So far Marvel Studios’ plans for cross-pollination of its upcoming film and TV slate has suggested that events of two of the upcoming Disney+ series – “WandaVision” and “Loki” – will tie into the upcoming “Doctor Strange” film.
Beyond that though, there’s been no real indication of crossover between the new movies and shows aside from the shows like “Falcon and The Winter Soldier” following on from the events of “Avengers: Endgame”.
Now, in a new interview for the Awards Chatter podcast at THR, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige confirms to the trade that the title characters of the three new hero shows on the service – “Ms. Marvel,” “She-Hulk” and “Moon Knight” – will ALL appear in the films after their Disney+ debuts.
That definitely suggests those hoping to skip the shows and still keep up may soon find it more difficult to not resort to either scanning Wikipedia or enduring the shows to catch up.
Feige says, contrary to the opinion of some filmmakers, his studio is taking risks every day and points to “Eternals” as one such risk as it stars characters that few outside of Marvel die-hards have heard of:
“It is a very big movie. It is a very expensive movie. And we are making it because we believe in [director Chloe Zhao’s] vision and we believe in what those characters can do and we believe we need to continue to grow and evolve and change and push our genre forward. That’s a risk if I’ve ever heard one.”
Feige was also asked for his take on Oscar-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese’s comments about Marvel films and how they’re more akin to theme park rides than cinema to which Feige says:
“I think that [argument] is not true. I think it’s unfortunate. I think myself and everyone who works on these movies loves cinema, loves movies, loves going to the movies, loves to watch a communal experience in a movie theater full of people.
Everybody has a different definition of cinema. Everybody has a different definition of art. Everybody has a different definition of risk. Some people don’t think it’s cinema. Everybody is entitled to their opinion. Everyone is entitled to repeat that opinion. Everyone is entitled to write op-eds about that opinion, and I look forward to what will happen next. But in the meantime, we’re going to keep making movies”
The comments come as Feige recently confirmed to Forbes that the upcoming “Hawkeye” event series actually started out life as a film and star Jeremy Renner was contracted to do a film. When Feige spoke with him about the change, Renner ended up being fine with it saying: “He totally got it and said, ‘Let’s do it’.”
“Black Widow” will be the next Marvel film off the cab rank, that one hits in May.