It's no secret that Marvel Studios has recently been struggling to keep casual audiences interested in the Marvel Cinematic Universe both on the big and small screens. The TV side of things especially has caused them plenty of headaches, mostly related to ballooning budgets and major creative shakeups. Meanwhile, the stars of past Marvel shows are wondering what the future has in store for them. Well, in the case of Tatiana Maslany, she doesn't sound too hopeful about her small-screen chances as Jennifer Walters, AKA She-Hulk.
During a Codenames LIVE! - The New Class stream (hat tip to The Direct), the actress told viewers and fans not to expect a season 2, as she thinks they "blew" their production budget. Here's the full (but brief) quote after being asked about a potential second season: "I don't think so. I think we blew our budget, and Disney was like, 'No thanks.'"
Her comment, while short and concise, backs up recent reports on Marvel Studios and Disney trying to move away from overly expensive Disney+ productions that feel like longer movies, instead trying to approach future shows as more traditional, multiple-season series that run for longer. This means cost-cutting and trying to be very careful moving forward with who gets a TV series instead of appearing in a big-screen MCU installment.
She-Hulk's impressive budget reportedly sat around the $225 million mark, mostly because of how cameo and CGI-heavy it was. This risky bet seemingly didn't pay off for Disney and Marvel, with the show struggling to make a lasting positive impression, so it only makes sense in the new era of Disney trying to keep costs down that the character's next appearance (as well as Bruce Banner and Skaar's) might happen in cinemas instead.
Following Echo's release last week, fans are more hyped than ever about the upcoming Daredevil: Born Again series, plus we've received official confirmation the Netflix shows are canon to the main MCU continuity. Is Marvel Studios' TV future a gradual return to street-level stories? Sound off in the comments below!