Marvel Studios is in its earliest days of delivering long-form content within the Marvel Cinematic Universe on Disney+, starting with the first season of WandaVision . As this initial story comes to a close, the franchise is already looking to the immediate future with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier on March 19 and Loki officially coming on June 11 .
Given that this is the first time Marvel has attempted TV shows on this scale, fans are naturally wondering how far in advance each individual story is planned out. While a dozen unique series are set to go, very few of them have been confirmed for more than one season.
According to the man behind the magic, this uncertainty is somewhat expected for the MCU's next venture.
KEVIN FEIGE TALKS WANDAVISION SEASON 2
During a presentation at the Television Critics Association Winter 2021 Tour, via TV Line , Marvel CCO Kevin Feige gave some insight into the future of the MCU regarding future seasons of Disney+ shows and how they will interact with the theatrical movies.
When talking about the possibility of WandaVision continuing after its first season ends, Feige confirmed the everlasting flexibility of the MCU's plan by saying “I’ve been at Marvel too long to say a definite no or yes to anything, in regards to another season of WandaVision ."
In terms of that second season, Feige spoke on how any plans for it "will be dictated by the story" that is told in the MCU's other upcoming Phase 4 entries.
Feige looked to the future of Phase 4 and beyond, revealing that there will be times when the story moves from a Disney+ show into a movie and then back into a Disney+ show again.:
"...the fun of the MCU is all of the crossover between series and films. Sometimes [a show] will go into a Season 2, and sometimes it will go into a movie and then back into a series.”
Additionally, Feige confirmed that there are some shows that will have "a structure that will lead into a Season 2 or 3," while other shows more clearly go into a full-length movie like WandaVision:
"...we are keeping in mind a structure that will lead into a Season 2 or 3 [on those shows], more than a show like WandaVision that clearly goes into a feature film."
While theorizing that the MCU may someday "chart out five seasons of a show" as the franchise moves forward, Feige confirmed that the studio is "focusing on delivering seasons the best we can, one at a time" for the time being:
"Maybe someday, we’ll chart out five seasons of a show. But we’re focusing on delivering seasons the best we can, one at a time, so far.”
MARVEL'S PLAN ALWAYS ON THE MOVE
Even though Marvel Studios is known for having an idea of what's coming years in advance, that schedule is always malleable in order to make adjustments along the way.
The studio is still in the earliest stages of its run on Disney+, leaving plenty of room for changes should Kevin Feige and his team feel the need to make them. In that light, the way these shows interconnect with the movies and continue on themselves is expectedly flexible, as are plans for a confirmed number of seasons in any given show .
WandaVision is confirmed to lead into the events of Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness , and it's assumed that Ms. Marvel will lead into the events of Captain Marvel 2 with Iman Vellani starring in both projects. While it's abundantly clear that other Disney+ projects will intertwine with the movies, there are no confirmed details pointing to how that will happen.
With so many confirmed projects on the way in Phase 4, it will be exciting to see how the MCU's schedule will adapt with so many potential follow-up seasons to the entries premiering on Disney+.