Marvel King Kevin Feige Openly Talks About Marvel Shows and Events
Marvel’s Kevin Feige recently sat down to chat, likely related to the impending release of WandaVision. During this time, he spoke about Marvel’s newest show, as well as commenting on Marvel, and even the pandemic itself.
The Times Are Changing
If you’re a fan of Marvel, the odds are pretty good that you’re already well aware of how the pandemic altered the lineup for Marvel studios. The next Phase of Marvel should have been well underway by now. But instead – it starts this week.
We’re all painfully aware of the fact that Black Widow and Eternals were originally planned to already have come and gone from the theaters by this point. While WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier should have also aired during 2020. Now, they’re all 2021 releases. Plus Loki’s series, and hopefully a few other surprises.
Because of the change in release dates and even the order of release itself. Other major changes have to be taken into account as well. WandaVision was never intended to be the starting point for the next phase, yet now it is.
Despite all of this, there are solid reasons for messing with the release order. The first one is fairly obvious. WandaVision was one of the farthest shows along, in terms of production. That’s thanks to the format of the show itself.
The other reason is largely symbolic. WandaVision has promised to be a completely different type of Marvel production. Both for the fans, as well as the showrunners and directors. By putting the most unique show at the front, it’s a way of telling the fans that they’re about to make some serious changes. It’s also an acknowledgment of how much the world itself has changed, and thus the way we watch Marvel media.
Feige’s Take on WandaVision
Kevin Feige sat down with Variety to talk about WandaVision. Plus the dozens of other projects he’s actively involved in at the moment. He talked a lot about his inspirations, and why he wanted to take the show in a certain direction.
Kevin Feige admitted that his love for Nick at Night as a child had a lot to do with the show. As did one particular Vision cover.
“The two things that changed that was seeing the  comic miniseries “The Vision” [by writer Tom King and artists Gabriel Hernandez Walta and Mike Del Mundo] end up on my desk. Those covers in particular of Vision standing in the doorway of a suburban home with a white picket fence and a mailbox that says “The Visions” on it — that almost “Leave it to Beaver” type imagery — and what it was like when he was in that environment is what led me to say, “Let’s look at putting these two things together.” And [second], doing what is now our first Disney Plus series in a way that it couldn’t just be a movie. It’s not just a long movie on Disney Plus. We will make shows that are like that, but for our first one, it felt great to do something that could only be done for television.”
DisneyPlus Show Formats
Fans old and new have been wondering what the new format will bring with it. We’re wondering about everything from how connected the shows will be to the MCU, to what the schedule will look like going forward. We already know that these new shows will be more connected to the MCU than its predecessors, a fact which Kevin Feige confirms.
“It will vary. Some shows have been built to further expand our storytelling and then go into features. We’ve already announced Lizzie Olsen being a part of “Doctor Strange 2.” We’ve announced Teyonah Parris being part of “Captain Marvel 2.”
The Pandemic and The Blip
It’s easy to take a quick sound bite from the next bit of news, but we’ll try to resist. The next conversation Feige had with Variety was about the pandemic and how it affected his works – as well as every single person here today.
“I started to say the Blip, the Thanos event that radically changed everything between “Infinity War” and “Endgame,” that gave this global universal galactic experience to people, would only serve us so well, that we need to just keep looking ahead and keep going into new places.”
“As we started getting into a global pandemic last March and April and May, we started to go, holy mackerel, the Blip, this universal experience — exactly as you described it — this experience that affected every human on Earth, now has a direct parallel between what people who live in the MCU had encountered, and what all of us in the real world have encountered. And it has been quite interesting, as you will see, in a number of our upcoming projects, the parallels where it will very much seem like people are talking about the COVID pandemic. Within the context of the MCU, they’re talking about the Blip.”
Last, but not least, let’s talk about Star Wars. News has already leaked that Feige is directing a Star Wars movie. And that Michael Waldron (the showrunner for the Loki series due out later this year) will be writing the script. That begs the question, what more is there to learn?
As it turns out, not much. Feige confesses that there is no official timeline or schedule yet for his Star Wars movie. Instead, Kevin Feige is actively focused on the Marvel projects that have already been announced. To be fair, that is quite a lot to deal with. On the bright side, Kevin Feige did drop what Star Wars shows he’s most excited about seeing. That’s a sentiment many a fan can relate to. Most notably, he’s looking forward to seeing The Book of Boba Fett, the Rogue One prequel, and Obi-Wan’s movie.