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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