Kevin Feige talks about the upcoming Marvel shows at Disney Plus, emphasizing that these side stories will be integrated with what's happening on the big screen in the MCU. Aside from capping off the 22-film arc that they have been treading in next month's Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios will also be branching out with a slew of TV projects coming people's way this year through the House of Mouse's own streaming platform.
Details about these projects are still being kept tightly under wraps. Despite a slew of reports that there will be a Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) spinoff, and a Bucky (Sebastian Stan) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) show, only Loki's (Tom Hiddleston) series has been officially announced with the actor acknowledging this new chapter in his character's arc. Regardless, fans are eagerly anticipating what these small screen projects will add to the MCU lore. And for everyone doubting if these stories will have an impact on what's happening in the movies, Feige assures them that this time, it's really all connected.
Speaking with Screen Rant while doing the press rounds for Captain Marvel, Feige teased about what fans can expect in the in-development Marvel shows over at Disney Plus. Although he can't talk about narrative specifics just yet, the MCU architect doubled-down on the idea that the series will be "completely intertwined" with what's happening on the movie side of the franchise, adding that the he and his team over at Marvel Studios are "entirely involved."
We were entirely involved. Marvel Studios is producing for Disney Plus. And, without being too specific, we want to do something that's going to stand right alongside the MCU films and will be completely intertwined, and the story and the characters will go back and forth between Disney Plus programming and the films.
Prior to these Disney Plus shows, Marvel's TV projects at ABC (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), Netflix (nearly defunct) and Freeform (Cloak & Dagger) are functioning as MCU's side stories. But despite selling them as all connected, the events and the existence of their characters are barely acknowledged by their movie counterparts, with most of their continuity limited to the broadcasting platforms they belong in. It didn't help that Marvel TV is handled by Jeph Loeb and his team, which operates independently from Feige over at Marvel Studios.
Now, with Feige fully having the creative control over these upcoming Marvel shows at Disney Plus, fans can be more optimistic that this time, they'll be fully integrated in MCU's lore-building. While the headlining heroes such as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Captain America (Chris Evans) may not be appearing in these small screen projects, they will be a great way to shine a light on side characters that may not be awarded their own films. If they do it right, Marvel Studios can use these brand new content outlet for a more sustainable storytelling format moving forward.
- Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
- The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
- Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019) release date: Jul 02, 2019