Kevin Feige Has Confirmed That The Disney+ Marvel Shows Will Affect The MCU
We might be deep in the midst of a well-earned break from all things Marvel, but the sleeping giant is indeed stirring. Just late last week, they gave us our first look at the MCU's return to the big screen in Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow. Now though, with the first season of Disney+'s The Mandalorian close to wrapping up, the world will be turning their gaze back towards the Marvel universe as it begins its next chapter as one of the major selling points of the streaming service.
There's no doubt that Marvel's plans for Disney+ are far grander in scale than anything we've seen them bring to TV before. The size and scope of the shows that they're bringing to the service is massive, from a spin-off based on Thor character Loki to brand new series' for characters Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight.
Perhaps most importantly though, we now also have confirmation that the franchise built around the MCU will be impacted directly by the goings on in Marvel's TV shows — something that didn't happen during Marvel's tenure on Netflix.
According to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, the events of Marvel's TV shows will have sweeping ramifications on what happens when the Marvel Cinematic Universe enters its fourth phase next year. This may begin with WandaVision, which tells the story of the Wanda Maximoff, AKA Scarlet Witch.
"Having the opportunity to tell more of their story, to see more of what Wanda can do, more of what makes Vision Vision, and — most importantly — reveal a name that I’m not even sure we’ve said in the MCU yet, but we absolutely make a big deal of in the show, which is that Wanda is in fact the Scarlet Witch," Feige said.
"What does that mean, that she is the Scarlet Witch? And that’s what we play into in this show, in ways that are entirely fun, entirely funny, somewhat scary, and will have repercussions for the entire future Phase 4 of the MCU."
The MCU could also be set to get a whole lot more confusing, as the future direction of the MCU will be defined by what's known as the multi-verse — where differing versions of the same characters interact with eachother. It's a concept that was briefly touched on in Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, but it'll become a much greater part of Marvel canon in shows like Loki and films like the upcoming Doctor Strange sequel.
"The multiverse is the next step in the evolution of the MCU," said Feige, "and Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is gonna crack it wide open in ways that will have repercussions for a Disney+ series just before it, that’s not WandaVision, and for movies just after it in a big, fun way."
The first Marvel Disney+ shows will arrive on the service next year.