It took some time, but Marvel TV shows will finally connect to the films in concrete ways.
While talking with Bloomberg, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige let slip the upcoming Loki series on Disney+ will have ramifications for the forthcoming Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. “I’m not sure we’ve actually acknowledged that before,” he told the site. “But it does.”
From the get-go, the Marvel Studios produced Disney+ programs were meant to have closer ties to the films than the Marvel Television series like Luke Cage and Runaways. Though both aspects of Marvel were meant to be connected ten years ago, various elements of office politics and schedules made any meaningful crossover almost impossible. In fact, we’ll point out Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.‘s first season as evidence the plan to connect film and television could be disastrous for the TV end.
But with Marvel Studios producing the new programs — and the fact they are meant to be short-order limited runs — allows for connections to propagate. As Feige also mentioned to Bloomberg, the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) is a major character in the Doctor Strange sequel. Her experiences in the WandaVision limited series will factor into the film. And unlike Marvel Television’s Netflix shows, the upcoming Disney+ programs are unambiguous parts of Phase 4 (and presumably Phase 5 for series like Ms. Marvel and Hawkeye), so expect more connections to appear as the new films and series begin to debut.
It is the sort of thing fans always hoped for from the moment S.H.I.E.L.D. was announced. Now, it will finally be a reality.