Kevin Feige reveals that the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s upcoming shows are meant to test out certain characters before their theatrical debut.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says many of the Marvel Cinematic Universe‘s upcoming Disney+ shows are meant to test out certain characters before their theatrical debut. Marvel has a barrage of upcoming Disney+ shows in 2021 and beyond. Some will feature characters who have already played roles in several MCU films, like the ongoing WandaVision, and upcoming shows like The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, Loki, and Hawkeye. Others will serve as the MCU debut for some characters, like Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, and Moon Knight.
There had been several Marvel TV shows, like Agents of Shield and Daredevil, that were set in the MCU. They made references to events, storylines, and sometimes even featured characters from the movies. However, the question of their place in the MCU’s canon was always debatable. Feige himself was never personally involved with those television projects and played coy when asked if the shows were to ever overlap with the films. Many figured that Feige and the creatives behind the big MCU projects were more interested in presenting their stories theatrically, which is why it was surprising when it was revealed that Marvel Studios would be producing several shows for Disney+ with Feige’s direct involvement. Soon after, speculation began as to why Feige and company decided to relegate some stories to the small screen.
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Feige recently opened up to THR about the purpose the Disney+ shows will serve, and why some characters and storylines will air on the streaming platform rather than the big screen. Feige said that every project Marvel Studios works on essentially gets broken into two categories: feature films and “everything else.” Feige also mentioned that the purpose of some Disney+ shows is to introduce certain characters ahead of their theatrical debuts, giving audiences time to get to know them and their story before they join the Avengers and others on screen. Check out his full comment below:
It really does come down to the story and to having the opportunity with a She-Hulk, with a Ms. Marvel in particular, to spend more time introducing a character before we see them in a feature.
As of now, the only Disney+ Marvel show currently airing is WandaVision. However, despite the short amount of time the show has been airing, the appeal of having some MCU projects debut as television shows is already becoming apparent. The show’s first three episodes have received critical acclaim. After its initial debut, it was already the highest-scoring MCU project on Rotten Tomatoes. Many critics and fans have praised the odd tone and dramatic shift in direction compared to other MCU films, and have noted that Marvel Studios likely couldn’t have made WandaVision as strange as it is if they were releasing it theatrically.
Between Feige’s comments and what has aired of WandaVision, we’re beginning to get a clearer idea of what the MCU Disney+ shows will be in relation to the feature films. Using the longer-format medium of television to really paint the full picture of a character could really help audiences understand them before they end up on the big screen. And, more nuanced and specific series like WandaVision could have room to breathe and experiment without the pressure of being a crowd-pleasing action hit. Feige’s comments point toward a promising future for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- Black Widow (2021)Release date: May 07, 2021
- Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)Release date: Jul 09, 2021
- Eternals (2021)Release date: Nov 05, 2021
- Spider-Man: Homecoming 3 (2021)Release date: Dec 17, 2021
- Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)Release date: Mar 25, 2022
- Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)Release date: May 06, 2022
- Captain Marvel 2 (2022)Release date: Nov 11, 2022
- Black Panther 2 (2022)Release date: Jul 08, 2022
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