Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Cinematic Universe, revealed to Collider today that the shows on Disney+ are bound to be more connected than the ones produced by Marvel Television like ‘Daredevil‘ and ‘Agents of SHIELD’. He said “It’s been extremely additive to the entire creative arc. Not just of the Disney+ programs we’re working on, but on the entire post-Endgame MCU.”
The Marvel Cinematic Universe or the MCU is one of the most intricately constructed franchises. Under the leadership of Kevin Feige, the MCU has seen exponential growth as different films have come together, gelling effortlessly. With growth comes expansion, and Marvel is now moving towards making shows based on characters whose stories have not been properly explored within the films. However, Feige has stated that these shows will be connected to the MCU.
With a shift in the entertainment industry towards streaming content, platforms have realized that competition is increasing as a large number of viewers are turning to these services as their primary source of entertainment. While the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu remain giants in the market, Disney+, the streaming service by Disney, is going to come out in the fall of 2019. Since Marvel Studios come under the Disney umbrella, the upcoming Marvel shows are going to be aired on the platform.
What are the Marvel shows that are scheduled to air?
For those unaware, among the Marvel shows coming to Disney+ is one on Loki with Tom Hiddleston reprising the role of the God of Mischief. Of the other two, one will be on Vision and Scarlet Witch, and it is expected that Elizabeth Olsen will reprise her role, while the other will explore a team-up between the sidekicks of Captain America, Falcon, and the Winter Soldier.
It is no secret that the mastermind behind the connectivity among all Marvel films is Feige himself. Considering, he will now get to do it on an even larger scale with the shows and films, he expressed understandable excitement about the studio’s plans for the streaming platform. Feige said, “For us to have another outlet to tell stories, and to play with medium, and to do, not just deeper dives on characters that we’ve seen many times in the MCU, but haven’t been able to devote six, seven, eight, nine, 10 hours to, is amazing, and is something that we’ve been working on for a while now”.
While none of the shows on Disney+ have official release dates yet, the MCU films have fixed release dates. ‘Captain Marvel‘ hits theaters on March 8, ‘Avengers: Endgame‘ is arriving on April 26, and ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home‘ is slated to arrive on July 5.
How will the interconnected stories affect the MCU?
Since ‘Avengers: Endgame’ will mark the conclusion of the current phase of Marvel films, Feige has many options going forward. By connecting the content of the shows to the MCU, he is keeping several doors open. If something cannot be explored in a film, there is always the option of showing it in more detail as a show. More importantly, Feige’s move will ensure that the actors who play these characters in the film are more likely to reprise their roles in the shows, giving them a strong cast. All in all, the future looks exciting for Marvel fans.
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