 

That may sound like a missed opportunity, but one-off 45-minute specials may not be a big enough draw given how much they cost. That's the same reason many streamers are moving away from pricey non-theatrical titles as it's weekly TV shows which bring people back and ensure they continue subscribing. 

On the plus side, it sounds like there's at least one more Special Presentation on the way and it won't be that rumoured Mephisto one-shot. Instead, it's being reported that we're getting an adaptation of the "Witches' Road" storyline from a 2016 Scarlet Witch comic book series shot when Agatha: Coven of Chaos was in production. 

The Witches' Road is a plane of existence that only sorcerers can tread, though it's unclear how this story would be adapted for Disney+. 

We wouldn't be surprised if this marks the return of Scarlet Witch after her apparent demise in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and it may well end up further cementing Mephisto's MCU role following his rumoured introduction in Ironheart

Nothing is confirmed yet, so stay tuned for updates as we have them. 

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KWilly - 7/13/2023, 7:00 AM
A Doctor Doom Special Presentation would've been lit. In fact, I still think they should do it.
mastakilla39 - 7/13/2023, 9:11 AM
@KWilly - Watching Secret Invasion right now and that series should've just been a special. Pacing is so terribly slow, sup par writing, and amateur-ish filmmaking skills that it didn't need a series. They butchered the source material already by making it a low key event so they should've just made it a 1 hour Nick Fury special rather than dragging viewers on for 6 weeks of mediocrity.

Apart from Marvel Obi-wan, Bobba Fett, and Andor could've just been specials too IMO
CorndogBurglar - 7/13/2023, 7:12 AM
Both Special Presentations we've gottennhave been fantastic. So sure, let's stop making them....
MotherGooseUPus - 7/13/2023, 8:25 AM
@CorndogBurglar - BINGO... but this is how Disney sees it:

MartianManHuntr - 7/13/2023, 7:13 AM
it sounds like Disney+'s recent financial issues and loss of subscribers (the streaming bubble has well and truly burst)


@JoshWilding Suggestion for an article, comparing all streaming services. Is possible add as much information as you could like subscriber numbers, stock position etc.

I think it will interest multiple users here.
StSteven - 7/13/2023, 4:22 PM
@MartianManHuntr @JoshWilding - Good idea. I'd be interested in reading that. I'll add to your suggested stats with the amount of content (both new and legacy) and how the addition of new content has affected subscriber numbers. For example, regarding Disney how has the Chapek-era of content flood affected the subs numbers? Or regarding Netflix, now that they are cranking out some pretty successful movies in addition to their shows, how has that affected their subs? I don't even know which streamer has the most original content vs. legacy and how that has affected their financial success. So I'd totally find that interesting. But then again I'm kind of a geek anyway so it may just be me. 😉
SauronthePower - 7/14/2023, 6:57 AM
@StSteven - Netflix is deeply, deeply underwater

Their entire business model has them running perpetually massive financial deficits. They are propped up by secondary and tertiary investors who keep the company afloat while riding the cultural zeitgeist of the shiny toy

Basically a constant running pyramid scheme that WILL eventually implode because the bright promise of a new day will only get you so far when the mechanics are so deeply flawed and real money is on the line
StSteven - 7/14/2023, 1:37 PM
@SauronthePower - Not surprising. I had a good amount of stock in them a year and a half or so when I had stock in all the FAANG (well now MANGA) companies but then sold off the ones that weren't doing as well (including Netflix) to pay off my remaining student loans, which was actually a pretty good decision considering that I had 6 figures in loans still and the LIBOR interest rate had been steadily increasing during the pandemic from ~4% to over 8% (which I hadn't been paying attention to because I was busy watching my stocks instead).

