2020 is finally over, which means the Marvel Cinematic Universe is inching closer to bringing its first new material in nearly 18 months. This will start with WandaVision on Disney+, which will be the first venture into Marvel Studios’ upcoming venture into storytelling via mini-series.
Over the past few years, Marvel CCO Kevin Feige and his team have confirmed a dozen series premiering on Disney’s exclusive streaming network. They will all be deeply interwoven with the MCU, expanding the franchise with characters and stories never seen before on the big screen.
While all of these shows will call Disney+ home, their episode counts all seem to vary slightly by series.The general standard, thus far, is for each show to consist of about six episodes, although quotes from two of the MCU's own have confirmed a higher episode count for a series releasing in 2022.
On their personal Instagram accounts, per Reddit, She-Hulk directors Kat Coiro and Anu Valia indirectly confirmed the minimum episode count of the series.
Coiro replied to a comment on an Instagram post celebrating the show, saying that she's "directing [the] pilot, finale plus 4 other episodes. And Executive producing!":
Valia's caption on her own Instagram post reads "(@katcoiro is our visionary leader im just doing a few eppys !! but it’ll be a fun one)":
These quotes confirm that Coiro is directing six episodes while Valia is directing at least two episodes, thus meaning that She-Hulk will have an episode count of at least eight installments.
WHAT THIS MEANS
As has been the case so far, much of the MCU’s Disney+ slate has been quite unpredictable.
The only confirmed episode counts so far are WandaVision with at leasteight, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier at six, and What If...? at ten. WandaVision’s episodes are also rumored to vary in runtime, anywhere from half an hour to a full hour, and it seems likely that this trend will continue for the future shows as well.
These posts from Coiro and Valia indicate that She-Hulk will consist of at least eight episodes, if not more, when it arrives in 2022. Given that the series is still over a year from its release, it will likely be some time before that number is officially set into stone.
Eight or more episodes should be a good amount of time to tell this exciting origin story, especially since the episodes are will seemingly be half an hour each in run time. With Jennifer Walters and Bruce Banner set to be involved in Walters' comedic and dramatic origin story together, fighting enemies new and old, no episode number seems too low for the first true solo expansion into the Hulk’s lore since 2008.
She-Hulk will reportedly begin production in March 2021, and it is set to release sometime in 2022.