Disney+ offered Marvel Studios a multitude of new opportunities to expand its range of content more than ever. Beyond the grand scale episodic stories, it also allowed for the studio's first animated venture and a series of documentary specials detailing the production of its blockbusters.
Each of the hour-long Marvel Studios' Assembled specials has highlighted the making of the latest film or series in Phase 4 of the MCU.
So far, episodes have been released for WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and now Loki as the Tom Hiddleston-led series recently concluded on Disney+.
LOKI RELEASES DOCUMENTARY SPECIAL ON DISNEY+
Following the dramatic conclusion of Loki, Marvel Studios released a new episode of Assembled on Disney+, detailing the making of the time-traveling series.
The release was accompanied by a post on the official Loki Twitter account with a trailer for the documentary special featuring Tom Hiddleston, Richard E. Grant, and more.
Additionally, Marvel Studios showcased a poster for the hour-long special on Twitter in the God of Mischief's signature green color:
The series' director Kate Herron responded to the release on Twitter, confirming that she has yet to watch the special and did all of her interviews for it “deliriously tired.”
Herron went on to praise the group behind the production as “the best team,” encouraging fans to watch the new documentary:
“I haven’t seen this yet and did 100% of my interviews deliriously tired, so I’m excited/terrified to watch this with you all today on Disney+. We had the best team so check it out, behind-the-scenes of Loki.”
The trailer can be seen below:
WHEN WILL THE BLACK WIDOW SPECIAL DROP?
The official description for Assembled on Disney+ describes it as an “immersive series of documentary-style specials,” exploring the production of Marvel Studios' latest “shows and theatrical releases.”
Loki's climactic finale was released onto the streaming platform five days after Black Widow hit theaters and Disney+ via Premier Access, leaving the question of when the spy-centric special will drop.
Given that the action blockbuster is a theatrical release, it's logical for Marvel Studios to allow more time before dropping a spoiler-heavy documentary. After all, pressing play on a new installment of a streaming series is significantly easier than heading down to the local theater during a global pandemic.
With each of the Assembled specials so far, the studio has opted to release the documentary the week after the finale hits. Since almost two weeks have already gone since Black Widow was released after over a year of delays, the special ought to release within the next few weeks, likely on a Wednesday.
As with past installments, the Loki episode dropped on Disney+ with no warning or advance advertisement, so Disney+ subscribers should probably expect Scarlett Johansson's MCU swansong to receive a similar treatment.
Marvel Studios' productions are arguably on a bigger scale than anything else in Hollywood, so a peek behind the CGI curtain is always intriguing for hardcore fans.
In an age where physical media is a thing of the past and streaming is all the rage, the Assembled documentary specials serve as a genius replacement for the bonus features that are found on DVD and Blu-ray releases.
As Disney+ flaunts its MCU-centric documentary series on the front page of its global streaming giant, the series likely sees much higher viewership than the special features section of a physical release.
Disney currently isn't expected to release Loki, WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, or any of its other high-budget episodic projects in any physical format. With no expansive showcase of brief bonus features present on the streaming service, the Assembled series acts as a convenient way to scratch that itch for viewers.
Marvel Studios' Assembled: The Making of Loki is streaming now, exclusively on Disney+.