Since then I haven't been paying attention to Netflix but I'm not surprised to hear that they're not doing too well considering how they were trending when I sold them. I'm guessing that a lot of it has to do with them facing more and more competition in the streaming market, and not just by the sheer number of competitors but also by competitors with equally as good original content as well (like Amazon and Apple).
MarvelousMarty - 7/13/2023, 7:19 AM
The streaming bubble has not burst, it's 100% the future of watching anything. Disney has just turned to sh*t and people are sick of it. Agatha is not going to change anything. Some will like it, some will hate it and most people won't watch it.
SauronthePower - 7/13/2023, 7:39 AM
@MarvelousMarty -

Nice try.

Dump your stock.

That bubble has long burst and no amount of bully simping is going to change that
bkmeijer1 - 7/13/2023, 7:22 AM
I much rather get a few specials a year than three movies and three or four shows. Think two specials, two shows and three movies is a good amount of content
StSteven - 7/13/2023, 5:02 PM
@bkmeijer1 - Yeah, I'd be good with that. I'd even trade 1 SP for a third show, but it would have to depend on the subject. For example, I don't need a 6 episode Doom series, but a SP introducing him would be fine. Likewise, WWbN was great as a SP but I think that a series would be too much. Oh the other hand, shows like "She-Hulk" would have felt way too truncated as a SP (no one start throwing things at my for using "She-Hulk" as an example - it was just the first one that came to mind). So it depends, and they don't have to adhere to s strict schedule and format, just go with what makes the most sense for the characters and the story you are trying to tell. Kinda like what you and I were discussing a little while ago about when they introduce the X-Men characters.Some characters (like Logan) need an anthology series, not a SP. On the other hand you could introduce Jean and Scott in a single SP.
TheUnworthyThor - 7/13/2023, 7:24 AM
It was kind of easy to see this coming. As great as the Special Presentations were they weren’t exactly lighting the streaming charts on fire.

But Disney better start figuring out how to produce other cheaper but high quality shows because if they are putting out less and less Marvel and Star Wars content then why bother to continue to subscribe?
SauronthePower - 7/13/2023, 7:32 AM
@TheUnworthyThor - they ARE circling their tails right now

Iger’s desire to be more efficient will backfire for the service because people are already bored. Vault storage isn’t enough for more than the hardcore to continue to shell out what amounts to ‘maintenance’ dollars monthly

It would seem that Iger seems almost bent on crashing the service as a clapbaxk to Chapek’s reign of terror
cubichy - 7/13/2023, 7:26 AM
I have said it before,tank, tank, tank. Who cares, mcu is about superheros, not magic. Develop that,madness spiraled and was the beginning of the end, cause scarlet witch is played out, I like her and she has her place, but who cares. Mcu needs a real, new big bad and wanda isn't it and it helped tank the mcu. Now chaos and no mephisto...who cares, will be skipping. This is a tertiary character like echo, who cares, so many, way better stories to tell and real villains to showcase, they should dump chaos and not do it. Listen to the fans.
TheUnworthyThor - 7/13/2023, 7:28 AM
@cubichy - Uh what?
TheVisionary25 - 7/13/2023, 7:35 AM
Sounds interesting

It’s unfortunate that we may not get these special presentations now since they seemed like fun standalone stories (for the most part) like comic book one shots.

Hopefully we do get them in the future even if it’s once in a while which i would be fine with.



Doomsday8888 - 7/13/2023, 7:37 AM
If they keep producing stuff like Secret Invasion then just call it a day, fam.
TheVisionary25 - 7/13/2023, 7:40 AM
@Doomsday8888 - but Secret Invasion is good though?.

🤔😉
Doomsday8888 - 7/13/2023, 8:11 AM
@TheVisionary25
When you need a nap ahahaha
Urubrodi - 7/13/2023, 8:39 AM
@Doomsday8888 - if you have the attention span of a child then maybe, it's definitely one of their better shows
DocSpock - 7/13/2023, 8:50 AM
@Doomsday8888 -

Are rational people over the age of 12 still allowed to say "Fam" anymore as slang for family?
Doomsday8888 - 7/13/2023, 8:55 AM
@Urubrodi
I'm glad if you like, but for me it's boring af.
McMurdo - 7/13/2023, 8:38 PM
@Urubrodi - if it's one of their better shows they have problems.
Drace24 - 7/13/2023, 7:40 AM
First of all: "The streaming bubble has burst" is so misleading. No bubble has burst. Streamers aren't underperforming, they have just been overperforming over the pandemic and are now going back to normal. This is also why it seems like Disney+ was hit the hardest, because that one has never before existed outside of a pandemic.

