The Marvel Cinematic Universe may have taken an unexpected hiatus in 2020, but it will come back into full force in 2021. WandaVision, which launches the MCU’s fourth phase on Disney + this Friday, will usher in the next wave of shows and films that will focus on the beloved heroes and villains. As Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige revealed, this is just the beginning as plans go beyond what has already been announced for at least the next few years.
Kevin Feige is currently doing the rounds to promote the release of WandaVision, the first live-action MCU series produced for Disney +. Unlike previous live action shows, it creates a very direct link to the movies. When asked in a recent interview how far the plans go for the MCU, Feige stated that they are looking at stories that are likely to go behind the scenes until at least 2026. Here’s what he had to say about it.
“To varying degrees, it’s always been about 5 to 6 years ago compared to what we announced. So whatever makes us do it.”
For now, at least what was announced, the MCU will bring us by the end of 2022. That means, based on what Kevin Feige said, the studio could look at stories that would bring us to 2028. This may seem like a mind-blowing amount of content, but it makes a lot of sense. All Marvel Studios produced films, and now shows, are part of a common universe. That requires careful planning. Just look at what they did it with Avengers: Endgame. It doesn’t happen by chance. This is a well-oiled machine.
On the film side, we know quite a bit about what comes through Marvel Phase 4 and beyond. Black widow, Eternal, Shang-Chi and the legend of the ten rings, Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness, Thor: love and thunder, Black panther 2, Captain Marvel 2, blade, Ant Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, Spider-Man 3 and Fantastic Four are all on the way. We also know one X-Men A restart is on the cards, it’s just a matter of when. Though Feige recently teased that phase 4 will plant mutant seeds.
On television, things are really going to expand for the next few years. The falcon and the winter soldier, Loki, Hawk Eye, She-hulk, Mrs. Marvel, Moon knight, Secret invasion, heart of steel, Arms wars and I am Groot were all announced. Not to mention that Guardian of the Galaxy Holiday Special or the animated What happened if?. That’s not until 2022. With Disney + and a new line of heroes slated to roll out in these projects, the door is wide open to almost everything in Phase 5 and beyond. Assuming the MCU continues to generate money, as it has for the past decade, it will take Disney and Marvel Studios more than five more years of storytelling. But that’s a start. WandaVision arrives on January 15th. This message comes over to us Collider. The topper art was created by spidey0geek at Deviant Art.
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