The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been very good at playing the long game. Their earliest movies — 2008’s Iron Man, 2010’s Iron Man 2 and 2011’s Thor and Captain America: The Last Avenger all were designed with a massive teamup in mind (that came together in 2012’s The Avengers. From there, they introduced new characters: Dr. Strange, Ant-Man, the Black Panther, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel and Spider-Man, all of whom appeared in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War and/or 2019’s Avengers: Endgame. Since then, they’ve introduced a number of other characters, including Shang-Chi, the Eternals and Moon Knight, with Ms. Marvel and She-Hulk set to debut with Disney+ series later this year.
And earlier today at CinemaCon, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige premiered new scenes from Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, which opens on May 5, and discussed Marvel’s future. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Feige said he came directly from Marvel Studios’ first in-person creative retreat in three years. The event, he said, featured a giant board “that takes us through the next decade, and they are unique and special and they are meant for your theaters.”
Of course, Marvel will still create programming for their streaming TV channel, Disney+, which has already run seasons of Wandavision (which continued Wanda Maximoff’s story after Endgame; we’ll see her next in Doctor Strange), The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (which continued Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes’ stories following Endgame), Loki (which followed the story of a “variant” Loki, and explores the “multiverse,” a concept that we’ll see more of in Dr. Strange and, surely, in more Marvel shows and movies in the years to come) and What If…? (the animated anthology that explores several different multiverses). It’s currently closing in on the finale of Moon Knight, which introduced the titular character.
Marvel’s upcoming schedule, beyond Doctor Strange, includes Ms. Marvel on Disney+ (the season starts on June 8), Thor: Love and Thunder (in theaters July 8), Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (in theaters November 11). Disney+ hasn’t yet announced the start date for She-Hulk, or when the Guardians Of the Galaxy Holiday Special will premiere.
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