The Disney + series WandaVision is the first feature to start the fourth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which dovetails between large-screen functions and streaming series.
But if Disney plans to do up to ten Marvel Disney + shows in the next few years, is it an embarrassment of riches?
consequences WandaVision, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, a series of spin-offs from Captain America will debut on Disney + this year, followed by Loki, based on Thor‘s bad sperm brother.
It wasn’t too long ago that Disney’s Lucasfilm tried to emulate a Marvel feature spin-off strategy with his own war of stars Movies. Unfortunately that was stopped after the dismal BO results from Solo: A Star Wars Story; a situation of too much, too soon. In the wake of solo, Disney is building the deeper universe of war of stars through streaming, with future shows like The book by Boba Fett and Ahsoka, including when hatching war of stars Films in New Worlds, one of which Marvel boss Kevin Feige is monitoring (Dateway recently spread the word that the picture is being written by Loki EP Michael Waldron).
‘WandaVision’ team on MCU connections and how Disney + Series is “sweet and sweet until it’s no more”
Dateway landed some time with Feige this afternoon asking him how this new symbiotic relationship between the award-winning $ 1 billion comic book films and the Disney + streaming series would work, and whether the theater would last View will be neglected.
WandaVision, This is the first time a Marvel streaming series has revolved around two avenger, in this case Scarlet Witch and Vision (ABC television series SHIELD agents Star Clark Gregg’s agent Phil Coulsen from the previous MCU films. He died in avenger and was brought back to life for the show. For the most part, except for Captain Marvel, He stayed out of the latter MCU films for the most part while the series aired.
Using a popular franchise between television and film at the same time is nothing new, although it is not a perfect science. In 1998 Fox released the movie X-Files: Fight against the future ($ 189 million) who built the series’ final television season. And in 1999 Paramount had the film South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut ($ 83M WW) while the animated series was airing on Comedy Central. They have not been massive blockbusters, nor have they done any overall damage to their respective franchises. X files would run for another four years after the 1998 film spawned a 2008 feature film and two revival series in 2016 and 2018. South Park, The first program, which started in August 1997, is slated to air until 2022. However, the legacies of both IPs were defined by their TV runs.
Even so, Marvel has managed to swing at the fences and not be put off by executing them. Hence, that new call-and-response between Marvel movies and streaming series could very well be the next big thing when we get out of the pandemic.
DEADLINE: Sidney Poitier famously gave Denzel Washington the following advice: “If they see you all week for free, they don’t pay to see you on the weekend.” Which brings me to the following point, are there any concerns about the over-expansion of the MCU on streaming that will affect the box office movies?
KEVIN FEIGE: Well it’s not free. And it’s not dissimilar to the worries I had in my early years at Marvel. Since the Marvel rights were split between several studios, there were several Marvel films per year. There was a year when there were three in one summer. The question was’ Whoa how is this going to take? How will that survive? ‘And my answer then, when I had no control over anything, was, “As long as they’re different, as long as they’re unique and some of the characters might overlap and the Marvel logo is on the front.” But when it comes to unique and interesting stories, it doesn’t go out of style. When we find something interesting and unique to see at home and eventually get back to a movie theater, we escape, learn, and grow. It is our job as storytellers to take advantage of this format and tell interesting different stories that happen to be based on 80 years of amazing narrative fiction in Marvel Comics and can open up all of the different genres. A half hour black and white sitcom is very different from anything we’ve done before. It happens to play two Avengers and it has the Marvel logo on it but is completely unique. We have been working on that until our completion for Disney + and Phase 4 Endgame.
Dateway: What’s so amazing WandaVision is that it’s so avant-garde. You know something is going on under the veneer, but his satirical approach is very different. What gave you and the creators of Marvel the confidence that fans would walk down that rabbit hole with you? These are two very serious characters and I would never think of them as satirical.
COWARD: Trust is – I don’t know if I’m the most confident man in the world. I think we always question things, but we don’t let fear guide our decisions either. So I believe there is a healthy balance somewhere. From the beginning we always said we didn’t want to make any kind of film. When Ironman The first thing we announced was a WWII movie (Captain America) and an alien film by Norse God (Thor) and then a team film (Avenger). That is why we always try to use the success or goodwill that comes to us and use it to grow Guardians of the Galaxy, and in Black Panther and Captain Marvel. And WandaVision was just an extreme version of it and did it in a way that has answers and takes on the confusion or the weird or avant-garde nature of it and starts getting into the piece as each episode is revealed week after week. But we were always rewarded for making big turns and not necessarily repeating ourselves. And we had great confidence in these two actors who played these two characters and that they absolutely could do it.
Dateway: We know with Monica Rambeau in WandaVision, her character connects with Captain Marvel 2, and that the series is related to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Is WandaVision a ramp to revitalize X-Men They’re planning?
COWARD: In hindsight, in five years if we talk about everything that happened, everything can be a ramp for everything, especially yes, Monica in Captain Marvel 2 and especially for Wanda, who has teamed up with Doctor Strange in the US Multiverse of madness.
DEADLINE: It was announced on Disney Investor Day that you would not re-cast any other actor in the role of T’Challa Black panther 2 after Chadwick Boseman’s death. Can you tell us more about it? Will this be similar to Tron where a younger Jeff Bridges was replicated via CG? Or is that a completely different perspective? Black panther 2? There were rumors that it will have a female point of view.
COWARD: So much of the comics and that first movie is the world of Wakanda. Wakanda is a place to explore further with characters and different subcultures. This was always and initially the main focus of the next story. We won’t have a CG Chadwick and we won’t re-cast T’Challa. Ryan Coogler is currently working very hard on the script with all the respect, love, and genius he has which gives us great comfort. So it was always about advancing the mythology and inspiration of Wakanda. There is also an obligation to honor and respect the ongoing teachings and lessons of Chad.
Dateway: do you think? Black widow are you sticking to a theatrical release or are you going to Disney +? And how do you see certain movies being broadcast for streaming? Does it damage the brand or do you think audiences are smart enough to decipher that we are exempt from a pandemic and that at some point we will return to the cinema?
COWARD: If I had a crystal ball, I would examine it and tell you. Not me. All I can tell you is that for the past three years Bob Iger has taken me to his office and talked about a streaming platform that was going to become Disney + and asked us to work on programming for it. Our long plan was to weave the MCU and storytelling together between weekly episodic big swings on Disney + and the big swings in theaters. It is my great hope that this will continue. Don’t ask me week after week what’s going to happen in this world, I have no idea and I don’t want to guess. Everything we’ve done at Marvel Studios is based on, “Ok, if everything is going perfectly, here’s what we want to do.” And up to last year things have been going remarkably well. And I hope the world gets back on track and we all get back in theaters and that people see and experience what we bring there, week after week for the Disney + low monthly fee, and then get excited about it get back together with people in real life and sit with strangers and share an experience on the big screen.
DEADLINE: Will you ever revive any of the Netflix Marvel series? Luke Cage or Jessica Jones, etc. or is this era completely over?
COWARD: Of course, you’ve seen what we announced a year and a half ago at Comic-Con and a few weeks ago on Disney Investor Day. So that’s our focus. But I’ve been at Marvel long enough to never say anything.