It’s official. The Disney+ Marvel shows will be connected to the MCU.
Now, that may sound familiar in terms of how connected Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the now cancelled Netflix Marvel shows are. But this time, it appears to be true. At least, according to Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. More on the report below.
Collider spoke to Feige during the Captain Marvel press day to talk about these shows and their connectivity to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Though the MCU prides itself on having a shared universe where its shows and films are all interconnected, there wasn’t much communication between Feige and Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb. This is probably why we haven’t seen much if any crossovers between the two, and why we probably never will. That being said, it will be a very different story with the Disney+ shows.
During the interview Feige said that these shows won’t be following any sort of format in terms of how many episodes there will be, allowing them to control the characters’ narratives and dive deeper into their stories than a two-hour plus film could:
“All the above, yeah. I mean, I think it’s gonna be story dependent, and that’s what’s so exciting about the streaming platform, is there aren’t any rules necessarily. For us to have another outlet to tell stories, and to play with medium, and to do, not just deeper dives on characters that we’ve seen many times in the MCU, but haven’t been able to devote six, seven, eight, nine, 10 hours to, is amazing, and is something that we’ve been working on for a while now. And still aren’t gonna announce outside of the Loki series with Tom Hiddleston.”
Honestly, as good as the Marvel Netflix shows were, they ran out of gas by mid-season. And each season had 13 episodes. Reducing that number by however many would allow for better storytelling. Additionally, a smaller amount of episodes helps the actors keep the roles they have been playing for so long.
In addition to the untitled Loki show, Disney+ is also developing shows based on Scarlet Witch and Vision, and Winter Soldier and Falcon.
You can read the entire interview over at Collider, where Feige talks about how it will all connects.
Rick and Morty writer Michael Waldron was recently announced as showrunner on the Loki series. No release date has been set as of yet.