That said, to me atleast, Disney's attempts to make Disney+ more profitable are exactly what makes it less attractive to me. Originally I thought "Man, the sky is limit now! They can do so much stuff!" but instead of investing in new original content or niche IP's, they just bombard us with their heavy hitters Star Wars and Marvel. And the few originals they made are getting slowly removed from Disney+ for tax purposes.

That plus live-action remakes, sequel obsession, refusing to innovate on animation and handing out new million dollar contracts for executives while your writers are on strike? Get a grip, Disney!
marvel72 - 7/13/2023, 7:43 AM
Could of made them watchable

Origin of the Silver Surfer

Origin Nova (Rich Rider) you could show Thanos taking the power gem

Captain America returning the soul gem and seeing the Red Skull again.

Weapon X how Wolverine got his Adamantium skeleton.

Wolverine Vs The Hulk

Ms.Marvel Vs Rogue

But Disney Marvel wants to push Agatha, Echo and Ms.Marvel.
slickrickdesigns - 7/13/2023, 8:37 AM
@marvel72 - those are all shows they’d expect to bank on in movie theaters. Seems to me like Disney + series and presentations was their way of using characters that aren’t as well known or wouldn’t do so well in the theaters.
marvel72 - 7/13/2023, 10:59 AM
@slickrickdesigns -

Telling origin stories like the Silver Surfer would save taking up movie time.

Fantastic Four origin Disney Plus Special

It would work.
FireandBlood - 7/13/2023, 8:10 AM
They prioritised quantity over quality, and people tapped out. 3 or 4 quality shows would’ve been better than 10, half of which are one offs and characters nobody cares for. Hawkeye, FATWS, Moon Knight, even WandaVision should’ve been movies. As it stands, the only shows that actually benefits from being a show is Loki.

Phase 4 wasn’t thought through at all. How much of that is down to Feige slacking and Bob Chapek pushing for more D+ content is unclear. But it’s like when these imprints have a wide line relaunch and put out 40 different titles, only to cancel 30 of them by the years end. 10 strong titles running concurrently are better than 40 mid to shit ones. Quality is everything.

I’m hoping Gunn learns from these mistakes. 3 teams, 4 solo franchises running at the same time would maximise interest. Anymore would just flood the market. You wanna build the DCU, cover all bases. Justice League, Titans, Suicide Squad, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Green Lantern are all you need to do that.
slickrickdesigns - 7/13/2023, 8:30 AM
I would’ve been ok with them making less episodes to make for better story telling with the Disney + series.
Urubrodi - 7/13/2023, 8:37 AM
@slickrickdesigns - I mean... most of them are already 6 epi, less than that and might as well make a movie
slickrickdesigns - 7/13/2023, 8:39 AM
@Urubrodi - yeah I would prefer them as movies or special presentations. I think Dis ey/marvel thinks making them episodic will get people watching Disney plus more every week.
Toecutter - 7/13/2023, 8:43 AM
What a stupid decision if true. They should make more Special Presentations since those were actually good and cut down on random-ass shows like Agatha.
bobevanz - 7/13/2023, 8:44 AM
The streaming bubble has definitely burst, in terms of "at home" premieres. And from the bottom of my heart I say, GOOD RIDDANCE lol
DocSpock - 7/13/2023, 8:51 AM


No one even wants Agatha. Well, here's another piece of crap to throw on that pile.

GhostDog - 7/13/2023, 9:14 AM
Great story
LordHarryLatts - 7/13/2023, 10:00 AM
It's a lot harder to get some of these made when you're stock has lost half its value in the last 18 months.
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