Everyone has their biases and among cinephiles, one of them can be TV. Some hardcore film lovers can’t stand scripted television on the whole, some will only look at a handful of shows and hold them up to an incredibly brutal standard that they don’t hold many films up to, most of us can just jump back and forth between the formats though and appreciate qualities of both.
The Marvel Studios films have blurred the line somewhat. The MCU film series, for all intents and purposes, is more akin to a gigantic TV show than a film series – there’s standalone episodes, overarching mythology episodes, and a consistent overall look and tone even as certain ‘episodes’ play around a bit in different genres.
With “Avengers: Endgame” proving a season finale (and bonus episode “Spider-Man: Far From Home”), the ground is now being laid for the ‘second season’ of the MCU, one in which the various upcoming original series for the Disney+ streaming service are going to become a key part of.
Speaking with Bloomberg (via Twitter) this week, Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige has made it clear you’re going to have to watch those Disney+ streaming series and the films to get the full picture. The article includes the following paragraph:
“If you want to understand everything in future Marvel movies, he says, you’ll probably need a Disney+ subscription because events from the new shows will factor into forthcoming films such as ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.’ The Scarlet Witch will be a key character in that movie, and Feige points out that the ‘Loki’ series will tie in, too. ‘I’m not sure we’ve actually acknowledged that before, but it does.'”
So far the only links have been both “Loki” and “WandaVision” tying into “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness,” though “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” is expected to have some repercussions as well. “Hawkeye” meanwhile is unclear, though the introduction of Kate Bishop as the new character taking on the mantle sounds like it will be somewhat essential.
Hailee Steinfeld has been linked to play Kate Bishop, but told Radio Times this week she isn’t sure it will happen: “That’s not something that’s necessarily happening. We’re going to wait and find out, I guess.” That series is expected to launch Fall 2021.