Disney+ Marvel series will be a key part of MCU
James R | On 15, Nov 2019
Marvel’s Disney+ series will be a key part of the MCU in the future, Kevin Feige has confirmed.
The Marvel chief creative officer has overseen the development of the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the last decade, building up to the box office smashing Avengers: Endgame. Now, with Marvel parting ways with Netflix and Disney+ launching its own phase of TV series, Feige is taking control of the creative ship on the small screen too – ending an era that was previously overseen by Jeph Loeb and included Agents of SHIELD, which linked into the wider events of the MCU.
The plan is to give a host of side characters their own solo outings, with the first out of the gates The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in 2020, followed by WandaVision in 2021, alongside Loki and the animated series What If?. Those three are followed by Hawkeye, but also new characters including Ms. Marvel, Moon Knight and She-Hulk.
Marvel is thinking bigger than the small screen, though, with Feige confirming that the Disney+ characters will get their own movie outings, or appear in wider MCU films. Speaking on The Hollywood Reporter’s podcast, he confirmed:
“It’s specifically the plan that the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be in theatres and will be on Disney+… All of those characters [in Falcon and the Winter Soldier and WandaVision] will undergo transformative, I hope, very exciting experiences in that show and then go into our movies. So they’ll go back and forth. Some characters, like we’ve announced She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel and Moon Knight, you will meet for the first time in a Disney+ show, and then they will go into the movies. But the MCU will now go back and forth.”
He added in an interview with Bloomberg that fans will need a Disney+ subscription to follow events properly, as the small screen and the big screen tie into each other. Particularly, the Loki and Scarlet Witch series will tie into Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which has led to speculation that either of the two series could be the set-up for the villain in Doctor Strange’s eventual sequel.
“I’m not sure we’ve actually acknowledged that before,” he added to Bloomberg.
Disney+ will launch in the UK on 31st March 2020. For more information, click here.