Episode length has been a hotly debated topic among Marvel fans, especially when it comes to WandaVision and how it will ultimately end up distributing its runtime between its nine episodes. For the longest time, fans and other outlets have only assumed that WandaVision would have six episodes due to it being six hours long, but that is obviously no longer the case.
As for other shows in Marvel Studios' lineup, it's already been confirmed that She-Hulk would be a half-hour legal comedy but that it would have at least eight episodes. A new interview from Marvel CCO Kevin Feige confirms not only the episode count for She-Hulk but Loki and a few other MCU series too.
In an interview with Collider, Kevin Feige is asked what the audience can expect regarding the runtime of their MCU series, with Feige responding that “Well, we're looking a little differently. We're looking at it as developing them as either six hour-episodes, or nine or 10 half-hour episodes.” He gave examples, such as WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier having their runtimes “blurred” due to the nature of streaming.
“So, for instance, WandaVision started that way and Falcon and the Winter Soldier as 30 minutes, but because it's streaming, it's Disney+, and the rules have blurred over the years, yes. Some can be 23 minutes. Some can be much longer than that.”
Surprisingly, Feige was rather straight-forward when he confirmed the runtime and episode length of both She-Hulk and Loki, saying that She-Hulk would be “10 30-minute episodes” while Loki was “developed as six 40-50-minute episodes.”
“But She-Hulk, for instance, is being developed as 10 30-minute episodes. Some will be longer and some will be shorter. Loki, Falcon and the Winter Soldier is being developed as six 40-50-minute episodes.”
Kevin Feige also states that Moon Knight is also being planned to have six, 40-50 minute episodes.
WHAT THIS MEANS
As is the case with The Mandalorian, it's clear that Marvel Studios will not be beholden to episode lengths that often restricted cable shows that compensated for commercials and length. Kevin Feige has already expressed how Marvel Studios' Disney+ shows have been impacted by the Star Wars show, which seems to include the episode length.
Many fans were disappointed when The Mandalorian was first released on Disney+ with multiple episodes not breaking the traditional 45 minutes of other hour-long shows. Unless it is purposefully replicating the length of the average American sitcom like WandaVision, Marvel Studios seems to follow this method but will still aim for more consistency in length with episodes.
At least fans have a clearer idea about how Marvel Studios will handle episode lengths for their shows. This new info could indicate that Ms. Marvel will have a similar 30-minute, 10-episode format like She-Hulk. This strategy might work out even better if those shows with more episodes end up being seasonal instead of limited series.